Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In Color Order

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I was cleaning out my sewing shelves a few days ago (I'll admit they're already messed up again...ehg) and I was putting things in order and figured it'd make an interesting post. At least I enjoy color order.

This box has actually stood the test of a few days and still looks nice. I wanted to color order my fabric, but that was a huge disaster. I have such problems keeping that clean. I've tried everything. If anyone has good fabric organizing ideas (I've folded, I've rolled around boards, I've put in bins) I'd love to hear them!

I put all my zippers out and organized them and then... shoved them back in the box I had them in. I've got a great little fa├žade of Martha Stewart up on this blog. Don't believe it. Because I'm horribly messy when I want to be.

This is a picture of a true feat. I used to have 2.5 of these organizers full of buttons. Full of buttons I never touched. I was able to shave my collection down to a third of an organizer. Now these buttons can go untouched for awhile.

My embellishments "plastic." I only use a couple of the beads but thought the multi-colored ones were too pretty.

Update: my sewing machine (which was being worked on) is done! I'm going to pick it up today. Thank heaven. Hopefully I'll get some new stuff in the shop soon! Have a great week, everyone!

And let me know if you're obsessed with "color order" like me! (I JUST managed to pull myself away from color-organizing my books. I figured author order was more practical. Meh)

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Bell Jar

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

First sentence: "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

Quote #1: "Physics made me sick the whole time I learned it. What I couldn't stand was this shrinking everything into letters and numbers. Instead of leaf shapes and enlarged diagrams of the holes the leaves breathe through and fascinating words like carotene and xanthophyll on the blackboard, there were these hideous, cramped, scorpion-lettered formulas in Mr. Manzi's special red chalk."

Quote #2: "People were made of nothing so much as dust, and I couldn't see that doctoring all that dust was a bit better than writing poems people would remember and repeat to themselves when they were unhappy or sick and couldn't sleep."

Quote #3: "Once when I visited Buddy I found Mrs. Willard braiding a rug out of strips of wool from Mr. Willard's old suits. She'd spent weeks on that rug, and I had admired the tweedy browns and greens and blues patterning the braid, but after Mrs. Willard was through, instead of hanging the rug on the wall the way I would have done, she put it down in place of her kitchen mat, and in a few days it was soiled and dull and indistinguishable from any mat you could buy for under a dollar in the five and ten."

Last sentence: "The eyes and the faces all turned themselves toward me, and guiding myself by them, as by a magical thread, I stepped into the room.

Next up: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meet Goose!

Monday, June 18, 2012
We have a new addition!
Last week was a bit of a whirlwind of awful. I'll keep it short, because I aim neither to relive nor attract sympathy: Louie Petunia passed away, Casey and I bought a baby guinea pig who we named Boris and he died a few days later, we adopted two hamsters who ended up fighting like crazy and attacking us, took them back...

BUT THEN: we bought Boris' brother: Goose. I'm obsessed with him. I've had four guineas in my time and he is, by far, the youngest. So tiny!

I want it to rain in Indiana so the grass'll be less straw-y and I can let him roam in the backyard. We're also searching for the perfect home for him. Right now he's in a makeshift cage. More updates later!

Of course he'll make many an appearance in the future.
Hope everyone's doing well! I've got some post ideas in the works!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Matilda by Roald Dahl

First sentence: "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers."

-These are all quotes by Miss Trunchbull. This may be shameful to say, but she's my favorite character. I love the things she says.-

Quote #1: "Why are all these women married?"

Quote #2: "Small people should never be seen by anybody. They should be kept out of sight in boxes like hairpins and buttons. I cannot for the life of me see why children have to take so long to grow up. I think they do it on purpose."

Quote #3: My idea of a perfect school, Miss Honey, is one that has no children at all."

Last sentence: *It's kind of a spoiler. You'll have to read to find out!

One of my absolute favorite movies as a kid (and even now) was/is Matilda. I realize most of my favorite movies were originally books by Roald Dahl. I'd only read a handful of his books growing up, so I felt it proper to read them all now. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a few months ago and found Matilda while buying a book for a friend. Definitely worth the $1.99. Read it!

Next up: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Meet the Robin-sons

Saturday, June 9, 2012
We found a nest! In the pear tree in the backyard of my parent's house sits a robin's nest. I never saw it when it was full of eggs (unfortunately, because robin's eggs are so pretty) but I've been watching the babies for a few days now. I think there are three. They overlap and lay so close it's sometimes hard to tell.

This was the first picture I took of the nest. They were so tiny! I made sure to cover it back up so predators couldn't see in. I did scare the mom away accidentally a few times, though.

You count three beaks, right? They're so perfect. In the earlier days when I saw them they had their heads straight up and their beaks wide open, ready to be fed.

Here's the mama. With worms and maggots galore. Hopefully when I go over tomorrow they're flying! [This post was written awhile ago. Robin update: they are out of the nest! I haven't seen them in the backyard yet, though.]

Mowgli's been giving me some looks. She probably thinks I'm crazy spending so much time on a ladder next to the tree.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winesburg, Ohio

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

First sentence: "The writer, an old man with a white mustache, had some difficulty in getting into bed."

Quote #1: In bed the writer had a dream that was not a dream."

Quote #2: "You must try to forget all you've learned. You must begin to dream. From this time on you must shut your ears to the roaring of the voices."

Quote #3: The third favorite quote is a cluster of quotes spread out in the chapter called "Loneliness." 
  • "The story of Enoch is in fact the story of a room almost more than it is the story of a man."
  • "There must have been two dozen of the shadow people, invented by the child-mind of Enoch Robinson, who lived in the room with him.
  • "Out she went through the door and all the life there had been in the room followed her out."
Last sentence: "He stayed that way for a long time and when he aroused himself and again looked out of the car window the town of Winesburg had disappeared and his life there had become but a background on which to paint the dreams of his manhood.

If you're unfamiliar with the odd format of these book posts, read this post. It is my impression that nothing here is a "spoiler," otherwise I would have omitted it. I was introduced to Anderson in my L251 American Literature class in college and was interested in the characters he created. So I rummaged through Every Other Book and found this complete copy. It comes highly recommended from me. 

Next up: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Birthday!

Monday, June 4, 2012
I turned 21 yesterday! For my birthday my mom took me on a little overnight trip to Orland Park, Illinois. Random destinations are our thing. She found good shopping and nature-y things, so it was perfect. The picture above shows a few goodies I got. I didn't really get pictures from my party because it was a really lazy laid-back day.

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But I do have a few pictures from my mom's and my Orland Park adventures. We stopped to get some drinks and I saw this sign. I laughed so hard. I kept laughing all the way up until I realized it says "Racing Gas" and not "Raging Gas."
We saw BABY BUFFALO! I really love bison, as you can see here, and my mom found a bison farm in Hobart, Indiana. They weren't running tours, but they had two babies out back. They were the cutest things in the world. The woman let them suck her fingers and said we could too but I was too much of a pussywillow. I wish I'd gotten more/better pictures and videos of these two. We plan on going back soon.
We also spent a lot of time looking for birds. Duh. We went to a marsh and walked along this road for quite a bit. We saw a deer! My timing was just awful, so I captured no wildlife whatsoever.

I hope everyone else's weekends went as smoothly as mine. This week I plan on updating the shop with yet another new item (hopefully I perfect the pattern soon) and doing some hiking with a friend, so expect updates! And I'm still working on the blog, so again, if it looks weird, just pretend it doesn't. That's the easiest way. Have a great Monday!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happy June!

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hi. It's safe to say I'm not in the habit of writing much lately. With school out and my focus shifting to sewing/crocheting instead of blogging, the only writing I do is list-making. And that takes no finesse. I've been your usual hermit crab lately. I've spent a lot of time alone sewing or outside bird watching (doesn't that just make me sound crazy? There's something about "bird watching" that just slaps a label on someone.) and trying to get my white skin to do something different than be stark white. I felt like I needed to get back into the habit of actually putting words together. But I resist.

So here's a list (rhyme time):
+ Those are baby robins in the picture! And I've got a post coming all about them.
+ I'm in the slow process of re-doing my blog, so if it looks wonky at times, you know why.
+ I turn 21 tomorrow! June 3rd is the day of my birth and I look forward to lemon bars.
+ Expect more posts this month than last month. I've got a lot to show you.

It feels more natural making lists. I was always critiqued in my writing in school. And it was always about moving from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph gracefully. I don't like fluff (even in plush - I prefer rags). So choppy lists work better for me. This doesn't translate in being the world's best blogger, but who reads words anyway? At least I have cute bird babes.

This is just a weird one.
Anyway, I'm going to go enjoy nature junk and then celebrate my birthday.
I hope everyone's doing well, done with or wrapping up classes, and enjoying the heat.