Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Music Monday! It's astounding, time is fleeting, Madness takes its toll

Feels just like last Monday; coudly, damp, cold, and raining...Monday.  Are we in a Time Warp?
And so Music Mondays have been born.
Remember getting all dressed up, gathering your rice, newpapers and squirt guns, hot dogs and toast, and going to the late night, double feature, picture show...

Grab your coffee, sit back, click on play, hold on tight and enjoy! 
And remember...It's just a jump to the left...

Sing along !
It's astounding, time is fleeting
Madness takes its toll
But listen closely, not for very much longer
I've got to keep control
I remember doing the Time Warp
Drinking those moments when
The blackness would hit me and the void would be calling
Let's do the time warp again...
Let's do the time warp again!

It's just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
With your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane,
Let's do the Time Warp again!

It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me
So you can't see me, no not at all
In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention
Well-secluded, I see all
With a bit of a mind flip
You're there in the time slip
And nothing can ever be the same
You're spaced out on sensation, like you're under sedation
Let's do the Time Warp again!

Well I was walking down the street just a-having a think
When a snake of a guy gave me an evil wink
He shook me up, he took me by surprise
He had a pickup truck and the devil's eyes.
He stared at me and I felt a change
Time meant nothing, never would again
Let's do the Time Warp again!

Many thanks to Richard O'Brian.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Living in 2010

I felt I had to share this with all my friends, it really made me laugh, and I think we can all relate....

Living in 2010


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2 You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses..

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7 Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list


Go on, share this with your friends. You know you want to.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scrunchies were patented?

Yes, apparently first in the 1980's, then later revised several times, last in 1994, by Rommy Revson, albeit first named after her dog, Scunci!  As I learned in "Hair Scrunchies, Explained - Scrunchie 101" , apparently there has been some debate as to wether they were a fashion sin or still the fashionable "go-to hair accessory."

Described thouroughly as: "A decorative pony tail holder for securely holding the hair of a user includes a band of elastic material with fabric surrounding the band and forming a plurality of radial projections extending circumferentially around a portion of the band. The pony tail holder may thus be secured to the hair by twisting the elastic band into a generally figure-eight configuration and folding it over itself to provide a tight band securing the hair with the radial projections extending circumferentially around the held hair of the user. "

We never thought of such technicalities back then, and still don't take the time to consider that someone DID take the time to create intricate drawings, and put to words our dilema:  "It is often difficult to provide a high-fashion and decorative arrangement of fabric around the elastic band which will not become too bulky when the elastic band is twisted over itself to tightly secure the hair. It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a decorative pony tail holder which can secure a length of hair by twisting the elastic band over itself to provide a tight grip for the hair while simultaneously providing a decorative display which will not become too bulky as to disrupt the position of the length of hair held by the twisted elastic band."

So true, Ms. Revson!   Fashion sin or not, I for one am thankful we can, still today, secure our hair tightly while simultaneously providing a decorative display.  In fact, last year Scrunchies were quite big in Japan. And according to The Frisky, they are back in style  (well back in November, but that's still in style for me!), so get your Scrunchies out, even get new ones (hmm...gratuitous plug: click here and here ), and wear them proudly!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Monday's got me Califonia Dreaming

Every other day [every other day] of the week is fine, yeah, but whenever Monday comes [but whenever Monday comes] you can find me crying, all of the time.....and has got me California Dreaming, all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.....

These songs popped in my head first thing when seeing my youngest son's face this morning.  It's grey and raining, and news of snow in the south had us off to a sad start this Monday morning.

Then, over coffee, my husband and I were 'going retro' in our heads, and remembering these songs on the AM Radio when we were young....
which inevitably gave way to later memories including this one: (don't' worry about the warning - just re-click on the object and it will open)

If you can relate to any, or all, of the references in this video, then this should brighten your Monday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Colorblind - A Different Perspective

Being a hereditary carrier of the recessive 'colorblind' genes, I have first hand experience seeing my sons growing up with being Red/Green Color Deficient, often referred to as 'colorblind'. All of us 'color-seers' could not relate to or understand why, when asked if one wanted to put on a green shirt (St. Patty's Day), he put on a tan one insisting it was green, and finally settled on saying "it's close enough". That is, unless others searched as long and hard as my husband did years ago to find a very usefull Photoshop plug-in from VISCHECK for transforming pictures into how 'colorblind' individuals see the world, and everything in it. A search engine will bring up web-site design links that allow you to transform your site (generally for a fee) as well, but the plug-in is free, can be used on any image, and has been an invaluable tool we have utilized for years. (NOTE: Photoshop plug-in hyperlink will take you to a download page where you can select your operating system & download if you wish.)

The following images on the left were greatfully provided and selected from the wonderful community of as examples of variance in color. Images on the left are as we see, and images on the right are as they see, after transforming using the plug-in at default levels. Click on images for full size.

Artist : Melissa Zahradnicek             Title:Laundromat
Medium: Fine Art Photo                     Link: MyNovember Etsy Shop
Image Copyright of Artist                 All Rights Reserved

Unfortunately, there is no way to allow those affected such a tool, though my sons would so very much like to know how we see red & green and every color mixture thereof. They also cannot relate to, or understand why we say certain colors "clash", and why we suggest that certain colors shouldn't be worn together, or why we get big smiles when they pick out shirt colors at a store that you would normally dress your daughter in.

Artist : Laurie Ryan               Title: Butterfly
Medium: Fine Art Photo       Link: ™Photos by Laurie Rae, Inc. Etsy Shop
Image Copyright of Artist    All Rights Reserved

In a way, the whole family is affected by colorblindness: it's a factor when buying gifts, clothes, even playing video games on the Playstation like Call of Duty World at War, etc. We learned to be more patient when aksing for the red or green crayons when they were little. Actually, that was our first indicator that there was a deficiency. For example: they could not distinguish the light pink crayon from the light green, but quickly adapted by reading the labels on the crayons. When we asked "what color is that?" the response was not just "red", or "green", but Crayola color names like "Brick Red" or "Pine Green". While at times it was quite amusing, a toddler asking for "Burnt Sienna" took some time to decipher. When the labels had fallen off, they got quite frustrated. Eventually this gave way to lumping all the secondary/tertiary colors into just 'reddish' and 'greenish'.

Artist : Jenny Flanders Estep             Title: Rainboats
Medium: Digital Photograph              Link: HumanInterest Etsy Shop
Image Copyright of Artist                  All Rights Reserved

We are completely amazed when they can find small lost items in a yard of green grass after we spend hours searching, yet they find in seconds. Or that they can pick out camouflaged things, or animals in the distance, while we 'color-seers' have to strain to see what they are looking at. Seems the brain compensates for lack of color differences by emphasizing minute tonal values we take for granted. The Wikipedia article even touches on this fact saying, "At one time the U.S. Army found that color blind persons could spot "camouflage" colors that fooled those with normal color vision." The left out the fact that it was an advantage, and that they used these "persons" as snipers. Some sites even state that shapes and outlines are enhanced as to explain why nothing appears camouflaged or hidden.


Artist : ellenray          Title: LadyBug Pet Rock
Medium: Acrylic Painted River Rock   Link: ellenray Etsy Shop
Image Copyright of Artist All Rights Reserved

It is estimated that 7-10% of men are Red-green color deficient, according to this Wikipedia chart. Wouldn't the world look quite different if we had taken this into consideration long ago? For instance, red and green would hardly be used and perhaps stoplights would be blue and yellow.

Artist : Melissa Zahradnicek           Title: Mary, Mary
Medium: Fine Art Photo                  Link: MyNovember Etsy Shop
Image Copyright of Artist               All Rights Reserved

Besides an interesting shift of perspective, you might ask, "how does this pertain to me?" You could be missing out on 10% of the male population....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Looking Foward to Warmer Weather - Crochet Pattern: Simple Hairband

I was taking the time to catch up on some of my fellow blogers and read their posts. I stumbled across Jac-Ber Creations and their blog on Confessions from a Firefli's Trinket box blog. (I like small boxes too) I was curious of Jac-Ber Creations because of our similar names. There I found, now I can't remember exactly how, this great craft site Craft Passion. I could spend hours here wandering around, finding tutorials, patterns, things that get my creativeness going.

I found a free pattern for Simple Hairbands: Crochet Pattern: Simple Hairband

I know I can't be the only one who just has to get the hair up, off my neck and face, especially when the weather is warmer. This idea I love, because you can use leftover yarns. (I have lots of those now that I have been creating more items for my store.)

Here is my version. It took a little getting used to for me, but I eventually got in the swing of things and finished it rather quickly. This one is for me - I love purple. But they are really so easy to make I think I will make a bunch.

I hope you can have fun with it too!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Day Light Savings -UGH

I generally am a fan of Ben Franklin, but twice a year I find myself cursing his "moments of whismey" . Yesterday, being a Sunday, I was not too concerned about what time I got up, but was shocked to find out it was 9:42! Then realized the other clocks in the house (not atomic clocks like my alarm clock) said an hour earlier. Oh yeah, I forgot, Daylight Savings.

I always forget, by the way. Last fall I showed up at my son's friend's house to pick him up an hour early and the mother said, while wrapped in a towel from just getting out of the shower, "what are you doing here? It's only 8:30am!"Ooopps

So this morning, we all had to get up early for school, etc. and it was STILL dark. On Friday, we all got up glad to see some birds outside, just glad to see light. Today, DARKNESS. Damn Daylight Savings. So I explored the internet and found some stuff on the subject and couldn't believe what I found on on Daylight Savings. Kind of dry reading until I got to some "new" regulations, and decided tht Ben was either a great smart-ass, or completely losing his marbles.
For example this suggestion of a "new" regulation (i entered the italics):

'Every morning as soon as the sun shall rise, church bells and, if necessary, cannon shall inform the citizenry of the advent of light and "awaken the sluggards effectually and make them open their eyes to see their true interests ... All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity. ... Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening."

And we all still agree to follow this crazy rule of Daylight Savings, even though people stay up late (electric flourescent lights) and get up late (blackout curtains) no matter how dark or light it is outside. Time does not change - it continues steadily, no matter how much we all wish to stop it, or make it go faster.

Can't we all just keep the clocks where they are and continue on with our lives?!?!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Easter Egg Cozy Baskets

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!!! Get your Easter Egg Cozy Baskets now!

I had such fun creating the Instant Colored Egg Cozies I wanted to try a variation. I love baskets, so this seemed natural for this type of yarn. These can really brighten up any Easter tree (you all have Easter trees, right?), look great in a larger basket, or just sittin there.

I am selling these separately, so you can get one, two, six, as many as you want! Perfect individual Easter gift for the office, teachers, seniors, church, book clubs, fundraisers, friends and family. Simply fill the basket with a hard boiled egg, colored or not, and the gift is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

Bring on Spring!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Sale on Stick Shift Cozies! Half Price!! With New Colors.

Spring Sale is on for my Stick Shift Cozy Collection!!

Spring is trying to spring here, so these are some nice colors for sunshine-y weather. Great items for those of us who drive manual transmission cars, and like the comfort of soft shifting, and like the addition of color.

I have added the purple and blue ones to my collection, and am now offering ALL Stick Shift Cozies for HALF PRICE! Check it out at my store!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Metal Art! and this internet thing

The Etsy forums are a great way to learn, and find neat stuff. Sometimes I am amazed at the knowledge and support found there. In reading up on RSS feeds, I found a great resource, and a great Etsy artist.

His Etsy shop, TimothyAdamDesigns, is full of very cool metal wearable art, furniture, and accessories. He is a great metal artist that has such a diverse store.

I particularly like this item in his shop - the Gear Necklace - Modern Steampunk.

He is also is a wealth of information on Etsy selling, internet tools, and advice, as seen on his blog, Timothy Adam Designs. It is there where I stepped into the new world of internet tools, RSS feeds,etc. A VERY helpful post at a handmade spark blog, where you can get these great RSS buttons and a ton of information on how to bring more traffic to you site.

You can see on my sidebar, I found one that fits me - PURPLE! You can now subscribe to my Etsy store RSS feed by clicking on this cool button, and can get my store updates automatically. This would give inboxes of my contact list a break for one, and is a neat way to catch the items you like right when they are available.

As I said, I am so grateful to those who are willing to share their knowledge, and even more thankful that I get to find great artists along the way.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Eggbert the Eggplant

Say Hello to Eggbert.

Yes, the winning name is Eggbert - I think it fits well, and it was the most popular name suggested. Well, one of those was a reference to his cross-dressing days, Eggbertina, but counts anyways.

We are currently hard at work creating some coasters, inspired by the Winter Flannel Quilt. So I left him working while I took a moment to type this.

Since my current sewing table is in a basement, not very well lit, Eggbert is really great company. That smile keeps my mood up, and even makes me chuckle a few times - I keep looking at his eyes and ask him what he's been smokin'.

Thank you everyone for your contributions, and of course to Laci (ZigZags) for creating him and giving him such personality!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Easter Egg Cozies - Instant Colored Eggs - new to my shop!

Yup - said Easter Egg Cozy.
These vibrantly colored egg cozies bring spring colors and Eastertime any eggs. They almost don't need to be colored, so are perfect for those who don't like to color eggs, or don't have time to color and clean up the mess.
But those of us who DO like to color eggs, these are added fun.

We started this because, though some in the family enjoy coloring Easter Eggs, other(s) REALLY do not like the coloring process (along with the dislike of carving pumkins, decorating Christmas Trees, among other holiday preparations, but those are stories for another day! For the record, I am still NOT giving in on the Christmas Pole idea!!).
They can fit up to size extra large (chicken) eggs. Not quite ready for Ostrich sized Easter eggs yet....

Check these out at Raige Creations . I am selling in sets of 6 at my Etsy store, but would be happy to make a deal for any of my friends and followers of my blog. Just become a follower, and contact me with a custom order.

The DEAL? I will offer a Bakers Dozen to friends & followers of this blog. Multiple baskets to fill? Naturally, multiple dozens will recieve further specials.

Here's to easy Eastertime!
I can't wait to hear from you,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Help me name my Eggplant Pincushion for motivation

I wanted to share this adorable Eggplant Pincushion with everyone that ZigZag's Handmade This n'That made for me.

I found her on making cute cactus pincushions and asked if she could make me an eggplant pincushion (I love purple and I love Eggplants!)

I am getting ready to tackle another quilt and thought this pincushion would get me motivated and keep me company through the inevitable trials and tribulations associated with quiltmaking.

As I have said in my other quilt posts (The Quilt Story and Quilt Story 2), although frustrating sometimes, I love getting through all the steps and seeing my efforts evolve into my finished product. This cute little "thing" (male, female, it, don't know!) can be with me the whole way, giving me that encouraging smile and keep me going

Problem is - it doesn't have a name!

Help me name it so I can say "so and so, what have I done that these don't line up?" and "so and so, what color looks better with this great fabric?"

Yes, sound crazy, but usually I talk to myself in these situations so now at least I will be talking to this cute little 'thing' and won't seem SO crazy......right???

Suggest name in the comments and I will pick one and announce what it is, once I get enough to pick from. I can't wait to see the great names! Thanks to ZigZag's, and to everyone who suggest a name!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quilt Story 2

Another quilt to tell about. I mentioned this in my first Quilt Story, I mentioned my husband needed a warm quilt for winter and likes flannel shirts.
Voila, the Winter Flannel Quilt was born. This was was a bit easier than the first quilt, mainly because I had a little experience, and it was not going to be as big. I had a twin comforter I planned on using as batting and was going to make the top to fit that. (good intention anyway).

This is acutally an Upcycled Quilt, made from 6 different flannel shirts.

Lovingly cut into pieces after an early morning raid on hubby's closet, and sewn together for one who fully embraced Grunge, and the look in the early 90's, and never let go of the fashion. (ooopps, I was just corrected- "Kurt Cobain stole MY look, man!" True, he was dressing like that since the mid 80's, but what Gen X male didn't after survivng the early 80's!


Similar to the error in the original Quilt Story, where the backing was too small for the huge top I created, this quilt top was also too big! I couldn't use the twin comforter as batting because I made the top too big!

Sensing a pattern here - biting off more than I can chew was all I could think. But, I did what I had to do and went to get the proper sized comforter to put in the middle as batting. The request was a thick, heavy, warm, quilt. Buying enough raw batting would have cost more than I wanted to spend, so I found a cheap, ugly Big Lots comforter on sale in clearance. And guess what...this comforter was too BIG. Scissors in hand, cussing, comforter pieces all over the living room floor, and about a half hour later, I had the correct size.

Needless to say, each comforter has been a challenge, but well worth it. I love to see the end product of my work. I particularly like that we use this one nearly every day, cuddling on the couch. It is think and very warm, and very comfortable.

I am inspired to hit the local Salvation Army to find more great shirts I can cut up and put in a quilt (another closet raid might not be in my best interest).

I think I would have a hard time just picking out fabric to make a quilt from the fabric section at Wal-mart, as it is much more interesting to use fabrics that were used for something else. Quilts are far more special when there is a history behind the fabrics.