Friday, February 24, 2012

My Latest Interest.


I've been hitting up the library for this show. Just got an e-mail that season 4 is in and ready to be picked up. I know what I'll be doing the majority of tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Bahahaha. Yes. I crack myself up.

Anyway. This whole mustache idea was all over Pinterest so I had to make my own! It started with the handmade valentine postcard swap and that lead to me making and sending postcards to a few close friends/family and then that evolved into the picture you see above! Here are some of the postcards that went out....


Do you buy into the whole Valentine "Holiday?"
I think I like it because it gives me an excuse to be crafty ;-P

Sunday, February 12, 2012

  didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing

Another book down! I challenged myself to read 20 books in 2011 and I came very close at 19 (6,375 pages!!!). I'm counting this last one as December....That's when I started it, and yes... I just got around to finishing it! December was hectic month in the life of Erika, and I have no excuses for the last two.

One thing I've learned is that it is OK to stop reading a book, even if you are halfway through it and just realized you are not interested. Don't keep reading if you don't like it just to finish a book. you will hate reading (too bad they didn't give us that option in school).

Since  I can't read while I'm at my current job and I'm setting my goal in February I'm challenging myself to only 10 books this year.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Erikajean has read 0 books toward her goal of 10 books.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cemetery Cache in Florence

I went up to Florence, Arizona this afternoon for some caching and photo opportunities. It's a cute little town so I thought the picture taking would be good.... but when I got there, the main street was blocked off and they were having some 2nd Saturday Historic Tour event going on. It probably would have been neat to participate in, but I really had no interest at the time. Many of the caches I had prepared for my mini trip were near the event and the muggle factor was a too high for my liking. So instead I went for some of the caches on the outskirts of town....

The first cache I did was is a cemetery. My favorite kind. They certainly do things different here in AZ.
Very grandiose....

Enthusiastically decorated...

Did you notice the chairs and benches in the two pictures above? This particular cemetery had a lot of chairs. Many plots with chairs on all for sides facing the grave stone. Nice chairs, folding chairs plastic patio chairs, old rusted falling apart chairs that wouldn't hold the living... it was... different.

The plot below was kind of interesting too. I'd like to know the story behind it. Were these antlers this man's prized possession? Did he love them so much, being buried with them were a part of his final wishes? Did he hang these up in his living room and did his wife always secretly hate them, so when he went, they went too?


Back to what I was here for, geocaching. The cache was on cemetery property but far from the graves. If you were visiting a loved one, you wouldn't even have known I was there.

Ground zero.....

This cache is appropriate named "Dig Your Grave with a Spoon" and the cache owner asks that you leave a spoon.

I was fresh out of spare spoons, so I traded a compass for a buck! I'll try not to spend it all in one place ;-) 

Every once and a while I find change...occasionally a dollar.

Whats the largest amount of money, if any, you've found while geocaching? Was it in the cache or did you find it on the way to the cache?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dancing Dishes

Ah yes, here is another project I've finished! I can whip these things out in a day or two and its really nice to be able to finish a whole project that quickly. Time to take a break on the projects though. I've got three books sitting here waiting to be read.... I'm hoping to do some more caching soon and go on a little photo taking day. I miss snapping the camera. I've had zero time with working and then babysitting when I'm not working! Hard to keep up, but I love staying busy.  ;-)

Dancing Dishes

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Geowoodstock 2012

I had planned on attending Geowoodstock this year. It's only two hours away from my hometown of Cincinnati. It would have been perfect.... Visit friends and attend the years biggest geocaching event. Too bad I got a job. Wahhhhhh! I can't take any vacation time until I've been there for 6 months. So disappointing. If it were one month later I'd be good.

I guess there is always next year. They really need to hold Geowoodstock here in the southwest sometime! Though they might have to go to higher altitude for cooler temps that time of year ;-P

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Allllll the way back in November I visited Sara and Brandy in Florida. I really wanted to send them a "Thank-you" for letting me stay with them. Other projects, guests from out of town, the holidays and a new job got in the way though and I wasn't able to finish my "Thank-you" for them until a couple of weeks ago.

Robot Towels

This is the second set of embroidery towels I've made.... but this was the first time I've ever dyed anything. I wanted them to be a little darker... But in the end it worked out because I don't think I would have been able to see my pattern well enough. Their kitchen is black/grey with red walls so I wanted the towels to match. I also wanted the towels to be more "usable" in the kitchen.

I used the SR1 Stitchers Revolution Robots Invade pattern (found it for $2 on clearance!). These are the robots I picked :



Enjoy them guys! I'm already 2/3 of the way done with my next set! ...And of course I'll be posting it here on the ol' blog!