Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stash-busting #2

My theme for this stash-busting project is hearts/love, but as I've been looking for patterns to work on, I came to realize that I'm not a big "hearts" person. So, my theme is slowly moving towards "things I love". I am much more comfortable with this theme. Thus, my second stash-busting project were my love of maneki nekos!

Maneki neko literally means "beckoning cat" in Japanese. It is also sometimes referred to as a lucky cat or a welcoming cat. They are typically found in front of stores and businesses as a lucky charm to welcome or beckon in prosperity and luck. While maneki nekos can come in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes, there are typically two more prominent distinctions that are made between them. The distinctions are whether the neko (cat) is raising its left or right paw (and sometimes even both!). Which paw is raised and the meaning attached to it differs within the culture, but when I first learned about them one paw was meant to beckon wealth, while the other was to beckon luck.

I ended up making two versions--a teeny tine neko and a small-ish-medium sized neko. I made two partially because I had a lot of fun making the first one, and partially because I wanted to see how the pattern I made for this project looked using the standard double-thread version. I also altered the larger version to make the coin stand straight up, rather than tilted in the smaller one. I absolutely love the tiny version. It is incredibly cute and oh-so tiny!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


In January, I signed up for a long term needlepoint project via Nuts About Needlepoint. Though it has taken me over a month to get into the groove (classes can be demanding and take precedence over fun-time), I finally started my first of 10 small projects.

This project had been one that I have been wanting to try for a long time, so I decided to use it as a jumping off point. My "theme" for this challenge will be hearts/love.

One of my comfy long-sleeve shirts.

Halfway through the project and it's going quite well.

Almost finished.

As the DIY tutorial explains, a little water on the sheet and it peels away fairly easily. I used some tweezers to help pull the paper away from the center stitches. 

I am very happy with the outcome of this first project and it is quite encouraging for the rest of the challenge. 

Friday, September 6, 2013


I am planning on changing the focus of this blog to be more inclusive of other aspects of my life, whimsies, and interests. It will be much more reflective to the name of the blog and my love of learning with the possibility of a little journaling mixed in.

To start off this change of pace, I wanted to share today's Google Doodle which features a tribute to Jane Addams and her 153rd birthday. She was an amazing woman that I regret that have only just learned about today. She was quite a generous human being and a lady after my own heart, if you don't mind me saying.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year 2013

"The practice of making New Year’s resolutions is said to have begun with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C. The Roman god Janus—who gave January its name—was pictured as two-faced so that one face took a retrospective view and the other looked forward to new beginnings and renewed commitments." -The Old Farmer's Almanac [email blurb]

Janus Bifrons from the Vatican Museums

Have a wonderful, blessed, and prosperous New Year! Welcome 2013!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chasing a little ghost

For the past few nights, there have been little footprints at the back door. They appeared to be from the young bunny that resides in our tall grass mound. So last night, I placed an appeasing offering as bait to catch a glimpse of it, as I am quite fond of cute little bunny rabbits. My aim was to befriend it and even try and bring it in from the cold. To welcome and incorporate it into our home if, of course, it seemed reciprocal to the invitation (came in on it's own). I cut up a delicious apple into small chunks and tossed a few of them in a path leading to the door. All night I kept checking back for a sign only to find the pieces still there. The next morning, however, fresh prints appeared and the slices were gone.

I repeated my little gift of apple slices tonight and was surprised to find that the footprints that I had been seeing were actually the markings of a mouse.

 Footprints in the snow

 More by the door

 The mouse comes out of the bottom of his little snow tunnel and walks to the top hole.

He then proceeds to shallowly tunnel under the snow every now and then.

He alluded me in getting a picture of him running around and making footprints in the snow, though.