Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books: ...Well, not as much in 2014

For the last couple years I've attempted the 52 books in 52 weeks Challenge, though I usually lower my goal number a bit. I know that 52 is way too high of a number for me. I believe 2011 was my first year participating in the challenge and I was able to read 39 books that year. In 2012 I decided to try to read one more book than I did in 2011, so I made my goal 40 books.  I completed the challenge and read 41 books that year. In 2013 I did even better.  With a goal of 42 books, I read 59!  Now I wanted to be realistic in 2014 so I set my goal for 43 books (one more than the goal the year prior).

As you can see, I will not hit goal this year. Truthfully only 11 of those were actual books. I read a lot of Manga this year. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I was borrowing a lot of them from the library for my daughter to read, and then I'd read them before I returned them.

Another reason I can attribute to not hitting goal is that I was spending way way more time at my office. You can guess that one of my New Year's Resolutions is to not put in so many extra hours at the office.  

I will be attempting the challenge again in 2015 with 43 books. If you are on Goodreads, please friend me!  I'm always looking for more book suggestions and would love to read your reviews.  My profile is here.

If you're a regular reader of my blog or just passing by, I would like to thank you and hope you have an awesome New Year! Stay tuned here for more in 2015 as I continue my adventure in blogging.

Smile Always and until next time...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Spirit of the Season

I was on Instagram yesterday and noticed the #getyouryarnwishesgranted hashtag going around. It was amazing how many wishes were granted and I believe it had all started just that morning or maybe the night before. Most of the wishes I saw were for yarns from indie companies, hand dyed/hand spun, sock yarn or a combination of these. 

I wanted to find at least one wish to grant but they were being scooped up so quickly that the only wishes left were for yarns that were completely sold out. I posted my wish for some worsted or chunky weight hand spun yarn, as I have never crafted with it, and had my wish granted shortly after. Not only that, I have a second person sending me some yarn also! I had to find someone to be able to gift something to, so all day I stalked the hashtag and finally found someone who wished for some Knit Picks yarn. 

I also came across a kind of fundraiser for a pattern designer on Ravelry named Deborah aka Obliviousknits. Her wish was to sell enough patterns to help pay her mother's property taxes in February so I purchased her These are the Breaks pattern (pic below). 

If you're on Instagram and crochet, knit, or would just like to help someone in need, please get in on the fun too! If you would like to help out Deborah, you can find her patterns at 50% off on Ravelry at If you are so inclined, you can send a monitary donation instead to her Paypal account 

Just a reminder that you can also follow me on Instagram with the username disis19. I post makeup looks and my knitting or crochet projects there mostly. I hope all of you are having a great holiday season. Take Care and until next time =)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Knitting: Rangers of Ithilien Gauntlets

Finished these last night for friend. Though the pattern is written for a man, I did make a few edits so that they wouldn't be so loose on a woman's arm. I used Paton's Wool in New Denim. The picture does not do the color of the gauntlets justice in my opinion but I'm very happy with the way these came out. So much so that I may need to make a pair for myself =)

If any of you are knitters and are interested in making a pair for yourself, the pattern is available free on Ravelry here. You can also view the edits I did make to the pattern on my project page linked here

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lipstick - 30 Day Lipstick Challenge: Days 21-30

Last leg of this challenge! Sorry it took so long for me to post this =(. I did actually finish this at the beginning of November, but didn't get around to editing the photos until now. Enough with the we go:

Day 21- SeneGence Lipsense Army Pink and Honey Rose topped with Bougainvillea Gloss

2 layers of each color.  The Army Pink on it's own is pretty but I feel like it's too bright/light for my complexion which is why I added the Honey Rose.  Not only is LipSense great because it stays on for up to 18 hours and is transfer-proof, but you can create your own colors by layering colors together.

Day 22 - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia

I love love love this tube of lipcolor.  When I bought it, I was intending on buying the non-metallic version, Black Dahlia, but they only had this one.  I'm so glad I picked up this one instead.  The sparkle just gives it a little extra oomph if you know what I mean.  That being said, I probably will still add Black Dahlia to my collection in the future.

Day 23 - Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in #84 Amethyst Shimmer

This was my very first Rimmel Lipstick which caused the multiple additions since lol.  Very comfortable wear and just the right purple tinged pink for me.

Day 24 - Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in #90 Sweet Tart

This actually turned out more pink in the picture than the corally shade it is in real life.  Left my lips feeling moisturized all day.

Day 25 - SeneGence LipSense in Blu Red topped with Matte Gloss

This is actually one of the shades Christina Aguilera wears.  I prefer the Crimson Red shade to this one color wise, but this one was perfect for the day I wore it.

Day 26 - SeneGence LipSense in Blackberry and Red Cherry topped with Glossy Gloss

As you saw in my Halloween Makeup Look.  Really love this combination.

Day 27 - SeneGence LipSense in Strawberry Shortcake topped with Rose Gloss

This was my very first LipSense Collection.  Nothing else to add that hasn't already been said about these lipsticks.  I really love them, which is why I decided to become an Independent Distributor.

Day 28 - Avon Ultra Rich in Crushed Velvet

This one, I think, is on it's last legs, lol.  Just another great reason why I did this challenge - to help go through lipsticks that I really should get rid of.  As if I don't have enough red lipsticks, right?

Day 29 - MAC Ruby Woo

I wanted this lipstick for a long time, but I have to say that I don't really enjoy the formula. This is only the second MAC lipstick I've owned. The other was a Viva Glam from when I was a teen. This one is really dry and took a lot of work just to get it on today. Normally it isn't as hard, but this morning was cold and it tugged on my lips a lot.  I love the color though.

Day 30 - Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick in Eternal Flame topped with Avon Extra Lasting Lipgloss in Infinite Berry

Just one more great red color in my collection. Comfortable and long wearing. Love it. 

That does it! Thanks for following my challenge. As for what's next, I'm working on a crochet project and a knit project that I hope to share with you soon. I also opened an Instagram account where I've been posting other beauty looks and one of my other knit works in progress. Please feel free to follow me there too. Username is @disis19. Until next time =)