Sunday, May 30, 2010

Yeah, I'm boring. Get over it.

12:53 AM,  May 30
(the parental units are making me get off.....gah! better work downstairs. Again)

I'm making a soap cover.
And not just any ordinary soap cover- a soap cover for the ones you get at hotels!
Okay, let me explain.
In New Orleans, the hotel I stayed at had these citrus mint soaps that I liked. Alot.
So every day I painstakingly collected them from the bathroom and stuffed them in my bag.
And now, here I am, with ten citrus mint scented cruddy bars of the stuff laying around.
Time to use them, Kayla style.
(dies a little inside)
Or today, June 1.

I'm not too good at needlework... I suck, really.
This was going to be a domo, but I didn't have any red felt on hand.
I'll make - and put up the super easy pattern in a bit!

You watching- you watching---??

Here we go, uber simple!!

With a 5mm/US H8

-Ch 19, combine into ring- making 20.
-Sc around until covering soap (took me 14 rows)
-Dec around.
-Dec, slip stitch around until about 4 ch remain- close.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kudos to Hippie Sandals

Alaina: 1
Kayla: 0

(this page is in some serious need of color (-colour for my UK friend who doesn't know me!-)

The hippies win this time around with some uber comfortable sandals that I've been making the past few hours.

They're just so much fun to work with!!!
Christine Andrews, the mind and workings of the blog Basketweave thought these up! (her first pattern, too).

I wanted to post on her site to tell her what a wonderful job she's done...
Alas, it won't allow me to post on her page. That's gonna bother me.

Maybe, if I wish upon some cheesey Disney movie, she'll stumble upon my blog and be all like "my gawd! you dirteh american- you've soiled 'n butchered mah work!" and slap me a bit.

I honestly hope she becomes popular in time- not because she's my new hero, but 'cause she's a LEFTY! Like me! For once, the pictures actually made sense.... Blasted righties....

Here's the link to her magical shoe-things!!
Hippie Sandals of Doom (and Comfort!)

And here's my feet, posing with these babies.

They're playing footsy.
Wait, gah! I don't need any more toes!!! O.o

Nighty night, I'll be making another pair. ^0^  <-- total hand spasm, my dearies.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hat Pincushion Power!

Nima of Made To Treasure is having this awesome Crochet Hat Pincushion Pattern Giveaway- that I just had to be a part of. For some reason, I really like deadlines (given away until May 31st, made by June 15th) That got my butt into gear, so I spent some time this week making this lovely pincushion- which I desparately needed anyways. Perfect timing to find this thing, I must say.
Everyone's hat looks completely different, too!! I love that.
Mine got the "Kayla Treatment" in which I spiced it up....well, Kayla Style.

And about her blog, wow, she's quite the talented multitasker.
As I scrolled through.... my eyes began to throb. And that began to scare me quite a bit, I can assure you.
There were quilts, netted ostrich eggs, embroidered strawberries, and hats.... lots and lots of hats.
Doing anything and everything. My kind of girl. Hehe.

Without futher wait-- here's my Kayla-fied hat pincushion!
(making weird words with my name never gets old)

Hehe. Multicolored yarn, whales and bells. I couldn't help myself.
I overstuffed it a bit, but in time, the stuffing will compress itself anyway, and I don't want a floppy pincushion.

[EDIT: I changed pictures, my first one looked a bit....bloated. It still does.
Here, it's not so bad- the yarn I chose just made the camera get a weird reaction. Blah.]

[EDIT: Third time's a charm.... I hope.]
Yeah, I realize mine's pretty lowclass compared to the others....

--If it was a plane, I would have the economic class.
Hurrah for lower rates and cruddy seats.--

I'm a youngin'- fourteen- that's my defense!!
(At least I have some kind of pitiful excuse)

[I'll update again when more people have finished theirs]
Some of the others I really liked were:

The shades of purple and white really complemented eachother. -the tie's also cute.
And the heartshaped pins..... how can you not love those?!

2. Anne's

Yet again, simple, but has this flowing quality that makes me like it so much.
Words to descibe it: calm, breeze, soft --- the opposite of the dreaded thundering going on outside my window. Sheesh!! You can stop already. (I really, really hate storms)

3. Saritha's

I didn't care for it much at first, to be honest....
After passing it up four or five times, it began to grow on me.
I'm becoming quite fond of this one, quite frankly.
I keep on getting distracted and looking at it! Oh, man... addiction.


I went a little clay crazy this week, buying all the knickknacks and doohickeys I do not need at all, whatsoever.
But, damn, they're useful! (my poor poor wallet)

-clay (30 color pack) + one regular chunk = 25 + 2
-exacto-knife, hobbylobby knockoff included were about five blades = 4
-clay extruder and 19 shapes = 11
-pasta machine = 25
Kayla's a dumbass.

But I learned something--LISTEN UP-- as long as you have enough copies, you can keep going up and using the discounts (at hobby lobby). I did this with my 40% discount. -on the clay, pasta maker, and a 15 buck organizer.
Adds up, real quickly.

I felt like doing crappy imitations of anime jewelry this weekend.....
It looks nice enough to me.
Did I fail?

The one with the design is supposed to be like Sheeta's from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
And the moon is Hazuki's/Luna's from Moonphase.
(I said I'd do this! -one of my first posts, lol-)

I have no clue why this blew up to like 3x its original size....

Alaina, if you want a 'lil hint to your b-day, look here!
A piece of it has to do with shugo chara.** ^-^
loff ya! G'night everyone!!
**the oven killed it. SOBBBITY SOB!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pompeii Hits Tennessee

Took long enough. --.-- I had one of those HAVE TO FINISH moments, so I was up until 3:30 in the morning. That was my picture from..... 2:45.
The clock is slow.

Which means....
I have another pattern for you guys.
It's for my 6 hour hula girl goddess, Pompeii. Hehe. (I'm just slow. and detailed -for me-  lol.)
I adore her.

Kayla's How- To (any questions, email me)
(kinda confusing.... I'm sorry!!!)

Materials needed:
(I hate when I'm in the middle of a project and realize... oh. I don't have that.)

Yarn: green, desired skin tone (almond, etc.), bright island color (for the flower), light brown/ dark brown
Thread: black, white or same as skin tone
Eyes: preference. I use  (EDIT):10mm safety backing ones.
Scissors: make sure they're plenty sharp. you'll be using them alot.
Needles: have multiple types at your hands
Crochet hook (obviously): I used F5/3.75mm
Stuffing: that, and pellets to keep her upright
Patience: plenty of it.

Be familiar with the magic ring.
The norm: Slip stitch, single crochet, increase, decrease
Don't pull an almost all-nighter

All parts in the skin tone

R1: Sc 6 in magic ring (6)

R2: [Inc] around (12)

R3: [Inc, inc, sc 1] around (12)

R4: [Inc, sc 1] around (30)

R5: Sc around (30)

R6: Sc around (30)

R7: Sc around (30)

R8: Sc around (30)

R9: [Sc 13, dec] around (28)

R10: [Sc 5, dec] around (24)

R11: [Sc 4, dec] around (20)

R12: [Sc 8, dec] around (18)

R13: Sc around, sl st, sl st (18) Finish off.

Stuff now or forever hold your peace (or piece)

Arm (optional, really), 2- duuuhhh.

R1: Sc in magic ring, sl st to close round.

R2: Ch 1, sc 1 in same, sc 1, [inc, sc 1] around, sl st to close round.

R3: Ch 1, sc around, finish off.

Head (please only one :3)

Don't do R11-12 before doing hair, face, eyes.

R1: Sc 6 in magic ring, sl st to close round (6)

R2: Ch 1, sc 1 in same, [Inc] around, sl st to close round (11)

R3: Ch 1, sc 1 in same, inc, inc, sc 3, [Inc] 3 times, sc 3, sl st to close round (17)

R4: Ch 1, sc 1 in same, sc 3, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 6, sl st to close round (21)

R5: Ch 1, sc 1 in same, sc 3, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 6, sl st to close round (25)

R6: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round (25)

R7: Same

R8: Same

R9: Ch 1, sc 1, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 1, sl st to close round (21)

R10: Ch1, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 2, sl st to close round (17)

R11: Sc 4, [Dec] 3 times, sc 3, [dec] twice, sl st to close round (12)

R12: [Dec] around to close (6). Finish off.
Light brown
Coconut Bra

-leave extra string when beginning and ending-
Sc 6 in a magic ring. End.
Sc 6 in a magic ring again. End.
(wait until "Putting it all together")

Putting it all Together

Addressing the hair:
There's multiple ways to do this, whichever you're most comfortable with.
For a more full-headed look, I threaded a piece of yarn through each sc- framing the face to the back.
(took a while, but totally worth it)

Hula Skirt:
Thread green pieces of yarn along one row.
To make it twice as thick, I did something like (#'s represent the yarn) 1/1(5)2/2(5)3/3(6)4/4(6)
Less confusing(sorry!): thread between the sc, then between those. -you're just connecting and filling empty spaces.

To give her a less....cylindrical figure, I threaded a green piece through every 4 or so sc's, pulling it semitight.

Tightly braid 3 strings for the belt.
(in the picture, I moved the belt up to show the other features.)

Coconut Bra
Thread the yarn through the opposite side on both ends to connect the two pieces.

Put it so that the beg. and end. pieces of yarn are both facing the outside.
Before putting arms on, tie to size your doll. I then sewed it on where the two pieces connect.
The string around her body is kept in place by strategically sewing on the arms.

Sew arms to body.
Sew head to body.

And Last: The Flower:
The islandy colors comes in, here.
Do however you'd like! I did something weird!!
1. (more yarn = harder to make, but more petals) tie the string's end, so it's a circle.
2. Half the circle, making two smaller ones.(have them so they overlap) Do that until you have preferred size/ something you can easily work with.
3. Using black thread, tie around the middle a few times (vertically, dividing circle) - tightly
4. Repeat horizonally, so there's 4 sides. tightly.
5. (optional) To make the black stamen things-- sew-- tight on one side, 3 or so mm room on the other. Up down, up, down. Finish off. Cut them so they're separate pieces, trim, ect to liking.


(hopefully tonight I can get some clay materials at hobby lobby...
I want to do some anime stuffs with it....)

any comments, put them below (just click -# comments)

Friday, May 21, 2010


Believe me, I'm NOT putting this video on here because it's so damn cute.
Me? That innocent? Well, that's for you to decide.
Just watch the whole thing. The WHOLE thing.
(thanks to Alaina for showing me this video)

This one site makes me wonder, makes me really wonder:
What the hell's wrong with people??
(this is what I get for looking up "tiger hairstyle")

It's a new revolution!
Who needs to memorialize a passed pet with a fancy stone, flowers, or even a few nice words when you can incorporate them into your hairstyle?
They say that pets look like their owners-- so prove them right!
Just shear Fido right off and you're ready to go.
Or plop a baby elephant on your head and "voila", a hairstyle the entire family can feel ashamed about.
Maybe it'll even increase your memory-- so you remember never to do this again.

If you're part of a family of hunters, celebrate a job well done!!
- 'cause who doesn't want a plaited ball of hair on their head?
Oh, yeah, we're extreme.
Worst part was that the site even spelled deer wrong. "Hairstyle with Dear". Twice.
Oh, and last-- if you have unmanageable hair like my friend Haylee, don't let it bring you down.
Just turn it into some other fuzzy bastard.


Total improvement, rightttt???
Here's some more if you want them: WTF HAIR CONTINUED


Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Premade overview. YAY:

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

Who's Team North? KAYLA IS!!

Wonderful, wonderful book that little people are aware of- and I'm proud to be one of them.'
It just came out, really--March 23, 2010. Quite new.

North is charming and distasteful, clever and humorous.
Sydelle (or Syd as North likes to call her) is the easily loveable heroine who kicks ass her own way.

Slipping into Sydelle's feelings and thoughts was effortless, usually pleasant- and I often found myself muddling them with my own.
When I ordered this book online, there was hardcover and library bound.
Guess who got the expensive one!
Dumbasses. Really, it was only a few bucks more. But, yes.

If you're really interested, here's another synopsis (and on the author's site is a link to the first chapter, I've heard)-

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

This book gets-- and deserves-- a 9/10 and the Kayla Seel (oh, I do love seels and seals) of Approval.

I love you all (kinda).
And last thing:


Thursday, May 13, 2010


I actually have a follower.... who I didn't FORCE to follow me!!
Round of applause, please?



Voice: Don't have to tell me twice.

Me: Hey, what's that supposed to mean?!

Voice: That I don't give a rat's ass about what you want me to do.

Me: Rat's ass....?

Voice: Heard your dad say it quite a few times.

Me: That's a bit morbid, isn't it?

Voice: None less than anything else.

Me: .......What are you talking about?!
*giggles* Dead babies....

Voice: Exactly...

I did NOT get off topic ONE BIT.

In celebration, I'm posting a few random pictures that will mortify myself and a friend or two.
I can live with that.

I'm kinda deathly allergic to giant lilies. Not deathly, but last time they were brought into the house, I was on my knees, eyes red and me all snotty. Kinda sorta dying. Lol. lol?
*ripping off the pollen filled stamen of small ones with glee*
Oh, and there's my mom. Heh.
Lately, I keep on spelling America wrong. Sheesh. (Americah)
Does that make me a bad American? lol.

Um, my friend Lauren's face..... "improved" by my camera. Ah, I loff her.


I would like to say that I'm sorry, but I'm a heartless bitch.... YEE HAW!
(I've always wanted to say that)
For once, I think that I look semi okayish in this picture? Do you agree?
(I can't decide which I like better)


I actually kinda like the one below.
Well, duh, dumbass. HALF MY TORSO IS BOOB. Sheesh.
Girls, you can totally sympathize with me, yes?


Um, lemme think. Something new I learned.
My cat's claws are weapons of mass destruction. She gave me an owwie!
I was all like "shit, what the hell was that for you rotten..."
Well, I couldn't call her a bitch, she's not a dog.
My 'lil gore.
Like Al Gore. Or however he's spelled. Mwhaha.

I have lots of books to tell you about, but that can always come later.
I leave you with this video. Lol. It amuses me.
Night my loffs!

Obsession Meets Blog

I'll review later.... LOOK AT THESE AWESOME BANNERS!!!


Just Say It

Say this out loud. Kay?






(thanks to Luna- the book)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Houstan, We Have a Problem

If you've watched the news lately, you've heard of the massive flooding in the Tennessee and Kentucky area.
Guess what?
I live in the Tennessee area!
They said that the worst flooding is in Nashville.
I live by Nashville!

Seeing things in the news and actually living there is so different.
Suddenly, you realize-- I've been there.
Oh, it shouldn't look like that.... It's supposed to be....
It's truly terrifying.
So far, we've broken a rain count record for the month.
It's the third.

JUST IN: [10:10 PM May 3, 2010]
The death count is raising.
As of now, it's 13.
(One of them was Randy's girlfriend's -Sam- friend.)

My county is under a "boil water" alert.

AS OF NOW: [11:30 PM May 6, 2010]
The death count has risen to 31.
How much more will there be in the days to come?

My friends have told me:
My great-uncles and aunts neighborhood is really flooded and they haven't been heard from since noon.
they're really old and everything, they're not answering their cells.

i was driving by the Y and the parking lot was COMPLETELY FLOODED. as in, there were 7 cars. the water was up to the top of the doors on all of the carsss

Almost every road down here is closed. 5 dead. More to come most likely. My basement is flooded. School will most likely b closed. Harpeth is flooded over and Cumb. is still yet to come. And u? This will go on all day.

gah i hate the flooding. people were in their boat on my grandmas lawn. she's here still

my house got seriously flooded- like its not even funny. my entire basement is underwater and its like up to my waste. my neighbors found it rather amusing seeing me scream like tarzan running out of my house with my computer in my arms towards my car. screw them neighbors.

And here's me, entering with my abundant sarcasm and happiness:

"The flooded things amuse me... I do hope it rains more actually... Cause Im sadistic and the neighbors that I really don't like are merely 10ft away from having their house hit by a bit o water (on 2 almost 3 sides hahahaah)"
"And the water's fun to play in"
"Shit, I'm serious.

I made a message in the bottle that was all like

"Hows the weather? It's sooo beautiful here today. Not a cloud in sight. It's so hot and dry."

My dad did:
"We're trapped on an island. Help us."
And put a little money in it.
Here's some pics of the destruction.
BTW- my gully is screwed up.
That is not just a road, that's a field overflowing with water and a sheet of it cascading over the pavement. My brother has a tahoe- and he wasn't going to risk it in that. That bad.
(this is like... 1/2 mile from my house)

Right here, the water's about two feet higher than it should be.
And it should be bone-dry.
This is another road.

Another road.
In the background are little kids waist deep in a current of (probably) contaminated water.
I'm guessing this is a good three to four feet deep.

Parenting fail?

I just like how the one below turned out. I didn't edit any of these, so it is how it is.
How do you like it?
Oh, yeah....
That pond, there....
Was a field.

I find this all so crazy. These were taken May 2-- now, everything is much better.... UP HERE.
Nashville is screwed.
Today, I played in the mud....
Cause school was canceled and tomorrow, it's two hours late.
And I went around the neighborhood, checking stuff out.
Now I'm sunburned.
Great. Thanks, reclusive tendencies.

Here's another "flattering" picture of me.
Love my lips. HAHAHA.

I look naturally retarded-- as you can see. That's why, when I take pictures of myself, there's at least three of each desired pose.
Guess what, I took three of this one.
This was numbah two.

And like I said, I played in the gully. All the rain washed away our rocks and dirt leaving clay!~
=^_^= I made a kitty!!! (typical of kayla, you guys)
I'm really bad with clay of any type + my lack of crafting ability + not being able to make any type of animal = this.

All that failure actually made something that doesn't look too bad.
Kinda like that "three lefts make a right" thing.

I think I may have cat obsession....
Clay cat.

Crocheted cat/ lion.

For Halloween, a Cat-o-lantern.

(with my Jonas brothers parody in the background.
If you want to see it, comment saying so)

And best of all, my own cat, Luna!
Sorry, I just had to incorporate her in here SOMEWHERE.

I know there's been alot of pictures....
I kinda apologize. Ish.

I made this in school on Friday when I should've been taking notes. Baha. Notes.
Kayla likes ribbons. Kayla likes ribbons very much.
Ugh, I've never been able to draw, really.
But at least it's not a stick figure- that's my defense.

 And last.....
Ghost orbs.
I was taking pictures outside.... and I found a few of these little guys.
I'm not sure whether they scare or comfort me.
(First, this rad pic of my 'hood)

I really like the contrast between the background and the sky.
The black against color phase is why the 20 or so minutes of dusk are the best part of the day.
Yeah, I'm setting this as my background.
I'm setting Mrs. Dangerously Semi-Naked girl as my background for now.

Oh, here are the orb pics.
No disagreeing, I'm pretty sure these are the real thing.
I'll try again tomorrow.
(look hard,-click to make bigger- there's plenty)


Procrastinator-chan (the kayla who wishes her name was something cooler)