Festival of Stitches

I started this project back in September but set it aside for various other projects over the months. I knew I wasn’t far from being done, so I recently decided to pick this back up and finish it.

I used 3 different handspun yarns. The green and the pink are my handspun and the white is Miss Marja’s handspun.

I had really been trying to use up ALL the yarn, so I knit and knit and knit and then it became apparent that my scarf would be way too long to even wear if I kept it up. So instead, I cut back and ended up with a much too long scarf, and I don’t mind much to long. I would mind unwearable.

I was really taken with all the different textures and colors in the scarf pattern which is truly what pushed me to knit it. I love combining textures and patterns and it really does help keep interest in a large scarf.

This mosaic knitting was probably my favorite part to knit, though I am not sure it’s my favorite part of the scarf overall.

The raindrops pattern looks so nice blocked out even though it really felt while knitting that these would look silly finished. I am glad I knit them anyhow!

Seeing the soft colors added in to the white yarn was really fun and gave the whole thing added interest. Tiny pops of purple, yellow, blue, I just love the way handspun knits up!

I probably wouldn’t knit this pattern again necessarily but I am glad I knit it. It was a very large project and rather intense, but kept my interest and was also quite satisfying. Turns out that blocking it was the true challenge! This has been sitting around waiting for photographs for a few weeks, so I am eager to finally wear it next week when I head in to the office in the extreme cold.

Mittens

I test knit a pair of night mitts for Rachel at Dyeabolical in early December and after they were done, I immediately cast on for another pair. It was a really fun pattern and I loved the end result!

But as many other projects go, I got partway through the first mitten then put it down to make all the pretty little christmas ornaments. I didn’t pick it back up until a few weeks ago. I’ve been on a bit of a kick to finish up a couple of projects that were languishing before casting on something new.

Once I did pick it up, I started to have a few problems. I tend to knit on two circular needles for these types of projects. The first needle broke. No big deal! I went back into my stash and found another needle of the same size and started using it. The next day a second needle broke. That left me with only 1 needle where I needed two. In my whole stash! Which is surprising because I used to have scads and scads of needles of all the same size. But I bought most of them between 2006 and 2009 so I think they’ve just all outlived their lifespan pretty much all at the same time.

Naturally, completing the mittens took yet another pause as I worked out the new needle situation. I ended up purchasing a few new needle sets. The first one to come in showed up defective. So it had to be returned, setting me back even longer.

But I am now pleased to say that I have a few more needle sets to replenish the ones that have bit the dust over the years. And, I also have a new pair of mittens!

These were knit with some handspun yarn from Miss Marja. I really enjoyed the yarn and was pleased to be able to get two pairs of mittens out of one skein. I gave the other pair to Marja, so this pair I get to use myself. Just in time too, it’s awfully cold here in the midwest!

Her Final Form

Last week, our foster dog finished up her time with stitches and had them removed on Friday.

Ultimately, the eye, or lack thereof, healed so well! While we, as humans, are so reluctant to make hard decisions like eye removal or amputations, the reality is that the dogs generally just adjust really well to losing the body part that caused them pain or problems. Our foster dog healed beautifully from this surgery, was clearly way more comfortable after the surgery, and is so happy to be healed up and ready to play.

On Saturday morning, despite cold and snow, we headed off to deliver her to her final home. She gained a family who loves her as she always deserved and are committed to any medical care her buckshot may bring up in the future. She also gains two dog brothers, both of whom she fell in love with very quickly. This adoption felt particularly serendipitous, I felt like I was delivering her new mom her heart dog.

The house was so quiet with her gone, it’s always a deafening quiet when we let them go and I always feel a little off that day. I’ve learned just to take it kind of easy on myself. But her new mom has kept in touch and I’ve seen lots of great pictures of her being loved by all members of the family, and that makes it easier.

I’d say this foster and the previous little jack russell mix have been my favorite foster dogs, but really, we’ve had 5 now and there were only 2 that I wasn’t completely taken with. And even those two I liked just fine, they were great dogs! So, the reality may be that the vast majority of foster dogs will be my favorite.

And on that note, we chose our next foster before letting go of this one. It’s healing to know who we will be bringing in when we let one go. We only had one week break between the little jack russell and the one above. This time we’ll have 2 weeks if all goes to plan. Maybe more if all does not go to plan.

Here she is! Another presumably black mouth cur mix. She’s heartworm positive but being treated in the rescue she’s with now, so we won’t have to manage too much of that care. Doesn’t she have the biggest eyes?! She is said to be about 2 years old and 35 pounds so she should fit our home quite well. She’s coming up from the same rescue that all our other fosters came up from, because why mess with something that is going well? We’ve had really great foster dogs from that rescue.

So, that’s our big weekend update, another beautiful and kind dog placed with a loving family and really, that’s a good weekend.

Catching Up

I just looked at my last post and realized it’s been over a month since I updated. Ooops! I vaguely remember saying “I don’t feel like it” while being busy around the holidays and then that’s where it stopped.

Here’s some of what happened since. Since Miss Butterfly had covid in November, we felt pretty safe sending her to spend a couple weeks with my parents. It was nice for her to be doing something else other than trying to be safe at home after so many months. We had a lovely little holiday with just my cousin who has also been very careful. We chose to make lasagna and garlic bread instead of a traditional christmas feast. It was extremely well received!

At the time we still had our little foster dog who came in extremely terrified. She had totally opened up and became a fairly confident dog. It was my first situation where the first home she was scheduled for didn’t work out, but her second home did. Her second home also adopted her brother. He is still struggling with some medical issues so he’s not with her yet, but her home anxiously awaits for him to join them. Here she is on her adoption day:

She got an adoption day pup cup!

She will be forever in my heart as our biggest transformation dog-coming in almost too scared to know what to do with, but then totally changing her tune and gaining confidence! I really really loved this foster.

Somewhere in there I got some knitting done, I knit another honey cowl out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn.

About a week after our little foster went to her new home, we received another foster! While the little dog above was the biggest mental transformation, our current foster has the most dramatic story and is going through the biggest medical transformation.

Sweet new foster girl!

As you may be able to see, there’s something wrong with one of her eyes. We knew this when we committed to her. She had been found full of buckshot, she’d been shot many times. She’s got buckshot all over her head, ears, back, legs, all down one side. But despite this, she remains the absolute sweetest and good-est dog you’d ever meet. Just an absolute gem of a dog. But, the thing about buckshot is that it moves. Her body tries to reject it, bringing it to the surface. And there’s buckshot in her eye cavity. The rescue that she was with before she came to our rescue treated her eye, trying to save it. They felt she was responding to light so they hoped to save as much as possible of her sight. When she came to us, it was clear the eye was still hurting her despite the treatment given, but also, I could tell she was not seeing out of it very well. She would turn her head all around to get a fix on me when I spoke to her. When outdoors on a leash, she’d make a flying leap doing a 180 in the air in order to see me if she lost sight of me on the bad side. I had this inkling that the eye needed to go and wasn’t sure how to approach our rescue about the surgery. I told a rescue friend “If she were my personal dog, the first thing I’d do is take her to the eye vet specialist and ask what the options were.”

The sign of things to come

Well, within 48 hours of her arrival at our place, I no longer had to wonder how to ask. On a monday morning when I was working from home, I noticed that her eye had turned a bit red, I took the above photo and sent it to the rescue. Within a few short hours, her eye had completely filled with blood. I took another photo and sent it to the rescue, and was instructed to get her to the vet asap. Vet let us know that indeed she needed to have her eye removed, the buckshot was moving around in her eye cavity and causing problems. I admit, I was actually grateful for this news because that would put to rest the uncertainty of how to treat this medical issue. She was scheduled for surgery.

4 days post-op

Now, I was prepared for the worst, the surgery can be a bit gory looking. But, it soon became clear that she really needed her eye removed. She’s now 6 days post-op and healing beautifully. They generally do not look this good. But what is even more amazing? She FEELS good, and it became immediately clear. She was instantly more playful, happier, more excited. She also SEES better, she’s not working around the sight in one bum eye, instead she can concentrate on the sight she does have. She plays with balls, she pushes them all over the house, then chases and pounces on them. She can SEE those toys and act accordingly and she is Just. So. Happy. And we are just so happy for her!

She’s had a very medically transformative journey, and it’s felt a bit out of my comfort zone. But she’s all the sweetness and she’s so fun, and her medical needs have been so well managed that it turned out to be so much less worry and work than I thought it would be. Her stitches come out at the end of next week and then she’ll be ready to find her home! And we’ll be ready to commit to the next foster, whoever that may be.

There’s been a lot of other stuff this past month-there’s the general state of the country that felt rather worrisome. My mother in law fell and broke her femur, had surgery, and is now in a rehab facility despite the fact we’d tried hard to keep her out of one during the pandemic. Unfortunately, no one can go see her at all, due to the pandemic. The fall brought to town my brother in law who is really a fun person to be around despite the stressful situation, and it was really great to see him. He also “took care of business” with his mother so I didn’t have to be so worried or making decisions I wasn’t comfortable making (these types of things are often left to the women of the family, but my mother in law does not have any daughters.) It was nice to see the guys step up this time. So, overall, it’s just been kind of a busy time, and somewhere in the mix I forgot about the blog. It happens!

Day 18

Guess who got good sleep last night? This girl! Little foster nugget did not whine in her kennel at all last night so she’s really catching on to the routine. She also went for her third walk last evening, and she actually enjoyed herself. She had a moment or two here and there where she was concerned, but by and large had a great time. Progress is being made, including so much progress that she’s getting nice and naughty around the house. This is exactly the type of progress we want to see out of a timid dog, it means she’s blossoming right before our eyes.

The other good news is that she has a potential home, she will meet her potential family on Saturday. We will have her through the end of the year no matter what, but it will be good to get her home settled and know where she is going once she’s done with all her vetting.

As for the advent stuff, let’s start with the christmas ornament. My goal with this project is to have only spent money on the pattern. From the start, I had intended only to knit from stash yarn and stuff with stash wool. So far so good! However, I am running out of lighter colored yarns for contrast. So for this christmas ball I used a handspun yarn. It’s mostly natural colored with a few bits of a light brown thrown in. You can see that in the ornament itself.

It works just fine, and there’s something pretty about the addition of silk in the handspun that is adding some places with extra shine. I really enjoyed using the handspun on this one.

I am actually falling behind on knitting these. Initially I was keeping a few balls ahead each day so that I could get them blocked and then a decent photograph taken. But, this morning before work I had to put the kettle on and boil some water so I could steam block this one before work. The photo is dark, but it is still evocative of the christmas spirit. I actually love those dark december days leading up to winter solstice.

As for my makeup advent, this morning I opened my too faced natural face palette. This one tends to be a little on the darker side and I typically only wear it in the summer. Receiving it in the winter felt like a bit of a stretch! But at the same time, I think I made it work just fine. I used a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter out of this.

And that’s it, that’s day 18 as a wrap. Looking forward to a weekend!

Day 16 and 17

On day 16 I was working from home. And the item that my daughter had wrapped for me was a perfume, my Nest black tulip. So, that felt very much like a little bonus, as I didn’t have to wear makeup that day, it was a nice break.

However, day 17 has been an in office day for me, and I received my royal blue eyeliner. Since this was in a project at the beginning of the year, this felt very much like something I have already spent a ton of time with this year. But, I definitely don’t regret having to use it today. I paired it with my Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette for another purple look.

It was a bit of a tiring night and I think it shows. Mr. Ink wanted me to stay up later than usual watching a show, which I did. When I went to bed, I gave foster dog to Miss Butterfly as usual, but she’s become rather attached to me now. So, she wouldn’t knock off the whining once I handed her over for bedtime. In an effort for me and my daughter to get sleep, I got back up, moved the kennel into our bedroom, and then put her in our bedroom in the kennel. Took her a bit, but she did settle there. Unfortunately, she did wake us up multiple times during the night. But I think she’ll get used to it! And I suspect we’ll only have her through the end of this year, I think she’ll find a home quickly anyhow. She did also massively screw up my morning routine by being in our bedroom, but I’ll just work out a new routine and call it good.

On to the Christmas Balls. For yesterday’s christmas ball, I had gotten a bit tired of the same christmas colors over and over, so I decided to try something new. I pulled out two leftover sock yarns and used those as my colors.

I absolutely love this one! It just turned out so pretty, and it was exactly what I needed.

In keeping with that, I used the same lighter blue and paired it with a charcoal color for the next one. This ball is called winter wonderland and each side had a different motif. When I chose the colors I wanted to consider what snow looks like at night. I’ve got the charcoal of the night and the blue tones that the snow takes on in the deep winter.

There’s a tree, a church, and a home with a star above it. Another side features another home, but it’s similar to the one above and I didn’t take a further photo.

It’s been enjoyable to try a few new color combos. In reality, I am running out of the lighter colors in normal size yarns so it’s harder and harder to make colors pop. Creativity is helping! I just don’t want to knit the remainder of the balls for this year on size 0 needles. That’ll have me giving up too fast. We’ll see what I come up with for the final 7!

Day 15

Let’s start with foster dog before getting into advent stuff! When we went to meet the transport, we found a little jack russell terrier mix who was so terrified she clung to the back of her little kennel for dear life and it took 2 sets of hands to pry her out of there. She then would not walk on a leash, would not potty even after a full day on the road, and just crouched and cringed. We had our work cut out for us! And to be honest, that’s likely why I haven’t blogged since. Timid put it mildly, she was terrified. But I am pleased to report that after a few days in our home she’s improving with leaps and bounds.

Looking very JRT except for the ears in this photo.
But seriously, those ears!

She no longer crouches and makes herself small when our dogs walk by her, instead she likes to trot along with them wherever they go. Loud noises still make her freeze, but not ALL of them. She can only walk past two houses before panic sets in and she turns around to go home from a walk, but she now likes the snow in the yard and rolls through it excitedly. She’s been a fun little nugget to watch move toward comfort. For the first few days it felt like I had a newborn, she had to be carried almost everywhere, she slept a lot, she cried when I put her down. But now she’s getting used to being a dog, gaining independence, and working toward confidence.

And on to christmas balls! I’ve got 3 to post, gingerbread, ice crystals, and nutcracker.

That moment when you realize your background color choice makes your gingerbread man look evil.
This one is my favorite out of this bunch, isn’t it pretty?
Such a tiny ballerina in shades of green!

And then there’s the makeup post. I only have one photo, I used the makeup from all three days in one look today. The first item was my chella brow cream. I got it in a subscription box ages ago and haven’t used it in about a year. I actually thought it might be dried up and I could declutter it, but in reality, it works just fine.

Item 2 is my alamar cosmetics blush palette which I absolutely love but forget to use because I tend to concentrate on 2 blushes at a time, something warm toned and something cool toned. I was very happy to use this today.

Item 3 is my actual favorite eyeshadow palette in my collection, my petit pro soleil palette. I love all my petit pro palettes but this one is just so beautiful, unusual, and intense!

Oh boy, the lack of haircut has my hair all wild today! Actually, I kinda like it, I might leave it a little longer through the winter.

So there’s our 3 day catch up post, I hate to admit it, I am way behind on knitting but doing my best. However, tomorrow’s christmas ball is glorious, my favorite yet! So stay tuned for that!

Day 12

For day 12, Miss Butterfly had chosen my Urban Decay eyeliner, in color Freak. This is a lovely green color and it’s a lot of fun to use, but I really wasn’t sure how to use it in this instance. Then, eventually, I decided that since it’s Saturday and I wasn’t going to see very many people, I’d go ahead and experiment. If I had my entire collection it likely would have been a little easier but with my Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette hidden somewhere, it wasn’t super easy to get inspired about a colorful look. In the end I used my BH Cosmetics zodiac love palette along with the mac snowflushed highlighter from the other day. I also did use the lancome foundation for the first time.

It had snowed overnight, so Mr. Ink cleared the driveway while I was playing with makeup. As soon as I’d put on lipstick he said “Ok, I am ready to go to the dogpark.” So today’s photo is in the car on the way there. It’s a very glam look for the dogpark but my dogs didn’t mind.

Today’s Christmas ball photo was not taken outdoors since the snow makes the light too intense. The snow does help indoor photos though, so this turned out great right on the tree!

We got some work done around the house today and are officially ready to welcome our foster dog this evening, cannot wait!

Advent Day 10 and 11

I skipped a day again, but that’s ok! Let’s start with the christmas ball While there should be 2, there’s only one. The day 10 ball is reminiscent of nuts, kind of a favorite treat at christmas time:

Certainly a pretty little pattern!

I don’t have day 11! I tried to knit it numerous times, probably 4 or 5 restarts, but each time it was a fail. I grew increasingly frustrated, then I realized that wait! This is supposed to be fun! So I skipped it and moved on to day 12.

Now let’s talk dogs. I posted a few days ago about the new foster dog who was going to arrive this weekend. Unfortunately, circumstances didn’t allow that to happen, and I found that to be quite a bummer. It really got me down. To be honest, I’d already purchased him a few items because we don’t usually take such large dogs and we couldn’t repurpose what we already have. It’s not the loss of money, I just feel for the dogs that cannot make it, and we’ve had this happen twice now in our short time fostering. I love each of our fosters before they even arrive, the idea of them is so full of potential and joy. So my heart breaks a little for them when something prevents them from coming. It’s the hard part of rescue, and honestly, it’s a struggle for anyone involved in rescue. No matter how many you do save, you still are upset about those you can’t save, even if it isn’t your fault. The fosters who cannot make it still reside in my heart in a special place, and I do think of them often.

But, the other thing about rescue is that there are always more dogs needing to be saved. If you didn’t get the right fit the first time, the second time is likely to work out. I got a message a few days later from our rescue, 2 smaller dogs had been picked up and needed a home, I could take my pick. I chose a little female, about 25 pounds, and said to be 5 or 6 years old. I’ve heard she’s timid, so we will be working on her confidence as soon as we can. She hasn’t been in rescue for any time at all, she was dumped very recently, so I don’t know what her medical needs will be. If I were to make guesses, I’d guess she’ll test heartworm positive once in our care. I also don’t have a good photo, just a tiny, shadowed, blurry photo. Which I’ll share anyhow.

We are excited to welcome her tomorrow evening. I think I’ll stop by the local shops and grab her a sweater, it’s going to be cold for her so far north from where she originates.

It’s a tough time in rescue right now. Lots of dogs needing homes but it’s hard to plan events where these dogs can be seen. Indoors is out of the question with virus rates being so high, but the weather is cold so planning outdoor events doesn’t work either. If you have the heart and the cash for it, please donate even just the cost of a cup of coffee to your local shelter or rescue, they’ll be ever so grateful.

Now on to the makeup stuff. For day 10, Miss Butterfly had wrapped up my mac snowflushed highlighter. This is a highlighter that flips gold to pink. It’s VERY sparkly. It’s not something I use as an actual highlighter. I mean, I might if I were going to a holiday party or something? But I am not. I am just going to work. So instead I like to use it as an eyeshadow topper, kicking up the sparkle intensity layering it over other shadows. In this case I took a burgundy shimmer from my tarte be a mermaid palette all over my lid, then topped it with the snowflushed highlighter. I loved it, it was a very pretty but still fairly professional look.

On day 11, I unwrapped 2 sample size foundations. So, that’ll be one that lasts me two days in a row. This morning I used the it cosmetics cc cream. This one arrived in the lightest shade, which I haven’t used before. It’s definitely too light. I don’t think it looks particularly great, so I’ll use it as a lightening mixer rather than on its own from here on out.

This I paired with my Urban Decay Born to Run palette. And you know what? I am finally willing to admit it. This is just not a great palette. The shimmers crease and wear off my eyelids in record time. It looks positively terrible by the end of the day, but I can see the wear on it by 9 am. The majority of the matte shades are fine, and I may consider depotting this if I can manage to do so. It’s really irritating to have wanted a palette so much and then have it to have turned out so poorly overall. But really, my very well loved tarte mermaid palette performs so much better I question as to why I am still picking up the UD one. Especially since I’ve got loads of wonderful palettes! It’s a waste of time.

That’s all from me today, hopefully by the end of the weekend there’ll be at least a few dog photos! And more makeup and christmas balls of course!

Days 8 and 9

I…kind of forgot to post yesterday so we’ll do day 8 and 9 together.

On day 8, I unwrapped my A’Pieu juicy pang blusher. It is another k-beauty item I picked up and absolutely love. I also wore the copper colored supershock shadow since I couldn’t wear the copper and the purple on the same day from day 7. I worked from home so I paired it with a red lipstick because why not? Oh how I miss red and bright lipstick!

Then today, the item was my mac fix+ and that’s not an item that is easy to see, not a colored product. But I did what I was supposed to anyhow, and took the selfie.

We are back to the bad lighting as I left for work early in the morning.

As for my christmas balls? The first was a little bird on a branch which was absolutely delightful:

And the next was a little angel which I did on size 0 needles so it’s awfully small!

I had done a decent job getting ahead on these over the past weekend, but midweek I am running out of steam again, falling a bit behind. I have tomorrow’s ready to go, but the one after that has taken me a full 2 days to even get the increases done, so it’s very slow. I fear I might actually fall behind fully, but I should be able to get caught up again over the upcoming weekend.

Advent Calendar Day 7

Miss Butterfly seems to have boxed up not one but two colourpop supershock shadows for today. The colors don’t actually go together, so I only used the purple shade. I will use the copper shade tomorrow as long as the next thing I open isn’t a shadow.

I paired the purple with my colourpop it’s my pleasure palette since that, too, is purple. And then since I was working from home, I figured I’d add a purple lip as well. The lip is a lipstick from mac that I love and really do wish I had a larger opportunity to wear these days.

I do like the look ever so much though, it was fun to create.

My knitted christmas ball today is titled ivy and it’s really pretty! I enjoyed knitting this one a lot.

I also feel a little like practice makes perfect and I am getting slightly better at knitting these, so that might have something to do with my appreciation for this one.

It was a pretty relaxing weekend. I’ve been battling a sore upper back and neck recently and it was quite bad over the weekend. Staying on top of that was certainly difficult. I tried to relax and we did spent a lot of nice time at the dog park, we’d been missing doing so since Rose’s stitches and then our quarantine. The dogs are so much happier now that the dog park is part of their lives again!

Day 6

Just a quick update today. When I got up this morning I was thinking that today would be a great day to not wear makeup. But since I committed to my advent calendar idea, I knew I would have to. So when I opened this morning’s box, I was delighted to find my Mugler Alien perfume instead. No makeup needed!

My Christmas ball for today is an ice skate, isn’t that cute?

It’s day 5!

Let’s switch it up a bit. Today we’ll talk news first. We’ve agreed to our next foster! We’ve been without a foster for around 3 weeks, our third foster found a wonderful home with a family who had previously adopted from our rescue. She was a tough foster, she was really high energy, that part isn’t too hard for us, but she also wasn’t the brightest. That part WAS hard on us. Thankfully she was loving and sweet and liked to cuddle when she settled down, and we do love her with all our hearts while also being super happy she found a home with a loving family. And honestly, once she left, we were ready for the break.

I am not sure when this guy is coming to us, likely this month sometime. He’s around a year or two, and has been in the shelter for a year without finding his forever home. Like the rest of our fosters, he’s coming up from Louisiana to try finding his home in the midwest. He does not have any medical needs, so he’ll be ready to be adopted right after he joins our family. We will do as we always do, get him adjusted to living in a home, get to know him well, and then start promoting him and bringing him to various events where he can be shown off to potential homes. I look forward to it! It keeps us busy despite the darker days of the winter during a pandemic.

This photo is from the rescue he’s currently in, we’ll get better photos when he arrives!

He’s currently about 50 pounds and needs to put on some weight. We hear he’s quite playful and that will be fun at the dog park. I like his vague idea of spots on his coat!

OK, now on to the advent stuff. first the knitting! Today’s christmas ball is perhaps the prettiest one yet! I really like it.

And finally, the homemade makeup advent calendar. Today I opened my Missha bb cream. I’ve heard many good things about it but hadn’t yet used it so I was eager to give it a try. I also received a “gift” of an ulta brand eyeshadow palette from ulta, and I used that for today’s makeup as well.

This is definitely a weekend look for me, hair is less dramatic, and so is the makeup. I think the Missha color is great on me, looks quite natural. I have a lot of different foundations as I really do enjoy trying them out, but I am also slowly developing opinions on ones I would repurchase, and this seems like it might fit into that category, though wearing it to work must happen first! I need to see how it plays out over a full day of wear with a mask.

In any case, another fun day of makeup play with the calendar that cost me nothing and only cost my child her time.

Advent Calendar Day 4

Just a short post from me today. I opened my homemade makeup advent calendar this morning to find my Game of Thrones eyeliner. It’s a lovely metallic gold and I am always happy to use it, so this was a real win for the morning. I again used my tarte be a mermaid palette, this time using the duochrome shadow that flips from brick red to blue. Then I lined all around my eyes with the gold eyeliner. I also used my Laura Geller blush again. It’s fun to explore my extremely paired down makeup collection during this time frame.

The christmas ball was not a real win for me. I’ve made this mistake in the past as well, pairing two similarly toned yarns creates a colorwork project where absolutely none of the pattern pops. I knit this one on size 0 needles so it’s comparatively very small. Which I actually like! But I will do better at pairing yarns next time.

That’s it from me! Looking forward to the weekend and better lighting and extra time and the ability to get out of the house more since we are no longer on quarantine! I hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

Advent Day 3

It was a back to work day for me now that we are positive I am virus free. After a week and a half away, it is a delight and definitely made me feel a bit more “with it” in general.

Sadly, this means the lighting for my homemade makeup advent day is a little underwhelming. You see, it’s still dark when I leave for work and once at work, while I am still in my car, the mask goes on and stays on.

What did my daughter choose for day 3? My Laura Geller baked blush. It’s lovely, a product I truly enjoy, but don’t use nearly enough. I again paired it with my Tarte be a mermaid palette, creating a nice warm neutral look, added a bit of lip gloss, and out the door I went.

As for my christmas ornament? It’s a sheep! I have gauge problems on this one, but I do like that it’s a sheep. My daughter currently collects sheep, and she previously collected horses. Years ago, I knit her a navy and grey horse ornament, so now she’ll get to add a navy and grey sheep ornament to her collection.

That’s it from me today, back on campus means I am not sure how I’ll be able to keep up with these advents on time but I’ll sure try!

Advent Season day 2

It’s day two and this time I am on time with day 2. I somehow missed posting day 1 until this morning.

In any case, Here’s what we’ve got going on today. In homemade makeup calendar, my daughter chose my e.l.f primer. That’s good because I did not save myself a primer when I gave her almost all my makeup! But it’s also a little boring, so I grabbed a photo of the eyeshadow palette I used as well, which is my tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette. As you can see, it’s one of the most used and most loved palettes in my collection, and that’s why I chose to keep it out when I gave her the rest of my makeup for the calendar.

The dogs make an appearance as well, as they both got an advent calendar of dog treats too!

And the christmas ball? I finished that too, here it is:

Very pretty, kind of looks like a ribbon wrapped around the middle

Guess what? While my covid test hasn’t come back yet, I am done with quarantine and get to go back to the office tomorrow. I am sure my test will also come back tomorrow. I have no symptoms and certainly feel better this week than I did last week. My daughter gets to go back to school tomorrow and my husband is on the mend though out from work the remainder of this week. And that’s great, because I’ve got staff members with positive spouses right now who need assistance navigating that water, and it’ll be helpful if I can get back to work. But thank goodness I had to navigate it first I guess? I mean, it’s best for the person in charge to be the guinea pig

And what else? I finished the pair of mittens. These are a test knit, the pattern is called Night Mitts, and the pattern will be available mid-December.

The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun, and I ended up having enough to do another pair of mittens. Which I totally plan to do.

Advent Day 1

Anyone who knows me knows that in recent years I’ve been kind of obsessed with makeup advent calendars. And advent calendars in general. There’s something lovely about celebrating the season all month long. Last year I tried to get posts up daily for my makeup advent calendar from nyx, but I ended up failing at that due to the unexpected loss of our precious dog lizzie and all the things that happened in the wake of that.

This year, I didn’t even purchase the nyx advent calendar. The world is just such a changed place that I couldn’t be bothered to purchase a bunch of lip products that would go unused in my collection due to the mask wearing we are doing in our daily lives. So, instead, I took almost all of my makeup and put it in a bin. I left out items for one full face of makeup. I gave the bin to my daughter and she pulled out 24 items, boxed them up and numbered them, and then hid the rest of my makeup so I can’t figure out what is in them. This year’s advent calendar is home made!

I also purchased the pattern for Arne and Carlos Christmas countdown-24 knitted ornaments, one per day.

And here’s how I am going to run things on my blog. One post per day through christmas eve (if possible, no guarantees!) It’ll contain the advent calendar photos and then just whatever else I am up to be that makeup or crafts.

So, to start us off on day 1-I opened my box and in it was my Colourpop It’s my pleasure palette. I bought this around this time last year but have barely used it. I think my daughter recognized this and decided I should, so it’s first. And I really enjoyed using it! I can tell you it’s a bit odd to be still on actual quarantine and putting on a full face of makeup, but that’s just now it goes today.

I am wearing all but one of my project pan items here as well, a pretty good project pan day. And lipstick! I am wearing lipstick! Because, I can, when I don’t have to mask because I am not leaving the house!

As an update there, both Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly tested covid positive but I did not! I am not sure how that’s even possible. Our house is not that large so we’ve all been together this entire time. I am fortunate to be working at a place that provides some testing, so I get a second test tomorrow and if it is also negative, I am off quarantine. Thankfully, Miss Butterfly feels back to normal and gets to go back to school Thursday,and while Mr. Ink has to stay home from work this week, he’s also recovering now.

On to the christmas ornaments. I did a bunch of these from the Arne and Carlos book I bought years ago, but now I am using their patterns from their advent calendar which is available online.

This first one is a little spruce tree! I am going to go down a needle size with this particular yarn, I think it would look better. I am using yarn from stash and this is knitpicks palette.

I’ve been working on something else too! I am doing a test knit of a mitten pattern that dyeabolical yarns will be coming out with shortly. The pattern will be called Night Mitts and it comes as fingerless gloves or mittens. I’ve really enjoyed it, I am working my pair in handspun that Miss Marja made.

They fit great and I love them in handspun! I am eager to finish the second one since then I’ll know if I have enough yarn to knit a second pair!

I don’t think tomorrow’s post will be nearly as long as this one, but I do think this gets me caught up on news, crafts, and december plans. Hope you are all having a good start to your month!

Rolling Project Pan update #11

It’s time for a little project pan update, the only project I am still working on right now. This is the one where I use prompts to help me choose items to pan rolling style. I am going to keep after this, I’ll not end it this year, continuing into the new year. I’ll keep listing the prompts I have completed crossed off and adding in the next prompt as I get to it.

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.
8. A product of your choosing
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like
12. A product you bought online.
13. A product you received as a gift.
14. A product you’d recommend to anyone.
15. A product you haven’t used much.

And here’s last month’s photo:

And this month!:

4. A drugstore product is sill my nyx eyebrow pencil. I’ll be using this forever it seems. But I am making progress!

6. An old favorite is my hula bronzer, I used it all month but I am not entirely sure it shows.

12. a product I bought online is my UD eyeliner, the bronzy one. I have hardly used it this month but it did get sharpened once.

13. The product I received as a gift is my UD born to run eyeshadow palette and I have hit pan in the lower left hand corner shade. I am also pleased to have used this palette quite a bit overall. It looks used, while it did not before. But it gets rolled out now.

14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow, and my goal was to hit pan, which I did. I am still using this but I can roll it out now.

15. A product I haven’t used much is my mac powder, and since it’s a baked item, it’s pretty hard to see any progress. I have been using it! But I really don’t need a lot at a time.

So, I need to roll in two new items.

16. a Product You Regret Buying-I’ve chosen my catrice foundation. Or rather, Miss Butterfly’s catrice foundation. The color is too light for me. She says it makes her face itchy. So that’s why it came to me. And that’s why I regret purchasing it. I’ve added a progress line, though much of it went into my other catrice foundation, my own color, which is slightly too dark on me. Now I want to see if I can use this one as a mixer for other foundations that are slightly too dark and use it up that way. This is a great time of the year to try that, as I am at my lightest.

17. A product out of your comfort zone-I’ve chosen a liquid eyeliner, eyeco brand, as this is best suited for a winged eyeliner, which I do not do. I am going to try to concentrate on it anyhow, but not with a wing. I’ve got a number of liquid liners and it would be good to go through a few in my collection.

With the items I have in the project this month I highly doubt I’ll be able to finish any and roll in anything new next month. All of these seem like longer term items to work on. I think I’ll do my best to concentrate on the copper eyeliner to see if that could be the one I get to roll out next month. The goal on that seems like it might be easiest to hit. We’ll see! Nevertheless, this is the project I am most enjoying out of all the projects I created for myself this year. Happy Panning!

A Small Reveal

Here’s the thing. I am doing a lot of knitting right now. Quite frankly, we are in quarantine after my daughter tested covid positive. Don’t worry-none of us are particularly ill. I still don’t know if I even have it, and Mr. Ink has been the sickest but we don’t have his test results either. We are the classic case of thinking “are we or aren’t we, no couldn’t be, better get tested anyhow” and then being extremely surprised when Miss Butterfly tested positive.

I’ve got a little extra time on my hands. Our foster got adopted about 2 weeks ago. Right before that, Rose, our coonhound, somehow managed to tear open a hole in the side of her body needing stitches. So, all our many weekly dog park trips came to a sudden halt. Giving me more time. Then the day Rose was to get her stitches out, we found out at Miss Butterfly tested positive, so in the end, we had to take Rose’s stitches out ourselves, because we couldn’t go to the vet. So we also can’t go to the dog park, leaving us, again, with loads of extra time on our hands.

I’ve continued knitting. After yesterday’s big reveal I felt the need for a palate cleanser. Thick yarn, easy pattern. 1×1 rib seemed perfect. And, I had a skein of Miss Marja’s handspun that would precisely do the trick.

This resulted in a very fast and very pretty squishy scarf. As soon as that was done, I was on to my next project, which is a post for another day.

A Big Reveal

It’s about as fantastic a project I could ever knit, let alone on a year I really haven’t knit much at all.

I’ve kept it quiet, but I did the westknits mystery shawl this year, titled Slipstravaganza. I finished last weekend and managed to get the blocking done this week.

I used almost a full 4 balls of sockweight yarn for this. That’s as much knitting as any sweater.

The details were intricate.

I added a final blue stripe to the border beyond the 6 stripes written in the pattern. I wanted to have a little more blue making an appearance. I managed to finish the final blue row with just a yard of yarn left. It was a nail biter.

This is one of those knits that looks harder than it is. On the other hand, I did learn a lot of great techniques. I am so pleased to have knit this shawl! It was a delight and honestly, I’d do it all over again.

November Beauty Balance

This is the incoming stuff, and it’s a lot. I had 55 items leaving my collection over what entered it for the year last month. I am afraid that grand total will be decreasing this month. I purchased a number of things and those things also created a freebie sample bag with my order so that was a lot more items coming in.

It was the gorgeous hair event at ulta so I tried to stock up on things. I was still working on a mousse but I picked up the joico ones because I prefer them. There’s a lot of product and a little goes a long way.

I picked up the batiste dry shampoo texturizing version to use, turns out it’s not a favorite of mine but it’ll work.

I picked up some wella invigo volume boost product. Then came a few sample sizes, the southern belle is already used up so I won’t count that.

I also stocked up on some mascara, I am really just using essence mascara at this point. So, in this photo, that’s 11 items since the southern belle is already gone. Down to 44.

And then the whole host of samples. I am not going to go through each of these, but I used up the ellis myth fragrance, I won’t count that, and I gave away the kat von d mascara to miss butterfly, I won’t count that. So that’s another 11 items in. 33 items left over what showed up this year.

I can do empties though!

I finally finished my shower gel, that was months and months of use. I finished up two belif products, a full size eye cream and a travel size face moisturizer. I also finished another ROC retinol.

Another powder play bites the dust, I am running low on this but may try a less expensive product next.

It took me ages to finish the elemis face mask. It’s done, wouldn’t repurchase.

There’s an it cosmetics cc cream, I wouldn’t repurchase that either, I prefer their other cc creams over the original.

I am decluttering my catrice concealer, that goes to Miss Butterfly.

And I used up a mascara.

The other items are samples or the “proof” that I did finish what I pictured above but didn’t count.

So that’s 9 items leaving my collection, bringing my grand total for the year to 42.

I imagine I’ll probably pick up a thing or two during the black friday sales, but I have decided not to do my usual NYX advent calendar. I just don’t feel like bringing in lip products I won’t use and can’t use due to masks. If I choose an advent calendar it’ll be one that has products I like more than NYX. I used to do the NYX ones for the novelty. I’ve got my eye on the mac one but it’ll have to go half price for me to purchase and I seriously doubt that’ll ever happen before it sells out. So, what I am trying to say is while I may get a few things in the upcoming months, it’s more likely that I’ll have more empties and I won’t be trying to account for the glut of the advent calendar 24 products this year. So, I am hoping to get that number back up over 50.

Partners in Cream project pan finale

Since I am just not feeling this project pan right now, I am shutting it down. It would maybe be different if I didn’t have to wear a facemask all day. But I do, so cream projects just don’t work right now. Moving into the winter and with the whole of the US and our stat in particular doing terribly, basically unless I am home I am in a facemask. And that’s not great for cream products.

Here’s the photo of where I was at the beginning of last month:

I had finished the no poreblem primer and the small perfume. Everything else I was plugging away at.

This month’s photo:

I have cut into my sunscreen and I continue to use that regularly but there’s a lot in the base that I couldn’t get out while the tube was still whole. So, it has continued to take me a lot of time.

I made the normal amount of progress on my facial spray.

The Juice Beauty primer is balling up on my face quite a lot, it interferes with something. Perhaps the sunscreen. I hate using it. I will try it again with the next sunscreen to see if it improves at all, but I may end up decluttering it. I made progress though, I just couldn’t see the progress I made to mark it.

The foundation is way too dark for my skin as we move toward winter. I didn’t mark it but you can see that I did have a bit more use. Now it’ll be put back on a shelf waiting until spring/summer next year.

My sleek cream contour palette did see a bit of use, I did actually use it. But not enough to really make a difference in the pan. I only used that darkest shade.

The only things I’ll continue to use are the sunscreen and the facial spray. Then the primer once the sunscreen is gone. But in the end, I am ready to put this project to bed.

Eyeshadow Roulette project update

This, too, like my project pan is rather a late post. But not as late. This is my project where I work through eyeshadows in my collection using them 30 times or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.

I changed up the rules a bit in the past few months as I wanted to concentrate on my Urban Decay Born to Run palette until I hit pan in it. This should give it a good used feel to it once that happens. So I’ve been making decisions about what colors I draw in a semi-random way. I use my random roulette app to choose a shadow. If the shadow is part of the Born to Run palette, that’s the one I get. If it is part of a different palette, I randomize the colors in the Born to Run palette and choose one that way. And, if I use the roulette app, and it draws me a single shadow, I use that single shadow.

Here’s my photo for this month:

The ones circled in red are the two shadows I hit pan on. I used the mint color a total of 24 times in order to hit pan. It’s a VERY small pan, but it’s there, I promise! And, with the pink single shadow from NYX, I used it a total of 29 times.

Right above the pink single shadow is Sherbet, that was also in the project, and I used it 30 times. No pan achieved.

The colors circled in yellow are all my current colors I am working on. Here’s how that breaks down:

-Hell Ride, the pink in the UD palette, I’ve been concentrating on it. Substantial dip going on but no pan. I’ve used this now a total of 22 times.

-Baja is the orange right under it, I haven’t used it much yet, only a total of 5 times.

-Next to Baja is Punk, I have not yet used it but it’s in the project.

-Below Punk is Double Life, it’s been in the project a fairly long time now, and I’ve used it a total of 12 times.

-Also chosen is Ignite, it was rolled in but hasn’t seen any use.

-And, serendipitously, the single shadow I rolled in is Urban Decay as well, it’s a moondust single in starlight.

The specific eyeshadow colors I am working with.

Since the vast majority of these colors are warm toned, I am going to keep concentrating on the berry color Hellride I may try to incorporate the cooler toned brown called Punk into my berry toned looks, but I only have 8 more uses on Hellride so I am ready to finish that one up. Previously I had been rolling in a new shade just as soon as I roll out an old one, but I have so many unused or barely used colors this time that I think it’s better to wait until next month.

All in all, as I put the Nyx single back in the magnetic palette it came from, where another single from the project resides, I felt rather proud to have that little quad I made myself looking quite used and abused! This project has been really effective, and I may handle the project similarly in the future. I’ll choose one palette to concentrate on and make look used until I hit pan on a shade and then roll it back out and pick a new palette to concentrate on.

Rolling Project Pan update #10

It’s been busy around here, so my update is late! Our latest foster dog is a sweet, cute little love but also the most challenging foster dog we’ve had yet. Our neighbor’s old dog is ailing and we’ve been over assisting her withher dog regularly as well. Work is busy, blah blah, and then of course the week was stressful just in the not knowing sense of what was going on here in the states. And our state’s virus numbers are rising in an alarming manner.

All this is to say, my update is 8 or 9 days late because I couldn’t get it together.

Let’s review:

1.  A product with cute packaging
2.  An expensive product
3.  A product in loose form
4.  A drugstore product
5.  A product I bought because of youtube
6.  An old favorite
7.  A product you haven’t used in a while.
8. A product of your choosing
9. A product from a previous project.
10. A unique product
11. A product you don’t like
12. A product you bought online.
13. A product you received as a gift.
14. A product you’d recommend to anyone.

Last month’s photo:

And this month:

4. A Drugstore Product is still my NYX eyebrow pencil. Progress has been made, it’s slow going.

6. An old favorite is my Hula bronzer. I’ve expanded the pan and I did finally hit side pan on the thinnest side.

8. A product of my choosing is my IT cosmetics cc cream which I finished up this month!

12. A product I bought online is my Urban Decay eyeliner, I wanted to use it through the 24 of 24/7. It did get sharpened this month but I didn’t actually use it often.

13. A product I received as a gift is my Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette. My goal is to hit pan on one shade. It’s in my eyeshadow roulette until I do. I’ve got a good dip going in a couple colors but no pan yet.

14. A product I’d recommend to anyone is my colourpop supershock shadow in color frog. I had hit pan before putting it in this project, but I rearranged and squished all the product back into an even layer and am looking to hit pan again.

Now for item15. The prompt is “A product you haven’t used much” and I chose my mac mineralized skin finish. It’s a light glowy finishing powder. I figured this would be a good item to use through the fall, winter, and early spring. I hadn’t touched it at all before putting it in this project so I am eager to get use out of it.

Not a bad month, though I did wear less makeup overall. I am working from home again for a few days each week and though when I was working from home in the spring, I did my makeup almost daily, that has changed in the fall. I just can’t be bothered. Finishing a product was great. There’s only one product, the eyeliner, that didn’t get a ton of use. The goal is to use product I own, so in that respect, I am doing fine!

Foster #3

It’s been a little busy around our place! On Friday night we received our third foster dog. It’s been quite a ride, let me tell you!

She looks much bigger, but she’s only about 30 pounds.

This little sweetheart is the face we agreed to foster. We had been told she was an 18 month old dog. And while that’s technically on the younger side for our family, we decided to go with it. Now, most fosters coming in from Louisiana (as all our fosters have) who are over a year old are heartworm positive. So, I was both delighted and confused when her tests came back heartworm negative. We were pleased that foster #3 would not have to go through the painful and difficult heartworm treatment while in our care.

When she arrived, I noticed she acted an awful lot like a puppy. On Saturday morning, the rest of my family was out of the house while I wrangled dogs on my own. The first day with a new foster is always a challenge. Our resident dogs are getting used to the new face and learning how to interact with her, and the new foster is learning boundaries from our resident dogs. It’s often a a bit of a fraught time, there’s generally some growling and teeth, but it’s also an interesting process to me. But handling it on my own was a challenge.

I also noticed that despite how many times I was taking her outside, she was struggling to communicate when she needed to go out. There was pee. In the house. Which I HATE. (But it’s also part of fostering!) Thankfully all of that was on our vinyl tile which makes clean up easy.

Can you even be mad at this face?!

So, by the time I took her to the foster meet and greet so that folks could come look at some of our available dogs, I was a little at my wits end. To top it off, right before I left I got a message from our rescue owner saying that she was seeing two different birthdates on her paperwork, one putting her at 18 months and one putting her at 7 months. I, not being well versed in these sorts of things, told the rescue owner that I’d put her closer to the 7 months mark as she’s totally a puppy in every way. And this would explain why she tested negative for heartworm, she wasn’t actually very old.

While at the meet and greet, I decided on a game plan. She hadn’t relaxed all morning, just in a constant state of running, playing, and peeing. So, I decided that while our family does not foster puppies, if I had inadvertently fostered a puppy, I was going to treat her like a puppy. I pulled out an extra kennel and put it in the living room. And I put her on a schedule. Outside to pee, praise and treats, play time with our dogs, into the kennel for a rest. Repeat as necessary. And it worked!

She soon lost the car ride skepticism seen here, car rides lead to fun adventures!

Once all was said and done, and after the rescue owner viewed her sister, we decided she’s more likely a year old. She’s got all her adult teeth. She acts like a puppy because she was picked up as a stray and put in a shelter so she just hasn’t had the opportunity to learn things that puppies learn. She’s learning all those things in our house. She is clumsy and goofy and funny. She’s confident and playful and very active. She falls right on her face a lot. She falls off couches and beds. She sometimes can’t figure out how to get up on a couch or bed. She definitely cannot do a flight of stairs. It’s just….good chaos a lot of the time with her in the house!

But, I am proud to say, after 4 days in our home, she’s improved dramatically. She manages to go outside to do her business. She has learned that she doesn’t have to expend all her energy indefinitely, she will get regular play time and she can burn her energy then. She’s learning that clean fresh water will always be available so it’s not necessary to drink two buckets of it when she can find it, nor does she have to lick the grass in the morning. She’s learning boundaries with other dogs (even if she doesn’t always listen to them.) But best of all? She’s learning to rest outside the kennel.

A tired dog is a good dog.

And honestly? That’s the sweetest part of all of this.

This was a foster we were highly unprepared for. Foster #1 was sweet and mellow. Foster #2 was busy but pretty well trained. Each foster will teach us new ways of caring for them, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. But, we certainly have been unprepared for the multitude of lessons this foster has taught us. We will be going to the dog park every day until she finds her family I think. But, our dogs like her quite well, and they enjoy having fosters in the home. And she’s cute and sweet and full of funny antics. So we’ll keep on loving and training her until her forever home can be found!

October Beauty Balance Part Empties

So, in my previous October beauty balance post I had 41 items leaving my collection over what entered it. And it was my hope to make that up in my empties. Which I did!

This was actually a very serious empties month. I worked through a lot of items. In fact, my total is 14. So, I ended up with 55 items out of my collection over what entered this year.

Let’s go through the empties real quick.

Rusk hair mousse, I didn’t like this that much nor will I repurchase. But it had a nice scent unlike the mousse I am working on now.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension, I’ve gone through a few of these, but have decided to try something new, so I won’t repurchase at this time.

Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream-I really enjoy this and will absolutely repurchase, though I do not need to at this time.

L’Oreal Double Extend tubing mascara. I used this up really, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I do want another tubing mascara in my life.

Too Faced mascara-this sample size came to me a bit dry and I’ve decided to declutter it. I gave it to Miss Butterfly to see what she can do with it.

Kate Somerville Exfolicate cleanser-I liked this quite a bit, it has a great scent and does work nicely. But, I won’t repurchase, I don’t feel like cleansers are a good place to get the exfoliating step done. I’ll stick with less expensive cleansers.

Becca undereye color corrector-I will likely repurchase this at some point. I just haven’t done so yet. But I do really like the product.

Bite Beauty agave lip mask-sadly they’ve reformulated these. I haven’t tried the new formulation. I like the lanolin so I’ve switched to Lanolips for now.

I finished an eyebrow pencil that was pretty terrible in both color and formulation. Would not repurchase and can’t even be bothered to remember the brand name. It came in a subscription box.

Dermalogica sunscreen-this was just a small sample that I liked well enough. It had kind of a powder smell to it. It worked well under makeup. But, I wouldn’t purchase, I am kind of fond of some K and J beauty sunscreens and I’ll keep up with those instead.

Tocca Maya rollerball perfume, used up in 2 months. I didn’t love the scent, and the scent didn’t stick around. So, I wouldn’t purchase.

One tiny pan of frankenhighlighter that I created myself, now all my frankenhighlighters are gone and I couldn’t be more happy about that.

I’ve also got a couple samples of Purito Deep Sea Pure water cream that I really enjoyed. In fact, Purito is a brand I will be exploring more for skincare in the future as I have truly enjoyed their products.

I’ve got a haircare order coming in soon, but I also have 5 or 6 products I know will be empty by next month. So, I am hoping to keep up with my more out over what comes in goals through the end of the year. It will be interesting to see what my final yearly total is this year (especially since I have a particular penchant for advent calendars) and then to see if I can do better in the next year.

Woad Dyeing

Since I’ve been generally uninspired about a lot of knitting/crafting lately, I’ve been trying to fill my time with other creative pursuits when possible. Meaning that even though I know many of those creative pursuits won’t stick the way knitting and spinning did, doing them makes me feel more creative and probably works my brain in a way that is healthy.

This weekend I had a woad dyeing class at our local botanical gardens. Woad is like a lighter version of indigo, grown in Europe, and while it doesn’t get as rich and deep a blue, it does get a nice denim blue.

We learned to make a vat of woad dye and we were given a hemp apron to dye. We were then shown a few shibori dyeing techniques and allowed to go to town on our apron.

Here’s what my apron looked like before the first dip in the dye bath:

I used clothes pins, tongue depressors, chopsticks, and rubber bands to create my negative space. I went in quite aggressively with my negative space as our instructor told us that more is better.

And here’s what I ended up with!

This is currently in it’s unwashed state, and the white may get brighter once I wash it.

We were also given the opportunity to bring something we’d like to add to the dye vat, and so I brought some white handspun I’d created years ago. It’s a 2 ply laceweight yarn out of a corriedale fleece I processed.

This also turned out so beautifully! The skein is also in a prewashed state so it may fade down a bit, but honestly, I will probably knit it up like this and then wash it before blocking.

There were only 3 attendees in this class due to the pandemic. I have to say, being willing to take some classes during this time frame has been nice, each class I’ve taken gets more individual attention than any of these classes might get otherwise.

But, the other thing I am noticing is that I haven’t got the passion I used to have for fiber arts in general, and that’s a bit odd for me. The other attendees were quite passionate about dyeing and natural dyeing and fiber arts in general and wanted to talk about what wheel I have and what kind of fleece I used and so on but I just wanted to create this new thing I’d never done before, without getting into the weeds about my other hobbies. But I recognized myself in them, I was them, wanting to hear all the details and discuss different wheels and so on. I just have lost my passion for it right now, and that’s strange, disappointing, and leaving me a bit bereft, what am I if not someone who works with yarn in some way?

Maybe I still am, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it right now. While I have had, previously, times in which I feel like I lose mojo for a bit, this one is so much more pronounced. I know I keep complaining about it, but it’s just so odd!

The class was fun. I’ll not be taking up natural dyeing. This was not my new passion. Maybe I’ll take the basket weaving class next.

October Beauty Balance

This will be another 2 parter, with the incoming items in one post and the empties in another. First of all, last month I ended the month with 51 items leaving my collection over what entered it.

I did have a number of new items throughout the month though, in two separate orders, due to the 21 days of beauty sale.

I was running out of moisturizers so I picked up a few new ones. The standard belif moisturizing eye bomb is at the top, then a couple of face moisturizers to try.

I picked up an item for Miss Butterfly, and along with that came the facial spray. And, the belief travel size moisturizer came free with my purchases.

Then there’s two items that I am not going to count. The first is the clarins eye cream, and I am not counting it because I already finished it. The second is the mac mascara which was billed as a tubing mascara but absolutely is not. And, it’s going to Miss Butterfly because I get awful transfer from it. So, in the above photo, 5 items count toward my totals, bringing me back down to 46.

And then there’s this, I picked up the serum and the lip balm, and the other three items came for free. That’s another 5, bringing me down to 41 items in over what left my collection this year. I am hoping to be able to make up for this in my empties, next post.

Partners in Cream Project Pan update 9

Last month I was unable to finish any items in my partners in cream project. This month I finished two items! Here’s where I was last month:

And let’s discuss this month’s progress:

From the top, left to right. I have my Clarins sunscreen I’ve been working on for a few months now. I keep saying it stings my eyes, and I keep using it on my face anyhow. I ran into a situation at the dog park the other day where I couldn’t even see anymore it stung so bad. So, I am back to trying to use this more as a body sunscreen. I did not mark a new mark on this item since I am kind of at that point where I have to fold it in half to get product out of it.

Next up is my No Poreblem primer. It’s done! I’ve scraped it out with a spatula. This was a good primer and it grew on me over time. I do not regret using it.

I also have my rollerball sample size of Tocca Maya perfume. It was fine, not something I would purchase, and I finished it.

My born this way foundation had a lot of progress this month and I am really hoping to finish next month. I think I am getting close, as the product doesn’t actually come out of the pump too well anymore. I really do like this foundation and if I didn’t have loads of other foundations, I’d probably repurchase it in a shade more appropriate for me on the regular.

I also have made continued steady progress on my facial spray.

Now that the weather is cooling (sort of!) it’s time to start rolling in more cream makeup, so I am adding back in my sleek palette of cream contour. I’ll be concentrating on the darkest shade. I might use the bronzer from time to time as well, but once that darker contour is gone I am probably going to call it quits on this palette.

And finally I’ve decided to add in another primer since I finished the no poreblem primer. I want to keep working through my primers quite consistently. So, I have added this juice beauty primer to this project.

Goals for next update-definitely hoping to finish the foundation and a stretch goal will be the sunscreen. This should leave room for other cream makeup products I’d like to be concentrating on during the cooler months.

Eyeshadow Roulette Project update

It’s time for another roulette project update. a recap of the rules thus far, I randomly choose eyeshadow colors to focus on throughout each month. I use them for 30 uses or until I hit pan, whichever comes first.

Current rule-when I roll out a color, I am rolling in either a single or something from my Urban Decay Born To Run palette. I will be doing so until I hit pan on one of my BTR palette colors.

Here’s the color swatches I was using last month:

And a photo of the eyeshadows as they are currently:

I circled in blue the two colors which rolled out. The first is at the top in my NYX Happy Birthday Palette. I hit pan on it so I can roll it out. It took me a total of 18 uses on this to hit pan. It did have a nice dip in it when I rolled it in. That’s now 3 pans showing in this palette, rendering it officially well used!

Then there’s a NYX single from the 2018 advent calendar. I hit my 30 uses on this one, and that left it with a nice significant dip. Pan wouldn’t have been far behind but for now this rolls out.

I then ended up rolling in two BTR palette colors, my new swatches look like this:

So, at the very top I’ve got my NYX advent calendar pink shimmer-I used it only twice this month giving me a total of 16 uses since rolling it in.

Next is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals color Mint Choco. I have changed how I am using this a bit and as such, got 8 uses from it this month giving me a total of 10 uses in this project. I am now actually packing this on my waterline when wearing a neutral look to add a pop of color and I really like the effect.

Third down is Violet Voss Sugar Crystals palette color Sherbet. I used this 8 times this month, giving me a total use tally of 10 in this project.

The next three are all from my Born To Run palette, the first is Hell Ride. This is, quite frankly, a “miss” color in this palette. It blends away to nothing or to an ugly not quite brown shade. I have decided that the best way to make this work is packed all over the lid with a topper shade over it. I have used it 3 times.

Then we’ve got Baja which is a definite hit color in this palette, a nice matte orange it pairs beautifully with much of the palette colors. I have used it 4 times.

Finally, Double Life is a coppery shade over a blackened base. Strangely, while it goes on the lid that way, at the end of the day I am left with just the coppery part and the blackened part disappears. I used this 7 times this month for a total of 10 uses in this project.

In the BTR palette I’ve been regularly using a few other colors as well, Blaze, Weekender, Riff, Ignite, and Still Shot are all featuring in my looks quite regularly.

For goals, since the only color that is anywhere near being rolled out and still it’s a stretch, I am going to concentrate on the pink shimmery NYX single. At only 16 uses I’ve got a heck of a way to go on it and I do not think I’ll be able to hit pan on it as it’s harder pressed than the other NYX shimmer single which I did use 30 times. I think I’ll try to pair it will hell ride and mint choco in hopes to get uses out of those two colors as well. Meanwhile, I’ll concentrate on using Sherbet as an inner corner highlight, as it’s so light it’s not really useful otherwise.

I admit that I am starting to feel slightly burned out on this project after a number of months with it and these days I am pulling out other palettes from time to time to have a play with them. So, if progress here slows down, that’s likely why! And in the end, it’s already been successful as the point is use what I have and don’t purchase more. It’s now been 5 months without new eyeshadow and that still seems JUST FINE with me!