Ever Seen Inside a Sand Dollar?

“Breaking Free”, mutlimedia on watercolor paper

I had been resting my sand dollar on top of my chalkboard (which is quite shakily balanced on two nails and often falls down when I erase) until a few days ago. It fell down onto my desk and split almost exactly in half, spilling the tiny birds between the pieces.

It was a ready-made art project. I just used watercolors to create the blue-to-purple wash and then glued the pieces on.

I love the fact that there are tiny birds hiding inside the shell, kind of like a flat egg.

Round And Round It Goes

Hypnotic…

Remember how I said I may be crazy? Well, I think I just proved it. This is a lap blanket I made for my grandfather for Father’s Day a couple weeks ago. In near 90-degree weather. If that’s not proof of insanity, I don’t know what is. 🙂

I modified the Pinwheel Baby Blanket pattern by not stopping where it suggested and continuing until it was a good lap-size instead.

It’s a fairly simple pattern. Every other row you add a yarn over to each group, creating the nice lines in the pinwheel. I also chose to do stripes with gray between the black and white in the middle and getting smaller with just the black and white on the outside. On the edge I just finished with a row of single crochet stitches and then a row of double crochets.

I’m considering doing an actual baby-sized one plus a toddler-sized one with a few embellishments in a month or so when the family I work for grows. It’s always a good idea to get the big brother something when the little brother comes so he doesn’t feel left out, and what better way than somewhat matching gifts.

I May Be Crazy

because I ordered all of these books from the library. At the same time.

I wasn’t really expecting them all to show up at once, knowing how long it takes for books to get from one library to the other in the LA County system. Technically they didn’t. I actually have one still on order that is apparently pretty popular. (Or not poplar at all and there is only one copy being passed around. I don’t really remember.)

There are 15 books that I picked up in one trip because I decided to whittle down my to-read list on Goodreads, plus four I get weekly from the city library because it gives me a reason to get off my tuchus and get some exercise. So I’ve been desperately trying to read them before they are due and I have to renew them again.

What crazy things have you done lately? Anyone else go a little overboard with library loans?

Illustration Friday: Shiny

“Shiny Pebbles”, pastels on paper.

The first thing that popped into my head with the prompt of “Shiny” was a necklace. I like the effect of balancing the shiny necklace with the shine on the lips. The title comes from one of my favorite shows ever:

“I ask for rich guys stuff and you give me shiny pebbles?” – Dr. John Zoidberg, Futurama (“Three Hundred Big Boys”)

What does the word “shiny” bring to your mind?

I Should Start A Trophy Shelf :-)

Or I could just let this post be my virtual one. Yeah, that’s probably better.

Waaay back on May 30 (yeah, a whole week ago) the wonderful SzaboInSloMo of She Can’t Be Serious bestowed not one but two whole awards on me. I feel so special to be noticed, especially during a week-long hiatus from the Internet during a whole month where I was pretty darn scarce from the world wide web on all fronts. So what better way to come back than by passing on some awards?

First up is the Blogger Appreciation award. As with all awards in the blogoshpere, this comes with a few rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated me by linking his/her blog. (Again, the blog is She Can’t Be Serious)
2. Answer the 4 questions below.
3. Award the Blogger Appreciation Award to fellow bloggers.
4. Let the Bloggers know that I have nominated them.

I’ll get to the nominating at the end, but first – Questions:
1.How long have you been blogging?  Uh…This one’s existed since October 2010, although I’ve had at least three in different platforms before this.
2. Why did you start blogging?  I was getting fed up with MySpace and the school filters blocked it anyway. A couple of my friends were on Xanga, and the school district’s computers didn’t know about it yet, so I started a blog there freshman year. (It doesn’t exist anymore.)
3. What type of blogs do you like to follow/read? A bit of everything. It helps if the writer has a good sense of humor.
4. What is the one thing you’d like to improve on as a blogger?  Actually writing more often. I’ve taken a few weeks break and I think I’m ready to dive back in. I’ve got a bunch of posts planned.

Next up is the Living Passionately Award. The rules for this one are a little simpler:

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Think about who you’d like to pass this on to.
3. Do something weird and out of the ordinary today. (I spent six whole days in a row watching a three-year-old, I’ve done enough things out of the ordinary this past week.)
4. Post the award someplace conspicuous…framed in your cubicle, as a place mat, or lining the kitty litter box.  (Mine is “posted” as my phone wallpaper. As is the emerging trend, I also am out of color ink in the printer.)

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the nominees are:

Snoring Dog Studio – She’s an amazing artist and an awesome writer. She paints wonderful watercolor portraits, and you should go check them out right this minute.

Katie of Cookies and Crafts – Katie inspires me to do new projects and drool over my keyboard with all the delicious treats she makes. I keep saying I’m going to try some of her recipes, but mostly I just drool over my keyboard at the pictures of the ones she makes. Katie also shares my love of reading, especially YA books.

Nathan Badley of BadlandsBadley – Nathan’s hilarious, do you need any more reason to check his blog out? He’s also quite nice, at least in responding to comments.

Cassy of Knit The Hell Out – Cassy’s a designer, she’s a knitter, and she’s always got something amazing on and off the needles. She’s also a self-professed sock-yarn-hoarder.What can be better?

And, last but not least, Charlotte of The Great Fitness Experiment – Charlotte often shares embarassing moments and confesses her tutu-obsession. Oh yeah, and she tries a different style of exercise every month so you don’t have to to know what works. Plus, she wrote a book and is working on the follow-up.

There we go, awards accepted and given away. What a nice way to come back to the world of the Internet. Thanks, SbazoInSloMo!