Thursday, December 27, 2012

Before I Die, I Want To...

I am, once again, totally ripping off another source for tonight's entry. A few days ago, CNN ran an article online with the same title as this entry.

"On a quiet August day I lost someone I loved very much. Her name was Joan and she was a mother to me for 15 years. Her death was sudden and unexpected, and there were still so many things she wanted to do: Learn to play the piano, live in Paris, see the Pacific Ocean.

"I spent a long time full of grief, and then I felt gratitude for the time we had together. I thought about death a lot, which brought clarity to my life, the people I want to be with, and the things I want to do. But I struggled to maintain this perspective. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you," wrote Candy Chang, a TED Fellow, is an artist, designer, and urban planner who explores making cities more comfortable and contemplative places.

I'm not going to copy the entire article here, but what I am going to do is write my bucket list. It's a combination of short term and long term things.
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there.
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command.
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013.
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods in 2013.
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC in 2013.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. in 2013.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day. I would like to go to Hiroshima as well, but I've heard that Americans are unofficially unwelcomed there, and I don't blame the Japanese people if that's true.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt.
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich).
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor.
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells.
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere.
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations).
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster.
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC.
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion in 2013.
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago.
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story.
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California.
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA.
I can cross off two things that would have been on my bucket list, but I already got them done. They were both concerts. I have always wanted to see Billy Joel and Huey Lewis and the News. I got to see Billy Joel in Virginia Beach in 2008 with my husband and Nicole the Knitter. I've seen Huey Lewis twice: once in Norfolk (this was a free USO concert) in 2005, I think, and once at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach in 2007. I wouldn't mind seeing them again.

I Think I Need to Make This Purse


I saw this purse on Yahoo! Fashion this morning: "Fashion That Makes Us Sad: The Worst of 2012." I know it looks like something that should be on "What Not To Crochet" but I really dig this design for a purse! It's a Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily Crocheted Bag that costs $2,895.

I think in different colors, this could be a kick ass purse and I think I need to make it. I'm sure it's lined, and I know I could get purse handles at any number of places. The front flap is obviously just six little granny squares. along with rows of granny clusters for the front, and probably the back. The sides are just single crochets and turned on the sides. The more I look at it, the more I think that front flap is probably double sided with something inside of it to give it some strength. The same probably holds true for the sides: even with the lining, there has to be something else inside it.

Yeah, I think this could be an awesome project after I get the Doctor Who scarf finished. I'll have to post my pattern when I finish it.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Yarn Bombed Tree

We drove past this yarn bombed tree on Main Street in Marion, IA when we were back home last. It was right at a stop light and I missed it the first time because the light wasn't long enough. My husband actually circled the block for me and stopped so I could get out and take some decent pictures. Gotta love that man. :)

Sorry but for some reason, I can't get the images to rotate correctly. They are each saved in portrait  orientation but it just isn't taking.