Oh, I’ve just been in GW

The long and short of what I’ve been doing is Guild Wars with a smidge of SWTOR and LoTRO thrown in.

My LDoA character is nearly 12. Which is pretty good considering my attention span at previous attempts (I used to get to maybe 8 or 9). Doing dailies is hard enough but I’m getting to where I average about three times a week. Not terrible!

I need 8 more minipets to get 8/8 on my devotion monument. So that’s cool. I’ve been begging guildies and allies for their extras and buying up whatever I can on the cheap. I had a line on a mini Shiro but it got pulled for the owner’s guildie :/

I’ve been pretty good about knocking out Nightfall HM missions. It’s also the only campaign I don’t have protector for. Dzagonur Bastion is the only mission I really truly cannot seem to get masters on. I hit a rough spot with Pogahn Passage but an ally popped in and helped me sort it out. Not enough heals when I’m running around with discordway anymore. Now that I look at that pvx build I feel stupid because that’s not even close to what my discord necros were running. So that’s fun. Using builds from a year ago without checking the community rating isn’t really smart, okay?

As soon as I get my minipets solid I’ll be selling 90% of them as dedicated. Really, who needs 50 minipets? Not me. It’s that or I buy the two storage panes I don’t have already. Or yet another character slot; 12 is never enough (/facepalm). After that I’ll be farming for hero armor upgrades. A LOT. I had to take a break from vanquishing, that s*#@ is frustrating as s@&!. Yes, those are both the same word, okay? Deal with it. It’s probably been frustrating because of my crap discord builds ‘-_-

So why am I spending so much time in Guild Wars? I’ve got a fever and the only solution is beta! Not really. I mean, I’m excited but I also have social obligations during that weekend. Another reason I’ve been in game a lot is that I can’t sew without sewing machine needles. I’ve got a project that needs to be done before July so I’m stuck waiting until we’ve got some extra cash… Surprised smile I just remembered I have a little cash on my paypal >.< It took me not sewing for the past three weeks and blogging about it to remember. GREAT! Welp, now I’ve got to go to JoAnn’s this weekend too! And JoAnn’s is next to PeiWei, so I’ll want fake Japanese food and that’s just expensive. DANG IT! Sewing makes me want expensive food.

LoTRO failed to pull me in. For a game that has dx11 and was released 2 years after Guild Wars it’s got some pretty terrible graphics. Or maybe I’m just over the game. You know I have a post still in my drafts comprehensively comparing the two games. Never felt confident enough to hit publish. I have nearly 40 blog drafts. I logged in to take advantage of the anniversary celebration stuff. Mostly to see if I could go back to it to keep me busy before GW2 release. Nope. I even played with my friend Jack. It holds pretty much no interest. Having half my current quests being “locked” and needing to pay 5g to unlock my house just makes me feel hopeless about ever wanting to play again. My minstrel will probably forever remain at 65 and in Enedwaith ready to take on the baddies, while I sit at the keyboard and wonder what the heck happened to my skills. Yet again.

SWTOR is dangerous. Seriously. I’m a level 20 Chiss Bounty Hunter. I don’t know how that happened. Well, okay, I thought I’d do Ben a favor and make a Chiss so he could make a legacy Chiss Jedi. Then all of a sudden I’d played for a week, pretty much nonstop, and my house was a complete mess. I have to put on a kitchen timer when I do play so I’m not sitting there for 4 hours or more at a stretch. That’s why SWTOR is dangerous.


When projects turn out badly

I spent the majority of my afternoon and evening working on making some slipper/kimono shoes for Honeybun. They look bad and don’t fit. Frustrated and infuriated, I’ve resigned to seam ripping and making some sandals instead. This is what happens when you see an item on the internet and think you can draft a pattern for it freehand. At first I was trying to make them reversible. This is not possible FYI. Everyone just cheats by pinking the inside edges. CHEATERS!
Hopefully these *will* fit. Sandals will be better, after all it’s going to be around 90′ tomorrow and we’re going to a crawfish boil. Generally, that means we’ll be outside all day >.<
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Surprise! Pot Holder(s)!

I know it’s a bit late. I’d had the fabrics picked out and ready to go for a month or so. But life got in the way. I’d been planning on making this as a Christmas present to my mother-in-law who never has a mitten or pot holder around (until about a month ago >.<). Yesterday I realized after 45 minutes of cutting it all out I was ready to start sewing.

The whole thing was done over the course of an afternoon with kids underfoot (quite literally as Honeybun is fascinated with my sewing machine pedal). A non-childinfested home (I say these things lovingly!) could probably complete it in 2 hours flat. I used a tutorial off of sew4home which is still one of my favorite sites to take ideas from. (Sidenote: I just spent 30 minutes looking at projects >.<)

Pops’ Ruined Pillowcase Cape

What do you do with an inexplicably ruined pillowcase? You could use it for a scrappy quilt, a pillowcase is about as large as a fat quarter. Or you could make a delicate hostess apron for the upcoming holiday season. Really there’s only ever one choice: superhero cape. Continue reading

Pincushion Pillow DIY

I’ve been needing a pin cushion for a year or two, so I finally made one! I wasn’t really trying to follow a pattern or anything, but I think I ended up making one. So here we go, the very simplified no real measurement fly by the seat of your pants sewing tutorial.

I cut out a square with 6-1/2 inch dimensions. Then I took some scraps and made a sort of quilting block. Just kind of patchwork hodge podge random block. I cut some strips of different fabric about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. Sew the strips together and press the seams to one side.

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Make your own monstrous windscreen

At about 4pm on Monday I remembered that Tuesday is podcasting night (hey, we’re only on episode 3). I needed a windscreen for my headset microphone. You know, so I wouldn’t blow out my listeners’ eardrums again.

In other news Tuesday night also turned in to an angry baby noise exhibition. Follow through to see my very brief and not very informative tutorial. Continue reading

Longish weekend


Steak & Shake 😀

This weekend has felt like a series of marathons back to back.

Friday night I met my dream home. I wasn’t expecting it and really, I’m still emotionally drained and torn over the house. It’s the most beautiful, charming home I’ve ever seen but in 5 years it will be way too small and I won’t want to let it go. It needs work, not a huge amount, but it is an old house (1926) so there might be a lot of hidden needs that we are unaware/unprepared for.

Early Saturday morning we got going to take Kiddo to a birthday party in McKinney. The drive wasn’t bad at all but it’s always kind of nerve-wracking for me to be around mostly unfamiliar people. Birthday boy’s Mum tried to get my number so we could start doing playdates during the week. Still trying to get the courage to even text her. In real life, I’m more than a little shy.

We drove out to Steak and Shake afterwards since kiddo was finally hungry to realize that Benj and I both were without ID and our regular bankcards. I managed to whip out my emergency card and save the day since we had already started our drinks.

Went home and napped. For 5 hours. It was probably the worst sleep I’ve had all week, but it still helped a lot. We were trying to get ready to go to another work friends party but Girly would have nothing to do with it. The nap was not enough for her!

Benj and I played some Terraria. I say some like it lasted for 15 minutes. At one point we ordered pizza and ate. By the time I went to bed we had played for 7 hours. SEVEN. I think if anyone from my Guild Wars group reads this they’ll be pissed I wasn’t doing all the dungeons we need before the next game comes out. I genuinely had fun goofing off with Benj in a great game and the kids actually let it happen. A rare and wonderful night indeed!

Now I said I went to bed after 7 hours. I didn’t say I slept. In passing before benj fell asleep at 2 I made sure it was okay for me to buy the next Harry Dresden book. Kiddo started fussing at 5 am, I was still awake and reading. Oops. I managed to sleep for a few hours after that.

Sunday was cold pizza for breakfast, WalMart to get kiddo new sneakers, and trying to get my quilt-top finished.

When life hands you lemons, add some tequila?

Five months into house hunting, my apartment is filled to the brim, and we’ve had two contracts fall out from under us.

DFW house flippers: I hate you all and hope you burn in a fire.

I’ve been wanting to update here with quite a few posts, but I’ve been mighty busy with my soon-to-be 3 month old daughter and 3-1/2 year old son. Then there’s also the various side projects I’ve been up to. One of which should be available later this week for your listening pleasure 😉

I’ll be trying to start posting here more often… Seriously! I will!

The OMG Huge Diaper Bag–Part 3

Now that you know how the main bag came together and how it was all orchestrated (don’t I sound smart!) the time has come to see all the accessories in the bag. But first we’ll see them *out* of the bag and a few notes on how they were planned and assembled.


Starting at the top left we’ve got a small coin purse, tri-fold wallet, Kiddo’s spare outfit bag, wet bag, changing pad, burping cloth, Girly’s spare outfit bag, and a first aid bag. You may notice that based on my planning sketch I’m missing a pacifier bag and clip, I kind of gave up on that after Girly decided that she doesn’t really like pacifiers.

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The OMG Huge Diaper Bag – Part 2

Now in case you were wondering what the inspiration for the whole project was, here ya go:


FabricWith this beautiful paisley of course!

I still maintain that I started off with the best of intentions with the construction of my main bag. The fact that it came out extremely wide is disappointing but pretty much what hubby told me from the very beginning of the planning stage. Did I bother to scale it down? Nope.

Lots of pictures and details after the break!

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