Supplying My Habit and Purging At the Same Time

Since we last visited, I’ve been weaning myself off caffeine, killed my keyboard by attempting to drown it, nearly gutted my work room, uncluttered my supplies, started making dice bags/pouches, ordered supplies to start on new projects. rebuilt my business plan, and now have some of my items in an actual store.

Over the summer, I spilled a soda on my laptop. I got it cleaned up right away, but the keys were sticking. I popped each one off and cleaned under it with rubbing alcohol, which helped for most of them. I was annoyed by the ones that were still sticking, so I went through the cleaning process again, only this time, it killed the keyboard. The computer wouldn’t recognise it. I pressed every key and nothing happened on screen. So, now I have a new keyboard and mouse that function wonderfully.

I consume obscene amounts of caffeine on a daily basis. There are days where I don’t drink anything but soda. Heck, weeks go by without drinking anything else, and I need to stop. I am not doing myself any good consuming that much soda. I’ve cut my intake in half, some days drinking less soda and more water than others. I do feel better. I’ve had two sinus headaches in the 10+ days of this endeavor, and they haven’t been horrible. So, I’m on the road to being slightly healthier.

I mentioned in my last post that I want to start making products for gamers, specifically Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic The Gathering players – and other similar games like these that I am unaware of. I’ve crocheted about four dice bags so far. I will be making some out of fabric and leather eventually. For now, I’m just crocheting them. Photos in a later post.

I ordered supplies to make more sun catchers because although I realize that people go to pinterest for ideas, and save my items as ideas of what they want to make, once they figure out how much work in involved, and how time-consuming the process is, the likelihood of them actually making it is slim. I have dozens of ideas so I’m moving forward with those. There are beaded bookmarks in the works, as well as polyhedral dice necklaces and key chains. There are a few necklaces listed in my Etsy shop, and many more I have yet to photograph and list.

I am very unorganized and time management is not my forte. Balancing – or juggling – work, family, creative time, and business time is something I haven’t quite mastered yet. I am working on it and I appreciate your patience as I get my act together. That being said, I revisited the business plan I created in December of 2015. Reading through it I noticed that there were parts that didn’t make sense to me. If I couldn’t figure out what my thought process was at the time, it’s doubtful anyone else could. I’ve spent a significant amount of time really thinking about what realistic goals are, and how to achieve them while moving forward in my business. I’ll bore you with those details another time.

I went on a great purge, nearly gutting my work room. I threw out anything that wasn’t actually usable, donated everything that is usable that I just don’t want or need. If I looked at it and didn’t see a project, it went. I’ve been organizing what I have left and it’s still far from finished.

As of this week, I am proud and excited to announce that I have wine racks, wind chimes, and sun catchers in The Hidden Treasure in Longmont, Colorado. I am thrilled to be working with such an amazing shop owner. She is excited to work with local artists. So happy for this!

And now I have a cold and start a new employment venture this evening. Other aspects of life are uncertain, but I keep moving forward. If I didn’t, I would surely lose my sanity.

 

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Transition

We’re in the process of moving to Colorado. Everything has happened really quickly, while everything has gone really slowly. It seems like every little thing has taken an eternity.

From the first phone call requesting an interview, until the official job offer, was less than a month. That was June. We knew before that, that there was a possibility of moving, but those jobs never panned out. So, since the end of June, we’ve been doing lots of nothing, while we wait for things to happen. My Husband started his job mid-July, so for several weeks, we’ve been apart seeing each other on weekends. It’s taken it’s toll on everyone, the kids, especially. Those weekends are filled with remodeling, and upgrade projects on our house in Missouri. I spent several weeks waiting around for contractors to coordinate schedules, which never happened. We’ve been waiting since July 15th for an electrician to get 2 hours of work done. It hasn’t happened yet. Something always comes up. The plumbers can’t finish their work until the electrician’s work has been inspected. The electrician’s work can’t be inspected until it’s finished, but he has to coordinate with the power company so they can shut off electrical service to the house. Everyone has to wait for someone else, and when they finally get their acts together, and schedules coordinated, it rains.

Meanwhile, the kitchen cabinets are in the living room because we had tile laid in the kitchen and dining room, and they can’t be put back until the drywall is replaced on one wall. That can’t be done until the electrician gets his work done, and the inspector approves the work. More hurry up and wait.

I would have had most, if not all, of our belongings packed, but the moving company provided by my husband’s new employer, said not to pack anything so they can do an inventory before they pack it all up. It’s nice that someone will be packing for us but it’s frustrating to just wait; to just sit around waiting for contractors top show up. It’s frustrating living around half-completed work, and keeping small children out of the way while contractors work.

We determined that it would be better for all of us if we were all in the same place, so the kids and I packed up and headed west. We’re all staying at my Father-in-law’s house right now, and he’s at our house, doing some of the cosmetic work so we can sell it.

We put an offer on a house last week, and it was accepted. We stated in the contract that we want to settle within 30 days, although the mortgage company can close in as little as two weeks. We do have to give the current owners time to move out. So, sometime in the next month, we will be in our new house. Sounds easy, right? Of course not. We may be in the house in four weeks, but the moving company may not have out belongings to us for several weeks after that. So the fun continues.

No use getting upset about things I have no control over. Just make the best of every day, and know that we are one day closer to getting everything settled.

I don’t really have a title for this one.

I started this blog for my business. I wanted to be able to share things I’m working on, and upcoming shows, ideas, tutorials, etc. I’ve been finding so many other things to share, though. I’ve wanted to talk about parenting, social issues, news stuff; all types of things, but not necessarily craft related topics. So, my quandary is this: do I modify this blog to be about what ever I feel like posting, or do I create another blog for everything not work/craft related. As if there wasn’t enough stress in my life, I go and create this to worry about. Suggestions? Thoughts?

Not quite in the groove yet

I’ve been desperate to get back to business since the holiday craziness ended, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I have several ideas brewing, and I’m mentally working out the details of making them reality, but I haven’t actually been able to sit down in my workshop and get something done. As I type this, I’m battling a toddler for counter space.

I know there is lots of creativity in me just desperate to get out, and I came to this realization today when for the umpteenth time, I was asked to build a train track for my three-year-old. I realized that every time I build a track, I do something a little more elaborate, a little more “over the top” (quite literally today). I came to this conclusion when I made this:

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yes, a triple decker train track with the round house in the middle with all the exits going under bridges. I need help.

Take a deep breath and relax

Show season just came to a very successful end for me. I’ve had the best year yet with my craft business, and I am very happy. I learned more about the show circuit than I ever anticipated, met some fantastic, talented people, and made some great friends. I couldn’t have imagined that 2013 would be so much fun.

Now, it’s time to take a little break before gearing up for 2014 shows. It’s so weird for me to not have a looming deadline. I get to sit back and enjoy Yule and Christmas with my family.When I get new craft ideas, I just add them into my sketch book, and go on playing with the kids. I will work on them in January.

I’m excited about next year. I have some really fun projects slated and I’m looking forward to getting started on them. For now, though, there is a 3 yer old who is waiting for me to help build some train tracks with him.