Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn Butterfly

Look what was in my aunt's doorway this morning....

Isn't it gorgeous?! I hope it is okay. I picked it up gently and moved it over to a flowerpot. Definitely not normal butterfly behavior.

Thank you for sharing your beauty with me,  little butterfly.

Until next time >___<

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cactuar Amigurumi - 1000 Needle Attack!

Pattern: Cactuar by Byakko's Corner
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft green
Hook: size H
Notions: black felt
Start/Finish: 9/22-23/2014

Cactuar attack!!! My sister laughed when she saw this fun amigurumi.

Until next time >___<

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Day of Autumn

The first day of autumn hasn't disappointed us with warm temperatures this year. I woke up to 60 degree weather! Absolutely fantastic!

Enjoy the first day of autumn everyone!!

Until next time >____<

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Balthier Bunny #2

I had an urge earlier this week to stitch up another Balthier bunny since the last one I made sold last year at Artwalk. I had to wait to finish him up yesterday as I had to get some notions at HB along with wire for the moogle.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft silver sparkle and navy sparkle
Hook: size H
Notions: 9mm safety eyes, brass colored gears, and felt heart
Start/Finish: 9/14-15 & 20/2014

I love this little bunny. He's so charming with his gears and scarf.

Until next time >____<

FF Moogle Amigurumi

I've wanted to make this pattern for a while and finally got around to it this week. I was able to finish it up yesterday after a trip to HB for wire to secure the red bobble on the moogle's head.

Pattern: Moogle by Amy
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft black, iris, red, and white
Hook: size H
Notions: memory wire in medium gauge
Start/Finish: 9/18-20/2014

At first I thought the pattern would make a smaller moogle, but I used a different size hook so it came out to a decent sized plushie.

I think next time I will look for a different pattern for the wings as they aren't very detailed in this pattern.

I ended up using some e6000 to keep the wire from swirling around the head, which worked well.

Until next time >____<

Birthday Package

Hi, everyone! I received a birthday package from Amanda last month, but never got around to posting about it. Even though my birthday was in June, Amanda waited to send it later because she wanted to include goodies from SDCC 2014.

She got me two books from Brian Kesinger's artist table at SDCC as my main gift. He is a fabulous steampunk artist who is known for his tea girl illustrations.  Amanda got me his Walking Your Octopus and the companion coloring book. She even got them signed!!!

She got me lots of posters, buttons, and excerpt booklets for upcoming novels as freebies from SDCC.

Also included in the package was some lovely Sentimental Circus stationery in a watercolor pattern, an adorable bunny magnetic page marker, and some crochet goodies, a button and a yarn ball brooch by All About Ami. She even made me a mini multicolored star amigurumi brooch. I have added it to the little bunny amigurumi brooch she made last year.

The card and notes in the package were handmade and featured kawaii pandas. I love the colors of the cards!

Thank you darling for all the goodies!

Until next time >____<

Monday, September 15, 2014

Farewell Party and Chill Pills

One of my coworkers is transferring to another department.  We held a surprise pancake party for him in honor of his transfer. I will miss his crazy humor and all around good cheer, but I know that the next department will benefit from his expertise.

I took a picture of the banner that was made for his party.

As a parting gift, he gave us some wisdom for the grueling months ahead and something quite funny, a bottle of chill pills in cases of emergency. 

Front of Bottle

Back of Bottle

These bottles were a great parting gift though he needn't give us anything. I have mine sitting on my desk at work. Hopefully I won't need it anytime soon!

Wishing my coworker lots of good luck at his new job!

Until next time >____<

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Football Game - USA vs MSU

Yesterday, my sister and I went to a football game with our friends downtown at Ladd Stadium. It was the first time our college, University of South Alabama, has played a SEC team. The game sold out which is amazing! 44,000 people! Egads!

I took a few pictures of the marching band when they came out on the field. I used to play in a marching band when I was in high school so I have a fondness for all marching bands.

My sister's friends from work had a small cookout before we walked over to the stadium. Claire makes some amazing sausage balls with cheese!

I think we were unprepared for the barely tolerable heat at the stadium. We had thought it was going to storm yesterday as all the weather reports indicated 60% of rain.....but we received sunny skies with only a few clouds to shade us for a moment or two.

It was so hot that many people around us were leaving the game early to go home and watch it on TV or listen to it on the radio. I ended up going back into the breezeway/concession stand area of the stadium to sit in the breeze because of dizziness. I wasn't the only person sitting out the game because of the heat. Claire saw someone fall out in one of the concession lines and one of the USA cheerleaders was taken off the field for heat exhaustion. Yucky southern weather!!!

I joked with my sister that next time we need to go see a game in late October because at least by then the south might be in the midst of fall weather.

Sadly, we didn't do well in the game, but I think it is a learning experience for USA and I hope they do better in the future.

Go Jags!

Until next time ^____^

Panda Cards

Lately my friend Amanda has been sending me some adorable handmade cards in the mail. She and I share a love of stationery and the giving and receiving of letters. I thought I'd share a picture of her cards. I love the little panda embellishments!

Don't you love the octopus tentacles in the card on the right? Someone save that panda!!!

Ever since I've known Amanda, she's been making handmade things. She is quite a talented young lady. I can't wait to receive more cards in the mail. Her friend recently gave her a Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine for her birthday so I know she'll have fun playing with all the possibilities it offers in card making!

Until next time ^____^

Artwalk Thank You and Yarn Question

Hi, everyone! I hope you're having a good Sunday before the work week.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came by our table on Friday night at the LODA Artwalk. Several of my amigurumis found new homes! Kiki, Kyo, Sir Maxwell, and Suppie found new owners which is fantastic.

I had a girl come up and ask what type of worsted weight yarn I used. I was so surprised by the question that I didn't give her the correct answer. So here goes.....I use a medium 4 size yarn, almost always Caron Simply Soft unless I see a color of yarn that Caron doesn't carry.

When I first started to learn how to crochet I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn, which is a worsted weight yarn. Once I found Caron Simply Soft, I couldn't go back to using Red Heart, which I found to be too coarse. Not to say, that you can't soften Red Heart yarn because you can. I've seen tutorials online for soften the yarn before use.

I hope that answers your question!

Until next time ^____^