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What an interesting day.  So many things happened, including being shaken a bit by the earthquake that rocked off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The rumble started small then got louder as bookshelves swayed.  It took the cat an hour or so before I could pry her from under the bed.  I’m sure me carrying her to her freshly filled dinner bowl helped to keep her out of hiding for a bit.

I wanted to share a picture of the label of my favorite hot sauce, Gringo Bandito.  I would have shown it in action but once again, the bottle is empty and a FULL bottle is a thing of beauty but I can never seem to take pics because we go through it so fast! Varuna & I had this at a friend’s house and we got hooked! Be forewarned you may get addicted if you try it!  Seriously I LOVE this stuff!!!   Someone quick, pass me the Gringo Bandito!!!!!! We are out right now and I am having withdrawals!!!!! Why don’t they carry this at CVS?  It would make life so much easier!

We fly through this stuff and sometimes need to pace ourselves so we don’t run out so fast!  Yum!

It is Sunday and that means it is time for a Craft or Bust update!

*On the crafty front this week, I have been very productive of partially finished projects.  I entered a local photography competition.  You can see the photograph I entered here. Not sure if there will be a people’s choice but I will keep you all posted.  The link directs you to my on-line gallery because the competition site isn’t updated yet.

*Working on my second handmade journal.  I am about half-way through with this one.

*Replaced the waistband and repaired all the seam rips in a patchwork style skirt that I wanted to wear to an Easter Service.  Every time I thought Iwas done repairing it I would find more holes.  Once I couldn’t find any more I had Varuna check with a fresh set of eyes for me(I had been at it for quite a long time at this point) and he found two more small ones.  Thanks Varuna 🙂

*I have been photographing things that I want to put into my ArtFire shop.  I should have the opportunity to do some computer work for the shop the end of this month so I am trying to prepare all my photographs now.  Thinking of listing this in my shop too, as a vintage item.  It is a cast iron bank from Electrolux.

*I picked up an unfinished acrylic painting that I started on plexi glass.  I applied the next layer of an acrylic medium and it is a slow drying process before I can work the next layer.

*Doing my best to work from my stash.  Still clearing out my space by giving away, donating or selling things that I no longer need.  I have made progress inside my home and a little bit in the garage too.  There is still much more I want to clear out.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?!

*Ripped back my hat again….thinking I just need to commit and finish out the yarn and call it done next time.  Suggestions?

The ball of yarn to the left of the hat is what I have left to work up.

*Started to work up the hand spun yarn that was orange and blue.  Remember this one? Well I am knitting it up.  I started with US 17 (12 3/4 mm) needles and frogged it.  I am now using Susan Bates size 35 needles and liking the results so far.

Since I will be using up my stash of art/craft/yarn supplies I know I will have some jewelry coming in the future, perhaps stitch markers as well.  I have had some requests for more Buddha heads too.

For those that missed the last post, Varuna finished his book.  Check it out on his blog.

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Sunday again….that means a Craft or Bust Update. I am going to attempt to keep this post short and sweet.

  • I managed to do several more repeats of the pattern on the Pine Forest Baby Blanket but I discovered that those lace knitting muscles were still in need of some recuperation from Ravelympics.  Must need more red wine and massages!
  • My big news is that I finally tried spinning on a spindle.  You can scroll down a bit on this page to see the post & pics or just click here. I am so very grateful and so frillin happy too!
  • Joined in the ColorBomb Spin-a-long on Ravelry(under COLORBOMBers group on Rav).
  • Took my first batch of photographs of some polymer clay pens for my Artfire shop….but that was as far as I made it on that project.  I am proceeding very slowly on the Artfire shop but I know it will happen when I am fully ready to make it happen.
  • I also ordered greeting cards with some of my art on them.  I wanted to see the quality of the cards from Fine Art America, the on-line company I am using for prints.  I am very happy with the quality.

I was also having some major withdrawals from the ending of Ravelympics.  I found I really missed it in a way I had not expected.  The Spin-a-long helps though.

I want to express my gratitude for Craft or Bust. EXTRA BIG THANKS to Silver for organizing all of us and also thank you to everyone participating. I am finding great inspiration being part of this group.  I am expanding my horizons in ways that I had not expected.  Knowing that the updates happen on Sunday has enabled me to give myself a nice little kick in the @ss when I need it! I love seeing what everyone else is doing or, as is the case some weeks, not doing. The fact there is no real pressure, other than self-imposed, is truly freeing.  Time for those massages, red wine and a good book!

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