Aug 23 2016

Passwords, the Internet and Marriage (Part II)


Last week I talked about the advantages of using a password manager program like LastPass. Click here to reread the post. This week I want to talk about creating a secure, memorable password for that one password you have to remember. If your password contains the name of any of your family members, your phone number, or is on this list, you need to read this post and change your password NOW. Here are some hints for creating a secure password.

  • It shouldn’t contain easily guessed personal information such as birthdates, phone numbers, spouse’s name, pet’s name, etc.
  • It must be at least 8 characters long.
  • It shouldn’t contain words found in the dictionary.
  • It should use a variation of upper and lower case letters.
  • It should contain special characters such as @#$%^& and/or numbers.

Ángel Pagán

Ángel Pagán

One of the easiest ways to make a strong memorable password is to take a phrase such as Ángel Pagán is a beautiful baseball player. (Don’t tell my Dear Husband!) Reduce it to the first letter of each word


Doesn’t contain any personal information? Check. 8 characters? Nope. Using our list above, it’s too short. So why don’t I use BB for baseball. This would give us


Check off number two. Is it found in the dictionary? Nope. What about upper and lowercase? Gotta change that. How about


On to number 5. “It should contain special characters and/or numbers.” Need to fix that. A capital B looks like the numeral 8, why don’t I just make the B’s for baseball be 8’s

But I still don’t have any special characters. So why don’t I add something. Now how am I going to remember which special character I used. Try to follow my logic here. Pagán without the accent is just pagan. Now I’ve studied a bit of Spanish and a bit of French, and I never can remember which way the accents go. So why don’t I add a “^”? It sort of looks like acute and grave accents combined. I can remember that. Now I have


It meets all the rules above, but in my mind eight or nine characters are too short to be my master password, so I’d add a few more characters or even a random word. Keeping with my baseball theme, I think I’ll add the word herringbone to the end.


Why Herringbone? The stitch used to sew a baseball together looks like a herringbone stitch to me. And it is all about me, after all.

baseball Herringbone Pattern

And in case you were wondering, the ampersand reminds me of a treble clef, and the treble clef ”circles” the G line in a musical staff. Remember, the key thing is this password has to be strong AND memorable. And I can remember this! If it’s memorable to me and gobbledygook to you, I’ve succeeded!


Jul 22 2015

Pixeladies Update


This is a very busy time at the Pixeladies’ studio. Well not really at the studio, but on the computers. We’re in the final two weeks of teaching our Photoshop Essentials II class (we love teaching), creating videos (Deb hates listening to her voice) and a handbook (auditioning legible fonts) for our upcoming Photoshop Organizer class, planning 3 SAQA conferences (Deb) and working on SAQA board stuff (Prez Kris). We’re also working on 4 new collages for our text quilts in the Watercolor Pencils and Language of Color series. But every now and then we have to have some fun.
Kris’ fun is thinking about what she’s going to do with her bathroom that had some (ahem) water problems.

Emser Tile: Mosaic Circle Blends On 12"x12" Mesh : Zanfirico

Emser Tile: Mosaic Circle Blends On 12″x12″ Mesh : Zanfirico

Shower Niche

Shower Niche

And Deb keeps taking out this piece of fabric and thinking about what she would do with it. This was a reject silk broadcloth fabric print that I put out in the sun with some rusty metal pieces and paint cans sitting on top for the winter (remember, California is in its fourth year of a drought, so there wasn’t much rain to help the rusting process), then added vinegar to some other pieces to get rust.

Rusted Silk Fabri

Rusted Silk Fabric

Rusted Fabric Detail

Rusted Fabric Detail

So what’s the common denominator here? Polka dots. Kris and I both love dots. Maybe Kris will get dots in her bathroom and Deb will make a quilt. We’ll keep you posted, but don’t hold your breath.


May 23 2013

Road Trip to Quilt National Part I


We made it to Pendleton, IN after spending an hour on the tarmac in Chicago, trying to avoid getting hit by lightening. We are spending a great time with our dear friend, Sherry Boram, enjoying a relaxing stay before the hullabaloo starts in Athens, OH. And what better way to start than with food.



Yes, Good’s Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store is fabulous! We got to sample the Hawaiian lava salted caramel chocolates. Yes, we have some for the road. Yes, we’re saving the double chocolate nutty fudge cake ice cream for dessert! But, gee whiz, dinner won’t be for a few hours, so Sherry insisted we eat a bite for lunch at the best bbq in Indiana!



And we didn’t even have to leave the car! And how fun was it to just chow down at Fall Creek in the middle of town.


And staying at Sherry’s is like living in an art museum. Here is one little sample of art postcards she collects:


We don’t want to leave!! However, we get to come back on our way home from Quilt National. We’ll post again soon!



Oct 24 2012

Houston, We Have Our Reservations!


For those of you who don’t yet know about it, the International Quilt Market and Festival begin this weekend in Houston! Market, which is not open to the public, is a trade show for the fabric inclined. It will be our first trip to market! We will be giving a furoshiki demonstration in the C&T booth. If you’re there, we hope you have a chance to visit us! We’ll also be volunteering in the SAQA booth to help spread the word about this great organization. If you are going to Festival, plan on fighting the 50,000 other people who are there to see all the beautiful traditional and contemporary quilts (and, of course, to shop). We’ll be volunteering again in the SAQA booth and be giving three furoshiki demonstrations in the Craftsman’s Touch-Books booth. Here’s our schedule. See you there!

International Quilt Market

Sat., 10/27, noon – furoshiki demonstration at the C&T booth #144

International Quilt Festival

Thurs., 11/1, noon-1:30pm – furoshiki demonstration at the Craftsman’s Touch-Books booth #1110

Thurs., 11/1, 4-6 pm – furoshiki demonstration at the Craftsman’s Touch-Books booth #1110

Fri., 11/2, 10am-12 noon – furoshiki demonstration at the Craftsman’s Touch-Books booth #1110


Aug 10 2011

Linking WordPress to Facebook


Some Yamaguchi Totes

Hey, we’re trying to figure out if our blog entry will automatically post to Facebook, if we tell WordPress to do so.  So here’s an image to check it all out.