Monthly Archives: December 2012


This past year has been pretty decent. Here’s why:

  1. I didn’t kill anyone (trust me, that’s a huge accomplishment!).
  2. I spent two summer weeks in Italy. Traipsing around Rome and Tuscany gives one a little bit of perspective.
  3. I tried (and failed miserably) to start a flourishing Etsy business with my BF and a friend of ours. All yarn crafts. We probably got into the swing a little too late, though, seeing as how most of our wares were winter accessories.
  4. I started quilting. I thought it might be a passing craze, but much like Hakuna Matata, turns out it ain’t.

For 2013, here’s what I hope to accomplish:

  1. Redesign and expand this blog. Having received some Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver courses as a Christmas present (Thank you!!), I foresee this to be a fun project! I think the expansion might include a bit more science-y thingamabobs too.
  2. Build up an inventory and head out to the mean streets of local craft fairs. I’m hoping my good friend over at Entropy Crafts can help show me the ropes!
  3. Organize my life. I am seriously one of the most unorganized human beings that ever existed (okay, okay, some of those people on Hoarders have me beat, but I’m not far behind!). I spend hours drooling over the organizational tips and tricks on Pinterest but have a complete inability to transfer those skills to my own life. Well, this year it’s time to learn.
  4. Complete my Oral Qualifying Exam. What is that, you ask? It’s the next hurdle to receiving my Ph.D. You don’t hear me talk about it often (although it is in the title of my blog…) but I am working toward my Ph.D. in Chemistry. Completion of this resolution will first require that I don’t drop out entirely and attempt to live off my earnings as an amateur crafter.
  5. Quit smoking. ‘Nuff said.

What are your resolutions? Any suggestions for the blog? Let me know in the comments!

Happy New Year!



Santa’s Little…er…Big Helper

That’s what I feel like. I’ve been busy, busy, busy in my sewing cave, whipping up Christmas presents, stockings, and gift bags. For now though, I’m taking a break from cleaning up the sty that is my apartment to give you all an update on my random sewing projects.

Now, I can’t share everything as most of it is supposed to be a surprise for Christmas, but here’s a taste:

  • I finally finished the Christmas table runner for myself! Pictures to come soon. Promise.
  • Five stockings! I purchased Laurie Wisbrun’s Brr collection as my primary fabrics (they aren’t represented well in the photo below as I’d used up most of them by the time I got to the fifth stocking). The remainder were random holiday fabrics selected from my LQS.


  • I also wrapped all of my presents with fabric bags! I found some cute holiday prints at my LQS, including some hubba-hubba-hunks from Alexander Henry’s All I want for Christmas Pin-ups. Let me tell you, I had a hard time cutting that one up. I was able to save some for myself though. Think I’ll do a wall hanging highlighting the boys. Yummy. Anyway…they weren’t the only featured fabrics on my holiday bags. Also had these, all lined up and ready for shipping today:


(click the image for a larger photo and you can see the cute puppies!)

Well, folks, that’s all I have for today. More to come after Christmas.

Happy holidays!