back to normal

Whew. Well, I am finally back in Austin, meaning that now things should be getting back to normal. Classes start on Monday (ack!) and I have a job interview on Tuesday (double ack!). I measured the throw pillows I have and they’re 18″x18″, then I measured my fabric … and wouldn’t you know it? I don’t have enough fabric to make three matching pillowcases. The pillows themselves aren’t bad since I just bought them at Target about eight months ago, but they’re solid navy blue and boring as hell. And I’m not a big fan of navy blue. Also, I can’t imagine why on earth I only bought three since I’m generally not a big fan of odd numbers. So I think I’m just going to go out and buy a fourth pillow and get enough fabric for four.

I also scanned some images from some old sketchbooks to serve as inspiration for my embroidery. Originally I was planning to trace the images with one of those disappearing-ink pens to exactly replicate the drawings, but I have since decided on a more freehand approach ’cause that’s just how I roll.

I tend to do a lot of abstract line drawings so I think a series of four pillows with these kind of random designs would look pretty spiffy in a college apartment, eh? The little guy … well I just thought he was cute. Found him in a sketchbook from my first semester of college. I might embroider him on something just for fun, he’s just so pudgy. I need to draw more, I do so love it. More meaningful posts to come – honestly!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

home for a bit

So tomorrow (later today) I shall be leaving for home, or rather my parents’ home. Hopefully while I’m there I can buy a new memory card reader and external hard drive. I’m a slave to technology. Anyway, so I’m officially done with the year and now is just the long wait to see what my grades are … very nerve-wracking since I was on the border for most of my classes. But I have my mommy’s wonderful cooking to look forward to. Why, oh why couldn’t I have inherited her height or her fantastic-ness in the kitchen? Seriously not fair.

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Anyway, since I cannot upload any pictures of what I’ve been working on, I present sketches I did from a few years back (these date back to high school). I’m thinking about putting them on pillows. The image is of crappy quality (back when I had a crappy scanner) but I think I think if I embroidered it in bright purple or something on a white pillow it would be pretty nifty looking.

Oh, and I almost completely forgot. I made bread the other day for the first time. Saturday afternoon I made bread, and it didn’t rise. And no, I didn’t kill the yeast. So that ended up being a flat thing of really, really chewy bread. I tried again Sunday, and turned on the oven and let the dough sit on top (at the suggestion of my roommate). And voila! It rose, though the bread still didn’t turn out all that great. By the end of the summer I hope to perfect this bread-making business – wish me luck!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]