Genita's Crochet Addiction

A little look into my life, my crochet, my family...and what makes me tick. Don't be afraid...it's NOT that bad!

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Friday, October 06, 2006

I almost forgot that I had this blog!!!!



This is probably my absolute favorite piece I've done to date. To be utterly honest, I don't think I could reproduce this again. I basically took a Zindy Zone Tube, added layer upon layer of textures, and tinkered with the blend modes and opacity, then added some plug in filter magic to it...It reminds me of those well known sketches that Leonardo Da Vinci did...- at least it looks like it to me, anyway...


This is a tag I designed, after seeing the Levesque tube, and Asian looking Digital Scrapbooking kit and, getting my paws on 'em...- I KNEW that the idea I had would work..and it did...It's really a combination of all my favorite PSP things...the back ground is a blend of the different papers in the kit, I also played with blend modes and opacity...There's some brush work in it...masks, filters...oh yeah, and the BEST thing of all? A Jason Levesque "StuntKid" tube!!!


This blend was submitted to the Celebrity Fever challenge at Creative Expressions- I took the Silver in that one...



This is the blend I submitted to a Blend Challenge Site...The winners or new challenges haven't been posted just yet..I'm anxious to see how well I did for my first serious blending competition, so to speak...

Wow! Last time I posted was April...I went back and looked at what I'd posted...The PSP stuff I posted- stuff I'd made around that time was- well horrid..Let's just say that I've improved rather splendidly..although I have a long ways to go in contrast to the other taggers I've seen in the PSP groups I frequent and haunt...

As Paul Harvey would say, "And, now you know the rest of the story!"

Monday, April 03, 2006

Didn't mean to stay way THIS long....

Well..I certainly didn't mean to stay away THIS long. Really not much new in terms of crocheting to be told, other than extensively adding to my stash- last thing I need! Honestly. But, it was done with good intention, generosity in mind, and an eye for the budget! Sugar n cream is on sale at Hobby Lobby this week.99 cents a ball. So, I went and stocked up.

Dad and I are with out a car again.(He totalled the Cavalier in November, just before Thanksgiving. Luckily he only had minor injuries. He ended up buying Uncle Allen's old Toyota. That didn't last long. Given that it's a stick shift and a Rust Bucket on Wheels, essentially.

Saturday I had to run out west. Out near Wal Mart West...to go to Best Buy and Michael's. ( Back up disc for the puter...got some yarn at Michael's for some baby ghans. And went and had my nails done. I like THIS set A LOT better than the set I had before. I ended up getting the white tips...so, it's kind of like a French Manicure look that my nails has. Sport Length, of course. With all that I do with my hands, having long nails just isn't practical, and is a pain in the rear to deal with. )

Today, it was a jaunt to Barney's for Tobacco..then I went to Hobby Lobby and Hancock's. Probably shouldn't have. But, it's not often I'll make an extra trip that far out west. But, I did today. Hobby Lobby had Sugar n Cream on sale for 99 cents this week.

Since my last post, I've also gotten a DVD player..and have seen the latest Harry Potter, Capote, and the new Def Leppard DVD. Oh boy, what else am I forgetting?

Oh yeah! Part of the reason why I haven't been posting with any real regularity lately is that I've also been playing with and learning Paint Shop Pro v.8 ! And have made several signature tags. ( You know those really cool, personalized graphics you see in emails, in forums and BBS Boards? Yeah, those!) I'll post a few of them here over the next several posts. (There are quite a few of them to share. Some I made for me, some for my birth Mom, others for pen friends...)Here are a few:

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There ya go...there's several of them that I made for me...enjoy!

Nita

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Genita is in the freakin' building!!!!! Yay!!!!

LOL..No really, I had to take a forced sabatical away from cyberspace...due to the compaq computer giving up the ghost! We've since obtained a new computer! So, I'm back!!! So, you know what that means...I'll be posting more frequently...or so I hope,anyway. Crochet wise, all that's left of the baby ghan I'm working on is the edging. ( Most likely will go with a vintage edging of some sort.) Also, I've been printing off patterns and other online goodies I've wanted for a while.

I haven't been in the best of moods or felt too whoopie. Have a raging tooth ache involving the right side of my mouth, upper area. Hurts like hell! To be quite honest, I have been a short tempered, cranky bitch since Saturday morning. I'm positively dreading attempting to go through Hunter Health Clinic's Dental thing to get this taken care of. The following reasons are:
1. My medical card doesn't cover it.
2. I don't have the money for any co-pay or whatever. (I'm broke until December 1st.)
3. I'm scared shitless that they're going to be stingy with the novocaine. Not dose me with enough TO numb it out, and try to pull it anyway. (Had that happen before at Hunter Health Clinic. Let me tell you, I was screaming in agony, and it was hellish pain! THEN the dentist got nasty about it- telling me I shouldn't have felt that, and NOT to scream in his ear!)

But, I KNOW I have to go get it taken care of! No two ways about it. With my luck there is most likely infection in there- meaning antibiotics. Which is NOT good for a Diabetic. So, I know I can't just keep putting it off and trying to hold out until the first. Although, I'm not at all sure which is going to be the least expensive- putting it off, and have to go to the hospital with a $50 co pay at admission, Or what they're going to charge with the sliding fee scale at Hunter Health! ( I'm thinking the second option might be the better bet! I SO don't even want to THINK about going to the hospital.) So, that means with having to do the dinner thing at the care home for Jewel tomorrow, it will be Friday before I can get into Hunter Health to get this dealt with...)

Thanksgiving, this year, is going to be downsized. In that, I'm planning on making a small dinner- meaning Turkey Tenderloin, Sweet Potato Stuffing W/ chunky Tomato Gravy,green beans, and Toffee Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. No sense in making A LOT of food when there is only Dad, Molly and I to eat it. ( I mean really- time to get real about that one!) Then there's Christmas...No clue what we're going to have for Christmas Dinner. ( haven't thought or planned that far ahead,actually. More than likely something we already have on hand.) Christmas gifts? Well, I need to get off my dead ass and get something done about those! But, it will get done.

Anyway, that's where I'm at, at this point. More concerned about this darned tooth ache than holiday concerns! Pathetic, I know..especially when I love this time of year DUE to the Holidays and all the special not every day stuff that it includes and involves!

More to come later!

Nita

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Please excuse my tardiness in updating...

Okay, I haven't been AS faithful as I SHOULD be with this blogging thing. What's the point of having a blog if you're NOT going to update and keep it current- giving others a glimpse into what you're upto in cyber space and in R/L. Which I haven't really been doing!

Okay, I'll admit, I've spent time oogling the eye candy at this one website- Yarndex.com- I've seen some pretty interesting stuff there..but the suggested retail price of it turns me off of obtaining any of it! I'd have to say the Noro Kureyon or Noro Silk Garden REALLY caught my eye! I LOVE those colors...and after seeing THIS particular felted pocket book....Felted pocket book

And the Booga Bag That inspired the Pocket book...Don't get me wrong I like the colors BOTH ladies used..but, I saw other Noro colors that were more MY style, and more to my tastes, though...But, I can't stomach the idea of spending NINE dollars or more per skein of ANY yarn...No matter WHAT it is, or where it came from.

Quite honestly, the Noro Kuryeon, Noro Silk Garden, and the Rowan Yarns are probably my favorites to go drool over- Noro for their colors..Rowan, simply because it's British Yarn..Okay, I admit it- I'm an Anglophile! But, at THOSE prices, I'm sorry, but, this Kansan has to shudder...NO Yarn is worth those prices- even if I DO want to get my hands on the stuff especially badly! - I think about as CLOSE as I'm going to get to the expensive more upscale stuff is going to continue to be Patons, Lion Brand, and maybe Brown Sheep...

I also have to admit that I've seriously entertained the idea of attempting to make my own- something close to Noro kind of thing...via Kool Aid Dye. But, what has me concerned is the idea of how labor intensive it is- is it WORTH obtaining everything to do it, and actually going through the process WORTH the results? Is it less expensive than the $9 a skein for the Noro Kureyon?

The thing that has ME concerned about Felting is just how much will it add to the electric and gas bill? The Water bill? I mean really, Winter is coming..and they've been saying on the news that people's utility bills are going to be almost 20% more expensive than normal?! As much as I love the look of those Noro Yarns,and the utterly beautiful felted bags and other items that are made from that kind of yarn...I'm simply going to have to do with out! Too expensive for my pocketbook!

I just wish Red Heart would come out with some yarn that looks LIKE the Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden...- the coloration of it,anyway- in the Super Saver...But, I somehow doubt it... I think as close as I may get to the Kool Aid Dye thing- but, more muted is some of the Homespun...(Their Quartz, and Waterfall shade reminds me of some of the Kool Aid Dyed stuff I've seen in terms of color.) - I guess I'm just going to continue to look and drool over what I can't afford...again...

That leads me to something else I'll never understand that totally exasperates me and pisses me off to no end- Yarn and Fiber Snobbery! Oh yeah,and add in the senseless superiority and disdain that knitters show Crochet people on a frequent basis! I was at Wal Mart Yesterday, and had some knitter shove me out of her way so she could browse the yarn wall! I kid you not! Some woman just rammed her cart into my lower back, and shoved me out of her way...I presume she was a knitter...because she literally ripped me a new one about how ANY yarn was TOO good to waste on crocheting, all the while bitching because she couldn't find HER "Yahns"...going on about why she couldn't find the Rowan and other more expensive brands and types of yarns- while glaring at me with the Crochet hook I almost bought in my left hand! Geez! And, let ME tell you, my lower back his pretty bruised up, and hurts like hell,too! I gotta admit, I was PISSED off to say the least. I turned around and smiled sweetly, Well,Ma'am, I certainly hope THAT temper tantrum made you feel ever SO much better! As for finding those brands of Yarn..you MIGHT go to Heritage Hut and see if they have what you're looking for there." - and walked off. Then she started cussing me out.Every kind of superlative one can attribute or add to describing what ever kind of bitch there is... I simply turned and asked, "Sorry, but, I'm no one's bitch...my Mom's the expert in the field, I'm just a rank amatuer and apprentice. Sorry." - REALLY ruined my day..and I couldn't sleep worth a damn last night, my back hurt THAT bad!!!! So, please forgive me for being SO cranky and bitchy this morning!!!

Nita

Sunday, October 02, 2005

It's official.....

Knitting isn't for me! ( Yes, I DID go and take a knitting lesson....)But, with my learning disability, and the technical preciseness of Knitting...I don't think I'm suited to that particular artform. I'm meant to crochet..( I REFUSE to say Hook...- I mean, really, THINK about it...durring the Civil War, there was this guy with the name of Hooker that fought in it...he became known for acqusitioning prostitutes for the soldiers..so they could get a little nookie in their down time..those prostitutes became known as Hookers..Sure when one crochets they 'hook', and use a hook..but, it doesn't make one a hooker in the traditional sense or collequialism of the word! Okay, I COULD be really anal and touchy about it...in french the word crochet means ' to hook'...but, I don't think those hookers had the SAME kind of 'hooking' in mind when they shagged all those civil war officers...) I'm far happier, and feel MORE accomplished with a Susan Bates Silvalume crochet hook in hand with some Acrylic Worsted or Sugar n cream in hand than I ever will with a set of damn knitting needles in my hand! As much as I enjoyed the fellowship of those other ladies, I came away throughly detesting the mere thought of ME knitting! I guess TWO hours of simply JUST casting on, and my inability to catch on as quickly as I did with Cross Stitch and crochet was enough to disgust and turn me off the idea of knitting. Now, that ain't saying I'm not going to go back for class, but, I'm NOT going to put myself AND that nice lady, Mary through another gruesome two hours like I did yesterday! I think she'll find me far easier to teach when it comes to the stuff I don't know about crochet! Basically, all I'm wanting to learn with that, at this point, is the post stitches, Puff Stitch, Pop Corn Stitch...and maybe Crochenit..( I've got the hook, I just as well use the damn thing!) and Tunsian. I really DO owe her an appology for that. I'm sure I frustrated the hell out of her! (And, myself,too.)

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It's also official that the "Sorting Hat" says I'm Ravenclaw! Hee hee..yeah, I'm an online quiz and Potter fiend. Kind of a no brainer and no Shit Sherlock kind of thing!

As for new photos for the blog, I've got to get batteries for my digital camera...I've got some baby things made up..and need documentation...

As for the latest movie I've seen, I borrowed my Mom's Forsyte Saga Video set...It was shown on Masterpeice Theatre a few years ago, and is VERY good...it's based on the series of books by John Galsworthy. How I wish I'd checked out that book while at South...if I'd had known it was THAT good and interesting!?? Oh..and I've got to admit that the guy that plays Soames was a hottie, despite the fact that he was an anal wanker that needed some serious smack down! The guy that played Jon Forsyte was even more a hottie, though..... Okay..so, I like stuff like that- there is also the fact that I actually liked the old "Rich Man Poor Man" series with Nick Nolte in it...( And, can we say hottie!!! Oh yeah...I've always thought that Nick Nolte was definitely drop dead, droolingly gorgeous...*fans herself*... I'll even be honest enough to admit that I also used to stay up really late when I was little to catch the series based on John James' series of books that started with "The Bastard"...about the Kent Family. The guy in that, I THINK his name was Andrew Stevens...and he was with Kate Jackson for years...or something like that. - I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone of who Kate Jackson was- she played Sabrina in Charlie's Angels, and was in "The Scarecrow and Mrs. King"...back in the day... Anyway, my watching THAT mini Series didn't last long..until Aunt Lou and Joni found out that I'd been watching it...boy, did the fur fly over that one. But, then again, this is the same kid that used to watch the old "Mary Hartman" series,too...- NOT exactly appropriate television viewing for a ten year old...but, it WAS interesting,though! ( A LOT more interesting than Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Jaques Crusteau, and some of the other stuff Dad tried and failed to get me to watch as a kid! As it was, he played hell getting me to pay to the news and current events,intitally. Did I mention that I'm stubborn?)

ah well...enough blathering and not saying anything of interest or actually intelligent or interesting...It's not like anyone cares about some of the stuff I watched in TV back in the day....*snickers*- Like I won't deny- I was a STRANGE kid...and an even more strange adult...can we say unique, and possesses far to many idiocyncricies for her own good??? Yup, that sums me up! Wierd! LOL...

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You know it's REALLY really bad when you take an online quiz for which B list celebrity you are..and you get one that annoys the hell out of you with his cheeze ball image and reputation...God! I'm the one that ALWAYS flips the channel when ever ol' Regis shows up...and that Kelly Grippa lady that's his co host? I thought she was cool when she did " The View" with Barbara Walters and company...well...anything with Regis IS cheeze ball, overly anal, artificial and lame in my opinion...I don't know. I guess the first not so nice thought that crosses my mind when Regis is assaulting my visual perception mode- is that I ask myself if he's Gilderoy Lockhart's brother or fraternal twin or something...- And, that's the honest to gods truth,too! *Shudders*...okay..it's time I went and got a little more coffee...this ain't lookin' good after THAT..*shudders*....

Nita

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

More online tomfoolery and hijinx....

You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead...
But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself.
You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.
You just don't get ugly yourself - unless you have to!


Yup, I'm at it again....more online personality quizzes....LOL..

You are an Atheist

When it comes to religion, you're a non-believer (simple as that).
You prefer to think about what's known and proven.
You don't need religion to solve life's problems.
Instead, you tend to work things out with logic and philosophy.


I suppose I'm Family Circle on a good, non PMS day...hee hee...

Take the quiz: "***~*~*~****What magazine are you? Time, Vogue, Seventeen, etc?"

Family Circle Magazine
You are homily and hospitable. Everyone can count on you! reliable, sweet caring!

Your Inner Child Is Sad

You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in - unless you've trusted them for a long time.


Owwie! It nailed me! (Shhh...that's another of my secrets- my soft,wimpy, weak side...- disgusting,isn't it?)
Oh well such is life, I suppose...
Nita

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Phenominal Sidewalk art

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This is just one of MANY phenominal images I've found while

cruising the web via Stumble Upon it's nifty little tool bar..

Apparently there are several of them in the UK, Europe and in America.

If  one looks at them at the right angle, they have this quality

of being able to jump from the pavement with a really cool 3D effect.

The artist's name, I THINK, is Julian Beavers. If I can find the first

site where I found this artist's incredible work, I'll link a few more

images...

How to detect lies - body language, reactions, speech patterns

How to detect lies - body language, reactions, speech patterns

A proverbial Goldmine of information that is VERY useful and helpful...especially if one comes from a co-dependant, dysfunctional family such as mine. Kind of funny, how many different indicators and charactaristics here scream "This is Jewel"...( My Dad's wife..and as much as I HATE To admit it- my stepmother...then again, I've said for years all Jewel has been was my Dad's paid Whore...NOT even family. An outsider and ursurper!) But, yeah, what I read in "Signs of Deception: Body Language of Lies"....definitely confirmed what I've known for years....Sad but true...but, hey, being from a dysfunctional family tends to do that- make things buggered and totally fucked up beyond recognition!

Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print

Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print


This is a treasure trove for those that like classic literature. I KNOW I'm going to be spending A LOT Of time at THIS site...A LOT of time..as I'm trying to get away from reading SO much fan fiction...- and filling my brain with something more worth while.


LOL..yes, I admit it, I'm a self confessed brainiac, although sometimes I deliberately dumb myself down to keep that well hidden. But, it is something I DO relish, though...You know what they say about knowledge being power? Well, it certainly doesn't hurt to expose oneself to the classics!

Nita

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