Finishing and Garden

I have a finished object! And another one really close to being done, though I don’t anticipate actually finishing that one until next week.

The scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun is complete.


The colors here are a little more saturated in the photo than they are in real life. In reality, there’s a muted nature to the colors. This is because I took the photo early this morning and the world was still quite rainy, since it rained all yesterday afternoon.

Speaking of rain, I had taken the dogs out and noticed that the first lily of the season was blooming! So, I took the dogs back in and then headed back out with my phone to grab a photo.


Isn’t she a stunner?!?! I don’t even remember planting this one. That happens to me often, I forget what lilies I actually planted and every year they are a beautiful surprise. I do want to add to my collection though, I need to find something unusual this year for the lily garden.

That’s it from me! Hope everyone is having a great week!


3 Color Challenge week 5

It was time to roll out Dusty Trails from Sydney Grace and choose my next color. My random number generator picked something from the BH palettes finally!


But, that’s an awfully dark color scheme to work with! The sparkly blue color that the generator chose for me is the baked color Cancer from the Zodiac palette. I was so uninspired about this that I didn’t even bother to try to create a look with it yesterday and instead gave myself two weeks to complete this 3 color challenge.


It’s the blue at the bottom of the above photo.

I was feeling a bit more inspired this morning. To begin with, I reminded myself that I don’t actually have to use all the colors in the challenge to create my look. And in fact, I spent a little time doing some swatching last evening before bed just to see what I might come up with and actually like.

Here’s what I ended up doing. I predominately used the zodiac palette for my look. I began with the matte Virgo color as a transition and then placed the matte Leo color in my crease. I also used that on my outer corner. I then went in with the baked Cancer shadow on the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I wanted a little more depth so I took the Sagittarius baked color from Zodiac Love Signs (the blue at the very top of the photo above) and used that on my outer 1/3 of my lid. Under the eye, I used the Virgo matte all over and the Leo matte on the outer corner. I highlighted my inner corner with the large baked highlighter in the middle. I lined my waterline with my urban decay gold eyeliner. Then, I brought in a second color from the 3 color challenge. I used the black, Tempting, from Sweet Peach palette, as a liner for the outer 1/3 of my upper and lower lash line.

I could not be happier with this look. It’s sparkly and fun and colorful and interesting and deep. I genuinely thought, even while I was applying the shadow, that I would end up hating this look but that I’d do my post and get through the day and that would be that. This is not at all what happened. I ended up with a look I would absolutely create again just for the fun of it. The blues are so dark that they are almost grey and that translates really nicely on the lid. I paired it with colorful earrings (sari silk yarn) and a nude lip to pair it all together. I am thrilled with this look!

And now I can’t wait to see what I come up with tomorrow!

Some Spinning

I finished up this spinning project before the weekend began, and got the skein washed and dried over the weekend.


This is 525 yards of 2-ply yarn, and it’s quite pretty! I look forward to making something with it someday.

I am going to be taking a quick break from my 3 color challenge as this week and next is very busy. I am thinking that maybe I’ll get those posts up over a 2 week period. But, I am not going to push it.

That’s about it from me for now. Have a great week!

Reboot Weekend

It seems clear that Mr. Ink and I are both quite exhausted. While we have gotten quite a lot accomplished this weekend, we’ve struggled to motivate in general. And, each accomplishment is peppered by exhaustion and naps. Miss Butterfly came home for 24 hours before heading back to camp, so we did all the camp laundry and repack. We got some errands run and grocery shopping done. Dogs made it to the dog park. The lawn has been mowed and trimmed. Basic household weekend chores have been done. And, the detail planning for an upcoming trip was worked on. But it’s been tough to even get to those things. I’ve felt a bit foggy all weekend.

Much of our issues seem to be work-related stresses which we can’t really do much about. Except for taking time to relax on the weekend. I finished up a bit of spinning but haven’t really been eager to start more. So I’ve mostly been knitting.

I am still working on the 10 stitch throw out of handspun. Trouble is, I ran out of the yellow and purple handspun I was using. I wanted the throw to be larger, and I knew I had a similar color in my handspun stash. The one I added in is from a batt and it’s a 2 ply instead of a 3 ply, but it’s reasonably similar in yarn weight. A little thicker overall, but I am hoping it will be ok. The batt had the exact same purple color, the exact same yellow color, but also a lighter yellow and a lot more white. And speckles of fun colors. I tried to blend it by doing an every other row situation, but that turned out rather striped. The outside of the throw will be lighter but I am hoping it’ll end up blending nicely and looking ok.


You can see the striped area at the top of the photo. But, after that, it seems like it’s blending in pretty well. In throw form, it shouldn’t be too noticeable I don’t think.

I am close to being done with my work project, a scarf, it should be done this week. I’ve got 3 christmas stockings to make this year and the yarn for them just came in. So, this week is for beginning the christmas stocking work.

Since I am too foggy to figure out what more to write, here we are at the end of this blog post! Hope everyone is having a lovely, and less foggy weekend.

June Beauty Balance

Since it’s my last opportunity to do so, I upgraded my boxycharm subscription to boxyluxe. I’d been paying attention to the spoilers and I was very impressed with the items contained in the box. Next month is my last boxycharm, I’ll be taking a nice long break while I work through the backstock of cleansers and masks and makeup items I’ve amassed through my subscription box year.

So, here are the consumable items that I received in my boxyluxe this month:


I was super excited to get the Living Proof volume spray as I am completely addicted to my Moroccan oil one and I am eager to try another. Contained in this box was yet another cleanser and yet another primer and yet another mascara. These are all items which it’s easy to overload on in subscription boxes. There’s also another spray, and I’ve never had many sprays in the past but this month I’ve got plenty. I got a lip gloss, I got a face palette, and I got the one thing I was most eager to receive-the farmacy honeymoon glow serum. This is really why I upgraded my box in the first place, that serum is one I’ve wanted to try for quite some time. I am going to be using it every other day quite consistently to see if it’s as good as I imagine it could be.

So, during the last post, I was 4 items leaving over what was incoming. Now I am 4 items incoming over what is leaving.

And, I don’t currently have any empties to balance that out.

But, I also don’t anticipate any purchases for the rest of this month either, so I’ll see where I am at the end of the month again. I am pretty close to being done with a couple items, and that will be helpful.

Thoughts on boxyluxe-this was a great box to upgrade with. I really feel that the overall value was high on this one and I don’t see anything I am unlikely to use. If there’s anything I move on from my collection, it’ll be the lipgloss. But, that would just go to Miss Butterfly and get used up perfectly easily anyhow. If I were to choose any of the subscription boxes I’ve tried in the past year, I’d stick to boxycharm. I do believe that I have typically gotten a high value of things I want to use out of that subscription in particular. The only reason, truly, that I am ready to finish up next month is the overwhelmed feeling I am getting when I look at all the backstock I’ve accumulated.

And that should be all for beauty balance from me until the end of the month.

3 Looks 1 Palette Tarte Be a Mermaid

I’ve had the Tarte Be a Mermaid and Make Waves palette for more than a year now. It was a spring 2018 limited edition palette and I’ve been ridiculously happy with it. I wanted to pan it and I used it very regularly for a long time, but then realized that I also wanted to play with the rest of my collection so that went by the wayside. That’s ok, while it is the oldest palette in my collection, it is by no means old. I’ve got plenty of time to play with it and also the rest of my collection.


Here’s what it was looking like in my last pan that palette update. It hasn’t changed much since then, though there’s a more significant dip in shipwreck. However, I see no point in getting a new photo up when I can use this one, and the names on this photo are fairly clear.

While lagoon and splash are fairly intense colors, I really enjoy wearing bubbles. It’s a duochrome which shifts brick colored and light blue. When I was panning this palette, I tended to wear it on Friday. For the first look on this post, I used sandbar as a transition, shipwreck in my crease, and bubbles all over the lid. I used sandbar under my eye as well, since shipwreck in that area tends to make me look a little ill. I used nude beach on my inner corner (very top shadow).

I also lined with a nude liner on my waterline and I used a navy liner under the eye. It’s surprisingly subtle for a duochrome, but the brick color is far more visible in person than I can get it to show in a photo.

Next look. This one ends up being a go to neutral look that I have used over and over with this palette. despite this, it doesn’t really look like I’ve dipped that hard into the two shades I use for it. But, I have used these two shimmers more than any other shimmers in the palette.

I start with the same sandbar and shipwreck as above. Then, I go in with fin-tastic on the outer eyelid half and salt water on the inner half of the eyelid. Under the eye I used a combo of sandbar and shipwreck again. Then I take nude beach on the inner corner. It’s a simple and pretty fast look and it translates as neutral on the eye despite looking somewhat colorful in the pan.

Look 3:

I admit that since I began my 3 color challenge, this particular post has gone by the wayside, it’s taken me a long time to complete! But, this morning I pulled out my palette again looking for a fairly neutral but bright look. I am interviewing a candidate today and wanted to make sure to keep it professional. In this case I used sandbar as my transition shade and shipwreck in my crease and outer corner. Then I went in with frose all over the lid. This is the bright peachy shade. I highlighted my inner corner with nude beach. Then, I used sandbar under my eyes. I popped a nude liner in my waterline and then used a teal liner to line the bottom and top outer half of my eyelids. I believe the pop of teal really sets off the blue in my eyes and I really enjoy this look.

I think it’s unlikely that I’ll do many more of these 3 looks from one palette posts for awhile. I have enough trouble getting to my 3 looks from my challenge during the week. And at this time, I am really enjoying that challenge.

3 Color Challenge week 4

This second look for the week went from “working with what I chose” to “learning to work with shadows that are inferior” themed.

I know I’ve complained quite a lot about the purple “hungover” in the Laura Lee party animal palette. I am kind of annoyed I have to spend 3 weeks with it while it is a terrible shadow. This is week 2. And this is the point where I learned to use it in a manner that works for it. It didn’t work in the manner I was expecting, so I changed my expectations of it.

I began as usual, with the Sydney Grace single Dusty Trails as my transition shade. Then, instead of asking Hungover to be a color with a good amount of color payoff, I instead asked it to be a crease and outer corner shade. I blended it. Since it wants to blend to mostly nothing but a pinky purple shade, I figured I’d just let it be what it keeps wanting to be. I was amazed at how well it worked! Then, I decided I’d pull shimmer shades out of my BH zodiac palette, since that’s so new to me.


That’s the palette on the bottom. I decided to start with covering my mobile lid with the Libra shimmer. This made for a rather monochrome look, as that libra shimmer really is the shade that hungover becomes when blended out. I wanted to pump up the dimension, so I pupped the cancer shimmer shade on the center of the mobile lid. Under the eye I used Dusty Trails and then I lined with my third challenge color, the black called Tempting from the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I lined the outer corner bottom and top and smudged that out a bit. I forgot to do an inner corner highlight. I am quite pleased with the look and will likely do something similar again tomorrow, choosing a different shimmer to pair with the crease and transition shade of today.

I really can’t believe that this turned out so well. But, that’s entirely the point of this little challenge for me. To concentrate on what I have, to learn to work with it, and to truly know and understand the colors that are in my collection.


It may be boring, but what I did this morning is very similar to what I did in look 2. I started with the same exact base but changed up my shimmer color. I decided since look 2 is quite cool toned, I would see what happened if I used a warmer toned shimmer today. I ended up using the gold Cancer shimmer from the zodiac love signs palette. (The top palette in the palette photo above.) I also tried to wing out the sides a bit as well, just for a different look.

Everything else remained much the same though this time I did remember to highlight my inner corner, I used a regular higlighter in my collection for that.

So, that’s that, another week complete. I am glad that after 2 weeks I’ve managed to learn to work with the purple shadow I originally thought was worthless. I am not eager to spend another week with it and a black shadow, but it will be interesting to see what rolls in next week. I do want to try a look next week that incorporates the black shadow as a lid base to intensify another color, I’ve never done that before. I’ll give it some thought this weekend.