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!

 

 

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.

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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So Damned Tired

I’m going to blame the Zoloft because that’s all that has changed. Since I started taking it, I fall asleep by 11pm every night, wake up at 6am most mornings, and then take a 2 hour nap around 11am  and feel like I could easily sleep another two hours. I’m so tired all the time and I am hoping this passes in a few weeks because being this tired any time I am awake really sucks.

Yesterday I took my bag of donations to Grace Thrift and dropped them off, plus visited several other thrift stores in hopes of finding a great deal on something I could actually use. I found several yards still on the bolt of a cute flannel print I had bought years ago (but I didn’t need it so left it) and a huge bag of novelty yarns (all of the varieties I’ve recently gotten rid of because I hate them) and three bags of knitting needles (but they all looked mismatched). I didn’t come home with one single thing.

On the upside I have gotten more done in cleaning up my craft room. After donating that bag of stuff, I was able to throw away more trash and I sorted a few more items into the basket I’ve set aside for Tracy. I also finally found a table that I can use to both store my sewing machines, and take up less space in my craft room. This is the one I ordered.

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It measure about 20″ deep by 39″ wide with the leaf down. With the leaf up, it measures 63″ wide, which is still smaller then my current folding table.

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I plan to leave my Janome on the top of it all the time and store my Brother on the shelf inside the cabinet when I’m not using it since I don’t use it as much. I can keep my sewing books in the cabinet to the right and plus all my buttons and things like scissors, pins, tape measures, et cetera can all go into the trays inside the big door. The biggest appeal is of course it is smalled in every direction, so I will have more floor space in my room.

The only thing I will really need to find to make my craft room perfect is a good chair, but the cheapie folding chair I’m currently using does okay. Its not the worst but not the best either.

I have about a week before either my new craft table or my cubical shelves I ordered last week arrive, but expect new photos of my craft room once I get them and get them built and set up.

Hello! Or Something

This morning we had the plumber out to take a look at three issues we were having with the water. We’ve had no cold water to the washer for months, which means I’ve had to fill the washer from the hose, which as you can imagine, gets old quickly, and because there’s no cold water going in, our washer skips the rinse cycle. We’ve been unable to take baths because almost no water will come out of the bathtub tap. Barely a trickle. And the water to the swamp cooler can’t be turned off all the way- minor enough in the grand scheme of things, but something that needed fixing. The plumbers were here about an hour and a half and fixed everything for us, so hopefully we can go awhile before we need to call them out again.

I got 3 of my things I’ve ordered recently in the mail today- Curvy Girl Crochet (which honestly I’m a little disappointed in most of the designs- they are typical fat girl styles and don’t properly show off the right curves), a skein of Bernat Blanket in Vintage White that after a gift card redemption I got for $0.08, and a beautiful ball of Knit Picks Chroma in North Woods which I can’t stop looking at. I’ve got 4 more small items coming (3 more books and 2 skeins of lovely, lovely yarn) and I found (and ordered) the shelving unit I wanted for the other side of my craft room at Target at a slightly lower price than even Closetmaid offers. I am having it shipped to Target to pick up so hopefully it will arrive sooner than having their painfully slow shipping sent to my house.

I seem to be doing okay on the Zoloft so far. It seems to be helping curb my ever present anxiety a bit more and I am sleeping better than before. I’m also pretty sure I’ve entered another manic phase though and we will need to try upping the dosage of my Geodon the next time I go in to see my doctor. In other doctor related news, I got the okay from my insurance to schedule my surgery for tubal ligation so will call to make the appointment on Monday. I need to let that doctor know about the changes to my medications as well.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last few days cleaning, sorting, organizing, and throwing out a ton of stuff from my craft room. Basically I threw out 2 trash bags full of cheap, icky, 60’s and 70’s polyester knit fabrics in various states of being turned into shirts and dresses by my grandmother. I took the time to remove all the pins from the bundles and removed the occasional paper pattern piece from them as well- the pins for me, and the mismatched pattern pieces for an art project for Tracy. I also bagged up half a bag of clothing and yarn to donate to thrift. The bag I had of finished sewing projects I was able to store in the bottom drawer of my fabric storage which cleared up quite a bit of space. I’m hoping to get my craft room looking fabulous in the next week or so and as organized as it can get.

That’s all I’ve got for now so until next time… 🙂

Guinea Pig

Yesterday I had my appointment with my psych doctor and it went well. I explained to him that in hindsight I felt going off of the Wellbutrin and not trying another anti-depressant was a mistake, that I felt I had been going downhill over the last six months, culminating in a couple of weeks of crying and some very negative thoughts. I also told him in less than a year I’ve gained 90 pounds, because to put it simply, I eat my feelings and I’ve not been well. Of course it took months for me to see it for myself because I never see it until I’m about thirty feet underground.

He pointed out that I’ve been having manic depressive cycles which I should not be, and we decided to try Zoloft and see where that leaves me. Later we may try increasing my dose of Geodon as well if this doesn’t control my cycling. I took the first dose of the Zoloft last night.

After I picked up my new Rx, I stopped by Michael’s and found two skeins of yarn I liked in the clearance aisle, plus got some others that were on sale, plus I had a 20% off coupon. I also got two rubber stamps for $1.00 each.

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One of my clearance yarns. I've been wanting to try this yarn for a while but it's rather expensive for am acrylic yarn so hadn't gotten any until now.

We had pool league last night and I did terrible. 16 points across all 4 games, my best game being a 6. Just not a good night for me or really anyone on our team. We only won one set.

After we left pool, we stopped by Berry Star and got frozen yogurt. I tracked all my food yesterday and managed to stay under my limits. I’m trying to use up all the meat in the freezer before I buy more, and I think we have about 5 days left – I think we will run out right before the end of the month.

After we got home, Mattie went right to bed, and I fed the dogs, did the dishes, took the dogs out to potty, put some purchased craft supplies away, put the dishes away, checked the mail, sorted out and threw away Mattie’s holey socks, and put the laundry away. It was a lot of stuff but it only took about 45 minutes to do. Then I finally got to bed. 

Things Are Not So Good (But I’m Working On It!)

It has come (rather rudely) to my attention that I really should not have gone off of my anti-depressants a year or so ago and that I have been slowly spiraling downwards since. I spent about half of the week following my return home from Washington on the edge of a major meltdown and I’ve spent the past few days calling Mental Health twice daily until they could move my appointment up to sometime this month. I haven’t been knitting, crocheting, or playing with clay. I just can’t make myself care about any of it right now. Tracy said she knew something was wrong when I stopped playing with my clay. She’s likely right that that was the first serious part of the decline. But that’s the thing about depression. You don’t always know when its happening until you’re so low you can;t see over the top of the pit any more. All of a sudden you realize you’re buried in this big deep hole with no daylight left in sight. The only good thing about having been here before is I know there is daylight beyond the rim and I know how and where to get help for it.

On a happier note, this is the yarn I ordered while on a great sale from Michael’s online.

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Its a completely crappy phone picture, but you can see the gorgeous jewel tones of the colors. Why so much? Because when you buy from the Michael’s website, you have to buy in warehouse inner pack quantities. In the case of most of the yarns, that’s 3 skeins, but some are different.

Then as if I didn’t have enough new yarn, my mom got me this mess for my birthday via one of the warehouse’s employee only sales.

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That’s 9 coordinating skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky, and three Big skeins of Loops & Threads Impeccable. I’ve got 2 other skeins of Mega Bulky already in my stash that will go with these colors, so I’m thinking its blanket time! There’s also 2 containers of air dry clay plus a slushie machine, all of which she got for about $20. 🙂

This though, BTW, is not a good Ben & Jerry’s flavor. The ice cream itself is alright but the caramel core is so salty its like brine. I might actually throw the rest of this pint in the trash and call it a loss.

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On the 15th I have an appointment in Panarama City for my consultation about getting a tubal ligation. I’m not looking forward to the drive down there, and I hope I don’t have to pay for parking, but if all goes well it puts me one step closer to making sure I stay child-free! Yay! And yes, I know its permanent, and yes I’ve thought about it a lot. For about 20 years to be exact. If I could have had this done at 20 easily I would have.

It’s Almost Over

Friday the 15th I got in the car with one of my best friends and we drove up to Washington state.  I’ve been hanging out with them in Kent since, with a few small trips around the area.

We haven’t done a lot but we have had fun and its been wonderful to just spend time with Nikki, get to know her husband, and spoil her little dogs rotten. Buddy and Doofers are adorable!

The first few days I drank what is a lot of beer for me, and I’ve consistently drank too much coffee.  We went to a bar where I asked for a stout and the server offered me chardonnay. Fail on her part.

We went and played speed bingo, which I won a few rounds, and we played the slots a bit (I won $59 after Nikki spotted me cash to play – I paid her back what she gave me).

I did some online shopping while I was here, ordering new shelves for my craft room and new yarn that was sale for great prices. The shelves arrived at home today and I expect the yarn to be there early next week.

 

We visited Snoqualmie Falls, which was beautiful, and we ate out a lot. Last night we went to a sushi place where I ate a lot of foods I couldn’t identify but tasted fantastic.

Yesterday we drove into Seattle and visited the Pike Place Market which was cool. I chatted with a few vendors and got to get a few leads on getting help with my ukulele playing from a guy calling himself the Howling Hobbit.

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We had the best damn clam chowder I’ve ever had and we visited So Much Yarn, which was incredible. It’s a small shop but it’s beautifully arranged and the lady who runs it was fantastic. I only spent $50 there but I left with 7 skeins of beautiful yarn in two types, 3 of one and 4 of the other. The one I got 4 of was on sale for half off so that helped. I nearly bought some $28 a skein silk and merino yarn that felt amazing.

Tonight we visited one more local yarn shop that was highly recommended to me via the Ravelry forums and while I didn’t like this shop quite as much as So Much Yarn, I found the Maker’s Mercantile to be really nice and bought 4 balls of baby alpaca plus a book on crocheting monsters.

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This beautiful needle felted chair and footstool were in the shop.

Nikki and I also started watching Nurse Jackie and we are trying to finish the show before I fly home tomorrow morning.  We have about one season left that we’re trying to get through tonight.

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I crocheted an entire blanket while I was here too. It’s not a big blanket but it’s a nice sized throw for cuddling under while watching TV.

I fly out of Seattle tomorrow morning at 720 and while I’m happy to be heading home soon, I’m still having major anxiety about the flight. I’ve never flown before and honestly planes terrify me. I also keep freaking out that they will lose my bags or something.

This has been a great trip though and I’m super glad I did it.

Life Goals (Well, A Goal Anyway)

I’ve been doing some research and have decided that some time next year I would like to visit one of my closest friends who lives in Washington. Of course that costs money and I won’t be able to save enough to get there on my own until July. To help raise the money to visit my pretty lady, I’m offering 18% off of everything in my shop, including sale items. Everything. Just click on through to http://kittyloafdesigns.com and use coupon code CATOWASH at checkout. Easy peasy!

I’m also doing the logical thing and begging for Christmas money instead of gifts to hopefully get the money together faster because I really don’t want to have to wait until July! Below are just a few of my makes you can buy in my shop.

A Little Off Track But Not Too Bad

Today was a bit of a struggle to stay on track with food but I feel like I did okay. I made good choices throughout the day and went to the gym to do a half hour of cardio before dinner. Dinner was a big salad with ham on it, and a side of mac n cheese that Mattie grumbled about because it was spicy. I used nacho cheese that I had leftover from last night on the pasta and that was very evil of me.

After dinner we went to Palmdale to check out a new frozen yogurt place (Yogurt Land) and we were impressed. I got the Vanilla Malted and Chocolate Truffle swirled together with a few cookie dough bits mixed in. I only filled my cup about halfway so I wouldn’t do too much damage to my day’s eating. After we had our froyo, we popped by Bevmo to pick up some fancy specialty beers, Mattie some wines, and me a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s. I love me some good rum and Sailor Jerry’s is my favorite!

I also made a trip earlier in the evening to the store where I bought lunches to last Mattie out the rest of the month, apples, bananas, a cantaloupe, more lettuce, some bacon, and some pudding cups. That leaves me with about $5 til the end of the month after I take out for dog food, which if I’m lucky the dogs won’t even need this month because I bought two bags at the end of last month.

I also did some quick crafts, busting out my polymer clay and making a pendent, and some clip on style earrings which I’m not quite finished with. I’ll finish them later this evening.