Friday, March 12, 2010

Inspired by Creepy Cute Crochet

My friend Nicole knits but she doesn't crochet, so when she finds photos of crocheted items that she wants, she sends them over to me. She came across the bride and groom from Creepy Cute Crochet. Just to clarify, I didn't crochet the bride and groom set in the Flickr photo. That is the original design by Christen Haden.

Nicole sent that photo to me before Valentine's Day. At the time, I told her to remind me in about a month (she hasn't reminded me yet) but since Monday was her birthday (I know, I'm late), I decided to whip up my own set of the bride and groom for her. I didn't want to buy the book for only two patterns, especially when they are virtually the same.

This my take on the Creepy Cute Crochet couple. They are a little on the chunky side, but since Nicole will get an actual gift from me, it's okay they don't match the real deal perfectly.

I'm still working on an original amigurumi pattern. That should be done this weekend finally. I spent three evenings working on the set for Nicole.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Third Bloom of the Spring

Okay, so it's not officially spring until March 20th, but it's feeling like spring here. I decided tonight to take advantage of the temperature (in the 60's today) and do some weeding in my flower bed. Look what I found poking up out of the grass!


It's the first blue hyacinth of the year! I love the color of these hyacinth, which is really more purple than blue, but the real draw is the scent. I don't think there is another flower in the world that smells as good as a hyacinth. Daffodils come real close, but it's not quite the same.

These things are almost crack for me. Once they are being sold in stores, usually 1 or 3 bulbs per pot, force blooming, I have to buy them. I always look for the blue ones with as tightly closed blooms as possible. Because even though I plant them outside to enjoy the following year, I want them to last as long as possible in doors too.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I'm Too Sexy for My Stand, Too Sexy for My Stand

I like the selection of clothes at Old Navy, but for some reason, those modelquins creep me out a little when I'm in those stores.

But for some reason when I saw a commercial on TV about turning yourself into a super modelquin, I figured I'd give it a try. I also Simpsonized myself on the Burger King site when the Simpsons movie came out a few years ago.

So here I am in all my molded plastic glory, on the runway (literally), probably on another world wind tour. I think I need to get out of the house a little more often if this is how I choose to spend my free time! :)

Oh, Abe, Rock On With Your Bad Self!

Oh yeah, oh yeah, OH YEAH...come payday, this book will be mine! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the next book in the demented classics series by Seth Grahame-Smith. There are several other redone classics out there (I've already read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I have plans to get several of the others.)

The plot behind Seth's book (as it comes from Amazon)is this:

'Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

'"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

'Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

'When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

'While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

'Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.'

The reason I'm really digging these books is this: if the writers and publishers of these books can get people to read them, then maybe the readers will be interested enough in the original author or person to pick up the real deal then. There has been so much wonderful literature throughout the ages, that we shouldn't wait until we are made to read a classic book for a class. I personally grew to love the works of Shakespeare through school. I was first exposed to his plays in eight grade, throughout high school and then again in my Humanities classes in college.

And even if the readers never pick up the classics, if they are only reading these versions, then at least they are READING.