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Downtime

I think that is what I can call this. I am honestly not sure. Most of the orders are done. And right now, I am working on stuff for my big November sale. I still have to figure out of how to make a display for my cards and such, although I have a strong feeling that I might just order pre-made shelves, granted the postage is going to be expensive, but compare to making this myself, it might be worth it.

I am trying to see if I can use styrofoam as shelves in one of my decorative boxes as shelves. It is not going to hold all of my cards, but compare to the big contraption, it should be better. I also have another bigger box which I am going to cut out one side and install the shelves. Then I am going to find some cloth to cover up the shelves, hopefully it will look better, I hope. But just my luck, I remembered the garage sale that my parents had and she sold several rolls of fabric. I am now kicking myself in not saving a piece or two.

I’m working on some cards, despite that I have more than enough cards. Well when I pulled some of my cards out for donation to Operation Write Home, I noticed something. That I was short of birthday cards for children and Sympathy cards. So I am making a few kid’s birthday cards. I’m also finding it sad that I am running low on sympathy cards.

So I am busy working on those.

I’m also working on a few scarves. I find this pattern on Pinterest which I thought this is cool.

 

My best friend T gave me yarn for my birthday and made me promise to use this yarn for myself. Do not make any teddy bears, slippers or scarves for Original Things. This is for me. I had put that yarn aside because I couldn’t really find a pattern, nothing stood up and grabbed my attention until now

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Unfortunately there is not instructions to this scarf, only pictures, but it seem pretty self explanatory.

20140713_233733[1]   This is the first row.

 

IMG_20140719_214549[1]  This is the second row that I finished last night.

 

I also hoping to bring this to my knitting club, because I have been looking for a pattern to work on that is “mindless.” We gals at the knitting club like to gossip so I need something “mindless” to knit. This is not.

I hoping once I get it figure out, maybe I can make a few more for the sale. But I am trying to figure out the color combinations. Again, I have been checking out pinterest for ideas. The only stimulation is that I use the yarn that I have, lets trying to empty one of my totes. (I type this with my fingers cross.)

However my other problem is finding some “mindless” knitting or crochet to do. I’m kind of getting tired of making squares for my cosy blanket and my “idiot” squares blanket. I’m going to go through my WIP pile and maybe there is something. I know that there is another baby blanket that I can finish, and that crochet tote bag.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Business Cards

I finally finished the order last Wednesday and of course, I ran out of my business cards.  It is just me, but does anyone else have a hard time of picking out new business cards.  Checks are ok, I just want something simple.  But business cards, oh boy.  The big problem is that there are cards that have yarn design and paper craft designs, which is good.  However I use yarn and paper together for Original Things so finding a design that has both yarn and paper is not easy.  And since I am still struggling with coming up with my own logo, I am kinda stuck using the templates. 

This was my old business card.  20140623_154216[1]

 

I picked that one because it is creative and of course, purple.

But back to the order, so I was in a bind, I decide to make my own designs.  I just needed a card to put in my cards and the books for Koda’s Kountry. 

I printed this out on cardstock, heat set it and then used Tim Holtz’s Distress inks and Stampin’ Up Markers to color the page.

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I then stamped my sunflower stamp and colored that with watercolor, a transparent color so you can see the information.

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Then I just cut the cards out.

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Despite it was cardstock, it was still thin.  However I cannot fit thicker and studier paper through my printer without causing a jam.  But I am pleased with the results.

So right now, I am taking a small break.  That plus, four of my drawers are completely jammed so I am busy cleaning them out and fixing them out. 

That is about it.