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[livejournal.com profile] uawildcatgirl asked me "What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?"

That's a really easy one: I read.

I read books, my Kindle, LJ's, blogs, fan fiction, and magazines both physical and online. I read packages, instruction manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, web comics, newspapers, and online forums and discussion groups. I read anything I can get my hands on. I've been known, when there was nothing else around, to read cereal boxes.

I usually have one book going on my Kindle and a couple of dozen tabs open on my computer, each with a different site on it.

A close second would be making things. I knit, embroider, use both a lucet and a kumihimo to make cord, collage, cook, bake, and make my own liqueurs. I'm learning to tablet weave, finger-loop braid, garden, and make my own household and personal cleaning supplies. I have the bad habit of making something because I think it would be cool to try out, but then either getting bored and leaving it 90% finished or finishing it but not having anything to do with it once I'm done. Or I buy lots of tools and supplies but never do it enough to justify them.

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I'm trying to post more often, and am looking for writing prompts. You can help by asking me a question or giving me a topic. Anything you want as long as it's safe for work. No promises I'll actually be inspired by your idea, but I'll do my best.
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[livejournal.com profile] uawildcatgirl asked me "What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?"

That's a really easy one: I read.

I read books, my Kindle, LJ's, blogs, fan fiction, and magazines both physical and online. I read packages, instruction manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, web comics, newspapers, and online forums and discussion groups. I read anything I can get my hands on. I've been known, when there was nothing else around, to read cereal boxes.

I usually have one book going on my Kindle and a couple of dozen tabs open on my computer, each with a different site on it.

A close second would be making things. I knit, embroider, use both a lucet and a kumihimo to make cord, collage, cook, bake, and make my own liqueurs. I'm learning to tablet weave, finger-loop braid, garden, and make my own household and personal cleaning supplies. I have the bad habit of making something because I think it would be cool to try out, but then either getting bored and leaving it 90% finished or finishing it but not having anything to do with it once I'm done. Or I buy lots of tools and supplies but never do it enough to justify them.

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I'm trying to post more often, and am looking for writing prompts. You can help by asking me a question or giving me a topic. Anything you want as long as it's safe for work. No promises I'll actually be inspired by your idea, but I'll do my best.
jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
I promise* will do my best to make something handmade for the first five people who comment. They must are encouraged* in turn post this and make something for the first five people who comment on their status. The rules are it has to be handmade by you and they must receive it before 2012 ends...who's in with me?!

*I copied [livejournal.com profile] gnomi's changes from the original because I feel uncomfortable promising in case I default, and I don't like making people participate in memes if they don't want to. Also, I'm interpreting "handmade" liberally.

The slots:
1) [livejournal.com profile] stefka
2) [livejournal.com profile] shannon730
3) [livejournal.com profile] magpie49
4)
5)
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
I promise* will do my best to make something handmade for the first five people who comment. They must are encouraged* in turn post this and make something for the first five people who comment on their status. The rules are it has to be handmade by you and they must receive it before 2012 ends...who's in with me?!

*I copied [livejournal.com profile] gnomi's changes from the original because I feel uncomfortable promising in case I default, and I don't like making people participate in memes if they don't want to. Also, I'm interpreting "handmade" liberally.

The slots:
1) [livejournal.com profile] stefka
2) [livejournal.com profile] shannon730
3) [livejournal.com profile] magpie49
4)
5)
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1) My iPod is playing me music again! I didn't change anything, but I don't know if Tom changed anything on the music server or if it just had a change of heart.

2) I really need to get (or make) a good pair of fingerless gloves. I'm wearing an improvised pair as part of my Halloween costume, and am amazed at what a difference they're making. If anybody knows a really simple knitting pattern for some, send me the link.

3) Friday night I made this dish for dinner. It was... a little on the bland side. That might have been because I used the wrong type of mustard, or because I used more stock than I should have. I'll do some tweaking before I make it again. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shadesong for originally posting the link to the recipe.)
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1) My iPod is playing me music again! I didn't change anything, but I don't know if Tom changed anything on the music server or if it just had a change of heart.

2) I really need to get (or make) a good pair of fingerless gloves. I'm wearing an improvised pair as part of my Halloween costume, and am amazed at what a difference they're making. If anybody knows a really simple knitting pattern for some, send me the link.

3) Friday night I made this dish for dinner. It was... a little on the bland side. That might have been because I used the wrong type of mustard, or because I used more stock than I should have. I'll do some tweaking before I make it again. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shadesong for originally posting the link to the recipe.)
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)


This picture is of the scrap of paper I used to test some of the ideas I have for my [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative project. I wanted to see if the markers I had would bleed or not write smoothly, and also to see how well embroidering worked on this paper. I also was checking how the colored pencils stood out against the gray and how the combination of embroidery threads I choose worked.

I think the markers will work just fine, as will the blend of solid and variegated thread. For the colored pencils, I think I need some reds and some darker oranges. Maybe some metallic gold as well.

I should be able to get started on the actual project tomorrow.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)


This picture is of the scrap of paper I used to test some of the ideas I have for my [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative project. I wanted to see if the markers I had would bleed or not write smoothly, and also to see how well embroidering worked on this paper. I also was checking how the colored pencils stood out against the gray and how the combination of embroidery threads I choose worked.

I think the markers will work just fine, as will the blend of solid and variegated thread. For the colored pencils, I think I need some reds and some darker oranges. Maybe some metallic gold as well.

I should be able to get started on the actual project tomorrow.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I signed up for October's collaboration over at [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative and was assigned my partner on Saturday.

We've emailed back and forth a few times, and already roughly know what we want to do. We even have a backup idea in case the Muses don't like Plan A or in case Murphy likes it too much.

I'm really looking forward to it. I'll probably post pictures once I have anything to take pictures of.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I signed up for October's collaboration over at [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative and was assigned my partner on Saturday.

We've emailed back and forth a few times, and already roughly know what we want to do. We even have a backup idea in case the Muses don't like Plan A or in case Murphy likes it too much.

I'm really looking forward to it. I'll probably post pictures once I have anything to take pictures of.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
For the first time in a long time, I don't have any major plans for the weekend. I'll be working on getting boxes unpacked and generally making the place more livable, and I have some stuff Saturday evening, but I don't have any all day commitments!

That means I'll have time to be crafty. I've been using Pinterest to bookmark lots of recipes and tutorials, and now I want to actually do some of them. That's where you, my friends, come in.

Help me choose something from my Project Ideas list, and something from my Edible Projects list. There's also the Green Living list.

And if you want an invite to Pinterest, let me know.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
For the first time in a long time, I don't have any major plans for the weekend. I'll be working on getting boxes unpacked and generally making the place more livable, and I have some stuff Saturday evening, but I don't have any all day commitments!

That means I'll have time to be crafty. I've been using Pinterest to bookmark lots of recipes and tutorials, and now I want to actually do some of them. That's where you, my friends, come in.

Help me choose something from my Project Ideas list, and something from my Edible Projects list. There's also the Green Living list.

And if you want an invite to Pinterest, let me know.
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
This was a very full, fun weekend.

It started Friday. Sometime during the afternoon I learned that one of my favorite blues performers would be at the Helsinki club in Hudson on Friday night. Over dinner Tom & I decided we'd go to the show. I waffled a little, doubting that we'd be able to get there in time or that there'd be tickets left if we did. Tom didn't let me talk myself out of it. :)

The opening act was Scrapomatic. They were very good, but didn't quite cross the line into great. I think their biggest weakness was not enough variety of mood in the songs they chose.

The main act was Shemekia Copeland who put on a fabulous show. A good mix of up-beat and laid back songs, and she and the band seemed to be having just as much fun as the audience.

Saturday we got a (relatively) early start, and headed out to Brimfield, MA for one of biggest antique shows in the country. Mostly we just wandered about looking at all the cool old stuff. I bought a couple of pretty decanters for my cordials, and some old skeleton keys for crafting with. Tom bought some old books of the "how to fix anything" varity.

Getting dinner on the way home Saturday night was more effort than we wanted it to be. Nothing really sounded good, and finally we ended up at Arizona Pizza in Lee. It hit the spot.

Sunday I took as a lazy recovery day, doing a little dishes but not much else, but Tom kept running around. He did laundry, went rock climbing, and got together with some buddies.
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
This was a very full, fun weekend.

It started Friday. Sometime during the afternoon I learned that one of my favorite blues performers would be at the Helsinki club in Hudson on Friday night. Over dinner Tom & I decided we'd go to the show. I waffled a little, doubting that we'd be able to get there in time or that there'd be tickets left if we did. Tom didn't let me talk myself out of it. :)

The opening act was Scrapomatic. They were very good, but didn't quite cross the line into great. I think their biggest weakness was not enough variety of mood in the songs they chose.

The main act was Shemekia Copeland who put on a fabulous show. A good mix of up-beat and laid back songs, and she and the band seemed to be having just as much fun as the audience.

Saturday we got a (relatively) early start, and headed out to Brimfield, MA for one of biggest antique shows in the country. Mostly we just wandered about looking at all the cool old stuff. I bought a couple of pretty decanters for my cordials, and some old skeleton keys for crafting with. Tom bought some old books of the "how to fix anything" varity.

Getting dinner on the way home Saturday night was more effort than we wanted it to be. Nothing really sounded good, and finally we ended up at Arizona Pizza in Lee. It hit the spot.

Sunday I took as a lazy recovery day, doing a little dishes but not much else, but Tom kept running around. He did laundry, went rock climbing, and got together with some buddies.
jennythereader: (* Not All Treasure is Silver and Gold)
This weekend Tom & I are going out to the Brimfield Antique Show

I'm not exactly going to be looking for anything particular, but there are a few types of things I'll be keeping my eyes open for:

- Household tools that are in good enough shape to still be useful, and are useful to me. Preferably ones that can still be used for their original purpose. Last year I got a great 5 quart casserole dish that I use semi-regularly.
- Pretty (food safe) bottles. I can put cordials, flavored vinegars, or bath oils into larger ones, and perfume oils into smaller ones.
- Scent lockets, or any pendant that can be adapted for the purpose.
- Tools for embroidery, knitting, or any of my other crafts. Again, I'm only really interested in ones that I could actually use.
- Ephemera that is in bad enough shape that I won't feel guilty about destroying it for collages or decoupage.
- Interesting coats or jackets. Again, only ones that could actually be worn in real life.
jennythereader: (* Not All Treasure is Silver and Gold)
This weekend Tom & I are going out to the Brimfield Antique Show

I'm not exactly going to be looking for anything particular, but there are a few types of things I'll be keeping my eyes open for:

- Household tools that are in good enough shape to still be useful, and are useful to me. Preferably ones that can still be used for their original purpose. Last year I got a great 5 quart casserole dish that I use semi-regularly.
- Pretty (food safe) bottles. I can put cordials, flavored vinegars, or bath oils into larger ones, and perfume oils into smaller ones.
- Scent lockets, or any pendant that can be adapted for the purpose.
- Tools for embroidery, knitting, or any of my other crafts. Again, I'm only really interested in ones that I could actually use.
- Ephemera that is in bad enough shape that I won't feel guilty about destroying it for collages or decoupage.
- Interesting coats or jackets. Again, only ones that could actually be worn in real life.
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I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.
jennythereader: (Default)
I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.

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