Saturday, May 7, 2016

and it's spring.

so it seems that my long-running (LONG-running) car issues have come to an end. what does this mean? i will no longer have to restrict my post office trips to only fridays. woo hoo! it means other things too, but, well, we'll talk about that later.

strawberry shortcake dolls

some other 80s toys and stuff in the shop right now, strawberry shortcake and my little pony! more on the way. still a little hard letting go of ponies, dude...

the pony shelf

part of my collection. these ones aren't going anywhere. (: especially my fave, bowtie. one day i'll have space for a whole bookshelf of awesomeness. (goals...)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

the knit is back

so.. i don't really watch much tv. (no superiority here - oh, you'll see) we don't have cable, though we do have netflix and a stack of series on dvd and recommendations from friends, etc. i just really have trouble sitting down and just watching something without thinking "oh god i should be washing the dishes or finishing this or that project". but this winter, i did get into... celebrity big brother.

look. if you're going to get into reality tv, there's no point unless it's trashy and over-the-top. no pretense of a higher purpose here. yes, vh1 celebreality was my shit at the time. i have been lamenting new york's absence from the airwaves for some time now. so when i found out she would be on this season...


i'll refrain from discussion of the show for the disinterested (but if you want to chat...!) and i was actually glad when it was done.. damn, this thing's on every day? with after-shows? but i realized that this sitting down for an hour on the regular did reintroduce something that's been missing in my life - knitting time! when i am doing my typical flitting about hands-on with everything thing, i wind up never really being able to make any headway on my knitting projects. so! i was finally able to finish my honeymoon shawl i started in october.

drachenschwanz shawl

apologies for the glare-y iphone photo. i really liked this pattern, and might actually knit it again in a different gauge. i also came thisclose to finishing up my handspun rainbow socks that have been lingering for a while. somehow my stitch count got out of whack on the cuffs, and they were kinda annoying to get on and off.. so i bit the bullet and frogged the top part of both to fix. hopefully they don't sit in wip status for too long.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

toys of the 80s

hello hello, 2016! getting into cleaning, sorting, downsizing, and decluttering mode. i have such an 80s toy horde that i don't really need to keep. there's only so much space in one house, so why not keep just the favorites? there's only so many collections one person can have, you know?

i think the first real collection i started was strawberry shortcake. i always loved the book illustrations (see "the winter that would not end" here.. i need to get that one back from my mom's house!). at some point i started re-collecting the dolls of my youth. (cafe ole was always a fave...)

lem 'n ada

i spent a lot of time on ebay back in the day when i had some actual disposable income, seeking out cheap incorrectly-named lots of vintage dolls. i had a thing for my little pony too, but luckily still had a lot of my originals and it also seemed easier to come across ponies in secondhand shops and such. along the way, i would come across all sorts of sesame street, barbie, jem, herself the elf, etc related things. i <3 savers, have i mentioned?

at some point, i've come to appreciate the act of decluttering. a little. it hasn't come easily to me. i'll get there, little by little.

cabbage patch kids figurines

but, (like pulling teeth) i've been picking out some things that i'm cool with letting go of. this my little pony princess is up in my shop currently. take a peek!

more to come in time. and if there's any particular 80s toy line that you're interested in, let me know. there's a good chance i have something tucked away...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2015 in tweets

some of my favorite moments of 2015, on twitter and the world in general. my favorite favorites, i guess.

2016 will be good.