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21 October 2014 @ 12:00 pm
My girls have decided they are going to be roller derby rivals for Samhain, and thus they need a few accesories.  Instead of spending money on buying anything, I made the choice to use some yarn I had lying around to create wristers, elbow & knee pads!  I didn't go looking for any type of pattern, instead I created one!
I know what elbow and knee pads are supposed to look like, and I made a simple piece that works.  Originally, I was going to create each piece to be separate.  But after seeing the wrister and elbow pad on together, I realized they almost touched and so the second one was created as a solid piece.
Last night I finished crafting the first knee pad, but since the child was in bed at the time, I don't have a picture of it yet.

Still have to create the pieces for the the other child, but now that I have the pattern bugs all worked out, I think they shall work up quite quicky! :)
I'm so proud of myself, being able to craft something like this from nothing!

I can't wait to see their outfits come together as a whole!

Below the cuts you'll be able to see the arm pieces when they were crafted separately and when they are crafted as one piece!

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14 August 2014 @ 01:31 pm
Stumbled across something this morning, that made my heart warm.  Nature taking back the land!

These are really amazing.  One of my favorites of the set was this one

To me, it looks as though a giant hand is trying to pull up the grave stone.
01 May 2014 @ 01:27 pm
Oh this movie is going to be good!  So looking forward to it!
02 May 2013 @ 02:37 pm
I've thought about writing here for a few days, but I really have no idea what to put.  I've been AWOL from livejournal for so long that blogging just seems a moot point anymore.  I'm still struggling with my thesis..damn theoretical framework.  still working for the courts.  still raising my daughter alone.  Mom's still in school in TN.  Yup, not a lot of changes.  The only thing that's different is I gave up writing.  Not that it stops the voices in my head from giving me ideas at all hours.  Just can't seem to wrap my head around one idea and run with it, have too many scrambled up.
So here's what Axel said as we passed Dove Chase last week.
"Dove Chase, who'd want to spend their time chasing doves?"
And his brother, Dodge, responded by wapping him in the back of the head Gibbs style and telling him "not literal dove chases you moron!"
Then this morning I had a vamp and a kick ass bounty hunter take down a group of would be rapist...that was interesting.  The gang didn't even see it coming until there was only one man left standing...That's an interesting scene that I should really write out at some point.
Stryker keeps popping up from time to time wanting to play with electricity.  He's not really a pyro persay but he has this affinity for things that spark and he likes to show off whenever possible.
Oh and then here a week ago I had a new bunch show up, they are Teen Time Travelers, Jeremy, Kyle, Tamra, Kitty, and Red.  Red is a bit elusive, he likes to be all secretive and remind Kitty "you know I worked with the time hippies".  Still not quite sure what he means by that.  But I know he loves Kitty.
too many voices and not enough story.  Well, I can't forget Gryph and Clare and the ghost that likes to follow Gryph around.  turns out, she's his sister and she's not really a ghost, just kinda stuck in the inbetween and can't get out.  But she loves to be sarcastic and insult her brother ever chance she gets even though he can't hear her.  Did find out though that Gryph was so named by his mother because she wanted him to be something epic as a shifter.  And he is, in his own way, just not how his mother was hoping.  I'm not about to give away his secret yet, that would ruin a killer revelation should I ever finish their story.
and then there is my fanfiction....two stories are lingering out there that I really want to finish.  One is the dramione time travel story...Draco is a bit antsy to get out of his current situation there.  And the other well the prologue was only ever posted and it's a Hermione/Rabastan....they've been stirring in my head too.  I think one day I really need to sit down and start writing again.  I might feel better if I did.
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Where I Be...: Frankfort
Right Now I am...: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Avengers
27 April 2013 @ 02:34 pm

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

I decided it has to stay at the top of my journal.  It's just too cute, and it'll be good to see when I need a giggle!
Where I Be...: feels like the freezer
28 November 2012 @ 10:04 am
It's been a really long time since I've done any updating about life, me, the family, everything.  so here's a quick rundown of what's been going on.
My household went from being just me, mom, and our two girl, to the four of us, plus my brother (Eric) and his girlfriend Jen, and then after awhile they added Jen's 18 month old son Tyler to the mix.  Then this past month mom and I decided that we were going to help out a friend who had no where else to go, so Donna and her two kids (ages 5 and 3) moved in too.  Some days I just want to put out a sign that says the Inn is open - No vacancies!  Check back after the new year!  Which btw the new year for me was November 1st and there's still no room at the inn.  Jen and Tyler went to her dad's in Alabama to visit about two weeks ago, and during that time my brother decided that he needed a break from her.  so now they are broken up and the house has decreased by two people.  However, there's still 8 people in the house and man can it get crazy some days.  Jen is likely to stay with her dad in Alabama and go to school down there instead of up here in tucky.
Eric - well, he's trying to get a job at autozone with his friend Zach, and hopefully when that comes through he'll be moving in across the street with Zach.  thus getting him out of what he calls the estrogen ocean!  Not like he doesn't go spend most of his days in the "mancave" anyway.  He's always at one of the neighbor's, but I suppose that's actually a good thing because it keeps him calmer.  though, don't wake him up before the sun has risen or he's a grouch all day long.  Yesterday my girls were fighting over a white turtle neck shirt and Annalynn screamed so loud that she woke up the bear.  It was not a good morning.  so even though the bear went back to bed, he was still very grumpy and grouchy the rest of the day.
I've had Donna put in an application for a job in my office.  I'm really hoping the bosses hire her.  Because one, it'll give her an income (thus helping her and the household), and two it'll give her a sense of independence that i think she's not had because of her estranged husband.  There's a whole story there, but it's not mine to tell, so I shall leave it at this: it's a bad relationship!
Mom is still in school and doing great this semester.  She should pull in A in both of her classes this semester.  She has an apartment all to herself, which is both good and bad.  Good because she can get lots of studying done without any distractions.  But bad, because she spends so much time by herself and that doesn't help depression any.  I think all of us fight depression in my family.  Just to differing degrees.
I'm getting better with my depression, been seeing a therapist regularly and she's helping me to deal with my issues.  Back in April I was actually suicidal for a time - just wanted to let go of the wheel and let the car go wherever it wanted to.  I'm over that.  I no longer have those thoughts, so I consider myself much better now.  I have an appt tomorrow with my therapist, but have no idea what to talk to her about.
school - I'm still working on my thesis.  Damn proposal is taking forever to get right.  Every time I think I've just about got it, bossman comes back with a new set of critiques and I feel quashed again.  Though this time the lit review (aside from it's intro paragraph) is actually right!!!!  That was my biggest hang up, getting the damn lit review right.  Now that it is finally fixed, I'll get the intro section fixed again.  I revised it drastically and apparently not to bossman's liking.  So time to go back and undo what I did and reincorporate some of what he liked from earlier versions with a bit of new stuff and then that should be good!  I really hope anyway.  And the methods, I need to make it more clear which survey instrument I'm talking about, since my study actually has two.  I'll have a new revision back to him before Christmas, that way just after the new year I should get the decision back from him if I'm good to go and defend the damn thing.  Once I get that done I can add the last two sections, and then hopefully defend that and maybe, just maybe, be done by May! :)  I'd really like to be done with this by May.  Oh, I will know in about 3 more weeks if I got in to law school.  I applied to University of Buffalo (SUNY), University of Maine, and University of Georgia.  I should know around the 17th of December if any of them accepted me.  I really really really hope at least one of them does.  but i submitted it with my 149 LSAT score, so there's a chance that I may not get in.  BUT I have gained 2 additional degrees and real world experience (2+ years) since the last time I applied to law schools.  So we'll see!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that's for sure!  :)
My job is going really good.  I spent the last two weeks working from Tennessee.  I love the flexibility that my job offers me.  And i have the world's greatest boss.  As long as i get my work done and my hours in, he's flexible with me needing to take time off no questions asked.  It really is great!  Makes me wonder why I'm willing to give it up just to go to Law School.  But the thing is, I've always wanted to go to law school.  It's been my dream since I was little.  and if I get the chance to go, then by gods I'm going.  This round of applications was brought on because I got a fee waiver from the University of Maine, so I decided to see if I could get in.  Just to know.  But that spurned two other apps, cause 3 is a much better number.  That's one thing I'm superstitious about, numbers.  Certain numbers, 3, 6, 9, 13, those are power numbers.  
so aside from running an inn (though my house guests do help out), life is good!
Where I Be...: work
Right Now I am...: annoyedannoyed
25 October 2012 @ 10:45 am

Come check out our site!  www.saffireknots.com 

Figured since i hadn't written anything in LJ for probably at least a year it would be a good time to update.
The big update right now is that my mom and I are trying to get a business up and running.  It's called Saffire Knots and we do wood burning into plaques, platters, recipe boxes, and other assorted wood items.  She's even done a staff for Fred with Elder Futhark Runes.  We can do practically anything into wood.  Some future pieces are going to be zodiac inspired, Native American inspired (kokopelli), and other animals, such as foxes, deer, and roosters.  Don't know what it is with people and roosters.  
Anyway, here's a few samples of what we do!

adult mid-length wristletsbobbie - finalDSCF0625

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IMG_20121010_171038IMG_20121010_171110mom's purse


Right Now I am...: happyhappy
09 September 2011 @ 11:03 pm

some days I hate LJ - you start a post and then it decides to freeze and erase it.  So let's try this again.  this is me being a sheep (baaaaa)!  LOL!
My dear friend laurielover1912, was tagged by her friend in explaining the story behind five user pics, so she gave me five of mine to tell the story behind.  I don't think mine are near as interesting as hers, but here we go anyway!

Four years and 5 days ago a very dear friend of mine passed away.  It was a very sudden event that hit me really hard.  I needed an icon that could express the emotions that I was feeling.  I went for days that I couldn't quit crying.  It took me nearly two years before I could think of him without crying.  I don't remember where I got the icon, but I know it helps when something is really sad.

Ah Sirius!  My second love in fanfiction.  Draco was my first.  It was wickedswanz that first made me love Sirius.  The way she wrote him just made him come alive more than ever for me.  This is one of the icons that she made of Sirius in the rain.  It strikes me as just the thing that character would do.  Makes me smile to think of all the fun things we in fanfiction do with his character!  :D

 This has become one of my favorite icons of all.  two years ago I started writing a fanfic about the second war that featured Rabastan and Hermione.  This icon was created by my sister (ashes_embers) for me as a representation of Rabastan.  I find that in some of the less well defined characters there is so much potential to play with.  Someday, I'll finish writing that fanfic, but for now it sits on the back burner being added to once in a while in bits and pieces.  The prologue for it is linked in my sidebar

Dark Seduction is my first Rabastan/Hermione fic. I have become fascinated with Rabastan and his untapped potential.  I find that there is something seductive about the men shrouded in shadow who tempt the dark.  Well, at least in fiction anyway.  In fiction, we can play with the darker characters and there's no harm, no foul.  Every good girl (and even the naughty ones) have a side that's drawn to the bad boys. 

 I think I snagged this icon from my sister (ashes_embers).  This icon just made me think about the fight people feel inside themselves.  The fight between what they want to do and what they need to do.  Sometimes our wants and desires are in opposition to our responsibilities.  The idea of rebelling and choosing to satisfy a personal want or desire over a responsibility  is freeing.  it makes me think of another saying, that good girls never make the history books (or something to that effect). 

If you want to play along, and tell the story behind five of your icons, just leave "DRAGONS" in the comments and I'll pick five of your icons to write about.
Where I Be...: home
Right Now I am...: tiredtired
Current Music: King Arthur
07 September 2011 @ 03:21 pm

    If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?

    What I would tell my 10 year old self would change the entire course of my life.  And really, if my 10 year old self followed the first bit of advise, then the rest of what I would tell myself would become a moot point.  It would also mean that my best friend, whom I consider my sister, I would never have met.  I'd never have met the father of my daughter, my mother wouldn't have met her last two ex-husbands.  The very last being the father of my little sister, so my little sister probably wouldn't be in this world either.  Gods only know how it may or may not have changed my brother's course in life.  It definitely would change my mother's course in life, she may have stayed in college then instead of going back 16 years later.

    I was 10 years old in 1992, I'd just moved to NY about 4 months prior to my birthday.
      The first thing I'd tell my 10 year old self, is that in 2 years, when mum says 'lets go back to FL', say no.  Tell her you want to stay, tell her you don't want to leave school, tell her you don't want to leave your friends.  Leaving Florida was a downward slide for everyone for a long time.  Granted in 1996 I started high school and got into ROTC and then in 1998 I met my 'sister' and all of that was great.  But staying in NY, staying in NY schools would have been a better education than florida schools.
      In the event you still end up in Florida without going to Alabama in 1997 - Do NOT under any circumstances date Greg.  Do not get engaged to him, do not even give him a second glace.  He is bad news for you. 
      When you get the acceptance to UNF, tell mum, and make sure you go!

     If you still go to Alabama in 1997, tell mum and dad to put you in Pensacola schools!  Alabama ROTC sucks, Pensacola is so much better and will keep you from spending two months living with gram and being miserable.  Sadly, this route also has me never meeting my 'sister', but in the long run, it would have been better for all concerned.

    Points to never forget no matter what:
    • never give up, never quit.  You can do anything you set your mind to
    • Do not get pregnant at 19!
    • Exercise is good, carbs are bad...do not eat to make yourself feel better!  It doesn't work. (I've mentally turned off my hunger gauge, it doesn't go off anymore, so now I forget to eat).
    • Any opportunity to travel, take it!
    • Never stop talking to dad, birthday cards are not worth getting that pissed off over. You'll lose too much time with dad and the grandparents if you do.

    What I would regret most about changing my course in life is not knowing Brin. She has been my sister for the last 13 years, not knowing her would be very sad. We helped each other through many thing, still do to this day. I would miss having my daughter, but it would be better to have her later in life than 19 or even my early 20's. I would miss my sister, my blood sister, she's the only blood sister I have.  I would hope changing one of two moves, changing at least one of those outcomes would be better for my momma.  That she wouldn't lose her "don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out" attitude. 

    Life is what we make it.  Whether there are things we would change or not, we have to learn to be content with where we are and who we are.  And if there's something we don't like, get off our asses and do something about it!
    Where I Be...: work
    Right Now I am...: coldcold
    Current Music: Saving Abel - New Tattoo
    29 June 2011 @ 08:36 am

    Story is also housed at Malfoy Manor, follow the title link to read at the Manor. As it is rated R - you would probably have to be a member of the Manor to read it there.

    I Told You So
    Pairing(s): Hermione/Draco
    Summary: Written for Malfoy Manor Draco's Birthday Bash 2011!  He had it all worked out, he had a fool proof plan; except he forgot to remember what he'd been told about the best laid plans.
    She'd tried to warn him, tell him that it wouldn't work.  But did he listen, of course not.
    Genre:  PWP, post-hogwarts, one-shot, fluff-bunnies!
    Rating: R
    Length: 1450 words
    Status: Complete
    Beta: ashes_embers
    Disclaimer: Standard Disclaimer applies.  Known characters and canon situations belong to JK, WB


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    Where I Be...: work
    Right Now I am...: creativecreative
    Current Music: Nickleback - Too Bad