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Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
31 July 2016 @ 11:37 pm
Interested in commissioning me to make you a blanket or another crocheted goodie? We can talk. I've only recently started opening myself up to the possibility of doing commissions within the fandom. I love to share my love of crocheting with others, but I've always just done when the need/want arose. So, I've been thinking for a while and here's what I have.
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Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
07 March 2015 @ 11:26 pm
And both days I have to get up super early to do stuff.

The first was today...and it was getting up to meet my twin, his wife, and my niece for breakfast with me and mom. Baby girl's birthday is the 17th, so this was the time to see her. It's always a good time to spend with her. And she likes me. Which is a good thing.

Tomorrow, I'm getting up super early (for even me) because I had a friend ask me to check in on her pets at the last minute. And she's a good friend who would do it for me. So, I have to run over there tomorrow morning to do that. But I'll use it as an excuse to get starbucks. ;)
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
24 February 2015 @ 11:45 pm
You are allowed to graffiti part of a stall at Hogwarts in Permanent Staining Ink. You have 5 min to do it. What would you write/draw to forever be remembered at Hogwarts by?
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
23 February 2015 @ 11:57 pm
Whoever thinks working in a library is quiet and boring...has never worked in a library.
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
09 February 2015 @ 12:21 am
My beloved rotary cutter and I got into a fight yesterday. He won. Funny thing? I didn't even know we were fighting.

But seriously, took a slice to the index yesterday when making a quilt block. Quickly ran downstairs, with my finger in my mouth to create pressure (yes, I know that's not the best way, but I also didn't want to fall down the stairs or drip blood everywhere). I yelled for mom and went for the kitchen sink where I started running cold water over the cut.

Mom panicked quite a bit for her. She's usually pretty calm through these things. She managed to get me a towel and I put pressure on it while she sought out our first aid kit that did not have gauze or tape. So, she ran off to the nearest store.

Once she returned, I told her I would literally do ANYTHING to not go to the hospital. We checked the wound and it wasn't bleeding much (seriously), so we wrapped it in a bunch of gauze and tape and neosporin (antibiotic cream).

I've changed the bandages twice. The wound looks clean (not pink and angry), it hurts much like a bruise.

Seriously would not want to do that again, but nice to know I can handle it.

I even went back up a couple of hours later and did more cutting and sewing, but was slow and careful with the rotary blade.

And I didn't bleed on the fabric!!!
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
12 January 2015 @ 10:08 pm
Almost getting better at this sleeping thing. Until last night where I waited until 5 am to sleep. Ugh

I've been very productive over the last week or so. Have finished several craft things and started working on a commission. I had hoped to get further tonight. But that 5 am bedtime killed that. So it's only 10 pm and I've sent myself to bed.

I do have to get up early to pick up cookies for a coworker tomorrow who is leaving. Kinda sad to see her leave. :(

Finally got my car back today. I took it to the tires place Sunday after having an almost flat for a week. (I wasn't driving on it...) anyways, they fixed it...kinda. I prob need to get a new rim for that wheel. My dad says I should call the BBB on them for their attitude and how they've treated us. I wanna wait until they fix my tire. Ugh.

Good things--

My last xmas package to a friend arrived!
I may have ordered more stonehenge fabrics
I'm off Friday (but work Saturday)
My boss loves me.
And we are supposed to get up to the 40's this weekend!!! Hurrah. I'm tired of the frozen hell.

Today, I saw a big yellow shiny ball in the sky. It skeered me.

Hey guys? I love you. All of you.
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
26 December 2014 @ 09:51 am
I do hope your holidays are/were merry.

Mine were both good and not so much.

I was thoroughly spoiled by my mom. My dad and sister/sis's girl got me some great gifts. My friends have spoiled me left right and center.

However, if you were on Facebook Tuesday, you know my holidays hit a snag. If you weren't on Facebook, then you may not know it...but my oldest cat passed away that morning.

Max, as I've mentioned, has been ill for a while. But this week took a dramatic turn and we were too late to stop it.

Tuesday morning found me early with mom telling me that Max would be going to the vet that morning. And I knew by her text that she wouldn't be coming home. However, before mom could get herself ready, Max was already gone.

Unfortunately, that now left us with a problem. We've never had a family pet pass while at home (not counting the hamsters and goldfish from childhood). I ended up calling my dad at his work. And when I burst into tears telling him, he got really uncomfortable. (He doesn't handle crying females well.) In the end, he left work, brought a box, and took her remains to his house to be buried. Yesterday, he told me my aunt had actually done the burying, but that it was done.

So today, I'm back at work and having to volley the inevitable question of how my holidays were. Because while I received many great gifts and was nicely distracted, there was definitely a hole in my heart this year.
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
22 December 2014 @ 12:26 am
I suck.

I suck

I suck

I suck.

I failed at getting things done. I sent off gifts to my sister and her girl and realized the next day I didn't finish them.

A coworker's birthday is tomorrow, well, it was the 21st, but we are celebrating tomorrow, and despite the fact that I text a couple of coworkers, I'm going with the excuse of 1st day back forgetfulness instead of bringing treats and a small gift. (This coworker gets me a gift every year and though we aren't as close as she thinks we are, I feel bad if I don't give her something.)

I saw the hobbit today. And now I have raw feelings from it.

And last, my cat is worrying me. She's 14 1/2 yrs old. She's been losing weight for over a year. I put it off to food bullying by the boys. And Max has been known to turn up her nose and starve if she doesn't like the food. She was out on a different prescription food after I bitched because my boys and Nuffy (my other female cat) are on a food for kidney problems. The same kind, I believe, that ofenjen used to feed her cats. And after her stories, I asked about it for my older cats' health. While they felt it was fine for a senior cat, they agreed to change Max to a different food to help with the weight loss. It's some kind of renal scrip. Anyway. For the last 6 months or so, she's been on that. I declined blood work last time at the vet because I wanted to see if the food helped.

Somedays, Max will eat well...and somedays she won't touch it at all. And for a brief bit, it looked like she was gaining weight. We feed her in the bathroom. Shutting ourselves in with her to sit and watch her way. We've gotten kind of used to this, but Max suddenly looks scrawnier than ever. And Mom said something that just scares me.

So tomorrow, mom will likely take her to the vet. Let us hope for a Christmas miracle and that it's something fixable. I don't think I could handle losing my cat at Xmas. Good thoughts are welcome.
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
12 December 2014 @ 05:53 am

There's more to this story, but I put up a Christmas tree tonight. With ornaments, garland, candy canes, and a topper.

Here! I show you!!! I have a few more ornaments to put up, but I'm happy with my tree.

Now let's hope my cats aren't gonna be asscats and tear this down.

Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
14 November 2014 @ 11:12 pm
I'm starting a new project next year and I'm looking for fabric ideas.

I've been trying to branch out and buy better quality fabrics, so I'm willing to put out the dough for it, so long as it's not something like $20/yard...

I think I would like something that has some good tonals with lots of color choices. I also tend to lean toward darker shades and sparkly...

I've debated Fairy Frost...but I've used that for my as yet unfinished Twilight Quilt.

The good news is I don't have to make this decision right away...I'm giving myself time to find just the perfect fabric...

But I still am looking for suggestions...