Several years ago I got the itch to make a neat clock and bought a clockwork kit at the Lob. Of course I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted the clock to be, so I put it off and ended up not actually making one. After unpacking the little clockwork kit again at Castle Greystone, I decided that now was the time. (Haha.) I asked K what he thought would make a good clock and he suggested the Doctor Who LP he’s had for several decades: perfect!

Hallway with new Who clock

He put it together in a matter of moments and after a little looking around, we decided to put it in the hallway.

New old clock

I think it looks great! Ideally we’d like to get some longer hands, as these are a bit too short for the scale of the LP, but for now this will do. It just seems so fitting to use a Who-themed base for a clock, doesn’t it?


the gang’s mostly here

Last week while preparing to leave for a trip, Susan discovered that one of my Blythes, Willow, was hanging out in her CraftyTown. She’s been there for months and neither Susan nor I realized it. D’oh! This inspired me to get the rest of my girls unpacked, having been boxed up for the duration of our moves during mid and late 2013.

Several of them were looking pretty box-haired, so I did a couple of hair treatments to get them back to looking nice again.

Dolly hair day

Dahlia has had a few hair treatments from me in the past, so hers was pretty easy and quick. All her hair is one length, which makes washing easier (though drying is a bit goofy, as you can see).

Dolly hair day

Maude desperately needed some help – her hair was still a little greasy from the factory and I hadn’t made time to wash it yet since getting her. Her hair was also a bit wonky in terms of cut, so I took this opportunity to trim her bangs to a straighter line (they look a bit off in this pic because some of them are drier than others).

Dolly hair day

Finally, Turtle got her first hair treatment (I think) from me. The way her hair is rooted/thatched is different than the Blythes, which makes it lay the way it’s supposed to pretty easily (with the exception of parts of her bangs).

The Girls

Then I finally got some clothes on them all! Going through my Blythe wardrobe alerted me to a few projects I want to work on: Middie knits and dresses, more skirts (both knit and sewn), more cardis, and more knit accessories (scarves, shawls, etc.). Hooray for inspiration! What are you making for your Blythes lately?



Sometimes when Coraline gets super crazy, K will pick her up and show her around the room Lion King-style. For some reason this works to calm her down a little.

Coraline and Karl

The other day he did this and then perched her on his shoulder like a parrot or Squirrelly.

Coraline and Karl


Coraline and Karl

Uh-oh, someone senses an opportunity…

Coraline and Karl

And she dives for the mouth. We had just eaten dinner and apparently K’s breath smelled delicious. She is a weird, adorable puppy.


Some friends of ours hosted a fourth of July soiree over the weekend and we were so glad to be there. Lots of delicious food and drink and great conversation, and then there were fireworks. Woot!

I realized when we were out there that my camera has a setting for fireworks, so I switched that on and hoped for the best.


It works pretty well, actually.


The hardest thing was getting the camera centered properly to get the entire blast in one shot.


I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how well it captured these! Because of the fireworks setting process, it takes a longer moment before you can take a second shot, and by then that firework has usually faded, so I got better with timing the further on it got.




Many big thanks to our hosts George and Jenny for such a terrific evening!

Treasury Tuesday: Opals for October

Opals are October’s modern birthstone (there are other types of birthstones). Opal is said to symbolize confidence and faithfulness. It is also said to bring good luck to the wearer, though others claim that it reflects the wearer’s energy back to them – that only those who radiate positivity should wear opal. Regardless of all that, though, they’re pretty.

Opals for October treasury

sage advice, indeed.

An old pal of mine from the days of yore at The Bird has come up with some sound financial advice in this uncertain time, which I would like to share, because it is awesome:

“If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left.

With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left. With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left.

But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND,you would have had $214.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.”