• Life,  Pysanky,  School School School

    What I’ve Been…

    …planning: Pysanky designs. The easter season is over, yes, but I plan to keep making them year-round this year. I really need to start honing my skills and getting creative if I ever plan on using this to drum up some extra income. …working on: grading. And more grading. It’s crunch time, and of course, as I always do, I ended up planning tests and papers too close to one another. Every single semester I say to myself, “I’ll plan this out better next semester…” And I try – I really do try – but no matter what, somehow it never works out. Right now I’m plodding my way through…

  • Pysanky

    Behind the Scenes

    Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here; it’s been a bit crazy this past week thanks to the holiday, high school musical season (always a busy time for freelance musicians), and crunch time at school. But I promise there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled posts at the very least by Friday. Until then, here’s a quick peak at the pysanky I’ve been working on recently. I have a bunch finished and ready to share here a little bit later!

  • Making Do,  Tutorials and Tips

    A Test of a Pinterest DIY Cleaner

    So bathtub cleaner is expensive. Cleaners in general are expensive. This is not news to anyone I’m sure, and it certainly wasn’t news to me. But with my financial situation set to become what it will at the end of this semester* it has gradually become more and more soul sucking to have to purchase these kinds of products. Not only are they expensive, but they smell totally noxious, and using them is a massive pain in the rump that leaves me with a headache from the odor every time. The idea that I was paying what I was for the “privilege” of cleaning just started to drive me bonkers.…

  • Knitting and Crochet

    Kogarashi Cowl

    Today we have an FO from before I started my financial yarn fast (so it doesn’t count towards those 5 FOs). Another Fern Lace Cowl in the books (ravelry link). This will make 3 of these cowls – the second was my Mom’s Birthday Cowl and the first was an FO I finished during my time off the blogosphere… and I still haven’t gotten around to photographing it for Ravelry. This time the cowl is once again for me. The yarn is Noro Kogarashi in colorway #7. I’ve had this in my stash for a very long time, and sadly this yarn has been discontinued since… I actually bought this…

  • Holidays,  Knitting and Crochet

    Mom’s Afghan

    Hey, remember when I mentioned that I made an afghan for my mom for Christmas way back in December? Yea, I realized the other day that I never got around to showing that off. So here it is! I started it at the end of November and was just finishing weaving ends in at midnight on December 23rd at my parent’s house – my dad acting as lookout to make sure my mom didn’t come into the kitchen (we’re a family of night owls when we’re all home for the holidays). I’ve done an afghan like this before. Those of you who knew me back in the days of my…

  • History Love,  Links

    A Gathering of Rosies

    It’s no secret that I love Rosie the Riveter. I’ve been her for Halloween more than once, and have a large tin reproduction of the famous “We Can Do It” poster on my desk… although – fun historical tidbit here: though “Rosie the Riveter” has been around as a cultural icon since WWII, that poster is not actually “Rosie” and in fact didn’t become associated with the term “Rosie the Riveter” until the 1980’s when the poster was rediscovered. Until then the most famous non-photography Rosie image was a Rockwell cover for the Saturday Evening Post that most people probably wouldn’t recognize today. But anyway, maybe one day I’ll write…