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Name That Tune!

Still feeling out of sorts thanks to getting food poisoning this week. Ugh. In the spirit of feeling better though, here’s a tag/meme thing I found on Facebook. Comment and see how many you can get right!

1. Choose 20 of your favorite songs.
2. Post a line of the songs.
3. Have others guess the name of the song.
4. Bold the song when others have guessed it
5. No cheating by using Google etc.

1. I’m like a letter with no address
2. take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
3. too young to hold on, and too old to just break free and run
4. her cheeks are rosy, she looks a little nosy
5. there ain’t no room in my bed as far as i’m concerned
6. would I die for you? I live for you, you know i do
7. we were just in time, let me take a little more off your mind
8. this fire is out of control, I’m gonna burn this city
9. every breath that is in your lungs is a tiny little gift to me
10. finding myself making every possible mistake
11. there she was, just walking down the street
12. lack fourteen dollars having twenty seven cents
13. if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by now
14. Yoko brought her walrus
15. if I was walking in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry none
16. when he picks up trash he puts it in a garbage can
17. so just call on me brother, when you need a hand
18. give him his guitar, and he’d be happy all the time
19. I see no sense in this crying and grieving
20. I search the skies, desperately, for rain

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busy bee ACEO

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

Going to school full time and working on top of crafting and trying to have life is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. Most of the crafting lately has been for swaps and not much else.

Work has been interesting. I took a chance and there’s a possible good development in store as far as work goes. I won’t say more lest I jinx myself. School is going ok, I guess , but it’s hard to say yet. I may have to drop my 2 online classes since the bookstore doesn’t have the book I need for one class and because I’m already a bit behind in them and trying to find the time to actually do them. I am, of course, finding my history class fun, and I think psychology will show itself to be quite an interesting course.

Unfortunately, what all this means is that I’ve been neglecting this blog and not updating as often as I’d like. I’m going to try updating on a specific day of the week and see how that goes. Probably either Fridays or Sundays. It’s funny how the more things going on in your life, the more things you have to write about, the less often you have time to write. I’ve been neglecting a lot of things lately, really.

I think part of the crafty block I’ve had recently is because it’s been so long since I’ve made something just for me. I want to try to remedy that soon. Assuming I can find the time! I’m inspired with the swaps but once I’m finished with working on the projects for those I’m a bit blank for anything else to do. I need badly to add some things to the shop but that’s difficult to do when there’s nothing to add.

Speaking of craftiness and the shop and being busy – I am wanting to travel abroad this summer if at all possible. There’s a group that does a 4 week volunteering thing (technical term, right there) and one of the things you can do is go to Thailand and work with an elephant sanctuary. This would be, pretty much, a dream come true. The problem is that it’s waaaay more money than I can probably afford. Now, I’ll be able to pay off a couple of big bills when I get my student loan for this semester so I can make some headway into debt but I still don’t know that I could manage to do this. So, I’ve decided I’m going to try to get out of this craft rut and make things for the shop and put as much as I can from that into making this a reality. I don’t know that I’ll do it through this particular organization, though their package sounds amazing, but I want to do something similar through something. I don’t think I have the guts to do it on my own necessarily, I’d prefer to have some kind of group but I don’t know. Right now I’m going to focus on seeing how to afford it regardless of how I wind up going. It’s going to be several thousand dollars including airfare and such so it will be a big goal.

I’m also hoping the new development on the job front will help with this.

Wish me luck!

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This is an article I wrote a while back. One of my major goals for 2009 is to live a greener lifestyle and one part of that is reducing the amount of chemicals around me. I did a lot of research into just what certain ingredients actually are and wrote about my findings.

Pond’s Cold Cream: Reducing the Weird Chemicals in Your Life
Pond’s Cold Cream has been around for a very long time, and tons of people swear by it. However, that doesn’t always mean something hasn’t got weird chemicals in it. Since my skin adores the stuff, and it’s going on my face, I especially want to know how toxic it is.

Just What is Sodium Borate, Anyway?

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simple things

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

December was a month full of ups and downs. My 25th birthday was good, with a nice little family party and balloons and cake. A couple weeks before that, my boyfriend’s teenage kitty died in his arms and it’s still painful. Christmas was fun and drama-free but finals were stressful and I’ve been working more hours than I originally planned in addition to school. The weather has reflected the upheaval of the month with temperatures in the 60s not too long after an unusually early snowfall and nights that dropped down into the teens. All in all, despite the high points, I will happily wish December farewell.

I am eager for 2009. I know it’s a bit of an arbitrary designation of time but the new year is feeling important this time around. 2008 was better than 2007 but I am much more optimistic for ’09. I think change is in the air and I am anticipating spring even earlier than usual, wanting everything new and fresh.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration. I plan to spend it making goals and cleaning house, crafting things and spending time with family. An easy-going simple day, I hope. Ease myself into a new beginning.

“The birds are molting. If only man could molt also – his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.” ~James Allen

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10. Get organized –

You can’t craft if your desk is covered in supplies. It’s as simple as that. If you’re organizationally challenged, check out photos on Flickr of craft rooms for inspiration. Read organization tips and apply them to your craft supplies. Get crafty with new storage solutions – remake tea boxes into drawer dividers or soup cans into brush holders…

Click here to read the rest…

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So, I don’t know if you’ve heard about ArtFire or not, but essentially it’s new competition to Etsy. They currently have a deal going on where you can sign up for a flat rate of $7 USD a month to sell. I was planning to get an account with them before the weekend was up because I’m intrigued and they look like a good place to sell.

Today, however, Etsy apparently bought Google AdWords for “ArtFire” and somehow the ArtFire crew found out about it. (Sounding like a high school drama yet?) To me, that just makes business sense. You have new competition, you do what you can to keep ahead of them. No big deal. However, ArtFire posted about it on their Twitter. A little while later, this was posted to their Twitter: “LOL! So we called them out on it, and they got rid of the Adwords, haha I guess they didn’t want it turning into a big story, too late!”

I’m sorry, am I the only one who this really bothers? That is totally unprofessional. It really bothers me because I don’t know that I want to be part of a business that talks smack about the business practices of their competition and then proceeds to post things like that on a feed that many of their users and their competition’s users read. Does this concern anyone else?

edited to add Apparently there’s a promo button for them that says “‘Etsy should be scared” as well. How classy.

edited again: Tony, the head of ArtFire, has left a nicely thought out response to all of this in the comments. Please read them to see his take on the situation (and my reply, should you be interested).

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It’s very much an autumn day over here. Light drizzle, squirrels darting through the branches trying not to get wet, leaves falling, and an overcast haze coloring everything.

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea


A good day for tea, and art, and hopefully some knitting later on.
some various ACEOs I've been working on

some various ACEOs I've been working on

My car needs work, I’m missing out on a day’s pay, and I’m behind in homework. No worries today though. Today is a sweater and hot chocolate day, a day to relax and try to breathe, and not rush around like I have been. I will do as I please at the pace I please and not fret over what’s still to be done.

original elephant drawing

original elephant drawing

I hope your day is productive in the same kind of way.

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