Tuesday, October 11, 2011

100 Things

The rules state: Below are 100 statements. Bold or change the color of the ones you have done.

Started your own blog
Slept under the stars
Played in a band 
visited hawaii
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford budgeted to charity
Been to Disneyland or Disney World World
Climbed (part of) a mountain
Held a praying mantis
Sang a solo
Had stitches
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Taught yourself an art from scratch
Adopted a child
Had food poisoning
Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Grown your own vegetables
Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept in an overnight train
Had a pillow fight
Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
Run a marathon
Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse Lunar only.
Watched a sunrise or sunset
Hit a home run
Been on a cruise
Seen Niagara Falls in person
Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
Seen an Amish community
Taught yourself a new language.
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
Sung karaoke
Seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visited Africa
Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported in an ambulance
Had your portrait painted
Gone deep sea fishing
Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Kissed in the rain
Played in the mud
Gotten a speeding ticket
Been in a movie
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
Visited Russia
Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout Cookies
Gone whale watching
Got flowers for no reason
Stayed the night in jail
Cried so hard you threw up
Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounced a check
Flown in a helicopter
Saved a favorite childhood toy
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Eaten caviar
Pieced a quilt
Stood in Times Square
Toured the Everglades
Been fired from a job
Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
Broken a bone
Been on a speeding motorcycle
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visited the Vatican
Bought a brand new car
Walked in Jerusalem
Had your picture in the newspaper
Read the entire Bible
Visited the White House
Killed and prepared an animal for eating
Had chicken pox
Saved someone’s life
Sat on a jury
Met someone famous.
Joined a book club 
Lost a loved one
Had a baby
seen the Alamo in person
Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a lawsuit
Owned a cell phone
Been stung by a bee
Read an entire book in one day 

If your reading this, consider yourself tagged. Please leave me a comment to let me know I can come read your 100 Things

Friday, October 7, 2011


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DD #1

And here is my eldest finding out that scrapbooking might be her thing.

Recent things

I decided to make a toilet paper spare roll holder today. I'm buying a house and my plan is do an aurora borealis theme. So this is what I did with fabric markers:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Some crafting for just me

Still mostly doing things for these Halloween swaps and so haven't been posting a lot. But spent my movie watching making some tea towels for myself. Picked up the tea towels already with the transfers missing tuesday and Sunday. I think I have the same aunt Martha transfers if I dig them out. Just not the same quality tea towels. These seem sturdier than the ones I picked up from target.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Some things I've been doing

That aren't necessarily swap related

My crafting world has been overtaken by swaps

So unfortunately I am unable to update in fear of lurking partners!  I have been working feverishly however, I can promise you that!  The one non-swap related thing I have started making is birds nest pendants.  I will upload a picture or two after this post from my iphone.  The fair is in town and we will likely be wrapped up in that and visitors who come from about 300 miles away to the fair, as we live a mile from the fairgrounds!  So I think I will need to make some sourdough bread to be ready for the influx of visitors.  I will start that when I get home, as I am working right now. 
We are also buying a house and we have the house inspection tomorrow... then after the seller finishes their repairs its off to the bank to appraise the house.  Hopefully we will be in the house by November, closing in mid October, after PFD time.  I am SOOO excited because this is our first home either of us have ever bought.  Their are so many ideas in my head for what I want to do to it... it has an unfinished daylight basement too.  I hope I can get things straightened out soon enough to transplant my rhubarb and strawberries from our place we are at now.  We have raspberries too but the new house does as well and thats ok!  So more later...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

fabric rose clip

Originally uploaded by faemystique

tea stained lace and fabric scrap flower

Originally uploaded by faemystique
hair clip, but works well as a hat addition!

Funky Punky bobby pin

Originally uploaded by faemystique

yo-yo clip

Originally uploaded by faemystique

fabric cinched clip

Originally uploaded by faemystique
my 13 year old crafted this one.

rose clip

Originally uploaded by faemystique
from the serged inside seam of a pair of jeans.

hair accessories

Originally uploaded by faemystique
Burnt flower headband

Friday, August 19, 2011

Finished my sisters garter!!!

Pattern soon to follow! I have also been making things for the Halloween swaps that I can't discuss because my partners may be lurking! Hehe but I'm liking it!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Felted sweater purse

Embroidering some fall leaves on this. I haven't been able to share what I have been working on because I am in two major Halloween swaps and can't share my crafting of said items until they are sent!! I still have to go back and finish the garter before too late. Sighs. Not enough time in my day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Alaskan summer

Well jeanne and I took a road trip up to matanuska glacier and found a mess of ripe raspberries and explored a few places. I discovered that they have blocked the old hwy off by a massive gravel pile and I usually go pick blueberries down there. Might have to bring the bikes with us to pick up there. When we returned we made fresh salmon and salad from the garden. Fine thing eating mostly food from the land. Yum. Then we processed jakes fish after he got back at 2 am. We have to can salmon later today. 11 packs went vacuum sealed to the freezer.
Still awake at 515 am. Ugh.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beautiful drive in to work. Love living in Alaska.

More garter progress

Picked up some notions for the garter today. I cant wait for the final result!!

Progress on garter

Adding a second layer of edging.

Another day of sourdough

Freshly baked and oh so scrumptious. If you want some dehydrated starter and instructions, send me an email. Faemystique at gmail dot com.
Oh and I am working on making a sellable pattern for my crocheted garter that I'm soon to finish. Will post updates when I have them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crochet lace garter

Making an heirloom garter for my sisters wedding.
Ivory mercerized size 10 cotton thread and size 7 steel hook.
After looking over some patterns I am developing my own. Will have picot edging as a third row of edging over the interrupted v stitches.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Earbuds finished

So the earbuds are covered in icord and it will soon be time to start my next project. I need to make a nice garter belt for my sisters wedding and something else I'm not sure what just yet. The sun has been beating down on me in this leather recliner and I'm sweating. Ugh. It's only 77 def I know but I'm an Alaskan what do you expect? Lol. An Alaskan without a uterus so I'm not sure how much of these hot episodes are faulty ovaries or not but I need to go shower and change to lighter clothes. ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

IPhone earbud cozie

Enjoying the sunshine whilst knitting an icord around my earbuds. This yarn was on sale at joanns and I loved the colorways but it splits horribly often while knitting.


I've been making tons of these and giving them away. I found the simple but lovely pattern for them on ravelry. I finally made this one for myself however!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Solara scrubbie dishcloth

Solara dishcloth scrubbie 

Worsted weight cotton, G hook, plastic dish scrubbie
Slip stitch into middle side of scrubbie
30 slip stitch around in scrubber
Slip stitch to join round
Ch 2, 2hdc in ea stitch around (60 hdc)
Ch5, (*dc in 2nd ch from hook, ch2) repeat * to end slip stitch to close
Slip stitch in ch2 space, sc, ch2, dc in ch2 space, ch1(*2dc in ch2 sp,ch1) repeat from * to end slip stitch in top of ch2
Ch1, sc in each stitch around to end slip stitch in 1st sc to close
Ch3,dc in next ch,(dc in next ch, 2dc in next ch) * repeat to end. last will be 1dc in same stitch as 1st ch 3, slip stitch in top of ch 3 to close
Ch 4, tr stitch in same ch as ch4, 2tr in ea ch around, slip stitch in top of ch4 to close. Finish off.

I would love to know of mistakes in the pattern or if it works out for you!  I wrote it after I crocheted it so I hope I got it right... enjoy!


Freshly baked. Yummm

If anyone is interested in sourdough baking and wants to get some dried starter, let me know.  This recipe is from an old Alaska Cooking book from the early fifties from an Anchorage Ladies Aide group.

In large glass mixing bowl:
1 cup sourdough starter (*should be the next day after feeding, lots of happy bubbles, stir well first)
2 cups warm water
2-3 cups flour
1/4 olive or reg oil
1/4 sugar
2 tsp salt

stir to make "sponge", should be like thick cake batter or so consistency.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set in warm place to rise overnight or 8 hours.  I set mine in my oven with the light on for warmth.  Then add 2-3 more cups of flour to make nice dough.  Don't over add flour!  Knead dough for 15 minutes, place in clean large mixing bowl coated with oil.  Roll dough on all sides to coat with oil.  Cover loosely and let rise 3-4 hours.  Knead dough for 10 minutes or so, separate into two loaves and place in greased bread baking pans.   Slit tops to allow for expansion.  Cover loosely and let rise for 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.  Set oven to 375 deg, I let mine stay in during preheat.  Set timer for 40-50 minutes.  Brush with butter when done.  Let cool on rack, bottom of loaf should be hollow sounding when thumped with wooden spoon or other utensil.  Cut a piece while its still warm, butter and enjoy the lovely sourdoughy goodness! ;)

Shall I attempt to keep a blog... again?

I am notoriously terrible at both journaling and blogging.  Terribly bad at keeping a picture record of all my crafts just for ravelry or otherwise.  Pretty pathetic overall really.  Well tonight I whipped up a scrubbie cloth.  I have never made one, nor read a pattern for one but I think I really like the way it turned out.   I wrote out what I hope was the correct pattern.  I wrote it after I made it so I am crossing my fingers that it will work for others as well.  I will post it from my phone soon.
I have so many ideas in my head that I want to create, that is my biggest challenge.  I tend to have crafty inspiration overload and can't keep myself on track to save my life.  I make a few things in one category then on to the next and sometimes forget all sorts I had plans for along the way.  Maybe I can be more proactive using my iPhone to its full potential coordinating with this blog? I am not holding my breath but still, I am ever hopeful as always that I can carry something through fully and completely!!!  Hey I made it through college, so somewhere I must have the ability to stick with it... smiles!

I reconstituted my sourdough starter a couple of weeks ago and made two fresh sourdough loaves today.  I just love the simplicity of sourdough.  The fact that I can bake delishous bread with so few ingredients in a traditional way makes me glad.  These were perhaps some of my best, nice light sour flavor, moist bread, and hard crust.  The sourdough starter is a few years old now, and was quite happy before I made the loaves.  I brought some starter down for my friends Jeanne and Rebekah in Homer, Alaska this last week.  I hope they can enjoy some of their own soon as well!

If anyone wants my recipe just leave a comment...