12 Days of Christmas Challenge


Okay so I needed a small challenge to get back in the saddle of daily blogging. Mary over at Secret Obsession (from the October Daily Challenge I did) was smart and creative enough to host a 12 Days of Christmas blogging challenge. I think since there is a few more than 12 days left in the month I’ll go ahead and just start this challenge now!


6 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS CHRISTMAS:

1. Being able to go to Denver and spend Christmas with my friends and family.
2. My job – I am one of the few that is actually doing what I went to school to do.
3. An uncompromised future – I’m gonna keep doing what makes me that authentic self.
4. Sobriety – the BEST gift I ever gave myself.
5. The Ugly Tribe.
6. Yarn.

UNSTOPPABLE TIME

The blog challenge for Sunday was “A time when you felt unstoppable” – this is easy.

It’s right now.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so ‘on’ in my life. I have a clear head – I have hobbies – I have goals – I have connections – I have fun – I have healthy relationships – I have awesome animals – I’m eating well/feeling great – my job is rocking – plus I have some majorly insane travels and tattoos coming up.

I’ve talked a lot about ‘DO’ and the only reason my life is so unstoppable and ‘on’ right now is because I just started doing. Reaching that authentic self is so exciting. I’m meeting new people who not only share my interests, but are supportive and kind. By doing, I have put that positive energy out into the world and it is finally coming back ten-fold for me. I can promise you this I will never compromise again. Ever. Being the authentic me I am supposed to reach is what makes me unstoppable.

The GHOSTFACE
The GHOSTFACE

A Typical Day for GFK

The challenge was a day in the life – this is a typical work day. Sometimes I do these things sometimes not. Creep on my day…..

First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I check the homies in Springfield - also Instagram is checked extensively.
Then I check the homies in Springfield – also Instagram is checked extensively.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I arrive at work.
I arrive at work.
And do werk.
And do werk.
At lunch I usually walk around - look Macy's already decorated.
At lunch I usually walk around – look Macy’s already decorated.
After work I sometimes run errands - look Target is ready for Xmas too.
After work I sometimes run errands – look Target is ready for Xmas too.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
And I always knit - look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.
And I always knit – look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.

KNITXMIDWEST Recap

Over the weekend I went to KNITXMIDWEST in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the most fun weekend I’ve had in a long time and I always have a blast on the weekend so that’s saying it was OFF THE CHARTS FUN. The knit event took place in an adorable little lodge in a state park outside Des Moines. When I walked in on Saturday morning… I LOST IT. First, I finally met Jen at MakexDo – who’ve I have been following on her blog for years. Then I looked around and there were porcelain kittens, and yarn, and crafters, and candy, and pink, and just oh my glob. I kept feeling like I needed to run into the woods and scream ‘I AM THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN ALLLLLL THE LAND!!!!!’

Anyways, I’ll do a few more blogs about the weekend and the awesome awesome awesome knitting friends in Des Moines coming up – here are some pictures that made me barf rainbows. Again a HUGE GIANT KITTEN/RAINBOW BARF/GLITTER FILLED THANK YOU goes to the gals at Hill Vintage and Knits and Jen.

The GHOSTFACE was strong on Day 1.
The GHOSTFACE was strong on Day 1.
Jen's cupcakes - HOW ADORABLE.
Jen’s cupcakes – HOW ADORABLE.
There were A TON of HYPHY knitters/crocheters
There were A TON of HYPHY knitters/crocheters
Sugared up and fibered up.
Sugared up and fibered up.
Our Hostesses - Jen & the Hill Vintage & Knits gals.
Our Hostesses – Jen & the Hill Vintage & Knits gals.
The 3 Knitmigas.
The 3 Knitmigas.
This cat is my soulmate.
This cat is my soulmate.
DROOL. At Hill Vintage & Knits.
DROOL. At Hill Vintage & Knits.
My purse was full.... just a leeeetle.
My purse was full…. just a leeeetle.
Descent back into Chicago... rainbow barfing ceases
Descent into Chicago…

FRIDAY FLASHHHHHH

It is Friday! Also I’m so excited because today I get to go to Des Moines to meet up with Lois and my aunt for a knitting weekend! Sayyy whhhhhaaaat? You heard me! A KNITFEST!!!! Anyways, I packed last night (sort of) and am set to be there this evening. YIPEE.

IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
trying to pack last night...
trying to pack last night…

Photo BLAST Weekend Update

Jeez I didn’t blog for 2 days and I felt like a ‘blog-poser.’ BUT I was super busy and honestly, I didn’t want to write about what the daily blogs were. I’ll post another later Monday to get back on track with the October Daily though.

So if you follow my Instagram some of these will be familiar, but there’s some newbies in here too.

I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter - pre-Michael's run.
I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter – pre-Michael’s run.
If you're not playing Bitstrips....this photo should change your mind.
If you’re not playing Bitstrips….this photo should change your mind.
The best Ginger Ale I've had. Brunch at Lula's
The best Ginger Ale I’ve had. Bruch at Lula’s
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Put up retro/vintage curtains - the Controller okay'ed them.
Put up retro/vintage curtains – the Controller okay’ed them.
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!

I’m going to make this with it:

Shibui Mix Array – AMAZING.

Also you can download this pattern and more FOR FREEEEEEEEE here.
My DH4L homegirl's tribe. And KVLT hoodie.
My DH4L homegirl’s tribe. And KVLT hoodie.

Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.

Ghostface GOALS.

What are your goals and dreams for the future? You can share to us your dream house, dream workplace, or even your bucketlist before you turn 25!

Well since I am over 25, I’ll just ignore that part of today’s October Challenge prompt. I can tell you some dreams for my future though. In no particular order:

1. Be the authentic me – always. Never compromise myself again – for anyone.

2. Get a little professional with GHOSTFACEKNITTER. Meaning gain 5x more followers by next year for example – that sounds like a challenge to me – CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

3. Be tattooed by the greats – by as many well known and unknown artists around the world. Valerie Vargas, Dan Smith, Grime, Jher, Tim Lehi, Walter McDonald, DestroyTroy, Mario Desa, Alexander Grim, Liam Alvy, Jordan Teear, Danielle Rose…. Here are some photos of a few of these amazing artists.

Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Grime Hand Skull
Grime Hand Skull
By Jher (Mr. 451)
By Jher (Mr. 451) If you live in Denver please go see him
Walter's Facemelting awesomeness.
Walter‘s Facemelting awesomeness.
Alexander Grim. It's just so epic I can't look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.
Alexander Grim. It’s just so epic I can’t look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.

In the books for 2013: Dusty Neal at Black Anvil, Alisha Rice at Th’ink Tank Tattoo, and Ajarn Bpom Monk in Thailand. (You can check out that link to see the actual Monk tattooing with bamboo shoots.)

Dusty Neal
Dusty Neal
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master

4. Meet as many crafters/knitters as I can. I seriously love meeting other craft artists. I get along with them and I just have so much fun being able to seriously ask another person if I should hoard yarn now or risk waiting for a sale?

5. Here’s the one I just can’t let go of: Get my PhD. What’s that you say? Dr. Ghostfaceknitter has a nice ring? I know. It’s something I have always thought about whether jokingly or not. It would require the most time and dedication of anything I have ever pursued – but most things that are worth having require that don’t they?

6.Travel! On deck in 2013 alone: Des Moines for knitting at MIDWEST KNITFEST with Jen at MakeXdo. Thailand to visit my MINI ME. Denver for the holidays to celebrate OG style.

7. I just really can’t stress NEVER COMPROMISING AGAIN.

I’m excited I switched gears in my life – actually I got on an entirely different road – and am able to get the most out of me and in doing so, give back to others. I’m stoked to be a part of this blogging world, knitting/crafting communities, helping with the Elders, loving life, loving my family and friends, and for the first time in YEARS loving me.

xxxxx
future Dr. GFK.
*drop mic out*

Top 5 Posts by GFK

The Princess of Hearts!
The Princess of Hearts!

Today’s October Challenge is to pick the Top 5 blog posts I’ve written. This was hard, because everything I write is so amazing – like Nobel Peace Price worthy…. I digress, it wasn’t that hard, I knew which ones I’d feature immediately and I know most of you guys have loved them too based on your feedback and my site stats. Maybe they are new to some of you new peeps, but have a look!

First Best Video post: YOB

Then…..

In no particular order:

1. Crafter Blood – A basic explaination of when I was infected with the crafting virus.

2. Tattoo Life – Where my tattoos have given me the life I live.

3. Thesis Process Deconstructed – If you’re a new reader you may not know the struggles, the DRAMA, and the saga of me getting my Master’s in Economics. Here’s the condensed version – short and sweet.

4. A Tale of 2 Brothers – Obviously the Ugly Tribe has grown with the addition of Boris. I wrote this silly story in the few days leading up to getting him. Two…nevermore.

5. The Power of Positivity – Despite GFK’s reputation in Boyz Town as being a miserable person – I’m actually a SUPER positive person. I discovered how positive thinking can re-charge your life and make you a person that you’re proud of. Plus you’ll get to read about my couple crush on my Cousin Matt and his beautiful wife Oli!

Honorable Mention:

Sphynx Cat Q&A – wait you have a naked pussy? Let’s all just take a collective moment to do a major *EYEROLL* and read the Q & A’s about Sphynx Cats.

I have so much fun writing this blog – I hope you guys love reading it. Are there any topics you’d like me to explore here in Chicago? Ultimate hotdog stand tasting? Perhaps tattoo shops here in the city? Or WAIT! What about best wig shop?

Lots o’ Love.
xxxx
GFK

Car Shows, Coffee, Trinkets, Knitting OH MY.

So yesterday’s blog challenge was to post your day in pictures. Yesterday was an awesome photo day for me. I went to the Iron Invasion classic car show in Woodstock, IL. It was so fun, plus I surprise ran into some great friends and spent the day walking, talking, and staring at vintage cars. Here we GOOOOO.

This is how I woke up. MEOW.
This is how I woke up. MEOW.
My Nespresso/Stevia Coffee Addiction.
My Nespresso/Stevia Coffee Addiction.
Some more coffee with a stop at Intelligensia.
Some more coffee with a stop at Intelligensia.
This way my favorite car from the show - I have a thing for station wagons.
This was my favorite car from the show – I have a thing for station wagons.
They had a swamp meet so I bought the Heart Princess/Shirt/Earrings.
They had a swamp meet so I bought the Heart Princess/Shirt/Earrings.

I used the camera on the bottom left to shoot a roll of 120mm film. It was fun and carefree. I did not use a light meter etc. so we shall see if the photos come out like dark blobs or if there are some awesome gems among them. I also came home to some Halloween cards which I LOVED. I love ‘real mail’ and I send a lot out, so it’s nice to get a few back in return every once in a while.

Some more purchase items.
Some more purchased items.
This babe tried to hold me up for all the trinkets I bought!
This babe tried to hold me up for all the trinkets I bought!
Then of course I knitted.  With my peeps.
Then of course I knitted. With my peeps.
I was tired at the end of the day. I looked like FRANKENKNITTER.
I was tired at the end of the day. I looked like FRANKENKNITTER.

It was a fun Saturday with a surprise friend day and all the things I love. I really enjoy getting to do the things I want to. I spent a lot of the last few years waiting around for things to come to me or to ‘get better.’ I can assuredly say I am in charge of my own life now and am having an ATOMIC BLAST!

xxxx
GFK

FRIDAY FUNTIME

It’s Friday! Yay! That means crafting and fun events are upon us! Here’s a look at my Friday in pictures and music videos.

Confirmation of my Thai Bamboo Stick Tattoo in November in Bangkok
Confirmation of my Thai Bamboo Stick Tattoo in November in Bangkok

The Chicago River/Buildings on my weekly walk to Bloomingdales.
The Chicago River/Buildings on my weekly walk to Bloomingdales.

Bloomingdale's Bathroom Selfie. You know you love it.
Bloomingdale’s Bathroom Selfie. You know you love it.

Shoes at Nordstrom that I DID NOT buy. :( Tears.
Shoes at Nordstrom that I DID NOT buy. 😦 Tears.

Boris learned how to get on the fridge - there is no sacred space in my home now.
Boris learned how to get on the fridge – there is no sacred space in my home now.

Bought tickets for Pentagram a few days ago, but I’m really stoked.

I also got a ticket to see Orange Goblin… They are awesome live. My hearing has probably recovered since the last show I went to in 2011.


*it’s a long video but, skip around – they are great.

HAPPY FRIDAY! May your weekend be blessed with crafts/puppies/kittens/metal/love!