Tuesday, January 24, 2012

what i can do when left alone for the weekend.

it happens once a month. the guys go camping. i am home alone. 

i found out i can watch 8 episodes of freaks and geeks, a few random shows on hulu, only get out of bed a handful of times and knit myself a cowl in one day. i stayed shut in my room with the exception of removing the snow from the driveway and my car. it was perfect.

toasty warm!

 upon waking on sunday, i knew i had to do something. so.... i put my new sewing machine to good use and made a tote. i read a few blogs on a regular basis. for the most part they make me feel lazy. though sometimes i am motivated. noodlehead is a blog i follow. there is an amazingly cute tote pattern that i picked up there. 
why not? i purchased the fabric for it a few weeks ago (after making that silly resolution). and so it was.
 i built the tote.

two pockets on the outside....

 i think that it actually came out very well. i have been kinda shoving it in the faces of anyone who will let me. i promptly sent my (very creative and talented) mother a picture who has requested i make one for her. and i think i just might.

and a pocket on the inside?!?!

 maybe next time i am home alone.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

a resolution

I don't like to set myself up for failure. This may be why I have never (before now) made a New Year's resolution. I have thought about it in the past but what would I really resolve to do? Work out more, eat healthier, drink less alcohol, drink more water.... I could go on and on about the things I would like to resolve to do... but really.... will I? Maybe... but only if I want to on a given day. Not because I resolved to do it.
This year however.... I am doing it. I am actually resolving to do something. Two somethings. Both selfish. Which makes me feel a little bad but whatever. They are my resolutions.
The first is to climb more mountains. This should be easy since last year (and in my whole life), I have only climbed two.
The second is to expand my skills. Sewing and knitting mostly. Last year, I learned to make a wrap skirt (thanks mom) and also splurged and purchased a wonderful sewing machine and surger. I am also currently working on making a hat on double pointed needles.
So, that's it. I will do it. I wrote it down now so I can't take it back.