Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Books, Music, Art, Movies

Well, I drank the Kool-aide.

Yes, I loved it. I Couldn’t put it down. Couldn’t get enough of it. Want more of it.

I went into it very skeptical. I am not a fan of the vampire story genre. In fact I couldn’t get through the first chapter of The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. But I really, really enjoyed this book.

Some of the dialog is really cheesy as is the whole, “You can’t love me because I’m too dangerous” thing. But I still loved it and can’t wait to read the next one.

If you are not familiar with the plot it can be summed up:
Girl falls in love with a vampire. Vampire falls in love with a girl. Vampire wants to murder girl but saves her life multiple times instead.

It really appealed to my inner teenager girl. I definitely recommend it. I is every bit as good as everyone says it is.

The road to nowhere


I think lots of you have already seen this on my Flickr stream, but it is the only bloggable photo I have taken in the past week so that is why it’s here, as well.
I took this on Sunday on a Walk at one of our usual haunts, the Columbia Plateau Trail just outside of Cheney, WA. I bought the current edition of Popular Photography and they had this fabulous tutorial for creating a Lomo camera effect so I tried it on this picture. It was fun to try and I learned lots of new Photoshoppy things. It has inspired me to play around with more tutorials.

Do you have any favorite Photoshop tutorial sites? What are they?

Earworm Alert!

Books, Music, Art, Movies

I’ve had the song “Paper Planes” in my head for a week now. It’s seriously driving me insane. When I first heard the song I thought it was kind of fun and peppy. Then my husband said to me when it was on the radio, “this song is really kind of disturbing. Just listen to the words.” And I did. And I really couldn’t understand most of the words. I did understand the chorus, with the gunshots and the cha-ching of the cash register. And I did understand the part where she sings, “Some, some some of them I murder, some I let go.” I had never noticed that part before. wow. I was kind of creeped out a little.

But, damn it. I still really like the song.

Flickr Meme


My Flickr Meme

Have you seen/done this yet? It seems like I saw this a long time ago on one of your blogs and made a mental note to do this and then completely forgot. Until the other day when I was surfing the internets. So here the rules, the questions, and my answers (in italics):
The rules:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

the questions:
1. What is your first name? Monica
2. What is your favorite food? Indian
3. What high school did you go to? John Rogers High School
4. What is your favorite color? Blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Either one in the picture’ll do
6. Favorite drink? Chai
7. Dream vacation? Italy
8. Favorite dessert? Huckleberry pie
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Photographer
10. What do you love most in life? The ocean
11. One Word to describe you. Seeker
12. Your flickr name. CraftyMoni

Click on the image for photo credits and some little notes that I put on the couple of the pictures, for further elaboration.

Crafty Monday: Twilight Scarf


Twilight ScarfI cast on this last week while we were on vacation. It’s the Twilight Scarf from the book A Fine Fleece. I used that silk yarn hand spun from silk hankies (the one I started to use for the Morning Surf Scarf) and some yarn I hand dyed with grape Kool-Aid a couple of years ago.

At first I was daunted by having to cut the silk yarn each section because the main color pattern repeat is 12 rows and I didn’t think it would look good carrying the contrasting yarn that many rows. However, I devised a trick (and I’m sure I’m not the first person in the knitting world to think of this). At the start of each right side row (where my yarn not being used was hanging out) I wrapped my working yarn around the non-working yarn. The non-working yarn would get “weaved in” up the side automatically. It turned out really well and I only had a few ends to weave in at the end as opposed to a million. yay!

As usual, here is the Ravelry info if you wish to see it.