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Monday, December 29, 2008

Wondering in Wonderland: Life after Life

I was waiting for my ride after work tonight and I was watching this stray dog lap up a puddle in the parking lot. He seemed perfectly content with his puddle and barely noticed me noticing him. It got me to thinking. If I died and came back as something what would it be? At first I thought I'd come back as a cat, but then I thought I might enjoy being a spider more. Once, I had the chance to witness a spider at work making her web. I remember being so completely amazed. Spiders are amazing artists, even though their work is fleeting and mostly under appreciated. I'm not sure if I'd really enjoy eating flies though, but if I was a spider it might be the equivalent of a yummy steak. What would you like to come back as?

Random, huh? Yeah I'm pretty random.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Crafting in Wonderland: Thrift Store Crafts

Last week I was at the thrift store looking for a punch bowl. I didn't find any punch bowls, but I saw a lot of glasses, wooden trays and old records. I picked up a wooden try with a wine motif. Today Allan sprayed a white coat of paint on the ray and later this week I'll be decorating it. I'm going to use it as a coffee table tray, to keep things organized.

I think I'll be going back later to pick up some glasses and some old records. The craft store is close to thrift store so maybe I'll get some etching powder for the glasses. I have some ideas. :P As for the records, there are so many ideas floating around the internet of things to do with old records!!! Here is an example of one.

Busy Busy Busy in Wonderland: A review of yesterday's activities

Since I'm off this weekend I did my best to keep myself busy yesterday.

I worked on some more projects for my gift exchange on Monday night. I made my friend Michele something I think is really cute with fabric I think she'll like.

I started cutting out peices of fabric for the cat toys I'm planning on making for our local animal shelter. I need to get some catnip though.

I did the usual laundry, straighten up, wash dishes thing. I added more links here. I found some more crafting websites and also green websites.

I added a link to the organization my mom is director to, Guma Mami Inc. They help people with dissabilities.

I was on crafter and decided to see if I can join a swap. I've never done one, but I'd like to. I sent in an app for the pink, fuzzy, girly swap. :P Hope I can join.

I also got curious about what a wist is. So I joined. It seems fun. It's basically like social bookmarking or wish listing.

I also watched Viva and Allan play tug of war. I recorded Viva and Allan playing with her big pink tennis ball, but I'm having a hard time uploading. I'll try using my photobucket later.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Viewed in Wonderland: When graphic artists get bored

Allan found this and I just had to share!

Celebrating in Wonderland: Half way through the holidays

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone is having a safe and fun filled holiday season. Mine has been action packed, a little stressful, but very very worth every lost hour of sleep. :P

I spent Christmas morning at work, but the holiday pay makes it worth it. I spent the afternoon finishing up some gifts for family and friends. The early evening I spent stuffing my face and exchanging love and presents with my family. Later in the evening we spent time with our friends exchanging laughter and gifts. I think everyone appreciated their home made gifts. I got a few "You really made this?" comments. That always makes me feel good. :P

And the fun is just beggining. We have one more Christmas party, Allan's Birthday, and New Year's Eve all before 2008 comes to a close.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cast of Wonderland: Meet my family!

Thought I'd post some pictures and info of my little family. :P Allan and I have been together for almost 5 years now. We live in our little apartment with our 2 girls, Merlot and Viva. Merlot is our sweet little persian who we've had for about 3 years. Viva is our rescue puppy. She's only about 9 months old and we think she is predominantly cardigan corgi, but who knows.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Crafting in Wonderland: delayed post

I tried to post these pics a few days ago, but I was having a hard time and gave up. These are some pins I decorated for a friend and the pin cushion/sewing kit jar I made for her. Hope she enjoys it!

Crafting in Wonderland: my new toy and my new finished project

I had to go to the craft store to get some stuff for the presents I'm making. I picked up this awesome rotary cutter. Maybe now I'll be able to cut fabric straight . . . yeah right. :P

I also finished the purse I was making for one of my friends. She's one of the only chicks I know who skates. I had asked Allan to put together all the shirts that've shrunk or that he doesn't wear anymore. Among that pile I found this shirt and decided to use it to make her gift. I spent less than $2 on it. I only had to buy the strap and I had velcro lying around already. :) I love it. I hope she does too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Zeitgeist in Wonderland: Hope for the future

I can home from work a few days ago and wanted to get to work with my holiday crafting and planning, but Allan stopped me. He was watching a movie on the internet and wanted me to watch with him. He was explaining about how money is made, conspiracy theories, and then started describing a project by a group of people that wanted to make the world better. I was like, "uh oh", sounds like a cult. But he felt so passionately about it I sat down and watched the movie with him. And I'm glad I did. It made me think deeper about things I was thinking about anyways. It made me realize that maybe there is hope for the world and maybe my waiting for Wonderland isn't silly. Wonderland is a possibility if only we all worked together for the betterment of all life on earth and the earth itself.

You think I'm crazy??? Watch the movie and check out the web sites if you have time. I just think it's about time we start realizing that what is truly crazy is that children are dying, people are starving, we are at war . . . and there are other ways to deal with it. There are other ways to live. If we could work together, all of us, we could realize all of our dreams - to provide a better life for our children, to live freely, to not have to turn on the news and be dissapointed in our fellow man.

The Zeitgeist Movement
Zeitgeist Movie I can only reccomend the 2nd one. I haven't watched the first yet.
The Venus Project

Now I'm off to do some of that holiday crafting I've been putting off.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crafting in Wonderland: Home-made Christmas update

I thought I'd post some pics of the presents I've been working on! :P
This is part of a sewing kit I'm making for a friend.

A tutu I made for Allan's little sister.

An apron that will come with a hostess cook book I'm putting together

This apron comes with a matching recipe envelope filled with mostly vegetarian recipes.