Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fast and Dumb

Here's a very quick meme that I saw over at Allsorts.

Google the words "unfortunately,______", inserting your first name into the blank. I cheated a wee bit. My first name is Harriett, so I tried that first, but apparently there's a book called "Unfortunately Harriet" and there were nothing but references to the book, so then I tried Anne (the name I go by), but there were nothing but references to Anne Frank, which I found a bit depressing; so I went with Annie, which is what my family calls me.

Here's what I found:

Unfortunately, Annie and The Hedonists are, as I mentioned above, not well known outside of upstate New York

Unfortunately, Annie is left to realize a man isn't always interested in a woman

Unfortunately, Annie loses all the money they win betting on horses

Unfortunately, Annie’s superior shooting abilities play havoc with Butler’s delicate ego

Unfortunately, Annie returned and abducted Reva, leaving her in an abandoned airplane to plummet to her death

Unfortunately, Annie discovers that he has been out of his room and she punishes him

Unfortunately, Annie finds the gardening tool in her uncle’s shed

Unfortunately, Annie is soon caught and returned to the orphanage

Unfortunately, Annie's lustful eye fell upon the young man

Unfortunately, Annie weighed on Alex's mind and he left Lorna at the altar

Unfortunately, Annie gets the blame for this, too

Unfortunately, Annie was already in the cage and ready for their co-ed tag team match.

My favourite is the last one.

I think these describe me very accurately. Except maybe for the "superior shooting ability" - but then again, I've never fired a gun, so you never know...

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Well, what a lot of response that little doll received!

All the names were great - I'm going to ignore those who requested I burn her - and I've decided to call her Blossom. She doesn't REALLY look a whole lot like a "Blossom", but it's in memory of Blossom Dearie who passed away on the 7th of this month, and whom I'm very fond.

The ArmourAll gave her saran hair a deep conditioning treatment - much like it does for vinyl car interiors, but after a good rinse her hair was still looking a wee bit untamed.

So I gave her a perm on large perm rods, and as WpgGal mentioned in her comments, all you have to do is pour hot water on her hair (I just held her under the tap), then let dry for a day or so.

Once the perm rods came out she had some VERY tight curls...

which I combed out into long loose curls.

She's still in need of some clothes, but I'll get to that another time. I'm feeling a little uninspired these days. It's still very wintery around here and I'm in the mood to hibernate...

however, before I do I need to show off the February's handmade-of-the-month. This is the grande finale of this yearlong project of making a little something handmade for my sister Jane each month. Since this February (tomorrow, as a matter of fact) marks a big birthday for Jane I wanted to do something special.

****she doesn't like to mention the number but I'll say it's a half century and you can do the math yourself****

So I knit the Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis. Knit with the reccommended Rowan Kidsilk Haze in more or less the colours suggested, I think it's the perfect wrap for a modern old gal with a bit of an old-fashioned chill.

Happy handmade Jane, and Happy Birthday, too!

Let's have a listen to Blossom Dearie, shall we?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Project

Yes, another project...but really, who could resist that face?

She may be a bit grubby, but she was only $2!

She's cleaning up just fine. Her green glass eyes open and close now and she's having her hair set with Armour All.

All she needs now is a name. I think she looks like a Wanda, or maybe Jeanette...or Faye? Nanette? Vivian?

Whatcha thinkin'?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Handmade Bombs

It's shocking, I know, but January is over now and I never showed you the handmade-of-the-month I sent off to Jane.

This month I made bath bombs. Pale pink, heart-shaped and scented with lots and lots of grapefruit aromatherapy oil.

One got a little squished on it's way out of the mold, sorry about that Jane! I wrapped them in red cellophane and packed them in a ton of packing materials. I hope they stay in one piece (er, four pieces) on their flight.

Happy handmade for January!

And, I know I said I wasn't going to start any new projects until I finished off some of the old ones, but...

I found this fantastic pattern for a pair of mitts. Called Deep In The Forest, the pattern is available here. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn - I'm using Alpaca Drops by Garnstudio. This yarn comes in some fantastic colours. I had enough in cream and oatmeal to make these mitts, so didn't bother going out to buy more yarn. I'm sure Nigel's happy to hear that!

I started the medium size, but my tension is a bit tight and I'm suspecting they might be just a little bit snug on me so they may end up being Elly's (the colours are more Elly too). That's alright though, I wouldn't mind making a second pair, maybe in pale grey and charcoal...or deep plum and ice blue...or loden and cream...hmmmmm