Saturday, March 30, 2013

Commission: Impossible?

So the adorable little water dragon (in his spare time) decided to take a little trip down to an office building.  While he was there, he prompted so much awe and attention that his two sisters decided to pop up:

 They now have a lovely home with the granddaughters of one of the area managers.

I hope that they won't hoard too many shiny things to be discovered years later under beds or behind dressers.

I imagine that the mischief of a dragon only compounds the smaller it is.  These little gals might cause quite a ruckus....but I wouldn't be too worried.  A little bacon now and again will work wonders on anyone.

Quest for the One Skein

Let's start out with the confession that I'm a huge craftsy person.  Legend tells of the Christmas my parents got me a bead loom from a catalogue...and it was all downhill from there.

But, rather than go through my entire craft history in one sitting, let's veer aside to the section of my life I'm in now: the yarn section.

What once was a couple of skeins stuffed in a box during my college days has now become a stash that overflows from beneath my bed, out into the living room, and now is mocking my attempts to rein it in by setting up shop in a fiberfill box in the spare room.

(Spare 'Oom?  Yes, Spah 'Oom.)

And of course, having recently celebrated my birthday, I got more yarn and gift cards for craft supplies!  So I have decided to undertake a quest.  You guessed it:  The Quest for the One Skein.

It's not nearly dramatic as it sounds.  Or doesn't sound. know what?  Never mind.

The skein we're following currently started out it's life on a shelf at Wal*Mart.  Ah, such a humble beginning. Actually, it was a last-minute gift project for one of my geek friends up in Lynchburg, VA.

With the help of my husband, I summoned forth the yarn's power to be mighty.  As in...the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

I jest not.  Here's the proof:

But that wasn't enough to begin to use up the entire skein.  So after a bit of sorting through my Ravelry library, and courtesy of Lucy Ravenscar/Collins, this little guy showed up:

So now I'm down to half a skein or so.  I sense a new project coming soon...I'll let you know what pops up next!

Friday, March 22, 2013

I'm Going on an Adventure!

"I'm going on an adventure!"

That has to be one of the most evocative lines spoken or printed.  Add to it the image of young Bilbo Baggins sprinting as fast as his furry feet can carry him through the garden gate, down the dirt path from his front door, and along the winding roads of the Shire to catch up with a band of Dwarves seeking to find a home of their own, and you've got it.

Now, I don't imagine that blogging my craftsies and occasional thoughts is going to be quite as epic as something Mr. Tolkien (and Mr. Jackson) pulled off.  But stepping out into the world of the Internetz is an adventure (and a risk) all the same.

Have you thought about it?  There are trolls everywhere!  (Okay, I couldn't help myself.)  Although the similarities don't end there, I suppose.  There are portals to strange places, gateways to good or evil...gems to be found and people you meet in odd places, quite unexpectedly.

Of course, after awhile the metaphor disintegrates.  And you're left wondering: who is this crazy person?

Well, in the manner of Peter Pan, take my hand...and let us have an adventure together.