Thursday, August 7, 2014

Attempting to Homeschool

I'm excited that my daughter has decided she wants to be homeschooled, but since Baby Three is due next month, I'm overwhelmed by baby preperations!

Let's see how well I do!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Scripting sucess!

I've scripted my very first, working if else statement AND! I've created my very first script off the top of my head! I'm so proud!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My (possibly too) intense look at Cleopatra

In my quest to make dolls that will answer kid's questions I got stumped on Cleopatra.
   Her skin is so contraversial that I figured I needed to do some major research before I chose a color for her.
   I'm dreading her eye color.

   She was really famous at the time, I'm really not sure why I can't find more descriptions of her physically. Oh well here we go.

   Cleopatra VII's great great great, great great great grandfather, Ptolomy I Soter was appointed as a satrap in Egypt by Alexander the Great, and is the beginning of Cleopatra's family line in Egypt so I'll start there.

   There is a specific statue of him that keeps poping up, which you can see on his wiki page. Coupled with descriptions saying he had a fat neck and poofy eyes, I can't find much else on how he looked. However, Alexander the Great had famous "lion colored" hair so I find it safe to assume that I don't know what color hair Ptolomy I had. It could have been dark, or it could have been light colored.
   Alexander is also reputed to have had at least one blue eye so I can't make any assumptions on Ptolomy's eyes either.

   I haven't found any description of his wife, Bernice I's eyes or hair either.

   Next we have their son, Ptolomy II Philadelphu who sounds like a very interesting character. I've found this Cameo which depicts him with brown hair and his second wife, Arsinoe II with fair hair. They were full siblings therefore the blonde gene could be very present in both of them, but I'm not sure when this cameo was created, so it could be an artist's impression.
   His first wife, Arsinoe I, who the wife who bore the decendents which included our Cleopatra VII was a Macedonian and Thesslian decent which were both greek.
   I can't find a colored description of their heir and son, Ptolemy III Euergetes, however, his wife, Bernice II had legendary hair. Some say it was blonde, amber or auburn. All say it was light, beautiful and that it was very long. Artificially coloring hair was possible, but there is a greek word for amber, berenixe, which seems to be named after her so I'm thinking it's reletively safe to go with it.
   Their married heirs, Ptolemy IV and Arsinoe III both have coins, and no hair or eye color I can find, but if we acept Bernice II had "light" hair, I also assume Ptolemy IV Philopater and Arsinoe III Philopater, had the genes for light hair.
   Ptolemy V Epiphanes was an impressive ruler who took over at the age of five, dealt with civil war and famine, died at only 28 and seems like he had hair and eyes which weren't remarkable enough to mention.  When he was 16 he was married to Cleopatra I of Syra who was 10.
   I'm going to have to look into her line a bit more to see what eyes and hair her people had, however it seems like historians are not quite sure that she is the woman who contributed in Cleopatra VII's direct line. Hmmmm.

   Ptolemy V's Children, Ptolemy VI Philometer, Cleopatra II and Ptolemy VIII, a.k.a "the sausage" were a bloody, crazy bunch who's psychotic sibling/incests rivalry is well documented, but not their eye or hair colors.
   In my opinion, Cleopatra II is one of the prettiest Ptolomy I've seen
  Next is one of their sons, Ptolemy IX Lathyros who's statue is also very attractive, but he happens to look a lot like my husband so I may be biased.
   His sister/wife Cleopatra IV may or may not have been in Cleopatra VII's direct line, but I can't even find a personal name for her much less any physical description, so I guess NEXT!

   EEEE! We're getting so close now!

   Next is sexy Lathyros's son, Ptolomy XII Alutes who is Cleopatra VII's for sure daddy! Woo!
   Again there isn't much to go off of in the way of hair and eye color. Descriptions tend to go over his obsession with flute playing. I personally think that his long, strong cheekbones look much more "traditional greek" than his sexy father's rounded face so I'm making a huge assumption that they had medium to dark brown hair. One thing I did discover is that they all had wavy hair.

   Three days later, I've discovered that looking at each individual ancestor really wasn't that helpful, considering I only found out one hair color. Hmmmm.

  I guess I did discover some very attractive people, but that really doesn't help at all either.
   I don't get it! Years before kings wrote love letters saying "her hair the color of lapis," and such things. Why are these famous leaders lacking hair description? Ug!

   I think I'll go with dark brown wavy hair for Cleopatra VII and then include a black Egyptian wig.

   No idea about her eyes. Maybe I'll make her smiling or squinting.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

The surprizing results of SCIENCE!

I bought some bright red fish food labled 
"Omega One: Natrual Protein Formula"
I will have to say, even though it did drastically change my fish's colors, I was pretty surprised by the results.

Aug 16, 2013

Nov 30, 2013

Notice the new orange tips on Gakou's pretty flowy caudal tail and improved intensity of the orange on his body?
Yes. Pleasing and now. . .


Before  on Aug 16, 2013
After on Nov 23, 2013

Notice the erm, complete lack his previous orange?
Yes that surprised me greatly!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Looks like I've made a knitting pattern

My baby  daughter has unique legs, so I had to make up with a leg warmer pattern. This is what I came up with.

Her chubby thighs are 12 inches around, but her dainty ankles are only 4 inches. This pattern was custom tailored to her so I'm not sure if it cold fit any other baby, but I wouldn't know how to go about changing it for different sizes.

Here goes. 

Yarn: Lion's Homespun, Lagoon color

Needles: US size 6 / 4.25mm

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

Co 40 st

Work 2x2 rib for 1 inch

Work stockinette stitch for 1 inch

Next row * K 8, K2tog Repeat from * to end
*K 7, K2tog Repeat from * to end
*K 6, K2tog, Repeat from * to end

Work Stockinette stitch for 6 inches (length of calf)

Work 2x2 rib for 1 inch

Bind off leaving long tail to sew up seam.( I used the stretchy bind off).

. . . Sew up the seam. Knot the end. Cut off the tail. Make another, and then chase around designated baby until you can wrangle leg warmers on them!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The problem with being "a crafter"

    Since my daughter was born, she's known I can make things. I bet in her very early childhood, she believed that all people, or at least all moms could make anything.

   This is cool for her because, if she wants anything, all she has to do is ask. For me on the other hand, it adds to my growing queue of "things to make."

    Now I'm "a knitter" which means, not only my daughter, but others are asking me to make things so now I have
  1. Things The Robot Princess asked me to make, to make
  2. Things other family members have asked me to make, to make,
  3. Things I want to give away for Xmas to make,
  4. Things I want to make for me to make,
  5. Things to make to sell on Etsy AND
  6. Things I want to give as gifts, but don't plan on doing it this Xmas

. . . WOW! I have too many things to make!

Here I go organizing them! I'll add pics as they pop up

Things The Robot Princess asked me to make, to make
  1. barbie couch,
  2.  little pillows, 
  3. knitted bracelet
  4. I'm sure I'm forgetting more

Things other family members have asked me to make, to make,
  1. Child's legwarmers
  2. crocheted potholders (I still need to learn how to crochet.)
  3. Hat and scarf for medium sized stuffed bear,
  4. Plate of sugar cookies for the same bear, one star, one snowman and one ginger bread man
Things I want to give away for Xmas to make,
  1. Iron Man doll
  2. 3 Monster High hats
  3. 3 doll sweaters
  4.  6 pairs of doll jeans
  5. 1    Teapot
  6. 1    Creamer
  7. 1    Sugar pot
  8. 4    teacups
  9. 4    saucers
  10. 4    plates
  11. 4    spoons
  12. 4    cupcakes
  13. 4    crumpets?
  14. 4    sandwiches
  15. 4    dresses
  16. 4    pairs of shoes
  17. 3    Invitation (optional) 

Things I want to make for me to make,
  1.  Pumpkin hats for the whole family!! EEEEE!
  2. Pretty Purple Shrug
  3. Sexy Stripy Sweater

Things I want to give as gifts, but don't plan on doing it this Xmas
  1. Something knitted for Mr. Professional, my beloved. 

Things to sell on Etsy. This will be the longest so I'm putting it last.

  1. Fashion doll sets
  2. Fashion doll outfits
  3. Fashion doll food
  4. Fashion doll furniture
  6. Twelvth scale food
  7. Twelvth scale furniture

Sunday, October 6, 2013


   I'm doing my absolute best to squeeze as much craft time out of my busy mommy-life as possible.

    Between the dark hours of the mornings, with chilly toes, I sneak out of bed and craft before little baby wakes up.
    During her fifteen minute to half hour nap, I drag out my polymers and craft like crazy before I have to shove everything back into their blue containers and dash them under the couch before she dives mouth first into them!

    Knitting is a bit easier, so I can sneak a row or two out whenever I can keep the shinny metal sticks out of her view.

    I'm desperately trying to work on my daughter's X-mas present, which is turning this normal Ken doll into Ironman.

It's going. I have a good base now, all I need to do is buy more polymer!

In other news: knitting!