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Annie Part II

Jun. 15th, 2006 | 03:59 pm
mood: blah blah
music: Morningwood

Remember me? Changed jobs, had a fam health scare, so haven't really been in a blogging sort of mood. But everything is good now!

Continuting the Annie saga, she is now reproductive organ free. She is having a bit of a time recovering from us leaving her at the vets office than the surgery itself. She has been very clingy for the past few days (surgery was Tuesday 13th). I guess her being abandoned (in a parking lot a little over a year ago) can screw w/anyone's head. Even if they are a dog.

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Annie Grows Up

Mar. 30th, 2006 | 03:55 pm


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Originally uploaded by Atomic Crafter.
After I found Annie in a parking lot May 2005, the vet told me the only way to tell if she was spayed was to wait and see if she came into heat. Well, since it has almost been a year I figured she was fine.....until this week.

So Annie is now walking around, slightly humiliated in pink gingham bikini underwear. I really wanted something a bit more dignified, but the other ones were $25. Of course, I had to take several pics, but this one made me laugh the most.

She will be getting spayed soon!

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Spending $$ Like I Have It!

Mar. 26th, 2006 | 06:34 pm
mood: pleased pleased

Purchased a new computer from Dell this weekend. I bought it w/their credit plan, so I pay $16 a month (forever). My other computer was wonderfully ancient (how ancient? try a 4 Gig Hard Drive for starters....)so it wasn't like this is an impulse buy. It should be arriving by March 30. Can't wait to have a "real" computer instead of one that constantly freezes up on me and runs out of storage space.

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Craftyish Weekend

Mar. 19th, 2006 | 08:53 pm
mood: okay okay

This weekend was full of crafty books, including three that I purchased at the local Japanese market.

My first purchase was on Friday. I bought Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. Lots of really fun and funky stuff, and I'm looking forward to making the Jolly Roger sweater and Fashion First Aid Purse. The Anarchy Irony Hat is pretty cool as well. Check it out if you haven't already.

Purchased three craft books at the Japanese bookstore....one that features 3-D-ish fabric cards, another one that seems to have the title of "Zakka for All Seasons" and one that has a darling little Hedgehog on the front. I'll be scanning pages of these and posting them in the near future.

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Vintage Crafting

Mar. 16th, 2006 | 08:00 am


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It is getting close to spring, when a young girl's fancy turns to thoughts of garage and yard sales....places where cheap craft supplies and books are to be had.

I'll periodically be posting images from the various books and patterns that I've picked up from yard sales, used book stores and thrift shops throughout the years. You can find a more extensive collection on my Flickr site, under the same name.

Isn't this knitted puppy a cutie? It is from a 1976 children's craft mag. The instructions are on my Flickr site.

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Another day, another new craft!

Mar. 13th, 2006 | 12:39 pm
mood: creative creative

I've been seeing a lot of punch embroidery around lately in various craft mags so I decided to add it to my long list of crafts that I have tried (a list that includes some I've never went back to again!).

The problem was that all the craft stores that I went to--JoAnns, Hobby Lobby and Michaels--none of them had kits or supplies. I finally ended up traveling to the other side of town to Hancock Fabrics to pick up Clover's Embroidery Stitching tool and its various accessories. The pattern is actually worked from the wrong side of the fabric. Practice is definitely going to be required in getting the loops all the same size and all together. So far, my biggest challenge is getting the tool threaded correctly!

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Crafty Romaji

Feb. 28th, 2006 | 09:12 am
mood: dorky dorky

Using Japanese craft books for inspiration and patterns has become very popular in crafty circles. Web searches can be easier if you know a bit of "crafty" Romanji (Japanese words written using English letters). I don't speak Japanese, but these words have been picked up by me spending too much time on the Internet looking at Japanese craft book titles. Here are some commonly used terms:

emburoidori = embroidery
masuktsuto = mascot
fueruto = felt
handomeido = handmade
kawaii = cute
batsugu = purse/bag
nuigurumi = stuffed toy
amigurumi = stuffed crochet toy
zakka = craft/crafts ?
homumeido = homemade
tezaiku/tedukuri = handicraft, homemade, hand crafted
faburikku = fabric

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Kawaii Crafting

Feb. 27th, 2006 | 10:33 pm
mood: cheerful cheerful

I got into some aspects of Japanese pop culture when I started reading manga about two years ago (yes, I'm a geeky girl). And like many crafters as of late, I've hopped on the Japanese craft book wagon.

Why does there seem to be a cult following for these Japanese books and magazines? Probably because so many of the projects in them are just so damn cute ("kawaii")! The instructions are mainly diagram and picture based, so they are easy to understand even if you don't read or speak Japanese.

One of the better sites to go to is Yes Asia since it is in English as well as Asian languages. A knowledge of Romaji (anglicized Japanese words) will help find books more easily. They also offer free shipping when you buy over a certain amount.

Fujisan is another site that you can browse in English for Japanese books. Their prices are usually higher, but they have some things that Yes Asia doesn't.

The more adventurous can try Amazon Japan, but since the majority of the site is in Japanese and there are no Yen conversion tools, the experience can be frustrating, even when you have ISBN numbers.

Auction site e-Bay is also a source, but can be very overpriced. You can use e-bay to preview books (since most sellers have several pix) and then go to Yes Asia to purchase them at a more reasonable price.

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