TeamProjectPan update 2

It’s the end of the month, so it’s update time for teamproject pan, my full face project for this year. I worked pretty hard this month and yet don’t feel like there’s as much progress as last month.

First of all, I didn’t bother to take a photo of the sample perfumes. This is because in the first month I went from 12 to 8, but I only managed to use one this month. I think there was a lot more product in that one container than there was in those other 4 samples.

Now for the face palettes. The last two:


And where I am now:


I actually hit pan on the sleek cream contour on the middle shade. I was using that one hard this month so the pan on that is even larger than what I hit last month on the darkest shade. On the hourglass palette, the pans between the two finishing powders have increased. I’ve been using this palette a ton, but of course, trying to hit pan on blushes and bronzers and highlighters is tougher than finishing powders.


For the style sepia liner and the nude liner, a bit of progress has been made. That style sepia liner is pretty crumbly at this point so when I do sharpen it, I tend to need to sharpen a lot. It’ll be gone pretty soon I think.


From left to right. The cover FX blurring primer I’ve decided I really like. There’s air in it so I probably have more progress than is actually showing. I am surprised at how fast I am moving through it with regular use.

The bare minerals concealer has been touched once or twice only. I just haven’t given it the love I should. I don’t see visible progress.

But, the maybelline age rewind concealer is gone, as is the wet n wild photofocus foundation. I rolled in those sample sizes of make up for ever and tarte last month. The tarte is close to being gone but I’ve only used the make up for ever sample once.

And then there’s the clinique setting powder. Only the tiniest bit of progress seems to have been made. Despite using it regularly! But, last month I couldn’t even get it to show progress at all. So I’ll take it. It really shows how hard it is to get through loose powder. Miss Butterfly uses this just as much as I do. And still, very little progress.


The deva curl cream has more progress than I had expected to be honest. I feel like I barely used it this month. The bite agave lip mask has steady progress, I really love the product. My clinique eyeshadow I am using to set my base has made great progress, I should have marked it. The It cosmetics universal brow is making progress even though I hate it. There’s a lot to go, it’ll be months!

That little bang beauty eyeshadow quad I put in there for the month just to see if I liked it enough to keep it. I was going to give it to Miss Butterfly’s friend if I didn’t like it. But, I do! It’s great, and I am going to keep it in the project this month. I used it quite regularly.

The bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick sample is finished. That was easy! The color looked great on me and it’s such a nice product it was no trouble at all to finish it. And then I did add a photo of my mac paint pot, but I am trying to wear that down rather evenly so it’ll never look like much progress is made.


Not much opportunity to roll stuff in this month, but I am rolling in these two items. The first is bare minerals powder foundation in the original formula. I don’t love this, the matte formula works better on my skin. I want to use it up. I figure since both the foundations are sample sizes currently I’d better hurry up and add another in to finish because I am not positive what I’ve got in the project will carry me through the month. The bonus here is that I tend to use this with the bare minerals concealer I am trying to finish, so pairing them will be incentive to get them both used up.

The other item is a stila lipstick. I bought this last year, I really liked it, and then I promptly started panning other products and just never got around to using it again. I have decided I want to see how far I can get on this in the upcoming month.

Only one month to go before I get the opportunity to fully switch out the products for new ones. That happens quarterly, and I am excited to refresh my focus next month. I think the quarterly refresh may be the part of this that really keeps me focused on the project allĀ  year round.

A Kernel Update

I thought this scarf was going to be predominately red/burgundy, but as it turns out, other pretty colors are getting thrown in there right away! Prompting an update already.


That’s a bit over 4 repeats of the pattern now, and I am really loving how those colors shifted nicely.

The weather officially has me in such a funk that I feel like I just can’t get anything done. Especially wedding related. Meanwhile, I am still a ball of stress. Grinding my teeth at night, struggling to sleep, etc. And yet, any forward movement motivation has squarely disappeared. Part of that might be also just how hard it was to get around in the last few days. Driving is difficult, parking is difficult, getting to and from work and doing my work really was all I had in me. Thankfully some of that seems to be getting better.

Last night I was laying in bed, unable to sleep, grinding my teeth, worrying about the wedding and a work situation. Because I was struggling to sleep, I decided to check out some of the links I’d saved for the wedding. One of them being a veil I liked but wasn’t sure I’d purchase because perhaps I could find something cheaper at the second-hand shop. But, when I clicked on that link….the veil was on sale for $30!!!! So, I purchased it right away and then managed to get a good night’s sleep. Whew! Now I need to continue moving forward. I need to get shoes for Miss Butterfly either tomorrow or over the weekend. Our alteration appointment is scheduled for Monday. The storm kept us from shopping last weekend. I thought I had more time.

It’ll all come together, I am certain, but I definitely need to get cracking on it. And that’s difficult in the current frigid landscape that is our area right now!

WIPs and Things

I don’t know about where you are, but I think we’ve hit our limit with the snow and storms out here. We are getting tired. We had the blizzard on Saturday. On Monday they closed schools because we can’t even get cleaned out from it. The large amount of rain before the blizzard left a significant layer of ice for the snow to sink into, and the plows don’t seem to be able to get that layer up. Now it’s super cold, so nothing is melting either.

Yesterday I went to work thinking surely things were ok. But, I quickly rethought that as my antilock brakes engaged regularly. Every intersection was a disaster. Even with a bit of an incline, cars were struggling to get traction enough to make a turn. I passed 18-wheelers unable to get up slick ice hills, then ending up blocking 2 lanes trying to get out of a precarious situation. At the bottom of large hills were car accidents and cops, the debris from the accidents quickly getting smooshed into the ice and snow on the road. Again, this is 2 days after the blizzard.

In our yard, we’ve got at least 2 inches of ice/snow on the back patio that won’t come up. Thankfully it’s snow-covered enough to not be slick. Yet. We’ve got a massive puddle of ice taking up the entirety of the bottom of our driveway, so we have to make absolutely sure no cars are coming before we pull out, as that sheet of ice means we end up slipping out into the other lane before being able to right ourselves. This is something like storm 3 or 4 with very little melt in between, so the snow is quite deep. In fact, it’s now over a good portion of Mr. Ink’s plants and plant indicators or cages. Many of his carefully planned preventative measures for knowing where things are in the snow are now completely covered.


So, he used the snow blower and a shovel to indicate the dog’s regular routes through the yard. This way they stay off the plants because they aren’t going to make things difficult for themselves when the snow is this deep. This’ll work until the paths turn to ice.

The dogs are starting to go stir crazy but walking them is impossible. For real. There’s just nowhere to go. Sidewalks in our area aren’t plowed nicely, there’s just too much snow and ice. Walking in the street is dangerous as it’s too snow covered ice to trust cars going by. Here’s now Rose is feeling about this:


Even I have been feeling completely stir crazy despite my love for being at home and knitting. Seriously. I am sick of knitting right now.

But here’s a work in progress. I’ve begun the Kernel scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun.


This is the edging, the beaded border, and one repeat. Hard to see since it’s lace. So far I’ve enjoyed the pattern, but I think I am at a point where I am not thrilled with knitty patterns since the charts aren’t easily downloaded. I have come to rely on using my good reader app to track pattern progress, without that, it’s tedious. That’s why this piece made it to work. I can print out the pattern and then use the paper print out for the duration of the project.

It’s the last week of February. I am truly hoping that we are now on the other end of the snow. There’s no accumulation forecasted for the next 10 days. Prior to this, it’s been a storm every 3 days or so. There is snow forecasted, but not significant amounts. Unfortunately, there’s also no pleasantly warm weather forecasted either. 22 looks like the highest temps we’ll get in the next 10 days. Just high enough for an icy mess, but not high enough to help our situation. Mr. Ink is spending time thinking about how to dig a channel to drain the pool of ice from the bottom of our driveway and I continue to get frustrated with the lack of activity in our near future. I love winter and I love snow, but there is always that moment of realization that I am over it. It’s just hitting all the harder this year.

Weekend FO

Yep, I got another done. This one had been residing at work and getting knit on during lunch breaks.


The burgundy is Miss Marja’s handspun and the gradient is some leftover handspun I had from a loop bump. The pattern was The Van Gogh Shawl though that ruffle at the end isn’t in the pattern. I just had leftover handspun and really wanted to use it ALL up. So I fashioned a garter stitch ruffle at the end.

Yarn stash now sitting at 115, give or take a few skeins, and 30% of my year-long goal has been met. I’ve started 2 projects this weekend so that I’d have one for work and one for home in the upcoming week. Pictures of those soon to follow.

80s Blizzard

Last evening we had a blizzard. We also had an 80s birthday party to attend. Mr. Ink and I had been excited about this party for months, and had been planning our costumes. My friend had rented a hall for the party and also she’d been preparing for months. And, on top of that, her father passed away last week after a prolonged 2 years of stroke recovery. I attended his funeral on Friday and Saturday’s party was to be a celebration and in my view, the closing of a difficult chapter of her life.

So, when we heard blizzard, we still really wanted to attend that party. The storm started with pouring rain right at around freezing. This was on top of two significant previous storms where we’d seen very little melt in between. Then it changed to sleet then snow. Mr. Ink and I continued to be positive we were going to get to that party. But after preparing, finishing my makeup, I didn’t get changed because my ability to view us leaving the house had waned.


Here’s a close up of my 80s makeup look. Mr. Ink had a great outfit up his sleeve too, but the priority was digging out of the driveway. I asked him in all seriousness, “Can we even get there?” I checked my email, and as I’d suspected, the party was still on. After all, my friend had out of town guests in and I knew she wasn’t going to get her money back for the food or the hall rental. Mr. Ink said. “We can.”

So we changed and headed out in the mess. In true to Mr. Ink fashion, in a good 4 wheel drive vehicle with the very good tires he keeps me in, Mr. Ink said “This is gonna be fun!” There were so few cars on the road that it actually was. We definitely didn’t feel like we were in danger simply because no one was out. We ended up 2.5 hours late to the party, but here we are:


That’s right, I made Mr. Ink go as a punk. It’s his true self anyhow. He spray painted that shirt to say “Die yuppy scum” and dyed his mohawk blue, though it’s hard to see. Want a closer look?


We partied with maybe 12 people, dancing to 80s music until late into the night. I mean, we were already there, no rush to get home again.

All in all, our area got something like 10 inches of snow in 6 hours. With the wind, it caused about 1/3 of the state’s interstate system to close, most of it still closed today. The photos of those crashes are pretty gnarly. Thankfully, the venue for the party was just down the road from our house, there were no hills even to deal with. We were even able to easily get back into our driveway once we got home. It turned out to be a very fun evening, and I think my friend will find it a memorable birthday even though it completely didn’t go as expected.

Sadly, now Mr. Ink is in the bathroom shaving off that mohawk before digging us out again. I admit I would have loved to have him keep it for a few more days.

FO for the Weekend

It’s Friday, which is lovely! It’s going to storm this weekend, which is typical. Today I will be leaving work to go to the funeral of a close coworker’s father. Tomorrow evening we’ll be going to her 50th birthday party, 80s themed. It’s….been a whirlwind week.

Yesterday we also got a game plan going for Lizzie’s eyes. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on the blog, but we’ve had one heck of a time getting her eyes comfortable since about November. They are constantly watery and itchy and red and sore. Treating them has masked the symptoms a bit but then they immediately come back. I think I did mention it on the blog actually. Anyhow, she has now seen the vet eye specialist. We will be treating her for a month for a hereditary eye issue and completely changing her food again, and adding supplements. I am super hoping it works!

In the midst of all that, I finished two projects. The first one is a cowl I knit on a whim. You see, I’d been digging through my scrap yarn to do all the coasters and came across a yarn that really had a good bit left. It was one which I had used to make a color affection scarf awhile back, a scarf which I regularly wear still. I decided to pair it with some handspun I had leftover from my Scottish Strips scarf because no reason to let that beautiful stuff go to waste!

Neither of these yarns were still listed as stash I had, so this project serves no purpose toward removing listed stash. But, it is still technically removing stash from my collection. I did use up all the solid color, though I was left with quite a chunk of handspun still.


I LOVED knitting this! Is it the handspun I love or the pattern? I dunno. But this was a really fun and fast knit. Both yarns have a high silk content so the cowl is extremely soft and while I haven’t worn it yet, I’d imagine it’s going to be rather warm as well. The pattern is called Ingrid’s Cowl and it’s a free pattern. I will likely knit it again. Maybe even soon!

And with this project, I am 28% of my goal of 40 projects this year. Very exciting!



9 More and Done

I think I am done. Probably I am done. Though I recounted the guest list/potential guest list yesterday and came up with more than 30. Then I remembered that Mr. Ink, Miss Butterfly, and I don’t need a coaster, which brought me back under 30 and I have 36.


Anyhow, this is the latest batch. Again with these, I had a great time making some of them a little scrappier.

It was Mr. Ink’s 50th birthday last evening. We went out to dinner with Miss Butterfly and her friend. We then made a cake, frosted it, and stuck candy corn all over it as per Mr. Ink’s request.

Mr. Ink also received a gift basket from his brother. Once we removed the contents, I decided it was a pretty good basket to repurpose for the coasters, so here they are all, thrown right into that box.


I may arrange them in a nicer manner but I thought it was pretty clever and quick thinking to be able to find this delivery system before it left the house.

Last evening Mr. Ink told me that we should ALSO do our fun reception for local friends the same weekend as the wedding, Sunday evening. It’s a good idea but I think I am going to have to get him to agree to do the planning for that himself, as I really do think I’ve got all I can handle with the rehearsal dinner and wedding. If he agrees to it, that may also be a thing that is happening that weekend. I may need weeks to recover!

And that’s it from here today, back to more normal knitting type content soon. I am almost done with two projects! Also, for the record, finishing the coaster projects brings me to 1/4 of my goal of 40 projects this year.



Another Nine

I completed another 9 coasters this weekend with absolutely no grumbling about the project yet to be seen.


I really started to add in scrappier pieces in this batch. The left row all are coasters which use up multiple tiny balls of yarn. It’s not so much that I am running out of yarn, it’s more that I am beginning to get a little more adventurous with these. Plus, it is satisfying to see those tiny scraps disappear.

I am going to do one more batch which should have me well over the number of people who will be attending. Of course, as I say that and count my numbers, maybe I am wrong and maybe I should to two more batches. Ack! Anyhow, the next batch should get posted very soon and if I choose to do one extra batch, I will do so after allowing myself another project. I mean, at that point it won’t be critical so I can just get it done as needed.

Wedding invites went out last week, all except for Mr. Ink’s stepkids since he hadn’t gotten me their addresses. Those are going out this morning. Then I realized I might have missed one or two, so I feel like I need to work on that too, and then Mr. Ink told me it wasn’t clear that the paper that indicates that guests can plant their invitation and get it to grow wasn’t clear and he’d be confused and I was like “But why didn’t you tell me this BEFORE the invites went out?! Now I can’t do anything about it!!!” Plus, the person who is supposed to be facilitating the cake I desperately want hasn’t gotten back to me to tell me she’s received my order and that the baker can do it, and I keep forgetting to follow up, and, we met with our officiant and creating our vows scares me, and, and, and also last week was a really stressful work week. So, you could say those coasters are keeping me a little bit sane, and you could also say that I am finally in the thick of the wedding stress.

I am sure it’s all going to be fine, but I had a dream last night that Mr. Ink’s stepson had to come live with us and I couldn’t figure out where to put him and he brought a lot of stuff with him and now I KNOW I am having stress dreams as well which never do actually help stress levels.

So I’ll just be sitting over here knitting coasters whenever I get the opportunity and attempting to carry on. Hopefully this week there will be some forward movement on the wedding stuff which would definitely go a long way to alleviating some of the stress.

And now that all my stress is dumped out on an internet page, I’ll just be getting back to work and hoping to create a good week. I hope the same for you!


The Next Nine

I’ve got another batch of coasters to show off. And, I am not even remotely tired of knitting these yet. I adore how they are turning out, but even better is the enjoyment of knitting these and anticipating which colors I am going to pair next.


I am definitely not running out of yarn yet either, though I am starting to get a bit more creative with using up multiple similarly colored scraps in one coaster. I think that probably will show itself better in the next batch though, this grouping all looks fairly consistent. It is really surprisingly satisfying to watch all these tiny balls of yarn just disappear!

So, at this point, it really looks like I am going to be able to complete the project without even getting tired of it. This is highly unusual for me, but I am thrilled that what could turn into a huge slog has actually turned out to be ridiculously enjoyable.

Another Finished Object

I’ve wanted to take a photo of this for a while now, but the weather refuses to cooperate. This is my skye boat cowl out of my handspun. I did get an opportunity to wear it last week, and I really enjoyed that it has some shape to it other than the normal infinity loop.


The colored bits look a bit more subtle in natural light, they really become the focus in the above photo. I am glad to have knit this and am also glad to have another yarn out of my stash. I finished this before I decided suddenly to create 40 coasters, so now I’ve got one regular project hanging out at work for lunchtime knitting and then I am working exclusively on coasters at home.

And with that, I am 23% of the way to my goal of 40 projects this year. I am pleased with my progress so far. I realize that I am not leaving myself much spinning time at this point, but I’ve got a wedding to plan, then a new toy to play with, and that loom should really help with the using up of stash as well. Plus, spinning time comes in the summer anyhow.


9 out of 30?

We are talking wedding again, since with just over 2 months to plan it really is the top of everyone’s brain around here.

I’d been trying to figure out wedding favors. I’d thought about live succulents since that’s SO us, but since the vast majority of the attendees are traveling, that’s just not practical. I’d thought about seed packets. Then I thought about coasters, wooden ones, and Mr. Ink and I had kind of agreed on that. But I worried that the time between knowing how many we’d need and the wedding itself was just too short, I didn’t feel confident. I thought about a thousand other little things.

Then I got an idea. It wasn’t initially fully fledged, I just thought “Let me give this a try, knit up some prototypes, see what happens.” And, I knit up prototypes and I liked doing it. Then I ran it by my maid of honor, Miss Marja. She thought it was a great idea. I knit a few more. I blocked them. Then, the final step. I asked Mr. Ink what he thought about them. He loved them!

And that’s the point where I knew this was going to be A Thing. Handknit coasters as wedding favors. It’s just as kitschy and eclectic and non-traditional as the wedding itself. And here are the first 9:


I am using scrap yarn and the pattern calls for it held double. This makes things fun because I can add in another color when one scrap runs out. I’ve got gobs of scrap yarn. Some of it is commercial sock weight yarn and some of it is handspun. And while this doesn’t help my year-long stash busting project on the surface, it sure does make a dent in the tiny bits hanging around that get irritating after awhile.

And surprisingly, I can say that after knitting 17 of these, I am still not bored. It’s a great project, and I am sure that being full of excitement over the wedding itself helps. But, there’s also the added benefit of a million different potential color combinations making this project so interesting. Be prepared to see a whole bunch more of these because we’ve only just begun! While I don’t technically need more than 30, I have it in mind to do about 40 so that I’ve got extra, people can really take their pick of favorite colors, and I can then have leftovers around the house after the fact.

Meanwhile, I’ll take you on this journey with me, since I’ve got loads more to do. Stay tuned, the next batch should be up this week.

Unexpected FO

Well, expected by me, unexpected by the reader I imagine. A few weeks ago I was asked for another couple Christmas stockings by a cousin. It was already after Christmas, I imagine he waited so I didn’t feel like I had to rush. I figured the best thing to do was to get started right away. The way I work these stockings is that I always have 3 on hand for our family. When I get a request, I make another and then offer up a choice of the ones I have.

When I make a stocking, I first check what yarn I have in stash that can be used, then I supplement that with whatever yarn I need to purchase to complete the project. I had headed to the yarn store to get enough white yarn to complete two projects, but unfortunately, the shop only had one skein of appropriate white yarn. This meant that I could only complete one stocking at this time.

But, my desire to knit stockings isn’t that high at the moment. After all, I believe this is my 25th stocking. The recipients love them and they are well used, but I tire of them and it’s hard to knock them out when they are requested. So, I am stopping at one, I will give the recipient a choice of 2 out of 4 and then I’ll save the knitting of the second one for my own collection until later in the year.


I had plenty of the wine color in my stash so I didn’t need to purchase more and it did have the added bonus of moving a stash item out of my collection. I am down to 111 in stash, which does not include the yarns I got from Miss Marja, I still need to get those squared away sometime. With this completed project, I am at 20% of my goal of 40 projects this year.

In doggo news, we got a very highly recommended slow feeder for her to help with the upchucking in the mornings. I’ve now got her back on regular food during the day and half regular half bland in the evening. It’s going well and I hope to have her transitioned off the bland diet totally by the beginning of next week if not sooner.


Here’s the crazy bowl that changed our lives. This takes her even longer to use than two kong style treat feeders, and it’s a lot less messy. Lizzie is learning to lay off Rose while she finishes eating which was our initial challenge. Lizzie can be very pushy and she thinks she deserves everything Rose has, so at the start, there were challenges to keeping Lizzie away from Rose’s bowl. But, we aren’t having that issue anymore.

Here’s a quick little wedding planning update as well, for anyone who is interested. Because this week has been much more comfortable, though still quite busy, we’ve gotten so much done. I counted the weekends left before the big event and it’s only 10. So, I got into my planner and outlined some hard deadlines and tasks that needed to be achieved. The best man found us an officiant who is a pro but still reasonably priced, we will meet with her soon. Miss Marja and I sort out flowers tonight. We also will hopefully get invites addressed and in the mail this weekend or first thing Monday. Mr. Ink is hard at work buying the trees he wants for the wedding decor, though his first option completely fell through and he has to explore new ones. My mom and I facetimed to pick out fabrics she has in her stash to wrap the tree containers in to make them look not ugly. Miss Butterfly and I went through the basement pulling out everything we might be able to use for decor and bringing it upstairs. I spent time looking at what rental items we’d need but haven’t ordered them yet in case I need to add to that for any reason. The groomsmen are all over their potential plans for what they’ll wear and are extremely enthusiastic, much to Mr. Ink’s chagrin. They want to be a little wild, we’ll see how Mr. Ink handles their requests. So, things continue at a pretty good clip and much more pleasantly now that I am getting sleep. It’s amazing how exhaustion can sap one’s enthusiasm.

I guess that’s about it for an update around here. I DO still have another finished object to show off. Since it’s mostly black, I was really hoping that we’d get some weather that would accommodate a photoshoot. However, it’s snowing again and that’s not looking possible. But, a finished object is nice!



While We Wait

While we wait for my latest finished object to dry, let’s talk about what I started.

This is the Van Gogh shawlette. I am using two different handspuns. One is a Miss Marja handspun and the other is a leftover handspun of mine from a project. Neither of these seem to be listed in my stash so this won’t in the end easily count toward stash busting. But, it’ll still MEAN something.


The burgundy color is Miss Marja’s yarn. The green/blue is mine, and it’s a gradient that should be moving toward olive and then grey. So I assume that’ll give this an interesting effect if I do manage to get to the grey! With the long loops in the burgundy, despite the fact that I did have more of that yarn, it is getting consumed very quickly. If I were to knit this again I’d leave out the 5th and 6th row of the burgundy color in the pattern to even up the yarn amounts. Anyhow, it’s a pretty easy pattern, the colors are way nicer than they look in this dark photo, and I am cruising right along on it at the moment.

And that’ll have to hold you over until I get an opportunity to photograph the other item I just finished!

Pan That Palette update #2

It’s been about 2 months since my last pan that palette update. I am moving right along with it but definitely at a slower pace than the last update. First, there were the advent calendar makeup days in December and since then I admit I am using it more like twice a week than three times a week. So progress has been slower.

Below are the photos of where I started and the first update:

In update 1 I had just hit pan on a second shade and had really gotten into the groove of panning a particular look. Things have changed a bit since then. I started with the goal of just moving forward with fully panning sandbar, the lightest transition shade. I had been pairing it with saltwater and fin-tastic. But, after my engagement, I chose to quit that because quite frankly it’s such a nice look that it could be a potential wedding day makeup look. So, I moved on.

I instead began working on shore thing as a transition shade. In both cases I’ve been using shipwreck as a crease color. I also quit using fin-tastic and saltwater, instead trying to work a bit harder on bubbles and then just experimenting with the other colors in the palette.

Here’s the current photo:


It doesn’t really look like I made too much progress on sandbar, but I’ve been working toward side pan at the top. The biggest progress is in shore thing, I’ve definitely expanded the pan on that one. I think you can see that shipwreck is getting a decent dip now too, and my goal for the next update will be hitting pan in shipwreck.

A couple of other pretty good dips are starting to show in bubbles, beach please, mermosa, and nude beach.

At this time, I am really loving working with bubbles. It’s a duochrome and a lot of fun to wear. I tend to wear it on Fridays as it feels like a Fun-day color. But sometimes I also use it when the mood strikes.

While I have slowed down on my overall use of this palette the past two months, that decision wasn’t because I dislike the palette or am getting tired of it. Neither of those things are the case. It’s just that sometimes I am trying to get a little use out of other palettes in my collection. Or, I might be trying to pan a single shadow like the Stila I worked through last month that was drying out quickly.

I have a friend coming to visit for the wedding who is just getting into makeup as well, and one of my big goals in the upcoming months is to really evaluate the palettes that aren’t getting much use in my collection to see if they need to move on to her extremely small collection. So, I anticipate not the strongest amount of use on this palette in the upcoming months still. Hopefully similar progress to the last two months.


Just Another…

Almost completed work in progress.

I’ve been meaning to knit the Skye Boat cowl for quite some time, and I had the correct handspun in my stash. This is a handspun I created out of one single of louet dyed fiber, black with a smattering of white silk, and on single of Loop! cloud colorway circus. (I think. Something to do with circus anyhow. Black with pops of color.) I plied those two together and ended up with a very pleasing, to me, handspun yarn.


The pattern has a nice texture. There’s a slip stick rib at the top and at the bottom is a fairly easy to memorize lace pattern. I got quite a lot of this knit over the weekend and am closing in on a finish very soon!

In fact, it’s already so close to being done I am in the beautiful place of anticipating my next project. As usual, can’t wait!

January Empties

There’s another pretty good load of empties to be gone through this month. But let’s discuss this monthly post going forward. Since I plan to work through my collection this year rather than purchase a bunch more, February Empties will actually begin new as “February Beauty Balance.” I will then post what came into my collection as well as what left my collection. So, subscription box items and any purchases will be added to the posts. The idea being that we’ll hope whatever is leaving the collection is MORE than what is entering the collection.

I didn’t think of doing this soon enough this time around and stuck all my subscription box items in my collection. I am too lazy to go back and figure out what they are to add them to this month’s post. But I can tell you that I purchased absolutely nothing beauty related in the month of January.

Now on to the empties.


Let’s start with top row left to right and then I’ll do the same with the bottom row. If there’s more than one thing in the row, I’ll start top to bottom.

OPI base coat. This was a good item and there’s a little left in there but it’s too thick to use. Miss Butterfly has a tendency to jump into my stash, use my stuff, and then not fully close the bottle. This means that I lose good stuff. So, I am not going to purchase more expensive nail products until she’s quit getting into my stuff.

Next to that at the top is a sample size of youth to the people hyaluronic acid moisturizer. It’s a lightweight formula I really loved and I could see myself possibly purchasing this in the future.

Then I’ve got the 111 Skin eye serum. I don’t think this made any difference at all in my life so I wouldn’t repurchase. However, the dispenser is nice and I’ve washed it out to keep in case I can use it in the future.

Next to that is a stila eyeshadow. I purchased this last year for Miss Butterfly. She used it a bunch then tired of it and handed it over to me. I used it a bunch and now it’s gone. I liked it, but I probably won’t repurchase anytime soon. Maybe next holiday season if a little sample set has some nice tempting colors. I feel like these dry out quickly and so I have to force myself to use them to get what I can out of them. It’s not my favorite feeling.

Hourglass Illusion skin tint. This was a great foundation for me and I am glad I got it when I did. It helped my damaged and dehydrated skin look great. But, it’s really really expensive and with my skin in better shape, more foundations look nice and I can easily use cheaper products. So, I won’t repuchase, but only because I don’t need it any more.

Almay eye makeup remover wipes. It takes me a long time to get through these now, I use them less often than I used to. I still love them though!

A sample of the tatcha cleanser. It as really nice! I don’t feel like I need to spend big money on cleanser though, so I won’t purchase.

First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads. These were really nice! I got them in a subscription box and was super happy to have them. I doubt I’ll purchase but they are a good product and I liked using them. We’ll see. Maybe on a sale.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I used this up but I did NOT like it. It burned my eyes like crazy. This is a no go, would not repurchase.

Verb sea spray. This is not for me but I can see why others like it so well!

Farmacy eye moisturizer. There was something weird about this, I couldn’t get it to really sink into my skin. So, I wouldn’t repurchase it. I could only use it at night.

Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm. I LOVED this one! I thought it worked well and if I got my hands on it again in a sale I’d be really happy. I loved the strong fresh scent and I thought it removed makeup quickly and quite well.

4 perfume samples. Dior Joy which I really liked but probably won’t purchase. Marc Jacobs daisy love, I really liked that as well and would maybe purchase someday as a treat. And, I can’t remember the pink-topped one. It wasn’t memorable. The scent didn’t last on my skin at all. Definitely wouldn’t repurchase.

Two mascaras. It Superhero and a sephora brand. Both fine. Both flaked after awhile. I have a big flaking mascara problem in my life. Glad I got to use them though.

Dr. Dennis Gros wrinkle recovery pad. I liked this, but one pad is not enough to know if it can work in my life.

That’s it. I’ve got a bunch that are dangerously close to being done soon for next month as well. As I finish samples in my collection and quit bringing in more, I suspect my empties will be far smaller. I am already seeing a benefit of this in my bathroom closet!

And The Hat

I mentioned when I showed off the handspun scarf that I had a hat as well right? Well here it is:


Now, I don’t generally like to knit hats but this one was surprisingly enjoyable. I don’t know if it was the fact that I barely had to think about it or what, but it was really lovely. I might have to do that sock head hat next! Added bonus, another quick project for my goal of 40 this year.

In dog news, after 5 days of Rose throwing up in the early mornings, the 5th morning causing me to be up at 3 am and then miss almost half a day of work for being so ridiculously tired and headachey I couldn’t continue, I called the vet. Who suggested the simplest thing I should have been able to work out myself but didn’t manage to, probably due to exhaustion. Put her back on her bland diet. This is what we had to do with her in October I think it was? When we were getting up every 45 minutes to 2 hours to take her out because her system was so screwed up. That time, the bland diet worked a treat in short order. So, Friday I picked up more bland diet food from the vet, got her on it that evening, and got to sleep until 6:30 am Saturday morning. After waking up between 3 and 4:30 all week, it was quite a relief! Vet said since she’s got a sensitive stomach, sometimes we may just have to do that to reset her system. I am on board with this now that I realize that it’ll also help the throwing up! And she’s more comfortable too! A win all around.

That’s it from here. I was too tired last week to really get much of anything done. Knitting felt like it really suffered, wedding planning was almost a complete wash, it was quite a set back. Hopefully this week will be easier now!

TeamProjectPan update 1

This year is my whole face project pan, with #teamprojectpan created by the Beauty News youtube channel. The idea is that you pan an entire face of makeup, and if you like, you can switch items out quarterly.

Now, the first thing I wanted to do was work on all the little sample fragrances. Photo below is where I started and where I am now.

I went from 12 to 8!

I can already tell this post is going to be long. Tuck in, here we go with the rest of the face.

I think we can start with face palettes. I decided to work on my sleek cream contour palette since I hadn’t really touched it since I purchased it. And then also work on my hourglass face palette for blush/bronzer/highlight/finishing powder. Another set of where I was and where I am now.

On the cream contour I concentrated mostly on the darkest shade this time around and did manage to hit pan on it. Pretty good progress for a month. I also used the middle two shades, top and bottom, just a bit. I also used the hourglass palette a ton, almost daily. Naturally it is a bit more difficult to see progress there, but if you were to look closely between the two finishing powders, top left and middle, you can see clay pan between them now. So progress is being made! In the second photo is my clinique setting powder which despite being used daily does not show any measurable progress.

Next up a quick photo of the eyeliner progress. I am working on a greenish brown style sepia liner which I don’t love and a L’Oreal infallable nude liner which I like just fine.


The boxes are my progress. Not much but measurable.

OK, now for the rest of the photos from last month for reference:

And where I now stand.


I have made a bit of progress on the cover fx primer. The hourglass illusion skin tint is completely gone. I cut the package and got an extra 2 weeks use out of it, keeping it in a baggie to keep it from drying out. The wet n wild is so close to being gone that when I keep it on its side, doing so doesn’t even cover up the scrapes I’ve made with the wand. I can’t imagine I’ll get much more out of it this month.

It’s tough to see my white markings on the hourglass vanish stick foundation, but the tiniest bit of progress was made. The Maybelline age rewind concealer doesn’t show any more product in the container but I still seem to be getting some coverage out of the top so I am not calling it done yet. The bare minerals concealer has been use once or twice but I’ve concentrated on the age rewind instead.


The Stila eyeshadow is gone, I took the stopper out and used up the remainder and now cannot get anymore out of it. There’s color in the container but I tried to show the side that you can see through. Below that is my clinique eyeshadow I am using to set my base, the pan in that is larger than last month.

The IT cosmetics universal eye pencil I used almost daily. The previous mark wore off, but if you look at the starting photo it was above the indentations in the cap and now it is below.

There’s two bite beauty products, my agave lip mask which I love and stays by my bedside for nighttime use, a bit of progress there. And then there’s my bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick sample size. I used more than half of that last month so I think it’ll be gone in the upcoming month. My other lip products are a nyx intense butter gloss and a smashbox liquid lipstick. There is absolutely no way to share the progress on those, so just know I have bene using them consistently but probably more consistently using the bite beauty lipstick pictured here.

I threw in a photo of my mac paintpot primer but no real progress is shown there. I feel like I won’t see progress until I hit pan. I also have my deva curl styling cream in the photo, a tiny bit of progress has been made. But, I use this only once or twice a week. The longer my hair is the longer I can go between washes. I am down to like twice a week now. And often I like to wash my hair, braid my hair, then day 2 hair is wavy. I do not use this styling product when I braid my hair as it is so smoothing it doesn’t allow the braids to hold as well as other products.

I failed to take a photo of the mary kay satin hands products because I literally never used them. Maybe this month.

Because I’ve finished a couple things or am close to finishing a couple things, I am rolling a few products in. Now, the photo is deceiving because these are all sample sizes. They look large but I assure you they are very small.


I have two foundation samples. I already know I like the Make Up For Ever foundation as I worked through one of these samples last summer. I have never tried the Tarte amazonian clay foundation. I am also rolling in the tiny bang beauty eyeshadow palette. If I LIKE the palette I’ll try to pan it. If over this month I decide I don’t like it, I am going to give it to Miss Butterfly or one of her friends. I was able to rid my collection of a loose pigment I hated this way, many of her friends are clamoring for whatever I might allow them to take from my collection. I got rid of a makeup brush that I considered too scratchy that way as well, and this young lady was so happy she screeched.

So, that’s it for this month. I am feeling pretty good about this progress, I like how far I’ve come this month and I like concentrating on certain products. It makes early mornings easier when decisions are removed from the equation. I also feel like I am not currently trying to pan anything I particularly dislike, which is quite helpful as well. I mean, I could do without the universal brow pencil but it isn’t bad enough to just remove from my collection. Another two months with basically these products and then I get to consider a switch out. That’s exciting to look forward to as well!

Are you doing team project pan? If so, please let me know so I can follow along!



Of Finished Objects and Exhaustion. Again

Hey, I have a finished object and I’ve had it for like a week and failed to show it off.

Miss Marja made this worsted weight handspun 3 ply out of 3 different braids of fiber. A lovely combo spin project. It entered my stash at the end of last year and I was very eager to knit it up! I wanted to choose a pattern that was free and that also one that showed off the colors. This is the type of handspun color shifting that made me fall in love with handspun in the first place, isn’t it glorious?!

I ended the scarf at a point where I’d have enough left over yarn for a hat. I knit that hat, finishing it right before our desperately cold snap this week and have been wearing it ever since. But, have completely failed to get a photo of it.

It’s been quite a week really. It started with a crazy disturbing amount of wind which upset Rose so much that she was unable to do her business and threw up instead. Since then, every single morning between 3 and 4:30 she has thrown up. Sometimes multiple times. Our rescue group has made a number of suggestions, and one of them was to make sure she eats slower, so we’ve worked on that and it has helped the volume, but not the actual throwing up. I’ve been up since 3 am this morning with a still pukey dog. Just called the vet, who suggested that she just might be one of those dogs who needs a full bland diet reset when she has any issues at all. So, we are going to try that next.

To add to my exhaustion, on Wednesday evening we went to see the ballet. Which was lovely. And then we went out to eat. And then we got on the interstate to go home and got stuck in the most horrendous traffic jam. We sat there for an hour going almost nowhere, as the interstate was fully closed and there was a college ball game getting out at the same time we entered the interstate. No exit anywhere near. I saw some stuff I thought I’d never see, including people going the wrong way on the interstate as well as turning around at the end of the exit ramp and going back the wrong way on the ramp. There was also a ton of shoulder lane use and because it was -6, there were also stalled cars that couldn’t take the stress of the cold and the idling to maneuver around. When we finally got to the exit, and then got back on at a spot where there wasn’t an active accident investigation, there were almost no cars at all on the interstate, it was so uncanny!

Anyhow, it’s been a long week after a long weekend, after a long week. So I am really hoping for serious downtime this weekend. The weather is supposed to be significantly warmer. Like, melt snow warmer. Looks like the weather is trying for a reset too, and hopefully, we’ll all get what we need out of the weekend.

And here’s a photo of miss sleepless because she’s the cutest even if she’s being needy. This is her “Who is touching me?” look. Actually, this is the look she gives us if we are paying attention to each other instead of her. Just upside down since she was facing the other way.


She’s needy but she’s amazing!