27th Stocking

I can’t even begin to tell you how bored I am with these stockings. But here we are.

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Another one done, and the 28th has been started. I do love this stocking in Navy. It’s really pretty. I wonder though, at what point will I have truly had enough and decide I won’t knit any more of these? I think we may be getting pretty close to that point.

I had anticipated getting this post up much earlier this week. But, my computer has been dying a slow and painful death. No huge surprise, I’ve had it since 2011. I’ve been keeping it limping along, as well as having the power cord limping along. But the power cord really gave up the ghost this week. I was sure it was dead but Mr. Ink managed to solder it back together and I am up and running again. By up and running, I mean posting this and then looking into how I can get everything on this computer backed up so that I can get a new one. Mr. Ink needs a new one too, and it may just be that this is what we get ourselves for Christmas this year, even though we don’t typically get each other any gifts.

I don’t mind keeping this one limping along a little while longer, but I do think that a new computer will be a major treat! I would rather put a little thought into that purchase though, rather than being forced to make that purchase without truly considering what I want next.

At the moment, with my desires to knit and spin seriously waning, I am considering something that might have me playing Sims 4 again. I am kind of ridiculously excited at the prospect! We shall see.

August Beauty Balance

In July I left the beauty balance for the month without any type of finale. And that’s ok! We were on vacation, and by the time we got back it was August and I couldn’t be bothered. But, I can get us all squared away this month.

A couple of things to start us off, last month I had removed 3 eyeliners from my collection in hopes to give them to the girlfriend of my nephew in law. However, I never did get to see her on this trip. So, those 3 items came back with me. So, while I was balanced last month, I have 3 items back in my collection without even purchasing anything.

I also removed a few things from my collection. I don’t have photos because I really couldn’t be bothered to save my trash while on vacation. I went through 2 sunscreens on vacation. I also finished a sample size of Jo Malone fragrance. And, I gave a sample size of leave-in conditioner to Miss Butterfly. That’s one item leaving my collection over what entered.

I did make a purchase at the end of July that went unaccounted for as well. I purchased two CYO lifeproof foundations in 103. I had found out that CYO is going out of business, and I happened across some in a local drugstore. I’ve heard great things about the foundation, and it was buy one get one half price. The color match is perfection! I was tempted to go on a hunt for more until I realized two things. First of all, the foundation is a bit more on the dewy side than I like, especially this time of year. Second, while CYO is going out of business, Soap and Glory has come out with a foundation that is the same as CYO, since they are owned by the same company. While the Soap and Glory foundation is more expensive, it’s also available should I decide I need that CYO formula in my life.

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So, that’s one item out of balance.

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Here’s what is leaving my collection so far this month. I am giving the smashbox sample to Miss Butterfly. I already gave her a full size one when I decided I didn’t like it, and she does like it. No sense in forcing myself to use something I don’t enjoy just for the sake of using it.

I am also decluttering my Shop MissA paw paw sponge to Miss Butterfly. I just don’t love this sponge. It is Sooooo soft that it just seems to suck up all the product rather than moving it around on my face. I think it really wastes a lot of foundation and I’d prefer to use the other sponges in my collection. I currently have a beauty blender, a sonia kashuk sponge, and a couple of eco tools sponges. These are all preferable to the softness of the one I am decluttering to Miss Butterfly.

And finally, I am beginning a slow declutter of hair products to Miss Butterfly. I am about halfway through the conditioning hair treatment pictured above. When my hair was long I was using it as a conditioner. But with short hair, there’s no reason to have a heavy-duty conditioner in my rotation. In fact, I’d say it’s a detriment because I want my hair to have some height and volume, things which a conditioner in short hair works against. I have other conditioners and hair masks to give her, but I am going to do this one at a time. Reason being is that if she has an abundance of product, she doesn’t treat those products as precious. So, we’ll start with this one and once she’s used it up we’ll see what else she gets from my collection.

That leaves me with 2 items leaving my collection over what has entered it. I probably say this every month, but there’s nothing really on my radar right now that I need. Maybe hair product, I don’t know how long it’ll take to go through what I currently have. But for now, I am waiting to see how the month pans out. In any case, I’d like to really get a good month of empties this month before any upcoming fall sales events begin.

 

2 Finished Objects This Week

While on vacation, I actually did not do much knitting. Not even on the airplane! I mostly did some reading. But, since I’ve been back and attempting to stay off my sore feet, I have gotten some done. I actually finished up two projects this week. Today I’ll showcase the first.

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This is the Prisma Loop cowl. I used Miss Marja’s colorful handspun and paired it with my own natural handspun. I Looooove how this turned out! I had just enough of the natural yarn to finish up completely and I am so glad. I’d happily have used colorful yarn for the edging and I knew I’d have enough to do so, but I really wanted the natural color for the picot edging. This one is definitely staying in my stash for personal wear for now, I am eager to give it a go once the weather cools.

Next up is another stocking, but since it’s done but I haven’t woven in the ends, that’ll have to wait for another day.

Second Half of Vacation

Another post of vacation activities and photos. For the second part, we were picked up in New Bedford by Mr. Ink’s brother and family. We then went to a restaurant on the waterfront where we had an amazing seafood lunch and then hung out on a dock socializing.

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Here are the brothers trying to “even out” the dock which was listing to one side with all 7 of us sitting in one corner. These two are big guys, it totally worked.

After a lovely lunch and chat we headed up to Boston for an evening. Miss Butterfly and Mr. Ink’s nephew hung out at home with their roommate as well, while Mr. Ink, me, brother, and sister in law all went to see The Aggrolites and a few other bands.

The home is currently undergoing renovations making sleeping situations complicated. Miss Butterfly slept on an air mattress near Mr. Ink and I, and I caught a photo of her in the early morning light. It was hard to get her awake and moving despite the fact that we were supposed to be up and getting ready to go to cape cod.

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Much later than we had anticipated, we finally loaded up two cars and Miss Butterfly, Mr. Ink, me, brother, sister in law, and roommate all headed out to a rental house on the cape. Actually, first we went for lunch and then we went for a swim in the ocean. Where I made a massively rookie mistake by taking my shoes off too early and burning the bottoms of my feet badly on the hot sand. I mean, full on blisters and everything. I refused to let this get the better of me for the remainder of the vacation, so I ended up wearing socks and water shoes in the water which helped me maneuver the rocks and sand.

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Cape cod beach day 1 the surf was wild. There was a lot of red tide as well as other seaweed. The beach was pretty rocky under the water, and there were a ton of seals. I swam anyhow. Despite the shark warnings. You see, the area has done such a great job in the past 8 or so years of conserving the seal population that the seals are no longer particularly scared of humans. So they hang out really near the shore. The sharks are brought to the shore to eat the seals and sometimes mistake a human for a seal. It’s become a bit of a problem. But, nevertheless, I am still more likely to win the lottery than get bit so I figured I could chance it. We kept an eye out and also paid attention to the lifeguards who were keeping an eye out. By the very end of the day the seaweed had passed on by a bit and I was spending more and more time in the ocean. Roommate, who had never had an opportunity to swim in the ocean before also spent a lot of time in the ocean. It was hard to get us two to come out of the water. They called us the mermaids. This was appropriate since every time we came up out of the water our hair was full of seaweed.

Then we got an opportunity to see the house which had a fantastic outdoor shower. This is great since the amount of sand, seaweed, and rocks that came out of my swimsuit was pretty shocking. An outdoor shower was perfect.

Day 2 of cape cod beach was the “perfect” beach day. Decent surf, sandy beach, very little seaweed. Much more comfortable than the previous day. I, again, kept an eye out for sharks but there were fewer seals hanging around. But I did have one pop right out of the water about 5 feet away from me, giving me quite a start!

Later that evening, despite terrible foot pain on my part, we walked from the house to a bayside beach to watch the sunset.

I walked slowly, not at all keeping up with the family. But Mr. Ink stayed behind. I am glad I went.

Day 3 of cape cod vacation was a little different than the previous days. We headed to Provincetown. This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages so I was quite excited. We went into town and I rented a bike. Then Mr. Ink, brother, and I took a bike ride to the beach to meet up with Miss Butterfly and sister in law.

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The bike trail was fantastic, but also very hilly. It took us through wetlands and sand dunes. Sometimes we’d be in there not quite sure if we were in the mountains in southern utah or on cape cod. Pretty fun stuff! I ended up staying at the beach while Mr. Ink and brother headed back into town to hang out. Day 3 of cape cod beach was very gentle surf and absolutely no seaweed. No seals either. The wind was pretty strong, and because of this, it was the day I got sunburned despite trying to stay on top of reapplying sunscreen. Mostly just my legs.

Once done at the beach, we put my rental bike on the car and drove to town to return it. Then we caught up with the guys and walked around P-town. Mr. Ink had found a fantastic artists residence he wanted us to check out and I took a bunch of photos there.

We wandered the town, we went to brother and sister in law’s favorite bar, we wandered into various shops, we had a truly lovely dinner on a patio, we wandered into more shops and stopped for ice cream. We bought me a pair of earrings, then we got a magnet for our fridge, and we got a pretty cool bottle opener in an artist coop shop. Miss Butterfly picked out a sweatshirt for her birthday. We all agreed that no matter how late we were in P-town, we didn’t get enough. Mr. Ink’s description was probably the best. “This place has a really good vibe. Look around. Everyone is sooo happy!” It was true. We loved it. We want to go back and stay much longer. Explore more, see more, do more. It was a wonderful ending to a nice long vacation.

The next morning was spent cleaning up and packing up. Thankfully we didn’t hit any major traffic on the way home. Coming off the cape on a Thursday seemed to work well for us. We headed back to brother and sister in law’s home, repacked our suitcases, getting them ready for the airplane, and had a nice lunch. Then headed to the airport! Our flight was supposed to leave at 5:45 but didn’t end up leaving until 7:30. We were pretty sure we weren’t going to make our connecting flight, leaving us stranded in St. Louis. But, we were able to get in just as the next plane was boarding. Each of us ran to the bathroom and then Mr. Ink bought us each an ice cream while we waited in line to board. This was our dinner. We got home around midnight but we were soooo thankful to not be stranded, it didn’t matter.

One more vacation photo I took early one morning. I was having coffee on the deck when this little guy came to hang out.

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He’d been hanging out in the beach roses and I think he thought he should get a little treat. I was being quiet and still enough that he thought perhaps I was a statue. He scurried around my feet for quite a long time, but once I started drinking my coffee again, he took off for parts unknown.

The next morning I was up early to pick Lizzie up from the sitters, as they all leave for work early and I had a grooming appointment for her. Then, home to unpack and work on laundry. After that we took Lizzie to the groomers and went to pick up Rose. Rose stayed with her foster home, so we hung out there for a bit, Miss Butterfly captured these photos of me with Rose and one of her many wonderful foster brothers.

Much joy was had by all. Once back in town with Rose, we picked up one of Miss Butterfly’s friends, then picked Lizzie up from the groomer, and then I finally got a nap in.

On Saturday, I tried to “be a princess” as I told Mr. Ink I would do. Really just trying to heal my aggravated feet since I hadn’t had an opportunity on vacation. Trouble is, while I am good at knitting and stuff, I am not actually all that good at sitting still. I am used to knitting a few rows then popping up to do a chore, then knitting a few more rows. I got soooooo bored while trying to be a princess. On Sunday I gave up and went with Mr. Ink to the dogpark, then paid for that later. The feet will heal when they will heal, but it’s awfully hard to get feet to heal since we just use them all the time. I can tell you this, I won’t make that mistake again!

 

Some Vacation Photos

So, we’ve had two lovely vacations this year. One being our rather short surprise honeymoon and then we just got back from a family trip to the east coast. We got to visit with both sides of the family a bit. This post will be the photos associated with my side of the family. We went to New Bedford, MA.

We have some family that live there and additional family who couldn’t make it to the wedding also came to visit. We didn’t have too many specific plans for each day, we sort of took each day as we saw fit. On day 1, Miss Butterfly wanted to go for a bike ride. So, Mr. Ink and I obliged. My father took us to a trailhead and we rode bikes for ice cream.

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That evening, we went to see Mama Mia with some family. On the way there, we passed an art school. I snapped a photo of some felted and crocheted installation.

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I am fairly certain the bug on one of them wasn’t intentional, but it matched perfectly so I grabbed a photo. Mama Mia was very well done, and since it’s one of Miss Butterfly’s favorite musicals, I know she really enjoyed it. Prior to the show, while waiting at our hotel bar, Mr. Ink had a drink. I snapped this photo as I was asking him how his drink was, and his response was “Expensive” followed by laughter.

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On our second day, Mr. Ink wanted to wander around town a bit. We found another art installation, this one of mylar, above a local park. We also ended up running into our family there, and went to a bakery, picked up some treats, and sat and ate in the park.

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On our third day, Miss Butterfly wanted to ride bikes again, so we again did a bike ride. This time I borrowed my aunt’s bike. For most of the ride I just felt like I couldn’t keep up. I was struggling along so hard, and wondered if I was getting sick. Turns out my front brakes were dragging terribly, and once I figured that out, toward the end of the ride, I had no trouble keeping up anymore, since we had disconnected the front brakes. Mr. Ink fixed them for my aunt so she shouldn’t struggle anymore.

On that ride we rode through a kite festival.

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We also met up with family at the ice cream shop and rode back with them where the kids and most of the adults decided to explore an old fort.

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I stayed with the bikes:

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We also went swimming in the ocean all three days, even if for just a quick dip.

On the final evening, my family surprised us with a fiesta. Delicious food and my mother made us a wedding cake!

Fresh flowers and leaves from my aunt’s garden, it was quite beautiful. And delicious. And then had us do the whole cake cutting thing all over again.

Other highlights, the massive beech tree Mr. Ink loves to inspect:

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He also enjoyed wandering around my aunt’s garden and seeing what she’s got going on in there. A highlight for me was some hand-me-down clothing and a bag to pack it in so I could bring it back home. After 3 full days in New Bedford, we headed off for our next adventure….

 

 

TeamProjectPan for July

I am a bit late due to vacation, but I am ready now to get my July project pan update posted. It was a quarterly refresh last month, so I had the opportunity to play with a few new things. That being said, I didn’t play with nearly as many as I would typically because I was on vacation for more than a week and not really wearing makeup.

As usual, let’s start with the sample fragrances.

I ended up using two of the tiny sample sizes over the past month. The second one never made it into a beauty balance for the month because I finished it on vacation and couldn’t be bothered to bring trash back with me. So, that’ll go in an August beauty balance along with the two sunscreens we used up. Anyhow, the second I used was Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin. I loved it! The fragrance stayed all day, it was relatively unisex rather than being particularly floral, and it just was one that fit me well.

Up next, I was able to use a bit of the Becca ever matte primer, but not much. This is unsurprising, as it takes such a tiny bit of product to make a difference on the skin. More is not better in this case.

I got some of the It cosmetics cc cream worked through, but I am rolling it out as my beach vacation has me looking pretty dark. I am instead rolling in my darkest foundation shade, the Mac prolongwear foundation.

I finished up my cover FX powder, so I am rolling in my Laura Mercier powder sample. It’s not easy to see how much I have of it, so I could not mark it. I really enjoy this powder, it’s a great oily skin powder and I will probably work through it quickly this time of year.

I finished the glamglow supermud mask, and I am replacing that with the peter thomas roth exfoliating mask. There’s not much in there so it should be easy to use.

And finally, the Verb texture cream-I am getting far more use out of this than I imagined. If I don’t want to deal with my short hair in a full-on fix the look, this works great to give it a little texture and hold and I can let it air dry. I thought this would be a struggle to use up, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to be after all.

I did not take photos of the two palettes because the cream contour didn’t get used and the Too Faced natural face palette is getting used, but it doesn’t show a difference from the first photo. I’ll take a photo next month.

I finished the sample eye primer, so I am back to using the mac paint pot exclusively. I am pleased about that, I prefer it. A quick run through of the rest, I finished up a corner of the highlighter I am trying to pan, but this works best for lighter skin days, so it may not get a ton of use in the next month. I have worked quite a bit of the morphe eyeshadow I am using to set my primer away from the middle of the pan. I am still working on my bite beauty lip mask, moreso now that I had sunburned lips and am trying to treat them. I have used the nudestix lip color most of all, the nyx liquid lip not at all, and the hourglass one a tiny bit.

I added in my nyx lip pencil and used a tiny bit of it. I currently cannot find my MUFE lip pencil, so it’s fair to say that hasn’t changed since last month.

That’s about it. Though it’s Saturday and I hadn’t put on makeup at all for more than a week so I decided to play with makeup this morning. Just a simple look but I wanted to make sure my darkest foundation would work. It actually seems a bit light. But that’s good, I’ll be able to use it for awhile.

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My skin has a lot of redness to it, but it isn’t burned. It should darken a bit still though. Also of note, the Laura Mercier powder does not work under my eyes, not at all. I appreciated the quiet opportunity to mess around with makeup as Miss Butterfly is hanging with her dad and Mr. Ink had to work this morning. It’s just me and the dogs, and they are snoozing.

That’s it for today. Hopefully, I’ll get another post up tomorrow morning. I am attempting to stay pretty relaxed and low-key this weekend, as I suspect that Monday back to work will be fairly brutal. But, I am also struggling with the post vacation weirdness where I don’t quite have a routine and don’t quite know what to do with myself. The dogs are suffering from the same!

July Beauty Balance

In my last beauty balance post, I had ended up 11 items out of balance. Now, most of these were samples, specifically primer samples. But still, it was a lot and I had to dig deep to come up with 11 products to leave my collection to stay in balance.

But I got there!

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This is a combo of empties and declutters. First, there’s a mac powder kiss lipstick sample. And by sample, I mean card. One day’s use. But I counted it coming in so I can count it leaving. I don’t like the powder kiss formula and I already knew that. This is compounded when the dumb card sample is difficult to put on my face. Or rather, it’s easy to get on my face, but tough to apply to my lips, where it is supposed to be. If I ever get another of these cards, I will just toss.

Next to that is some Almay eye makeup remover pads. These are the waterproof version. I love these and they are a staple in my collection though I tend to not use them often because I like a good cleansing balm or even just coconut oil to remove my makeup.

And then there’s a hair paste I’ve never liked but has been in my collection for probably 6 or more years. Can we say expired? So expired. I found it while looking through the bathroom drawers trying to find items to use on my haircut. I do not know why I chose not to declutter through last year’s bathroom declutters. But here we are.

Next row, there’s a wet n wild eyeshadow quad that I have decided to declutter because I have much better shadow in my collection. I am giving it to Miss Butterfly if she wants it.

Then there’s a no poreblem primer sample, the one primer sample I was able to get used up out of the many that entered my collection this month.

I finished up the Jergens natural glow I had been using during the weeks leading up to my wedding in April. I quit using it entirely after the wedding but decided I should probably use it up and move it out of my collection.

There’s an “exfoliating” foot mask I received in a fabfitfun box. I used this twice. I sat it by my bed to keep using. But, I realized that I wasn’t using it because the scent of it is something I find not good at all. It definitely has a coconut scent, but not in a pleasing way to me. I realized that not only was I avoiding using it because of the scent. I could smell the scent from time to time with it sitting by my bed which was exacerbating the lack of use. If Miss Butterfly wants to use it, she will.

Next up we have pur get a grip eyeshadow primer. This stuff really IS grippy. Too much so for my taste. I used the sample but I prefer something that works a bit more smoothly.

Lush body wash (sleepy). I loved this. LOVED. It’s a tiny sample but I would definitely buy a full size at a point when I need a body wash in my life. I’ve got plenty from subscription boxes to get through first.

Glamglow supermud mask-this is a pretty harsh mask, but it works nicely for just my t-zone in the summer. I’ve had it for about a year and a half so it’s nice to get it used up and out of my collection.

And finally, one tiny sample of perfume. That’s the Carolina Herrera good girl perfume and I really enjoyed it so much! I will keep this on my list of perfumes I like and consider picking up a small size at some point.

That’s it, 11 items bringing me back to balance before the end of the month is even here. I might have more before the end of the month, but I am not counting on it. So, this could be the finale.