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August 31, 2010

Tea and Torn Pages

I was having my morning cup of tea (Earl grey, 2 sweet and lows) when I had a fantastic idea! I think I’m going to make a bunch of crocheted Christmas ornaments for my extended family. But they have to be crazy cute! Like candy or something. Candy is the ultimate in cute. I bet I could come up with some cute little patterns. I’d share them here, of course. Wouldn’t that be splendiferous?

Yesterday Shawn and I went to the pier so he could fish. I brought my yarn and worked on the cookie scarf while the waves made pretty sounds. We had a good time even though he didn’t catch anything. We left when the rain began.

Crocheting on the pier

Some relaxing quiet time on the pier.

When we got home I decided to attack a canvas with some books and glue. I had an old painting that my stepbrother’s ex-girlfriend had done (and left when they moved out). It wasn’t that wonderful and she didn’t want it back. I tore up a couple of books that were falling apart and already missing pages (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a David Eddings novel, and a self-help book that was left in the house by the previous tenants). I have torn up pages and decopaged them to the canvas in a random fashion. Now I intend to get a bunch of colorful magazine pages and decopage them into a bird in the middle. At least that’s the plan at the moment. When I make art it tends to shift in direction continually and then end result is never what was initially intended.

The day before yesterday was interesting as well. In a half-hearted attempt at getting some exercise Shawn and I traveled to Gulfport, MS to go to the outlet mall. We had no intentions of spending money but ended up spending a bit more than we should have.  Shawn, as I may not have mentioned before, is 6 feet and 5 inches tall and wears a size 15 shoe. He’s rather hard to shop for (bet he can reach all the high shelves for me!). We were wandering around the mall when we came upon the Casual Male XL store! I heard angels singing! Shawn had never been there (as it turns out he never really bothered looking for clothes that would actually fit him, he just did with the tiny bit of clothes he could find and always bought the same style of shorts from Wal-mart. Men.) and was surprised to find clothes that were too big for him! He was quite elated which of course made me giddy too. We got him a lovely tan herringbone suit jacket and two pairs of nice trousers. We fawned over some Rockport boots for him, but ultimately decided we had spent too much. We were just about to leave when he spotted the Fossil outlet and offered to buy me a purse. We went in and looked around but nothing caught my fancy, except a lovely deal they had on watches. So Shawn got a watch face and three straps for about $50! We had really overspent ourselves at this point (Not because of bills but because we’re saving for our end of the month trip to Wisconsin) when we spotted a Wilson’s Leather outlet… Shawn decided to grab a can of leather care spray for his two jackets he had bought a few years ago… when I spotted a lovely plaid pea coat! I had been looking far and wide for a nice winter coat that didn’t make me look like a plus size blob (even though I am, but I have shape dammit! Let me show it!). So a good bit of money later I had a new coat and we were running for the car with our eyes covered so as to not be distracted into any more stores. I think it’s probably the last spending we’ll be doing for a while but I still have my eyes on a purse and some shoes from the Fossil catalog. They’ll simply have to wait.

I suppose it must be lunch time.

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