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You may have asked yourself, what does Sara look at all the time? or you may not have and this post will just be another addition to the giant list of rambling posts you read to pass time.

I use Google Reader as my RSS feeder. I enjoy using the RSS reader since I enjoy so many different types of blogs and websites and rarely have enough time to visit each one in a day. Also, I find myself unable to relocate projects, templates, giveaways, freebies, ideas, artworks, etc etc again after the initial visit. Google Reader allows me to slack off on days when I’m busy and catch up on days I have time.

Here comes the fun~!
Are these awesome or what:

  • I’m always curious about what’s going on over at Doodlers Anonymous. Fun peaks into sketchbooks and other related posts about the artists and artworks.
  • Have you been bitten by the creative artsy-fartsy crafty bug yet? No? Stop over at Craft and I bet it won’t be long before you dive into a new project.
  • One of the reasons I am dying to learn to sew well and quilt is Comfortstitching. She is amazing. Her blog is so colorful and beautiful just like her quilts.
  • I just added Unconsumptiontonight. I am very sure I will be digging around more soon.
  • Are you loving paper goods? Cards, stationery, journals, letterpress goodies and more can be found and drooled at over at Crow and Canary.
  • I love losing track of time browsing at Design*Sponge. Prepare yourself for a showcase of many delectable examples.
  • Ever heard of letterpress? Enjoy It will get you acquainted with Elise Blaha and her love of letterpress and small books. I love both and her approach at it all.
  • Unclutterer gives me hope. I just need the motivation and time now. :wink: The Unitasker Wednesdays crack me up sometimes.

This is obviously only a tiny schampling of everything that sucks my free time away faster than I can drain a strawberry shake. I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of what amuses me and maybe have acquired a new addition for your RSS reader.

Take care and be well.


My Mum called this morning and informed me that Dad and her were heading over to dig in my gardens. I was in one of my “no sun – no energy” moods and planned to sit on the futon until forced to move by bodily need or human intervention. I grabbed my overalls and gardening shoes and headed out. Oh and my bandanna. I live in my bandanna when I don’t have energy. I really need a hair cut but that isn’t really the point of my post tonight.

We removed all the maximilian sunflowers from the south end of the east garden. They never did much even with improved soil. Sad really. The ones out in the county get so tall and have millions of blooms on each stalk. Mine bloom so late in the season and topple over from their own weight – unable to hold up their dinky blooms.

My parents have come to terms with my own physical weakness. I have no rippling muscles and have tendinitis in both wrists. I’m still in denial but both my parents help so much. Matt even joined the fun. The south end of the east garden is now de-rooted and revitalized with peat moss and compost. I planted my new blue delphinium and a couple perennial lobelia. I’m excited to get things moved around. Oh and my orange poppies have been relocated to the sunny part of the south garden. Oh how wonderful orange poppies will be!

Orange is such a powerful color. Friday was a deadline day and I took a breather – just one moment and glanced around my work area. I had so much fun orange I just had to capture it.

Unofficial Orange Day

Click to go to flickr - more sizes and notes available.

I grabbed my Rose Art colored pencils on the way to work Thursday and colored a blue corner in my journal. Then later did an orange arch. Friday I was majorly craving fresh fruit so I drew a strawberry. Today I drew the orange and kiwi slice. I’m going to write “but i had Taco Bell for dinner” since we ended up stopping there before taking Iggy Pup to the dog park to see his German Shepherd Dog girlfriend Sammy.

Journal Spread

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I don’t mind not finishing entries on the day listed any more. Journaling has become free and enjoyable. I don’t feel rushed or pinned to finishing the entry in daily order. A page for each day is okay and I can finish it when I feel the motivation or have the time. Life is strenuous enough without adding journaling to the list of must-dos.

I have so many ideas for art projects now its unreal. I bought gel medium so I want to work on collages. I also have all my new fancy edge scissors to experiment with. I bought some clearance art pens at Hobby Lobby this week and haven’t uncapped any of them. I am getting CraftyChica’s book Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Ideas for the Everyday Crafter for becoming her 4,000th follower on Twitter! I’m am SOOO excited! I’ve only made one item with my new-to-me sewing machine – a bag – and I’m falling in love with the idea of making more things. I do need to find out how to make my machine to a zig-zag stitch so I can sew paper for my collages. I have a sick desire to learn to quilt. Comfortstitching has the most exquisite quilts that inspire and tempt me to try one for myself.

I could go on and on but I’m sure you’d rather I just do something and post about than post about wanting to do it, right?
Take care and be well.


Matt whisked me off to Chicago via my first Metra train ride on Wednesday. It is amazing how diverse things are in big cities. We spent the majority time walking which led to some achey moments on Thursday but we had a blast! I cannot wait to do it again…

Chicago Trip

Millenium Park in Chicago, IL

I love the sculptures that are sprinkled around Chicago. Here is one in Millennium park which I fondly refer to as the “Jelly Bean.”

It might be common knowledge that I rarely win things. I like entering contests and giveaways for the sheer thrill of MAYBE it being my turn. I was so psyched when we walked into Blick’s Art Materials and were greeted with a chance to win something from their prize wheel. I gave that wheel a mighty spin and walked away with a FREE TSHIRT~! Matt walked away with a 40% off coupon which is also a great prize. What a great way to impress a first time customer. I am definitely going back to Blick in the future.

Me modeling my new Blick tshirt.

The selection at Blick’s was amazing. I found myself squeeing with glee when I entered the pen and marker aisles. Could heaven have so many choices? The notebook and sketchbook selection was overwhelming. Miquelrius, Handbook, Rhodia – my head was spinning with all the possibilities. Of course my budget won out since I have splurged a lot lately. The employees at Blick were SOOOO nice and helpful. One asked me if I wanted a basket to put all the goodies I was carrying around into. I declined and explained it kept me under control. If I could, I would move into that store. In the end, I walked out with my first set of Stabilo Point 88 pens and a 5×5 Rhodia notebook.

My Chicago purchases

Rhodia 5x5, Stabilo Point 88 20 pack in awesome split case held together with velcro, Levenger Claret bottled ink

You had to notice there are three items in that photo and one says Levenger. Matt and I found Levenger after some confusion. It was INSIDE Macy’s. Doh. I didn’t find an epic Circa bar like I had visited a million times in my daydreams but I was delighted to sample several of their fountain pen inks. I couldn’t leave empty handed, could I? I’m happy to announce “Claret” is my first bottle of fountain pen ink.

Matt and I enjoyed a nice visit to the Chicago Art Institute. The contemporary art was not on display since the Modern wing is opening soon. We were disappointed but were happy to discover some Pollock pieces in the Prints and Drawings collection. Something about seeing all those works of art being appreciated and treasured brightens my outlook on life. In a busy bustling city like Chicago, people still visit the Institute for a dose of art.

So what do you do after eight hours of walking, your first two train rides and several shop visits? You give your new toys a workout!

Chicago Trip - Stabilo Point 88

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Today’s Arsenal

Imagine if you will, a crowded restaurant, a pocket full of Pilot G2’s and a sketchbook on the table. Yes, I really did have three different point sizes in the kangaroo pouch pocket of my hoodie. Black Pilot G2s in 0.38, 0.5 and 0.7.

In honor of my first Qdoba burrito, I pitched the idea of “Revenge of the Pinto Bean” to Matt. He said to run with it so it was inevitable that Ninja Bean would soon join the ranks of doodles in my sketchbook. Here is the first ink versions of Ninja Bean doodled with Pilot G2s.

Revenge Of The Pinto Bean

I doodled these zombies in my journal awhile back and thought I would see if anyone had any interest in them for my Zazzle shop. Also, don’t hesitate to request a design. I love creating things for others!

Zombies invade my journal~!Zombies invade my journal~!Zombies invade my journal~!Zombies invade my journal~!

In Memoriam

Maximus

Maximus on 04/30/09, our last night together.

Lastly, I wanted to post my favorite picture of Maximus. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, my family recently had to say goodbye. Max was diagnosed with bone cancer at the end of April after a dental extraction revealed his jaw had turned to mush under the suspect tooth.

Max’s Story

In the Spring of 2000, my sister discovered an abandoned white and orange tabby in the house she and her fiance were renovating. It was evident by her condition she was homeless. When her pregnancy was noticed, how could we not invite her into our home. Mom and Dad may not have been on board with the entire situation but Molly soon was a resident in my upstairs bedroom. The kittens were born in my bedroom on July 31, 2000. I remember the night well since I was at work and Mom called me to fill me on the birth of four healthy kittens. Muffin and Willow were the females and Squash and Gizmo were the boys.

Awhile later, Mom called my cell phone in a panic while I was at friend’s house. Muffin had tumbled over while playing and revealed a secret. She was a boy! Since he was the largest of the kittens, we had no problem naming Maximus after one of Mom’s favorite movies -“Gladiator”.

Squash, Willow and Max were our family felines. I was away at college and missed a lot of their kitten days but the time I enjoyed was wonderful. They were our babies. Gizmo went to live with a friend of my sister and Molly found a forever home with an older couple.

We lost Willow to an unfortunate complication involving a string in her intestine. (Please please please do not let your pets play/eat strings.) Our heartache over her loss was severe, she was so young.

Max’s personality as alpha male radiated from his regal posture and dramatic size. He often enjoyed outsmarting games and toys. He enjoyed cuddling and rubbing against shoes until the end. That’s what is under him in the above picture. He found his way to Matt’s shoes in the hallway and the sun kissed him for a picture.

Maximus lived up to his name. He weighed in at 18 lbs during his last vet visit. Click on his picture above to go to Flickr where I’ve uploaded a couple other pictures of him. He was large and VERY intelligent feline who touched our hearts and became a member of our family. His life was short but hopefully he knew how much he meant to all of us.

Rest in peace Maximus.
07/31/00-05/01/09

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Take care and be well.


Introducing my Zazzle shop! DIYSara

Stay tuned for more products and designs. Always feel free to make suggests or requests!

I plan on diving back into the blog world soon, I have much to share.
Take care and be well.


Wakey Wakey Eggs n Bakey.

Have you ever gone to a breakfast buffet and eaten WAY too much meat? I think three bacon or sausage links is universal because you SHOULDN’T eat more than that. I probably did not learn my lesson though.

This lil doodle came out right before Matt swept me away to enjoy the brunch buffet at Charcoal Grill. numnomnom.

Doodle

I know its not hilarious but it made you smile – didn’t it? I used a black Flair. It’s marker-like solid black line is perfect for quick doodles. The yellow yoke is Sharpie highlighter in non-fluorescent yellow. And yes that is white-out … I made a “oopsie” and fixed it quickly. I had a breakfast buffet to get to people!

It’s been raining for two straight days. The only plus side to spring rain is – FLOWERS!

One of my gardens featuring daffodils and hyacinths.

Matt and I ventured to a few stores for shopping. I was a very bad budgeted human and purchased the 20 Staedtler fineliner set with case. I’m sure you’ll be seeing those soon enough! Don’t expect new purchases as frequently in the weeks to come. I’m a thrifty gal and my budget is screaming at me for my splurges this month. But as everyone knows – treating yourself once in awhile is a good thing.

My major bargain purchase today was a dozen little Easter chicks. Aren’t they cute? Okay so they are strange but in a fun kind of “omgosh they are all staring at ME” way. Each box of six was marked $2.49 but I got them for 24 cents each! Yay for clearance! My army of lil artificial chicks is growing… fear them.

They're staring at me!

Did you notice the new header? No? Okay go scroll back to the top and take a gander. What do you think? I whipped it up with Gimp 2. If you can’t afford to purchase Photoshop, Gimp is an excellent alternative and its FREE! There are free brushes available from generous graphic folks and other compatible goodies. If you haven’t used a graphic program before, give Gimp a try. There are tutorials around the web to help you get your bearings and best of all, if you decide it isn’t for you, your budget won’t be crying.

I’ll leave you with two pictures of Iggy Pup.

Iggy Pup

Keep your head up - like this Mum.

Iggy Pup

Ya'll come back and visit again... pwease.

Take care and be well.


First off, if you love notebooks and are addicted like I am – then you will definitely want to swing over to Notebook Stories. Giveaways are great but be sure to poke around and check out the other great stuff too.

Uniball & Circa

Today's rock: compact circa planner/life aid and Uniball Visions.

Today was one of “those days” for me. Luckily it wasn’t pen related angst. Do you have any pens that are several years old but still hold their own? I grabbed my black Uniball Visions, fine and micro, and they never let me down despite being 5 years old or more.

Eye catching ends of caps, no?

I recall sitting in my high school class and asking a friend if I could see her pen. The end of the cap was so unique and eye catching. That week I went out and bought my first pack of Vision pens. I’ve used several up over the years. But I always keep one waiting in my arsenal for active duty.

The fine is a 0.7mm but writes a  heavier line to me. The micro weighs in at a 0.5mm and also seems slightly heavy to me but not too far from the average. I failed to capture any writing samples when the lighting was ample. Instead I snapped this shot which makes the cap ends look like eyeballs. Can you see a face? heheh (yuh – imma dork)

This totally reminds me of the Geico commercial's money stack with eyes.

After work I needed some stress relief. Iggy and I enjoyed a nice walk in the sun. Nothing clears my mind and relaxes me like a good walk. There are cases of people walking themselves out of depression, literally. I can see why walking is recommended by many therapists. I wonder if bubble blowing is ever endorsed.

Bubbles!

Breaking News: Iggy Pup eats bubble. And likes it.

Since the sun decided to come out this evening, Iggy and I decided to enjoy it a little longer. I grabbed my bottle of bubbles and did my best to get the wind to cooperate. Iggy Pup taste tested the bubbles and didn’t seem to mind. The few that blew back at me were less than satisfactory to my palette. To each his/her own, right?

Take care and be well.

Bubbles!

See I really do exist!


I have been guilty of filling up my cart at JetPens a gazillion billion times but never checking out… I chicken out. With so many uber options how can I be sure I picked the right ones?

This is a huge burden I am not ready to bear alone.

Now comes my plea – help me decide! Pretty please!

Let me know what you think I should order … be honest and if you could offer a little bit of a reason behind your suggestions, that would be even more spectacular!

edit: Okay a little guidance has been requested :]

I adore gel pens these days … liquid ink seems to be my gig. The frixion pens that PenAddict reviewed today looks fun. Bright sassy fun unconventional colors are a must… but I won’t say no to a blue-black or something a little different from the norm. See what I mean? I really do like too many pens! :}
Take care, be well and let the commenting begin!

UPDATE

Thank you so much for the input everyone~! I really appreciate the comments here and at Twitter!

My order plans are shaping up – But I’m still not certain.

My fountain pen envy (penvy) is roaring along. I love the look of the Lamy Vista and dream of stocking my arsenal with bottles of gorgeous inks. But I see that JetPens has the Varsity pens in fine point! I’ve seen the “hack” of refilling these ‘disposable’ fountain pens and I’m wondering if this is the route for my ever changing pen fascinations.

Dowdyism at PenAddict has lit a fire in me to try the Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pens. I’m leaning towards the 0.38mm tip but am just overwhelmed with the variety of colors! OfficeSupplyGeek says blue-black, I like the lime green too. Does anyone know of a ink color chart for these? (It would be so much easier if I were rich and unrestricted! (or at least not budgeted)).

The recent buzz about the Frixion line has my spidey-sense tingling. I’m dying to try the Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen 0.7 mm. The purplish red (thanks to dowdyism) and the dark orange are in my cart. I would **love** to find the 24 pack under my pillow from the pen fairy some day but these two will have to do for now.

I have a set Uniball Jetstream in the 1.0mm (black, blue, red) and really love the ink flow. I’m debating on getting a new body or a refill. Will these refills work in my current bodies? I’m stuck on whether to buy a 0.5 or 0.7. Oy the agony of decisions!

The Uni-ball Signo RT UM-138 Gel Ink Pen 0.38 mm in Lavender Black is calling my name. I really want to try this body and the color just sounds fun. (Thanks to Nosferatuia!)

I am going to avoid any more Slicci’s since the physical shape of the pen doesn’t really mesh with my likes. I have a few blues in 0.4mm from Arathi and I find I pull them out every so often but not enough to warrant purchasing more just yet.

The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 3 Color Multi Pen is really an awesome item! (Thanks SarahHB1) … But once again the color choices are overwhelming. Here is another place where a color chart would help me out.

I’m still not sure about which fountain pen inks to consider. I also have a couple questions – please holla via Twitter or a comment if you can help me. Can Lamy fountain pens take only Lamy cartridges? How do I know what cartridge to buy to fit my Levenger fountain pen?

If you haven’t stopped by JetPens yet you are missing the virtual pen heaven I used to dream about!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care and be well.