Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Doing Things!

Doing things is important, even when you are TERRIBLE at things.  Bowling is fun, but holy wow do we suck!  Scores of awesomeness:




Yeah, we're not exactly pros, but that's okay!  Sometimes it's hard to break out from habits and try things that you aren't great at, but what fun is playing it safe all the time?  Also, you might miss out on things like a table top Ms. Pac Man machine:



What are some things that you enjoy but aren't exactly amazing at?

-kala


Friday, February 14, 2014

Adventures in Gelli Printing

Lately, the dining table has been getting a lot of use. No, not for eating on, but for printing:


After reading about monoprinting in one of my classes, I decided that I wanted to give it a try.  Because really, just reading about an art technique is only so much fun, right?  So after a bit of research, I decided to pick up a Gelli Arts Printing Plate.  It seemed like a fun way to jump into printing, and I love that I don't need a press!  We bought the 6 X 6 plate, I figured it would be a good place to start and I can always buy another one later.  It's been a ton of fun playing around with this thing so far.  Here are some of my favorite prints I've pulled:




Some of the prints I've done are actual monoprints, but it's also fun to layer things, re-press, and see what happens. 

In other printing news, I signed up for a screenprinting workshop taking place in a couple of months; I'm super excited! 

Have you guys played with any kind of printing?  I'd love to hear about it!

-kala

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dyeing Sock Yarn!

Today I got together with a couple of friends to dye some sock yarn!  It was fun, although I'm thinking that two of my skeins are going to come up....somewhat barfy.  But that's okay, if I really hate them, I can always over dye them later.  Or shun them.  Here's the one that I think is gonna be purty:


Here's a picture of Chelsea working on one of her skeins:


For the most part, the yarn we used was Panda Cotton.  Chelsea found a place where you can buy the stuff undyed, so we all went in on an order.  I also dyed a skein of Pediwick that I got for Christmas.  So after the dye sets, I'll have three pairs of socks worth of hand dyed goodness, yay!  Once everything is set, rinsed, and dry, I'll show off my yarn...even the ugly skeins.  

Have you ever dyed yarn?  What kind of yarn and dye did you use?

Note: while I have done design work for Crystal Palace, maker of Panda Cotton, and have received yarn from them for free or as payment in the past, we paid for this yarn ourselves and our opinions are our own.

-kala


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Post Vacation



Coming back from vacation is so hard!  Especially when you spend a week in California and come back to arctic dooom!  I'll be sharing more photos from vacation soon, especially the food.  Seriously, we ate SO MUCH AMAZING VEGAN FOOD!  

Speaking of doom, Spring semester had started.  And even though it's only the first week of classes, I already have a hilarious amount of work and reading to get done.  But I always seem to get things done, so I guess I'll be okay.

And you know what I did today?  I actually knit!  It's amazing!  I pulled out a scarf I've been working on for way too long and got that going again.  I'm also thinking about joining the Follow Your Arrow KAL, mostly because a certain Chelsea I know gave me the "do it" eyes!

Are any of you guys doing the KAL?  My main issue is that I can't decide what yarn to pick....I'm also wondering if I should go for a solid shawl or do the striped option, hmmmm.  I really am a sucker for stripes though, so I'm guessing that I'll head in that direction.

-kala  




Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve Eve

Okay, Christmas Eve Eve might not be a thing...but it kind of is, right?  Maybe.  Anyway, we haven't been super Christmas-y this year, so tonight we went to see the Phalen Holiday Lights in the Park.  Yay for Christmas activities!  Here are a few pics I was able to snag:

 



Cute, right?  It was a fun little activity - not something I think I would do every single year, but every few years might be nice.

We also fully intended on getting to the James J. Hill house (fancy gigantic historical mansion) this month for one of their holiday programs, but time seemed to get away from us this year.  We did however manage to get to the Mall of America to look at decorations and take some pictures with huge Christmas ornaments:

  
Can you tell which character is depicted on the gigantic ornament?

We've also been failing on the Christmas cookie front.  Usually by now, we would have made several different kinds of cookies, but so far we've only really made one batch!  Crazy pants!  Tomorrow is gingerbread people night though, and I'm really looking forward to it.  We ALWAYS use this recipe from the PPK, it's awesome.

What are some of your favorite cookies to make for the holidays?

-kala

Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Break!

Fall semester is over and I'm so glad to be on Winter break!  It's a nice little break before heading into the Spring semester.  Although, like I was telling a friend this week, it seems wrong here in Minnesota to call anything that starts in January a "Spring" semester since it takes place during the most horrifying months of Winter.

Anyway, we put up our tree (finally!):

  
As you can see, we have a pretty wee Christmas tree.  As you might not be able to see, it's duct taped to the table to keep Ritz from taking down the whole operation.

I've also been knitting a bit!  I started a pair of mittens but the yarn I was using foiled my plans.  You know those skeins that you try in several different projects and they never quite turn out how you want them to?  This yarn is all about that.  Something about the colors just looks awful in every pattern I've tried.  But I did inherit a big ol' cone of silvery laceweight that will someday become a shawl.  Because I clearly don't have enough shawls, right?

What are you guys up to?  Any last minute gift crafting?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday

Today, since it's Small Business Saturday, my husband and I did some Christmas shopping at a few local shops.  We're lucky enough to live in a pretty awesome part of the city that's within walking distance of some great shops.  That being said, it's always nice to have a reminder to shop local and support some of the businesses that make a city unique.

One of the best places we stopped by today was new to us, St. Paul Pet Supply.  From the outside, it looks like it only has stuff for dogs, but there is actually a fair amount of supplies and toys for kitties too.  It was a cute little shop with great prices and a fun selection of toys, so we'll be back for sure.  They also gave out reuseable shopping bags full of samples in celebration of Small Business Saturday, so that was cool too.

We also stopped by Wet Paint and I got a little something for my husband.  If you are an art supply or office supply junkie, you need to head over to Wet Paint immediately, you will be in heaven!

After we finished our shopping trip, we decided to have lunch at World Street Kitchen.  I'm pretty obsessed with this place, they have AMAZING food and if you haven't been there, you need to go NOW!  We shared a vegan plate of dips and we each had a Bangkok Burrito with crispy tofu:


We went to a few other places, but I think I'll save those for a longer post I'm planning on local shops to visit for holiday gifts.

Did you do any shopping for Small Business Saturday today?

-kala
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