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ShanKnits

Shan knits, and does a lot of other stuff too.

Work-a-long worked. Along.

June2

Hello everyone! I need to start with thanks. A while ago I posted about my doubts about my ability to create visual pleasing… non-yarn things, and I have to thank all of you for the encouragement.

One of my favorite digital scrapbooking site, Simple Scrapper hosted a Work-A-Long project for tehmonth of May. The basic idea was that you pick one kit to use, an overriding theme, adn four related words. (There was also an aspect of past, present, and future, but I found that that didn’t serve what I was going for very well.) The project was a great kit start for me and helped me to use every part of the kit I chose, Be Resolved by Audacious Designs. My theme was “learning” and my four words were creative, spiritual, physical, and mental. For your perusal, here are my pages (click to see a larger version):

Granny square revolution

May27

This is an absolutely genius method for joining granny squares. I wish I’d seen this years ago. I would have actual joined together some of the hundreds I’ve made over the years. Awesome!

http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/joining-granny-squares/

My experiment with it:

Dishcloth cotton granny squares

Friday Fun: Draper Food Edition

May8

Hello! It’s time for the Friday Fun, again. This weeks edition takes place in Draper, Utah. Draper was home for about 10 years, on and off.  Being a foodie, but not a rich one, I present to you a few food options in Draper that won’t break your bank, but might be a little hard on your diet.

1) Peking Wok. Peking Wok is a small fast food-style restaurant that serves Chinese and Vietnamese food. When I worked for eBay Peking Wok was one of our standbys. Pretty much every Saturday night I’d find a way to get my lunch (dinner) there. The Deseret News likes it a lot too. I love the place because they serve lots of food for a good price, and everything is delicious. Of the Chinese food, I love the tofu and vegetables the best. If you get it, or any of the chinese food in a combo, you get fried rice, an egg roll,and enough of the entree to make two meals.Among the Vietnamese food my brother prefers the flat noodle with all of the meats, my dad the flat noodle with pork, my mom likes the rice noodle, and I lvoe the spring rolls. The spring rolls, with their combinaiton of BBQ pork, shrimp, noodles, and salad, are incredible and served with a delcious peanut sauce. I often have them as a meal. I should mention that the place is simple looking to the point of looking like a fast food place, but fear not. Flavor lies within.

2) The cafeteria at IKEA. IKEA is among my favorite places to shop, probably my very favorite largely non-craft store, in fact. (The have a fun fabric department.) It would be silly to deny that the cafeteria is anything other than that. The food is either comes from huge trays, or coolers. The sauces can look past their prime, and it’s not elegant, but I have not yet had a plate of swedish meatballs with cream sauce and potatoes that wasn’t delicious. The desserts are usually great as well, and there is an option to have sparkling juice. They have kid portions, if you’re worried about money/portion size. You can also pick up everything you need to make their signature dishes downstairs in the Swedish shop, just past the registers.

3) Gelato (and other goodies) at Harmon’s. The Harmon’s in Draper is not at all what I expected when I entered. It’s the prototype for the one that will be put in the City Creek project, and as such, has the feel of a place catering to the busy and overwhelmed. When you walk in you see a huge deli area with fancier-than-normal items like espresso rubbed tri-tip steak. The bakery is a little higher end and feels more like an actual bakery than an in-store one. All along that side of the store is a vast array of ready to eat foods, primed for the quick dinner fix. The cheese counter is an especially worthy stop. They claim that they have teh largest cheese selection in Utah… I really am not sure about that claim, but it is large and impressive. The Must Try item, however, is found at the coffee bar at the entrance. Gelato. Real, fresh, gelato. So rich (tasting), so flavorful. Try it. That’s all I’m saying. TRY it.

Peking Wok:

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IKEA:
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Harmon’s at Draper Crossing:
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Simple Scrapper work-along project

May5

Hello all! Mike has the camera again, but I swear, I really do knit. I do. I DO! (Not that I was worried that you were doubting me.

One of my favorite digital scrapbooking web sites is Simple Scrapper. I think that I first heard of it because the founder added me on Twitter. The site design in nice and the articles are simple and useful. Being (one of my generation and therefore) very short attention-spanned, I appreciate both. This week they are starting a work-along project, and I think that I will participate.

The instructions say to select a subject, choose one full-size kit, and list four descriptive terms that honor the subject. For my theme I have chosen learning. My four words are physical, mental, spiritual, and creative. I haven’t chose a kit yet, though (for fairly obvious reasons, I am leaning towards this Back to School kit. I don’t know, it almost seems like cheating. There is also the option of using a kit I own, but haven’t yet touched, be resolved. This is probably going to be my choice.

Speaking of scrapbooking, here’s today’s layout:

Sam's Town Casino layout

Sam's Town Casino layout

Journaling: “Sam’s town. Our first night on our way to san diego we stayed at sam’s town in vegas. it’s a very cool. casino, with movie theaters, bowling alleys, a TGI Fridays, and a dunkin donuts. The best thing, though, was probably this atrium where they had a free show involving lasers, waterfalls, and fountains. These photos were taken from our awesome room that looked out on the atrium. We watched the show once from the bottom of the mountain and once from our room.
The very top animal on the mountain is a wolf.

Scrapbooking accompli

May4

Hello everybody! I was about to take a picture of a few current knitting projects, but then realized that Mike has taken the camera with him to work today. It’s just as well, because after Friday’s post I figured I owe some proof of scrapbooking.

You can find two of my galleries at :
{we are} storytellers
and
My Scrapbook Art
(links to my specific galleries.)

Also, as bonus for you, my dear blog reader(s), here’s a personal favorite. The template is from the Just Be You add-on by audacious designs and and the kit is the Sushi kit by 7gypsies.

A garden in Old Town San Diego

A garden in Old Town San Diego

The journaling:
“We walked around Old Town with Lee for a  while, and then, just as  we were leaving, I spotted this courtyard through a gate. Being starved for greenery, coming from Utah in February, it was incredibleto see a garden in bloom. The top right photo is sort of emblematic of our trip. It might look like I’m making sort sort of cute fist, but I’m really coughing. I did so much coughing. “

Friday Fun – National Scrapbooking Day

May1

Hello! It’s that time again, the time for Friday Fun.This week’s edition is all about National Scrapbooking Day.

I think that even if you don’t scrapbook you may find something that will please you here. A lot of scrapbooking stores and craft stores are having events and specials. Roberts, for example, is having a number of specials tomorrow. Among them is 40% off of patterned paper. There are many great crafts and decorating projects that you can do with patterned paper.

Here are a few:

http://www.girlyhomewebzine.com/ymw/2008/10/decorating-with-scrapbook-paper.html
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/02/custom-coasters/
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/01/paper-heart-garland/
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/mosaic-wall-decor/

If you are a digital scrapbooker you will find that there are sales, specials, goodies, and activities a plenty. I would make you a list, but the one here is so complete:

http://scrapsofmygeeklife.com/2009/05/01/nsd-list-09/

I hope that you’ll have some fun with your memory keeping, whatever it may be.  Have a good weekend!

Progress report, version March 2009

March29

First of all I have to thank Kristina for her carefully considered and much appreicated response to my last post. I wonder if maybe I haven’t been out thinking myself lately, so I decided to get back to the basics. What I’m up to.

After taking an unintended and largely unconsciously chosen break from knitting for a few weeks, I’ve got a few projects on the needles right now that I find pretty.

First is Girasole.

Girasole on the Road

Girasole on the Road

Giraole is a pattern that can be either a shawl or a blanket, depending on the yarn used, mostly because it’s really a big doily, and doilies, contrary to many people’s understandings, can be quite versatile.

Actually, Girasole is the only today. Turns out I’m missing a batch of photos. So, for now, enjoy Girasole.

Can it really be learned?

March13

There is a Michael McLean song that has a line that has always struck me (hard):

Don’t waste your energy, chasing a destiny, you were not sent here to claim.

So, what on earth does that have to do with the digital scrapbooking I’ve been talking about?

Here’s the thing. I was raised with the assumption that I was not artistically gifted. Well, that is to say that the assumption is that there is no talent in the visual arts in the gene pool. Ask either of my parents and they will both tell you that they can’t draw to save their own lives, and my stick figures look like stick figures riding out an earthquake sometimes.

What I can’t resolve is how much of that is learned, or more to the point, not learned, because we don’t expect to be able to do it, and how much is because we don’t have that piece of the talent puzzle.

The thing is, I really, really want to be good at those things. I want to be able to decorate my home so that it presents the feelings I want to convey. I want to be able to create gorgeous paper crafts that are original and pleasing to the eye. I want to create a company web site that says clearly “Hey! Hire us! We are great in awesomeness!”

is this a reasonable thing to ask, so want to have these talents, or am I basically trying to

As I’ve been trying, in the last few weeks, to devote more and more time to learning Photoshop, building a web site, and digital scrapbooking, I feel more and more frustrated and brain dead. Is this because I’m getting older and I don’t learn as easily? (I don’t think so. Show me a new knitting technique and I’ll have it within 48 hours.) Is this because I am lacking the design gene? Or is it my inner talent-o-meter saying “Hey! You’re supposed to be writing! Stop mucking around with color and photos and go SAY something?”

Discuss.

The last… since when I last blogged

February24

Hello! It's me, Shannon, your occasional blogger friend again. Looking at my blog, I see that certain projects, like the color change, have gone rather badly, and others, like making an actual banner, have gone ignored. I thought I'd give you a brief update of what's going on and make my excuses for not saying more lately at the same time.

So, just after my last entry was the Sundance Film Festival. This probably deserves it's own post, but… well… I was a Production Assistant for TVGuide. This was a good gig, with cool people, despite being a few really, really long days.

After Sundance I got a horrible chest cold. It started as a positively vicious sore throat and then became a solid 10 days of coughing harder than I thought I could. This does not deserve it's own blog post. Just know that if you hear me coughing the residual cough of February, I'm not contagious, just slightly congested.

As the cold finally waned Mike and I went on vacation. That's right, an actual vacation! Not for work! Yay! This totally deserves it's own blog post, so keep an eye out.

Upon coming back from vacation two things happened all at once. I got a Camera Assistant gig, which was really cool because it was the first time that Mike and I have been on set in the same position. And he could help me when I didn't know how to do things. At this same time, after fighting it for 2 weeks, Mike came down with the same cold. And it's been vicious to him.

I have to admit that I've been meaning to blog about a lot of these little things since we got back from San Diego, but i felt sick and busy. I was just about to write something on Valentine's night when I found out that our friends Jared and Sarah's little boy Oliver had passed away. Suddenly everything I had to tell felt a little shallow and dumb. So I felt guilty for a week and then realized that as lame an unimportant as everything I had going on felt, this is what I have going on, so I should lighten up on me a little.

So… hi. I'll try to write more. but we all know how I am, so no promises. But I hope you're all well.

Our 2008 Christmas Card

December22

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