Rolling 10 Pan update 1

Hi all! I am one month in on a rolling 10 pan project and ready to give you all an update. Just to reiterate, the hope this time around is to choose products from different categories to use up. Ideally if I am not doubling the categories I’ll make more progress. But not sure if that goal is actually going to hold this time around. I’ll explain more later.

Here’s what I started with:

  1.  Haircare
    1. Diva Curl Shampoo
  2. Cleanser
    1. Trader Joe’s
  3. Foundations
    1. Urban Decay All Nighter
  4. Concealers
    1. Maybelline age rewind
  5. Bronzer/Contour
    1. Wet n Wild contour palette (Doubles as powder, so I won’t choose a powder this round)
  6. Lipstick
    1. Maybelline nude matte lipstick
  7. Perfume
    1. Gucci Eau de parfum II (Get halfway through this product)
  8. Eyeliners
    1. Jonteblu charcoal colored eyeliner
  9. Miscellaneous items
    1. Becca Undereye Primer
  10. Eyeshadow Palettes
    1. Nyx Happy Birthday Palette (Pan just one color.)

Here’s where I am now:

I think it’ll be tough to see the progress on the perfume, it’s minimal even though both Miss Butterfly and I used it quite regularly. The trouble likely is that it’s such a wide bottle that even though we are making decent progress, the progress is never going to show.

I can’t use the shampoo regularly, I just have to fit it in when I can. My scalp doesn’t like it. So it gets used, but interspersed with shampoos I prefer. I didn’t use the age rewind concealer as much as I could have, as I tend to prefer it with lighter foundations, and while I am trying to pan the Urban Decay All Nighter, I don’t pair it with the age rewind. The cleanser progress was decent, and while I thought that the foundation progress was going to be less than usual, it’s actually pretty on par with what I’ve managed each month.

The Becca undereye primer has a lot of progress including some side pan, even though I regularly forget to use it. The wet n wild contour palette has had great progress, and you can even see that while I’d marked a corner section in, that corner section fell out while I was photographing it. I only have a tiny amount of lipstick left, I used about a quarter inch of product last month. And finally, I threw in my jontebleu eyeliner but didn’t bother to show progress.

Here’s the thing, that eyeliner is awful, and I am not going to keep using it. It’s getting trashed. It should not hurt to put eyeliner on your eyes. And this hurts to get any color at all. So that’s being rolled out.

You may also notice I didn’t photograph the one eyeshadow I had decided to use as a base. Here’s why. I did use it, but then I realized that there was a decent base color in the pan the palette project and I wanted to concentrate on that instead. I’ll roll that nyx eyeshadow out this next round.

What am I rolling in?


These are two products from my Mary Kay satin hands kit. With the fall weather coming on, and with me doing so many dishes due to lack of dishwasher, my hands are starting to get really dry. I don’t want to use these products up so much as I really want to actually use them. I like the kit so much that I tend to not use it because I want to “save” it. We all know how that ends up, it generally means we’ll let it go bad before getting our money’s worth. I don’t want that to happen here. These are already closing in on two years old. So, new list:

  1. Foundations
    1. Urban Decay All Nighter
  2. Concealers
    1. Maybelline age rewind
  3. Bronzer/Contour
    1. Wet n Wild contour palette (Doubles as powder, so I won’t choose a powder this round)
  4. Lipstick
    1. Maybelline nude matte lipstick
  5. Perfume
    1. Gucci Eau de parfum II (Get halfway through this product)
  6.  Haircare
    1. Diva Curl Shampoo
  7. Cleanser
    1. Trader Joe’s
  8. Miscellaneous items
    1. Becca Undereye Primer
  9. Body Care
    1. Mary Kay Satin Hands

I am feeling pretty good about a couple of the products and I think that next month will be a great update. I feel confident that I’ll be able to FINALLY finish up the foundation, cleanser, and lipstick. I think it’s likely I won’t change up the categories for those three and I’ll just throw in three more of those same categories to work on. It’ll be pleasant to choose some new products! And once I use up that foundation, I’ll start making better progress on my age rewind concealer as well.

That’s it from here, until next month…


It’s a rather chilly morning here in the midwest. But, since it’s to be 80F later this week, we aren’t about to turn on the heater yet. Instead, we decided to pull out a space heater and then also fire up the electric griddle for pancakes this morning. It’s working pretty well, though Mr. Ink is outside rather chilly while digging in the dirt.

He’s on vacation just now, but work is too busy for me to be on vacation. In fact, my life is quite the opposite. I am putting in a ton of overtime right now. That overtime is making me quite testy, and it’s coming out at work. Not at my team, but my tolerance for not abiding by deadlines my team and department have worked hard to set is almost none, and I’ve done a ton of saying “no” recently. It’s funny actually because we’ve tried to say that word before and it’s never worked. But this season it’s working because we really ARE that overloaded and exhausted. There’s just no way to fit it all in anymore.

In true to form for him, something went quite wrong right before vacation that interferes with his plans. This vacation it’s the dishwasher which quit draining the night before his vacation. The dishwasher is all pulled out, a new drain pump is ordered, and we are hoping he can fix it. Not that I’d mind a new dishwasher, I just don’t have the time or brain space to pick one right now. That takes research, and I don’t have time for that.

Of course this means traditional dishwashing for me, and honestly, I thought I’d be super annoyed. However, where I am right now it ends up being a rather soothing chore. I barely have the desire to work on crafts, nor do I have a bunch of time, so dishes are something I can do that don’t take a ton of time, and the water is warm and the payoff tangible.

I did finish up a project though. This was mostly worked on last weekend while Miss Butterfly was up to all her activities. I finished a 3 ply handspun yarn!


I ended up with 440 yards and it’s probably a worsted weight yarn though I haven’t really checked. The wool is pretty rough and I don’t know what it’ll end up getting used for. It looks pretty in my stash though!

Miss Butterfly is at camp this weekend, and she’s thrilled to pieces about it. What does this mean for me? A very well deserved and much-needed brain rest. I had plans for my day but I really think sitting here getting some blog posts written and scheduled while the dogs play at my feet is pretty much how I’d like to see the majority of my day be spent. (I would like the dogs to go to the dog park though if the rain holds off.)

Have a great weekend my friends. I’ll get a few more posts scheduled and then you can even feel like you are hearing from me once in awhile!


I promised more knitting photos, and I can deliver! I knew I was pretty close to finishing a little project I never even had the opportunity to mention. It’s a handspun Royal cowl.


This was a nice easy pattern, I loved the braided cables. It was an easy pattern to memorize and an easy pattern to work on in my spare moments. Easily picked up and put down again. Since it was such a terrifyingly busy work week, this was exactly the project I needed.

I would certainly make this pattern again, but I would not do the icord cast on and bind off. Well, the bind off wasn’t too bad but I really disliked the icord cast on. I could do better just making an icord and then picking up the appropriate number of stitches around to achieve the same look. It would be more seamless than doing this on the needles.

I would actually like to do another of these with a long infinity type cowl, the pattern is pleasing and I really prefer a long cowl that is easily doubled.

I took the dogs out for a long walk around a lake yesterday. It was Rose’s first time at the lake. She did pretty well with passing people, much better than when we first got her and she’d refuse to move if someone tried to walk by. But, yesterday the challenge was bikes. These were new for her and terrifying. I am happy to report that after an hour and a half walk with multiple bikes passing by, she was able to come to the conclusion that bikes aren’t that terrifying after all and will probably leave her alone if she’s walking nicely by my side. This brings me to the conclusion that our method of exposure therapy for her is working. We just keep doing what we do with our dogs and assume that she’ll realize it isn’t that scary after all. We definitely need a few more trips around the lake to solidify this lesson.

After that, we ended up with some tired doggos!


Here’s Rose all balled up so much that her tail is touching her eye. Such a cutie!

I was able to get a nice nap in and then it was time to work with Miss Butterfly on getting ready for her first homecoming dance! It took her all day long to get ready, she probably spent 3 hours total on her nails. She had a notebook full of a list of her plans on what to use and what she needed to remember. She’s definitely my kid! In the end she looked great.


She did not have a date, she just went with her best friend. So, her father, stepmother, Mr. Ink, and I all took her out to dinner beforehand. Her father and stepmom drove her to the dance, and Mr. Ink picked her and her friend up after I was fast asleep. This morning she tells me she had a great time, it was super fun, and she even danced which is completely surprising.

Oh, and I did her hair! She had two tiny braids connected in the back to keep her hair out of her face, and then I curled the rest. For the makeup loving folks, I used morrocan oil texture spray, as I had a sample size, and it really held her curls in beautifully! They still look fantastic this morning.


Here’s a close up of her telling me off because I wasn’t taking photos at the correct angle. Gives a closer look at her makeup game which was amazing. She really wanted to wear RED lipstick, and it looks really nice! She’s wearing bare minerals liquid foundation, and on her eyes, she’s got the too faced chocolate bar palette on. Not that you can see it, but it was a nice neutral look with a tiny bit of shimmer and it looked wonderful.

So, that was our Saturday excitement. Now it’s Sunday and we’ve got a lot planned for today as well. But, I was able to sleep in! Mr. Ink took the dogs out early before they started making enough noise to really wake me up. Then they settled back in very well and I was able to stay in bed. What a lovely moment that was! Today we start some formal training classes with Rose, and we’ve got a trip to the dog park planned before that. And of course there’s all those pesky weekend chores to complete! But, I also plan to start another project today, I just have to decide what that will be!

The Week

It was a long week for me, extra work hours, non-stop work, extreme stress, a boss with a family emergency suddenly leaving for a week or two in order to take care of that, so all major decisions about my team fall on me with no back up or validation or anyone to bounce ideas off of.

It was also a week I took care of a friend’s cat while he was on vacation, and of course, with long hours and high stress, the days felt really overwhelming.

I finished this Brillig shawl last weekend, it was blocking as we moved into the week. But I never bothered to take a photo until last evening. I mean, blogging just wasn’t high on my list of things that had to be done this week.


It turned out pretty good! Subtle. But pretty. Not at all what I was expecting. I adored the pattern though, so I think you can expect to see more of these from me. And it used up two skeins of handspun yarn, which always feels like an accomplishment.

There was a high point to the week though, and I’ve got pictures from that. On Wednesday morning while I was deep in work terribleness, I got a message from a good friend of mine asking if I wanted to go for a sail. He got a boat this summer and I hadn’t gotten to go out on it yet. I thought of the millions of things I needed to do and how tired I was and I almost said no. Then, he said “Moody teens also invited!” To which I thought what a great way to spend some time with Miss Butterfly!

So, despite the exhaustion, I took Miss Butterfly and her friend and met up with my friend and we went for a sail. Here’s the thing, I adore sailing, I really do! Everything about it interests me. I love being on the water, I love the work of sailing, I love how you are stuck on a boat and can’t get distracted, I love how quiet it can be if motorboats aren’t around. It’s peaceful. But, I’ve only ever sailed on the ocean. This was a new experience.

We decided to sail until sundown, watch the sundown, turn on the lights and sail back in.


It was a fantastic way to spend an evening and de-stress. And it tired us all out very well, we checked in on the cat, grabbed dinner, and headed home straight to bed!

Sailing on the lake takes a bit more concentration than on the ocean. There’s no large amount of time you can just keep moving one direction. You have to really be paying attention and there’s a lot more work to it. But it’s still very good!

We’ve now got an invite to come back and sail any time, providing the weather works out. So that’s fun! I look forward to getting out there again. Next time I’ll bring bug spray for the biting flies around my ankles!

That’s the week in hindsight from here. I’ve been doing a little knitting, so there should be more content at least tomorrow. But I haven’t been able to do a ton of it.


Gone Quiet

Sorry all, I haven’t been able to maintain any type of regular blog posting schedule lately. I am in a seriously busy cycle at work, which is unlikely to let up until the end of October. When home, I am pretty busy with doggos and parenting and various activities. It’s not been easy!

Plus, I think I may have mentioned, but not sure, this week when I was in the yard with Rose she managed to try to play with Lizzie, yanking so hard on her leash unexpectedly that she slipped her collar and managed to injure my shoulder. It hurt that day, but for 2 more days got progressively worse. It got to the point where I couldn’t sleep in bed, I had to sleep upright in the recliner to get any rest at all, even on ibuprofen. Knitting was a challenge, Miss Butterfly had to do my hair, and Mr. Ink had to pick up my slack. This was also challenging because I could no longer walk both dogs by myself, and had to make sure I had someone around to help with that as well. Obviously, with that much pain, I also wasn’t feeling the blogging. I was getting quite worried after 2 days of a worsening shoulder pain but today I am on the mend! I am so pleased.

So, all I’ve got today is dog and kid photos. But, I’ve also got a finished object that is blocking right now, I can offer that to look forward to!


There’s been some play between Lizzie and Rose, sometimes they play tug of war. Every once in awhile they wrestle as well. Progress!

Friday night Miss Butterfly insisted that she cuddle with both doggos while we were watching a movie.


She also ended up with two large scratches on her face from playing with Rose.


And here’s Lizzie monitoring Rose at dinner time. Lizzie gave up her typical spot and now allows Rose to use it. Also insisting that she stay under there while Mr. Ink is cooking.

We’ve had a really fantastic weekend with Rose actually. On Monday she’ll have been here two weeks. Prior to this weekend, she’s been pretty naughty in the mornings. But, I think with a now steady schedule and routine, and also now also knowing her boundaries, she’s no longer quite so naughty and I am getting the opportunity to knit and drink coffee again instead of chasing her around trying to get her to chew an appropriate toy rather than shoes, socks, or a record album. The combo of pain, exhaustion, and monitoring the dog all of the time was really wearing thin. I am glad we’ve put that behind us now.

That’s my weekend! I hope you had a great one as well!

This Week So Far

It’s been tough finding blogging time when work is insanely busy and we’re spending evenings busy as well. Add in a new dog to that and no blogging time has been found at all!

Let’s start with knitting-over the weekend I worked really hard on my Brillig shawl. It’s easy to work on and fun to knit. It keeps me occupied without having to think too much about it. I can watch the new dog and make sure she’s not destroying anything she shouldn’t be while also getting some knitting time in. I threw it on the lawn for a super quick photo Monday morning with the intention of getting a blog post up, and realized only after I got to work that I wasn’t going to have time to blog, and was in such a rush that I never even moved the water hose from the photo. Ah well, this is a description of my life right now.


I really enjoy this knit. It’s at work now since I wanted something that didn’t need weighing partway through at work. But, I am kind of bummed it’s not at home and I can’t really work on it all the time.

In dog news, here’s a report. On Saturday Mr. Ink decided to take them both to the dog park so I could get some rest. I’ve been up early with them each day while Rose adjusts to her new life, and I was exhausted. He thought he’d take them to the dog park so I could nap. Doesn’t this sound like life with kids? For us, it’s our life with “kids” I suppose.

Now, we weren’t sure how Rose would do at the dog park. We’d been told to keep our various activities low for the first two weeks while Rose, a timid dog, adjusts to her new situation. However, we also felt like she was missing playing with other dogs and needed an opportunity to RUN! So, Mr. Ink thought he’d try, and it worked beautifully. He found that indeed Rose needed a place to run like crazy and play with other dogs and she had a wonderful time there.

That went so well that on Sunday we decided to take her swimming. This is a one day a year event where the local water park is closing for the winter season and allows dogs in. It’s crowded and nutty, but also good fun. The rescue where we got both dogs was going to be there with a booth. We figured we’d try it, and if Rose dissolved into a puddle of anxiety we’d just go home. After all, it’s not necessarily Lizzie’s favorite event. But, Rose did NOT dissolve into a puddle, she did exactly what she did at the dog park. She ran, she played with other dogs, she greeted people she didn’t know without any nervousness (that’s a big deal!) and she conquered quite a few fears.


Here she is conquering her fear of the kiddy pool area. There were too many noises coming from here for her to want to go in, so she wouldn’t. Mr. Ink forced the issue, and then after that, she decided the water was fine and chose to run through it while running around. She also took it upon herself to go down the kiddy slide into the pool! She’s got adventure dog in her, we just have to bring it out.

Monday evening was the local botanical garden dog walk we try to get to once or twice a month. Now, leash walking is NOT Rose’s strong point right now. We’ve got her signed up for training which starts at the end of the month, but we are so entirely NOT there yet! But we went even so because the dogs needed a good walk, and she maneuvered that event really well too!


Here’s my family, all except the teen since she didn’t want to come along.

Lizzie and Rose are getting along much better than they did at the start. Lizzie is showing signs she MIGHT want to play when they are together outside and Rose is trying to engage her in it. She has begun to do so in fits and starts, those times being short lived as she gets overwhelmed. Lizzie is the mama dog and has realized that it doesn’t take too much to get Rose to behave. So, when she spots Rose doing something she doesn’t like, she makes sure to correct her. If Rose won’t lay down nicely at meal time, Lizzie pops her head out from under the table and puts her open mouth on Rose’s jaw. Rose complies. When Rose tries to be in the kitchen while Mr. Ink is cooking, Lizzie herds her back out and gives her a stern talking to.

And then there’s the one that is driving us a little nuts. When Mr. Ink comes in from outdoors, Rose will bark at him. Lizzie will then bark at Rose and correct her. She’s telling Rose “We don’t bark at dad!” But it really makes Lizzie mad, so she keeps barking. Which annoys us. So, that’s a behavior we are all trying to get back under control.

Rose looks to, and leans on, Lizzie for her confidence. Here they are riding in the car. Eventually Rose leaned in on Lizzie so much that Lizzie had to sit on top of Rose to get a spot to place her bum.


I think this picture also shows the personalities of these two exactly. Lizzie is the all in adventure dog. She wants to go wherever we go and do whatever we do, and she will do all of this with amazing confidence and joy. She’s a completely joyful dog. Rose is always concerned. A little concerned about people, about situations, about noises. She’s just a little bit concerned about the world, and a little skeptical of it. The wrinkly hound dog face and droopy eyes and ears really showcases that part of her personality in photos. But truly, her confidence is boosted by Lizzie and getting better each day. I read that sometimes dogs who are nervous about new situations and not exposed to them while young tend to never lose that fear as adult dogs. We are hoping we got her young enough to counter that, and we’ll just keep working on her now that we have her.

Last evening Miss Butterfly and I had a pretty full after work/school schedule. I took her to get a haircut, and then we had parent/teacher conferences. Mr. Ink was left with the dog care, and when we got home he was feeding them. They’d been kenneled longer than normal, so they were a little nutty. Lizzie got so excited to see us that she ran over Rose’s food bowl, spewing 2 cups of puppy chow all over the kitchen and scaring Rose who ran off to hide. So, we walked into quite a mess. We decided that after they ate, the best thing to do would be to take them to the dog park again. So we did, and Rose got to run and run and run and play. And Lizzie got to sniff things and eat grass.

I am really hoping that after 4 days of dog adventures these pups will allow us to stay home and just have a long walk tonight. I am exhausted!

Happy midweek my friends!

Proud of This One

I knit a lot, and I like what I knit. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it. But, so often it’s more about the process than the finished object. Every once in a while though, I’ll finish a project and realize I am really proud of it. Scottish Stripes is one of those finished projects.

Let’s start with the handspun yarn:


I finished it in early 2016, and I am unsure as to how I managed to not cast it on right away. Perhaps it really just needed a perfect project and sometimes that takes awhile.

Once found, it still took a while, the pattern sitting in my queue for a long time. I began it and really enjoyed knitting it. I concentrated on it until I was about halfway done, then set it aside for other things, like decluttering the craft room. In the end, to push myself to finish this project I had to take it to work for lunchtime knitting. Then, with the end in sight at the beginning of my little vacation, I brought it home for a vacation finish. I finished it, I blocked it, I got a new dog and forgot about it. Crazy right?

So, today I took photos. It’s the best day for it anyhow, it rained all last week.

I absolutely love this scarf. It’s clever and creative and colorful and interesting. I am so glad I chose to knit it, and I am so glad I managed to finish it.

August Empties part 2

I split my August empties posts into two and posted the first one a while back. I was working my way through so many sample sized items it was getting overwhelming and I really just wanted to let go of some of them before the end of the month. It also saves me from having too long a post that no one wants to wade through.


Here’s the remainder of my August empties.

Simple micellar wipes and Simple micellar eye pads-I really enjoy the Simple micellar wipes, this was a repurchase. Once I did repurchase, then I received the eye pads in a subscription box. I don’t feel the need to repurchase the eye pads as I really prefer my Almay eye pads. But, the regular wipes I’ll probably repurchase. I don’t use wipes daily, and I am currently trying some that are really cheap from Big Lots, so it’ll be quite a while before I need to buy these again.

Lab for You juice up sheet masks. I used the kale one and Miss Butterfly used the blackberry one. These were decent sheet masks. They did make my skin soft. I am not a huge fan of sheet masking, I rarely take the opportunity to do it, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase unless I begin regularly using them.

I used two perfume samples, a YSL Mon Paris and a Hermes sample as well. The YSL sample made me realize I didn’t want the full size, though I previously thought I did. The Hermes was strong, but just all right. Nothing I loved. I won’t purchase either. Though to be honest, it would be very surprising to find myself purchasing perfume in general.

Kiehl’s brightening and line reducing eye serum-This sample was not that impressive to me. It, oddly, felt a little warm when I put it on. I used it daily for the duration of its use, but only once a day as I had this distinct feeling it could be drying. I don’t think I saw much in the way of skin improvement either. Not one I’ll repurchase.

Next to that is Origins Ginzing brightening eye cream and quite frankly I hated this product. It didn’t moisturize, it just existed on my undereye area with a little sparkle that didn’t actually show up after I put concealer over it. To be perfectly frank, this sample made me never want to try any other Origins products. So, if anyone out there has good recommendations from the brand, feel free to leave that in the comments.

I finished a buxom lip gloss sample. I love buxom lip glosses, and this sample made me go out and purchase a full size in a color I preferred. (With less sparkle) So, I guess you could say I already have repurchased?

Mary Kay lip mask-this was a slightly, very gently, exfoliating lip mask which I was trying to use up. It’s not my favorite, though I believe they’ve changed their formula since I purchased this one. It could be better now. I also had the lip balm in my project pan to use up, but it’s starting to smell funny and will probably get tossed. It didn’t have any healing benefits, just added some slipperiness to the lips. I won’t repurchase either.

First Aid Beauty Resurfacing liquid AHA-This I liked! It was a small sample, but it really only takes the smallest amount each day. I may repurchase this one, I feel like my skin isn’t quite as clear now that I’ve finished it up and had a few weeks without it. It’s expensive, So I’ll be waiting until all other such products are out of my stash AND there’s a sale.

Ulta brand brush cleaner-I loved the smell of this soap. I didn’t love the spray delivery system. It worked really well, but I’ll be exploring some other options before I decide if I will repurchase this or not.

That’s it! All the remaining empties. I’ve got a plan to try to use up a mask a week this month. I am already behind! I don’t think September empties are going to be quite this large in number. While I do still get quite a lot of samples from subscription boxes, I tend to also concentrate on one item in a category until I’ve used it up, rather than getting overly excited, opening everything, and giving everything a try. It gives me a much better idea how each product performs now, and that I appreciate.


Another Beginning

Here’s another shawl I decided I just had to start, since I didn’t have a proper work project. At the moment, it’s not the one at work, it’s the one at home. However, since it’s a project where I just knit until I run out of yarn, it’ll be a perfect work project for next week.

First let me show you the handspun yarns I am pairing.

This is a 2 color shawl called Brillig and honestly? It’s not really turning out how I expected. I was expecting more striping, but what I am getting is more a gentle wash of color out of the colorful handspun. No matter, it still looks great. I’ll continue on. But, I may choose to make this shawl again, changing my yarn pairing to something actively stripey.


It still has a very cool effect and I am truly enjoying working on it. Once I established the pattern in my head, I don’t need to look at the pattern and that makes it go all the faster. After this weekend I’ll bring it to work.

In a Rose and Lizzie update, things are going ok. We had a night there where Lizzie really got grumpy, then after I talked to Rose’s foster family I was able to establish a couple changes we could make that would help Lizzie adjust a little better. Foster family say they are huge fans of the older dogs teaching the younger dogs, and that most of the grumpiness is a “conversation.” However, I felt that Lizzie was starting to head into more than conversational territory. So, we corrected that problem and are now TRULY seeing those conversations become teaching moments. Lizzie has shown Rose how to be, where to be, and how she thinks Rose should act in various situations. Now Rose is doing those things, and this makes Lizzie happier. It also gives Rose more confidence, as she’s learning her place and also learning she can trust Lizzie to show her what is safe and what is not. For a fearful dog, this is ideal. It’s pretty cool to watch Rose’s brain begin to work. You can see the wheels turning. You can see her cower, then watch Lizzie and realize Lizzie is not scared, and then see her go do the thing she needs to do even though she’s scared.

Yesterday Miss Butterfly wanted to take Rose on a playground while we were out on our walk. I didn’t expect it to work, as Lizzie wasn’t doing it, and Rose already seemed at her limit with new experiences. But, she did!


You can see she’s pretty nervous and looking around, but she’s up there leaning on her human for support. She even went down the slide with Miss Butterfly. We stopped after that, and continued on our walk. We’ve all the time in the world for more new experiences.

Poor gal was SO exhausted after her walk that she ended up falling asleep with her toy in her mouth.


It’s almost like she needs to mentally regroup after all these new experiences. She’s doing great though! Getting naughtier by the day, which is the sign of her feeling more confident around us.

As soon as a few weeks have gone by we plan to get Rose some serious training. Leash walking is really difficult right now due to her fear. I believe that if she’s had some training under her, we’ll be able to mitigate some of those moments where she’s feeling particularly overwhelmed and fearful and trying to run away.

Anyhow, I have to remind myself it’s been just a few days, not even a week, and we’ve seen TONS of wonderful progress. I’ll have more time this weekend to work with her and see if I can get her to walk a bit better on a leash even before training.

Anyhow, that’s all the updates from my side of the world today! It’s still raining, and after a while, rain can be exhausting! Hope it’s clearer where you are!



Down the Road

After seeing a large number of Down the Road and Back Again shawls being knit on Instagram, I ended up decided I’d really love to give it a go myself. I’d been wandering through my stash in hopes to find yarn for a next project as the Scottish Stripes was nearing completion. I ended up pairing Dream in Color Smooshy, some of my oldest sock yarn stash, with Dyeabolical’s colorway Night Before Christmas.

I balled up the yarn while supervising Miss Butterfly’s sorting through basement toys determining which things could be donated now that she is older. Then I did a row or two on it in order to memorize the pattern. After that, I packed it for our overnighter road trip.

I really didn’t get too far on it as when we drive, I tend to do a large portion of the driving. But I really loved how it was working up.


I am not sure if this’ll be my next work project or if it’ll stay at home. Perhaps home is best since I’ll need a scale to figure out when I am halfway through the yarn and ready to start the next section. I guess I should find my next work project today since I go back tomorrow.

In baby doggo news, we are adjusting ok I think. It was a rough night last night because we got so many storms. It rained over 2 inches again, and the storm cell seemed to be sitting right over our house, the thunder was so loud it shook the house, and the entire sky was grey instead of black due to lightning. Neither of the dogs are scared of storms, but it kept them up just due to it being so loud. So, between the storms and the new pup rattling her kennel and being restless, I don’t think I slept too well. Mr. Ink got up at 5:30 to take the dogs out, and Rose decided after that she should be on the bed. All this did was wake me up completely, so I took both the dogs out of the bedroom and made some coffee.

Rose was goofy and playful until she had breakfast. Then I took them both on a walk. Once home, she ended up fast asleep on the couch.


Of course, now I am wide awake and caffeinated, so no sleep was forthcoming for me.

After a couple of less than ideal walks where I’ve been nervous she’d slip her collar, I decided what Rose really needed was a good strong and comfortable harness. So, Lizzie and I embarked on that chore today. We left Rose at home since she gets super scared right now.


Lizzie was thrilled to get in some car time with me, and she was an angel in the store. Rose is in between a small and medium harness, so I chose the medium figuring there might be more growing in her future. We brought that home and tried it on, Rose seems to think it’s fine. She even slept on the couch with it on.


This harness is quite nice, it’s got 3 places to attach a leash, I don’t have to get Rose to step into it like I do with Lizzie’s harness, and it’s got a handle on the back of it for those moments when she’s super scared and trying to cower under something. I suspect it’ll work very well for us. We are waiting for Miss Butterfly to get home before we go on another walk, it’s always easier with two humans.

Rose is settling in ok. We ADORE the hound dog kisses she gives. She’s not a licker, she just snuffles all over us when she wants reassurance. It’s super cute, like butterfly kisses from a dog. She’s definitely still a baby, she sleeps a lot, but when she’s awake we have to watch her very carefully. She loves my knitting and really wants to have it for her very own. In fact, last evening she tricked me just so she could get at it. She pretended she needed to go outside. I fell for it even though she’d JUST been out. I got up and went to the door and she ran back for the knitting! Thankfully Mr. Ink had her number and was able to rescue my project. We spend a lot of time redirecting her while she’s awake and I wouldn’t trust her for a moment out of my sight yet. Thankfully she doesn’t really want to be out of my sight either.

We also just had an incident where Rose had taken a toy onto the couch and was playing. Then she accidentally dropped the toy on the ground. Rather than getting down and picking up her toy, she sat on the couch whining at me to try to get me to get the toy. I refused, and now she’s fast asleep again.

Lizzie is still the nuttier and more hyper of the two dogs, but that’s because Lizzie is a very confident dog. Rose’s foster family told us that she’s probably in the top 5 most intelligent dogs they’ve fostered, and I truly believe it’s her intelligence that kept her surviving on the streets. It’s what makes her timid, she seems to know what could happen. But, it’s her intelligence and curiosity that is also going to bring her slowly out of her shell. She’s not content to be timid and stay in one place, she really wants to keep exploring and figuring things out. With a dog as confident as Lizzie as her companion, I think we’ll be seeing improvements very quickly in the next few months.

And just so you all know, we are now getting some tail wags and I even got a doggy smile when I got back from the store today. Adjustment is happening.

A Home for Harriet

A few months ago, Mr. Ink and I decided that it was time for a second dog. With Lizzie being in our home almost a year and very comfortable, we were ready. But we decided to wait until after labor day weekend since we had been planning to be away that weekend. No sense bringing in a new dog and then trying to board her right away, disrupting her new home and routine.

We spent a lot of time discussing what our requirements were this time around. A dog that was younger than Lizzie but not a puppy. A dog with short hair and stick up ears. A dog that was 30 pounds or less. A dog which Mr. Ink could name.

When it was determined that we would not be able to travel after all, we realized that we could begin looking for our next dog. Our first stop was to look at the same rescue where we got Lizzie. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any dogs that suited our needs. There was a gorgeous girl on the site, but when I pointed her out to Mr. Ink he told me no.

So we then began looking at other rescues. We found a couple of dogs we loved at one rescue, and I filled out an application. I was promptly told that they don’t let people without fenced yards adopt. I learned my lesson. We checked another rescue. We found a dog that would have been perfect. I emailed to ask about fenced yards, and when they said we could adopt, I filled out an application. Our application was approved, but the dog we loved was a “foster fail.” The foster family decided to keep her. We chose another dog, only to find out she was already adopted as well. Turns out she went to a family who had a dog from Lizzie’s rescue. We picked out one more, but that one too had been adopted. The new rescue then suggested one of their dogs that was about 30 pounds bigger than we’d agreed to, so we had to say no to that. We decided to wait.

While we waited, we went back to Lizzie’s rescue again. I pointed out the pretty dog I originally liked, she had gotten new photos recently. Mr. Ink said “This is a good looking dog, why aren’t we looking at her?” And so we filled out another adoption application, and soon got an email that we were approved to meet Harriet.

Harriet had been in rescue for a couple months. She’d been found abandoned with a couple of siblings and her mother. She’d had eye surgery to correct a problem with her eyelashes turning inward. She’d had another family try to adopt her, but one of the resident dogs refused to accept her and the foster family feared for her safety. So back with the foster family she went.

Then we met her. And we were smitten. We met her right before we left for an overnight to kansas city, then had to wait until our return to have her meet Lizzie. But it went reasonably well! We were able to provide the home for Harriet.

She doesn’t meet up with what we’d expected to get. She doesn’t have stick up ears, she’s 37 pounds, and she’s a puppy, only 9 months old. But she’s got short hair at least! And Mr. Ink renamed her Rose.


Meet Rose, our Harrier hound.


Miss Butterfly thinks she’s fantastic.


Our home is now strewn with dog toys and the sound of training is constant.


We go on lots of cooperative walks where Lizzie gives Rose a bit more confidence.


And then Lizzie naps when she’s sick of all the commotion.


And sometimes they hang out near each other. At least we have a dog that uses the dog beds now!


Most of all, we’ve got this cute face staring at us and filling us with even more joy. Another rescue, and more full hearts in this home.

It’s been a long long day, and I got almost no knitting done, but we’ve been well occupied even so.


Rolling 10 Pan

So, I’ve now done a 1 month project pan which I learned quite a lot from. Then I did a 3 month long summer project pan which I learned even more from. One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s really overwhelming to attempt to keep up on all of those products for 3 months.

That brings us to today, where I decide that I am going to do a rolling project 10 pan for the rest of the year. That means that at any given time, I am only working on those 10 products (and my pan that palette) and rolling new ones in when old ones finish up. Only 10 items to keep track of and only 10 items plus the ones rolling in to blog about. It is also my intention to not add so many sample sizes to my project. Especially if it’s skincare related. I can’t promise this will always be the case, but I will try to avoid it.

One more goal I am setting for myself is to pull all 10 products from different categories. For instance, I am using my clinique palette for my pan that palette. The clinique palette, at the moment, covers highlighter and eyebrow product in addition to eyeshadow. So, I am not going to try to pan highlighter and eyebrow products until I’ve finished using up what I can from the Clinique palette.

Here are the 20 categories I will be working with during this 10 pan, with the 10 items I plan to begin with listed under the appropriate category. I’ll also list the goal if the goal is not to finish it completely.

  1.  Haircare
    1. Diva Curl Shampoo 
  2. Cleanser
    1. Trader Joe’s 
  3. Moisturizer
  4. Toner/mask/exfoliant/serum
  5. Bodycare
  6. Primers
  7. Foundations
    1. Urban Decay All Nighter
  8. Concealers
    1. Maybelline age rewind
  9. Powders
  10. Highlighters
  11. Bronzer/Contour
    1. Wet n Wild contour palette (Doubles as powder, so I won’t choose a powder this round)
  12. Blush
  13. Lipstick
    1. Maybelline nude matte lipstick
  14. Lip balm/lip product
  15. Perfume
    1. Gucci Eau de parfum II (Get halfway through this product)
  16. Eyebrow products
  17. Eyeliners
    1. Jonteblu charcoal colored eyeliner
  18. Eyeshadow singles
  19. Eyeshadow Palettes
    1. Nyx Happy Birthday Palette (Pan just one color.)
  20. Miscellaneous items
    1. Becca Undereye Primer
  21. Setting spray

As I roll products out, I’ll roll new ones in, and I won’t stick to any one category, but I also will not have more than one product from each category going at a time.

Now for the photos. I have indicated my progress on each item when that makes sense.



The eyeshadow I am trying to pan on this Nyx palette is the bottom left one. It’s a matte color and works to set eyeshadow primer. I do not have anything in the Clinique palette that works equivalently, so adding this into the project still works for the rule of not doubling up on categories.

And that’s it for the intro to my rolling 10 pan for the remainder of the year. I am really excited about concentrating on products rather than spreading my goals so thin.


2018 Project Pan Summer Finale

After 3 months of working hard at panning various items in my beauty stash, I have decided that longer projects are absolutely the way to go. It is a lot easier to see significant progress if I am patient enough to wait out an entire 3 months. In fact, there were items I took out of my summer project at the first update time which actually got finished without me even trying. So, let’s get right into it.

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I pulled that pureology item out at the last minute, but everything in this photo is gone. (To be fair, the old Miss Dior perfume I ended up tossing.) Because I easily finished all of these, I threw in a trader joe’s cleanser I had found during a declutter and reorganization of our bathroom, which I will show in the final photos. Steady progress was made, but it’ll be another few months before I am able to finish that up.

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This was my Lush section of my project. While I ended up tossing the Elbow grease and the sample size of the hair moisturizer, I easily finished the shampoo bar and the serum bar. All that is left is the Hair Custard, and I did make progress on it. I used up 16 grams, and it looks to be about half of what I started with.

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This is a section of items I did not manage to finish completely, but each of them have good progress.

The clinique powder was used consistently by both Miss Butterfly and me. We are still a long way from being done, but we are glad we worked on it. 9 grams was used.

The Dandelion Twinkle highlighter got major pan. MAJOR. In fact, I quit using this last month because Miss Butterfly loves it and I didn’t want to use it up when it isn’t my personal favorite. We did depot it though and added it to a magnetic palette, so the progress photo you’ll see below shows a pan with no box around it.

The makeup revolution blush was used very consistently, but like most blushes, while I can see a decent dip, no pan was hit. This is probably for two reasons. The first being that it’s a HUGE pan of blush. I also took about 3 weeks break from it when Miss Butterfly took it on vacation but didn’t use it much. And, I got enough new blushes in various subscription boxes that I tended to use those more than this.

Check out that contour palette with absolutely no pan! The pan now is MASSIVE. On both sides. I did work really hard on it, but it’s also a pretty powdery product. I bought this one on sale, and so I have really gotten an amazing amount of product for my money.

The Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation, when I started this project I hated this product. I can’t say I like it much now, but I’ve made peace with it. In the grand scheme of things, our time together will be brief. I am determined to use this up and get my money’s worth, even if I don’t love the product. For the progress photo, remember that the product moves upward, so I am making significant progress. I just really hoped to be done by now. Miss Butterfly has joked that she’s going to sneak it out of the beauty room and pump some in the garbage from time to time. But she also knows this is a challenge at this point, and I don’t want it to beat me.

And finally, the makeup forever skin perfector. It’s too dark on me, so I generally use it if I am going out in the sun as a sunscreen. However, that’s not been all that often lately. I am still not done with it, though there is less in it than when I began.

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Every single thing in this photo is used up except for the tiny travel size of the porefessional, which I decided to remove from the project in order to save it for travel. I had even pulled out the kiehls cream because I didn’t think I could finish it. 3 months is time enough to finish even that sample size, and so it is gone.

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img_6831What is gone? The mascaras are gone the UD primer is gone, the elf  eyebrow pencil traveled and is hopefully getting use elsewhere, and may already be gone because there wasn’t much left.

The photofocus eyeshadow primer has gotten quite a bit of use. We used 2 grams which is quite a bit for an eye primer, and I didn’t even concentrate on it too much.

Now let’s discuss the wet n wild palette. I didn’t use it too much in these 3 months, maybe once a week, until these past two weeks when I decided I wanted to see just how far I could get in the last two weeks of my project. The transition shade is completely gone. I used the dark shade as a crease shade (which is what it is advertised as, even though it has a bit of sparkle). I used the lightest color as an innner corner and brow highlighter, and I managed to hit pan! Then I used the midrange shade that is supposed to be an eyelid shade as a highlighter on my face, hitting pan on that too! I swore I’d throw this quad out after I used up the transition shade, but now I don’t think I will. I rather like the lightest shade, it may be one of my favorite highlighters for the inner corner, and so it’s a great one to pull out when I am using a palette that doesn’t have one built in. Using the other pan as a face highlighter works really well too, so I just think I am not ready for my time with this extremely inexpensive quad to end. Have I already gotten my money’s worth? Absolutely. But, there’s more product I like. So I think I’ll keep after this one, even though it will no longer be part of my next project pan.

I’ll show off the style sepia liner progress below. However, toward the end of this project I realized that if I want to get a decent color payoff without hurting my eyelids, I have to sharpen this right before I use it. Even if I just sharpen the tiniest bit, that helps. So progress on this product should be faster if I try to pan it in the future.

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I managed to use up the mary kay lip mask. I used it almost every single day. It is not a favorite of mine, it’s just not rough enough. I did not manage to finish up the lip balm, but I did make some progress. It’s just that I have a lot of lip balms I like much better than this one, so it’s hard to keep working on it. It makes my lips slidey, but I don’t think it has any healing properties. I did manage to use a gram.

I finished the clinique chubby stick by update 1 I think, and added in a sample size of buxom lip gloss. I used that lip gloss until the stopper needed to come out. But then? I couldn’t get the stopper out and so I just threw it in my empties. It almost seemed like that particular product didn’t have a removable stopper. But I don’t know that for certain.

I have worked very hard on the maybelline mate nude lipstick. I discovered early on that while it feels pretty good on the lips, it doesn’t really provide the coverage I like a lipstick to have. So, I end up filling in my lips with a liner and applying it on top.

Now that we’ve discussed progress, here are the photos of my finish on this project.

And here’s a quick photo of the style sepia liner and maybelline lipstick progress:


So, all in all, I tossed 3 items, used up 23 items, and made significant progress on almost all of the rest. Not too shabby at all!

I plan to change up my project pan again for the next 4 months, so stay tuned for that. I decided to skip a stash shop post for this week since it’s a short work week with us being on vacation. I’ll just use whatever floats my boat this week and do a stash shop for next week. I am pretty excited to keep up with the product use up though, I am really enjoying the idea of concentrating on certain items and watching progress be made.

That’s it from here, another successful project pan clocking in at 3 months long. Next up, extending that time frame even further. Thanks for reading!