I'm commited to working in this blog. In sharing the adventures I have as I venture into art, craft, life and healing from the deep scars of severe depression. I'm happy you're here looking and sharing in what is my small world.

Monday, April 25, 2011

How freaking awesome am I?


Okay…not really but kinda. I had this inspiration at WAL-MART of all places. (I have a love/hate relationship…let’s not go there.)

I found this picnic basket on one of their end caps and thought…Hmmmmmm…..


So I decided to put all my pens and pencils inside!


I mean…HOLY COW does this thing hold a lot! Now I’ve got a PORTABLE art journal….kit? Minus paints and such but I can see another basket in my future for that….


Friday, April 22, 2011

A little knitting

I’ve been working on this shawl/wrap (think it’ll come out more like a scarf…) forever! because I only do a few rows at a time! To much concentration!


The yarn is Noro Kuryeon Sock yarn. Lovely stuff but I would NOT want it on my feet!


The pattern is

The Woodland Shawl. It’s easy enough to remember and very fun to watch the stripes and leaves forming!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

$.75 Wednesday!

I went with my mom, my sisters and my son and had a feast at one of the local mom and pop diners. They are having $.75 specials every Wednesday. $.75 cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes. Yum! All five of us ate for $15 and that included an extra order of fries, extra cheeseburger that the girls split and 2 extra milkshakes. YUM YUM  YUM!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Game of Thrones


I’m waiting for this to come on as I type this blog post out. I’m a huge sucker for fantasy and I’m REALLY looking forward to this series on HBO. (I even ordered HBO just for this!) I’m also a HUGE sucker for Sean Bean….and Sean Bean in furs with a sword…SWOON.

Okay. Swooning aside, today I went over to my folks for a rousing game of Scrabble and a huge bowl of home made chicken and egg noodles. (REAL egg noodles. Home made egg noodles.) The weather outside is beautiful today. Crisp, cool and windy. After that I went to Wal-Mart (I have a love hate relationship with Wallyworld…It’s hard to pass up cheap…but they are evil, you know) and I got some stuff to continue on my house journey. I got some pillows to replace the squished cushions of my couch, some new laundry baskets and so on…I’m on my way! AND…my sink IS SHINING!

OH, and I’m now a CCM! Certified Case Manager. I passed the CCM exam, a national exam for case management and now can add the CCM to my RN title! It means I’m on my way up in the insurance world……and more marketable when I want to get out of it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day #2

“Dress to lace up shoes”

Okay, I did this. I got dressed this morning, I “did” my hair. (Washed, brushed, pulled into a pony tail). But I’m still not done with my sink. I know….but you have NO idea how bad my dishes were. Good, the bad and the ugly right? I hadn’t DONE my dishes completely….for a while. Why am I posting this stuff? WHY am I opening myself to this sort of virtual humiliation?

I did some soul searching. I decided to treat it not as something to be “ashamed” of, but as something I’m HEALING from. It’s part of depression, part of anxiety disorder. It’s part of ME.

So…it’s only day two. I’ll get the dishes finished up tonight. I will do this.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I’ve decided to give this approach to decluttering and taming my life…a whirl. I’m also going to *GULP* document. Please please please, this is hard for me. This mean airing my dirty laundry (literally) for the world to see, but what I’m hoping for is accountability. I struggle BAD with self-management. I can’t keep on top of my day-to-day life and tasks and they eat me alive. My house…is a wreck. I’m hoping I can turn this over with FlyLady’s small, manageable steps. I’ll try to take pictures of the process which…the before pictures aren’t going to be pretty. I hope the after pictures are somewhat better.

So…here’s to day one. “Shine your sink”. To get to it, I need to wade through a LOT of dishes…I’ll get a picture of it tomorrow.

Monday, April 4, 2011

I shouldn’t blog so angrily…

After the last post (I’m leaving it up!) I got to thinking I should be more positive. So here’s what I’ve finished, my “better than a moleskine” journal:


This is NOT coptic stitch binding…it only wants to be. this is my own messed up version, AKA “I put the needle WHERE?” binding.


The cover used to live life as a piece of cardboard backing for a sketchpad. It’s wonderfully sturdy. I covered it in scrap paper that I got at walmart…the whole scrap pad was only FIVE BUCKS! Gotta love cheap.


The paper is a mixture…some of it is ‘acrylic’ paper, some watercolor paper and some computer paper. I got the acrylic and watercolor papers in pads purchased at Ollies for about $2 a piece. Not bad!

The binding is a bit tight I think because the books tends to pop open a little. But all in all I’m very happy with how it came out! It’s a bit bigger than the moleskine but not much and much more cost effective!

I can’t believe out of a whole week I only managed two days!

I’m shocked! I thought I’d do better at the blog challenge, but I didn’t! I missed 5 out of 7 of the days to post. Man oh man…

So I spent this weekend offline. I went over to my folks most of the weekend and took my sister and my son out to see HOP. Let me just say….it was probably about the crappiest plot I’ve ever seen in a kids move. I’m shocked at the amount of…ahem…JELLYBEANS…we feed to our children, expecting them to swallow it. (Yes, the rabbit poops jelly beans.) The whole plot was weakly centered around a 30 year old man who realizes his life long ambition is to BE the Easter bunny.

Okay, I don’t make any claims to be christian. But this movie was vaguely offensive to both the Christian and Pagan notions of “Easter”. Or maybe I’m just reading into it to much. But we’ve GOT to stop dumbing down our children and ourselves! We shouldn’t force our kids to watch this mindless CRAP and feeding into that hollywood idiocy that thinks a few good one-liners is an excuse for shoving it down our throats.

Sorry, I really didn’t care for the movie. Rant over.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day #5 (I’ve missed days…)

An alternative blog post. I failed to record my modern interpretive dance…you’ll have to use your imagination. 


OH NO! MY feet are cold!