Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Restless Hands (and The August Break - Day 16)

Looks like I've been doing pretty well keeping up with the August Break. Although, I'd like for my readership to go up, but - I'm complaining. I blog, and if you're reading this, cool beans & a big thank you!!

Let's see... What have I been up to? Been busy babysitting my friends' daughter, being chauffeur since we're back to being a one-car family. Not fun having to constantly pile the boys in and out of the car, but they like the drive. It would probably be better if my iPod hadn't recently decided to die. Don't have $125 lying around to get it fixed. Oh well. C'est la vie.

Back to making jewelry for the time being. Got this amazing craft book recently. There's an entire section on jewelry making, and I saw something I wanted to try.

This is attempt #3

Not too shabby, right? I'm pretty happy with it. I need to work on getting the spirals down, but I enjoy these early stages of learning how to do new stuff. 

My apologies for this being such a short  blog post, but I must be off to make some earrings.

Hope your day is a great one!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The August Break - Day 15

On our way into the bank this morning, stopped to answer a call. 
Looked up, and thought : "This would be a great pic for my blog!!" 

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The August Break - Day 14

 A very pretty giraffe we saw while at the zoo

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Handmade Giveaway Winners

A big, big thank you to everyone who entered!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The August Break - Day 13

The awesome mirror I found at a yard sale this morning 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Burned Biscuits

I received this story in an e-mail from my Mom. 
Looks like the universe is trying to tell me something.
Author Unknown

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.
I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.
On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad.
I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed, yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.
I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite.
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits, and I'll never forget what he said.
He smiled at her and said, "Honey, I love burned biscuits."
Later that night, I went to kiss my dad good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.
He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your mom put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides, a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone."
Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else, but what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults, and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God, because in the end, He's the only one who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker.
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship.
Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket; keep it in your own.
God bless you today and always.
So, pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine. 
"Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. "
~Christian D. Larson

The August Break - Day 12

I pass this car and  house everyday. Something very comforting about an old car in front of an old house with a white picket fence...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The August Break - Day 11

We're 11 days into August. Found out about The August Break a couple days ago. I've been meaning to get around to it.

Day 11 picture isn't something recent, 
but I did unearth it recently while at my parent's house this past weekend...

Uelita crocheting a dress for my sister

This is a picture of my Great-Grandma. I called her Uelita, which is short for  "Abuelita" (meaning Grandma in Spanish.) I was about 8 when this picture was taken. She didn't teach me how to crochet;  that - I ended teaching myself 20 years later. She was a beautiful woman. Always put together, no matter the occasion. Plus, she was one hell of a cook. I was very young when she passed away, but I have beautiful memories of her.

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Monday, August 8, 2011


Jessica (aka @defysocietyarts) and I go way back - A little more than 10 years. There were periods of time where we didn't speak , mostly because we had different circles of friends. Over the last few years, She and I have become very close , sister-like in fact. She's my bestie!

Now, Don't let the fact that I know her stop you from reading this. Jessica is an amazing human being, who is talented, intelligent, gorgeous, and full of heart. She cares like no one I've ever met before. Truly cares. She is the ultimate friend.


1. Tell the people a  little about yourself (tee hee.. "the people")

I'm 28.  I have 3 dogs, 3 cats.  I'd love to have more animals but eh, it's what they legally allow in the city limits, and it's pretty much all we can afford.  I live with my boyfriend of 3 years, pretty much consider myself married.  I love reading, writing, painting, crocheting anything crafty.  I spend most of my time with my family and of course, you. ((♥))  Oh and I'm pretty sarcastic on occasion.

2. What are your earliest memories of crafting? 

I have actually been crafting since I was a wee one.  My ma always taught me to think of everyone and to give everyone something because it was always the thought that counted.  So, I would make people gifts outta popsicle sticks, toiled paper rolls, pipe cleaners... you name it.  My Gramma still has a pair of "binoculars" I made for her when I was like 5 outta toilet paper rolls and pipe cleaners LoL

3. What inspires you to create? 

I get inspiration from everything.  However, You have been my biggest inspiration for crocheting and knitting.  I never would have learned to crochet or knit if it weren't for you. ((♥)) I always wanted to but never had anyone to do it with and Stitchin' and Bitchin' isn't as fun by yourself!  There is only so much of your own voice that one can handle.

4. What things have you learned about yourself through knitting and crocheting? 

I've actually learned that I can be pretty patient.  When I screw up and have to redo something that I just spent two hours on, it can be frustrating, but I've learned to get over it and it just makes me better.  I'm not typically a patient person but when it comes to crafting, you sometimes need lotsa patience.

5. Is there a project you would love to do, but at the moment would seem too overwhelming? 

I would LOVE to knit a pair of socks!  I know that doesnt sound like something too hard to some people, but I havent really been working on my knitting too much, I've only been crocheting and knitting for 2 years and for the last year and a half I havent been knitting much, I've been more focused on crocheting and trying to get that more polished. I still havent learned to knit in the round or use double sided needles, so that will come in the future, for now, I'm sticking with crocheting and I'm happy that I know how to do a stockinette stitch finally.

6. When you have faced difficulties in your life, What has been your inspiration to keep going? 

This might sound silly but... my pets.  Hahaha! They make me smile.  When I had my surgery in December, the last thought before I was knocked out was my Jasper.  His smiling face caused me to have happy thoughts throughout the surgery.  When I have a crappy day at work, I know I can come home to their adorable little faces, and they will cuddle with me and kiss me and love me unconditionally.

7. What do you hope to accomplish as an artist in the next year? 

I hope to polish my skills a little more and get a little (ok a lot) faster so I can do more.  Also, I want more time.  So I'd like to learn how to make more of that :)

8. Aside from the basic necessities, Name 3 things you couldn't live without.
Yarn.  Paint.  Lime Popsicles.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Handmade Giveaway

Ok, Ok... Sure, It's been quite awhile since I've blogged. I know - Bad blogger! Smack! Smack!

Now that we're doing with the self-inflicted reprimand portion of this post, 
Let's get some info about this give way. 

Trying to promote a website I belong to with my best friend, Jessica (aka @defysocietyarts on the Twitter), along with her honey. Just recently, a facebook page was put together - showcasing SOME of the stuff we do. We're trying to gain some followers, and in fact - there is a giveaway going on the Facebook page as well.

Here's what I have to offer you:
Knitting Stitch Markers!

**If you're not a knitter, we can discuss making the stitch markers into earrings** 
Your call. 

Giveaway #1 : Revolver Stitch Markers. Fits up to a US 13 (9.0mm)

Giveaway #2 : Strawberry Stitch Markers. Fits up to a US 13 (9.0mm)

Giveaway # 3: Cleaver Stitch Markers. Fits up to a US 13 (9.0mm)
All the stitch markers are made by me. Some of you might remember back 
when I was selling them on Etsy.
If you're not a knitter, we can discuss making the stitch markers into earrings. 
Your call. 

 Open to anyone (Including you international folk) 

-Leave a comment for each-
**If you do these things already, Leave a comment anyway** 

  1.  Follow @defysocietyarts on Twitter
2. Click 'like' on the DefySocietyArts.com Facebook page (and tell them someone sent you. Not me, but maybe someone you know from Twitter or wherever)
3.  Follow me on Twitter - @fal00la
 4. Follow my blog

**Make sure to leave your Twitter name or an email address so I can contact you if you win**

And that's it. 
I'll pick 3 winners using random.org
Giveaway ends August 13, 2011 at 11:59pm (MST)

Good luck!!