Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What would I do without YouTube?

Say what you like about the nasty porn, the racist epithets and so on, there are things I love about the internet.

One thing I love is YouTube. Not for dumb videos blogs or video of people hurting each other.

No, I love it for the fact I can learn how to do just about anything with a simple search.

For example.. things I have learned from YouTube.

1. How to tie a sari for my LARP character.
2. How to neatly and easily carve a whole turkey!
3. Information about top and bottom bobbin tension (several)
4. And today, how to attach bias binding!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I would have sworn I blogged pre-Christmas... (pic heavy & long)

But apparently this isn't the case.

So first off. Merry Christmas (or your chosen holiday of this time of year).

This is our tree, from Christmas morning. With small person looking through for presents for one of the people present (at that time, her, me, and her dad).

There was MUCH baking done. Some (uncharacteristic) family dramas (though thankfully, not on the day itself). There was fairly mild weather (hurrah). My maple glazed ham was awesome, and so was my turkey and the pudding was stupendous. Okay not a lot of modesty there, but I loved eating them anyway. Family reaction was a bit more varied. ;-)

And there was loot. Too many to list here, so I'll just mention those likely to be of interest to the bulk of my readership. (ha! I have a readership. giggles..)

I got a beautiful necklace to go with last years bracelet & earrings. black with pearls and silver beads. I also got a gorgeous book on gothic art. Thus..

You can see the necklace in the next picture.

Sitting on another gift - a signed first edition of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. :)

On the holidays front, I've also been working on sewing a bit. I am aiming to sew actual pieces of clothing.

You see, I made the doll's clothes my daughter requested. While fiddly, it did wonders for my self-confidence for sewing. You can see them here. Princess and Prince Charming costumes. Made by varying the patterns for basic dresses/pants etc.

So anway. I first tried a simple skirt for my daughter. Which she loved.

Next came..

the butterfly dress. Which was also a hit.

After this? Well... I'm going to try something for me.

This. In blue with random white polka dots. Which makes me happy.