Day 14

Here we are at day 14, the advent calendar offering is a light pink shimmer that is quite pretty, and I am left wondering if the last week of this project is going to be a misery of odd eyeshadow and lip colors since most of what we have received has been pretty gentle.

Today I’ve got the eyeshadow from yesterday and today on paired with morphe/jaclyn hill palette. I have also used the blush and pink highlighter from previous days, as well as the intense butter gloss which I really like! It might get used up by the end of this month at this rate, I have worn it repeatedly on days where there is no lipstick offering from the calendar.

I am so pleased it is Friday. Miss Butterfly has a camp get together and gift exchange. They are supposed to keep the gifts to a $5 limit. So, I made Miss Butterfly a little stocking ornament to give for this exchange. Because I already had the needles out, I also made another for a work friend.


The blue one, which is slightly brighter in person, is headed to the gift exchange and the other is headed to work. But, I think I do need this same lovely color on our tree, so I need to get another created. And I also made another last evening that is still blocking. And and and, well, I’ve fallen down the itty bitty stocking rabbit hole again. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Maybe I’ll crank out one a day, but making them seems to make my hands and arms ache, so I can’t crank them out repeatedly. But it has been fun pulling out the sock scrap yarns in my secret stash for this type of thing again. I didn’t do it at all last year, as our tree was already overloaded. This year we have a larger tree so I can fit these in just fine.

That’s it from here! The snow is quickly melting now, though it stuck around for a good long time, and the weekend promises to be muddy but quite pleasant. I can’t wait to get outside with the dogs! Have a great day!

Advent Calendar day 13

So, it’s advent calendar day 13 and we finally got an eyeshadow! Yay! But, that eyeshadow is basically just a matte shadow that is only good for setting the eyeshadow base. Boo. I guess that means I still get to create whatever eye look I like. Yay! But, I ended up with a super blown out smokey eye look because I kept making mistakes and things just got quickly out of hand. Boo.

This look would be awesome with some winged liner, but since I don’t actually know how to do that and can’t be bothered to practice, it gets to stay as is. Plus, I am working today.

I can tell there are more eyeshadows coming soon, so we’ll see what I can create with those. And, I am not mad about getting something to set my base with, we can always use those up. I am not mad about getting to use eyeshadow I already own either, it’s been a fun month of working my way through various shadows and not bothering much at all with my pan that palette project.

On the knitting front, I finally got a photo of my in progress rhythmical lines cowl. This one is going to be super long!


It’s also super pretty! I am really loving the color combo and the subtleness of some of the color pairings. It’s really an easy knit, and it’s soothing to work on. I had to put it down yesterday to create some tiny socks as tree ornaments, but I’ll get back to it after I have a bunch of those.

And with that, I’ll sign off and hope to add ornament photos soon!

Advent Calendar day 12

Rose says: Oh Hai!


Miss Butterfly and Lizzie taught Rose how to play hide and seek last evening, their favorite winter game. Rose loved it! This is right after she found Miss Butterfly behind the couch.

It’s advent calendar day 9 and today we received a blush. Miss Butterfly doesn’t like it, but I do! I am wearing 3 advent calendar items here, today’s blush as well as a highlighter and the intense butter gloss.

We are rolling through December rather quickly, aren’t we? Almost doesn’t seem possible, and I am still not prepared for Christmas. I need to get a few tiny sock ornaments done tonight for gifts. I am actually looking forward to that, and maybe I can even have them count as a project completed this year! Maybe that’s my incentive.

I spent over an hour at the neighbor’s house chatting after getting to know her dog’s routine. We’ll be looking after him for a week, and we are all so excited! We’ve got express permission to basically involve him in all our usual activities. He can go for car rides, go to the dog park, go for walks, and we can bring our dogs over to use her fenced in backyard for some fun off-leash playtime. I think it’s going to be a fantastic week for all the dogs! And us!

I suppose that’s it for today. I still haven’t gotten a photo of the current project since I haven’t been at home during the light of day. I’ll try again tonight! Happy midweek!

Day 11

Yesterday I got home and immediately took the dogs for a walk. Didn’t even bother to get a snack or change out of my work clothing. I love that it has been cold enough that our 9 inches of snow stuck around, but at this point it’s getting irritating. There’s a freeze and thaw cycle going on right now and all sidewalks are just an icy mess. All my walks with the dogs are extremely slow moving because none of us want to slip and fall. Even the dogs. I took them on their walk immediately because I had a suspicion that Mr. Ink was coming down with a nasty cold. He rarely complains but had been consuming cough drops very fast on Sunday. I was right, he got home and was miserable. I didn’t want him to think I needed help with the dogs while he was so sick.

We ordered in as well since I was projecting. I always crave chinese food when I am sick. So, it felt like ordering chinese was going to be the right thing to do rather than have Mr. Ink cook. He seemed extremely appreciative.

I got a call from our neighbor last evening, she asked if we still would watch her dog over the holidays. She wants to go out of town. We are very happy to do so, he’s a 13 year old english foxhound, and he’s a really fun dog! We love him. Rose is going to be SOOOOO excited about this development. We will have him for about a week, and I am headed to her house tonight to get all the details on his care.

Anyhow, that brings us up to date and we can now look at what we got in the advent calendar for day 11. Quite frankly, my makeup game was not 100% today. I blame exhaustion, with Mr. Ink sick and miserable I am not sure anyone got a ton of good sleep last night. Including the dogs. But, anyhow, the item is a butter gloss, and it’s really nice!

The color is Glaze-y days. It’s very pretty and I will consider it another win from the calendar. So far only 2 products I’d consider getting rid of, and this isn’t one of them.

Have a great day, that’s all from here!

Advent Calendar Day 10

Today’s product was a nyx sliptease in colorway poppin’. It’s a peach color and a bit too light for my taste. Not because I don’t like the color, it’s a color I would totally wear on any day. But, because it doesn’t actually cover the color of my lips underneath which makes it look a little odd. Thankfully that isn’t really coming across on camera, so I can at least pretend it’s perfect.

Bonus photo, my family bought me the Urban Decay Born to Run palette, and I am SO THRILLED! I’ve wanted that palette since it came out, but with my subscription boxes coming in, I had decided I couldn’t justify purchasing it. Seriously, I am going to wean myself off the subscription boxes because I want to spend that money instead on things that I like when they come out and still love 6 months later. That is, of course, what I am wearing on my eyes. Since I really didn’t do an eye look yesterday either, I was able to use it the moment I got it, trying a quick look before going out to dinner. My first impressions of this palette are very good, with both uses the colors blended so easily it made the eyeshadow look come together very quickly.


Naturally, I went straight for the blues this morning. I haven’t used a wet brush with the shimmers yet as their color payoff is perfectly lovely as is. I will give that a try in the future, but for now, I am just enjoying using it dry.

I believe that my pan that palette challenge is going to take a bit of a hiatus for a while so that I can enjoy this beauty!

Other things from Sunday.


Mis Butterfly came home from a weekend trip to KCMO with her dad and stepmom, prompting my favorite photos of Rose. I call the series “Sissy’s Home!” Rose gets super excited and wants to be where ever Miss Butterfly is, and it’s the cutest.


And a photo from dinner last evening, Miss Butterfly set aside her fried ice cream in order to indulge me in trying a fork full of beans and rice. She’s an extremely picky eater, so this was major. I took photos to send to her dad and stepmom. Naturally, she did NOT like that fork full of food.

In an ongoing effort to mitigate some of Rose’s anxiety about being home without us there we totally rearranged our home, putting both kennels in one room. I was hoping that Lizzie’s presence would help. Last evening’s dinner was a test run. I don’t quite know how it went, Rose seemed ok but drooly, while Lizzie seems to have been rather irritable about it, she managed to shove her kennel tray halfway out of the kennel. We’ll see what happens today, but we are doing multiple things to hopefully help Rose out. It’s tough, she is so relaxed when we are at home now. She doesn’t get into anything she shouldn’t, she plays with her toys, plays with Lizzie, naps nearby, etc. So to see her so distressed while we are gone is really tough, even though the length of time she spends in her kennel is 3.5 hours tops! On the other hand, we’ve got the majority of her food issues worked out now, so hopefully, we can also find ways to mitigate her separation anxiety as well. The food issues were really hard work while we were going through them, but now that they are over it feels like it was easy. Hopefully, this is just another passing phase we can work on, mitigate, and then it’ll feel like it was easy looking back on it.

And that’s it from me today! I really have to get another photo of the cowl, it’s getting really long! Have a great week friends!

Advent Calendar Day 9

Today’s makeup offering from the calendar was simply a lightly tinted pink lip oil. Really, that’s a perfect item for a slow Sunday. I am thrilled.

So, I did easy makeup. Laura Mercier caviar eyeshadow stick on my lids, bare minerals powder foundation on my face, a little bit of blush/bronzer/highlight, a taming of the brows, and some mascara. It’s nice for a day I may not otherwise have even bothered with makeup.

This lip oil is an item I would wear very regularly. I predict it’ll be the first thing from this collection to get used up. The “flavor” is cranberry mint and it’s as light as the pink tint. Best item in this calendar yet.

I gave the dogs their dehydrated sweet potato treats yesterday once they were done, the dogs were thrilled! So far so good with them agreeing with Rose’s stomach. No issues yet. It was a nice gentle day yesterday, just how I like it. We did get the dogs to the dog park and we stayed until I got quite cold. Rose loved it, and Lizzie wasn’t upset to be there either! I hope we can get out there again today.

I also want to get to the pet stores as I’ve got some coupons expiring today. But I won’t get too bent out of shape if I don’t.

Here’s a picture of Lizzie and Rose after the dog park. Lizzie is enjoying time on the floor while Rose is sleeping on my feet keeping them nice and warm.

That’s it from here! I am still plugging away on my cowl and enjoying it, but there’s only so many in progress photos I can show off in one weekend!

Advent Day 8 and my WIP

Advent calendar day 8 is another highlighter! This one is my favorite so far. It’s got a really nice pink sheen to it. Today is Saturday, and my grand Saturday plan is heading to the dog park. As such, I can do whatever I like with my makeup and no one will be the wiser except people at the dog park who I do not know. I decided to do an experimental look, tons of shine and shimmer all over the face. And then I brought the pink metallic lipstick back for extra fun.


High shine or not, I’d totally wear this out, except for the lip product.

Now for the knitting. I’ve made it a lot further on the rhythmical lines cowl.


It’s so pretty and interesting, I am really enjoying the yarn combo and the knit. It’s been a good choice. Sometimes I have to dip down and correct the diamond lines when I screw them up and don’t notice, but even that is fairly easily corrected.

I have enjoyed my day today. I finally got a little quiet time last night while Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly were out of the house together. Then this morning I baked bread and started some sweet potatoes dehydrating in the oven for dog treats. I am hoping they’ll work well for Rose’s sensitive tummy. Miss Butterfly is busy packing for a trip with her stepmom to go visit her father who is out of town on business for an extended period, and we will be going to the dog park right after lunch. A very nice day.

So I leave you with a photo of Rose enjoying a cuddle and sharing her observations of the neighborhood.