September 27, 2012

Spin That Yarn Round and Round

My Aunt Martha taught me that it is best to roll your yarn into a ball because skeins are often full of tangles. It's a whole lot easier to untangle them when you're working with a ball than when you're trying to pull a half-made project in and out of the loops! However, if you hate rolling yarn into balls, there is a project that will make the use of skeins easier.

See Yarn Spool Box and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

September 26, 2012

When Crosswords Attack

Well, "attack" certainly isn't the right word. But in 1944, crosswords were definitely a source of fear for Britain's MI5. Why? Find out at my husband's blog, Lost in Dictation!

The Crossword Panic of '44

He has put a lot of work into it and it shows :)

September 25, 2012

Are You Deviant?

I am. And I'm proud of it. I'm an artist on, that is. Sort of. I'm not really much of an artist. I do post my better photographs and the occasional poem or old high school artwork there though. If I actually ever did anything new I would post it there too.

snoopcat99's gallery

Check it out, and be sure to check out the real artists on deviantArt as well. There are a lot of truly amazing things there! Some of them are even a bit...well, you know.

September 24, 2012

11th Doctor Style

Years ago, I decided to update my wardrobe with pieces inspired by the 11th Doctor, who is something of a style icon for me.

He IS the Doctor

I even came up with an outfit that I decided was what the Doctor would wear if he regenerated as a female.

Most of my outfit came from thrift stores; a very kind librarian gave me the bow tie. I found blue braces at Hot Topic. And yes, I have worn this outfit to church and out with my husband.

Here's another version. I noticed that Matt Smith wears a fedora in real life, and since I'm a fedora nut already, I added one to my doctor-inspired outfit. I ended up in jeans because I only have so many woolen skirts.

(In case you're curious, Doldin and I were in front of a larger-than-real-life cross section of the H.L. Hunley submarine).

I also noticed that in real life, Matt Smith seems to love another of my favorite accessories: the long pearl necklace.

It is tucked in his shirt in this one but is visible.

I love that he is willing to break the rules and wear something that men normally are afraid of.

Anyway, being pregnant didn't stop me from trying out the fedora, rocker-ish tee shirt, and pearl necklace idea.

If you don't want to invest in individual wardrobe items but would like to cosplay the 11th Doctor, I just found the coolest option!

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Jumper

Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith Jumper

This way everything is in one piece--just throw it on and go! How clever is that?

Now to find a fez...

September 23, 2012

The Peace of Sunday

Beautiful Dove at Sea

I had expected this weekend, and today especially, to be somewhat stressful, and it has been. What I didn't expect was the amazing peace that has presided overall. Today The Precious and I attended St. Agatha's, where she played happily and quietly, not even breaking into the "poop song". In case you're curious, that's what we call it when she sings her favourite word, "poop" over and over again. After the service my husband surprised me with a picnic in the park across the street and we were able to watch the ducks cruise on the lake as we ate.
This afternoon after my nap I even got to work on a dress for my Francie doll and watch Doctor Who. It has just been such a nice, relaxed, peaceful day--just what I needed!

May your day be peaceful as well.

Nerdy Quote of the Week

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Somehow Chesterton always manages to succinctly express those things we wish we had explanations for. How often have you found this to be true? What book do you think is the best example?

Owl courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.