Mystery Shawl

I’ve begun the process of knitting the current westknits mystery shawl. Clue 2 is out so I am going to post my clue one.

The three darker colors all look a bit alike and if I could do it all over again I would have chosen some additional jewel tones. I was trying to save a little cash and use some yarn from my stash but I think I would have been happier if I’d chosen all new colors. That being said, I am enjoying the process quite a lot and will likely continue to do so.

A to Z Project Pan update #5

While I don’t typically do monthly updates on this project because it’s been so very long term, this has been one of those strange months where quite a few goals are being hit all at once. Last month I had hit goal on two products, leaving me with 18 out of the original goals still left to meet. Here’s a little spoiler, I hit 6 goals over the past month! 6! So, only 12 goals left to meet on this project. Let’s take a look.

Last Month:

This month:
My highlighter has broken so after today I intend to repress it, it will not look this way next time I update.

A: Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. This is finished, but I forgot to save the empty container. (21 uses this update, total uses 40.)
B: ABH Sultry palette Bloom-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update, with 10 uses total)
C: ABH Sultry Palette Cinder-goal is to hit pan. (1 uses this update and 9 total)
D: ABH Sultry Palette Dystopian-goal is to hit pan. (7 uses this update with 35 uses total)
E: ABH Sultry Palette Ember-goal is to hit pan. (2 uses this month, 3 total)
F: ABH Sultry Palette Fresh-goal is to hit pan. (4 uses this update with 40 uses total and goal met!)
G: Grace & Stella Spray all Day Rose Spray-goal is to finish. (17uses, with 67 uses total and now used up)
H: Pur Highlighter-goal is to use up. (12 uses this update with 102 uses total)
I: IT Cosmetics CC cream-Goal is to finish. (9 uses to finish, so a total 24 uses in the project.)
J: Elf Jellypop primer-goal is to finish. (10 uses this update with 74 uses total)
L: Estee Lauder Doublewear-goal is to finish. (15 uses this update, 34 uses total)
M:Tarte palette Mermosa-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses this update with 33 uses total and goal met!)
N: Tarte palette Nude Beach-goal is to hit pan. (5 uses with 34 uses total and pan hit!)
O: C.Y.O Lifeproof foundation-goal is to finish. (13 uses with 29 total to finish)
P: ABH Sultry Palette Pearl-goal is to hit pan. (12 uses with 88 uses total)

Look at all the pan hit in the Nyx shadow pan!

Q: Tarte blush color Quirky-goal is to hit pan. (9 uses with 88 uses total and I have hit pan!)
R: Rom&nd bronzer: goal is to hit pan-goal achieved!. (34 uses with 105 uses total)
S: ABH Sultry Palette Steamunk-goal is to hit pan. (3 uses with 29 total uses)
T: ABH Sultry Palette Twig-goal is to hit pan. (6 uses with 41 total uses and a goal met)
U: Urban Decay Eye Primer-goal is to finish. (24 uses with 61 total uses before finish)
V: Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo-goal is to use past the 24/7. (10 uses with 50 total uses)
W: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation-goal is to finish. (12 uses with 28 uses total and I am finished.)
X: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (soft and sexy) eyeshadow palette use up In The Buff eyeshadow. (0 uses with a total of 34 uses)
Y: NYX eyeshadow pan (forgot to get a photo this update) goal is to use up. (16 uses for a total of 56 uses)
Z: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette-goal is to hit pan on the matte Virgo shade. (1 uses for a total of 17 uses)

While I fully expected to hit pan on both the tarte palette shades I was concentrating on, I did not at all expect to hit pan on two sultry palette shades. I am thrilled! I think I am getting close on steampunk as well. But, I am not going to commit to trying to get pan in that shade by next update. The other shades are quite underused so I think I’d rather concentrate on something else for a bit and see how I go. I think I might commit to trying to get the one pink matte “virgo” shade done in the zodiac palette, then I can put that entire palette away for a bit.

That’s all from here, I doubt I’ll be updating again in a month, I think this much progress in such a short time is not likely twice in a row. I’ll keep after it though, this has been a fun project to work on!

Progress and Mystery Knitting

I had determined I’d do the westknits mystery shawl this fall. It started on the 8th. So, I’ve been working on that, though the first clue is not yet done.

Between the time I decided to do the mystery knit and the time the mystery knit started, I decided to focus on my quadri shawl (scarf) in progress. I had been feeling like I wasn’t actually making much progress and not doing much knitting, but then I looked at the previous photo. Most of the turquoise and all of the grey was not there before. So, I did make some good steady progress while waiting for the mystery knit to start.

Now it’s a bit on the back burner while I work on the mystery shawl, but I am super glad to have made forward movement with it!

Everything but the Sink Project Pan

I have just invented this project pan right now. I decided to go through my skincare and bathroom storage. I gave two facemasks to my daughter. But then I realized that I was feeling overwhelmed by all the small items I had for travel, the samples, the items I hadn’t finished using yet because I moved on to something new, and the items I have gotten in subscription boxes that I haven’t even wanted to use.

So, I pulled a whole bunch of little items out of my collection, threw them all in a plastic bin, and decided to try to use them up.

Originally I thought I would take them all out and photograph and document them. But then I decided I couldn’t be bothered. So, instead, I am going to leave them in this box and pull from the box. Once they are done, we’ll have a traditional empties. I threw in there even things like travel size toothpaste and floss because the idea was to truly clean out my drawer and those were in my drawer. There’s a real mix of items. Makeup removing products I don’t use because I’d prefer to use a plain cleansing oil or balm, a couple hotel conditioners that I rather liked, some sheet masks, some actives and toners, just a total mix. All that being said, I don’t think it’ll take me all that long to complete this project, maybe 3 months? In the end, I just need to concentrate on these to get them used up.

10th Foster Dog

Our 9th foster came to us mid-May and didn’t leave until over 2 months later. She went to a good home a fair bit more confident than she was when she came to us. All in all, a job well done. She also joined a dog who was previously a foster from our organization so that was nice!

Because we had a bit of travel planned, we decided to hold off on accepting another foster dog until we were back from that travel. During our final trip, we’d seen photos of a dog who was extremely emaciated and hurt. She’d been picked up by animal control and given to our sister rescue in another state. The rescue owner took her into her own home. It was touch and go, she was too weak to stand and too weak to have a much needed limb amputation. She had about a week to see if she could be ok. We were asked to take her if she pulled through, and of course we said yes!

For the first two days she pooped nothing but trash and rocks, giving us an indication of how starved she was. After a vet visit, it was determined that she’d been shot, and her leg was infected. She needed antibiotics before she could have her surgery. A week later, after sufficient nutrition and antibiotics and love, she was ready for surgery. She did not appreciate being at the vet and cried constantly. But as soon as the rescue owner brought her home, she was a happy dog again.

She came to us on a transport a few days after her stitches came out. She still had some healing to do. But, over time, she’s gotten her scars totally sealed, and she definitely doesn’t hurt as much as she did. She’s around 8 months old and she wants to play play play! She’s not at all timid, she adores humans and other dogs, and she has fit in beautifully in our family.

In this photo you can see her ample scarring. But, don’t think for a second that she’s not capable of all that other dogs do! She’s fast and playful and I regularly have to remind myself she’s missing a limb.
Seriously, how pretty is she?

I do love a tan dog with a black face, but with this one, our whole family is ready to foster fail. We won’t. Probably. But we are ready to. She’s a complete delight, so funny with so much character. We are 10 dogs in to this foster project and I am still consistently amazed at how they are so resilient! They just keep loving and trusting despite terrible treatment before their arrival in rescue!