Archive for the ‘graphic design’ Category

Another one of those sporadic posts just to prove that I haven’t actually fallen off the face of the planet.

In the midst of the holiday madness this year I have gotten some early gifts. Two in particular are relevant to today’s post.

  • a lovely notebook from Dottie


  • an equally lovely Visa gift card from work



Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I’m sure you can see where this is going.  I’m about to start…..


So, technically, the only other thing I need to get started is a pen, but there’s just too much cool stuff out there not to want to play. (FYI: no partner sites, just links to places which have cool seeming merch) I ordered a bunch of things from Jet Pens, and one from Amazon.  I will write reviews of things as they come in (should be in early January) and I start to use them.    For now I’ll just give you a brief list.  I ordered:

  1. Pens (a set of 6) because I want categories
    1. General writing
    2. Self
    3. People I care about
    4. Money
    5. Greater good
    6. I don’t know and/or Other
  2. A combination protractor and circle guide
    • I know I don’t need all the fancy stencils
    • Those circular layouts look really fun
    • A compass/protractor would be nice, but I don’t want to put a hole in my notebook
    • Magcon seems really neat, but is really expensive, and I’m not interested in the knock offs.
  3. A fancy glue pen
  4. A circular cutter
  5. Sticker hinges
  6.  A folding ruler

I will probably also pick up some Washi tape at my local stationery store as well.  I’d love to hear from those of you who already BuJo (…Wolf… Kay… anyone else) who have tips about what does or doesn’t work for you.

Check back in a few weeks and see if I actually get started with this, and how all my goodies work out!

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Stuff and More Stuff

It all started out simply enough.  I had an old Altoids tin with band aids and a tiny bead box of pills in it.  I picked up a tiny spray bottle of antiseptic to go in it, and it didn’t fit.  So then I got a tiny first aid kit for $2, which had its own band aids in it.  The first aid spray fit, but my pill box was too tall.  So I swapped it out for an Altoids mini tin, and it fit fine.

Little Boxes

But I didn’t like the way that the first aid box was labeled.  So I made my own label for it, and for the tin.  While I was at it, I decided to turn the old Altoids tin into an emergency sewing kit.  I had an old sewing kit, but it has a faulty catch, and I couldn’t get it open.


I found the clip art through Creative Commons.

Stuff Leads to Stuff

I had a spare set of sewing scissors, but they were too large for the Altoids tin.  So I took the folding scissors I had in one of my notions pouches.  I was able to trade around which scissors went in which pouch to find a place where the spares would fit, but they would have poked holes.

Not a big problem.  I looked around online for a sheath (Etsy has several inexpensive ones).  I found a lovely tutorial on how to make a scissors fob out of a knitting needle protector.  Since I have a needle protector I never use, and all sorts of beading supplies on hand, I decided to save time and money and just make it.



I considered just making the bead loop go through the scissors handle, but I decided that I’d rather have the option of switching it to another pair at a future time.

Finally, Dottie sent me a picture of a necklace I made for Pi Sigma Phi being worn by one of her brothers.



Also Still Knitting

I’m still working on the Walderton.  I’ve completed 38 repeats (out of 36 due in three days).  I’m just going to keep going until I run out of yarn or of time.


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Well, the tomato hat seems to be a success (hopefully I’ll get a picture of the child wearing it), and the tomato heels turned beautifully. Back to sock design.

I’d forgotten what my graphics arts ‘process’ is. Apparently it involves a lot of sighing and gibbering, and telling the computer to do what I want it to do. No, seriously, I have to send my family out of the room so they don’t keep asking if I’m all right, and suggesting that I have a nice cup of tea and a sit down.

I ended up downloading a macro for GIMP which let me put a grid over an image.  I layered it upon each of the banners, then copied grid sized squares from the underlying image, and pasting them to make a more pixilated image.  Exported the whole thing to .png file, imported it into a spreadsheet to add numbering… and it just occurs to me that I need to add heavier lines to mark off every fifth space (for ease of use).  Yeah, it’s enough trouble to fiddle with that I should really consider making it available for purchase when done.  Fortunately, Open Office exports to .pdf, so I could do the whole thing as a Ravelry download (fiddly charts and all).

Unfortunately, I miscalculated the number of stitches in the flag chart.  I had noted it as 37, but it works out to 38, so there should be 84 stitches in a round rather than 82 (given decisions I’d made earlier).  This is actually a *much* better number to design with, especially when it comes to the Sweet Tomato heel, but it left my actual socks a couple of stitches off.  Easy enough to fix, and the final pattern will be much friendlier.

No pictures this time, but I think I’m more or less on track.

In other news, I’m thinking of entering the Carina shawl in the Howard County fair.  Need to decide pretty soon, since the deadline is the end of July!

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At last it can be told!

I’ve been working on a very exciting project for the last month and a half.

ImageMy good friend Colleen is a very talented chef, and has finally decided to go into business for herself.  She asked me to code her webpage and blog, and, as of yesterday, it’s now up and running.  Please check it out.

If you’re in the Greater Baltimore area then please consider giving her services a try.  She is absolutely amazing at what she does, can accommodate a tremendous variety of dietary preferences and needs, and her prices are really good.

Yellow Hen Chef webpage

Yellow Hen Chef blog






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I love the Creative Commons license. It means that an artist can give permission for others to use, modify, whatever an image, and still get credit for it.

For example, I took parts from three other artists (hover over or click the picture to see who made what) and put them together (using the freeware Gimp program) to create something new. If someone wants to use this picture, they can, as long as they give credit to me and to all the other artists.

What Smythe Saw

It’s my rendition of a scene which took place in the Lost Worlds game that I run. I am very, very pleased with it.

Blog contest news. I didn’t win Sandra Singh’s shawl kit giveaway, and don’t have any new ones to announce.

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