Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Despite my lack of desire to sit in front of a computer any longer than absolutely necessary, I feel an odd responsibility to update my blog. Must be some kind of illness.

I think I've seen at least 2 shows since the last time I made an entry, this being a picture of one of them. Despite dissapointing vocals, the instrumentation is freaking AMAZING. I haven't heard live music this good in a while. I kept wishing that the singer would shut up and play so I could listen to the guys rock out. Something about vocalists in C'ville, they're not that great. Maybe it's something in the water.

Headed out to another show tonight, will take camera. Expect updates soon.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Yes, I am still alive

Not only am I still among the walking upright set, I have also almost finished painting my foyer. It's a rather daring red with chocolatie trim and a brown/black ceiling. My multitalented husband installed a new cieling fixture AND a dimmer switch to control it. The man's a genius. I have also reinstalled the laundry closet doors, finished the clothing laundry, tidied up my office enough to be able to find my desk and computer, and put little doors on one of my cubby bin thingies. I'm feeling a bit accomplished. On the downside...my scanner did not survive the move. I'm really put out by this. I had no idea just how much I used my scanner until it went on the fritz. The scanning bar gets stuck and jitters around, causing unwanted but interesting results. BUMMER! There go a bunch of images for the craft book group on flickr I wanted to post. Not to mention some little stuff I'd made and some vintage post cards. Maybe I can fix it. Or even better yet, maybe I can find the instructions for making an "alternate dimension" camera out of it. I saw it done on a geeky tech show on TV and have since wanted to try it.
Using the scanner as a camera you "scan" whatever you point the thing at and apparently some really bizzar images are caught. I think that'd be pretty cool. Maybe I can swindle a scanner off my dad in a couple weeks when I head up to see him.

Ok..., lunch is calling and I'm really hungry...I'm off.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A place to rest my bones

A place to rest my bones
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

As of this weekend, this will be my home. The home my little family will fill. The home that is not a rental. The home I will paint the walls of, hammer holes in, add furniture to. This is going to be my new address. I am the youngest member of my immediate family to own a home. Truly, it's a celebration.
And of course, in true Sasha fashion...I have strep throat. I can never have any wonderfully good news in my life without being sick at the same time. It's really amazingly predictable. The Dr.s say I should be up and running by tomorrow afternoon. I'm looking forward to finish packing up some more boxes and cleaning up this rental. I'll be happy to shed it like old skin. We've outgrown it, and it's no fun to live in.

Hurray for us! As soon as I get settled again I'll be posting again. Can you believe it? A house!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

TILT seashells

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

I love to collect seashells. I love being close to the ocean, being in the ocean, sleaping near the ocean and in general, water. There have been many a time when I've escaped from family vacations in the wee hours of the morning to sleep on the beach with nothing but a blanket and the sand for my pillow. This is how I found out about the beachcombers.

There are these funny machines that somone drives over the beach, it's like a riding lawnmower, but instead of blades it has this kind of comb in front and behind. Up and down the beach it goes, leveling out the sand and scooping up trash and other human debris while leaving shells and other fauna behind. You only see them very early in the morning, as the sun is coming up. I've gotten a few odd looks from the drivers of the beachcombers when they find me all wrapped up and snoring, morning dew collecting on me.

I find that the best time to collect shells is at the wee hours, right before the beach combers sweep through. Its at this time that I once found a toy metal ring in the shape of a skull, still in it's plastic pre retail packaging, growing barnacles. I like to "race" the combers to collect the ocean's gifts. It's not much of a race, the things barely go 5 miles an hour, but it still makes me giddy.

Monday, May 08, 2006

caliligraphy practice

caliligraphy practice
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

in preparation for a project I'm going to work on, I figured it was about time to practice my handwriting skills. In general, I have horrid handwriting, so I took up calligraphy in HS in the hopes of improvement. Despite developing a great love for fonts, my handwriting remains hideous, unless I'm specifically writing in a font. This is a sample of my practice.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

It's true!

I am a pinching koala and tree!
Find your own pose!

Marshall is my tree, I am the koala. At least until I start kicking, punching, scratching, sweating, and talking in my sleep. Have pity on him.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Birthday meme: July 5

Wikipedia Blog Meme Game
April 30th, 2006 by striatic

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
5. Post it.

July 5th goings on.

1865 - William Booth founds The Christian Mission (later renamed The Salvation Army).
1946 - The bikini is introduced.
1950 - Zionism: The Knesset passes the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel. (which allowed part of my family to flee from Romania to Israel seeking sanction from Nicolae Ceausescu's brutal communist dictatorship)

1675 - Mary Walcott, American accuser at the Salem witch trials
1901 - Sergey Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master (d. 1992)

1932 - Sasha Cherny, Russian poet (b. 1880)

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

My mother in law and her siblings have been going through their childhood home recently. As fate would have it, Grandma S has begun a steady decline into senile dementia. It started off fairly simply (as it always does), but now she has to be watched all the time.
It's been decided that Grandma S's house will be put on the market. Because of this I've been the recipient of a great many items of hers. Mostly sewing, quilting, and crafting. While I always love receiving supplies, I can't say I enjoy receiving them this way.
I'm a bit conflicted. On one hand, I'm glad to get them while she's still alive, so that I can look at them without feeling complete loss. On the other hand, I would have wished her to have given them to me of her own volition. Instead we, the family, pick over her house like vultures, dividing up her posessions amongst ourselves like morsels. I know we can't ever have the S that we had before, but I wish she were there to guide us.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

TILT 9: local shows

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

I love going to local music shows. Especially small shows at smokeless venues. I enjoy seeing my friends up on the stage, making great music and having a good time. I really like being introduced to new music and new bands through going to see bands I know and like. Lately I've been super lucky in the fact that all of the opening bands I've seen having been really good. I've had the chance to listen to and love the following:
The Sad Lives of the Hollywood Lovers
And of course, one of my favorites as of late
Blur the Lines who gave me the opportunity to take that spiffy black and white photo you see.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I do work with paper...see?

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

This is the first batch of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) I've made. I rather like them. I'm thinking about putting a few ATC kits together that can double as collage additives. yeah...and stuff. *grin*

Thursday, April 13, 2006

TILT 8b: Salamanca

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

This was the first of the salamanders. I likee lots.

TILT 8: Salamandre

Originally uploaded by striatic.

This was made for me by a very talented friend, check out more of his work here.

I love it because it was made thoughtfully, specifically for me. That doesn't really happen to me often, other than the fantastic offerings from my little girl. In fact this is probably the first time since High School. In return I'm working on a photo series in collaboration with my friend Eliza. As soon as I get it just right I'll be posting for all to see.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Big steps

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

I've not been posting because I've been really really busy lately. Y'see, I've finally decided to go ahead and start selling my stuff online. Thanks to www.etsy.com I think I can pull it off too. Tomorrow will be the first day I post my stuff up for sale. I'm nervous, but I also know that it will be a while before anyone notices it's there.

Thanks to two of the best chums a girl could ever have I have fantastic product photos modled by one of the most beautiful people I know. So...yeah. Give me another 24 hours and I'll be an online retailer. I'm not sure I like these butterflies so much, they keep unsettling my dinner.

Friday, March 24, 2006

TILT 6: Freaky Medical Stuff

TILT 6: Freaky Medical Stuff
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

Ever since I can remember, I've been fascinated by the human body's oxymoronic ability to withstand the seemingly impossible and yet be so fragile. I love the Medical Channel, the TLC channel, and any other channel that shows medical oddities. I've been known to sit and watch thorasic surgery while wolfing down a bowl of ramen without blinking. One of my favorite things to do is guess a diagnosis before they state it on that Mystery Diagnosis show. I also have a crush on the Gregory House character on the series House. Not so much the actor, just the character. He's broody, complicated, and brilliant. Plus he gets to fish around in people's body cavities. Does it get any cooler? Nope.
By the way, that's not my X-ray. It was on display at a museum I visited with my daughter. There was also one of a child's hand with an extra thumb, someone who'd shot themself with a nail gun (the nail had completely penetrated the bone) and a couple of other interesting bits. Emily had to pull me away rather forcefully to get me to move on.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Getting ready for April

Gonna give my local craft stores a rest in April. I can't remember where I stumbled across the "use what you have" idea. It might have been whipup or Flickr, but it seems like a great idea. As someone attracted to textiles, patterns and supplies in general, I'm being pushed out of my office. I had to move the majority of my fabric stash upstairs once I got interested in paper crafting just so that I'd have room to experiment and put my papers.
In order to prepare myself for the long dry spell, I took a brief inventory of my supplies to see what I might actually need (vs. want, drool over, fall in love with) and discovered that I was almost out of pH Neutral glue, Fray Check
and a couple of packages of wooden game pieces for Kokeshi I'm making. Otherwise, I'm probably good for life. I've got enough paper here to make me wonder if I've killed off 10 acres of forrested land, I've got yard and yards of fabric )not including the stuff up in my attic), I've got stuffing, interfacing, pillow forms, thread, embroidery thread, fibers, paints, pigments, inks, beads, needles, colored pencils, stamps, inks, and photos coming out of my ears. If I keep listing, I'll just embarass myself and be forced to realize that I tend to overshop and I'm still in the denial phase of my addiction thank you very much.
So I picked up the Fray Check and the glue and the wooden dollies and some paper and...you get the idea. Then I went online and found all the tutorials that I'd been eyeing but didn't have the time to try. I printed them out (they're listed below) and am ready to start creating. If you don't hear from me for a week or two...I'm under the 5 layers of paint and pile of fabric scraps. Good luck to me!

Wise flower tutorial
Martha's Tomato pincushions
Customized Tape Measure
Flower Pincushion
Wee Bunny
Shrinky Dink Pins

Getting ready for April

Monday, March 20, 2006

Ambition, goals, and other personal matters

Ok so I just signed up for a really cool group goal. The goal of the group is to buy no crafting/art supplies throughout the month of April. To read more, go here
It turns out I'm not the only craft shopping addict. Thank God.
I have also decided to cut up all my scraps (paper and fabric) into usable shapes. Right now I'm looking at circles, squares and triangles for the fabric and I'm going to coluzzle the bejeebers out of my scrap paper. I have all these great shapes and tons of scraps that can be reduced to much more useful Items. It'll also make production a bit easier. I tend to use the same templates over and over again (otherwise why would I have bought them?) and it'd be good to have some of those shapes prefab so I can just grab and paste. I'm also looking at covering a bunch of boxes, folders and other objects with paper to revamp my office supplies.

I have also kicked Prozak to the curb. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of adding it to my ever growing med regime, and I'm happy to see it go. I'll let you in on something that a ton of people know. I have OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Clinical Depression, and a host of other medical issues that have very little to do with my mental health. I spend quite a bit of my waking hours trying to keep myself from doing drastic or irrational things. Rarely do I have a day when I'm not forced to analyze every action and word. I am very comfortable with myself, but I have the tendency to make those around me very uncomfortable. Especially when I'm having a bad day. For me, a bad day isn't defined by things like flat tires, bank errors, mean people or external forces that I have very little control over. Yeah they stink, but if I'm stable, I usually just shrug it off. A bad day for me is when I'm losing my grip on reality, when my perception of events around me is so skewed that I can no longer understand the most mundane of social interactions. The last three years have been very hard for me. Apparently the birth of my daughter triggered a chemical imbalance that has yet to be corrected. Every time I think I have the situation under control and a routine in place to keep me going, something shifts and I'm left off balance again. The only constants I have are the love and support of my immediate family (my husband, daughter and Mother-in-law) and my faith. Maybe I should say the faith God has in me. Even at my worst I know He's there, guiding me, listening to my sobs and hysteria, laughing when I laugh, and just being there. I don't want pity or sympathy. What I really want, is a few good doctors who can figure out how to put me back together again. A pill that can keep me constant, and the ability to know when what I'm saying .

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

I Love Donuts. I love the smell of a Duncan Donuts when you first walk in, the brewed coffee, the fresh baked donuts, the glaze...mmmmmmmm. If I could bottle that smell, I'd wear it all day. I finally broke down yesterday and bought a dozen because I'd been craving them for a week and a half. I tried to resist, really I did. I even went so far as to try to substitute. First I ate a bowl of cherios thinking that it was carbs and sugar I was after...that and they're shaped like donuts...two bowls later the craving was still unslaked.
So then I baked a devil's food cake but I had no frosting...it just wasn't the same. I finally snapped and headed to the nearest DD (about 10 min. away from my house) and went for the whole dozen. Usually I only get one or two but I picked some up for the hubby and Em and the rest are all for me. I'll show that craving.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What I did(n't) yesterday.

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

So I had planned to scan a whole mess of fabrics and stick them on my swap site and make a bunch of stuff...but then the power went out. It was soooooo windy that the whole block's grid got knocked out by...I dunno a flying cow or something. At first I wigged out a bit thinking that I'd flaked on the bill again, but then I saw my neighbors congregating on their back porches and yelling at each other about how they didn't have any power and realized that it wasn't just me. Marshall and I have a tendency to assume that the other has paid the bills. You'd think after 7 years we'd figure a system out, but so far, no go. We're working on it though. We've got that whole "Pay all yer bills online" thing. It's just a matter of remembering to authorise the payments now.
Ok so instead of doing anything productive...I took a nap. But I did manage to scan a few this morning and I'm in the process of posting them on my swapblog. Speaking of swaps...I'm behind. I'm brokish due do an invoicing mixup (remind me to fire my accounts department...oh wait that's me!) but I should have a check by today so I can scoot to the post office and mail EVERYTHING off. And then I'll probably be brokish again. Wow...sometimes working for myself stinks. Did you really want to know all of that? Prolly not, but you do now. Heh.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

More craftiness

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

I made the patchwork bag and the argyle with flowers tote on Sunday, and the green satchel last night. I thoroughly enjoyed creating them. I'm beginning to think I need to start an Etsy account in order to sell off some of the stuff I make. It's going to start running me out of my office again.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Color-iffic Swap Received!!!

Laying out and drooling
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

A fantastic green package was waiting for me on the porch when I got home yesterday...the kicker was that I was only home to pick up some paperwork for a meeting and then I had to run off. My restraint was admirable. I didn't tear into the package until after I had located my paperwork.

Included in the package were these fantastic smelling tea bags that scented the whole package. I spent a minute with my nose buried in the scarf just inhaling and imagining that it was the scent of Brazil. Then I made myself a mug and chugged it down because my throat is feeling pretty rough. It totally hit the spot. Highlights from the package include green polkadotted post its, fantastic seed beads, excellent buttons (I already have plans for two of them to become Pointy Kitty eyes), a great little CD case that I totally needed at the moment and best of all were the hand made items. I've already brought the little pouch in to work today and that pin cushion is wonderful!

What really stole my heart was that Adriana added a marble for Emily's collection, and it used to be hers! Adriana, that was the sweetest thing EVER! Thank you sooooo much.
Due to extremely tense and busy circumstances at work I haven't been able to break free to get to the post office, but it WILL get done today because I just don't have a choice...it's the 10th, the mailing due date!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Things I Love Thursday: #4, Creative Sprawl

Creative Sprawl
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

This is usually what the morning after creativity hits looks like. It's a comfortable place to be, surrounded by supplies and a sense of accomplishment.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ma petit chien FifiBelle

See Fifi Belle Climb a Tree
Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

This is FifiBelle. I finished her today while watching a slew of Carey Grant movies. The man was an acting genius.
I found the pattern here. You can see a whole Flickr gallery of them here . She probably took me a total of 5 hours to make but I'm suuuuuper pokey.

Monday, March 06, 2006

A weekend of overspending

I am VERY bad with money. When I say bad I mean...TERRIBLE. As soon as I get it I spend it. I went to my in-laws this weekend and Marshall and I almost always go shopping when we visit. I really wanted to go to SchoolHouse Fabrics to match some fabrics I bought recently for Color-iffic but of course, chartreuse really IS impossible to match. Did that stop me from dropping over $100 there? That would be a no. Then it was off to the mall and Target to find shoes and sweaters for the kid. Six pairs of shoes, 11 shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 skirt, 6 pairs of shoelaces, 3 lipbalms, and 2 sets of false eyelashes (look, I've always wanted to try them) later I realized that I barely had any cash left. YIKES! I just got paid on Fri. Sooooo yeah, I've got a pile of stuff to return due to buyers remorse. None of it would be the stuff I got at the fabric store or the stuff I got for the kid. Priorities folks, it's all about the priorities.

I shouldn't really let myself out of the house. On the + side, pictures of my crafty haul and an almost completed Pointy kitty are soon to follow. Good grief. I'm a mess.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Things I Love Thursdays #3

Originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.

This is my fastturn, there are many like it, but this one is mine.

This sewing tool set me back about $25 4 years ago and today I wonder how I went so long without it. What you do is insert the appropriate sized metal tube into the fabric opening and gather the fabric over the tube until either it comes out the other end or your closing stitches stop it. If you're threading elastic you take the flexible metal rod with the twist at the end and slide it into the tube, attatch the ellastic by screwing the twist into it, then pull. Easy Peasy Lemon Sqeezy.
If you're turning a fabric tube inside out (for bag handles, straps or for the heck of it) you repeat step two of the whole process, but just twist the metal rod until the end pokes out of the closed off tube and pull the whole thing back through the tube. Voila! Fabric tube right side out! I just used it Tues. night to make the handles on that green bag. It never ceases to amaze me. I seriously don't ever want to go through a tote bag project or lose the draw string to another hoodie without it.

Other things I love:
Emily seranading me with "Skinnamarinkydinkydink"
Sleeping late
Sparkly things

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Green Bag

Green Bag
Green Bag,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
Oh yeah, I made this...and I'm awefully proud of myself. I altered this pattern to make a larger bag and because I'm all kinds of impatient and can't follow instructions. Once I had the outside of the bag done, I realized that lining it with a co-ordinating fabric just wasn't going to cut it. I wanted-no craved- a contrasting fabric on the inside. I also wanted a pocket for the little things that get themselves lost easily, like keys, wallets, and small children. So there is a nice red felted wool pocket for pens and and other bits and bobbles. I almost wish I were keeping it for myself, but it's off to find a nice home somewhere far away. I'll miss you little bag, perhaps I'll make you a twin for myself.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Almost done!

Sewing Bins
Sewing Bins,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
Maybe. I've managed to get all the shelves filled, the bins of my sewing fixture are almost arranged. I think I need to re-organise this a bit. Just not sure how. The beads are finally organised, the paper is next. After that I'll look through the remaining boxes to find anything else I'd like to display. Good luck to me.

Friday, February 24, 2006

DJ Spite

DJ Spite
DJ Spite,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
My husband's nickname is DJ Spite. Ever since High School he's had this really evil habit of messing with whatever you're listening to. It started in his friend's cars. Along they'd be driving and someone would remark "hey, I love this song!". No sooner is the word "song" out of their mouths and the song is changed.

The first time it happened to me I thought it was a mistake, maybe he didn't hear what I said. Then I noticed it as a disturbing trend. Worse, when I'd say "oh man, this song really burns my nerves" the volume would go up. Finally, about a year or so ago I confronted him about this. He claims to not be able to controll himself. Even if he hates the same song you do, if you make any remark, the compulsion to annoy overrides the distaste.
On a long ago road trip I finally snapped and hollered "ALRIGHT DJ SPITE! Cut it out!" and smacked at the radio buttons. He decided that he really liked the nickname, and I have to say, it suits. After the nickname stuck I got the idea to make a logo for him so that he could lable his CDs and other work items that he carries around with him. Last night I managed to sit down and get it down on paper in this ink sketch. I really like how it came out. Now I just have to color it.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Things I Love Thursdays #2

Things I Love Thursdays #2
Things I Love Thursdays #2,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
Thursdays are not only TILT (Things I Love Thursdays) days, they're also the designated cleaning days for my household. For those of us unfortunate enough to have ancient hard wood flooring in disrepair, this thing is a must. For those of us fortunate enough to have any kind of flooring that doesn't absorb water...this thing is a must. It's the Hoover FloorMate and I love it.
I deplore mopping, and sweeping is running a close second on the Things-I-Detest-Wasting-Time-On list. My fantastic hubby bought this for me shortly after Em was born in order to make my least favorite chore faster and easier. Not only did it deliver in the chore department, it had the added bonus of making tired cranky infants fall asleep. All I had to do was snuggle Em on my shoulder and the crook of my elbow in one arm and hoover away with the free hand and voila! Clean floors and sleeping baby! Yes...this thing rocks my socks.
Last week I broke it out for the first time in a month or so and attacked the downstairs floors. I forgot that it gets them so clean it's almost lethal. The floors were slick and smooth enough to have Em careening around in her socks, piping up in that sweet little girl voice "Mommy look! I'm skating!" I too spent some time skidding around in my socks, not always on purpose.

Monday, February 20, 2006

April's Colorific Inspiration

Flickr has taken over my free time. I have joined two groups that require action by a certain due date. We'll see if I can keep it up. The first one you've already seen,
Things I love Thursdays
. The second is Colorific Swap O Rama. Every month the moderator of the group chooses a color or color scheme theme and we put packages together comprised of that scheme. The moderator chooses partners and sends you your swap buddy. You could be sending your package to Australia and getting one from NJ. It's pretty exciting. March's theme is green, April's theme is green and violet or any permutation thereof. I found the above fabric at a local craft store and immediately knew that it was my inspiration for April. March is getting ready to be packed up and sent off at the end of the week. I really hope my partner likes it.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

I must be unstable.

The Reworking 2
The Reworking 2,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
I think I must have been dropped on my head as a small child. What on Earth whas I thinking when I started cleaning my office out? I think there was some grand delusion about being more organised and therefor more productive...or inspired...or something. Ok so right now I can definitely see the benefit of having more floorspace to be able to set up my Oma's card table as a sewing table, and have the ironing board set up, and be able to leave my paper projects on my desk undisturbed while I go about my sewing projects. Too bad I can't get to any of those projects because I can't find any of them. *sigh* I'm going to bed.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Things I Love Thursdays pt.1

Tiny Glass Phials
Tiny Glass Phials,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
Here's my first post for Things I Love Thursdays.. I'm kind of excited because I've never been a part of one of these weekly photo groups. I've been trolling other people's Self Portrait Tuesdays and Illustration Fridays. Now I can participate.

This is a part of my watch maker's cabinets. I have two, each containing two drawers. Inside those drawers I hide all kinds of tiny things. There are charms, scrapbooking findings, antique doodads, and most of all, the smell. It's an old, musty, dusty, dry rotted wood smell. All at once powdery, musky and slightly sweet. Every time I open the drawer it wafts out at me and comforts me. At first I was afraid of the smell. Usually that smell means mold, something I'm really allergic to. After cleaning out the remnants of the watchmaker who owned it before me though, I came to associate that smell with aged wisdom and inspiration. Every time I catch a whiff I smile to myself. These cabinets remind me of the little old toy fixer from Toy Story 2. I like to think that he smelled like my drawers, that maybe the previous owner looked like him.


I hardly have enough time to breath but I thought I'd write down that I'm in the middle of a HUGE artspace/office/craft room overhaul. I was so inspired by Hillary Lang's fantastic work room overhaul that I decided to revamp my space. WOW! It's alot of work. I pulled everything off shelves and out of cubbies and moved furniture around and purchased storage bits and bobs and I'm still trying to pull myself out from under the mess. I have boxes and bins and stuff strewn all over the place in the dining room and study. I wanted to paint something last night but couldn't because I couldn't find my paints! I also wanted to make two scrapbook layouts but couldn't because I had no space and couldn't find all of my stuff. I wanted to start on the Pointy Kitty pattern Hillary Lang had posted on her blog but couldn't because...you guessed it...I couldn't find the printer to print it out! WAUGH! So tonight, when Hubby and Co. are slaying aliens in the living room, I'm going to be in my space trying to get everything sorted just right so that I can play.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Happy (belated) Valentine's day

Blue Button Heart
Blue Button Heart,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
Hope you had a great one, be you single, married or still think boys have cooties.
The hubby scored HUGE brownie points for bringing home Champagne, Cheesecake, and flowers. We cuddled on the couch and watched Battlestar Galactica ('twas good, believe me) drank champagne, ate cheesecake and pretended to be adults. Does anyone else ever feel like that?
I gave the above button heart to my mother in law. She loved it. It hangs on the stairwell on the first floor to the second floor.

Monday, February 13, 2006

coxi creations�

Check out these adorable creations from Brazil/Portugal at coxi creations�. I stumbled across them on Flickr after being tagged as one of his contacts. They're super cute, colorful craftybits.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I. Am. A Sellout.

So it all started out pretty innocently enough. I found iTunes on my machine at work and opened it up to listen to everyone's shared files, looking for some new stuff to wrap my ears around. Next thing I know it's 3 months later and I've downloaded over $100 and 788.9 kb in music, spoken word, and comedy. So I say to myself...this is an app that's online, I have itunes on my machine at home the files should be on my account, transferable and stuff. So I get home and fire up itunes at home and find out that...the files are only local to the machine I download them on. I mean...seriously. I have yahoo mail, it's free, and I can access my files from any machine...what the heck!? I pay for iTunes downloads and I can't access the files anywhere but on the machine I downloaded them...man that's irritating. So I figure I'll just rip 'em to cds and take them home right? My machine at work doesn't have a cd burner. It has iTunes but no cd burner...amazing.
So I figure I'll VNC (Virtual Network Computing, learn more here) into my work machine from home and transfer the files right? Nope, no can do. Can't e-mail them because the files are too big. So what do I do next? I complain to my husband of course. He's a total computer genius. Junkie is more like it really. You know what he says? He says "You could just put them on an iPod". Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Flash back a three months ago when he goes through two different kinds of mp3 players in one month and announces that he's going to break down and buy an iPod. To this I laugh, point and call him a sellout. Our house is not Mac friendly. Fast forward to last month when he tells me he's going to buy me an iPod. To which I exclaim indignantly "Why?! I have an mp3 player that I really like. No thanks, really." Fast forward again to yesterday.
Yesterday we went out on a date, my hubby and I. He pulls into a certain big name electronic store and I decide to stay in the truck. Can you blame me? I live with the stuff all over the house, I don't really want to go out of my way to look at it. So when he pops up out of the store and asks me what kind of iPod I want and gives me two choices, what do I say? I say, "whichever's least expensive" he says there's not much difference between the two so I tell him to get the one with the most memory. Something momentous is happening. I'm caving. Again. Like the time I swore to boycott a huge retail corporation and wound up failing because a friend of mine pointed out the utility and savings...some friend. He says "black or white" I say "black". Ten minutes later I'm the conflicted owner of a black iPod.

I. Am. A Sellout.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A poem to break your heart.

The Maid-Servant at the Inn

"It's queer," she said; "I see the light
As plain as I beheld it then,
All silver-like and calm and bright ---
We've not had stars like that again!

"And she was such a gentle thing
To birth a baby in the cold.
The barn was dark and frightening ---
This new one's better than the old.

"I mind my eyes were full of tears,
For I was young, and quick distressed
But she was less than me in years
That held a son against her breast.

"I never saw a sweeter child ---
The little one, the darling one! ---
I mind I told her, when he smiled
You'd know he was his mother's son.

"It's queer that I should see them so ---
The time they came to Bethlehem
Was more than thirty years ago;
I've prayed that all is well with them."
--Dorothy Parker

Friday, January 27, 2006

Trends I hope to not see in the new year

Nails so long they curl and make you wonder how going to the bathroom is possible.

Track pants with text emblazoned across the tush.

Toe rings.

Dudes in pants so baggy their tushes hang out.

Ugg boots and other furry, eskimo-like boots.


Yarn woven in hair.

Sneakers as high heels or high heels as sneakers.

House slippers tarted up and worn as if they're acceptable footgear out of the house.

I'm sure there's more to come, and if you've fallen victim to any one of more of these trends...it's ok. We all have. This is nothing personal. They're just irritating.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Inspiring Images from Craft Books

Shelf O Craftbooks
Shelf O Craftbooks,
originally uploaded by The Paper Doll.
I've been part of a Flickr group called Inspiring images from Craft Books and I have to say that it's hightened my awareness of craft books. I have quite a few as you can see, but I'm always trolling around for some really good resources to keep me inspired. I recently spent an afternoon at Barnes and Nobles sifting through craft books in order to find a few that I would like. Here's a list of all of the ones that really interested me.

Papercrafts & Stamp It: Treasury of Tips and Tricks. ISBN 1-57486-572-2

Vintage-Style Quilts
ISBN 1-58011-172-6

Simply Beautiful Beading
ISBN 1-58180-563-2

Summer Crafts
ISBN 1-59258-131-5

Sashiko, Japanese Traditional Hand Stitch
ISBN 1-889682-37-3

Felt Crafts
ISBN 1-84476-189-4

Collage Sourcebook
ISBN 1-59253-101-6

Designer Style Jewelry
ISBN 0-8230-2601-9

Fabulous Fabric Flowers
ISBN 4-88996-192-5

Colorful Stitchery
ISBN 1-58017-611-9

In total, it will cost me about $340 to buy them all at bookstores. Maybe I should look into buying some of them used online.

Me Want!!

I found this super adorable "unazukin" on Jlist today and I have to say, I totally want it. Here's a description of what it does, taken from the site iteself:

"Unazukin is the latest interactive toy from Bandai -- a small "fairy" that is actually a good listener. The voice activated doll actually reacts to your voice, nodding and shaking her head whenever appropriate. Battery powered (the battery is included -- make sure to remove the protective slip first) with an on off switch, the cute two inch high doll has four different movements, shaking head back and forth once or twice; and nodding once or twice, An adorable toy that makes a great gift or a display item. This doll is part of the Nature series -- named "Star", she is red emblazoned with white stars. "

Hah, finally, someone to listen to me! They had a bunch of little cute ones in the Nature series, a yellow one with flowers, a blue one with big round circles, a white one with rainbow stripes...but it's the red one that I want. For $12, that's not bad.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wow so here's what I'm working on at the moment. I got this great book called "the new crewel" by Katherine Shaughnessy(ISBN 1-57990-680-x). It's really fantastic, the pictures are great, the instructions are excellent and the projects are really pretty and easy to adapt to your skill level. I created my own sampler by combining 4 of the patterns. You can check out more of the projects and places to buy them and the book here at Wool and Hoop.com. There are mostly mod designs with a few more traditional patterns thrown in for good measure.

I've been busy as usual lately, but I have a list of things I want to blog about, I figure I'll list them here so I can catch myself up as I go.

Fri. 13, Jan. 2006
Blur the Lines/Soulsledge/Bella Morte show
Craft books I want
Flickr Addiction
Why I don't write about other people often.
Emily's Crow

Monday, January 09, 2006


I have all these images from my cell phone that I finally uploaded to my server at home and what happens? I find out that I've maxed out my upload space allotted for the month on Flickr. So I ask the hub if it's ok to upgrade the account to pro status and you know what he says? He says NO! Why? Because he wants to use me as an guinee pig for a photo share gallery he's creating at work. Why I ask. There's Flickr. Oh those scheming people at work. I'd tell you why they're creating it and when it will be up, but then I'd have to kill you. I guess it's a good thing no one reads this thing. That'd be a really tall order to fill.

So the pic is from ISBN 1-893352-11-0, Sew Simple by Making Memories. I love these little scrapplets and the pockets. I want to make a layout or two with them and maybe a collage...but I have no projects that need them at the moment. *sigh* I guess I'll just have to wait. Ok, back to work.