So NaNoWriMo, the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in November, was well over two months ago. It was so amazing* that it took me about a month to get back to normal life. Endless nights of boredom and worry! Characters who have no meaning! Normal life being intrusive at every turn! It was wonderful*.
This was my 9th NaNo novel — well, to be honest, my 7th true NaNo novel (I did two novels for Camp NaNo, so does that count?) — and perhaps it will be my last. I really haven’t been too crafty/inspired as of late, so I really didn’t do very well this year.
NaNoWriMo is bad about properly labeling their graphs. X axis is time (day), y axis is # of words, and the constant line is 1667 words/day.
Yep. Look at that graph. That really is 24.5k words in the last day. I think that the last time I had procrastinated so much was in 2011, when I did 13k on the 30th, and that was less procrastination and more not being able to get to a computer.
So what did I write about this year? I don’t know, weirdos in Seattle, something like that. There was an apartment complex. It was mainly character-driven, so there was a lot of talking. It really looks like chunks of ideas and that’s about it. I wrote 50,023 words, but I don’t feel like sharing any… I’m probably going to let the characters stew in my mind a bit more before I give up on the draft, but I’m not going to think about it anymore. I’m going to make tasty fair trade cookies instead.
*I’m really not good at sarcasm.
Sunday was Father’s day — which in my family is usually Give-Dad-Socks-and-Underwear Day. Gifts for my father are roughly divided into two categories: necessities and expensive junk. Lately, the expensive junk that the Man wants is way too expensive and the socks and underwear have been piling up. There really wasn’t anything else in the stores that that I knew the Old Man would want, so I decided to make something that I knew he would both like and use.
The Old Man has been using a walker for a while now and has been pretty frustrated about not being able to carry things with him around the house. This Father’s Day, I wanted to make him something so that he could be a bit more comfortable using his walker. There are a few walker tote designs floating around, and the best ones I have found are all free (woo!). I settled on the Walker Tote Bag design from JimmieWriter because of the super-easy instructions as well as the ease of use that the bag would have. Since my old man isn’t that good at tying bows or buttoning buttons, I wanted something that he could easily put on or take off his walker by himself. A lot of guys might not like something like this as a gift, but I was about 97.8% sure my father would see its utility (and like the camo).
I made the tote exactly like Jimmiewriter explained in the video walkthrough, but I think that I would add a few more lines of stitches to reinforce the pockets if I ever did it again. Making this was incredibly easy, though — probably the hardest part was putting the velcro on.
The other nice thing about this tutorial was how easy it was to use the finished product for furushiki gift wrap:
This wrapped two paperback novels very thoroughly. ….To be honest, the Man didn’t really know what the tote was at first. Once we showed him, though, he was pretty happy with it. While it’s probably not the most professional of accessories to take out in public, it works really well for him to carry his phone and books around the house.
Here’s one not-so-good thing about Eastern Washington: It doesn’t have an organized Loving Day event. Loving Day celebrates the Loving vs. Virginia case of 1967 — that is, the landmark case that outlawed anti-miscegenation.
Loving Day is June 12th, but is still a grassroots movement that has not been recognized nationally (unlike Red Rose Day, which is also today and may have been imported to the US from Australia).
The closest event for Loving Day just happened in Seattle… Instead of that, I made something to share with my Loving-style family:
I have been wanting to make a bunting ever since I was about 4 years old — it was so easy to make that I’m not sure why I waited so long to do it. I more or less looked at a lot of tutorials and used what I had on hand, but the closest tutorial to my method is from Glorious Treats.
The fabric I used had a lot of give, so the measurements weren’t exactly perfect. I remeasured and corrected as I sewed and turned, and it more or less worked out.
To be honest, the cutting was the hardest part. Everything got easier after the flags, since I used double-fold bias tape and iron-on transfers.
The nice thing about this bunting is that the other side is plain, so it can easily be used any other day of the year. I’ve put it up right in the entrance of my house (not pictured because it needs to be painted), and it gives a summery, shabby-marine look perfect for June.