Monday, September 22, 2014

Another thing....

That is frustrating about manga, not just Shoujo in this case, and really anime as well, is that it makes me want to draw. 

It's been like that since I was about 12 and saw Robotech on summer morning cartoons while my mom was sleeping from having worked nights and my dad was at work.  It was like a revelation and I was almost literally entranced by the completely different style of art which I immediately set out to copy to the best of my ability. 

In high school and attending community college (so, over 20 years ago) since I was sitting at a desk pretty much all day, every day, I was actually pretty good at drawing. I even still have the partially filled sketchbooks to prove it.  I found it difficult to *sketch* since my lines tended to be overly dark and solid but other than that I had gotten to the point that what I drew was interesting and generally in correct perspective. What I *couldn't* manage was to decide ahead of time what to draw and then have that appear on the paper. I sort of had to just go with whatever showed up.  

Now though, I am very much out of practice and have no desire to spend hours every day practicing my drawing, especially since I *need* to spend a fair amount of time on various needlework projects if I'm going to have anything to sell. Which is where the frustration comes in, since the desire is very strong but the ability to do much about it is distinctly lacking.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I should know better....

Than to read Shoujo manga. Since The advice in Song of Solomon to not awaken desire too soon works just as well for widows as the "maidens" it was intended for.  In fact, I generally stay away from even Christian-themed romance novels (much less the nearly pornographic standard variety) because frustrated physical or and/or emotional desire isn't going to make life better for me *or* the kids who would have to deal with me being cranky.

Unfortunately, I wasn't really thinking about that when Eldest Kidlet offered me the first volume of Skip-Beat since I usually stick to Shonen manga and had read no Shoujo in several years. Surprise, surprise, given that I found the relationships in such Shonen as Inu Yasha and Rurouni Kenshin to be extremely romantic, Skip-Beat is nearly unbearably so.  It doesn't help that the artist did a very good job of catching the sort of tender, amused, or intense looks that are something I definitely miss.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


This is one of two live oaks in the front yard.
Son (with Littlest Kidlet as spotter and assistant and all of us on straps to guide each branch as it came down) has been working away at it because it is unattractive, full of galls (which I'm keeping for dyeing) full of spiders in the fall, and trying to grow an oak forest in our lawn. Any two or so of those would be grounds for termination in my universe (besides, we need the room for fruit trees) so it is going away.

Once the branches are cut we drag them to the back yard 
Where it is (mostly) my job to cut them up as much as I can without sawing so that the bits can go in the chiminea. I'm considering renting a wood chipper so that we can mulch up at least some of it and speed up the process at the same time.

My intention was to replace this tree with a 'Dolgo' crabapple which has large, useful fruit but I'll need Eldest Kidlet to get pictures to show why the plan was changed. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

The six cubic yards of mulch that I ordered Friday was delivered this morning as scheduled. Son, Littlest Kidlet and I have moved a decent amount of it so far but need to finish getting it spread as the pile is blocking the garage. It's important to do this quickly since a large portion of my nursery order showed up on Saturday. I now have almost two dozen fruit trees (hurrah for dwarf varieties) and berry bushes either soaking or just plain waiting to get planted.

This is actually phase two since "phase one" was clearing the front flower beds of the dark, heavy, mosquito havens that passed for bushes there. Son and I planted a number of yellow "Knock-out" roses as well as some herbs and other edible flowers.

There are some more flowers scheduled to go in once the rest of my order gets here (and of course the beds got mulched today while this picture is a little older) but I'm generally very satisfied with the results.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Been awhile

In the meantime (in between the second -to-last post and the one before this) We've moved to the Houston area, Eldest Kidlet is attending the local high school as a freshman, and I'm waiting on a massive nursery order that the other kids and I have been prepping the yard for.

Also, the oldest two and I will be going with a church group to Mongolia for a short-term missions trip (the first for any of us) in July. I've created a Facebook Page so that supporters can follow the process and know what the current prayer needs are.

Monday, February 3, 2014


I'm trying to get Ravelry to look to my new needlework/business specific blog Knit'n Kitten Fiberarts Studio but so far have had no luck. This is an attempt to see if this blog is still linked to Ravelry instead.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm finally posting this

Here is the picture of the scarf I was working on that suddenly caused me to wax poetic a couple of weeks ago.

It is made from hand-spun wool yarn in rather circus-like colors and the hook is actually plated in 14kt gold (which I think was a gift-with-purchase since I wouldn't actually pay for such a thing).

The photo was taken by the Eldest Kidlet, who is working on her photography as well as several other projects for school.