an undefinitive guide
1. Start reading before you are old enough to Think. Start reading while your mind is so unformed it’s not quite all the way human yet. Start reading before you understand the world around you, and never stop.
(Age is optional. You can always abandon the notion that you know how the world works, and go back to the first step. We are all becoming more and more human, step by hard step.)
Continue reading “How to Become a Bookwyrm”
The pictures + explanations part of this post has been all drafted and sitting around for days now, while I tried to figure out something clever, or moving, or funny, to preface it with. Something about anniversaries, or marriage, or parents.
Everything came out too dramatic, or too silly, or just… not right. So here’s the simple, straight forward version of what I’ve been trying and trying to say.
Continue reading “Parents’ Anniversary & Watercolors”
I made my first foray into chunky crochet, for Father’s Day, and it was pretty fun!
Step 1: Lots of googling.
Always lots of googling.
Continue reading “T-shirt yarn, chunky crochet, and Father’s Day”
I’ve always admired calligraphy. It’s so elegant and pretty. It’s also rather intimidating to get into, since you need special pens, good handwriting, and lots of practice. One thing I’ve experimented with is faux calligraphy, which can be done with a normal pen or pencil; today, I moved onto the next step up: brush pen lettering.
Continue reading “Dawn of a New Hobby”
The constant question: use one of the three-million-and-one cards I’ve collected, or make my own? For everyday mail, the question usually comes down to how inspired I am in the moment. After all, the collection of eccentric and/or fun stationary deserves some use too. But birthday cards make that question easy. Time to draw, of course! The first draft:
Continue reading “A Birthday Card”
The thing about surprise crochet for a family member is that it means a lot of time holed up alone in my room. And more than a few awkward moments when a helpful parent pokes their head in and I, with guilty haste, hide what I’m holding, in my lap or behind my back. Over the two weeks and who-knows-how-many-hours it took me to put this together, I’ve watched all six seasons of Jeeves and Wooster on Youtube and listened through a thirteen hour audio book. Yikes. (The Amulet of Samarkand has an excellent narrator, by the way.)
But the results? Totally worth it.
Continue reading “Mother’s Day Crochet (And pattern links!)”
Happy mother’s day to all you amazing moms out there!
And here’s a picture of the complete gift that was waiting on the table for my own awesome mother this morning… and a sneak peak of the next upcoming post! Next post we’ll look at the whole, unpacked, basket of crochet, plus links to a whole bunch of free patterns I used that’ll work up in a day or less.
Come in, come in. There’s a footpath between the stacks of books, weaving towards the workspace at the back of the room. I assure you, there really is a couch under all that yarn, if you want to dump some of it on the floor and take a seat. And don’t mind the beasties – they won’t bother us. Cup of tea?
Continue reading “Welcome to my lair”