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Happy Birthday, H. P. Lovecraft!


Tombstone of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, taken by William Hart, Cthulhuwho1 on flickr

H. P. Lovecraft has authored many American classics, but none of which you’d find in a high school curriculum. He has written not only some truly great short stories, but many, many poems, essays, and formal letters. He has haunted us with many wonderfully terrifying stories including a few of my favorites: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “Herbert West–Reanimator”, and “A Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was greatly inspired by his own night terrors, dreams, and fears. In his essay, “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction”, Lovecraft notes yet another of his inspirations: time:

“The reason why time plays a great part in so many of my tales is that this element looms up in my mind as the most profoundly dramatic and grimly terrible thing in the universe. Conflict with time seems to me the most potent and fruitful theme in all human expression.”

While Mr. Lovecraft did not live what many might consider to be a happy, prosperous life, at least in death he shall no longer fear the horrifying clenches of time. As a result of his lifetime perils and works thereof,  he has sealed his own immortality in a place without time. Today, on his birthday, let us celebrate him and his 75 years of peaceful rest, which he has rightfully earned.

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Birthday Reminiscing


I can’t believe it’s already the end of July! My favorite month is already slipping away. With a birthday like the 4th of July, it’s easy to get lost in the ever-so-romantic practice of blowing shit up. This year Brad and I stocked up with some really nice fireworks and put on a great Independence Day display for his family. Really, we bought too many fireworks. We’ve been lighting things on fire nearly every day for two months and still have leftovers. That’s me and a sparkler.

All in all, it was a really great birthday, and I even got to have breakfast with my grandma, who was visiting from Michigan. Brad and I then came home to spend the rest of the night with his family, where there was a lovely surprise waiting for me:

What you see here is a crafty birthday cake. This is the prettiest cake anyone has ever made for me, and it was made with extra love and deliciousness by Brad’s mom, Millie. She had originally planned on using the spools of thread around the base of the cake as pillars to support the second tier, but had made a wedding cake too recently and the supplies she would have used hadn’t been returned to her. It’s still by far the coolest crafty button sparkler cake ever.

As soon as it was dark enough to start lighting fuses, it was time for cake.

Warning: Do not blow sparkler sparks at your boyfriend while he’s holding your birthday cake.
Disclaimer: All pictures with me in them throughout this post taken by Alex Meyers.

Spring Card Roundup


Hey, internet! Here in sunny Pennsylvania, Summer is right around the corner, so I’ve decided to submit this roundup of cards that I’ve made this Spring! Hope you enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

Blue and beautiful – A PDCC Submission


This week I’m cutting it pretty close again for my  Play Date Cafe submission. At least this time it’s not because I put off making the card until the last minute, but because I procrastinated my blog post instead. Either way, I need  some more motivation. Find out some of the awesome recent motivators I got in my next last-minute post, a V-Day-related one. But for now, my card.

This week I’ve made a birthday card for my future sister-in-law, Lee. Her birthday isn’t until next month sometime. Now there‘s something I didn’t procrastinate!

I lost one of my yellow chipboard O’s while working on this card at home, and found it in the parking lot outside of work today. Weird. Here’s this week’s inspiration picture!

This week’s colors actually influenced a few early Valentine’s Day gifts from Brad. Awesome holiday. Thanks for reading.

Happy Birthday, Millie! Plus my PDCC#115 Submission

Happy Birthday, Millie! Plus my PDCC#115 Submission

Last week I discovered a new blog, The Play Date Cafe. Each week The Cafe releases a new challenge and a new advantage to try on a brand new color scheme in your work. This week’s submission is another handmade card, embroidered for my future mother-in-law’s birthday. Check it out.

For this challenge I decided to combine my two biggest obsessions right now – cardmaking and embroidery – and the results were nothing short of my best card yet. In the image above, the card is pictured with two gifts, an iced-tea maker(behind the card) and a bottle of Wind Song, both cleverly wrapped by yours truly.

My favorite part of this project was stitching in the little french knot flowers. This was my very first learning experience with french knots!

The trickiest part was definitely stitching the design onto the leaves of the tree. To make this easier to work with, I had a lamp pointed directly at my face for a couple of hours.

The color palette that this week’s Play Date Cafe Challenge colors were based on was slate, moss, bark, and burlap. How’d I fair this time, internet?

Something About Brad


Today I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to a very handsome man, my boyfriend Brad.

Brad’s 27 today. He’s extremely sexy, incredibly fun and funny, and is the most wonderful guy I’ve ever met, to say the least. This picture taken by the crappy photographer my mom hired for her wedding doesn’t do any justice for such an amazingly handsome man. I’m glad to call him mine. Happy birthday, baby.

We celebrated Brad’s birthday with an awesome home-cooked meal and butter-cinnamon cake from his mom(as well as a pair of brand-new work boots), a trip to Walmart, and a crappy little incident with our clutch that means we won’t be doing much driving anytime soon. Also Brad mowed the lawn for his parents, because he’s just a kind and helpful guy like that. :)

He’s busy updating his Xbox, a gift I got him right before our car broke down last time. I suppose it’s a good thing he got it early, because we certainly wouldn’t be able to pay for it now.

In other news, I’d like to apologize. I was really proud of myself for keeping the blog nice and updated semi-regularly, but work has picked up again and there hasn’t been much time for blogging. Aside from today, Brad and I have spent every waking moment either flagging or driving since the moment we left the motel in West Virginia. On the upside, we’re gonna be seeing some fat paychecks this weekend, which generally means more craft supplies. You can never have too many. Speaking of crafting, here’s the progress I’ve made on my to-do list since I listed it in this blog post:

Embroidery project seen in DIY Embroidery Patterns in Gimp
Brad’s work uniform alterations
Brad’s duct tape wallet
Unfinished cross-stitching project
Duct tape coaster-turned-ashtray for use in the car
10 awesome pincushions, for practice(/products?)

As you probably haven’t noticed(unless you opened up the link before the list) I haven’t done much, aside from Brad’s uniform. I was hoping to get his wallet finished before his birthday, but the company killed that goal. Well, internet, thanks for checking out my boyfriend and my progress, and of course I’d love for you to take the fricking poll at the bottom of my Blog Advice post. I’d like to know what the hell my readers are thinking.

Happy Birthday to (America and) Me


Good evening, internet! I hope by the time you read this you’ve already had a pleasant Independence Day. As you may or may not know, today is also my birthday, and to celebrate, I’ve added a brand-new page to the blog that’s all About Me! I deserve it, after all…

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