Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Not An Adrenaline Junky

Recently, The Doomed made me start watching 101 Ways To Leave A Gameshow. What he considers the "best time ever!" is my absolute worst nightmare. Have you seen this show? The premise is it's a basic gameshow where contestants answer random questions correctly for the chance to win $50,000. The catch is if they get an answer wrong, they leave the show by some extreme Jackass-style means. Like standing on top of a small plane and having it take off. WITH YOU STILL STANDING ON IT.

I do not enjoy.

I hate adrenaline rushes. I don't have a fear of heights, so long as I'm not on some rickety platform, but I do have an intense fear of falling. Which means I hate rollercoasters, driving fast on hills, bungee jumping, sky diving - anything that gives you that stomach-in-your-throat feeling. HATE IT. Can not emphasize that enough. I don't scream in glee like you crazy rollercoaster lovers - I am mute and petrified. And I stomp my feet like some sort of petulant child in an attempt to make the stomach lurching stop. Yes, yes I am relentlessly mocked for that by all my friends, how did you know?

Last week, I came across this video (warning: while the video is totally G rated, the site itself is NSFW. I tried to embed but it wouldn't let me). Do you see that man's head gear camera work? FREAKS ME OUT. That is insanely high! And talk about rickety, there isn't even a proper platform! If I have to hook myself to anything to make sure I don't die, I am OUT.

I can't help it. I like to keep it simple.  :)

My version of a rockin' good ride.

Monday, July 18, 2011


I got my first wholesale inquiry last weekend and even if nothing comes of it, I'm glad someone was interested enough to ask. It did also get me thinking that I really should get my portfolio ready for that sort of thing. My big goal for this year was to do craft shows and I've been trying (haven't been accepted to as many as I'd like, but oh well). My big goal for next year is to try the wholesaling side of things, but it didn't occur to me that I'd be unprepared if someone contacted me THIS YEAR. Guess I better get on that.

I spent the weekend making large hair clips with the paper flowers I showed last week and I really like them - so much so that I've already been "test driving" them myself. They got quite a positive reaction - even from the fellas! Totally unprompted!

That's always a good sign. :)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Petty Little Wishes

I wish the perpetual heat and humidity didn't keep me trapped in my home, reluctant to venture out and enjoy my neighborhood.

I wish I didn't have 11 itchy mosquito bites right now, courtesy of a single, stealthy mosquito who enjoyed dive-bombing me yesterday morning.

I wish I had better photography skills.

I wish I looked good in bangs.

I wish I didn't get so discouraged when crafting projects go wrong.

I wish they had Yoshinoya in Miami (shut up, I love it.)

I wish teleportation existed.

I wish tidying up could be done à la Mary Poppins.

I wish this Vespa sweater was available in my size.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

There IS Crafting on this Craft Blog

I've been working pretty diligently on a new knitted item I had an idea for a while ago, but as I waited for the finished items to block this weekend, I moved onto another idea I'd been meaning to tackle.

I purchased these paper flowers without having any clear idea what to do with them. (You know how it is, you see something pretty and you just gotta have it!) In my head, I saw what could be the foundation for a sort of statement-piece necklace.

Embroidered and bedazzled

Now that I've got it all glued and embroidered together, I'm not sure if I'm completely sold on my original necklace idea but I am really happy with the way the detailing turned out. The Doomed mentioned something I hadn't thought of for the chain part of the necklace and suggested I should also try making brooches with the flowers. Look at him getting craftily-inclined with my girly items.

Awaiting assembly

I'm also liking the look for hair clips. Now I just have to see how it holds up to varnishing and, of course, get more supplies!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Guilty Pleasure

As part of the new style file feature, I think there's something it's time I confess.

I love watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

Dudes (or dudettes, as the case may be), I can watch these videos for HOURS. Eyeshadow techniques, product reviews, hairstyling tips, I'm into it all. The only thing I stay away from are haul videos (where folks just show you their latest purchases) because unless they're reviewing the quality/performance of the items, it doesn't really matter to me how folks spend their moola.

There're a few people I subscribe to but my very favorite are the Pixiwoo sisters, Samantha and Nicola Chapman. These girls KNOW their craft. They are British professional makeup artists who happen to be gorgeous and excellent at what they do. And I love the quality and variety of their videos.

I'm sure you're wondering if I ever incorporate any of what I've learned. Um, I try? Really, I do! I'm an everyday makeup-wearer and have a pretty standard routine I'm happy with and rarely veer away from, but every once in a while I try to spice it up. My latest attempt was applying a pretty teal (apparently the color du jour) from a Kat von D pallette I purchased recently. The Doomed came home, took one look at me and said "so, we were having fun with our eyes today, weren't we?" I explained that I'd ended up removing some of it because I felt I'd overdone it and he said "you had MORE on?" I take that as a non-successful application.

Oh well. :)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

While The Doomed Was Away...

...this crafter played. :) Hope your long weekends were great, too!

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