whelmedness

Specs on keyboard

Things have been super overwhelming lately. I have a lot going on in pretty much every aspect of my life and it all gets a bit HOLY CRAP HOW MUCH MORE CAN I HANDLE at times. Even making time for blogging has been challenging, even though it’s a thing I love to do and actively want to spend more time on.

This week, a big thing I’ve been devoting a ton of time to at work got resolved, so that is a huge load of stress that I can hopefully wrap up and move on from. We’re still getting everything worked out for our upcoming move, though, which means a ton of things to plan and figure out (not that K isn’t doing the lion’s share of the actual work on this – he totally is – I just can’t let go of a big project like that enough to avoid the stress/anxiety that necessarily comes with a move).

And then yesterday’s hugely disappointing SCOTUS news – it’s enough to make one despair for more than a moment!

HOWEVER, I am doing my best to remember the importance of breathing and taking a moment to put things in perspective. I found this post about mood regulation to be insightful and a helpful reminder, too. It’s so easy for me to get into a low mood (usually exacerbated by low blood sugar) and then lean right the eff into it. Consciously reminding myself that I *am* capable of letting it go and not getting sucked in is something I need to do more often.

I’ve also been trying to create more treat yo’self time.

Scully, Wampty's newest resident

Which means that I created a second character in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Here’s Scully! She is mostly bug farming on the island right now, in the pursuit of building up her house so she can house additional furniture collections that don’t fit in my first character’s house. Small pleasures, people.

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prototyping

I’ve been experimenting with some new patterns for Blythe clothing. This one is a pattern I created for a strapless Blythe dress.

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, though there are some changes I’ll make on the next iteration. The bodice is slightly too loose – I might tighten it up a bit, or there might be a way to use some mild elastic to help it be more apt to stay all the way up (it only slides down just a tiny bit, but it’s enough that I’d prefer to perfect it before putting any up for sale).

I was very pleased with my choice of trim on the hem of the skirt:

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

I had the upper white-dash ribbon in my stash, and recently found the black lace trim at The Lob.

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

So, Blythe peeps – what do you think? What changes or other styles would you like to see?

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Spooky Night

Here’s one of my latest AnneArchy creations, the Spooky Night Dress for Blythe.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

My goal here was to create a dress that would be appropriate for Halloween but also work for the whole fall season in general – something without any Halloween-specific items.

I found the two laces on the bodice at The Lob – they have it in a variety of colors, but orange and black were perfect for this time of year.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

I just love this fabric, too. The leaves on the vine are a perfect motif for autumn, and the color combination is spooky without being specifically Halloweeny.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

I’m happy that I was able to achieve my goals for this piece.

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Creating Glamorous Jewelry

Creating Glamorous Jewelry I haven’t worked much with Swarovski Crystals (yet), but I learned recently that they carry them at the Lob, so they’re easily accessible. I also don’t have much occasion to dress up super fancy, but if I’m going to, I could do worse than to wear jewelry inspired by the great actresses of the twentieth century, eh? Check out my post over at CPL.

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Brodie Monster

K found a new toy at the Lob and picked it up as an xmas treat for Brodie. We thought he’d pull his usual and destroy it immediately, but surprisingly, he didn’t disembowel it right away. K got Brodie all riled up and then let him pounce it.

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

Brodie loves playing tug!

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

And jumping.

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

I love this one, both because Brodie is sitting like we’ve trained him to do when he wants something, and for the way K posed the monster so its expression is perfect.

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

Finally, we had to impose some downtime on Brodie, though he still wanted to keep the monster near to him.

Brodie got a new monster for xmas

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