Macramé Monday!

Ever wonder why the humble macramé spider didn't become as popular as a certain feathered friend? I know that's what I wanna see on the wall when I'm stumbling around half asleep in the middle of the night. Yeah, that wouldn't scare the crap out of me at all!

Photo from How To Make Plant Hangers, published in 1974


kittehs in space!!!

Squeee!!! Wook at da widdle kittehs in dere widdle costumes!!!



Another one of my embroideries was featured on Mr. X Stitch!!! From here on out, March 22 shall be known as Leah Gets a Swelled Head Day.

Swirling Skullies

My stitchy stuff on Flickr.
My RHPS lips on Mr. X Stitch.
My swirly-whirly bunnies on Mr. X Stitch.

And if this is just a really slow day in the world of contemporary embroidery, please don't tell me. :P

doing my best Michael Jackson zombie dance*

Holy crap on a cracker! My spinny-dizzy-bunny-rabbit embroidery was featured on Mr. X Stitch for Too Cute Tuesday!

you spin me right round...

It is so weird to see this on such an awesome site. I put so much work into this piece, from the very first doodle to the very last stitch. I'm super-duper thrilled that other people like it, and I'm thrilled-to-the-max that Beefranck liked it enough to feature it on Mr. X Stitch!

Hey, remember when my Rocky Horror Picture Show embroidery was featured on Mr. X Stitch? I sure do!

You can check out a few more pictures of the bunnies (and all my other stitchy goodness) in my Flickr photos.

*thrilled...Thriller...Michael Jackson...dancing zombies...get it?  :P

Macramé Monday!

Happy Macramé Monday everyone!

What? It's Tuesday? True story? Dang! Oh well, that explains why I spent all of yesterday feeling as if I was forgetting something.

Happy Macramé Tuesday everyone!

Photo from Macrame Enchantment: Book 5, published in 1980

I just love this photo! All the elements of good late 70s - early 80s design are here; a monochromatic color scheme with white accessories; shag carpeting; large creepy animal statue; and let's not forget the macramé furniture! Well, at least it doubles as storage.



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Just so you know...

...my birthday's coming up! Did you want to get me a present, but were having a hard time thinking of something? Well, it just so happens that I have a couple of helpful suggestions!

Perhaps this Triceratops skull?
Estimated value: $125,000 - $175,000

Or maybe this Tyrannosaurus skull?
Estimated value: $250,000 - $300,000

Seriously though, any kind of dinosaur skull would be awesome...and two would be twice as awesome. We could put them on our heads and have epic dinosaur battles, scare little children, and win all the Halloween costume contests!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the mornin' to you...and other such stereotypical Irish sayings. Today is Paddy's Day after all. Time to break out the green shirts and head down to your local pub to drink some beer...which will also be green.

Know what else is green? Zombies. Well, ok, some zombies are green, depending on the movie and whatnot. Ever see the movie Boy Eats Girl? Now, now, stop your giggling, it's not that kind of movie. It's a zombie movie! The zombies might not be the green variety, but it was shot in Ireland. That makes it a pretty good candidate for a Paddy's Day movie in my book!

I did see this, but it's been a few years. I do remember liking it well enough though. Does it have a great plot? Hmm...not really. Any plot holes? Oh, yeah! Great acting? Not especially. Witty dialogue? Lol, yeah, there were definitely some good bits. Lots of gore? Hellz yeah!

Support your Irish zombies. Rent Boy Eats Girl today.


a little bit of rambling...ok fine, a lot of rambling

Today is one of those days. It started at 3:30 AM when I woke up with a headache. After a little time spent staring at the ceiling and wandering around the apartment cursing my crazy sleep patterns whilst shaking my fist at the sky - I finally fell back to sleep. I didn't get out of bed again until almost 10, even though my alarm woke me at 7:45. I never have any problems falling asleep when I'm not supposed to. Anyway, the point is that I slept in and felt horrible. My head still hurt and the rest of me just felt...unwell from sleeping too late.

A few different things are to blame here; we lost an hour because of daylight savings this past weekend (always good for screwing up sleep patterns), it's been rainy and gray for ages, and Cadbury Creme Eggs are out again. I have absolutely no will power when it comes to those things, so I've been chasing the sugar dragon a lot - or would that be the sugar bunny? Either way, a major sugar rush before bed isn't exactly conducive to a good night's rest. And the lack of sunlight is just draining the life right out of me. I'm completely solar powered. When it's bright and sunny I have all kinds of energy and pep and zest, whether I'm outside or not.

Even though it was pretty wet and crappy out today, I figured I'd feel better if I got some fresh air. I still had to force myself though. It was raining for a while, which is always a great excuse for not going outside. When it finally stopped, I couldn't think of any other good excuses. I still had to talk myself into it. I know, I know - it's pathetic. But unfortunately, it's how I roll.

So, out for a short walk I went. The ocean is literally in my backyard, and there's an awesome trail built along the coastline, so that's where I headed. You know how when you live somewhere, you take all the cool stuff for granted? I guess I've been living here long enough that I took that trail for granted. I mean, I live right on top of it, but this was the first time I've been there since early last fall. I used to walk along the trail into downtown all the time, but somewhere along the line I started using the road, just to save a few minutes. It's a busy, loud, noisy, soul sucking and downright annoying road, and I live right next to it. Come to think of it, the  noisy road should be added to the list of things to blame for my screwy sleep patterns and headaches.

And finally we get to the happy ending! There were quite a few ducks bobbing about, and once I got close enough, I realized there was one I hadn't seen before - a Barrow's Goldeneye. One more to check off! Needless to say, I was pretty excited. In fact, while I was watching him dive, it started to rain again and I didn't even care. Further along the trail I saw a few more, including a couple baby duckies! Squee! (EDIT: They weren't ducklings after all. They were Buffleheads. I had never seen them before, and just assumed they were ducklings because of their small size and the fact that they were close to bigger ducks)But yeah, it was raining then, so I headed back inside.

I've become a bit of a bird geek in the past few years, keeping track of all the new kinds I see in my dad's bird book. He was always interested in birds, especially crows. I remember how excited he was when he was telling me how crows could count. I wasn't really interested in birds back then though, but I guess it's a natural extension of my dino geekiness. I never grew out of the fascinated-with-dinosaurs stage that most kids seem to go through. In fact, it's just gotten worse.

National Geographic did Dinosaur Week not too long ago, with a bunch of different documentaries about dinos, and a sprinkling of docs featuring some dino contemporaries. It had me glued to the TV every evening and resulted in some sketches, which in turn resulted in some embroideries (pictures will be posted soonish). And remember my crafty Valentine's Day dinos? Look here and here (hmmm, looks like I forgot to blog about the little red ones). There are some lurking around the apartment too, so I'll take photos of those some day to show all you lovely readers.

The end!

Y'all come back now, y'hear?


Macramé Monday!

Submitted for your consideration. A book on macramé, just like every other book on macramé.

But hidden within it's pages...

A belt for shy hot pants wearers!

Images from Awful Library Books.

Personally, if I were shy about wearing hot pants, I simply wouldn't wear them. Maybe that's just me though. I suppose this way you get to participate in not just one groovy fashion trend,  but two!

Peace, man. :)


i spy a Skullboy!

Linky link to an interview with Skullboy!

Also, I think Lady Gaga has been channeling Captain Newfoundland.

Also-also, I really like this song! I wasn't exactly a fan of Lady gaga when she first came out (bluffin' with my muffin - really?), but I'm totally diggin' her now. After all, I do love weirdness. She looks pretty hot in the Skullboy make-up, Barbie hair and tux too.


Macramé Monday!

I love macramé! No really, I do! Like a lot of textile arts, it was huge in the 70s. It was actually so huge, that it got stuck there. That's right, it's just too big and too glorious for the future.

So here's one of my latest vintage finds; an Owl Macramé Plant Hanger Kit or Wall Hanging with actual size owl! Yay! It's unopened, still (mostly) sealed in plastic, and fully awesome. It's caused quite a stir around these parts, I must say. Lots of people are asking lots of questions. Should I make the plant hanger? Or the wall hanging? Should I even open it? What if an evil demon with plans for world domination is released? You know, like in all those made-for-TV movies. Even worse - what if it's a tie-dye wearing hippie demon with flowers in its hair? Oh, the humanity!

Owl Macrame kit!

So anyway, here's the deal; I'm going to post something macramé-related every Monday. Or most Mondays. At least some Mondays. You know, until I run out of things to post or just get bored with the whole thing. I have a bunch of old how-to books with lots of groovy pictures. I even know how to tie a few different knots. Not that good, mind you. I made a pretty sickly looking owl last week that's never going to see the light of day. But hey, practice makes perfect...hopefully.


Yes! I'm not alone!

This rule/plot hole has always plagued me too, although the thing that keeps me awake is time zones. And what about daylight savings? Does a mogwai's internal clock automatically spring forward and fall back like my laptop? Don't get me wrong, I love me some Gremlins. Pangaea-sized plot holes don't keep from enjoying awesome stories. They do however keep me from writing great stories. I just can't seem to make myself believe the silliness I write. I've always said that if Gremlins had been my idea, it would have been crumpled up and tossed in the trash before Billy even met Gizmo.


ok, this is ridiculous...

Do you know how many blog posts I've started in the past few weeks only to abandon them completely? It's gotta be at least a couple! I suck at posting, and I'm not sure why exactly. It's probably a bunch of different reasons - a little bit of laziness, bucket loads of indecision, and maybe even a hint of self doubt. So yeah, I've had enough. So what if I'm not sure what to write about? I'm gonna write anyway!

Maybe today I'll start with something easy. A list! I love lists. No, seriously, I really do. It's sort of an addiction. I write lists everyday; to-do lists, grocery lists, idea lists - and look, I just started to write a lists of lists! Hello, my name is Leah, and I'm a listoholic. ;)

So what have I been up to lately? Here's a list, with fancy bullets and everything!

  • doodling my own embroidery patterns
  • embroidering
  • bargain hunting in awesome thrift stores
  • scheming about stuff I can make to sell in an online shop
  • brainstorming clever names for my possible online shop
  • buying some really cool vintage owl goodies
  • volunteering
  • watching a bunch of documentaries about dinosaurs
  • drawing dinosaurs
  • organizing and re-organizing stuff
  • missing my family
Oh yeah, and I applied to the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, so everyone keep their fingers crossed for me please!