Maker Bee


Baby Jane Fabric
March 12, 2008, 8:16 pm
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Dear Jane Fabric

I finally have all the fabric gathered together for my Dear Jane quilt. I joined Anina’s quilt-a-long a couple of weeks ago and have been trying to get everything together ever since. I went to three different quilt shops here in Orlando looking for that light gray fabric but nobody had any. Most of the ladies looked at me like I was crazy for wanting gray quilt fabric to begin with. I ended up ordering some online even though I was worried about the color clashing with the charcoal fabric I bought in town. I think it’s going to be okay though.

I’m really frustrated because I still haven’t received my Dear Jane book. I’m eager to get started. I ended up ordering it from a seller on amazon. I ordered Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match at the same time and it came in the mail over a week ago! Now it looks like even it I get the book in the mail tomorrow I won’t be able to start for another week because I have a ton of company coming into town next week. My dad, lil brother, Allie, Jess, Cory, Joe and possibly Brent. It’s been a long time since any of them have been down to visit so we are super stoked. Dear Jane will definitely have to wait our house is gonna be so full.



Perhaps we will eat locally….
March 11, 2008, 3:54 pm
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We planted our first vegetable garden this weekend! It was kind of a last minute decision because we really thought it was pointless to put so much work into a yard that we are just renting and who knows how long we will be living there. I had just read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I was all pumped about eating local food that is in season so we started going to the local farmers markets only to discover that all of Florida is pretty slim pickins as far as fresh local farmers markets go. Most of the vendors just buy produce and sell it so most of it is not local or organic. I did find some local eggs and butter as well as a local hydroponic tomato and cucumber farmer. That is about it! I always thought that Florida would be a great place to buy local food because we have such moderate weather in the winter but if it exists I have yet to find it.

JRoam and I were discussing how awesome it will be when we move away from Orlando and have our own house with our own garden and we just decided what the hell, let’s do it. My parents had vegetable gardens as I was growing up in West Virginia and I had some successful flower and herb gardens but I’ve never grown vegetables on my own let alone in a climate that is so foreign to me. We ended up planting 6 tomato plants: 2 Red Beefsteak, 1 Marion, 1 Yellow Pear, 1 Roma and 1 Mr Stripey. We had a Pink Beefsteak but JRoam accidentally stepped on it when he was setting up the irrigation system so it was replaced by Mr Stripey. Also planted where a whole row of herbs, (Bergamont Sage, Traditional Sage, Flat & Curled Leaf Parsley, Taragon, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Chives, Rosemary and Cilantro Seeds), 2 Strawberry Plants, 2 Zuccinni, 1 Yellow Squash, 6 Okra, 1 Red 1Green & 1 Yellow Bell Peppers, 6 Jalapeno, 1 Habenero, 1 anonymous hot pepper, a row of Carrot Seeds, about 10 seed red and white Potatoes, a couple red and yellow onion sets, Snow Pea Seeds and Sunflower Seeds. We have no idea if any of it is gonna work but we are going to give it our best.



10 years ago : 10 days ago
June 9, 2006, 11:34 am
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10 years ago

10 days ago

10 years ago



Jen lives in my head : I live in Jen’s head
May 20, 2006, 11:33 am
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Further proof that jen and i are psychically connected…

jen’s new couch

my new couch

we bought the same couch – without discussing it. we don’t even have the same taste! 900 miles apart and we still do crazy shit like this.

TAAA DAAA!!!!

after over 12 skeins of yarn adding up to more than 3600 yards of yarn, i’ve finished.

it feels great. it wasn’t hard, but a real test of my endurance. i can’t believe that everything i just tried on a whim actually worked.
very happy

i’m leaving for georgia in 5 days.



fish…wtf?
April 29, 2006, 11:30 am
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So imagine stepping out side to have a smoke when you’re half lit and almost planting your bare ass foot on this.


eeeehhh. pile of dead fish on my back patio. so mysterious AND fucking gross.

this happened after a girls night out with these folks

serious fun. i love how julia looks like she’s about 2 feet tall in this pic.

hmm what else? oh i made some stuff, obviously.

a slipcover for this magazine file


and this little teddy bear… yang was kinda afraid of it.

but mostly i’ve been working on this…which is no longer secret since the roamer has somehow managed to a. get internet access & b. find me on myspace. hey babe! hope you like the blanket!
serious afghan progress:



Bustin’ out an afghan
March 28, 2006, 9:48 pm
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The roamer sent me some yarn for valentines day. it’s acrylic so it’s not really appropriate for a sweater or anything that you would where against your skin but perfect for an afghan because you can just throw it in the dryer when the cat pukes on it.
he sent this baby blue color and some off white. after swatching it up a little i decided if i made a blanket out of it, i would end up with a gigantic baby blanket. so i picked out some complimentary colors and worked up this design using blocks from this book.

so far i have this much finished:

6 blocks – 58 to go

this book is pretty cool because you can knit any block from the book and as long as you use the same needles and yarn they will end up being the same size. so far my blocks have come out pretty close but i think i will need to block the hell out of them. anybody know how to block acrylic?

also: yang muffin peed on my brand new mattress yesterday. any suggestions for getting that out?



I’ve been busy ya’ll
March 24, 2006, 4:21 pm
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I know i haven’t shared some pics in a long ass time but my life has been nuts ya’ll. nuts. grape nuts.

i been knittin’ like a fiend…

klaralund sweater in noro silk garden. jaywalker socks in trekking xxl. and a huge as circular throw in lionbrand homespun. (muffin shown for scale.)

i finished up the lace leaf pullover…

it was hard to photograph…even with help from the muffin.
all it needs is a button

which should i use?

ok one more set of knits – i told you i was a fiend… i just got all this great yarn for xmas, and i was kinda excited, and …

i knat up this little shrug in one night! so cool. the
one-skein-wonder that actually took 2 1/2 skeins of yarn that i got at tuesday morning for 2.99 each. wool! $9 sweater! (to be fair the skeins were only 35yds each)
a great big 8″ x 5′ red scarf of cabley goodness i use 3 different red yarns held together and used the
irish hiking scarf pattern.

i’ve done some things besides knitting too. like move out of my einsie apartment and into my fly new house except maybe there were issues….

like gettin that muffin down and into the crate for the trip. actually moving all of my shit from the third floor hell-hole in my lil crv. and then unpacking it all. but hey! i got a new bedspread! and then my piece of shit closet collapsed. after 3 weeks the landlord fixed it and then yesterday i came home and found that (the pic on the right). its awesome.

i had dinner with these folks while they were down here for the disney vacay.

the roamer’s family. it was really nice to see them, i haven’t hung out with them all since i moved in ’03… it was sad though because of course it made me miss the roamer himself.

we had an 80’s suprise party for our friend jen at our new house, good times.

boozin’ it up. julia and me – you know i knitted those leg warmers myself. a bunch of slutty, drunk girls on a bed – i think maries bf called us ‘a single guy’s fantasy’

and last but not least my sweet jess came down to visit.

we took and 8 hour trip to st. pete (i really only should have taken about 3 or 4)


on the way back we stopped by to see jana, keith and the new puppy finn. the next day we went to animal kingdom to see some anymulls. then, a bird shat on jess – hilarious.