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Realistic Expectation

We all have that little voice inside of our head.

There is a nice apple in the fridge for you instead of that cookie.

Come on, 10 more minutes of studying then you can have a break.

Don’t put your hand in boiling water, you will get burn.

Right now, my voice is telling me that since I was born, I have a curved spine.  And I also have arthritis in my lower back and hip so I am bound to have pain.  It is also the middle of winter and having colds is common.

So it is realistic to have back spasms and it is a coincidence you caught a cold on the same day.  Except the only coincidences that I believe are I showed up at a party wearing the same outfit as another person.  Or I have pizza for lunch and my boyfriend takes me out to dinner and we ended up having pizza.

Anyway, so after I was finally able to moved the heavy boxes down where I can sort them out, my back started spasming like crazy.  And on the second day, I caught a bad head cold where my ears were even hurting.  So I spent the last two days in bed.  I am still sick today, but at least my back is much better where I was able to move around.

So back to realistic expectation, I should have expected my back was going to give me grief while I was cleaning out and sorting out my arts and crafts despite that I was careful and took it slow.

And Rome wasn’t built in a day so why should I expect my art space to be organized in a week.

I’m starting to think that for my New Year’s Resolution for 2018, should be eat more chocolate, drink more slurpees, and do more impulse buying.  Those are easier to keep than this.


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Cleaning and More Sorting.

I finished Valentine’s Day card for Koda’s Kountry.  Lets see if I can do the link again.

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Oh nuts, I can’t.  Maybe I can fixed it later.  I still knee deep in spring cleaning.  This weekend, I went through all of my old sketches, recycling 80% of my sketches.  If you do not mind me tooting my own horn, my skills have improved greatly since I started.  As well I started storing my sketches through a different system.  And my binder full of knitting and crochet was bursting at the seams.  So that divided up into smaller and manageable binders.

And yet, my place still looks like a tornado had hit it.  Terrific.  The only bad part of this is that there are two big boxes that I have to go through.   They are my cardstock and pattern paper.  The big problem is that they are super heavy and I still have a bad back.  Before I used to have this old footstool where I was able to placed the heavy boxes and move them around.  But we threw out the footstool so I am kind of screwed.  I probably can figure out another way.

The other bad part is that I am having one heck of a time of getting my canvas boxes label.  Apparently, the cute chalk labels that I made for them doesn’t work.  I cannot find a glue that works.  Unless I go with crazy glue which oh heavens to Betsy, that is a mess itself.

Other then that, things have been quiet.  I have to come up with some ideas for Easter cards, but I have time.  Unfortunately enough time, to figure out the papers.  Oh goody.  It is not that I don’t mind the work, it is the back pain that I do mind.

 


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Back Pain and Mixed up Schedule

Hello,

I am sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while.  It wasn’t for the lack of trying or coming up an idea of what to say.  Roughly two days after the last sale, I suffered from back spasms for over a week.  And holy cow, did they hurt.  I ended up taking strong painkillers for it which made me sleep during the day and night.  So now, my sleep schedule is kind of screwed.  As in I can’t sleep until 7 am.

Once my back was almost better, it was time to get organized.  Along with the aches and pains, it was interesting.  I found stencil that I didn’t know I had.  And yes, I did threw out some stuff which made my mother happy.  I am still cleaning up the craft table, coffee table and the couch, but now, I got them into bins.  Which is good, because this Sunday, I am having friends over for dinner.  And nothing like having company coming to get your butt in gear to clean.

So right now, I am asking myself, what is the plans for 2017 for Original Things?  I honestly do not know.  I have a few ideas, but nothing is set in stone.  I would like to do another draw, but I don’t know of what the prize should be.

I would like to figure out the portfolio here, and I should clean out the my photos.  I need to set up an online shop, but I have problems with etsy.  So maybe find something else.

I would like to take Original Things to a new level, but I don’t know of what that level is.  As well my boyfriend has some big plans for us which is up in the air.  I don’t know if they are going to come true or not.  He said that they are, but I learned a long time ago, to not get my hopes up.

So I will wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year and  see you next year.

 


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Christmas Album Winner

The sale last Saturday didn’t go well as planned.  The weather was good, but I didn’t make too many sales as I hoped or received any new orders.  But it happens.

Now everyone reading here is wanting to know of who is the winner of this album.20161030_17091801

I had my mother do the drawing, because I wanted the drawing to unbiased and honestly, I can’t do the drawing and take pictures at the same time.  I have short arms.

So congratulations to Lori Kelly on the album.  I already contacted her and currently making arrangements.

I want to make another album like that for myself.  It was so fun to make once I figured out the instructions and of course with J’s help.

Anyway, nothing else is new happening.  I think I got the bug because I feel icky.  I am hoping a day of rest would do because I have a bunch of things to do.


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Craft Sale Check List

I have less than a week before the December craft sale in Bentley, and for some strange reason, I am feeling zen.   I am not freaking out where my poor boyfriend has to talk me down.  (And now, I am probably jinxing myself for this)  I should be because I had less than a month to replaced all of the things that I sold.  Cards are no problem, once I figure out the sketch and such, they take no time.  But when it comes to hats, scarves, cowls and slippers, that takes a lot of time.  But honestly, all I feel is tired and a little bored.

I have been reading these checklists on craft sales and I thought, what the heck, I show you mine.   It is different from other people.  But my advise, do of what you think is best.

  • Your products – trust me, this is the second year in a row where I forgotten something.  Last year was the albums and last November, was the scrubbies.
  • Float – That can be store in a cookie tin, you do not need a fancy cash register.  But I do recommended of bring a lot of small bills.  People can buy a $3 card and pay it with a $20 bill and boom, there goes your float.
  • Calculator – except nowadays, it is on everyone’s cell phone, so you are cover.
  • Pen and Paper – to keep track of what you sold so you know of what to replace.  And write down upcoming orders.
  • Business cards – They don’t cost much and heck, you can even do them on your own computer.
  • Snacks – in some places, they may not have a concession stand or you are unable to get to it
  • Plastic bags – One for your own personal garbage.  And others to put your product in.  I know some craft vendors have custom made plastic bags with their logos on it.  I sadly do not.  Mainly because I still come up with a logo which it is still driving me nuts.
  • Display items – Like tablecloths, shelves, boxes, signs.  I recommended to do a mock display at your house so you know of what to do and what goes where.
  • Sweater/ Jacket – in case you get cold
  • Tylenol or Aspirin – sitting in a hard chair for 6 hours will hurt you

That is all I can think of.  I know I am missing something.

I hope everyone is doing well.


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Christmas Bentley Sale

The sale came and went.  It wasn’t my best sale, but it wasn’t the worst.  Unless you asked my back, and it will tell you it was.  Sitting in that hard chair for over 6 hours, despite the fact, that I did walk around and go to the bathroom.  But I think I might have strained it because it was still hurting two days later. And I was taking some pretty heavy painkillers.  I don’t like taking those painkillers unless I am in really bad pain.  And I was.

What did me in, besides the chair, was there was a booth next to us.  The ladies were selling cards for a $1.  And yes, you are reading it right.  So who wants to buy a $3 card where there are cards selling for a $1 each.   I only sold one card.

I didn’t sell any dishcloths which I was surprised.

Then again, last year, I had 4 cards for $6 and 3 dishcloths for $5.  And with the cost of material going up, I had to raised my prices.

A from the store in Bentley was happy that I was actually raising my prices.  It is hard to figure out of the prices on cards.   Sure, I can figure out the cost of paper and stickers.  But when it comes to ink or a stamp.  How do I factor in those costs.  Obviously, I cannot throw in the price of an inkpad on every card.

But she wasn’t happy about those ladies.  She told me that she always tried to sit people who are selling the same craft across the room.  Not side by side.  And she couldn’t believe that they were selling their cards for $1.

But I did get a bonus.  A gave me an envelope punch.  I’ve been dying to get my hands on one, but they are like $40.  So I am happy and been waiting for a time to try it out.  Also to send a picture to J to make her jealous.  Petty, I know.  But oh well, blame it on the painkillers.  The problem is waiting until my back is better.   I am still make a couple of cards.  Besides it is a good excuse to try out the punch, but I have to bring some to my hairdresser next week.  And make one for J, the fellow cardmaker.  So yeah, no pressure.

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The Prize

I just thought I do a quick post here mainly because it is late and I am tired.   I have 3 days left before the day.  And Friday, I am packing the car early.

However I did finish one of the prizes this week.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t the shawl, maybe next year.  But if you do not mind me tooting my own horn.  I am so proud of myself of this album.  I REALLY want to keep it.  Fortunately, I have enough paper and envelopes to make another one.  Which that one will be mine.

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20161030_1509501 I am hoping that I have enough tickets, I made 66 tickets and I have been told not to worried.  Worst case scenario, we will just blank sheets of paper.  Now I have to remember to bring paper as well.  I will put that in my first aid kit.

I even made a draw box which I think it is cute.  It is one of those Halloween treat boxes which I wrapped with Christmas paper.  But I also enforced with duct tape and put a can of soup inside.  I know that sound weird, but it will keep the box standing up.

img_20161030_1921011Anyway I am off to bed.