I was reviewing financial aid on AVC’s website and it said I had an award of $644 per semester for 4 years. I was super excited and was planning to use part of it to take some Spanish classes.
But after looking into it more, there’s a host of reasons I won’t be receiving it that I can’t do anything about unless I lie my ass off about my intentions for my education.
It’s so fucking frustrating that education is so damned expensive in the United States. We can all benefit so much from it but most of us can’t get it.
Then I discovered that AVC offers payment plans for class fees… But they require a $25 fee plus interest, which brings my $250 class up to about $300 not counting books. That’s not an option either.
I checked with the adult school and they offer ESL but not Spanish courses.
The last thing I can think of is to look for private lessons, and see what’s affordable relative to a semi-regular meet-up…
And can I add onto this to make my financial situation a little uglier? My laptop died and I needed to replace it. I didn’t order what I really wanted, but I ordered what would do what I need it to at a minimum of expense.
The good thing about a new laptop, is I’ll hopefully have a good little machine that I can design all sorts of great new patterns on, and maybe I’ll go back to doing some minor graphic design.
I’ve noticed when I add a new item to my etsy shop, I usually get a few small sales over the next week. Maybe adding a new item once a week is the way to go?
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
Welcome to Deb’s Losing It!
Well, its my first post on this WordPress.com hosted site, which is new to me in the sense that I’ve always blogged on a self-hosted WordPress site in the past. However, letting a few domain names go and downgrading my hosting means I can cut my expenses in half almost, and my personal blog was just taking up space that was literally costing my money I don’t really have. The WordPress.com hosted site will do me fine though and meet all of my needs without a doubt and I’ll keep one domain name and a smaller hosting package for my business website.
I’m currently sick with an awful cold, and feel like death, and tomorrow will be a semi busy day. I’ve got to stop by the bank with some documentation to hopefully get final approval on a debt consolidation loan which long term will be cheaper than paying off everything like I have been. I’m also highly attracted to one steady payment throughout, and only making one payment instead of several. I’ve basically got 3 credit cards to pay off, one being a $1500 dental bill that in hindsight I wish I had had them pull the tooth rather than do a root canal.
Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow and can get all my errands done, as well as do some crafting. You can visit my shop at http://kittyloafdesigns.com. I’ve got over 200 unique handmade items, plus crafting supplies (some also handmade) available.