Tales from the Draft Side: Part 2*

What do you guys daydream about? Travelling around the world? Frolicking with unicorns? Having the powers of Head-Explody and Wolverine claws - at the same time?!? Me too!

Know what else I daydream about though? Storage solutions. True story!

I love organization. No, that's not quite right. I crave organization. I need organization. I'm uncomfortable when things aren't in their place, and downright anxious when things don't even have a place. My home isn't a stereotypical-50s-housewife's dream by any means though. I'm not the greatest housekeeper in the world, nor do I care to be. Ever hear the expression "My house is clean enough to be healthy but dirty enough to be happy"? That makes a whole lot of sense to me.

Then there's the expression "a place for everything, and everything in it's place", which is all well and good, but what about when things don't have a place? I can sort and purge and label things until the cows come home, but that doesn't help the problem. Besides, once the place is filled with cows you wouldn't be able to read the labels anyway. ("Hey cow! You totally make a great window. Not!") I don't want to buy all kinds of furniture, shelves, containers, bins and baskets. I'm cheap, plain and simple. After trying to save money and deal with my clutter in the cheapest ways I can think of I've realized that some things just ain't working. In fact, some of my clutter has been reorganized in elebenty-billion different ways...give or take.

For instance, I have a lot of crafty stuff. It's everywhere! My biggest problem is that I'm a visual thinker. If I don't see it, I forget about it. If I'm making something, I end up hauling out anything and everything vaguely related to what I'm working on, and it stays out until I'm done, which usually takes awhile. Oh sure, things get put away eventually, but it's never long before I've hauled it all out again and it looks like Martha Stewart threw up. That is not a good thing.

* Technically Drumheller Dino! was the first post that I rescued from the evil clutches of the Draft folder**. I just didn't think of that cool title until now. Oh, and this was written last May. That's 8 months ago, folks. Told ya I was a procrastinator.

** Resolution #1 for 2012: catch up on all the stuff I've been procrastinating.


wtf happened in 2011 anyway?

Lots happened in 2011! Some good, some not-so-good, some freaking awesome. I'm choosing to focus on the good stuff, the makes-me-happy stuff. It's part of my New Year's resolutions, I suppose. Out with the old, in with the new, so on and so forth.

embroidery collage
1. Don't Dream It   2. Rabbity Swirl   3. Swirling Skullies

It was The Year of the Blog. There were lots of exciting happenings around these parts!
  • Six craft tutorials were written and shared with the craft blogosphere.
  • Three of my embroideries were featured on Mr. X Stitch. (Three!)
  • One domain name was purchased.
  • Macramé. 'Nuff said.
I posted here a lot, way more than in previous years. I did lots of crafty stuff and other people seemed to like it. I also began editing and watermarking my photos, played around with collage making, and just posted more photos overall. And I made new bloggy friends! Yay me!

macrame monday collage
Macramé awesomeness

It was also The Year of the Birds. Many birds were watched and many, many photos were taken.
  • Went to the Pacific Northwest Raptors twice. (More on the second visit soonish!)
  • Got up close and personal with a Harris Hawk and a Great Horned Owl.
  • Visited both Puffin and Gannet nesting grounds.
  • Discovered that baby Blue Jays are bald. (Still totally amused by that.)
  • Hand fed Chickadees, Nuthatches and Gray Jays.
bird collage
Pacific Northwest Raptors

Those were the two themes that stuck out in my head when I started thinking about doing a 2011-in-review post. There were other good moments of course, of both the non-blogging and non-birding variety. I stitched some other fun things, visited some other cool places, and thrifted some other kitschy stuff. I also did a lot of thinking and musing and soul searching and tried my damnest to have a few epiphanies. I think I may have succeeded too. I'll let you know when I figure it out for sure.

Now on to - the rest of - 2012!


Drumheller Dino!

Dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, AB
Approving sauropod approves of this landscape.

Behold! My oh-so-awesome, almost-headless ceramic dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, Alberta! He's one of the treasures discovered in the Great Attic Purge of 2011. We found his body near the top of the pile and his head near the bottom. Poor lil' guy. As if being abandoned and forgotten wasn't bad enough, he had to endure all those years of isolation in two pieces! After I kissed his boo boo I bandaged him up. (We didn't have any suitable glue, or even pretty ribbon, so it was a choice between a bandage and duct tape.) I decided that he needed a little tender lovin' care after his ordeal so, after he was (sort of) in one piece again, I sent him on a little vacation. (OK, I may have just taken photos of him in front of a big landscape painting that was also languishing in the attic. Hey, some people take photos of their kids, I take photos of my toys. Don't you judge me!)

Dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, AB

No, I wasn't lucky enough to visit Drumheller. In fact, I have no idea how this ended up in our attic. My theory is that it was a hand-me-down from one of my cousins. I'm basing that on the fact that her name is written in one of my childhood dinosaur books...lucky bitch...mutter mutter...

Dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, AB
"You should have seen the other guy!"

In all seriousness though, I'm not sure how to go about repairing him - as much as he can be repaired anyway. As you can see in this photo, it's just not as simple as gluing him together. There's a big chunk of ceramic gone on his neck, and lots of little chips all over - even on his poor little nose! So, the bandage is holding him together until I figure out what the best way to fix him is. Then again, the broken neck does kinda match the nosebleed and bloody lip. And what's up with that weird paint job anyway? He looks like he lost a boxing match.

Dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, AB

And here's a cat! Scamp was always my outside helper this summer at Mom's place. He's a very odd cat for a number of reasons, but the weirdest thing is how he likes to follow people around outside. He's never too far away and he's become quite the photo bombing expert (like here and here). Actually, maybe the weirdest thing about him is how he likes to chase sticks. We're still working on the fetching part, but he goes absolutely nuts when someone throws sticks for him. True story!

Dinosaur souvenir from Drumheller, AB
Photo bomb!

If you know anything at all about this Drumheller souvenir, or other dinos like it, feel free to pass it along! Pretty please with sugar on top?


Macramé Monday!

Welcome to Macramé Monday '12! (Yeah, I'm going to keep the macramé ball rolling, 'cause, why not? Maybe I'll even move everything over to it's very own blog. Then again, maybe not.) I wanted to start the year off with a bang, so I thought I'd share the most epic project from my craft book collection - full length macramé drapes! I wish these old craft books included a time estimate. Whoever completed this project was uber dedicated.

Mural In Macrame Long Drape Macrame Window Dressings 1979

Plus, check out that textured carpet! And the beautiful yellow-orange-green 70s colour combo. Love it!



I haz dem. And not just 'cause it was New Years Eve and all the cool kids were doing it. Some of these are actually a few months old, but they haven't quite become new habits yet. The first part of the year is going to be spent catching up on all the stuff I've been procrastinating; organizing photos, condensing all my lists & notebook scribbles, and publishing everything in Draft worth publishing. I'll tell you about my goals for the rest of the year as soon as I sort through all of my lists, scribbles and posts stuck in Draft limbo.