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    Stripy popcorn afghan - Feb 11th, 2015
    Way back in October 2012, I started to work on an afghan that was intended to resemble a faded flag. Only my Mum came to visit a couple of days later and then I was busy applying for PhDs and then I was busy sorting visas and starting my PhD and, well, you get the point. [more...]

    A dress-down skirt - Jan 11th, 2015
    When I was back home in America on my holidays, I was offered a couple of dresses that didn’t fit just right. But as the previous owners were happy for me to experiment on them, I gladly brought the garments back to Scotland with me. [more...]

    10 to-dos for 2015 - Jan 2nd, 2015
    I really do love the start of the New Year, because it’s a great opportunity to start fresh. To that, I generally love the end of the year, too, as it’s a great motivator to finish one year’s tasks before moving on to the next. [more...]

    Shooing shoes - Oct 8th, 2014
    Well, I’ve done it. I’ve finally bought myself a new pair of black heels—nearly five and a half years after my last pair was purchased. I admit that this is something that should have been done a long time ago, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it until recently. [more...]

    A day at the Kelvingrove - Oct 5th, 2014
    I spent yesterday in Glasgow visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It’s one of those places I can return to over and over again. In fact, I’ve probably been there a dozen times over the last 12 years. I kind of feel like that’s not often enough, but as the friend I was with has only been twice in the same time span, I guess I’m doing OK. [more...]

    Pride to the power of 10 - Sep 24th, 2014
    My friend, LA, introduced me to The Bliss Scandal so I decided I’d sign up and see what it was all about. To be completely honest, I wasn’t interested in taking most of the challenges. But that’s OK because I think that’s part of finding your bliss: Knowing when to say “no”! Anyhow, today’s challenge was one I was excited about because it was one I needed. And I needed it because it gave me an opportunity to think positively about myself. (Something I’m struggling with right now.) [more...]

    A silly challenge - Sep 23rd, 2014
    Confession: I am a bit of a silly person. And I enjoy being silly. I think being silly is loads of fun! OK, I suppose I didn’t really need to confess that, because I imagine that most people already knew that about me. But in case there were one or two people who didn’t know … it’s been said now. [more...]

    Poster parcel pizzazz - Jul 19th, 2014
    I’m heading to the iFutures: Research into Practice Conference in Sheffield early next week to present a poster. It’s the same poster I presented at the SICSA Conference in St Andrews in June, but I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to share my research plans once again. [more...]

    Spectacular jousting - Jul 6th, 2014
    Oh, what a wonderful day I’ve had! It was fun! It was exciting! It was filled with laughter! It was, simply, spectacular! Yes, I spent the day in Linlithgow enjoying Historic Scotland’s Spectacular Jousting on the grounds of the palace. [more...]

    Aprons, fabric, and love - Feb 15th, 2014
    I started off Valentine’s Day yesterday by opening up a lovely box that was filled to the brim with love. It wasn’t a box of chocolate from a romantic interest; it wasn’t even from a romantic interest at all. (There isn’t one yet. But who knows what tomorrow will bring!) In fact, it wasn’t even a Valentine’s gift. Still, I could feel the love flowing out of the box before I even opened it! [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Monkey-ing around - Feb 2nd, 2014
    Sock monkeys, sock monkeys, and more sock monkeys! When I made my first sock monkey last year, I didn’t really envision myself making another. But last summer I broke out the needle and thread when I was sick and created a second monkey. Then a couple of weeks ago, I found myself creating a third. [more...]

    Sew what? - Jan 25th, 2014
    After several weeks of mulling the idea of purchasing a sewing machine—but hesitating because my meagre budget wouldn’t allow for anything decent—I lucked out and sourced a used Toyota 8002 through FreeCycle. [more...]

    Fashion confessional - Jan 10th, 2014
    For most of my life, I’ve felt as if I’ve lived on the wrong side of fashionable. And, I’m sure, most of the people I know would agree with that statement. It started when I was in elementary school when I wore mostly hand-me-down clothes and never had the cool accessories that my friends had. [more...]

    The Christmas star - Dec 15th, 2013
    I decided to get a bit crafty this Christmas, but wanted to attempt projects using only supplies I had on hand. So, I dug through the boxes of crafty bits a friend gave me a while back then I took to Pinterest to see if I could find some pinspiration. [more...]

    My Halloween interrobang - Oct 31st, 2013
    When it was determined that I would be in America for Halloween this year, I began to think about what I would dress up as. [more...]

    A dam sweet day - Oct 29th, 2013
    Another day, another road trip! This time it was the journey back from Okanogan County to the Homeland—with several stops along the way. [more...]

    Pompom-tastic! - Jun 23rd, 2013
    Faced with a boring weekend of recovering from a mild kidney infection (I’m much better now, thank you) and hiding from the misery of the wind and (light) rain, I decided I would get a bit crafty. [more...]

    A kidney tree - May 13th, 2013
    A couple of years ago, I drew a silly little ‘kidney tree’ to illustrate a story about my kidneys, Bob and Dave. It humoured me, but I didn’t think that anyone else would think much of it. It was, after all, just a silly little drawing. [more...]

    d-EGG-coupage - Mar 19th, 2013
    It seems that the craft bug has bitten me again—oh, dear! And, once again, I’ve crafted something that I don’t plan on keeping. [more...]

    Swirls for sale! - Mar 17th, 2013
    I have finally done it! I have finally started selling my swirls! [more...]

    Rare Disease Day 2013 - Feb 28th, 2013
    Today is International Rare Disease Day. It's a day when people around the world band together to make a lot of racket about something that impacts the lives of millions of people–despite the fact that, individually, some rare diseases impact only one. [more...]

    A sulk-less Valentine’s Day challenge - Feb 9th, 2013
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve already started hearing and reading comments from people about dreading the day because they’re all alone. And I get it, I really do, because even though I’ve never been a big celebrator of the day, it is another reminder that Paul isn’t here to be my Valentine—and that I’ve yet to find someone new to spend the day with. [more...]

    Working swirls - Feb 2nd, 2013
    I’ve finally completed my latest swirl drawing. It’s one that I started way back in December for a friend who was embarking on a life-changing journey. It seemed to me that I couldn’t be there to hold her hand, but that I could be there for her in my spirit—and with each swirl I thought of her and sent her all of the positive energy I could muster. [more...]

    Holey-sock monkey - Jan 13th, 2013
    I love my knee-high stripey socks and was a bit sad when I wore a hole through the toe of one of them over the summer. But I decided that maybe I’d make a sock monkey with them. So I put the socks aside for my future crafting project. [more...]

    Peachy-keen - Nov 17th, 2012
    As you probably know by now, I like to swirl. It’s relaxing and rather enjoyable (and maybe a bit addicting at times). In addition to swirling for my own inner peace, I really like to swirl for my friends and family—and am always up for swirling away at custom pieces when requested. [more...]

    Warming up with a faded flag - Oct 5th, 2012
    It’s starting to get cold outside and that means cuddling up on the couch with a cosy blanket. And for a double-dose of warmth, I like to crochet one blanket whilst cuddled under another. [more...]

    To bead or not to bead - Sep 23rd, 2012
    When I moved into my new flat last weekend, I was excited to see that the previous tenant (and my good friend!) left behind a large pile of crafty stuff for me. I took a quick peek at the time and was excited to see that there were skeins and skeins of yarn and loads and loads of beads—in addition to other crafty bits-and-bobs. [more...]

    Spent pennies - Jul 27th, 2012
    As you may know, I like to save all of my ‘spare’ change so that I can cash it in for something fun and frivolous. So when I am out shopping, I never give the cashier exact change, I keep those jingly-jangly coins to feed my coin jar! [more...]

    Swirl sets - Jul 8th, 2012
    I almost wasn’t going to post anything today, but then I remembered my promise to post more often so I thought I’d best post something. And so, I thought I’d post my first ‘series’ of swirls for you. [more...]

    Swirl research - Jun 27th, 2012
    As you know, I like to swirl. It’s a relaxing pastime and I find it extremely helpful when I need to unwind for a spell. [more...]

    Swirls for Amy - May 3rd, 2012
    I recently finished another swirl drawing and I thought that I’d share it with you. (But you have to read to the end to see it!) This was more than just a drawing though. You see, my swirls began as a way to occupy my mind and my thoughts, and have actually become a great way of relaxing and meditating for me. [more...]

    Paper bird of happiness - Apr 4th, 2012
    When I boarded the bus today, I was met by a pretty little Origami crane that was perched on the seat next to me. It had been made with someone’s bus ticket and it looked very much like it was there for someone to find. [more...]

    Whisky hearts - Apr 3rd, 2012
    Normally, an empty whisky bottle means a cork without a job. But not today. No, today I decided to rescue the cork from my empty bottle of Glenmorangie and carve it up a bit with my pocket knife. (A tool that every good redneck always has on hand.) [more...]

    Blue swirls - Mar 11th, 2012
    I started this swirl drawing back in January and have finally finished. Not because I’ve not been swirling, but because I’ve been working on a couple of other swirls that took priority. And now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to send it off to Mom! [more...]

    Swirl-flies - Mar 7th, 2012
    So I spent the past weekend on the couch dying of the common cold. OK, I wasn’t dying, but I wasn’t feeling too great, either. However, all that time convalescing meant time spent swirling! [more...]

    Hushed hooking - Feb 28th, 2012
    I started a new crochet project back in January. But I couldn’t tell you about it because it was for my friend’s birthday present. And she’s such a good friend that she reads my blog all the time. And I knew that even if I tried to talk about it without saying what or who it was for, it would ruin the surprise. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    Hunger pains - Feb 24th, 2012
    I’ve been thinking about hunger for a few days now—ever since I signed up to participate in Art House Co-op’s ‘The Meal’ project. The project is meant as a ‘shared meal’ around the globe, whilst at the same time bringing the issue of hunger to mind, and has certainly given me a lot to think about. [more...]

    A winning announcement - Feb 21st, 2012
    As promised, today is the day that I’m announcing the winner of my anniversary contest. (But you have to read a bit of a ramble first. And more of a ramble when the announcement is over. I offer no apologies for that.) [more...]

    Blank slate; inspiration sought - Jan 29th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of hours searching for inspiration. For what, I don’t quite know. I’ve found lists of daily adventures, blogs meant to inspire you to write a book, and all sorts of things that would make a prostitute blush. [more...]

    Thankful swirls - Jan 28th, 2012
    As you probably know by now, I’ve found a lot of solace in creating swirls. There’s something relaxing and peaceful about them. I have to admit that my first-ever swirl drawing was rubbish. No, really, it was. But from the time I realised that swirls were my sunflowers, my skills have improved. [more...]

    Getting better - Jan 14th, 2012
    For a few days now, I’ve been feeling the dreaded claws of illness tightening their grip on my immune system. In fact, by yesterday I wondered if illness was winning, as I found myself suffering on the couch with a fever of 39.1°c (102+° f) and a niggly headache. [more...]

    A spirit found - Dec 21st, 2011
    I’ve been struggling to find my Christmas Spirit since the season began and was starting to wonder if it would be found in time. I haven’t had the energy or the inclination for baking Christmas cookies or writing Christmas cards. [more...]

    Done! - Oct 23rd, 2011
    Do you remember about a month ago when I told you I was working on a new afghan for my new flat and that my goal was to finish it before I moved in? [more...]

    Chalk it up to intelligence - Oct 16th, 2011
    Since the beginning of June, I’ve been a bit remiss about organising my digital files. I think I got a bit crazy with my foster daughter moving, followed by quitting my job, leaving my house, moving to Scotland, starting school, and well, just life in general! [more...]

    Cutting out the middles - Oct 14th, 2011
    So I’m working on a new design project for my parents. Just a little something that will make Mom smile—and me. (Likely others in the family, too, but I can’t be sure yet.) [more...]

    Ripples for me - Sep 22nd, 2011
    For the first time in my life, I am crocheting something for me. Yep, I’m making a pretty red ripple afghan throw for the couch in my new flat—with a goal to finish the throw before I move in toward the end of October. [more...]

    Wakey culture - Aug 24th, 2011
    I made my way down to Wakefield, England, yesterday to visit with my sister-in-law, Ann, for a few days. I’ve made several trips here over the past eight+ years and have always enjoyed it. But today was a different sort of day out in Wakefield because I went to my first art museum here—the newly opened Hepworth Wakefield. [more...]

    Fun with maths - Aug 4th, 2011
    [Please note that the ‘S’ at the end of maths was intentional, and not an error. It’s part of my attempt to use that funny British English stuff, since that’s (almost) home. However, I’m not quite ready to add the ‘S’ to words such as toward, forward, and backward. [more...]

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