{photography} Combichrist concert

Sunday the 13th we went to see one of our favorite bands, Combichrist.  They are considered aggrotech, aggressive techno.  We have seen them 4 times since 2009.  In Chicago, Atlanta, Williamburg, SC and this time in Chicago.  We saw them at House of Blues in Chicago, in one of the most interesting places I’ve ever seen, not even as a venue, but in general one of the coolest places ever and a tiny crappy bar in South Carolina that isn’t even worth mentioning other than we did the meet and greet (awesome) and there was maybe 100 people there.  Each time the show has evolved and gotten better.

This show, the band’s lead, Andy Lepluega found a man’s licence on the stage.  He asked where the man was, invited him on stage, hugged him and gave him his ID back.  For being big scary screaming “goth” they seem like a bunch of nice young men.  They repeatedly said they are grateful for their fans.  The average age of the crowd, I’d guess was 30.   We’ve been with them for a little while.

So I hung up the metaphorical apron and mom jeans and threw on a black hoodie and headed for the city.

They played at Bottom Lounge in Chicago.  It’s an interesting venue.  There is a bar/restaurant, then behind the big black doors there is standing room for  700 people.  And this show was totally sold out.

We had a total blast.  We paid for it for days.

Back to the apron and mom jeans.  :)


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Traveling Scarf

A couple months ago I happened upon a post by @conniecaps on Instagram.  Conniecaps creates knit caps for cancer patients.  She was organizing a traveling knit scarf and had asked if there was any interest in creating a crochet scarf.  I jumped at this idea.

My grandma, mother’s mother, died of ovarian cancer, her sisters died of skin and cervical cancers, respectly.  Her third sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is now in remission.  Her brother died of prostate cancer and her father of lung cancer.  5 out of 6 siblings had cancer.  The 6th died before the average age of diagnosis.

3 weeks ago my uncle, mothers brother, was diagnosed.

To say this is a concern for me and my family is an understatement.

I can only hope someone finds comfort in this scarf and feels all the feels I tried to crochet into it.

Here is how it came to me.  It was begun in Georgia, then New Jersey, New York, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and now to Illinois.  It will continue to Indiana, Idaho and Australia before ending in Florida. 


My contribution.  My grandma used this Afghan stitch.


Last Week on Instagram {4.4- 4.11}

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1.  This little owl my mom requested.  I need to find a frame now.  The more steps there are to a project, the less likely it is that I will finish the project.  I’ve always been someone that preferred to finish things in one sitting.  It’s really a miracle I’ve made any afghans.

2.  Last Friday was ArtBar.  There was a very good 50′s cover band.  It was one of my favorite bands in a while.

3, 4 & 5. Saturday I organized something called “A Photo an Hour” on Facebook.  About 600 people ended up getting invited and about 15 people actually followed through all day.  We posted 1 photo every hour all day.  That was the only rule.  Not at an exact time, doesn’t have to be of something particular, doesn’t have to be all 24 hours, just while you are awake.  It was interesting to see the “rules” people decided to give to themselves.  We posted to facebook.  There were multople comments from people saying, what is this?  It looks fun!  and many others saying they want to participate next time.    I feel like I got to know many people better because of this.  I’m thinking we will do another in the summer on a really nice Sunday.  Here we have 9am Jake’s Bagels, 10am my good friend Gail playing with my kids and 11am Violet killing some frozen strawberries.

6. Stem stitch as a fill.  I love the way this looks.  I’m eventually going to dedicate a full post on how to do this and make it fill completely.

7. My boy is 6 months old.  How did that even happen?

8 & 9.  Winter finally let up.  Thank GOD.

10. I have 5 spots where I have yarn stashed like this.  Sometimes I don’t ever want to find a project for them.  I love the colors just like this.

11, 12 & 13.  Rebecca at Hugsarefun.com got a ton of positive feedback about a project she started that she is calling doodle embroidery.  She decided to do a stitch-a-long.  It was great timing.  I’ve been wanting to stitch on fabric that has an existing pattern.  It’s an idea that just sat in my head.  Thanks for giving me a tangible reason to get some awesome fabric.  Follow #doodlestitchalong on instagram to follow and JOIN US!

14. Culture Stock is the best.  End of story.

15. Pre job interview good luck selfie.  I not only got the job I wanted but she offered me another job that I wanted but didn’t want to want TOO much.  I’m going to be teaching crochet and framing at Micheal’s.  I was a framer right after high school at Hobby Lobby.  It was my most favorite job before training.  I’m very excited I’ll be able to do BOTH things that I love to do professionally.

16. The typography.  Swoon.

17, 18 & 20.  Instagram is for giveaways.  #winallthethings

19. This bag is my most favorite bag that has ever bagged.  I need to stitch on it.  Ideas?

Free Easter Egg Patterns!

Easter is now only 6 days away!  There is still plenty of time to stitch up one of these little mini Easter eggs.

The simple, modern pattern is very relaxing to stitch and the colors are sure to call spring in once and for all.

Each is 39 by 26 squares. 2.8 by 1.8 inches on 14ct aida cloth.

Get them HERE.

Herringbone, Triangles and Chevron

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{No-Sew} DIY Baby Knee Pads.

My boy is crawling.  I can’t even believe it.  
The temp is up over 50 FINALLY in beautiful Chicagoland.
So he really doesn’t need pants in the house.  51 degrees feels like 72.
I came up with these helpful little guys.  He doesn’t mind them at all and they do the job  :)  
Note*  He is 6 months old and on the 25 percentile arc for weight, so this size of fabric maybe be to small for your little one, or too big. 
Let me know how they work out for you!  

Last week on Instagram {3.28-4.4}

I’ve decided to this little weekly instagram post to Wednesdays.  So don’t go looking for it on Fridays anymore, k?
1.  A pixel family for a friend that recently moved very far away.  I hope that she gets it soon.
2. A vintage wheelchair.  My uncle is in the hospital.  Yes, it’s serious.  No, I don’t really want to talk about it.
3.  The chicken in the hospital room playing on my mom’s ipad.  I don’t have one so when she gets it it keeps her busy for a bit.  They ponytail is new and it makes me really happy to fix her hair for her. I’ve never really been doting on children, but this is something I always wanted to do with my daughter.  There is something special about it.
4.  How to blog post about stitching on paper and boxes and whatever else that you can think of that isn’t fabric.  
5.  My mom’s medicine.  Easter is coming.
6 & 7. Hoop-La!  I finally got one.  It’s great.   
8.  Randolph Street Fair.  This is what I picked up.  Read about it in this post.  The place is outstanding, suffice to say.
9. Something I was working on.  Stitched on paper.
10.  Baby foods!  It’s that time again.
11. It’s a grim cat.
12. My to-do list.  The most important thing is the last thing.  Buy beer.
13. I made Violet this blanket when my orginal one failed.  Well it didn’t fail.  I just didn’t like it and i didn’t want to do it anymore.  BUT she still needed a blanket.  She’s starting to use it more now.  I love these colors, some is made from vintage yarn.
14. #stitchaday #astitchaday  March.
15, 16 & 20.  A little owl my mom requested.  She’s teeny.  3.5 by 3.5.
17. She got some cowboy boots. OMGCUTE
18. #TBT  My second afghan.  And the beginning of my chevron problem. February 2013.
19.  I screwed up the paper project from #9.  How NOT to stitch on paper, here
Happy Wed-nes-day!

{Outing} Randolph Street Market

I got tickets on Living Social and paid $4 each.  SO WORTH IT.  Even just to walk around and know that some of these things exist makes me happier.  Flea markets, artisian fairs, thrift stores, they all open something in my brain that just makes me happy.

They happen monthly.  In May – September they are in a three level Union hall AND a huge parking lot. They boast 250 vendors.



If you are in or near Chicago, I highly recommend checking it out.

Here is what I bought.

I really love interesting jewelry.  Especially anything having to do with fiber art.

I didn’t “buy” this but it’s great.  As a camera nerd, I love this set up.  You just smile, hit the button, and this super nice guy hands you your ticket to claim your prize; your photo.  So clean and clever.  They have a single fashion style soft flash that creates the most beautifully textured photos.

My mom and I both feel super dorky trying to act all dorky.  So it’s just a simple smile from us.  :)

Some of what I saw.

Finally, He’s my boy and Aunt Gail.  My kids are going to be like 15 and ask how Gail is related to us. She totally isn’t.  It will blow their minds.

{tip} Anatomy of a Failed Artwork

One thing that I sometimes do is, I get too excited.  I get too eager and I don’t plan ahead.  This is mostly fine.  I improvise as I go, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out at all.

It is wise to know what you are good at, and not be modest about it.  It is equally as wise to know your shortcomings, and not beat yourself up about them.  I have a ton of respect for someone that tried something, over someone that decided they couldn’t do it.  I’m good at spacial intelligence and organizing information.  I am not good at thinking abstractly about math concepts.  Bleh.

Failure is the condiment that gives success it’s flavor – Truman Capote

All that said.

I wasted about 8 hours on this.  I didn’t have a good feeling about it from the start, but I knew if I could pull it off it would look very cool.

This month’s ArtBar theme is posters.  So I decided to get a poster for the poster show and stitch over it.

Here is the poster.

That takes me to -

Problem Number 1.
The poster is paper.  I need to have a sheet of paper over the poster because the pattern is so intricate. I’ve done this easily for larger scale works on cardboard, but not paper then paper then thread.

I stitched up about 75 % of it when I decided it was time to pull some paper to see what would happen.


Problem Number 2.
I used double sided tape to hold down the paper with the pattern on it.  I used double sided because the poster is glossy and there shouldn’t have been a problem.  However, I was holding the work in that exact spot and the heat from my thumb melted the sticky so when I pulled up the pattern it peeled off a bit of the poster. (Here is where I decided that I could crop the poster and it would be just fine.)

Problem Number 3.
I used only one strand of DMC floss.  I was thinking I can just pull up on the paper and the floss would rip the paper.  Apparently, one strand isn’t strong enough to rip the paper.

Problem Number 4.
The motif is so small that I can’t get my scissors or tweezers under most of the threads and …

Problem Number 5.
My scissors scraped the poster. ( Here is where I decided I wasn’t going to try to charge for it, and probably give it away.)

Problem Number 6.
As a last ditch effort I sponged some water lightly on the paper hoping that it would give under the thread.  I scratched off more poster with my fingernail.  (Here is where I decided all was lost and I wasn’t even going to waste more time on it.)

So. This it.  Woulda been interesting, right?

Here’s the damage.

What did I learn?  Don’t stitch an insanely complicated pattern over the only canvas that you have.

Have you ever made anything that you learned more from doing it wrong than if you had done it correctly?

{photography} Mood Series

This series I’ve always called “Mood”.  They were all taken on my D60.

Beatles Cover band at Balleydoyles in Aurora in 2008

My brother in Laws 30th birthday.  Oct 09

Wizard World Chicago

Snack Manor.  Chicago 2008

Christmas 2008

This is one of my most favorite shots I’ve ever taken.  Driving into Chicago 2009


Under the L.  Chicago 2009

My concerned pup.

At a house party.  Summer 2008.
This series I’ve always called “Mood”.  

This week on Instagram {3.14-3.24}

Good Friday, friends!

I’m combining the last two weeks because I didn’t post as much as I usually do.

My phone (Sony Xperia) stopped working.  And I mean it completely bricked it self.  It took a few days to get a new one.  Then 4 days later, it bricked it self again.  I’m now on my third in 9 days.



Instagram, yay!

1. My biy is crawling.  It’s an awkward jerky random crawling.  But it’s also effective.
2. Baby’s first mythos.  I love Greek mythology and Neil Gaiman.  Both of my kids are named after personifications and characters in Gaiman’s The Sandman.  Violet Moirae (fate) and Westin Oneiros (dreams).  As it is Greek, there are beautiful explanations.  Google it.  :)
3 and 4.  My dream catcher I won on a giveaway.  It beautiful!  It’s by BettyB.  Like her page.  It’s totally worth it to see what she makes.
5.  New business cards with a preview of the new wordpress site.  This is my incentive to get the site going.  We’re maybe 50% done now.  My husband is a software engineer.  I get domain names for my birthdays.
6.I bought a uke.  I hate learning to strum.
7.  Instamatic.  I need to take some photos and count and catalog all my old cameras.  So many are just so well made and good looking.
8. Sugar n Cream.  I love this color so much.  For an ex goth I really love these springy colors.  No shame!  I forget what I bought this for, but at the time I needed it.  :)
9.Size 6 toddler bowling shoes.  We took the kid bowling for the first time.  She’s a smash and grab kinda chick, so she loved the concept.  My husband and I met through mutual friends at a bowling ally in 2002.  So, this was a bit of a special outing for us.   He’s still a much better bowler than me.  Jerk.
10.  This afghan was started in September for a baby that was born 4 weeks ago.  :/  I’m not usually so behind.  I also like bright socks.
11.  A local theater plays free movies Sunday morning.  I took Vi to see how long she would last in a theater.  Longer than me.  This movie sucks.  But it was really fun watching her reaction to a theater.  She asked me for popcorn.  I have no idea how she knew.
12.  Middle of the night exhausted selfie.  I still need a profile pic to put on everything that’s recognizable.  As my “brand”.
13.  My boy is sweet and cute.  :)
14. My best friend most of my life moved to Italy in January.  I’m sending her a little care package.   This one is a little different from the other’s I’ve made and I like this line up a bit better. It’s tiny tho.  If her husband wasn’t so tall it would fit in a 3″ hoop.
15.  An antique wheelchair.  We were congregating in the hospital waiting test results.  They were not good.  I take photos when I’m upset.  And I have a thing for old medical equipment.
Do you have an instagarm?  follow for follow?  ;)