Monthly Archives: August 2011

Support Your Local Roller Derby

I mentioned recently that I’ve taken up a new hobby. Flat Track Roller Derby happens to be the fastest growing sport for women in the Nation. And there are teams nearly everywhere these days. Wherever you are, look up your local derby team and support them! Buy a shirt, go to their bouts, volunteer to help them out any way you can. Strap on a pair of skates and get yourself out there. You won’t regret it.

And, if you happen to be local to me, there are two big events coming up in the next month!

First, next weekend is the Clash in the Coalfields. It’s a multi-team scrimmage taking place on August 27 in Madison, WV. There are skaters representing at least 8 different teams! (maybe. I can’t find where I read that so maybe I made it up) It’s going to be crazy. Don’t miss it. Tickets are available here.  20% of the door goes to the medical fund of a local boy diagnosed with leukemia and concessions sales will benefit Rev-Up Madison!

Then, on September 10 is the Chucktown Shutdown! It’s a double-header event featuring Sandusky Rollergirls vs Ohio Valley Rollergirls first. Then the main feature, Chemical Valley Rollergirls vs Blackwater Rollers! This is Chemical Valley’s first home bout so be there to support them! Tickets are available here. 10% of the proceeds from this event go to the Children’s Therapy Clinic in Charleston.

 My team, the Jewel City Rollergirls will be having our very first bout this fall! More details on that when they become finalized. West Virginia has some exciting derby events coming up! Don’t miss out!

Birthday Demon Squirrel

I love vintage embroidery patterns. I love their kitschy goodness. Vegetables dancing the tango or an elephant washing dishes.  That’s the great thing about these patterns. Typically the subject matter makes little sense. Why would anthropomorphic vegetables be dancing? Why not!

But the thing about this older patterns, in order to save on ink, they typically are very basic outlines. It’s up to the stitcher to fill in all the things that need to be filled in. This sometimes leads to images looking a little…off. So when I showed my friend this vintage squirrel pattern, she was immediately creeped out. And then asked me to stitch it for her on a bag. And to make the eyes red so the true demon inside the squirrel could come out.

Tuesday was my friend’s birthday and the day she finally received her demon squirrel.

Creepy, eh? Demon squirrel will eat your soul.

The eyes are satin stitch with red satin thread. I don’t care to ever work with that again. No matter what I did, the thread snagged and knotted with nearly every stitch. The majority of the outline stitching is chain stitch.

My favorite bit, other than the demon eyes, are the sweet little french knot flowers. I adore making french knots. I think I feel a french knot project coming on.

So Happy Birthday Nadine! Enjoy your Demon Squirrel Bag. But don’t turn your back on it.

Welcome Back

I’ve spent the past month or so thinking about this space and what I want to do with it. Once I reached the 5 month mark of not returning, I assumed I would eventually wander in here and delete the whole deal. This journal is from a different part of my life. A part that sadly no longer exists and I didn’t know how to come back. Lucky for you folks, I’m incredibly lazy and never bothered to follow through.

 When I left in February, my life was in total upheaval and it still is to some degree. Things have finally come to a place where life should be settling down into a rhythm once again. And although it is a completely new-to-me rhythm, and not one I ever expected to be learning, I find myself looking forward to it. So when I got this tweet from Jan, it got me thinking again about the sweet old bloggy. I realized I’m not quite ready to give it up yet. So here we are again (after all these years. I never could resist a Paul Simon reference).

A lot has changed in the past few months. It’s just Izzy and me now, doing our own thing.

I’ve taken up a new hobby that really, really takes up all my time and energy. Especially my energy. And I can tell you one thing for sure, I never expected myself to be involved in this but I am so happy I am.

The friends I’ve made over the past few months make all the bruises, the soreness, the sweat, the tears, and the lingering knee injury worth it (note: that is not exactly my injury but the closest information I could find. My kneecap is not actually broken but does have some small fissures/cracks in it).

Of course, I still knit and stitch and fuss around making stuff. But it really has taken a bit of a back burner to the rest of my life.

Given all that’s changed, I’m not sure what direction this blog is going to go in. I still want to focus mainly on the crafting but that doesn’t happen nearly as much as it used to. Posting may happen once a week or maybe once every other week. Heck, maybe I’ll go crazy and be spurred by the blog to take up my breakneck speed again.

I know one thing for sure. I’m definitely not deleting the blog. The idea of finding a place to move all the tutorials that are still being used (judging from the page view stats) is pretty horrifying. I’d rather stay here and talk to you folks rather than do all that extra work. For now, we’re together again and that’s what matters.

(Didn’t you miss my abuse of parenthetical asides?!)