Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Fabulous Game....


Okay, I couldn't resist. I saw this game on someone else's blog and had to try. It tests your vocab- you can learn lots of fun new words, but while you're doing it you get to help people!!!!! Check it out. freerice.com
For every word you get right, a company donates 20 grains of rice to end world hunger. And you can play as many times and as much as you want. If you go to options, there are all sorts of cool things you can do, but you can even make the game keep track of how many grains of rice you cause to be donated! It's good for your brain, good for wasting time, and good for saving the world. Try it. I promise, I had a blast. I've played for great amounts of time, and already donated over 13000 grains of rice! That's a lot of rice. Try it.
Okay, good night.
I'll get off of my soap box now.

Note

I've added an Imeem music playlist to my page. Imeem is a lot of fun. Listen to some funky and fabulous music as you explore my page. You can even open the stand alone player so that you can keep listening to it as you go to other pages.

Book



Alright. I know I didn't name the book, buts that's because I figure if I don't say the name, I won't get overly excited. I'm going to plug my ears and close my eyes and type the name. Promise, I won't look. The book is Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer. It's the fourth book in the Twilight Saga.
Okay, now let me change topics.
I made this one for a friend, for her dorm room. It's made on Norway Spruce (uber bendy) with a very royal purple chenille yarn, and super fine champagne colored silk thread.
Agonizing, isn't it?

Waiting on a Date (With a Book)

So, I couldn't think of what I was going to post today. I thought and thought and thought and then realized- hey! This is my blog. I can babble about whatever it is I wish. And it seems like recently, the only thing I want to talk about is this book I've been waiting for. I've been waiting for it for a year, and had it pre-ordered just about that long. It's finally being released Saturday, and the waiting is killing me! You'd think that after a year, I could wait the last two days with no sweat. Hah. Right.
To make matters better, the last couple of weeks the author has posted a quote a day from the book on her website, and some of them are down right infuriating, they're so.... I don't know. You know some things are happening, just not with which characters, and that's maddening to me. I want to know!!!! I want to know, because that means I have the book in my hands, that the series will be complete at last. And then there's the part of me that doesn't want the saga to be over.... Well, what can you do? Just read the silly thing and shut up, I expect. Would that it were so easy.
Okay. I'm going to take deep breaths and try not to think about it.
I know, I'll think about the movie they're making of the first book. It looks God-awful. I mean it. The actors they picked for the lead roles are all wrong, as well as many of the others. And then, other media I've found about the filming and the film itself just make the situation worse. I hate when movies aren't true to books. Absolutely abhor it. I'm trying to convince myself that I won't go see it. Trying really hard.
Does anybody think I need a shrink yet? This is what happens when you leave a girl alone with her computer and her thoughts. I need to go do something crafty. Really. Have a great day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Fun Toy



So, I got this at Papyrus for a reasonable price when I went to visit my fambly. It's a glass antique style pen, and it came with the bottle of ink. They had multiple colors of pens and inks, but I like blue, so I picked this one. It's great, and it writes beautifully, if you do it on the right paper.
Before you ask, just let me say that it works based on a principle of physics called "surface tension." If you want to know more, google that. (That's for you, little bro). It's gorgeous to look at, and fun to use, because people look at you like you're doing magic or something, to make a hunk of glass write. You can't see it, but the nib(the clear glass part) has little ribbing, or channels, or whatever it is you wish to call them. That's where the ink sits.
Alright. Now you are educated.
Smile.
XOXO

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Your Surprise

It's today, which means it's time for the surprise!!!! This one goes out to my friend EAH, who loves this, and who always bullied me into making it for her.

Cornbread(KSM's Way)

2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar (I use less, but some like it sweet)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

Mix all together in a big bowl. Batter should be lumpy. I usually add some crushed red pepper for flavor and color, or you can add corn- put it through the blender a couple times. If desired, you can add onion. Grease muffin tins or grease size 10 cast iron skillet with butter/margarine. Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake muffins for about 20 minutes, until golden brown on top, or until toothpick comes out clean. If done in a skillet, it will take about an hour to cook. You should be able to tell when its finished by testing with a knife.
This is great served hot with butter, and goes wonderfully with any chilly. I find myself making it a lot more than just when we have chilly, though.

I had to make it once for some class, and E had it, and ever after she was wanting me to make it again. So, I did. Turns out, she was sharing it with her friends, and they loved it too. I took it to a party and all the good junk food just lay ignored. There was hardly any cornbread left at the end!!! I hope you enjoy.
xoxoxo KSM

Last Night's Project



So, this is last night's commission. I offered to make my sister a dream catcher, and she said sure. And then, she said she was going to give it to her boyfriend, so that I had to make it so that he would like it. The web is actually two different threads- a cool silvery green and white.
I made this one the right way, which is to say with a feather descending directly from the center circle. That's how the good dreams are supposed to get to the sleeper, after all.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tomorrow...

Tomorrow I have a surprise. A small gift for anyone who happens on the page. Look for it, I hear this is very...Coveted. That's the word. Coveted.

My Dream Catcher




So, here are a few pictures of the dream catcher I made for myself yesterday. The frame is made from a carefully bent crab apple branch. They recommend you use varieties of willow, because of their flexibility, or even old grape vine, but you have to soak that. You can soak most any type of branch and it will loosen up a bit, but that can get messy. So What I do is go out and test different things for flexibility. I would just stick with willow, but the branches get thicker and more brittle as time passes, and very few of them will actually make the complete circle without breaking. The wild rose vines are not available now that summer is here. So, yesterday, when I went looking, I discovered that crab apple branches are extremely flexible. The thicker, the better. I wanted my dream catcher to be bigger than the ones I'd done before, because I wanted a big one. The thing about crab apple branches is getting them off the tree. I mean, I practically had to go get a hacksaw to get this one off, and at its base, it was only about as big around as one of my fingers. They are really attached.
So, I got the branch, did the bending business. It's a bit like a balloon, in the sense that you need to gently flex it before you attempt to bend it full circle. Go slowly- it takes time. Usually, I like a branch long enough that it can go around twice, giving it a nice braided look, but the thicker the branch and the bigger the circle, the less chance there is of that. I wrapped this one with white yarn, because it was not a particularly attractive branch. The red color of the wild rose is nice. There should also be a picture of one done on a green frame. That's the wild rose with the outer layer of skin peeled off. Anyway. Then I did the webbing, and hung the nice flint arrowhead in the center. The web is done with a steely blue silk embroidery thread. The feathers for the end are mostly owl feathers, but there are others mixed in.
The dream catcher's purpose is simple; to capture bad dreams and to bring good dreams. Bad dreams enter from the frame and diffuse over the webbing, where they get caught in the central circle, and dissipate in daylight. Good dreams enter through the hole in the center and slide down through the feathers to the sleeper. They are, of course, a Native idea, and whether or not they are very effective (I haven't had any bad dreams with one hanging over my head), they are extremely beautiful. Look for more of these in the future!

To Accompany My Slide Show...

Scrapbooking. I don't have it as a hobby, but I love doing it, and I've had to for some school projects. So, these are pretty basic and simple, but pretty. These are from a variety of massive school projects, mostly from English and French.
Just a simple drawstring bag, I've made bigger, but I can't seem to find any of them right now. Very basic, very handy. I used mine for locker storage, but it's also great for travel.
Just some of my drawings, taking from a variety of days and even years. Not necessarily my best, but they're fun. One of my favorites is in here....
The bag is one I made for my senior prom. Well, I didn't make it, but I did all the redecorating. It was three tiers of ugly black satin, but I fixed that and made it much more appropriate.
Okay, now the belt weaving was fun. There's a purse, a small table candy bag, and a pencil holder. There were no instructions on how to do this anywhere, but I wanted to do it. So one night, I stayed up uber late to just work it out. And I did! Boy was I tired in the morning. It was worth it. They look great, and everybody loves them. Unfortunately, I am now all out of belts.
Then jewels...Well, these cover a range of my years. I've been doing this for a very long time, and there are some good pieces here. I don't have records of everything I've ever made, but it doesn't matter. My wonderful Auntie started me on this course years ago, and I haven't been able to stop. Te he! My favorite might be the black ribbon bracelet with the roman and Greek coins- it makes wonderful sounds when you shake it. Or, it could be either of the two traditional Native bracelets, which were woven on a loom. They take hours, especially if your seed beads aren't carefully separated. Mine weren't. Then there's one image, the handflower, that I would like to explain. I have a more complex one, but it's going under renovation. The handflower is the bracelet you see me wearing that has extensions and a ring. A long time ago, slave women used to wear them. It marked them as what they were. I think they're rather beautiful. As soon as I finish the other, I'll post a picture. This one looks great in the sunlight and can be rather distracting if you're driving. My family is addicted to jewelry, so this is a great hobby to have.
Lastly, my latest habit is the creation of dreamcatchers. I'll do a separate blog on this, but these pictures all feature small dreamcatchers I made using various frames of rose vines, willow, and copper wire, featuring embroidery floss, quilting thread, and beads, buttons, and shells for the dangles. I've given all of them away as gifts, and had none for me. Pooh. Enjoy!

First Thing's First...

Hello, everyone, and no one, if you're all that's out there. I'm new to this, but I think I can remember to come post off and on. First, though, I need to get some of my previous doings up, so we'll have something to talk about, or things I can babble about should the muse fail me. Greetings to all, and welcome to those who would join me in this venture!!!!