13. And it begins…

Okay, the time has come for me to start the project that I knew would be starting eventually.

Yes, that’s right. I’m going to start the 8-bit Mario Blanket. This will be Heather’s birthday present, as she is the one that requested it. I debated posting about this at all since it kind of ruins the surprise, but I need all the stuff I can get to talk about on here. Besides, maybe this will be fun to see the progress along the way.

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12. Janis and Me

When I was growing up I felt that I had been born in the wrong decade; I knew that  my true self belonged in an era of free love and bell bottom jeans. Just about every Halloween of my adolescence was spent dressed up as a hippie. Pretty soon that outfit of work jeans, men’s button down shirts and long, wild hair became my everyday attire. When I was in middle school, I inherited a record player from my grandparents and started to collect records through garage sales, resale shops and my parent’s own collection (which was tragically reduced in a garage sale that happened before I knew the value they possessed). There were three records in heavy rotation at that time: the self-titled Boston album, and two by Janis Joplin (Pearl and In Concert). I adored Janis. I wanted to be Janis. I wanted to have a voice that conveyed so much strong emotion and I wanted to look just as badass when I sang. I wanted to wear layers and layers of seed bead necklaces and jackets with large fur collars. I wanted my life to be as exciting as hers had seemed and I wanted to drive a wildly decorated Porche.

Janis Joplin has been and will always be the ultimate image of cool in my mind.

I’m not able to replicate her fantastic style due to lack of imagination and, honestly, appropriate occasions but there is still an essence I can try to capture. I decided to do my first Assemblog du Jour themed around my love of Janis and the era of Free Love as a belated birthday present to one of the many amazing women that helped me become who I am today.

 

10. Time to prepare for the new year…

So this year has brought about a lot of changes in my life and in myself. I won’t bore you with a detailed rundown of the crazy ass things that have happened this year; we’ll just say that I could — and probably will at some point– write a book about 2010. I started this blog project as a way to combat the flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants feeling that all of these changes caused and although I haven’t really figured out exactly what I want to specifically talk about, I think I’m well on my way with every post I make.

Speaking of writing posts that relate to a common theme, I’ll say that I haven’t made any new earrings lately because I’ve become quite the little crocheter. I haven’t tried anything new since learning how to granny square, but I’ve made two scarves and a tiny baby blanket, so I’m feeling a wee bit accomplished. I have one more baby blanket to make before I can get started on presents for the March birthdays in my life. I do have some ideas for earrings on the back-burner of my brain though, so I’m looking forward to finally being able to make them a reality.

As far as things that I have learned in this new job? Did we know Hemp Milk was a thing? Also, hemp crackers, cereal and cookies. When did hemp become edible? I’ve been told the milk is actually pretty good so prepare yourself for a post about my first taste. Maybe I could eat hemp cereal with hemp milk and sprinkle some hemp cookies on top?

Oh! And I finally hung things on my walls! My room is almost where I want it to be. I felt motivated to make my apartment seem less like a brightly colored hospital because the man in my life is coming to visit for a few days. đŸ™‚ Needless to say, I won’t be making a post while he’s here. I will be –ahem– preoccupied.

9. One project to check off the list!

I’m sorry it has been a while since I’ve posted. Finals have consumed my entire life and, honestly, I haven’t had much to report. Well, that’s a lie. I did finally find a job! I think I’ll actually be able to incorporate it into this blog in a way. My new employer is a funky, gourmet grocery store so I know there will be a bunch of fun, little things to talk about. There’s a whole wall of gourmet ice cream pints, for heaven’s sake! The public needs to know!

I did finish one project, though.

So about a month and a half ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend on Facebook who said that she had seen my blog and was wondering if I would make a blanket for her to give to her 5-month old grandson. She said that she understood that I’m still an amateur but that she gave each one of her daughters a crocheted blanket when they were young and she wanted to continue the tradition with her first grandson. I liked the idea of having something I made be part of something significant to someone else, so I agreed.

I just finished today and we’re still negotiating price and sorting details, but I was so proud of my petite blanket that I thought I would share some pictures.

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7. Granny squares and future ambitions

So I was inspired by something that my friend (Heather of It’s My Life) pointed out to me via StumbleUpon to try something new in crocheting. I’d like to point out at this point that I am at best a crocheting novice and so the only thing I’ve ever been able to make is the odd scarf. I used to know how to make hats, but I have since forgotten.

The project that I’m hopefully working up to is an 8-bit Mario Blanket made out of granny squares. There seem to be a variety of granny squares, but I decided to learn the type in the tutorial connected to the blanket instructions.

As it turns out granny squares are pretty easy once you master them. I can’t wait to have the time to sit down and make a whole afghan of them!

Here’s my finished product:

 

Also, remind me to a do a post on StumbleUpon. I am obsessed!

3. Getting the ball rolling…

It seems that things are starting to look up. I had an interview for a job yesterday and then about 2 hours before it was scheduled, I got an email inviting me for an interview for a better job. I scheduled the second interview for this morning and dazzled them with my sparkling personality. Or.. you know… I was one of three people to apply for the job and, from what they told me, the most qualified. In any case they laughed at my jokes and told me I’m impressive so even if i don’t get the job, I got a nice ego boost.

Using the inertia from my morning dose of narcissism, I decided to take pictures of the earrings I made the other days. My side goal with this blog is to use the things I create to fuel an Etsy store. I’m not expecting to turn a profit, but eventually you run out of people to give things to and I only have so much closet space.

What I need to figure out now is how to create a psuedo-logo for my store. If only I was a graphic designer in another life…

2. Things that inspire me

I’ve been going through somewhat of a creativity drought lately. I’ve recently been able to get back into the place where I can appreciate other people’s expressions of creativity, but I haven’t completely gotten to the place where I can make my own. I’ve been able to randomly stumble upon moments of inspiration, but it has been a long time since I’ve had one of those I’ve-gotta-get-it-done type of visions. You know, the projects that pop into your head and rattle around until they’re fully formed and you can spit them out in one or two sittings?

Lately my head has been filled mostly of numbers and facts and maps and worry. I’ve been arguing both sides of the To Move To Texas or Not debate and quite frankly it has been exhausting. I’m torn between two things that I love and there’s no easy decision on this. Add going to school and constantly looking for a job on top of that inner turmoil and you’ve got an overworked brain and sucked-dry soul. That’s why I started this blog… I need something that will force me to focus on things that I love to do: create things, decorate, fashion, and so much more. I don’t want to lose that part of me like I have so many times before when life has become overwhelming.

So what do I find inspiring?

Strong women and men, bright colors, pictures of things I don’t want to forget, movies that make me happy or sad (or both), books that have characters that I fall in love with, flowers, and the things and people that make me feel like home.

I did make some earrings the other night. They weren’t much, and I’m not totally in love with any of them, but it is a start.