Versatile Blogger Award

While I was away, I received an award from the lovely Lucy at In The Sky.

My first blog award! Yay! Thank you so much Lucy 🙂 I’m very honored to have gotten any kind of award. Now that I’ve updated you all on the goings-on in my life for the past month, I have an opportunity to follow up on the rules of the blog.
After receiving the award you then need to:

In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
In the same post, include this set of rules.
Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
ooh and forward it to 15 other bloggers.

I think it is now time for me to share some random pieces of information with you all. It was much harder to come up with 7 than I thought it would be! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me.

1. Although my degree is in Music Education, I considered many other possibilities. My childhood dream was to become a Marine Biologist and study sharks. I still find them very fascinating!

Possibly my favorite shark is the Mako shark.

2. When I was in high school, I took fencing lessons with one of my best friends for a school project. I was required to find an 8 week long project that involved learning an entirely new skill so I had the perfect excuse to pursue my love of Medieval/Renaissance warfare and weaponry! I would have preferred to learn broadsword, but there wasn’t a place close enough to home that offered the classes.

Just to clarify, this is NOT Sara Lynn and myself at practice!

3. Along with warfare and weaponry comes armory! I taught myself how to make chainmaille 🙂 For any of you who might not know, that is the type of armor created by linking thousands (if not more) of metal rings. Granted, I have never created anything large like a hauberk (a maille shirt) but I enjoy the smaller things I have made! I’ve often come across it being referred to as weaving with metal. An apt description in my opinion. You just use rings instead of yarn/thread and pliers instead of hooks/needles or a loom.

My own little collection of supplies.

4. I am an avid reader, particularly of fantasy. I like the idea of being able to escape reality through my books about magic and dragons. Pardon my inner geek! Here is my bookshelf which contains most of my fantasy collection plus some others.

This is an unadulterated view of this bookshelf, so I'm being honest. No judging please!

5. I have a strong desire to live a more natural life. I often dream of things like having my own garden/orchard, canning and preserving what we grow, having a couple of hens, spinning and dying my own wool (whether or not I actually own the fiber animals is debatable), and staying home to cook and clean and hone my crafty skills while providing in those ways for my family. My dad and I often dream together about having a family commune someday. It will probably never happen, but who knows. It might!

6. Despite my 24 years, I have lived in 11 different houses. Two of those were short term situations during college, but truth be told, I have lived in 11 actual houses. 13 if you include a college dorm and an apartment. Needless to say, I will be very happy when Bryon and I can finally own a place of our own and settle down somewhere!

7. I am a recent yoga addict. I’ve decided I really want to treat my body better and after some research, I have decided that yoga looks to be a great option for that! It has many different styles so I can keep it low key for now to keep my asthma at bay, it is good for your joints (which my bad knees and ankles appreciate), it’s a good stress reliever, and I feel great afterwards instead of thoroughly exhausted. So glad I found it!

Alright. There are 7 things about myself. Maybe they will give you a little glimpse into my odd life. Now to get on with the giving of the awards! I shamefully admit I don’t follow very many blogs so I can’t recommend a full 15. I will give you the names and sites of the wonderful women I do follow so you can pop in and see them as well. Seeing as Lucy has already received this award I will skip over hers and go to the others:

Alice at Crochet With Raymond– serious color therapy here!

Lucy at Attic 24– a creative crochet genius/awesome mom & wife

Teresa at Teresa Kasner– a true American Girl

Clicky Needles– check out her clever scavenger hunt!

Mereknits– take a look at her beautiful woven shawls!

Wei Siew at Kiwiyarn Knits– this woman is a knitting machine. Period.

Be sure to check them out! And thank you again Lucy for the award 🙂


I’m Back!

Can I just say that I’m glad to be back on my blog again? Hello again to you all!

I’ve been able to check things on the internet via my phone and during my lunch break at work, but I haven’t been able to post anything of my own. I have had a lot happen this past month and I’d love to share some of it with you!

First off (the weekend the my computer failed me) my sister had her reception after getting married in Italy! She had a beautiful reception and we had a great time.  There was only one wardrobe malfunction to my knowledge. It happened to be mine…Granted, those heels were quite old. My strappy black heels (which were purchased in 2001) finally had enough and the platform/bridge/heel section snapped right in half at the exact moment I bent down to pin up Sara’s bustle on her gown. I hadn’t realized it had happened until the photographer put his camera down in front of my face, my obliterated shoes filling the display screen. Mind you, the group photos were taken at the beginning of the evening and we had just finished the photo-shoot when all of this happened, thank goodness! At least I had an excuse to go barefoot the rest of the night! 🙂

Winter has carried on at an odd pace. Snowing and freezing over to make beautiful landscapes, day-long rainstorms turning everything into muddy slush, and lovely, jacketless sunny days, copy, paste, repeat. Mother nature can’t seem to decide if she wants to be stay winter or go on into spring!

I’ve also been busy with my yarny business! I’d be so bored without it. Firstly, I finished little Luke’s blanket!

It is more rectangular than I’d like, but it is very soft and drapey. It’s being shipped out this weekend. I do hope he and his momma like it. He should be arriving any day now and we’re all very excited to meet him! I also got back into my hooky business a week or two ago. I visited my nerdier side and I couldn’t resist making this little guy.

Ah! I love him so much! A part of me does desperately miss my video game days, primarily the classic games like Mario. I proudly displayed my little mushroom to my brother, who promptly declared he needed a collection of the various Mario Mushrooms (growth, 1UP, poison, etc). So it seems I have some research to do and some more mushrooms to make here in the near future 🙂 Hurrah for fun crochet plushies! Greatest thanks for the Mario Mushroom by Linda Potts.

My needles haven’t been idle since I finished the blanket. I did go through a bit of a slump there for a while where I couldn’t decide what to make next. I had the yarn for projects, yes, but I didn’t have the needles for most of them! I ran through my lists again and again and finally discovered I had the proper needles to make Favorite Scarf Ever by Lisa Bruce. I was a bit intimidated by making something with a design, especially since it used a new stitch for me. I can be so silly sometimes…

I love it! The pattern is super easy and I caught on right away. I’m happily knitting away on a new scarf for myself and I know I will be using this pattern again. Thanks Lisa!

I know it’s not a lot, especially compared to some of the knitting/crocheting beasts out there whose awesomeness puts me to shame, but I am proud of my little projects. If you want to see a woman with a passion for knitting, check out Wei Siew at  She has recently set a goal for herself to knit: 4 pairs of plain socks, 1 woman’s cardigan, 1 hat, 1 man’s pullover, 3 children’s cardigans, and 1 baby pullover all in 9 weeks! Kudos to her I say!

Miss Mina Mew seems to have completely recovered from her ugly bout of piddle-on-the-carpet disease. Yay! She’s now roaming the house freely and wreaking havoc wherever she can, as per usual. This morning at 5:30 she woke me up by jumping up on my dresser (where she does NOT belong) and knocking my cosmetics case onto the floor with a clatter.We love her, but golly she can be a nuisance! Can anyone else relate? I imagine it’s mildly similar to having a small child.

Now that I’ve talked far too much, I’m fairly caught up on what has transpired in the past 30 days or so. I have more to share, but that’s for another day! Love you all and have a wonderful weekend!

~Lacey, Mina, and Bryon (who is a real dear for allowing his wife to use his computer to blog while hers remains down)