Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wall hanging

DSCN1509, originally uploaded by alicen.

I have a vaguely unhealthy relationship with 70s-style textiles.

Dinosaur hat

IMG_0509, originally uploaded by alicen.

Hat that I made for Tom a while back.

90s dress

IMG_0506, originally uploaded by alicen.

Made of recycled t-shirts. Quick project with a friend's serger. Totally ridiculous.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

This week in my brain

*I've been really busy. Like way too much. There was travel, and guests, and lots of other stuff. It's starting to abate a bit, but everything is still chaotic. Which also means I haven't uploaded pictures in forever, so this post will be short on pictures.

*This totally describes my demographic at the moment.

*I actually became and official shop tenant with Ardent, and I've been spending some amount of time repairing broken bits of Syzygryd. Much soldering of tiny electronics. It's going to this thing in a couple of weeks.
still not a render, now with fire
Honestly I'm not finding as much time for this as I'd like. Hopefully that'll shift this spring/summer.

*I got my IUD out and bought a book with a horrible cover in hopes of figuring out enough about what's going on with my uterus to only need to use condoms sometimes. This is the first time I've been off hormonal birth control in about a decade, so I have NO IDEA how my body will react. I'm kind of curious.

*I've been listening to Amanda Palmer's Australia album constantly. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. (I'm not sure what "that sort of thing" is - angsty girl music? Jokes about pubic hair and Vegemite?)

*Wedding planning is proceeding. We have a date, and a location, though that's about it. Tom is working on catering, and I'm working on everything else. There is surprising amount of everything else. And to everyone who says "just think of it as a big party" - catered parties for more than a hundred people take a fuckload of time to plan, too. And I have WAY more interesting hobbies than planning that shit. It matters to me to have the party and have it all work, but I don't have to like it.

*Pinterest and Instagram are pretty cool. I'm mostly using those to collect images now.

*I went to Yosemite with my dad, in the snow. It was beautiful! But I haven't uploaded the pictures.

*I am frustrated with my Personal Fashion Concept, or lack thereof. Usually this means I need to get rid of a bunch of stuff and go shopping. Ehn.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I am alive

Though not blogging much lately. I just spent a week being unpleasantly sick, and did a great many sewing and knitting type things while laid up. The list:
-2 hats (one with dinosaurs)
-1 pair of socks
-finishing on one sweater
-one dress
-various mending
-started some handwarmers

I also have another dress and some other bits and pieces that were finished recently. I really ought to catch up on the pictures.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Here are some concrete, measurable goals:

1. Be more healthy. Exercise. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Get enough sleep. Less alcohol and caffeine, more water. Reasonable portion sizes.

2. Cook at home more often. Expand my cooking repertoire. Think more about what I'm putting into my body.

3. Own less stuff. Get rid of things I'm not using. Avoid buying things I don't need. Always think about whether I can make it myself.

4. Remember niceties. Send thank you notes. Remember birthdays. Wrap presents. Write letters.

5. Better time management. Don't overcommit. Let things go when I need to.

And unmeasurable ones: Dream big. Figure out what I'm doing with my life. Start a marriage. Look fabulous. Travel the world. Build a home. Practice radical self-expression. Make art and magic. Be creative in all things.

I need to do the first bit to facilitate the (much more important in the grand scheme of things) second bit. One of thing big themes of the past couple of months for me has been noticing how the clutter of daily life can build up to the point where it's basically impossible to work on the big stuff. I either overload, and go crazy with stress, or get overstimulated to the point where it's hard to come up with new ideas. This next year is about finding the balance between all the things I want to do, and making room for them.