Sunday, October 26, 2008

a small step for short legs, everywhere (ok, maybe just here)

The husband and I went shopping yesterday, searching for some new jeans for him along with other "cool designer" clothes that he could wear to meet clients during a biz trip. I am constantly jealous of people who can buy a pair of pants without having to worry about hemming. Grrrr. This is coming from a girl who has been able to wear a pair of capri pants like regular ones. That's right, I am a hobbit.

Now, to get to the relevancy of this post. I have been too lazy in the past to bother with hemming. Usually, I just go for cuffs, or in dire times, the scissors. The last time a pair of my pants were hemmed, my mom did it for me. So, today I have crossed into the super special club of the fabulous people who hem their own pants and look fabulous doing it. This has happened just in time for the rainy winters, so now I don't have to worry about those cuffs acting like buckets for dirt and rain water. Super rad, if you don't mind me saying so.

Ok, end of pointless post.

Monday, October 20, 2008

i just listened to the new yorker fiction podcast of gary shteyngart reading andrea lee's "the curiousity of sisters".

i truly do love listening to people reading out loud.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

a list

progress on things:

quilt: totally at a stand still for months now, but determined to have it ready when the Northwest winter is upon us.

knitting: yet again, a stand still.

sewing: found a new simple dress pattern, half the fabric is cut the lining will be cut tonight. plans for making drapes for our windows. plans for many other things.

writing: ideas and obsessions on daily basis. scribblings and sentences...soon to become real things.

garden: sadly, put to rest due to a new generation of the pesky white flies. by the end we had about 5 peppers and at least 20 cherry tomatoes. i am already thinking about what to plant the next time around. legumes, baby!!! looking into a community garden plot rental next spring, due to lack of a back yard.

ok, back to work and reality.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

brownie time

brownie time
Originally uploaded by thareesa
a new toy for to make art.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

green thumb update

as you can see from the images below, the indoor gardening thing is so far, so good. it is really fun watching the plants grow, and the flowers turn to fruit. pretty amazing stuff, really.

We officially have two ripe cherry tomatoes! Our pepper is coming along rather perfectly as well.

We have hit one hurdle: the annoying creature called a white fly. Imagine fruit flies, but more annoying, and you have the white fly. We noticed our little visitors on this past Saturday. We ran out and bought some natural/organic/I hope this stuff is ok to use insecticide, and I had a fun little game of target practice with the spray bottle. I am pretty sure I got most of the little jerks, but I am on bug watch every morning now.

We also purchased some liquid worm castings (ahem...worm poos and stuff) that we add to the water, which is supposed to really be tasty for the plants.

All in all, a pretty interesting experiment so far!

our first pepper

our first pepper
Originally uploaded by thareesa

del loves tomatoes

del loves tomatoes
Originally uploaded by thareesa
the first fruits of our indoor gardening labors.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

there's a farm on my windowsill

We have decided to try a new adventure of the agricultural persuasion. Our windowsill is now the home of zucchini, sweet bell pepper, chile pepper, hot pepper, poblano pepper, sweet basil, pepper pimienta, anaheim pepper, and green pepper plants. Once these puppies flower (, if they flower) I get to help pollinate by using a small paintbrush and going flower to flower, I am oddly excited by this fact. I am such a perv.

Report from day 1 and 2: Vegetation has survived a night of cohabitation with two very curious feline beasts!

If all goes well with this, and it looks like we can keep it up in the future, I am even considering setting up our own little mini-compost bin underneath our kitchen sink. Boy howdy!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Originally uploaded by thareesa
a new undertaking...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

pinwheel progress

It is a bit slow goings at this point, but at least I am halfway through!

The pinwheel quarters (not sure if that is a technical name, but no one reads this blog so who cares) are almost complete. The next step will be to press them and then sew them together into the pinwheel shapes. I hope that I have not screwed these pieces up in some way that I have not noticed yet...

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Hayden and I made a stop in to the Tacoma Goodwill today to try and snag a cheap bike for him and, low and behold, we found this! A beautiful old singer inside of a desk. I am going to look into fixing it up, but even if that doesn't end up happening, at least it's pretty to look at.
We still are looking for a bicycle for Hayden.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

i slack, therefore I am

Well, this blog has a few cobwebs! I have not been very crafty as of the past few months. I plan on changing that shortly.
More to come...and soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

little boxes of tofu

little boxes of tofu
Originally uploaded by thareesa
food creation is an art form all its own.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

close up

close up
Originally uploaded by thareesa


Originally uploaded by thareesa

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Anthony and blanket

Anthony and blanket
Originally uploaded by thareesa
I'd gotten this photo from my brother almost a month ago!

Friday, March 14, 2008

i am included, therefore i am worthy!

I forgot to mention that I am now on ravelry! Now I just have to figure it all out....whoo hooo. My user name is knit-t, in case of interested lurkers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

under the weather update

Unfortunately, I have been feeling a bit under the weather recently. I took a sick day from work yesterday, intending to try out the healing power of knitting and get that darned green bamboo scarf off of my wip list, but my brain was not in the right place even for that simple thing. yarg. I ended up just passing out into a coma-like slumber for the day, which I am sure was for the best...

I cast on to my first sweater over the past weekend. It is a lace wrap around sweater from the stitch n bitch books. I was a bit nervous about two firsts-first sweater and first lace- but I seem to be managing. It is tiny yarn (rowan cotton...another first, actually) on tiny needles (size 2 and 3). I have a feeling this project is going to take a while for me to finish. I am excited anyway :).

Another goal for the year is to learn how to knit socks. Once I clear my project list up a bit more, I will be looking to see if I am a sock genius or not.

The quilt has gone nowhere. I am upset with myself about this. I got to a point where I need to iron some pieces before I can finish the step I am on and I am just too lazy to get the damned iron out. One day I will make pinwheels, one day.

Ok, can't look at the screen anymore.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Originally uploaded by thareesa
I am kind of in the middle of a couple projects, and at the super crazy beginning of a new one (will post on that shortly), so I figured I could post a little blast from the past. I made this bjork bag way back in the day (2005). I had lots of free time during this period of my life due to the fact that we had just moved to Seattle from Ohio and I was unemployed. I made this for my friend Jessica's birthday. She really likes bjork, and I really loved the green and purple combination.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Look what I made. Patterns are super rad!

audrey kawasaki

Beautiful images created in oil paints on wood.

a fun new toy = no more blurry photos

I think we are going to invest in this little guy quite soon. My cell phone camera currently takes better images than our point and shoot Canon. Granted, Hayden (the husband) and I have had that for at least four years now. I am very excited and inspired by the possibilities that will soon be available.

patterns of joy

I now have a super cool desktop wallpaper on my computer thanks to these lovely Aussies.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

did you read the manual?

I got my sewing machine approximately 4 years ago as a present for Christmas. A lovely Brother XL-5130, it featured 15 different stitches, and 3 knobs that I had no idea how to work. Even more frustrating was the fact that the "manual" it came with left a whole lot to be desired in the "how to use this machine and all its cool features" department. Seriously, it was like 5 pages long and half of those pages were the French and Spanish translations.
Since I knew very little about how to use a sewing machine from making pillows in Junior High Home-Ec classes and messing with my mom's machine every once in a while (to make even more pillows...yeah, I guess I liked pillows) I got by with the miniscule amount of knowledge that I had.
After working on a few projects lately, I was getting frustrated because my bobbin was being all funky and my projects were taking twice as long because I kept having to fix it. Being human, I of course blamed the machine. I called it cheap. I called it stupid. I hurt its feelings and verbally abused it. I bought a book about learning how to sew, which told me that I was a fool and needed to read up on my machine. I got online, and googled my sewing machine along with the word manual. Eureeka! A pdf of a 69 page user's manual for my machine! Oh what a glorious day!
I am in the process of printing out my handy dandy manual as I type this, and once it's printed I am going to use it to learn how to oil my machine in the appropriate places. That's right, I am giving my poor Brother XL-5130 some much needed T.L.C. (and I will be giving it compliments about its beauty and intelligence the whole time). I might even make it a handy little cover, so it doesn't get all dusty...although after I read my manual, it won't be sitting around collecting dust anymore!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

fingerless gloves noro

fingerless gloves noro
Originally uploaded by thareesa


Originally uploaded by thareesa
the set.

getting closer to pinwheels

Making more progress on cutting out the swatches for my pinwheel quilt. I have all the squares cut for the inside pinwheel pieces now! I think I will attempt to sew them together soon. I feel kind of bad using the machine on week nights, since I am in an apartment and the machine is so loud. Maybe it will be a weekend thing, and I will do other stuff like knitting during the week.

Monday, February 4, 2008

want to make this soon

just bought this pattern the other day. now it is time to start looking for some fabric!

Update on the quilt: all of the little squares for the middle are cut, so I will begin sewing at some point this week. probably one of the days that I don't end up passing out on the couch or in bed "just for five minutes" after work. I think it is time for it to stop being rainy and gloomy all the derned time.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

measure twice, cut once

I have officially gone insane and have decided to try to make a quilt. If anything can teach me patience, this will. This is my progress so far, I have quite a few more blocks to cut. Needless to say, I decided to invest in a rotary cutting blade. What's nice is that I am planning on making this for Hayden and myself to use, so I am not on any official deadline and I can take my sweet ole' time.

Friday, January 25, 2008

new book

check it out, yo. here's to self taught skills, no?

... done.

blankets finished! this photo will have to do for now since the image i took of the whole thing turned out super blurry, and then the battery died in the camera, and then i left the blanket at work by accident because i had intended to send them both out in the mail today but couldn't break away from work to do it. ah well, maybe i can get a better shot later. or one of an actual baby using it. yeah, that'd be cool.

on to more projects!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

the smoky aroma

I finally finished the "figgy" blanket last night! hooray. although i started off with good intentions and an easy and supposedly fast pattern, i of course got distracted and the lovely thing was on hiatus for a month or so. Cherish's baby (she had a girl!) got a different present as a result, and my slow-poke self will now be presenting a new niece or nephew with this beautiful thing.

meanwhile, I had just finished washing the blanket and set it up to dry whilst in the process of making cheesy toast...and all of a sudden, I smelled something burning. no, not the blanket. the cheesey toast! awww, man...bye bye cheesey toast. I am just hoping the blanket doesn't take on the scent of burned toast as it dries.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

a look to the future

Hayden's mom gave me this cool little kit for knitting a shopping bag out of hemp for xmas. I am pretty excited to get started on something that is not a baby blanket, although I always seem to be cursed whenever I make something for myself...I will just have to act like I am making it for someone else.

This is also perfect, since I have been trying to remember to bring my own bags to the grocery store whenever we need to pick something up. Our organic grocery delivery probably cuts down on our plastic bag use as well.

I will most likely get to work on this once I finish knitting the baby blanket, which will be soon!

Progress...a good thing.

Well, it's getting closer to turning into a blanket. I must admit, I stopped this project halfway through for about 3 months. I tend to get distracted easily. :)

My attention is back to a razor sharp focus, though, and it is my intention to finish this bugger off over the next couple of days.

Jumpin Jehosephat!

I introduce to you my first ever quilt!

This bad boy has been created for one of the new Barbatos that will be gracing this world with their presence in a short matter of time.

For some reason I can't post any of my other pics, but I will keep trying.