Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kokeshi dolls

And another finish to show. Those dolls are for friends' daughters, but of course I will have to crochet similar ones for mine too ;)) They will make a set with two beautiful books about Japanese culture: Yumi and Aoki. I'm a huge fan of children's books ;))

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Another quick finish - a ladybug

As DD1 was jealous of DD2 getting a handmade toy, she'll be getting hers ver y soon. As soon as I've decided if ladybugs can do without legs or not ;)))

In the meantime:

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A quick finish - Christmas Tree Toy

A St Nicolas Day present for DD2. It was a very quick finish, maybe 6-7 hours altogether. I hope she likes it :))

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

2012 WIPocalypse!!!

Measi (at ) organized a SAL:

For many years, a rumor has been around that the world will end in 2012.  So really – do you want all of your poor WIP and UFO pieces to be left behind, unfinished?  The guilt!  The shame!  Oh, the horror of all of those innocent little stitchy projects never to be completed!

So I had no choice, but to jump in and join with following WIPs at the moment:

Dracolair Dawn Awakening
All Our Yesterdays A windy day
UB Design Vogelwinter
Needle Treasures Great expectations
Drawn Thread Prairie Garden
Dimensions Gracious Era
Dimensions Winter's Lace

Dimensions Nature's beauties (yay, I found the missing chart!)
Mirabilia Madonna of the Garden
Michael Powell Venice Palazzo I, II, III
Anchor African animals
DMC Lilac fairy
DMC In the meadow

Chatelaine Watergarden (if I find the missing part of the chart)

I  am allowing myself to start any ornie, card or any small, provided that it is stitches out of my stash, which I think is fair enough. I'm really curious how far I am going to come this year :)))) Some of the pieces are fairly small, some are big, some are almost finished, some - barely started. So there's really a nice mixture to choose from. I am going to concentrate on Winter's Lace, even though, it's not very far, but it's for my partner, who has been whining to have it finished for years now.

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Preparing for 2012!

So, long time no see, but life somehow got in the way ;)))

So here I come again, with two DDs currently (Alizée 8 and Lara 1) and multiple WIPs. I have just recently come back to hobbies, mainly to knitting, sewing  and crocheting, but stitching is starting to catch my interest again. I'm hoping for a good crafty next year, I will have to live out of my stash, but hey, that was the reason I have been gathering all those things in the first place.

For a good beginning a pic of the Advent Calendar I have sewn for my DDs:

It's made out of linen and some patchwork fabbies, which works wonderful together. I am definitely going for this combination again, maybe for something less Christmassy this time.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I haven't written regularly because of many reasons, some of which are not valid any more (hopefully). First of all, I suspect my ex is still reading it (just like he used to read my mail - some people just need to get a life). Now that we are divorced I do not care any more of he knows anything about me or not. I also see no reason to protect some other people against him any more.

I also need a safe place to vent and write about things that bother me again and why should I search for another place than here? I would also like to get back to habit of writing regularly and setting goals and plans, because I am at a place where life can and should be planned and worked at again, unlike it used to be for a couple of years before.

SO I hit the 3 months mark at my job, which is means I made it halfway through the probation period. My boss is happy with my work, but I know I need to work on several areas, especially being more consistent. I get one project done really well and then slack off a bit until the next wave comes. This needs to get changed, especially as I am getting more and more important projects.

I also need to work on my qualifications. I wouldn't want to get stuck at this level forever, so I better get going and start working (again) on my next exam.

On the private field, I need to get more consistent in working with my DD (homeschooling in Polish), I also need to make an appointment for her to get evaluated in sensory integration. I suspect something is slightly wrong with that and she's having hard times sometimes dealing with other children. It's nothing really serious, but if I can get help for her, I should do it. She still has some speech delays (they change constantly - at the moment she's almost at target in vocabulary, but the grammar is really... adventurous).

I also need to work on spending more quality time with my DBF. We do sneak a lot of time already, but sometimes we waste it on doing nothing and then regret not planning in advance or just going out eating, because it's the easiest (but the most expensive and doesn't make that much fun anyway).

So I have a lot to work on and I'm happy to say this, two years ago there was almost nothing to build upon.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Job

As some of you know I have a new job and have been working for 4 weeks already. And I can really tell you - it makes a differenece, a huge difference. Things are going well here, especially as DD is with my Mom in Poland on holiday, so I have time and space to get used to working again.

The only not-so-shiny side of life is my health. I have been running with an UTI for months as it shows, and now I'm on antibiotics to kill it in the long run. Unfortunately they are making me mildly nauseated and very tired, so I'm really looking forward to not having to take them any more. Of course, I also hope they will do the job and I'll feel better. Still, it seems my kidneys are OK and at least I know the reason why I have been feeling so down and tired in the last months.

Next week we're celebrating DBF's 40th birthday. We're going to the mountains for the weekend, as we're child-free and most of our friends are on holiday already. I'm still angry that J haven't come up with a better idea, but I'll do my very best to make up for it next year.

Monday, March 17, 2008

What Gosia means...

What Gosia Means

You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.
You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.
Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don't appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

Won the battle with Tomcat!

I don't want to bore you with details, but I won my two day long battle with Tomcat installation. Of course, those are two precious days of learning lost, but at least I found the solution on my own and now have a running system ;) I can run both Servlet and JSPs, and try out everything I want to. I'm also on page 300 of 750 of my textbook, but I admit I haven't memorized everything from those 300 pages, so there's still awfully lot to do for me.

Anyway, getting Tomcat to run is a very good closure of a very bad weekend. Actually nothing happened, but every single thing that could go wrong went wrong. Taxes have to wait, because the form I got from my ex-employer has errors, I didn't manage to get as much done as I wnated, Tomcat was giving me headaches and DD had a stmach bug making doing anything else than cleaning almost impossible. I'm so happy, it's Monday!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

SCWCD, job hunt, and such.

I started working on my new exam on Monday I can't shake off the feeling that at least the book is easier than the previous one. I'm almost at page 200 (of 750), so I hope things stay this way. I have nothing against passing an exam that is not that difficult, for a change.

I have also been seraching for a job application coach, but I have no idea which one to choose. The price differences are not that big, but how do I judge one, just having their webpage as a reference?? I do not know anyone who has used them personally, and they are basically all online, so I guess I'll restort to the phone when I'm ready to start with revamping my cv and such... and hope I get a decent one. I won't be able to afford a couple, just to see what they can do with my cv (I have a somewhat twosted one and I don't know what I should include and how. Like for example all the classes I took towards my master degree, they are definitely job relevant, but I don't know what I should write, if I am not getting my Masters after all).

All this job hunting is very stressful, especially as I have no experience at all. The only job I've ever had was offered to me after two months internship (and I did not even apply for that, my school took care of that). So I really have no experience at all. I also need new photos (in Germany you have to attach a photo to your application, I hate it) and I significantly gained weight, which of course makes taking those photos a very pleasant event. I need to go to the hairdresser anyway, but this has time until mid-April. Maybe I'll lose a bit until then and will feel better about myself, but it's not my top priority at the moment. The new exam is most important.

I also have problems getting servlets to run on my laptop, which annoys me. We'll have to watch what's wrong both, with DBF, he's usually better at the whole installation game than me. In the menatime I can continue with my book.

I also have loads of paperwork to do at the moment, taxes, mountains of things for the divorce, bankruptcy filing and so on, but I'm moving along there too. It just takes so much time... But it gets done, so I'm not complaining.