Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Death Of David Bowie

One of the first shops I stumbled upon and hearted on Etsy was Whipped Creamations by seller pinkkrystals. I was drawn in initally by her "Say Cheeseburger" Purse, but once I entered the shop, I discovered that the cute factor was insane! In addition to specially made ice cream sundaes, there were food-inspired wristlet purses, and adorable crocheted play food for your little ones to enjoy. I seem to be fascinated with faux food and it seems that a lot of other Etsians are sharing that same fascination. I hope you enjoy perusing Whipped Creamations as much as I have!

On a personal note, my computer was pronounced dead last night by our repair tech. RIP David Bowie 2006-2008. Yeah, I'm weird. I named my computer. Anyway, today I call the warranty company to request replacement since they have been unable to repair it since the 2nd of May with 3 repair attempts. I could not believe my ears when they informed me that my computer had to be "down" 30 days (it's now been 27) in order for them to approve replacement. Now mind you, there is nothing else they can do to attempt to repair it, but they are making me wait an additional 3 days until they even start to consider replacing it. When I told them this was simply unacceptable, I was told in a courteous and professional manner that it didn't matter that I was unhappy, I just had to suck it! When I inquired how long it would take after my additional 3-day waiting period to be approved, they told me it usually takes 5 days to find a comparable replacement and then another 5 to arrange for shipping. So essentially, I'm out for at least another 2 weeks....6 weeks total since it fell ill. I am happy that I don't have to pay to buy a new computer, but very unhappy with the promptness of repair provided by the policy that I paid sweet, sweet dollars to purchase to protect myself! Aaarrrgh!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Homes Sweet Homes

I haven't had anything tremendously exciting to blog about in my personal life, so I decided it was time to start featuring some of the things I love about Etsy. Today, I have chosen polkadot studio by user mdemag. These little mini polka dot houses made out of polymer clay and painted are absolutely adorable! The shop features original brightly colored prints, a funky house collage, and multiple designs of wood block houses similar to these clay ones. All are very original and different and could surely lend a little flair to any decor. Because it is all about the flair!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Paisley Baby Quilt

Well, after not being able to find the appropriate materials to finish this last week in time for the gift I needed, I have finally finished my baby quilt. I decided to list it in my Etsy shop. It was my first adventure in machine quilting and took me a lot longer than it should have, but overall, I am happy with the way it turned out. I did the binding on the machine as well, which I know isn't the "proper" way to do it, but I kind of like the way it looks. I have come to appreciate things not looking perfect in every way. I think it lends personality and charm to the items that you create, makes them special.

On a side note, I am watching Rachel Ray on TV and Minnie Driver is the musical guest. Since when does Minnie Driver sing? I am so tired of people thinking that they are recording artists just because they are famous. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johanssen, etc., etc., etc. They all end up sounding terrible, not selling albums, and then years from now they will be on a show on MTV or VH1 entitled, "What Were They Thinking?" ie. Bruce Willis. Okay, I'm getting off my high horse now. Have a great day!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Psychic Friends Network

Today I went to have my first ever reading by a psychic with my friend, Vicki, and her mother-in-law, Joanie. I was very excited and had been anticipating the visit since Vicki called to tell me she had scheduled us appointments over a week ago. I had heard from a trusted co-worker that she had had a reading done by the same lady and had been told some things that rang eerily true with her and very specific. She is a very level-headed person and admitted it was just for fun. She had been skeptical. As the time drew near though, I began to get a little nervous. What if she told me something that I really didn't want to hear?

Joanie, the biggest skeptic of our group, went first and after 40 minutes came up the stairs with a smile. She had been impressed with the woman's insight and ability to pinpoint some specific occurrences. Vicki and I followed after and both had good experiences. Neither of us were blown away by the information given, but agreed that she had said a few things that were specific enough to be a little creepy. I quickly realized that the better the reading was, that I probably wasn't going to want to discuss it freely. Truly you are talking about questions that you probably only ask yourself and can't or won't discuss with others. After all 3 of us had our readings completed, we got in the car to leave and I posed the question, "So, would you ever have a reading done again?" We all agreed that it wasn't something to be done on a regular basis, but that it might be fun to make it an annual tradition. Maybe in a year's time some of our predictions will have revealed themselves to be true! If any of my predictions come true, I'll be sure to let you know!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Amazing Cakes!

So we had a little going away/baby shower party at work today for one of my coworkers. My friend, Vicki, made the cake for us and everyone loved it! I keep telling her she could go into business, but for now it's just her hobby. I did have a few people ask for her contact info. in case they needed a cake. She did a beehive cake for the occasion, which was absolutely adorable. I just had to post a few pics here for all to see to share the cuteness.

Tonight is the season finale of The Office! I can't wait for Jim to propose to's gonna be fantastic. I will probably cry, which I know is pretty stupid since it's a sitcom, but I couldn't help it when Jim first kissed her at the end of the 1st season. I got verklempt! I just wish every week was an hour long episode and that it was on year-round.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

SARS Spurs Creativity

So I've been home for the past 2 days sick, the first of which I was truly "down and out" as evidenced by not being able to complete any fun/crafty tasks. Putting larger dents in the couch cushions was all I accomplished on day #1. Apparently, I have contracted SARS from my friend's baby that we visited last week. She has also given it to her father. If only I had worn my Peter Sarsgaard SARS guard, I would not be in this predicament.

Day #2 showed some improvement, and I continued working on a quilted baby blanket for a friend at work, as well as my first paper bag scrapbook. I really needed to complete the baby blanket for tomorrow which was a realistic goal, until I made the trip to Jo-Ann's only to find that they had no quilt binding in a color or quantity that I could use. I really wish there was more than one supplier for that type of stuff here. It's so frustrating that my craftiness depends on a Jo-Ann's store that is poorly stocked. So I'm not quite sure what will become of the baby blanket as this friend is moving out of town after finishing out this week at work. I guess I'll just be really prepared the next time a friend is having a baby. The paper bag scrapbook is coming along quite nicely. I plan on posting some pictures of it after I get some of the details finished.

Recently I have been finding really cool projects that I would like to try on other blogs, so I'm going to start posting links here to share with you and to keep a list for myself to remember too. The first project I found was through the Craft magazine website, but linked to and is a tutorial for Linen Pear Sachets.

Hope you enjoy the link!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Rock Band Victory Will Be Mine!

As if I don't have anything better to do on a Saturday (really I don't), I have just successfully completed the first set of Rock Bank on hard difficulty. To me, this is quite an accomplishment. In my career of Guitar Hero/Rock Band, I have been too uncoordinated to slide my fingers to be able to use that tricky orange button. Well, move over guitar rock gods, I've figured it out! While I am not proficient in the use of said orange button, I am certain that my speed and agility will be shooting off the charts in a very short period of time.

I know that my picture today has nothing to do with my post, but I thought my poor, fading tulips needed one last glorious moment to shine after today's rain. They are the last of my springtime flowers left in the yard.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Inaugural Address & Attack of the Ants

I thought that maybe 2008 was going to be the year that we finally staved off the annoying little ants that descend upon us each spring. Oh no, I was wrong! It starts out innocently enough. One ant by the faucet, one on the windowsill. Even after spotting only a half dozen ants I called my husband, who was on his way to get some groceries, and told him "We need ant bait!" Within 2 hours of the first sighting, a mass of baits were placed anxiously awaiting unsuspecting ants. They don't seem to be so unsuspecting this year though. The whole army is collecting on the ceiling above the sink planning their strategy. I didn't see what they could possibly find on the ceiling that was so interesting, but then my husband said that they were probably just looking for Lionel Richie. It makes perfect sense....ants with a love of great 80s music! I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens next.