dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
I've done some sewing in the past but generally under adult supervision, and I've never acquired the proper habits so my creations always look a bit wonky. Lately I am overcome with the twin urges to create something useful, and get in touch with my inner girlygirl.

To that end, I bought a book, "Love at First Stitch [Dressmaking Demystified]" which includes a series of projects from a basic headscarf all the way up to a fully lined dress. The projects are interspersed with anecdotes, advice, and how-tos. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Today I went to my local Jo-Ann and went nuts in the remnant section. One of my finds was a glorious purple Halloween print with black chandeliers and spiders on it, which became a scarf. (Enough remains to make a cushion with... well, okay, with a cross stitch I haven't started yet. Sigh. This is how they get you.)

My scarf is not as long as the book said to make it, and the edges are a tad wobbly; but I followed the instructions and I made it. There is not another one like it in the whole world. Photo below the cut:

Read more... )

I am inordinately pleased with myself. Next up, raiding the "What was I thinking?" end of my fabric stash to make hideous floral pyjama bottoms. Oh, and monkeying around with the tension on my machine, as anything other than a straight stitch results in angry bobbin thread tangles. And establishing a sewing routine in the dining room so I don't have to run downstairs every time I need to press a seam.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Hello to my regular readers (all 6 of you)!.

I have created an account on Dreamwidth - same username as here. Feel free to friend me, or add me to your circle or whatever it is.

So far I only have 1 user icon (a Joshua tree against a blue sky) and 1 entry (public). Such is my level of organization and energy these days.

I am not sure if I will keep posting here now that LJ has moved their servers to Russia. Given how little I've been posting, it's not really a problem... yet...

See you there!
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It's me.... poking my head in over here, thinking of bailing on that other site.

Feel free to add me, if I recognize you I'll add you back (or ask).
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SouthPark)
Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of [livejournal.com profile] radioactiverich last week.

We lost touch after I left Boston in 2002, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for him. He was friendly, and smart, and goofy, and willing to try anything once (twice if he liked it, three times to make sure). We all thought for sure he was indestructible.

I miss you, Radioactive Rich.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SouthPark)
http://authoritynutrition.com/how-to-win-an-argument-with-a-nutritionist/

Includes some links on studies about eggs and cholesterol. [livejournal.com profile] siderea, we were discussing that a while ago.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SouthPark)
My Google fu is failing me. Is there any way I can order a back issue of The World Of Cross Stitching (specifically issue 209) with a credit card and have it shipped to the US? I guess I could check eBay (although I don't yet have an account).

cross posted, appropriately, to [livejournal.com profile] cross_stitch
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Diane Flipper)
Butter is bad – a myth we've been fed by the 'healthy eating' industry

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/23/butter-bad-saturated-fat-healthy-eating-industry

"Did we get an apology on eggs? Did we hell..."
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SouthPark)
Food is the new politics, the new religion. I can usually get away with discussing it with my friends. My friends' friends, on the other hand, are CRAZY.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Send me an email (firstname at lastname dot net) if you want the new contact infoz. If you have any pointers to me in Torrance, they are no longer valid. My cell phone has NOT changed. :-)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Scream)
Well, last night's dinner was perfectly lovely at the time. Sadly, something in it (or some combination of eating ALL THE THINGS) did not agree with me, which kept me up half the night.

So, today was a low-key day of work and not eating much. I was very glad to have Stuart drive me to work and back. I'm bummed about missing a free dinner at Javier's; but at best, it would have been a waste of good food, and at worst it could have provoked a repeat of last night.

I'm feeling a bit better, still not 100%, and more than a little short on sleep. Well, this year can only improve, right?

I voted!

Nov. 6th, 2012 07:54 am
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (O Rly)
There was a LINE!

ok, there were like 4 people in front of me, 2 of whom were in the wrong line. And one neurotic guy behind me worrying about the line. And no line when I left. It counts. :P

I voted "Yes" on a shocking number of initiatives.

Go go gadget democracy! And go, go the end of political spam for another short while.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
I played my bass for about 10 minutes. Most of that was just noodling around and seeing if all my fretting fingers work. Answer: The pinky isn't great, but it can be made to function.

After a while I tried playing some 12-bar blues but it kept turning into Stormy Monday so I went with that.

Now my fingers are all sore. Also I have no calluses whatsoever. It will be interesting to see how I progress. Especially once I start playing faster things and the pinky gets in the way more... or not... you never know, maybe the PT exercises will do their thing and the finger of doom will keep up.

Gasp, I think I'm actually going to start practicing.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (South Park 2)
I want to watch the videos on the official NBC site. Apparently as a FIOS customer I have access to all sorts of premium content. Yay, right?

Not so yay... I can watch the ads just fine, but the actual videos are all dark.

I can't even submit a help request on their 'contact us' page because the bloody captcha won't load. FUCK YOU, NBC.

Any tips for good sources? I want to watch the women's weightlifting that I slept through this morning.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (TMI)
There's a knitting joke in there somewhere. Knock yourselves out.

Getting set up with a DynaSplint tomorrow. From the paperwork, it looks like I'll be getting the single-finger one that looks like it should shoot lasers, not the whole-hand dealie that looks like it should shoot Spider-man webs.

In other news, it turns out that "Sensation is returning" is just a fancy way of saying "Ow".

I haz fingers! Some of them are a little confused and groggy after their 4-week nap. Hopefully they'll come around. Also, it's gonna be a while before the left hand is actually clean.
dianec42: Two cats in a duvet, one reaching out a paw to the other (Togetherness)
10-year achievement unlocked! Happy anniversary to the awesomest husband ever, [livejournal.com profile] stuartc! ♥

Progress!

Jul. 13th, 2012 08:29 am
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Sing)
OMG YAY. Last night I was finally able to put my rings back on. So they're on the wrong hand; they are ON for the first time in almost 2 weeks. ♥
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Chucks)
Booty camp wrap-up meeting was today. There was video... all of it shot after I got injured, so I wasn't in any of it. Tried to be happy for people who won stuff.

I have apparently lost 3% body fat and gained half a pound of muscle. Pretty sure I gained more than that, but lost it between breaking my finger and weighing out. Le sigh.

What has...

Jul. 2nd, 2012 07:04 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
What has 2 thumbs and is going back to work tomorrow? THIS GAL.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Stitching)
The Art Deco Lady of Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom Junior is finished. Pictures to be posted as soon as I can get the (expletive deleted) computer and iPhone to speak to each other again.

Next up, I think I shall give myself permission to do something VERY SMALL. By an awesome coincidence, the May issue of Cross Stitch Crazy came with a free Margaret Sherry kit of a mouse flying a kite.

Does this mean I will actually be able to complete one of her designs without mucking it up beyond all repair? Let's find out!

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