• General

    Spring Cleaning Intensifies

    I’m still on my Spring cleaning kick. Yesterday I spent almost all day in my craft room trying to organize things, food things I thought I was out of, and put stuff in my car for donation. I almost filled my backseat with stuff to donate!

    I’m constantly thinking I’m out of head pins, eye pins, earwires, and jump/split rings. After cleaning out 9 of these smaller containers, I used four of them to organize most of my findings. (not pictured are earwires)

    I also slated more beads for donation, and made two super simple pairs of earrings.

    All my picture frames and canvasses are on one shelf together, and I finally framed one of my cross stitches I finished last year.

    The other thing I did was I took a table and some of my stuff down by the poppy reserve to try to sell stuff to the tourists. I gave up after 90 minutes though because it was so windy and getting worse. No sales and not one person even stopped to look.

    I also did some crafting, working on a cross stitch, and made two pairs of earrings.

    Today I’m hoping to catch up on a few TV shows and maybe manage to fill my backseat with more donations. 🙂

  • General,  Health & Beauty

    Self Care & A Long Weekend

    I’m feeling a bit more rested at this point after the weekend. I spent 18 hours over 3 afternoons and evenings making small talk with strangers, answering questions and assuring every single person who approached my table that I did indeed make every single thing on both of my tables. Some people wanted to know the mechanics of how certain items were made too so that was less tedious and kinda fun to talk about.

    The first day I brought in a whole $19 which was basically gas money to get there and back twice.

    The second day I made enough combined with the first day to cover my transportation costs for the weekend, the $30 space fee, and enough to cover the cost of materials for what I sold plus about $8 for myself. Not great but it meant that anything I brought in on Sunday would actually be profit.

    Sunday was my best day. I made a couple good sales, including a baby blanket for $35 at the end of the night. I probably could have made a few more sales but I was so exhausted by then I packed up a few minutes early and drove home.

    Sunday night in a kik chat I was lamenting my inability to get a good haircut and a couple guys recommended my going to a black barber. Figured what the hell so Monday morning I went to a black barbershop, had my first actually enjoyable haircut experience, and left looking fabulous.

    After that I grabbed some lunch where a random guy asked if I was “down with the crystal” b was bizarre because I’m so not the type to do let alone sell drugs. Ugh.

    After that I found a tattoo shop who’s piercer was in and had my left nipple repierced. It was so weird. When I had them done the first time it was super painful and they stayed super painful for weeks. This time it was just a quick pain and it was over. There’s just a tiny dull ache now but ibuprofen is keeping it and the swelling down.

    Tomorrow I need to finish unloading my car and put everything away from the weekend.

  • General,  Health & Beauty

    I’m Okay

    Things have cooled off and I feel like I’m in a much better place emotionally/mentally. I feel calmer, more in control, and less… well, crazy. This is good. I’m okay.

    I’ve managed to sell a few more things, including some yarn and some books, and hope to sell more over the next few weeks. I have my car registration coming up in October, and I need to get Yuba neutered, which is going to cost me another hundred bucks or so. Money I don’t typically have just laying around. I also want to get some more piercings, which will cost money too.

    Right now, my extra expenses over the next few months are basically $96 car registration, $100 Yuba’s neutering, and whatever it will cost for my next piercings. I’d like a few rings put through my outer labia, a second set of holes in my earlobes, and I kinda want my belly button done but I’m not sure if that can happen because of the scarring I have from two surgeries through my navel. There’s also Bark at the Park in October that I want to take Yuba to, and I would like to have about $30 of spending money for that as well.

    I’m working on housebreaking Yuba, which was going really well, but then we got down to one other puppy, and when he was brought inside, everything went to shit. Tonight I’ve got them both in my room and they will both go in the crate tonight and hopefully there won’t be any messes to clean up because in theory they will tell me when they need to go out in the morning and I will rush them outside and treat them for going potty like good puppies.

    I don’t really have much else going on right now. Its mostly puppies and puppies and more puppies, and getting holes punched in me. I can’t remember if I posted about it, but a month after I got my nips done, I went back and got a VCH and my septum done too.

    Oh! And I finally got the spare room set up as my craft room, so that’s good. I just haven’t done any work in there yet. I started to one day, but it didn’t happen.

  • General,  Hobby

    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.

  • General,  Hobby

    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.

  • General

    40 Bags? Kon-Marie? Spring Cleaning?

    40 bags in 40 days…. Marie Kondo…. Spring cleaning… Tidying up…. Whatever you want to call it, you’ve probably got something that needs cleaned up. For me right now, its my craft room. My craft room is technically a tiny mother-in-law’s apartment on the back of our garage. Its a roughly 8′ x 8′ room with a tiny hallway, afterthought closet nook, and a 3/4 bathroom. It has pros and cons.

    Pros

    • Its just about the right size to store my crafty stuff
    • There’s room to work
    • Its quiet and private
    • Its my personal space that no one comes into without me inviting them

    Cons

    • Its not climate controlled
    • The West wall is cement so I can’t put up shelves or really put anything into it
    • Its not large enough for a comfy chair
    • Its small so space is at a premuim

    But its my space, and I try to keep things as tidy as possible because like I said, space is at a premium, and no sense in piling stuff up taking up precious room.

    I noticed a few days ago that I had some things I liked at the time they arrived, but I don’t love any more. Things like scads of yarn that was given to me by someone else destashing. Fabric scraps. Storage containers. Art supplies poled against walls and corners.

    I decided to start with the yarn. On Ravelry, there’s a feature called the Stash. It lets you record all your yarn online so you have a digital library of what you have. Its super hand when you’re out yarn shopping to look up if you have something already or to see what will go well with something you have at home. Anyway, I discovered after adding in all my yarns, I had almost 53 miles of yarn. 53 miles. And I don’t even love all of it!

    I started off by digging out all the yarn I’m not mad about, all the yarn I likely won’t use, and bagging it. Removing it from stash. Dropping it off at the thrift store. 6 shopping bags full. I did that will all the yarns I didn’t love and knocked 4 miles off of my stash. I did hold back the sock yarn I don’t love because that’s going to specific people, but it is going to go.

    Then I looked at my items I’ve made. I looked at my crafting books. I looked at craft supplies. I filled another 4 bags with things I don’t use, aren’t relevant to me, or will likely never be sold or gifted. This included some unfortunate ruffle scarves, an ugly pair of mittens, and some ginormous slippers I crocheted. That was this afternoon.

    This evening I tackled the corner of my craft room where I have multiple storage containers with varying degrees of stuff in them. I pulled out a large tackle box which was holding lots of bias tape, elastics, and and assorted sewing notions. Those were all bagged and put into the cabinet of my sewing desk. The tackle box is now empty and unneeded. Outside it went.

    Then I open the box containing all of my quilt squares I finished over the last 6 years or so. I laid them out on the floor and found I only need 8 more to actually piece together my quilt. But what this really means is the 6 drawers and 5 bags of scraps I have? Almost all of them can go. I placed an ad on Craigslist so hopefully I can get a few people to pop by and pick some of them up. And maybe this weekend I will finish the other 8 squares.

    I’m also likely going to donate the ball gown I made several years ago. It takes up a lot of space and I have no desire to wear it again. That will almost completely clean out that corner. All that leaves is the closet nook, which is mostly a mess because of the haphazard way packing materials are piled up in it. If I can get rid of all of the fabric scraps, I can better organize my fabric collection, and then start to clean up that area too.

    It feels so good to tidy up my space and make it pretty again! But I really wish someone would come over and clean our house! LOL

  • Hobby

    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!