I thought I would share the cake I decorated for Easter this year:
Now, I’ve known for a while about Google Map’s “Street View” feature (it normally doesn’t work for the places I map) but today I discovered it goes a bit farther than just being able to see your local Wal-Mart from the comfort of your living room (if for some odd reason you would want to….); you can also see far away places such as the Everest Base Camp or the Swiss Alps.
(quoted from the Google Map Street View home page)
Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses – and now even hike the Grand Canyon! Browse the gallery to see collections from around the world
Today I spent the afternoon touring the Palace of Versailles; and as much as I would love to actually be there this might almost have been better (certainly easier on the budget!) because I could get right up next to the paintings, I could climb over the velvet ropes to see the detail on the beautiful screen in one corner of a room, I could get so close to the lovely ceilings that in real life my head would have brushed the chandelier! It was wonderful and breathtaking to be able to do all that right here at my computer desk; and Versailles is just the tip of the iceberg! You can tour everything from the White House to the Amazon, the Ocean (seriously!) to NASA, the Colosseum to Peterhof Palace. There are a few miniscule complaints like having to be patient while it loads and if you click your mouse to much on the picture it might get blurry…. but it usually straightens out pretty quickly so all in all a great experience! Great job Google! Can’t wait to see what I’ll be exploring next.
I’m really never short of projects or inspiration for projects (I have a box full of crochet, knit, and jewelry patterns, not to mention a dozen or so cards and a notebook full of my original ideas) but sometimes I’m looking for something new and unusual, something I’ve never seen before and something that will inspire me so much that I’ll closet myself in my room and won’t come out until I’ve finished something no matter what that something is.
One problem I have with some crafts is that I’m impatient and don’t want it to take forever, I can’t even say it’s always worth the wait when I finally finish something because I tend to pick up something else and get interested in it so the only reason I finish the first project is because I hate leaving things unfinished.
(I know, that’s terrible isn’t it???!!!!)
Anyway…… back to the inspiration; I’ve been meandering around Pinterest, Ravelry, and various blogs lately and the inspiration is getting to be to much!!! I would have to live to be 100 and craft at least one thing a day to ever finish! And of course, that’s if I don’t find even more stuff!!! Which I know I will, so I guess the question is; how do I prioritize? I’m really just figuring that out, to start with I’m setting a limit to how many projects I can actually have started (that’s not to say that if inspiration strikes I won’t drop everything else, but I’d be silly not too! I figure you should always work when you’re inspired if you possibly can, everything turns out better and you’ll appreciate the finished item more if you know it’s your best) and working on Christmas/birthday presents is right at the top of my list! (I don’t want to be crazily crafting the night before a Christmas party or on Christmas morning this year!!!) But I also want to take time to craft things that I want to make, inspiration doesn’t always last during an entire project but one way to keep it up is to work on or with things that would be inspiring to you to begin with.
And to add the recent overload: The oddest thing inspired me last week! The cracks in a bit of pavement; I was sitting in a car, just waiting… and it was a cold day so I was kinda huddling under my coat with nothing really to do except stare out the window at the sky (which got old quickly ’cause it was cloudy and gray) so I started looking at the ground and I noticed the cracks were sort of shaped like a squashed doll’s face, and so a new crochet pattern emerged!! You might be seeing it soon (don’t worry, it’s not a squashed doll!!! Although that could be cute for a Halloween project…..)
I love test crocheting/knitting!! It’s a fun chance to work with designers and other testers and is great if you’re hoping for a designing career yourself (which I am, and I’ll be writing a lot more about that soon!!). Last autumn I did four secret tests (meaning I couldn’t share pictures until the patterns came out), the patterns were recently published so I thought I’d share:
First off is the Bonnie Baby Hat by Kelly Menzies, it’s available in the February issue of the UK magazine Let’s Knit!
Also from Kelly Menzies is Lux Baby Mittens and Lisbon Baby Booties (both available in the February issue of Let’s Knit!):
I had a lot of fun with the baby things! Especially the booties, they’re so sweet and tiny!! But I also did a shawl test for Maria Segares last September, the
Pineapples for Everyone Shawl is easily my favorite crocheted shawl pattern, the design is lovely and works up quickly (and can be made with any weight of yarn and appropriate hook) so I expect to be making another one soon! The pattern is free and you can find it by clicking on the picture it will take you straight to the pattern on the Crochetvolution site (a site that I highly recommend checking out more of!!):
That’s it for my secret testing! Though I’ve been doing other tests and in fact just finished one the other day, I’ll share those pics some other time though! This is getting a little picture-heavy