Fancy Blue Collar

This is a much nicer collar than most I find. It’s elegant and stylish, in blue for boys even!

I’m going to look for collar patterns. I think I should be able to make a collar in this style out of old suit ties. They could get pretty trippy with some of those 70’s ties!

This is a fancy dog collar in forest green and gold silk. Made in a style known as a martingale collar it is the perfect greyhound dog collar since

Source: Martingale Dog Collar Greyhound Dog Collar Fancy by KnineCouture

Blue and White Brooch

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I think I’d love blue a lot more if I didn’t already love red. But, blue and white can look so crisp and perfect together. Just like those floral patterns white blue and white roses – one of my many favourite things. The colours in this brooch also make me think of blue jays. I grew up in an area with a lot of blue jays and I feel happy when I’m lucky enough to see one still.

Brooch via Overstock

Which Ancient Religion Does Your Spirit Belong To?

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Exotic and Bold, your spiritual connection to patterns aligns you most with the Egyptian ways of religion. With a spiritual mindset that wavers between monotheistic and polytheistic, your spirituality is more about grasping the patterns, mechanics, and meaning of life in broad scope – rather than adhering to any specific ideals. For you, great importance is placed upon the quality of this journey – this life – and what it will lead to for the afterlife and beyond.

“The Egyptians saw time in the present as a series of recurring patterns, whereas the earliest periods of time were linear. Myths are set in these earliest times, and myth sets the pattern for the cycles of the present. Present events repeat the events of myth, and in doing so renew maat, the fundamental order of the universe. Amongst the most important episodes from the mythic past are the creation myths, in which the gods form the universe out of primordial chaos; the stories of the reign of the sun god Ra upon the earth; and the Osiris myth, concerning the struggles of the gods Osiris, Isis, and Horus against the disruptive god Set.” – Egyptian Mythology via Wikipedia

via Which Ancient Religion Does Your Spirit Belong To?.

Christmas Themed Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

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Inspired by the traditional Russian matryoshka nesting dolls, this charming set is designed by Suzy Ultman and handpainted with detailed, folkloric patterns. Each matryoshka is hollow inside and opens in two, so you can hide a tiny treat or gift inside.

Set of 5 Matryoshka Nesting Dolls in Decor | Crate and Barrel.

Even on sale after Christmas they are still expensive enough. But, I like the style and colours.

Sadness, Sex and Orgasms

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I feel sad. No one died but I feel sad.

Sex and sadness seldom go together. When did you last see porn where someone was sad? We are all supposed to love sex and want more of it. What if you don’t?

To not want sex, if you are a woman, means you must be a lesbian, frigid, a professional virgin, an ice maiden, deathly ill or a man hater.

I’ve read about pills being created to boost a woman’s libido. Why do men seem to think their needs should be considered the right point of view? What if a woman (or a man) just isn’t interested in sex? Can that just be allowed and not turned into something else? It is entirely possible that sex isn’t all that desirable. What if you’re asexual and happy that way?

Sex is a real let down. Sex is lonely. Sex is messy and one sided. Sex is inconvenient. Sex is over rated.

I prefer BDSM over sex. I prefer kinkiness and fetishes over sex. I’d rather laugh at some poor little man in peril than have sex with him or let him have sex with me.

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy an orgasm. I give myself excellent orgasms. Letting a man give me an orgasm is a chore. I have to focus on it, I have to let him touch me and I have to remove clothing I may not be in the mood to remove. Plus, I have to communicate, be nice and then deal with him before and after. What an annoyance.

All I really wanted was an orgasm. Sometimes I like penetration – but I don’t need a man for that. I have a soft vibrator which whirls and swirls in all sorts of patterns, strengths and motions. No man can do all that. As long as I have battery power I’m set to go. I have great orgasms as often as I want them. I used to have one every evening It was a good way to slow down my mind and settle myself to relax and sleep.

I’m not as interested in orgasms these days. Maybe it’s because I’m sad. Maybe I’m just getting older or maybe it just doesn’t seem all that important any more. I think it’s mainly the last one of those but a combination of all three.

Sex is made so important in our culture. Too important. We make the young people feel they should lose their virginity as soon as they have their first period and boys should be having sex daily. I don’t know who they are supposed to be having all that sex with. Personally, I have no interest at all in being a cougar. It really does seem you will be despoiling the young. I know so much more than they do. There are things in my head which should not be in their mind until they are at least half as old as I am.

We make people think they should be having sex every day and if they aren’t there must be something wrong with them. Being a virgin is like saying you are broken or unwanted, unlovable. I was a virgin until I was 30+ and then I had the best sexual experience of my life – with the man I married (who was also a virgin). By today’s standards we were both mutant freaks. But… have you ever made love with a mutant freak who touched you as if you were precious and made you feel treasured? I have.

I’ve had dates where the man did not even look at me but assumed I’d have sex with him once we finished our coffee.

Compare those experiences. There is no comparison. I can never have the first again, it just won’t ever be the same. The second I turned down without regret.

It seems we lack emotion when it comes to sex. We see so much sex in movies and television, even in advertising. We become immune to it. Sex becomes background. I skip the sex scenes when I read a book. I get actually bored and feel dissatisfied when characters have sex in movies and such. It’s bland. It’s routine – no matter what new moves they add to it, it is not real enough to feel interesting. It lacks imperfection. It lacks emotion like sadness.

If you see people having sex when they are sad it is after a death. Why does someone have to die for there to be sex and sadness?

Why can’t sex be about real people? People who don’t want to bother with sex. People who play but skip the sex. People who may be sad and not want sex but still like companionship without being pressured or guilted into having sex.

This post is part of #AdultSexEdMonth

Warm Your Feet with Slippers this Winter

My Mother has decided to make slippers for Christmas this year. She knits. I crochet and sew. We have tried two patterns found online so far. One did work but the slippers are pretty huge and floppy. I do like the chocolate brown colour she knit them in. They remind me of the sweater she knit me when I was still in high school, same colour and same style of knit.

We have looked at a lot of patterns. Some just don’t look right. Some are too cute for me to consider – maybe if I were still a child. Some patterns look so complicated I don’t think I’d want to start them as just a light-hearted project. But, a few look great. One I especially like but it’s a knit pattern and we need to get out and buy a set of four knitting needles for it. We haven’t done that yet. (It’s on the to-do list).

This whole winter slipper project started because I have bought so many slippers and then found them disappointing. One pair actually lasted a second winter, but then I decided to get a fresh pair and used the pink furry stuff they were made from for a holiday gingerbread man I was sewing up. If I had known those were the last slippers I would find to be good, I would have kept them. I bought three other pairs after that. All of them fell apart, became worn out or were awful because they didn’t have some tread – especially bad when the floors are a bit wet in the kitchen or bathroom.

So on the project goes. Between the two of us we will create a great pair of slippers, one method or another. I haven’t bought a pattern book, but looking online does make it tempting. I found one pair made from felt, those look warm and toasty for a cold winter.

One interesting thing I’ve discovered – in the US people leave their shoes on in the house. As a Canadian this sounds really odd. We take our shoes off at the door. That’s why we wear slippers in the house. Or, socks or just bare feet, if we don’t have slippers to put on.

Pincushions: Make Them, Collect Them and Use Them

teacup pincushionPincushions are functional, decorative and the best way to keep your sewing pins from winding up in various odd places around the house. If you don’t sew you could collect hat pins and use a fabulous pincushion to display them.

The first pincushion I remember using was my Grandmother’s standard tomato-strawberry pincushion. It was red with green embroidery, Made in China. Hers had two strawberries, hanging from the side.

That pincushion design started in the Victorian era. It probably came from the idea of having a tomato on the hearth for good luck in the home. When tomatoes were not available families would use a red ball stuffed with sawdust. At some point it became used to hold pins while the ladies were sewing. (There was a lot of hand sewing in those days).

I don’t know if my Grandmother’s pincushion was stuffed with sawdust. But the old way was to stuff the tomato with wool roving to prevent the pins from getting rusty. The attached strawberry was filled with abrasive to clean and sharpen the pins.

Pincushions are one of the pretty extras you can use when you sew. You can sew without using a pincushion. Just as you don’t really need a thimble, but the pincushion is tradition, adds history and elegance to the event. I don’t wear an apron when I cook, but I still like to look at patterns for sewing them and embellishing them. It’s not about what you need but more about what you want.

The pincushion needs to be the right size to not get in the way of your work, yet it has to hold a good load of pins as you work. It should have stuffing which is tightly packed so your pins don’t wobble around or sink right through up to their heads. I’ve seen very pretty pincushions which would be decorative but not very functional. If you buy a pincushion make sure it’s more than just a pretty face.

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Vintage Glass Teacups

glass teacupsAren’t they pretty?

I like glass cups, teacups or coffee mugs especially. I like watching through the glass when you add the cream to your coffee. I love the way it swirls. I like to watch how the coffee cream/ milk gradually merges with the darker coffee. Sometimes I just let it sit on top so I can see the two colours, one settled on top of the other.

They make different swirling patterns if you pour the milk or cream in before you add the coffee. Have you ever done that with a glass coffee mug?

These are the little things I like, one of them.

I noticed this vintage glass teacup set on Etsy this morning. The shade of peach glass is pretty in the photo. But, I don’t think I’d like it once the tea was added. The colour would be duller then. Spoiled.

But, they would be pretty for holding white wine, or sparkling white wine with little bubbles flying up to pop on the surface. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Don’t get so wrapped up in the big things that you stop enjoying the little things.

INTP Personality

INTP personality.

This post may have been copied from another source before being posted to HubPages. I don’t know. I did notice some pretty silly typos, so whoever posted it never proofread it.

NTP is the rarest personality type in the 16 personality types in the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator. The Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator is used to make the theory of psychological types described by C G Jung understandable and actually useful in an average person’s life. The whole point of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and very consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and their own personal judgment. Continue reading INTP Personality

Open Source Embroidery

Open Source Embroidery

Embroidery is constructed (mostly by women) in hundreds of tiny stitches which are visible on the front of the fabric. The system of the stitches is revealed on the back of the material. Some embroiderers seal the back of the fabric, preventing others from seeing the underlying structure of the pattern. Others leave the back open for those who want to take a peek. A few integrate the backend process into the front of the fabric. The patterns are shared amongst friends in knitting and embroidery ‘ciricles’.

Software is constructed (mostly by men) in hundreds of tiny pieces of code, which form the hidden structure of the programme or interface. Open Source software allows you to look at the back of the fabric, and understand the structure of your software, modify it and distribute it. The code is shared amongst friends through online networks. However the stitches or code only make sense to those who are familiar with the language or patterns.

The same arguments about Open Source vs Free Software can be applied to embriodery. The needlework crafts also have to negotiate the principles of ‘freedom’ to create, modify and distribute, within the cultural and economic constraints of capitalism. The Open Source Embroidery project simply attempts to provide a social and practical way of discussing the issues and trying out the practice. Free Software, Open Source, amatuer and professional embrioderers and programmers are welcome to contribute to the project.

Open Source Embroidery pays homage to Ada Lovelace (1816-52) who helped to develop the Analytical Engine, the first idea for a universal computer, with Charles Babbage. Lovelace wrote “we may say most aptly that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jaquard Loom weaves flowers and leaves.” (Gere, 2002, p24). The Jaquard Loom (1810) was the first machine to use punched-card programming.

The above is the introduction cut and pasted from the site. It was information which I wanted to have to read over again so I decided to post it all here with the link.

I wonder if anyone is doing something like this with machine knitting?