pug portrait


So last night, MG and I attended a charity silent auction for Pawsitive Alliance. And I bid on a custom pet portrait. Lo and behold, we won. Our downstairs neighbor (who is on Pawsitive Alliance's board) joked that the artist would have to draw a pug and then smear it every which way since Hemi never holds still. And then my coworkers joked that I'm becoming one of those crazy pug people. I told him that the sanity train left the station a while back.

engagement story


Since there was a contest on engagement stories, I quickly entered ours:

MG and I got engaged last September. He had been carrying the ring around since May of that year and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question. And after waiting five months in vain for said moment, he decided to make one.

MG had told me early that day that we were invited to watch Super Troopers (his favorite movie) at his recently-singled friend's place. Little did I know that he was going to propose at Gasworks Park (Seattle) and had made reservations at a fancy restaurant. Thus, when we were getting ready to leave, I put on some sweats and flip flops in preparation. I was a little surprised when MG commented on how casual my outfit was. I do believe my response was, "Dude, we're going over to ***'s. He doesn't even have dishes, just piles of used paper plates covering the counters." He looked quizzical for a moment before responding, "Fair enough."

When we got into the car, he concocted another story about having to pick up some friends from "a wine bar across the street from Gasworks" (which if you know the area around Gasworks is a statement akin to *I'm going to Nebraska for good Chinese food*). He lured me into the park area by saying that the friends were probably walking drunkenly in the park and that we should go find them. It wasn't long before my flip-flopped feet started getting muddy and gross (as Seattle will do on any month except July) and MG said that we’d turn back for the car after he tied his shoelaces. While he bent over, I started turned to look at the city across the water and when I turned around, he had the ring out.

Later, while we were at the fancy restaurant, he mentioned how nervous he had been because there had been so many holes in his story. He kept thinking that any moment, I would realize how ludicrous half of his assertions were. And in looking back, I wonder the same thing considering that I’ve bought all his shoes since we started dating and all of them were slip-ons.

baroness beret


Just finished the flower. It's for someone that has a one biological child, a crapload of non-biological children and three jobs. For those days that there's absolutely no time to brush or shampoo.

lemon candle


I had a dying champagne Illuminations candle. We also had fish for dinner last week that required only half a lemon. And when these two worlds collided, that leftover lemon and the leftover wax became a Martha project.



I've started a crochet project! I've been meaning to learn how to crochet so when I saw the wavelength pattern, I just had to try.

lv luv pug


I made Hemi a jacket with fabric I found in Hong Kong a long time ago. It's reversible with a really happy pink and orange striped fabric on the other side. The velcro and trim are from Pacific Fabrics. I used one of his other jackets as a template and wish I knew how to properly trim sewing stuff. I'm going to have to redo that ugly buckle on the back one of these days. But isn't he an adorapug?

how does one say "whine" in german?


A certain skipper was complaining about having all the posts be about wedding shiznit and stuff, so to appease that bugger, here's a picture from our Christmas Eastern Europe trip. Yep, MG and I found the Google offices in Munich. It was relatively close to a bunch of hofbrauhauses.

endpaper mitts

Finally finished after hibernating my Endpaper Mitts for around five months. What finally motivated me to finish? Toronto Craft Alert's giveaway to inspire people to finish their projects. And my, are these babies warm! Perfect for the typical March in Seattle.

all unfinished projects


So many... unfinished... projects! thank goodness I've accumulated a bunch to be able to enter this contest. The Toronto Craft Alert is to be hailed as the great craft-hurry-and--finally-finish-it idols. My brief list:

Next week, I swear, I will make headway into these projects.

inspiration board


There's a contest over at weddingbee to make an inspiration board with a Kathlin Argiro bridesmaid dress. Since the grand prize consists of five custom bridesmaid dresses, I had to give it a go. So I spent a good amount of last night (i.e. submitted at 3am) putting together this board of stuff I would love to have were I to win the lotto. Whaddya think?

mokume gane


MG got me a beautiful engagement ring with clean lines and a very sparkly bauble. To complement it, I think I'm leaning towards this kind of wedding band. The woodgrain design is made with traditional Japanese metallurgy techniques, mokume gane. I like the idea of having more a more structural design without any stones to compete with the main sparkly.

everyone and their mother

So when Mike and I got engaged, we were sandwiched by quite a few friends getting engaged. In fact, there was an engagement every week three weeks prior and one week after (for a total of five weeks in a row). And it's been great! So many people to talk to about wedding crap! And now I have another person to harass! Notmartha! Congratulations, M!

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