Friday, December 24, 2010

Visions of knitting patterns. Not presents.

Oh man.  I hate to be a total non holiday bum out, but I just straight up got so stressed about Artomatic that I'm actually nauseous.  Seriously.  Under four months.  Even though I know I'm under zero obligation to sell from my booth, it really is my goal...and it's really my goal to kill it and make some money.  Even worse, I think my main focus is knitwear...and for those not in the know, you don't just wiggle your ass and have a scarf appear.  I mean, maybe some do, but I think that's a whole other show going on.

Oy.  I'm just going to go bowl on my DS because I can't knit anymore tonight.  I was taking a break and doing non-retail knitting anyways, teeny eeny knitting for my darling little Thea!!!!  More about her in a special post of her own! <3

Friday, December 17, 2010

You took me off your favorites?!?!?!?!

He said I didn't post enough so he took me off his favorites. So now I have to post on a regular basis. So there Ryan. LOOK AT ALL THIS POSTING. POSTY POST POST.

Drafts + scheduled posts are gonna save my life.

My mom is cooler than your mom.

My mom got a tattoo and not gonna lie, it's beyond badass. It's a Caia Koopman piece and she sat from 1-6 with only a couple breaks in between. It's pretty freaking big.

Oh, did I mention that this was her FIRST tattoo?

This was right after completion, so it looks a little angry.
This was is just for fun, because they took a well-timed break and it looks like her tattoo has the stigmata :p

Done by the ever delightful 540 at Infinate Art.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Moon's about a cake...that lives on the moon.

Has anyone else ever had these? They're called something along the line of moon cakes. My thai cousin got them for us...they're very expensive and a very big deal. My gramoo saved them until Thanksgiving for everyone to try. Per usual, along with every other asian treat like mochi, etc, I was the only one in the family who really liked them. They're squishy, yet not, on the outside and have different fillings-strawberry was the crowd favorite. (amongst the 4 people who would even try them!)

Here we go! I got curious and wiki'd halfway thru. I would say in this photo is what they're describing as the "jelly" mooncake, but our box also had the traditional ones with the crust. I haven't tried those yet. Now I'm a little freaked out to after reading this article. Salted egg yolks? Chicken floss? Where exactly on a chicken would one find the *floss*?

Get schooled, read about my american family's azn dessert. :) Mooncakes on Wikipedia

Also, if your asian cousin ever gives you "snack mix" the ingredients. There could be rogue wasabi peas hiding in some sort of coating in there and you will not know until it. is. too. late!

Artomatic 419 2011 Space Sneak Peeks!

Low content, high image. Here's my sneak peeks of the Artomatic 419 space for 2011. There's 3 floors but all of my photos are of the third because honestly, I don't like the other two and I'm only concerned about the third, and God willing they'll do picks like the previous years and they'll be based on the order that you signed up in...which in that case I'll be guaranteed third floor. So blah blah blah, these are more for Rob's benefit so he can see what the spot looks like. Isn't it fun tho? Ryan and I totally want to fix this floor up and live there! I love the windows.

Not pictured: Giant boat hanging from the ceiling. Yeah, you heard me. We didn't understand it either....especially because those are some narrow ass staircases. Its some loooooong skinny kayak canoe type thing.

And this is how you make a baby.

Sugar and spice, and everything nice...that's what little girls are made of.

And two spatulas, black metal, and probably some absinthe. Scientific fact people.

Fiber Fest

Things I shouldn't do while trying to catch up on blogging:
1) Make potato pancakes
2) Not pay attention and almost set the house on fire

Are these two related? I'd prefer not to comment, thanks.

So look at those two little alpaca sweeties up there!!! Ryan and I went to the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo on October 23 aka BEST DAY EVER, despite me being jacked up on drugs from having my wisdom teeth pulled the Tuesday before. I was a trooper and still managed to stuff my face with Macaroni Grill. 4 Days of Frosties and rice had worn me down.

Back to the Fiber Expo...or as Ryan was adament on refering to it as "FiberFest." the days leading up to it, we fielded a lot of inquiries...because when you mention you're going to a Fiber doesn't conjure up the best images. I had a lot of people concerned about my regularity, and wondering if I was going to come home with a ton of cereal samples, and knowledge of the newest supplements on the market. Yarn, people. Fiber yarn!

We trucked to the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds after what I consider to be a fair trade of me going to see Jackass 3D. Ryan does not consider this a fair trade. In my defense I completely offered him free reign to go to the gun show taking place next door and he declined. We saw booth after booth....after booth...after booth....of roving and yarn and fleece, oh my! 3 buildings of it to be exact. I really have to give the show organizers credit. When they publicized "over 200 vendors" they really meant it. I would have liked to see more real animals, but thats just because I like to poke real animals :) There were alpaca, sheep, and angora bunnies all represented, and angora bunnies make me die inside because they ARE SO FLUFFYYYYYY.

All of the vendors were super friendly, and the product was really well priced. I picked up a variety of roving from a few different booths, a drop spindle, and some adorable teeny wood buttons in the shape of Michigan and Ohio that I couldn't pass up.

If you missed it this year and get the opportunity to go next year I wouldn't pass it up...for three dollars admission its definately worth it. However-mind the name-FIBER Expo. If you're going looking for yarn or finished products there *are* vendors selling yarn....but by and large, the vast majority of the show was roving, batts, and fleeces. If you are going solely for your, I'd still go for the eye candy, but you are not going to come away with a giant shopping bag of stuff.

And we'll ignore the story about how we got lost in the scenic Michigan countryside for 45 minutes afterwards and how Blackberry Maps WILL direct you down pseudo-existant dirt roads. :)