Friday, March 30, 2012

Tilly Suncatchers and Facebook Timeline

So, if you follow me on Facebook, you know that the Crochet Pages page on Facebook is getting the Timeline treatment at some point today. And I have to say, I have mixed feelings. It's a got a really sharp look to it, it really does. I know a lot of people who love it. I know it's meant to make older posts more accessible, but I feel like it does so at the expense of a clear timeline. (No joke intended.) It just seems like after the first few posts, it get hard to tell what order they're in, especially if they include photos/video or are especially long.

I guess it comes down to this. I don't like not being given a choice. They're taking away something that works and replacing it with something that no one has been able to prove to me is actually better.

But on the plus side, with a little luck, my Tillies will be here today! I ordered last Friday via priority mail and was hoping to have them Wednesday, but they didn't ship from Florida until Tuesday. So, today should be the day. Once I've got them and I know they're healthy and will remain so, I can start to design some suncatchers and hanging gardens for them. I'm excited.

I've always loved the little tillandsia Ionantha, even though I didn't know what the species actually was, just that it's an "Airplant." These are the little guys that are glued on top of ceramic or plastic jack o'lanterns at Halloween. But I fell in love all over again at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show when I came across a vender selling the giant-sized tillandsia Xerographic. Xerographica is sometimes referred to as "King of Tillies" and can reach up to 12" across.

It's actually grown somewhat since I snapped this pic, but this is a pretty average Xerographic by all accounts. It's about 8 or 9 inches across and I have it hanging, in a hammock style hanger I made for it, near our bedroom windows. Did I mention I LOVE these plants?!?! Super easy to care for, a little bit of light, a little bit of love and tiny little bit of water! Plus, since they weight next to nothing and don't need soil, you can put them anywhere. I've seen them in seashells glued to bathroom mirrors and in magnets stuck on refrigerators. I'm dying to get started on the suncatchers!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Short Post/Tendonitis.

Not a whole lot happening around the house this week. My tendonitis has flared up, yet again (it's a chronic issue for me) and I've not got a whole lot of use in the "bum paw." Of course, I'm a lefty and it's my left hand.

Gonna take the opportunity to get some web work done (I moved quite a few patterns over from the old site the other night) and catch up on the laundry, since I can still do that with my splint on. I may try to whip up an Epsom soak with peppermint or some such to super charge my soak time, but I don't see much else happening.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Trying to set a routine

So I'm posting from my kindle, even thought typing is a total pain in the ass, because I'm feeling like I need to try to establish some kind of posting routine. I feel like it's not enough to only post here when I have a pattern to share. They happen too erratically because, like it or not, I still have a commitment to a fulltime job. One that I can't financially afford to walk away from right now.

I need to come up with a posting schedule, so if there isn't a pattern, you all still get at least a laugh or a rant
I'm thinking that montly isn't often enough, and biweekly is going to make it hard for me to remember if I owe you a post or not. Trust me on that one. It's how the newsletter ended up being a blog in the first place. I can't commit to daily, I'm too overextended and too easily distracted to do that, so I'm thinking weekly. If I don't have a pattern, I'm going to post something every week. My day off varies based on whether my department has requests off to schedule around, so I have a hard time committing anything on the same day every week.

So that settles it. On my 1st day off every week, I'm posting something, anything. Because even I'm tired of the sporadic nature of my content.