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Over the past few months, I have been writing more and more. Working on my goal of reading a book a week is very inspiring, and every story that I finish gives me so many ideas for stories I might create myself. The only trouble is organizing all those ideas into a way that I can easily work on them. Organization groupie that I am, I decided to come up with a fun method to make it a little more efficient.
I know lots of people like to write on a computer, but I tend not to work well that way. I get frustrated with the fact that my words never sound quite right the first time I put them down on paper and wind up deleting the whole thing. I needed a writing method that was less conducive to instant deletion.
The last time I visited my favorite Portland art suppy store, I found just the thing I needed. I bought a set of Stabilo colored pens to color code my creative writing notebook. I use a red pen for a story about Snow White (inspired by a crazy nightmare about a neighbor), purple for a story about demons, and black for a story about Lydia (naturally). This way, no matter what I feel like working on, I can easily find all my previous notes and continue my writing.
At the moment, I feel pretty far from ready to send any of my work to publishers, but I am excited (and extremely nervous) about the prospect of publication. With my work nicely organized, I know I can just keep plugging along until my stories are ready to meet the world.
I have managed to make a huge dent in my reading goal this summer so far. There's very little that is more pleasant than sitting outside on the porch, listening to the birds, surrounded by flowers, with a stack of books by my side.
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. I picked this one up because I was intrigued by a book I saw in the staff pick of Powell's by Patrick Ness that said it was "inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd." I quickly Googled Siobhan Dowd on my phone and learned that anyone who loves young adult fiction must read her books. I couldn't agree more with my Google search. This was a thought-provoking story about the IRA and the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland that made me want to learn more about the history of the country.
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. Once I get on a young adult fiction streak, it's hard to get me to budge. This is another book suggested by the Powell's staff (They have amazing taste, by the way.), and I found it so intriguing I read almost the entire thing in one sitting. (It helped that the sitting was done on a beautiful sunny Saturday in my back yard when I should have been doing my work.) It's a new take on Hansel & Gretel that I found to be very fun and enjoyable. I'm definitely going back for more of this author's work.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black. Yep, Holly Black again. I'm a woman obsessed! I remember seeing this book at Borders when it first came out and wanting to read it, but at the time I was in college and had very little time for pleasure reading. A decade later, I finally found the time, and I am so glad I did. I have a feeling I'm going to devour all of Holly Black's books this year. I already have another one sitting in my to-read pile.
Black Spring by Alison Croggon. This is one of those books that I picked up just based on the cover. It turned out to be a story inspired by Wuthering Heights (one of my favorite books) but with witches (one of my favorite things). Thoroughly enjoyable!
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. I found out about Angela Carter through the Black Apple's blog. She has a beautiful way of writing that I fell in love with at once. Every so often, I spy her books in the sale shelves at Powell's, and I can never pass them up.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I always get excited when reading becomes part of pop culture, and the recent trend of young adult books becoming movies has been a great way to get more people reading. Of course, I can never see a movie without first having read the book, so I took this one on the plane with me to England. It was a great way to pass the time, and it kept me pretty interested during the whole trip.
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce. This is another young adult novel based on a fairy tale, this time with the little mermaid as the main character. I did realize a few chapters in that it's actually a sequel to Sweetly and that I had started this series in the wrong order, but that didn't keep me from loving it. Next up is the first book in the series, Sisters Red, so that I can get back on track with the overarching plot.
(The photo at the top is a shot of Greenland from the airplane. Staring out the window at the ocean was my other form of entertainment on the plane ride to England. I've always wanted to visit Greenland so seeing it like that was pretty incredible.)
Did anyone else get a chance to check out the supermoon on Sunday? I found out about it a little late, so I don't think I saw it when it was as big as it could have been, but it was still amazing and beautiful. I had just finished watching Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, so I felt a bit of trepidation about wandering around in my yard at night alone, but our dog, Roofus, kept me company, and I even caught a shot of Tony as he closed up his shop for the night.
Now I'm excited to see what other kinds of astronomical wonders I might be able to spy before the Portland area clouds up with the changing weather. I've been using the app Star Walk to keep track of what's coming up and to learn about new and interesting happenings.
A new dolly dress design inspired by the beautiful mountains out here. Some days I really miss the Midwest, but I don't know that I could ever move away from mountains after having lived near them for so long.
This summer has been pretty busy around my household, with lots of new and exciting projects. I have been working to get my creations into more shops, and the first step was bringing my Flapper knitting needles to an adorable knitting shop in London called Loop. It was so much fun being able to visit a customer that's so far away.
A month or so ago, Tony finally got a chance to start a new hobby he's been interested in. It's either beekeeping or spacewalking.
I crossed a major item off my bucket list: I visited Stonehenge! In case you can't tell, it was ridiculously sunny there.
With all those activities, I needed a bit of a break, so I taught Lydia to make breakfast in the mornings. She's a pretty great cook!
You can find me on Instagram as @BeesKneesIndustries.
I was invited by the lovely folks of the &Stitches blog to be one of the guest writers for their Summer Bloggin' series. I decided to do a couple of posts about some image transfer methods for embroidery that I have been experimenting with. The first post covers some of the specialty pens and pencils available for embroiderers, and the second post goes over transfer methods that can be done with household items.
I hope you enjoy the posts, and be sure to take a look at the rest of the blog. It's always full of amazing inspiration and information.
July was quite a whirlwind for me. I got back from my trip to England and just couldn't seem to catch up. Don't summers tend to go that way, though? Best just to enjoy it and go with the flow.
England was such a wonderful place to visit. Tony and I went there for his sister's wedding, and it was so nice being able to spend time getting to know her better and meeting more of Tony's family. Of course, we managed plenty of other mischief while we were there.
I drank plenty of tea. Earl Grey. Hot. I've been a heavy tea drinker since I was a kid, so I was in heaven in the land of tea. (The coffee drinkers in the group were less than enamoured of the ubiquitous instant coffee, though.)
Perhaps I drank a bit too much tea. You are what you eat, er, well, drink.
The wedding was out in the country, so Tony and I spent some time traipsing around British forests. They're spooky and wonderfully different than the forests in Oregon.
In London, we didn't bother to see Big Ben and only walked past Buckingham Palace, but we made certain to see Sherlock Holmes' aparment. We have our priorities.
We also took a day trip to see some of the sights around the rest of England, like the cathedral in Bath, where this happened:
Tony proposed! (And I said yes, of course.)
A million thanks to Tony's cousin for being on hand with a camera. It's good to know I'll be marrying into a family of shutterbugs. I'm sure I'll fit right in.
Creating tiny printables is so much fun, I didn't want to hoard all the excitement for myself. The process of making scaled miniatures is really pretty simple, but it's something I didn't understand for a while, so I thought I'd share how it works.
All you need to make miniatures to scale is an understanding of what scale you are using. Playscale, the scale for Blythes, is also called 1/6 scale, meaning that everything is 1/6 the size that it would be for you and me. To make any paper item (like newspapers or seed packets) the right size for Blythe, you just print it out 1/6 as big as the original object.
To demonstrate this fact, my dolly, nerd that she is, asked me to make her some 1/6 scale Magic cards. To do this, I just scanned in my own Magic cards (yep, I'm also a nerd), scaled them down to 17% of their original size in Photoshop, and printed them out. Easy peasy! The percentage, 17%, is simply 1 divided by 6, as in 1/6 scale.
If you don't have Photoshop, you can also set this percentage in the print settings of whatever program you are using. For instance, if you have a PDF of a human-sized printable, printing it at 17% in Adobe Reader would make it appropriately sized for Blythe.
This same concept works for any other scale, too; you just change the fraction. Traditional dollhouses, for instance, are 1/12 scale and many ball-jointed dolls are 1/3 scale. If you're not sure what scale your doll is, you can always measure her height and see what fraction that is of six feet. Blythe dolls are one foot high, which is 1/6 of six feet, hence, they are 1/6 scale.
What will you make for your dolly?
I've mentioned a few times here how nice it is finally to have time to catch up on all the projects I had started over the past few years. This is one of those projects. I completed this embroidery years ago, but I waited until I finished the embroidery pattern to show it to anyone. I'm not sure why it took me two entire years to make the embroidery pattern for it, but there are some mysteries in life that will simply never be understood.
It's such a wonderful feeling to finish an old project, and I really like the way this one turned out. If you'd like to stitch an umbrella gal of your own, you can find the pattern in my shop.