Baby Matt's Felt Name Book, Part II

Back in July, I posted the beginning of Baby Matt's felt name book, and never put up the rest of it. Probably because I suck (and/or forgot). Here goes:

The cover page. The black is glittery felt.

The wonky dedication page.

M is for Mittens.

A is for Apple.

T is for Tree.

T is for Train.

H is for House.

E is for Eggs.

W is for Whale.

He seemed to really like it - so many different textures to touch and colors to marvel at. I'm told that it's been put away for now, but that he does get to look at it (with help) occasionally.

What do you think? I'm pretty proud of myself for not only finishing it, but doing so before his birthday.

Allison's Mini-Swap Package

My friend, Allison, and her girlfriend, G-Jet, write some pretty awesome zines. Awhile back (before Christmas, at any rate), Allison and I arranged to do a mini-swap: crafts for her, zines for me. Here's what she got:

A cable-knit cuff/coffee cozy.

The aforementioned knitted thingy, as modeled by my water glass.

Some bubble magnets made from old paper. The one in the middle is from The Cider House Rules, and the end ones are made from maps.

Yeeeah, I Think I'll Go Die Now.

With no access to my craft photos, I offer you up an embarrassing exchange, which took place approximately one month ago:

SCENE: Hockey team Booster Club Christmas party; near the end of the night. I see the team captain, for whom I am scrapbooking, and decide, heart in my throat (because although he's barely older than a teenager and not exactly famous he's kind of a celebrity in my world), to introduce myself and put to rest this crazy anxiety already. He is getting a glass of lemonade when I approach and tap him on the shoulder.

ME: Hi, I'm Amanda. I just wanted to say hi and meet you [ED NOTE: Saying hi IS meeting someone, moron.] because I'm doing your scrapbook this season.

(MY BRAIN: I can't believe I just said that without stumbling over my words! Kind of redundant at the beginning, but still!)

CAP'N: Oh, hi! You're doing my scrapbook, eh [ED NOTE: for he is Canadian, of course]? Did anyone tell you about my scrapbook curse?

ME: Curse? No, what is it?

(MY BRAIN: Please say that you've never gotten a scrapbook because the curse is that no one ever finishes one for you so that my book is the best you've ever gotten because my beginner book is possibly not great.)

CAP'N: Everyone who gets me for scrapbooking gets pregnant while they're working on it. I'm four for four, now.

(MY BRAIN: We... are now discussing sex and/or my uterus. This diverged into strange territory pretty quickly.)

ME: Ha! That's hilarious.

...HUSBAND enters.

ME: This is my husband. He might be interested in hearing about this curse.



ME: Yeah, so... we'll get working on that for ya!!


ALL: ...........................

ME: Wow, that was awkward. I don't know why I said that.




So I missed a post yesterday. I think that disqualifies me from Nablopomo, but I care not.

Such attitude has been characteristic of this day; it was a day of nothing great or terrible, but entirely "meh." I keep hoping to get inspired or at least act a fool and have something to report, but as the days of the week blend into one another and I spend them all sitting in front of a monitor, I'm afraid I just don't have any exciting stories.

School starts tomorrow; I am making entirely too big of a deal out of two (easy) online classes and one (likely to be easy) class on campus, once a week. I also have an internship to complete this semester, but it doesn't sound as though that will be particularly challenging, either. I think this is what senioritis feels like; a total state of ennui when school activities or assignments are involved. As I was never a senior in high school, I wouldn't know, but if it's this? I'm glad I missed it.

Oh! Here's something. Remember that time I told everyone I was using various Philosophy products and to keep on the look-out for fabulous, gleaming skin coming from this direction?* Well, after about a week and a half, I started having... effects, you could say. If, when you said effects, you meant that the lower half of my face had dry patches and, eventually, discolored burn-like THINGS that made me look gorgeous, indeed. Luckily, if I slathered enough Vaseline on, stopped using Philosophy and any makeup that wasn't on or around my eyes, I looked like a slightly greasier and more scarred version of myself. I switched to Aveeno for Lepers and my face is almost back to normal, if a little scaly.


Maybe tomorrow I'll finally post some crafts, or something. Isn't that what you're here for?

*It was implied.


...Blogger's post via email function. If this works, it will be so fabulous. I can't access Blogger at work or from my phone, so now these lame posts will be twice as easy for me to make!*

*This totally counts as a Nablopomo entry, right?
**It worked!!

Reasons I Might Be 84 Instead of 24:

  • I stay up past my 9:30 bedtime...
  • ...Scrapbooking.
  • I rarely make it to midnight on New Year's Eve while at home in my pajamas, much less out at a party.
  • I enjoy sweaters and cardigans of all shapes and sizes.
  • I also have a thing for lace.
  • I knit.
  • I like small dogs and cats.
  • I love my tea.
  • I will take a crossword puzzle over a fashion magazine any day.
  • If you are feeling down, I make you cookies or other baked goods.
  • "Kids these days," etc.

Quilt #2: Your Mom!

...or mine. My mother is possibly the world's hardest person to shop for, but she is always cold. Thus, gifts for her tend to fall in the blanket/slipper/loungewear category. This year I decided to take it up a notch and make her a simple lap quilt with Moda Simple Abundance charm packs. This is the first time I've actually quilted; I did this whole thing by hand because I still lack a walking foot for my machine. This is also my first binding, so it was pretty educational. It turned out pretty good, and I wish I could show you more of it, but unfortunately, since I was in such a hurry to wrap and ship it, I only photographed it from this angle.

You liiiiike?

Some Math.

As previously mentioned, I'm making a scrapbook for one of the players on my hockey team this season. This is my second scrapbook, the first consisting of stickers, mementos and pictures from my teenage years glue-stuck onto random paper, without any sort of theme to either the book or the individual pages. Therefore, it has taken me quite by surprise how much time and money (and anxiety, of course) I am spending on this particular project.

I have been spending the past several evenings scrapping after work and before bed; I usually spend two to three hours at a time, and finish one page per evening. I have completed five pages thus far, approximately ten percent of the total book. If this is to be the rate of my page completion, I will spend 100 to 150 hours putting the book together, and that doesn't even count shopping for supplies or getting inspiration from scrapbook layouts online. In addition, each page has an average of six pictures, costing approximately $2.08 per page (most of the pictures are wallet-size, which come four to an order for thirty nine cents. I'm counting the cost of the entire 4-pack of wallets, since I have to pay for the whole thing), and two pieces of paper costing about fifty cents apiece, plus embellishments (let's call it fifty cents a page, for those), meaning that I'm spending roughly $3.58 per page, and at fifty pages, I've spent about $180. That's without the tools and adhesives that I had to buy for scrapbooking (but that I'll be able to use in the future) or the book itself.

...Wow. That is all*.

*I have to put in a disclaimer here that I totally don't mind spending the time or money, particularly since my player is adorable and incredibly nice, but I had no concept of what I was signing up for when I did this. Also, the time and money has added up along the way, and it is no way a hardship for me to complete this project. The numbers are a marvel, for entertainment value only, and this post is mostly to remind myself at the beginning of next season exactly what I'm getting myself into. I know it is all completely worth it, the stress, effort, time, and money notwithstanding.

Currently... 1/4/10

Unaccustomed Earth

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series

Jersey Shore

The Sims 3: World Adventures

Philosophy Magical Minis Starter Kit

Cuisinart Waffle Iron

New Year's Quiz 2009

I know the hype over the New Year has been done to death by now, but I thought it would be good to do Linda's New Year's Quiz again this year. Last year's is here.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I made Thanksgiving dinner for two, went to Vancouver, BC, bought season tickets to a sports team, and made my first and second quilts.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year's resolutions were to get into better shape and to open an Etsy shop. I did nothing to work toward either of these things. As previously mentioned, my resolutions for this year are to take more pictures, drink more water, eat out less, plan more meals, and save more money.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandmother did.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

More money, more time for relaxation, more home-cooked meals.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Mmm. None from 2009 stick out, specifically.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Starting and finishing my first quilt.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Forgetting to take pictures of things, big and small.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Many minor instances of each. I am quite accident-prone.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hockey tickets. Easily the most consistent and regular fun I have.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

No one's springs to mind as being exceptional.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Kanye's. I'mma let you finish.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, credit card payments, eating out, entertainment, and craft supplies.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Canada. Various hockey wins. Christmas this year. Getting a new job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

"Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor" by Flight of the Conchords, because I listen to it ALL THE TIME.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Slightly thinner, I think.
c) richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Cooking, saving, sewing, traveling, writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Eating, complaining, spending, frowning.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Driving, opening gifts with my in-laws, eating dinner, and playing Scattergories.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Just with hockey.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

30 rock.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


24. What was the best book you read?

The Lovely Bones.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Ting Tings.

26. What did you want and get?

A pearl necklace, the complete series of the Gilmore Girls, a new job, and a food processor.

27. What did you want and not get?

A set of Baggu bags.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I Love You, Man and X-Men Origins: Wolverine

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 24, and it was pretty much a normal day with work and school, but Chris took me out to a late dinner afterward.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I had finished my Bachelor's degree in December of '09 instead of '10.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Sweaters and jeans have mostly been my go-to outfits, but I've been making an effort to incorporate different items and accessories.

32. What kept you sane?

Chris, my dogs, and bad TV.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Er. Still confused about the definition of "fancy," but I'll say Jason Segel, because I genuinely like everything he's done so far, and I really enjoyed his Fresh Air interview.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Universal health care.

35. Who did you miss?

My brother and my mom.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Kayla? I think I met Kayla and Jake this year, and they are the coolest.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

A year spent making slow progress is not a year wasted, it just makes for a fairly boring recap.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"I love the way you say 'good morning'" -Ingrid Michaelson, "The Way I Am"


Resolutions. Of the New Year's variety. I'm not usually one to make them, and when I do, I'm not one to keep them. Therefore, for the past... many years, I've neglected to enter the shame-spiral that is resolving to do a thing and then giving up on it.

This year, however, I have decided to make a few; comprised of things to keep in mind throughout the year, rather than finite "I shall lose XX pounds" or "I will drink no soda" proclamations. I will build in a sentiment of "I will try to" rather than "I will", and not beat myself up if I, say, choose to have a caffeinated beverage now and again.

1. Take more pictures.

[The most recent picture of Chris and me was taken over six months ago. That is sad.]

2. Drink more water.

[It's healthy. Plus I look and feel better when I'm hydrated.]

3. Plan meals (lunches and dinners) in advance, more often.

[Otherwise, food goes unused in my cupboards and I buy a lot from convenience stores and fast food joints because it's the 11th hour and I have no time to cook and I'm HUNGRY.]

4. Eat out less often.

[It is criminal how much money we spend per month on food that we do not cook. This goes hand in hand with the previous item.]

5. Think more carefully about intended purchases: is it replacing something that is broken or a necessity to daily life? Do I have something that will work for the same function? Is there another option? Can I wait to buy it?

[I impulse-buy more than I'd like to, and we have a lot of STUFF in our apartment, which is at capacity. I would like to learn to make my possessions go further and to use what I have more often than using consumption as a solution to problems.]

6. Hopefully, these items will lead to saving more money.

[A safety net is a good thing.]

What are your resolutions?