Weddings are hard

These two are getting married in just over a month. Cute couple of kids, aren't they?

These two are getting married in just over a month. Cute couple of kids, aren’t they?

Weddings are hard on everyone involved in them, I think. I really don’t know though because I cheated all three of my weddings. My first two were Justice of the Peace. First one was no dress, no suit, no witnesses. It was a bad idea all the way around. Second one was a little better with witnesses but I was also already pregnant and getting married was his only idea on support for the kid. He’s since slacked on support. Number three, my husband and co-workers actually put it together. All I had to do was get the dress and show up. Oh, and say I do.

These big extravagant kinds just blow my mind. Invitations, outfits for all the people involved, gifts, a reception, and even a honeymoon. If I were ever to have gotten a honeymoon, maybe I’d feel differently about being married but until that happens, I’m still a cynical old broad.

These two though are adorable. I wish them the best of luck and hope that the drawings I’ve been creating for their reception after the huge ceremony are a hit and a true keepsake they can share with others many years from now. Still a work in progress, but I’ll share when they are all released. :)

Look familiar?


This is happening with many different art forms. Larger companies are just trying to knock the little folks out of the water. I’m glad I was able to find this post, however, and link to THE ORIGINAL designer. Perhaps you could share and keep Drops Design from getting a cut.

Originally posted on The Yarn Bearer:

You may be familiar with my Gaia shrug pattern:


Perhaps you can see the resemblance to a pattern published by Drops:


We have a growing trend here. Large yarn industry companies are ignoring the rights of smaller, indie designers by stealing our patterns to sell their products. The most recent is the issue with Trendsetter Yarns and the Wingspan pattern by Maylin. This gained a lot of exposure, but there are many cases, like mine, that fly below the radar.

I was happy to see a resolution between Trendsetter Yarns and Maylin, although TY’s apology was lacking. If you’re a fiber enthusiast, please support the rights of indie designers and not companies that choose to exploit their works. I have tried to contact Drops about the Gaia pattern situation, but they have never responded. There may not be anything I can do about them removing the pattern, but I can…

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DIY Glow In The Dark Yarn


Looking for a cool new project for that perfect Halloween decoration? This could help.

Originally posted on HodgePodge Crochet: DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

Lately I’ve been having all sorts of fun experimenting with ‘dying’ acrylic yarn all kinds of colors for all sorts of projects! My latest was a cute shade of pink that I wanted to use in a brand new design I’m working on!! DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

For those that missed the process on how to dye acrylic yarn, make sure you check out my ‘ How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn’ blog post before going any further to find out how to make your own!

I’ve been wanting to try some new ideas using the ‘dying’ technique, so a few weeks ago when I found myself wandering down the craft aisle of my local WalMart–which is actually quite depressing…but that’s a whole other blog post–toward the paint, I had no idea what I’d find until I started hunting…and then I had an idea!

I happened to see a bottle of this stuff sitting in among…

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Family portrait

Uh oh! I forgot about this part of school. My Kindergartner needed to take a family portrait to school for her assignment. We don’t have a family portrait. Well, not of us anyway. I have plenty of my cousin’s family. :) But that doesn’t count, does it?

Not having what’s needed, I compensated by drawing one. Sometimes having some drawing skills helps.

Family caricature for my daughter's school project.

Family caricature for my daughter’s school project.

No spoilers, please

I’ve not yet seen the movie, but a pal of mine requested a baby Groot. I gave it ago. He’s a cute little thing. Now I want to see the movie even more so I can see what this is about.

Baby Groot made by me. Pattern by Twinkie Chan.

Baby Groot made by me.
Pattern by Twinkie Chan.


A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

A caricature of a bride and her bridemaid at the fitting. :)

She’s such a cute little thing. She’s getting stressed about her wedding and fearing turning into a bridezilla with all of her suggested changes. It’s just part of being a work for hire artist. ;)

Catching up

Summer is pretty much over now. I’m trying to find a new routine for myself and my family but so far, it’s not working. My husband’s schedule seems pretty sporadic so I’ve not been able to make dinner at a specific time or get errands taken care of in the way I’d intended. Having a set schedule will help with work as well as household chores and taking care of the one child left at home. Sigh. We fly by the seat of our pants here. 

If you work from home, how do you manage family, home and work and still get it all done with some sanity left?

I did want to share a finished project with you. The father and son portrait I worked on over the summer was sent and has recently been framed. 

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.

Finished and framed portrait of a deceased father and his son.