Pan That Palette update 1

Revised: I wrote this post on Saturday and scheduled it for this week. After thinking it over for a couple of days, this is not just update number one, but the finale on this project. I hate this palette. I hate how it looks and how it goes on my eyes. I am trying so hard to make it look decent but it doesn’t. I am not going to continue trying to pan this palette, I’ll just allow Miss Butterfly to use up as much as she can out of it and we’ll call it good. Life is too short to wear makeup you actively hate! I’ll choose another palette to pan that I really enjoy and post about it soon. Back to the originally scheduled post:

I started a pan that palette project at the end of August in an attempt to get some use out of the Clinique palette I purchased at the beginning of the year. And spoiler alert, hate.

Here’s where we started:


Here’s where we are now:


Turns out this is pretty decent progress. There are some shades I haven’t worked on at all, I’ve concentrated mostly on the grey matte shade and the blue below it, or the burgundy below and to the left of it for eyeshadows. I generally pair those with some sort of a shimmer from a different palette, or a stila shimmer and glow on the lid.

The two lightest shades on the far left I have been using as highlighter and inner corner/browbone highlight. I am not a huge fan of that because both are technically too light for my skin. But, I admit I’ve been doing it anyhow on days I am using other project pan items.

I’ve been using the various dark browns as eyebrow filler, and that seems to be going ok. It doesn’t make fast progress, but it’s being used and that makes me feel good.

Miss Butterfly uses two of the shades mixed for her eyebrow colors, and those are the two shades where pan has been hit. These have seen some pretty quick progress, and I expect they’ll continue.

And finally, I figured out that the top right shade is fairly lacking in pigment so I am finding that it makes a decent primer base. I expect to be working on that one heavily in the upcoming month as well.

Perhaps I’ll experiment a bit more and see if I can find any more uses for these colors. If not, no matter. I’ll keep working on this for now and see where we end up at the end of the year. At that point, I’ve decided that I’ll have gotten appropriate use out of this palette and will switch it out with a palette I like a lot better.

Update 1 a success, even though it’s a tough success to show!

The New Start

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to knit next after I finished the cowl last week. The cowl was such a quick knit and I knew I wasn’t going to choose something that worked up fast for the next project. I wanted to choose carefully as I knew I’d have a long overtime week and need something really truly mindless.

I ended up getting that in the sweet anemone shawlette.


It’s mostly garter stitch with some yarn over patterning on the edges. It’s easy to memorize and great to mindlessly work on. I choose handspun for it so I could also enjoy the color changes. The handspun is a 2 ply out of loop cloud fiber.

I am really enjoying this project even though I was slow to get started! I am still working on my down the road and back again shawl which resides at work. I am on the back again part, more than halfway through. But, since I haven’t been able to take lunch breaks recently either, it’s a bit stalled out. To be honest, it’s not my favorite knit so I didn’t bring it home to work on either. I’ll stick with the simplicity of garter stitch.



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!