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AVIM, and Other Things

The craft thing at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum was kinda weird this year. Only two artists signed up, including myself, and the evening of, I was the only one to show up.

I did fairly well though and the octopus and owl stuffies I made sold pretty quickly. I didn’t sell all of them, but I did sell several. Kids loved them.

I ended up making I think it was $37 over my table fee which is pretty good for such a small event. I took that $37,and turned it into this :

There’s a pleco in there too somewhere – my mom bought me the fishies today. I’ve named the Oranda Alberta. 🙂

Yuba is still growing –  he and Tejon are unit into ponies. Kinda makes me wonder how big he’s going to get… Lol.

I bought a drop spindle and some fiber so I can learn to spin. I’ve only tried it a little but I think I’ll like it when I get the hang of it.

I haven’t been cleaning much the last week and a half because I killed my back moving a TV but I am trying to track down the parts we need to fix the furnace. The house hasn’t had heat in literally years and it gets freaking cold in winter.

Here’s a quick pic of some stuff.

My little Christmas tree and my super festive eyeball garland! And my super colorful curtains! Ignore the plastic bag and my shoes… Lol.

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Christmas is Coming!

I’ve completely turned into one of those people. Its not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m itching to set up my little Christmas tree, with its tiny little ornaments, fake birds, and big fluffy bow on top. I’m ready to wrap the little crocheted tree skirt around its base, and plug in my single strand of lights after wrapping them around it. And I’m ready to start shopping, and wrapping my gifts to place under it.

I think I’ve got my mom’s Christmas gift figured out. I’m just hoping some of the components will go on sale soon (yes Black Friday / Cyber Monday, I’m looking at you!) and I can save a few bucks because it’s not an inexpensive gift I’m planning.

I had mom write me a check and mailed it off to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum so on December 2nd, I’ll be there selling my makes. I didn’t really make anything new and I actually donated a lot of my stock to thrift but it was stuff I didn’t feel amazing about and would have felt weird about selling.

I’m hoping to bring home $50 and I can put that towards Christmas shopping, but honestly the Antelope Valley Indian Museum is one of the places I like to support anyway so I’m not super concerned with heavy profiting there. I’m just glad to be able to help them out.

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Final Tally & A Tour

Here’s what’s gone out of my craft room over the last week! Woohoo! No wonder my space feels better.

Shopping bags of stuff donated – 15

– including almost 5 miles of yarn

– 5 pounds of beads

– 4 bags of clothing

– 1 kitchen trash bag of fabric scraps

Emptied storage containers – 1 tackle box, 1 large shipping tote, 6 shoe drawers, 4 5″ x 8″ bead containers

Bags of trash thrown out – 4

Missing things found – 1 hat I thought was stolen

WIPs discovered – 3

And here’s the way everything looks now… This is the closet nook, with its permanently stained floor and tight space. It doesn’t look great, but it does look so much better.

On the left side is the majority of my fabrics.

On the right side is batting, fleece, felt, purse handles, and zippers.

In between is a bag of fiber fill, bubble wrap, and some reusable shopping totes. There’s shipping supplies and unused yarn storage on the tops.

Along that same wall is the “wall of yarn”. The big yarn wall. I’ll be donating a few more skeins (some of the stuff piled on top) of yarn tomorrow. There’s a lot here but its mostly sorted by type and I can easily find what I’m after.

Also, it looks pretty. 🙂

The beading table, wire shelf holding my large skeins of yarn, and a few articles of clothing hanging up. There’s still some clutter off to the left, but most of that will be either donated or taken to a crafty day and passed around and what’s not claimed will be donated. I really want to find a more aesthetic solution for storage here but there’s so many tiny bits and pieces, I’m not sure what else I could use.

The sewing desk, my thread on the walls, and my dress forms. The cardboard boxes on the beading table are waiting for addresses to be shipped out, hopefully in the next few days.

The little yarn wall, and my earring displays. And Sashi. Sashi is very important.

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Things I’ve Done Today

I’ve spent most of today working on my craft room, finishing the cleaning, tidying, and general shifting of stuff around. I got a lot done today though back there.

  • I had a lovely gentleman pick up a trash bag full of scraps for his quilter husband. I may have a few more for him later on. For some reason he told me where he works, so when I finish my quilt blocks I can probably swing by there and drop it off to him.
  • I moved things that were in my fabric drawers and small shoe drawers into the drawers the scraps were in. Apparently I have literally around a hundred zippers.
  • I sorted all my beads, culling a big pile to be donated and emptying out 2 5″ x 8″ containers. I might actually be able to empty out a third if I move a few things around a bit.
  • I found a finished pot holder, plus one that just needs bias tape sewn on it so I’m going to try to finish that tomorrow.
  • I found a hat I knitted a few years ago that I thought was stolen at a craft fair.
  • I collected another 3 shopping bags worth of stuff, bringing me up to 13 bags donated from my craft room.
  • I sorted all my fabrics, adding a few to donation bags, and put all the rest away, which enabled me to put the big grey tote out on the patio, empty.

In doing all this, I freed up 6 shoe-storage drawers, 2 bead containers, and 1 large grey shipping tote.

I still need to vacuum but tomorrow I am going to try to get some sewing done. I have that pot holder, 8 more quilt squares, and a skirt I started a few months ago that needs finishing. All easy projects, I just need to actually get started.

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Crafting · General · Health · Music

All The Things

I’ve had another violin lesson with the lovely Faustina, and I still love it. Its challenging, but in a good way. My next (3rd) lesson is this Friday and while I’m struggling with my C note (2nd finger, 3rd string), otherwise I’m doing okay. I really should devote a little more time to practicing though. An extra half hour a wek would really make a difference, and that’s really only 5 minutes more a day if I practice 6 days a week.

My guitar I bought that I shared with you previously has been rehabbed, though I did have to rig up a fix for one of its issues. I replaced the tuning heads, the nut, the saddle, and the strings and bridge pins, but discovered after it was strung that there’s something not right with where the nut sits, and my strings were all touching the first fret. I poured, cured, and trimmed a small bit of clear resin to pad under the nut to raise it just a bit to keep the strings of the first fret. I also discovered after all of that (time, effort, money) that the neck is cracked. But it seems to be straight on the front side and playable so I will ignore it until it either gets worse or actually breaks. I’m doing the beginner’s group lesson at Guitar Center on the 17th. It will be a busy day as I will be doing that in the morning, we’ll be taking my FIL shopping after that, and then most likely going to a party in Palmdale.

My FIL has had a knack for scheduling his appointments at the only times I am actually busy, so I made and printed out calendars for him that show all the times I am not available… and he still manages to schedule things for the wrong days and times. *sigh* He scheduled one for this Friday right before my violin lesson…. there’s no way we will have time to get to his Dr’s appointment, then go out to eat, drive him home, drive back to Lancaster, and get to my lesson before 4pm, so I said we will have to go eat before the Dr’s appointment. I know he doesn’t want to get up that early but I did say noon or before 1pm when he was scheduling it and of course he scheduled it for 1pm.

When I go to my next Dr’s appointment I am asking to be taken off of the Trileptal. I don’t feel like it did anything to curb my mild mania, and honestly, I don’t want to take something that seems to do nothing for me. I closed my last credit card down so its going to take a lot of effort for me to do any crazy spending now, and really that’s all I do now if I’m somewhat manic.

I finished this blanket this morning- it was supposed to only be a baby blanket between 36″ and 42″ wide but nope. Once again my color plan took over and it grew and grew. It would be great over a couch or on a twin sized bed. I had to buy another skein of the red to finish it because I literally ran out with 15″ to go before it was done. Ugh. Oh well. At least its a nice red.

 

We are trying to eat a bit better and I stocked up on fruits and veggies this last shopping trip. There will be no excuses for eating like crap. When I bought all the groceries yesterday, the cashier rang up almost all of my fruits and vegetables wrong, but it ended up being to my benefit and I really didn’t feel like correcting her with almost every produce item she typed in.

 

 

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New Ukulele (from a DIY kit)

I know, do I need a new ukulele when technically I can’t play the one I have yet? Probably not, but when I saw this DIY kit I had to order it. Its not full on build it yourself- the uke body is already together and really you just pin/glue/screw a few pieces in place and bob’s yer uncle. It took about 30 minutes to assemble and another ten minutes to string and tune, once I realized I had done some of the assembly wrong.

Anyway, I started out with a nice plain paint job and it quickly turned into this.

This is the hardware I used that after going to Michael’s, Lowe’s, and Walmart, I finally found at Home Depot of all places. Its a rubber coated hook that I found in the hardware section- aisle 36 I think it was. I might swap out the brackets I made for my other stand for these as well. Their only a buck a piece.

After I took those photos, I added the word “HELP” to the lower corner on the front. I also built another stand, using mostly stuff I had on hand for a cost of about $4. I painted it bright green, the same color as some of the paint splatters on  the uke, and did a few splatters on it as well.

Now the ukulele itself, it’s loud, but honestly it doesn’t sound as nice as my tenor does. There’s a big difference in price though between them, and quality. But it was still a super fun little project and I’d say worth the $40!

 

 

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Pictures & Words :p

I’ve got lots of photos and plenty of words for you this time. This month is crazy busy with appointments because I got my surgery date (finally!) and will be getting my tubal ligation on the 20th. That means I’ve had to drive all over the damn place for my pre-surgical tests but I’ve just finished my last one. Of course the day before its clear liquids only and I have to drink some icky stuff to flush me out, which I am hoping won’t interfere with the fact I see my psych doctor that same day.

I think adding the Zoloft to my daily regimen has helped. My manic episodes have tapered off for the most part to just low level hypo-manic, which is good because I feel mostly in control through those. I will discuss it with my doctor and we’ll decide whether to bump up my Geodon a bit or not.

 

img_20160403_220508447_hdr.jpgI crocheted this basket for my craft room, using one strand each of Jade and Burgundy (Red heart super saver). It was pretty quick but larger hooks hurt my hands so I was glad when it was finished.

This cute little daikon radish was super fast and easy to make! I loved doing his greenery afterwards and figured he could use a bit of a face so stitched his eyes on as well. As stated in the pattern, you could also use it to make a carrot. 🙂 You can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I made two baby blankets as well, one of which (not pictured) I gave to Dee next door for Miranda, and one of which I am giving to a girl from the pool hall who is pregnant (below). This one is just a granny pentagon- super easy and quick to make. I think I spent a few hours over two days on this one.

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I made this super cute dinosaur stuffie for Tracy, and even gave him a smirk to match hers, though it was entirely accidental. His pattern is also located through Ravelry. I did shorten his neck and tail a bit because I was running short on yarn, but otherwise he’s pretty much like the pattern indicates.

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Last Wednesday I drove to Burbank and picked up Mattie at the airport and on the way home we stopped at Creative Ewe. So many gorgeous yarns, really nice store, and wonderful people staffing it. I am looking forward to going back when I can actually shop.

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Thursday we had a craft day (Tracy, Jami, and I) and we made these tasty sandwiches for lunch along with salad and of course lots of tasty snacks. She even got a lemon tart which was so good!

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I finally knit my Wurm hat, or as I am calling it, the beehive hat, complete with many many bees! It’s silly but I love it and I can’t stop wearing it.

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My yarn order that UPS failed to deliver, and then a few days later delivered to the wrong house. Finally arrived.

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Our last photos for today are two of my favorite face in the world. 🙂 She finally got over being mad at Mattie after he came home from his trip and decided she wanted to spend some time snuggling with him. A bad, blurry photo I know but she was so cute sitting in his lap in his chair!

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She’s also been spending a lot of time in silly positions lately. The weather is getting warmer so its all about exposing her belly!

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I also finally tracked down the High Desert Ukulele Club completely by accident. Tom and I were at dinner at the Greenhouse Cafe yesterday and I saw they were meeting in the next room, so maybe in a few weeks I will join them and actually learn to play it.

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My New Sewing Table

After tripping over the box for about 2 weeks, I finally went out and built my new sewing table. Its pretty much perfect, and I love how much more space it gives me in the room! It rolls easily over the carpet and I’m looking forward to actually working at it.

 

There’s plenty of room inside for my serger, and all my tools that were previously on my other table,but I didn’t notice until I took these photos that I put one of the panels in backwards- see below. Oops! I would have to take most of the table apart though to fix it, and the raw edge is hidden when the cabinet is closed anyway, so not going to worry about it.

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I also dragged out that huge sheet of 3/4″ plywood that was against one of my walls and put it on the patio against the wall of the garage, threw out some boxes that were laying around, put some more scrap wood on the woodpile, and dumped the trashcan from the side of the house into the big can before taking them out for pick up tomorrow.

On the wall behind the plywood, I found another electrical outlet I didn’t know about, but there was also a lot of dust around the window stuck to the wall. Yuck! I vacuumed too to clean up the bits of wood splinters and the little bits of thread and whatnot and it looks much better.

I’m going to try to clean up a bit more in the house this afternoon, but no promises because I am so tired. I got up at 6am and did a bit of grocery shopping early- I was happy it was only about 40* and could wear my long coat and my new cowl. I hope that won’t be the only time I get to wear my cowl before next winter.

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Crafting Craze

I’ve been doing a lot of crafting the last few days, some completely new projects, and some where I added to and really finished off some old ones. Here’s a few photos… 🙂

 

The doggies are modeled after Sashi and Lucy of course, and I had fun making their little bowl of kibble. You can’t see it in the photo, but the bone says DOG on it too.

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I was going for cute and simple with the girls, not trying to make everything perfect. My joins are obvious but I’m not worried about it and I think they turned out adorable!

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These fish I all made months ago- maybe over a year ago. I realized they would look better mounted on a plaque and I added the little clumps of coral to balance it out. I made the coral the same way I made the kibble in the bowl above. I added two eye screws and a wire and have mounted this one on the wall.

Yesterday morning I went to Michael’s and came home with all this stuff.

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  • 8 wooden plaques in different sizes and shapes
  • 3 strands beads
  • 3 bottles paint
  • e6000 (2 oz)
  • detail paint brush
  • set of 3 bristle brushes

Total $24.56 (Savings of $13.47)

I’m planning an anniversary craft with some of this stuff! But you won’t be seeing that until July!

I also finished up this guy who will be going into my shop soon last night.

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Organizing & Cleaning Up!

While I was away, I ordered a shelf from Amazon that was 3 x 3 cubes.  It arrived home a bit before I did, so this morning I got a screwdriver and a hammer and set to work putting it together. I had a false start where I had it almost halfway assembled before I realized I used the wrong piece for the base. Oops!

It was pretty quick work though and I immediately loaded it up with my craft and sewing books and some yarn. I put my natural fiber and my Red Heart Super Saver and my Caron Simply Soft on the shelves, leaving soon for the Simply Soft that will be arriving in the next few days.

 

That gave me more room on my hanging yarn storage to better group things and I pulled the yarn I want to sell out and stuck them into one of my totes.  I think I might have a few other skeins to pay with so might just over it all up as a box for $x.

I’m going to save up for the 3 x 4 cube shelving unit (if I’m good I can order it at the beginning of April) to replace my hanging storage.  It will look nicer and sit closer to the wall opening up a bit more floor space in the process. Storage-wise, it will give me about the same amount of room as I have now. I overall like my hanging storage but as I get more yarn,  I find over stuffing them can slightly damage them and the white units look so much better in the room and are far sturdier. It would also give me the option to attack things on top of it underneath the wall – mounted shelf which I can’t do now.

Next month is Stitches West, a big knit /crochet / yarn convention thing in Santa Clara. I wish I could attend but it’s just not in the budget at all. Maybe next year though.

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