Ok, so I missed... the rest of the week. In my defense, I started writing this post on Thursday, but posts with links make me sleepy, and so, uh... yeah. Consider yourselves lucky, because I spent Wednesday - Friday being grumpy and unfit for human consumption. I'm good now, though! The sun came out, and today's high is in the 70's, so much rejoicing is in order! All smiles and happy faces here, except for the problem of my feet being freezing from the beginning of October until halfway through May. But whatever. There are things! That I love! I will talk about them now!-Raisin Bran Crunch. So, Brian has always loved this, and encouraged me to eat it, but up until a couple weeks ago, I had always insisted that regular old Raisin Bran was good enough for me. See, one of my most annoying traits is that, when introduced to something new that will replace something I am used to, I ALWAYS resist. I think of a million reasons why the new thing probably isn't better, or why the way I do it suits me just fine. This can go on for years (Ask my husband. Or my mother, probably.), until, for some reason, I try the new thing. And it always AMAZES me. Which is REALLY annoying if you are the person who has tried to convince me all along. So I'm like, "OH, Man! How can this be so much better than Raisin Bran! How is it POSSIBLE!? I have been WASTING MY LIFE up until now with INFERIOR CEREAL! How could I not have KNOWN???"
And Brian is sitting next to me on the couch, wanting to kill me. But seriously, RBC is awesome. And yes, I am abbreviating the name of cereal. Deal with it.
-Somewhat obsessed with this quilt festivalright now.
-Hulu. Honestly, the internet is SO GOOD. I watch hulu whilst drawing, ironing, whatever random task that would be better accomplished with something happy in the background. Favorite show I knew nothing about? Green Wing. Look it up, you will thank me for it. (Or not, I don't know how great my taste is...)
-The RVA girls are amazing, and I can't believe I wasn't reading all of their blogs long ago. (Well, other than Rachel's, who's mad quilting and home decor I have loved for a while.)-The toddler Tony Clifton Halloween costume I am making for friends of ours son. Is it not the best costume idea, ever?
-Coupons at JoAnn. And awesome sales. I recently bought 70 yards of interfacing for about $27. I had been buying it a little bit at a time, for SO MUCH MORE than that. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, friends.
-MPIX for printing photos. This is where I do my prints, and their metallic paper is absolutely beautiful. Also, if you're located in the midwest, you usually get your stuff in 2-3 days, which is great. If you do a large order on the metallic paper though, download their printer color profiles, as the metallic paper can do somewhat funny things to color.
-Spoonflower. Yeah, I know I have gushed about it several times before, but I'm still so amazed by it. Getting to play "fabric designer" is so much fun! And without this service, I would have never known how much I love it, and never know how awesome it is to get a big stack of delicious fabric that came out of my own brain. (Not literally. HA! Me funny!)-Office supplies. I am getting more organized as far as my shipping is concerned, both supply-wise and aesthetically, and there are very few things that are more fun to browse through than office/packing/shipping supplies. The possibilities! The bulk quantities! The many delightful kinds of permanent markers that I will never, ever need!
-Good smelling hand soap. It makes you feel so much better than the disgusting neon pink stuff. At the high end of the spectrum (read: soaps I have never purchased, but enjoy using) my favorite is Cucina hand soap, I think the Ginger and Sicilian Lemon is the one I like best. More realistically, price-wise, Mrs. Meyers Geranium soap is awesome, and Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate is great, too. Most of the time, though, I am all about Softsoap's Pomegranate & Mango, or Dial's Clean and SOft, both of which I think are under $2 at Target. Have I thought about this too much? Hmmm.-Old pillow cases. Recently, I have been itching for more of these, not only to use on our bed, but to make some throw pillows for the couch. Fall makes me want to make throw pillows, why is this? Does anyone else have this sickness? Can it be cured by anything other than making throw pillows? Also, what are the best pillowforms to use? I'm not a huge fan of the ones they sell in craft stores, but don't really want t buy enough batting to stuff my own. I'm thinking it might be easiest to just buy cheap WalMart pillows and then put cases over them?-Jelly Rolls. The fabric kind. Especially if they are reproduction prints, because I LOVE them, but can never justify buying a ton of yardage of them, and mostly use them for small patchwork projects, anyway. I recently got one of American Jane's "Recess" line, and I can't wait to use it. Though, in all likelyhood, that will not happen for a year or so. I'll say it is because I have a very involved planning process, but that is a lie, I am just slow.-The tags I made for my bags (Spoonflowered, of course.) I think it's hilarious when anything I make looks "real", and these tags make me very happy.
I think that's it for now. Enjoy the day! Oh, and, I seriously will send a mix CD to anyone who wants one, just email me your address, and I will send you some of my "Car Singing Greatest Hits (2009)".