Things that Go BUMP in my Mind

Knitting, stitching, reading, gardening, cooking--I have no time for any of it.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

What kind of girl are you?

What kind of girl are you?

I am Gourmet Girl

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Friday, October 22, 2004


I made Andy the coolest Halloween costume. He wanted to be a robot, so I took a cardboard box, cut a neck hole and arm holes, and painted it silver. Then I stuck on different colored bicycle reflectors in the back (red ones at the bottom corners, white, yellow, and blue down the middle). I painted small wooden spools metalic blue and green and glued them to the front; then I strung perle cotton in different colors between them to look like gears. For the head, I took a smaller box and painted it silver. Then I painted two hemispheres metalic blue and glued them on the sides for ears. For the top, I glued a big bolt onto a washer, bent a sparkly pipe cleaner to look like a lightbulb filament and then glued that into the washer. I made two of those assemblies and stuck them to the top.

I'm telling you, it was cool. Andy loved it. And I loved making it, and I was so pleased with my cleverness. (I was particularly pleased with the spools and thread. I did them in homage to an art piece my mom once did, called "Elevator in the brain hotel/Broken down (but just as well)." That piece involved a small wooden box and various bits of machinery, plus tangles of embroidery string. It's very, very cool.

So, I was very excited to have Andy wear his robot costume to "Boo in the Zoo" tonight. As we were walking to the back of the line to get in, I heard a number of people ooh and aah over it, and I was so pleased with myself.

Well, as they say, pride goes before a fall. We haven't been out of the car five minutes when Owen decides to investigate the colorful little spool thingies. How cool--they pop right off when you whack 'em! So much for the homage to my mom. I took the rest of them off and turned him around so the reflectors were in the front. At least he still had the hat.

We get into the zoo. Of course, it's enormously crowded and the paths are narrow. Someone jostles Andy and his hat fell off. The shock of the impact knocked off both ears and both pipe cleaner assemblies. Thus, in the space of 15 minutes, Andy's way cool robot costume was reduced to two spraypainted boxes and a couple of bike reflectors.

I was, and am, crushed.

I am also undaunted, however. Clearly, my attachment strategy (hot glue) was totally inadequate. Time for another trip to the hardware store. There's still a school party and the actual night of Halloween itself. This Martha Stewart wannabe isn't giving up without a fight.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

I did it!

Today was my first running race--a 5K. I am proud to say that not only did I run the entire distance, but I ran a personal best time, too--29:36. I couldn't believe it when I finished the first mile and the guy at the marker said I'd done it in 9:37. Of course, the first bit was all downhill or level, so it was pretty easy.

The course was beautiful. The race was put on by the Cliffs, a huge residential development for the uber-rich (lots--not houses, just lots--start at $150,000). We went through the woods and then around part of the golf course. Best of all, though, was DH and the kids there to cheer me on at the end--DS#1 was yelling "Go Mommy! Go Mommy!"

Friday, October 08, 2004

State of the stitching

In emulation of the fabulous Whizgidget, I'm going to start doing a quarterly stitching review. For the most part, this will serve as concrete proof of how little I get accomplished in three months' time. Without further delay, here we go...

Three Months ago: I was doing very little stitching, actually. Life (well, actually work, but it felt like my whole life at the time) had gotten the better of me and my evenings just didn't seem to include time for stitching. So, not much got done. Let's leave it at that, shall we?

Where I am now: I'm currently working on the 1997 Mirabilia Cherub, which will be a Christmas gift for my parents (she's a garden cherub and they spend a lot of time working in their garden). In August, I started and finished a little tuck pillow for my secret stitcher (no, I don't have a picture. I'll get to that at some point.)

Lately, I've developed a hankering to learn how to crochet. I think it's because fall is coming and it's time to curl up in warm, cozy things. But, I can't take up a new hobby without finishing a few things first. I have way too many WIPs on my hands. Which leads me to...

Goals for the upcoming quarter: Basically, I want to reduce my backlog of smaller WIPs so that I can justify learning crochet and so I can also return to some bigger projects (most notably DS#2's Christmas stocking) that have been languishing. So, I'm going to finish the following items in the next quarter:
1. The Cherub (she's 90% there; I'm hoping to finish her by the end of the month);
2. Chatelaine Dragonfly freebie (about 80% done, but it's a small design and shouldn't take long);
3. Two Christmas ornaments that have been hanging around for a while, and both of which will probably go to my secret stitcher;
4. The 2000 L&L Angel freebie (the one with the baby). It's probably 75% done, but it's a bit bigger than the others, so whether I will actually finish it by the end of the year is a little bit iffy. We'll see.

I think that should keep me busy enough, don't you?