needlefelt owl turned cat toy


Remember when I showed you those needle-felted pumpkins I did for Halloween? Well, I did a very adorable owl before that but I didn’t show you because…well…Alice stole it. The owl was actually my first needlefelt project ever and I was really proud. Well, a few months later it was found. I’m sure they had a lot of fun together by the look of the owl.

owl wool brown bodyneedlefelt owl with eyes and chest

cat toy needlefelt owl completed

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was a pretty lazy day for us but today I got my clean on in preparation for a visit from my best friend from Washington on Thursday. Can’t wait!


monthly recap: December


December was an insanely busy month for me. I really didn’t even want to think about it until I looked back on my December photos and remembered a few pleasant things that happened last month.

First of December, packages started arriving in the mail…I didn’t have time to put on shoes! Present!
package waiting to be snatched upbare foot prints in snow

I bought my first pair of snow boots. Anytime I came across snow before, I had to barrow someone’s old, worn in, straight out of the 70s boots with odd length shoes laces. And trust me, the length of shoes laces matter. Size matters.
first pair of real snow boots

What was the first thing I do in these boots? I shoveled snow for the first time. Sweating in 20 degree weather doesn’t feel right.
snowy, snowy pathshoveled path

Ryan let me open my Christmas present early. I know my finger isn’t on the shutter button this is THE moment it came out of the box. Pre-instructions knowledge.
christmas present - lomo camera

I walked to the park with my new shiny camera and took pictures. Although this was a quick shot with my phone. You can check out pictures I took with this camera here and here.
washinginton park in Denver

Instead of a tree, we had a Christmas nook.
Christmas nook

I am happy to announce that I got a job!! I work at Ryan’s office; his boss offered me an assistant/office manager position. I like that we have a lot of lunches together and go visit him whenever want. It’s lovely. And we carpool, which is amazing because we currently only have one car. Here is the view from my room.
view from Denver office

For the first Christmas ever, I mailed out holiday cards. I bought them from Wit & Whistle. It was cute with an Owl on a tree and said “hoo hoo hoo”. Anyway…they were a hit.
Christmas cards

Right before I left, I visited the salon. I love my hairstylist and salon. No after pictures, but hey, you know what I look like.
at the salon

I packed the best rolly of my life. I fit so much crap into my new pretty carry on! I wanted to take to make a list but found time didn’t allow. But it would have won awards.
packed rolly

The morning of my flight, I woke up at 4am, to walk into a fresh 8 inches of snow to the bus stop.
tracks in 8 inches of snow to bus stop

Later that day, I flew in a 13 row plane to Missoula Montana where I sat in a window seat with a piece of garbage window. It made for a shitty picture. Exhibit A:
view from tiny plane

When I arrived, my aunt made fresh almost roca and I got to devour the crumbs. Best part of my trip.
home made almond roca crumbs

Lastly, I enjoyed my charismatic nephew playing (sort of) the piano.
nephew playing


last year in Google Analytics


google analytics overview graph

I love data. I enjoy scouring Google Analytics and not to over analyze the number of readers I may or may not have but I like to look at graphs and percentages and pie charts, and interpret what they mean for me and my blog and my readers. Here are some numbers for 2011 (although not really since I only installed Analytics in June of last year).


google analytics location country


  • United States 64.01%
  • Canada 4.44%
  • United Kingdom 4.11%
  • less than 2% for the remaining countries


  • Seattle, WA 8.01% (my hometown-ish)
  • Orange Park, FL 4.84% (Ryan’s family-ish)
  • Glendale, CA 2.87% (where we lived for 3 years before Denver)


google analytics behavior new vs returning

New Vs. Returning:

  • 71.92% New Visitors
  • 28.08% Returning Visitors


google analytics technical screen resolution

Operating System:

  • Windows 55.23%
  • Mac 26.94%
  • Linux 10.28%
  • Mobile 7.48%
  • Playstation 3 (WTF?) .07%


  • Mozilla/Firefox 36.69%
  • Chrome 25.91%
  • Safari 20.30%
  • Internet Explorer** 14.26%

Traffic Sources//

google analytics traffic sources overview


Search Keywords: growling steph, interesting tattoo, yann black, post secret, barcelona album, game of thrones chart, books of adam, 30 days of lists

What do your numbers look like?


**If I know you personally and you’re using IE, please tell me and I will help wash away your sins.

a Christmas on 35mm film


I took my new Diana F+ mini with me on my Christmas holiday to Montana in hopes of capturing candid family photos on film, just like the photos my mom has at my age. They look like they’re having fun and didn’t have time to stop and pose.

But, the ones that actually turned out were indeed all posed pictures. The candid ones were either blurry, or dark, or didn’t look good to me for whatever reason. It’s obvious I still need practice with indoor photos.

double exposure - Christmas morning

This picture is my favorite. I accidently double exposed it as it was the last frame on the film. One is a posed picture and the other isn’t with a beautiful stream of Christmas tree lights. I love it.

Action shot - Throwing cousins on the couch

This was my best action shot. My older cousins were taking turns throwing the little cousins on the couch. Tthey loved it. As you see in my cousins face here.

Land scape/outside - Peir on lake and mountains behind

On our way from one Uncle’s house to another on Christmas Day, we were asked to grab some vodka. The only place that was open was a little local tavern. While my uncle ran in, my aunt and I ran across the street and trespassed onto some lady’s property (that was inside her house near a window but didn’t see us) and ran onto her small dock to snap a few pictures of Flathead Lake. Because we jumped out of the car in a panic, when we go to the dock, I didn’t think to adjust my shutter and/or aperature before snapping pictures so these photos got way too much light.

Lighting issue - burrly and not enough

To be honest, I’m not even sure what I did wrong here. This was right in the middle of a strand okay pictures. Although I kinda like it.

Overall, being in Montana for 9 days was too many. I love and enjoy my family’s company but there was a point where I didn’t want to be there any more. I wanted to sleep in my bed, lounge on my couch, watch my television. The flight from Denver to Missoula is only 1 hr and 45 mins so I am eager to fly up there for 3 day weekends more often instead of one 9-day trip in almost 2 years.

Also, we went skiing and I filmed one of my runs. It’s almost 9 minutes long so I want to cut it down before I show it you. I haven’t been skiing in years and I felt like it came back pretty quickly. Like riding a bike.