Happy Ravenclaw Pride Day!

I hope all you Harry Potter fans have been enjoying your house pride days this week! I’ve been seeing this image making it’s rounds on Instagram (so that makes it totally official right?) and today is Ravenclaw pride day. We’ve saved the best for last obviously. ;P

To show some house pride myself I got a little girly and painted my nails. I don’t usually paint them because working with my hands pretty much destroys any nail polish I attempt to use, but I figured it only needed to last one day so why not. How have you all been showing your house pride this week?

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About the nail polish: I used Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish in the colors sapphire flare and seared bronze (I prefer the book colors… yeah I’m a Ravenclaw). I did two coats of the sapphire and three coats of the bronze for extra coverage, no top coat because I’m apparently a total noob at nail polish. It held up shockingly well to all the hand washing, heavy lifting, and general getting slammed around that my hands go through on a daily basis. I’ll throw an after picture in so you can see. It held up well enough that I would actually buy and use this nail polish again (with a top coat) despite the whole working with my hands thing.

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Happy Ravenclaw Pride everyone!

So Many Hobbies, So Little Time

It has recently come to my attention that I have way too many hobbies. It really can be overwhelming. I recently put up a poll on Ravelry asking how many hobbies one can actively juggle at a time. Most people so far have voted in the 2-3 hobbies range.

That seems about right to me. I currently have two active hobbies and a bunch more that I can never seem to keep at consistently. I’d like to prioritize my reading and writing (including posting here) a lot more than I do now. Learning how to sew is high on my list too. The rest are pretty much free to come and go as they please, (although I do feel a little guilty that I haven’t even opened any of the three video games I got for Christmas).

Spring seems like a very appropriate time to take stock of my hobbies so I can pare down and clear out any stuff associated with hobbies I’m no longer interested in participating in as much.

Currently active hobbies;

Neglected and hibernating hobbies;

  • Reading
  • Writing and blogging here
  • Sewing
  • Coloring
  • Video games and WoW
  • Junk journaling
  • Cross stitch
  • Lego and puzzles
  • Origami
  • Photography
  • Bead working

(Focus on, Pare downMinimize)

I hope you all are having a good time letting some of the nice air in and getting started on some spring cleaning, even if it is supposed to snow this week in New England. >.<

Long time no post…

I seem to have taken an unintentional holiday hiatus. I’ve been fairly active on Instagram despite the hiatus if you want to know what I’ve been up to for the past month. Now that the work schedule has died down a bit and the family gatherings are done for a while, I’m back and ready to blog.

As an introvert, the holidays are pretty hard for me. I love being around family and friends, but I need time to recover. Unfortunately late December through the new year doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for that necessary recovery, especially when you work retail.

I’ve made great strides recently, but I still struggle with my introversion from time to time. It’s part of the reason I started this blog in the first place. I feel like a lot of us bloggers tend towards the more introverted side of things in our ‘real’ lives. Blogging and social media is an easier platform for an introverts or people with social anxiety to express themselves and be social on their own terms.

I’m lucky to have a very supportive significant other when it comes to my introversion and anxiety, which are not always so neatly packaged together I might add. It is possible to have one without the other. For Christmas my Fiancé picked the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain off my Amazon wishlist. This is something that has been on my wishlist for a long time. It gets 4.5 stars on Amazon and I’m excited to give it a read.

Has anyone else read this book? What do you think of it?

Free Pattern: 30,000 Stitches of Love

I just put the finishing touches on my rainbow baby blanket. I love the way it turned out!

I used Loops and Threads Impeccable in six different colorways; red hot, orange crush, butterscotch, grass, bright sky blue, and grape punch. The green and yellow are from the ‘solids’ line while the rest are ‘brights’. I would have gone all brights probably, but that was all they had in the store at the time. I think it turned out really nice. The kitty agrees.

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The pattern is very basic, but I thought I would share it for anyone who wants to replicate the blanket. The finished dimensions without blocking are about 38″ square. The number of stitches you pick up for each section might vary by one or two depending on your method of picking up and how careful you are about counting your rows (as it’s not particularly important to be exact with this type of project).

Pro tip: when you start knitting for each section, make sure that your purl bumps are showing along the wrong side of the blanket so that there will be a clear ‘front’ and ‘back’ for the blanket.

  • Using size 7 needles, Cast on 54 sts with Red, Knit 48 rows.
  • Switch to Orange, Knit 60 rows, BO.
  • Pick up 55 sts with Yellow along side edge, Knit 75 rows, BO.
  • Pick up 91 sts with Green along Yellow/Orange edge, Knit 75 rows, BO.
  • Pick up 91 sts with Blue along Red/Orange/Green edge, Knit 75 rows, BO.
  • Pick up 131 sts with Purple along Yellow/Red/Blue edge, Knit 75 rows, BO.

And there you have it, a wonderfully squishy rainbow blanket for the new baby (or spoiled cat) in your life.

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Bizarre Childhood Crushes

Lately I’ve been spending some time with my childhood crush.

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Look at that mullet! Luckily my taste in hair has changed. I really think the whole appeal was in the half demon thing anyway.

I used to stay up until one in the morning to watch reruns of Inuyasha. Remember when you had to actually stay up late to watch your favorite late night shows? Am I aging myself here..?

The show is about a modern Japanese school girl, Kagome, who falls through a well into the ancient past. There she discovers that she is the reincarnation of a priestess destined to protect the Shikon Jewel, and meets the half-demon, Inuyasha, who wants to steal the Shikon Jewel to become a full demon. When the jewel shatters and the shards are spread across the world, the two have to team up to recover them. Despite their differing motives, a complicated romance ensues along with much action and adventure.

I recall enjoying the television show so much as a kid, that when I saw that there were books I couldn’t resist. They are read right to left, which was a bit of an adjustment for me since I’ve never really been into manga. I decided to go with the VizBig editions (that’s the 3 in one editions) because they seem easier to obtain than all the individual volumes. There are 56 individual books! I think there are only 18 of the VizBig ones. I know that doesn’t math correctly, but I’m pretty sure that’s right.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying the books, even if I don’t find Inuyasha as cute as I used to. Now that I’ve outed my weird childhood crush, does anyone else have a weird crush on a fictional character they want to share?