Friday, October 23, 2009

school is getting in the way of my hobbies

I really just want to fully learn who to embroider, do appliques and start my granny quilt. I want to buy sacks upon sacks of flour and bake cookies for the entire town of Queen Creek and all ASU students and bake cakes, and bread, tarts and make chocolate truffles too. I would like to tear out all the stuff in my room, bathroom, house and sew and remake it all until the house looks like the inside of a cupcake- it's so darn cute!

but no I have to write dumb coding sheets on uncertainty reduction theory that I put off for two weeks: while I write I will be dreaming of all fun things I would much rather be doing...

like finishing the quilt that was supposed to be done for my nieces birthday last week

Or really get my hand on an embroidery pattern and get going on some crazy design
anything really.

I also want to work with some simply soft yarn in silver and forest green I bought to make a slytherin scarf to go with my HP scarf. I feel a trend coming on and most likely by the end of the year I'll probably have scarves for all the houses! I should be taking orders.
any fellow Harry Potter geeks want in on the scarf fun???

FINE- I will finish my dumb homework.... and then be in crochet/ embroidery/ quilting/ baking heaven (like all my granny hobbies?? I sure do)

so what are you doing instead of work?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I have finally finished my Harry Potter Scarf! Not since Ron Weasley has anyone looked so good in scarlet and gold.

The only thing is that I like my scarfs loooong so I can super wrap them around my neck or make a bow... tie up a possible attacker... you know the usual =) I have a headache...

Oh wait (owww) oh no (ouuuch)

"he's near... Voldemort's near"

haha yeah... can we say 'geek'?

patience pays off

School is hitting hard right now and while I'm trying to climb out from under mount homework I will leave you with one thing

Harry Potter Scarf

pictures and a nice little post are to come =)

ps. I finally updated and added pictures to my 5 Reasons: Sewing post from a couple of days ago!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Is anyone besides Rasha reading this? I'm just reallllly curious.

-the girl who is writing to open space and rasha =)

I kinda-sorta-really-totally love my mom (with all my heart)

And I have for umm… like ever. It’s odd growing up with the feeling deep down that no matter what my mom is IT for me best friend wise. I have a sister (two to be exact) and we have a special relationship, a cousin who has been like a built in bff for me and my sister, my greatest gal pal from high school, mis hermanas from ASU, an assortment of great girl power givers throughout the past couple years who have been really great friends to me- but no one compares to my mom.

It was weird for me to see my friends in high school having the strenuous relationship with their moms where they fought, just weren’t ‘understood’, and had what could be seen as a typical high school daughter-mom relationship. Love/hate, no? I had some of that with my mom but we could do anything together and did. We had HMDP together, and shared feeling, thoughts, emotions, and it was really like each day I wasn’t growing up alone; I had my mom there with me. My quincenera was ours, my prom was ours, and my graduation was ours. Basically nothing could conquer the love I had for that woman or our bond- nothing until I went to college.

I had to leave for school- had to move out and finally get to be me. I have older siblings who caused some mayhem growing up and I just wanted to make things smooth in my child-parent relationship so I behaved- but I suppressed myself along the way. Freshman year came and I was free. In the time I was rejoicing in my freedom of no curfews, no judgment, and acting in the way I saw fit, thinking the way I had wanted to think for so long I never realized I left part of me behind. I left my mom behind on my quest for me. I didn’t notice she was gone but she so acutely felt the pain when I left.

She’ll describe the feeling of me moving out to Tempe as a feeling that part of her had died. Emptiness she couldn’t fathom and pain she never imagined. It’s a time I don’t like to think about because I know I made her feel that way she by shutting her out of what I was up to in my quest for me was what I wanted. I never did anything illegal, or bad or really had nothing to hide but when I had lived at home I had acted in the way a daughter should; I never gave my parents trouble, got good grades, and when college time came I saw it as the point where the Marisela that was acceptable to my parents and family was gone and I was going to be the Marisela I truly wanted to be. The part of me that had waited for me to move out now had free reign to be, I was just not going to let my mom in on the new me.

Long story short, with main emphasis on the interesting summer I had, I was back home and ready to be bff’s with my mom again. I had doubted her all these years of being a too traditional and closed-minded catholic immigrant from Mexico to see that no matter what I did she would love me unconditionally. She would love me not for being the daughter that was expected or appreciated but me, free- thinking, tattooed, pierced, and flawed me. I was resentful of the time I spent trying to be the ‘right kind’ of daughter they wanted but she was never mad at me for leaving or cutting her out. I can tell you know that we love each other now more than ever before and I’m sure codependency isn’t good but with her I have no problem with it.

I’m new to writing about myself and blogging and I know it’s hard to read/understand, and I sure do feel like I haven’t expressed myself well and this post is not organized nicely and sort of out of the blue but…

Today she wasn’t home when I got here. I waited and texted “I love you! Where are you?” I come to my phone hours later to see my really-not-so-technology-savvy mom had text me back “estoy con lala (I’m with lala (my grandma)) I love you too

And it just hit me that she really does love me too…not the daughter who doesn’t sneak out, or go to parties, or have boyfriends she doesn’t like, (which I don’t do any of that- confusing writing? Yeah I think so) but me the daughter who has ‘grandma hobbies’, a potty mouth, too many points of interest, too many started projects and no finished ones. The daughter that bakes too many cookies, never cleans up messes, has clothes all over the floor, the one that laughs too hard, tries too hard not to cry. She loves the daughter that loves her mom more than she thought she could, more then she probably should, more than the sun, the moon, the birds in the sky, the water in the sea…

I just do…I love her…I do.

PIctures for sore eyes!

Here is the delicious dinner I made last night (thank you blogging gods for uploading my pictures!)
like how a know how to take stickers of my lemons? yeah nice!

I was so happy because my picky-eater nephew ate this and said it was delicious! Told my mom she should take cooking classes from me- it was awesome- i sorts love him so much more now =)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Dinner

While Sundays are really a time where I should be preparing for the week to come (laundry, cleaning, homework, studying) it ends up being the day where I try to hold onto the weekend as much as possible. I ALWAYS make something delicious for dinner/dessert and work on projects I have going on instead of all the other stuff I should be doing.

this sunday I made Lemon Chicken, Rice Crispies (a request), and Chocolate Truffles!
had pictures of it all but yet again blogger is refusing to upload them =(

I went to Jo-Anns today and decided that i have to start one of those crazy patchwork quilts- so I will be doing my own soon! I need to figure out a pattern, colors, and how to actually make it but it's going to happen since I've been bit by the bug- got to get it down now!

BLOGGER!- if you are out there it is me, Marisela, and either you need to fix your photo upload thingy or you should magically bestow me with the intelligence to upload photos without errors on my own! Sincerely me, Marisela. =)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

5 Reasons: I love my sewing machine

Over the summer my mom did a super nice thing and bought a sewing machine. It was originally for both of us to use but I ended up using it much more so we put it in my room where it has it's very own table. I haven't had any classes and would love to take some soon but for now I'm just learning as I go! I have named her Betsy!

Reason #5
All the scrap fabric I have can them be made into a patchwork purse!

Reason #4
I made a nifty macbook cover so I wouldn't have to buy one and because I like things 'just so'

Reason #3
I made a fun comforter and set of pillow shams for my bed as well as a Hannah Montana quilt for my niece Savanna's 8th birthday and started a quilt top for my niece Anais' 2nd birthday

Reason #2
I really enjoy unique Halloween costumes (if i see one more 'sexy nurse' this year i'll scream!) and along with betsy and 30 yards of tulle I'll be making the most epic Halloween costume yet. EPIC

Reason #1
I have always thought these patchwork quilts were THE BOMB! So I'm going to set that as my long term goal to make one of these. What I think will make it stellar is if I use that little old ladies sitting in a church basement quilting in a circle pattern but have colors like hot pink or deep purple, teal, zebra print, damansk, skulls, and glitter to make it truly me. I just think that would be a hoot =)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Favorites

Because it is Friday, post three of my 'new deal' daily posting and I am sadly already running out of topics so here we go...
Favorite Friday

Favorite Song

Muse: "United States of Eurasia"

Hi, Hello Love. Where have you been all my life?
I love Muse's new album and track number 4
"United States of Eurasia"
is like IT for me right now. It has a distinct Queen feeling in a couple parts and reminds me of Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah with some really awesome string parts.
This song (album, BAND) can really do no wrong in my book

Favorite Food

photo courtesy of

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Cookies

I made these the other day from a recipe I found on Joy the Baker and they were like the most delicious things EVER. I've made them 3 times since last week with absolutely zero leftovers. If you have some time and want something that tastes like fall make. these. cookies.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Ron Weasley

Basically anything Harry Potter I can totally geek out on but my ginger is it. It's one thing being 13 or 14 and crushing on Ron and having an insane obsession with Harry Potter but being a Junior in college and almost 20 gets to be seen as weird. I try to keep my geekiness at a constant low but lately It's been off the chart- and I've decided to let the geek in me out and be proud! So all these items are going straight to my to do/wish list:

1- this harry potter hoodie from hot topic
2- an 8-ft long gryffindor scarlet and gold crocheted scarf
(made by me! and gets to hide as an ASU scarf when necessary)
3- These fake death eater tattoos to totally wig out fellow Harry Potter geeks!

What are your favs right now?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day Off


I have only one class on thursdays at ASU polytechnic campus, which is so much more closer to mi casa than ASU tempe campus- and I ended up taking the day off and staying home in my lovely bed.

Oh wait I was sick? yeah super sick with yucky stomach flu thing. I got to spend all night and day between the bathroom and my bed. lucky me.

while having a nice day to fully recuperate I have a growing to-do list:

1- start/finish Anais' birthday quilt by Saturday (she's going to be 2!)
2-Help Ana with birthday cupcakes
3- Start my halloween costume- it's gonna be epic =)
4- Oh yeah HW and classes... almost forgot about the mount everest looking pile sitting on my desk waiting for me to be able to digest food again.

UGH! here's to feeling better.

Note: that is not a picture of my bed (white sheets are just boring) and a big thank you to Muse for singing me to sleep in my sickened state.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lets make a deal...

my brother Manuel, Mom, Me

So I have this here little blog... but I don't use it!!!
So here is the thing I am going to make a deal with me (and sole follower) to blog at least once a day

my version of Julie's cooking blog with Julia...umm hello loved that movie!

Any-who, I will post at least once a day and make a good effort to write something entertaining for the following reasons:

1- I hate to write and I have a funny feeling that no matter what I will have to write at some point in the future so here is to getting better at liking it
2- I am a communication major- but I hate to communicate... social anxiety anyone?
3- I had an interesting summer (to say the least) and I'm thinking if I write about some of my feelings I could work past some things and share my story to hopefully help someone in the same shoes I was/am in.

So here we go

I post on this thing, once a day, everyday (and make better boeuf bourguignon? haha wrong blog)

ps. the picture? has NOTHING to do with this post but I think every post is made better with a picture!