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You Tube and COPPA

So I have less than 3 days before Bentley Christmas Sale on Saturday.  So instead of working on last minute cards or knitting a scarf, I have been fretting over You Tube.  A few months ago, FTC had fine You Tube for violating the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).  Whereas now You Tube had tighten its reins.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some videos that I do not think that my nieces and nephews should watch.  To be completely honestly, they should never see them in their entire life.  And yes, I am an overprotective aunt and I will not apologize for it.

However because of the new rules that You Tube has set, it has turned the arts and craft channel into one giant grey area.  And they are saying that we used bright colors or happy music, considered child content.  Nothing is wrong child content except for two major things.

#1.  I don’t get paid.  I am not in it for money.  I have to have at least 1,000 subscribers and I am long away off.  However some of the channels do make money, and it is part of their livelihood.

#2.  You cannot comment in the videos.  So if someone has a question, they can’t ask me in the comment section.

So what did I do in the beginning.  Honestly, nothing computer wise.  Meaning, I whined to everyone who would listen to me in real life.  Ok, that was mature, I realized.  But I didn’t want to delete my channel.  I have heard some people had already deleted their channel.  I had thought of deleting mine, but then the question of what am I going to do now scared me.

And if I was in violation, I would be fined.  $50,000.

$50,000

Can we say oh crap.

Fortunately it has cleared up a bit where I had changed all of my videos to adults.  I honestly, I didn’t like it because my videos are not considered adult.  I don’t swear and the only bad things that happened in my videos is that I misspelled a work and the tripod falling over.  But it is better safe than sorry.

The other thing is that I am not allow to use copyright or fan art.  Like for example, I can’t paint a painting of Mickey Mouse or Channing Tatum.  I mean, I can, but it is a not allow on you tube.  I had two fan based videos planned out.

So right now, my plans are to get through Bentley sale, have that MRI on my knee and enjoy Christmas.  I am still going to make videos.  I have an idea on a penguin wreath, but right now,  Bentley sale is my first priority.

I hope every one is ok.


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November Christmas Sale 2019

You know when you had all things planned out and then it all goes topsy turvy?  Well . . . that kind of what happened to the sale.

Well, I mean nothing bad happened.  Both of my legs decided not to work and I was still unsteady on my feet where not only I was afraid of falling, I was afraid of breaking something.  And chances of breaking something expensive is extremely good.

However I didn’t sell much.  In fact, no one at the sale did good as well.  It wasn’t the weather.  Yes, it was raining, but compare to a blizzard that we had a few years back.  The other problem was that we don’t have interact.   We had to turn away 2 customers cause of it.  Nowadays, we can do it on the phone which I need to looked into.

Ghee, you can do everything on your smartphone.  I will be surprised 20 years from now, I will be telling kids, “In my day, we didn’t have our phones to turn on our washing machine or tell us when it was done.  We had to get off the couch to do it ourselves. If you want to unlock the car, you just press the button on your car keys.  I feel old now.

My next sale is next month and in all honestly, I don’t know of how we are going to handle it.  Mom’s hip is still bad and my legs are still not working.  Oh heck, it is Monday’s night and I am still sore.  Just this morning, having a shower was hard.

Which means both of mom and I kind of came up with a decision.  After the December sale, we are going on hiatus with craft sales.  We will still be selling stuff at Koda’s Kountry, and I still have YouTube, but until mom’s hip is fixed and the doctors know of what is going on with my legs and figure out treatment.  We can’t do the craft sales in our currant state.

Honestly, I do agreed with the decision, how the heck, can I help the customers or even walk around the table when we are in so much pain.   But yet, it still stinks.  I am trying to be positive in this.  Besides use this time, to work on You Tube, come up with new products ideas, figure out the online store (it’s the shipping part that is confusing me) and maybe do a book challenge.

That is all for now.

 

 


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An Update on my Health

I thought that I would give you an update of what has been happening.  Not much.  I honestly the recovery would take up to 2 weeks top.  That would be a big NO.  The physical therapist was right that it was going to take a while to get my arm work again.  I had a hard time working on a hat.  And as for art wise, this took me 3 days to complete instead of a day which it normally takes.  I know, I know, recovery takes time and it does suck a lot.

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And I was going to get tired a lot.  That lasted for weeks.  But now, I am off the steroids and which I am so relieved.  Not only I was seeing those giant red ants on the wall, my appetite had increased which I did gain wait.  Some of my clothes are tight.  As well I was really rooting and tooting.  Last week, I had to go to back to Calgary, I was hoping and praying that there wasn’t going to be any rooting and tooting or else, I was afraid that my mother would have pulled over and made me walk the rest of the way.  There wasn’t, thank goodness.

But I only had small headache, but I think it was from caffeine withdraw.  I also been avoiding stressful situations like a chicken.  I am terrified of getting headaches because they are a symptom for bleeding. 

So no, I didn’t do the December sale which was sad.  But the good news that not only I got my despot on the tables back, but I was able to used it as despot for next year.  So everything from Koda’s Kountry is profit. 

As to my health, next week I get a CT scan so fingers crossed that I don’t have the brain surgery.  As for my knee, that fall on the stairway on the first day of the brain bleed, made it worst.  I already seen a doctor about it, and he said it was torn ligaments.  I have to go in for physic, great more physic.  But at least it is not surgery.

I posted a short video in Lesley Creates to explain the long absence. 

Announcement

So what is going to happen now?  Honestly, nothing.  I am going to wait and see of what the CT says.  I going to be positive and say that there is no bleeding, and I am cleared to drive.  And this is a chapter that will be closed in our lives.

If that chapter closed, I am not planning to work on Original Things until the New Year.  I am going to work on Lesley’s stuff like my blanket, my shawl.  And maybe, just maybe make a pair of slippers for myself.  I probably still going to work on cards, watercolor cards and do some art journaling.

As for Lesley Creates, the same, hold off until the New Year.  I still needs to learn about the new editing problem and get some samples done.  As well I ordered a tripod for the channel which has not arrived. 

We had a postal strike here in Canada and even though the strike is over.  We are still dealing with the after mass.  They are behind and the people are saying that by the time they catch up, it will in March.  So obviously I cannot do any online shopping, which I was planning to do for my knee’s and the fact, I still cannot drive.

I guess that is all I can say.  So I don’t blog before Christmas.  I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 


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So what has been happening.

Today, I was supposed to be at Bentley for the Annual Christmas sale.  But obviously, I am not.

Last Friday, I woke up in the middle of the night, very groggy.  I was stumbling like crazy.  My first thought that since I had a very headache and I took a painkiller, I was feeling the side effects of it.  I assumed once I slept it off, I would feel back to normal.  I didn’t.  In fact, my left side was completely numbed, where I needed help in getting dressed.  I couldn’t even put new batteries in my hearing aids without help.  I had dinner with my family where I had trouble holding a fork.

Afterward, my mom took me to the ER where I had a MRI.  Within a hour, I was in an ambulance heading to Calgary because I had a brain bleed.  They were talking about brain surgery.

Apparently, 2 months ago, when I fell out of bed, cracking my skull.  It caused bleeding.  The idea of brain surgery scared the craped out of me.  I made it crystal clear with my mom that if I ended up brain dead, pull the plug.  I don’t want to be a financial burden.

Fortunately, they put me on steroids which they helped me greatly.  My left side is getting stronger, but I am getting more winded.  Even typing this blog out, I am getting tired. My balance is still off a bit.  The bad part of the drugs or the bleeding is that I am seeing things.  Like giant red ants crawling on the wall or furniture moving.  So driving is obviously out.

Then it gets betters.  I posted on facebook of what has been happening.  At that time, I had a very hard typing.  You needed a decoder ring to read the post.  So I asked a friend of mine to explain, except it ended up in completely disaster.  They all thought that my friend had a stroke and was in the hospital.  Good grief.

So since I surivived a brain injury, what is next.  Simple, I treated myself to alittle online shopping where I know I spent way too much money.  Oh well.

I am still bummed that I missed the sale.  I am hoping to make it to Dec sale. But honestly, when I worked on a hat, I can only knit two rows before getting worn out.  But the money from the sales is my Christmas money.  Damnit.  Fortunately, Shirley and Angela who in charged of the sale told me that everything was fine.  Just get better and it will take time.

They were right.  This is going to be a great test to my patiences.  Yippee.

So the plan ahead is in a few months, I need to get a MRI scan.  If the bleeding is still there, I will have to have to have surgery which means I will be in the hospital in 3 months  Oh goody.  And my hair dresser will have a fit over this.

I also have to go into rehab, but currently waiting, for them to call.  Forunately, it is in my town.

Hope everyone is well.


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Decluttering Original Things

I have been so busy trying to declutter and clean up my art studio, my bedroom, my place that I forgotten to declutter Original Things.

And I know you are thinking, “Lesley, how are you are going to declutter Original Things?” It is almost the middle of October and I haven’t even posted a video for Halloween.  I actually planned 4 videos for this month.  This honestly really stressed me out to the point where I was physically sick again.  I am breaking out in rashes again and dealing with insomnia and anxiety.

My big sale is in the beginning of next month, and I still need to make more stuff.  Let alone, some of you known that Halloween is a very emotional time for me.   So I made a decision to save my sanity.

I am NOT quitting You Tube, but I am going to take some time off.  Which I know that is suicide for the You Tube community.  But right now, the sale is more important that Halloween.  As well I still haven’t got You Tube down pact.  I did downloaded Shotcut, the new editing program, but I still haven’t taken the time to watch the editorals and figure it out.  It takes me two days to edit on my cell and how many days to film a video.  Days that I need to be working on knitted and crochet things as well as cards.

I am not quitting, I am just prioritizing my sanity. After the December sales, things should slow down, hopefully.

Hope everyone is well.


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Standing Still

I am not sure of how to explain of how I have been feeling lately.  The big part where there are neon arrows pointing to is that I have been sick for the past week.  I have actually stayed in bed for three days, feeling like garbage.

So ok, it is probably perfectly understandable when I say that I am having a hard time getting back into my groove when it comes to cards, yarn and videos.  Maybe I haven’t gotten my full strength back yet?  Right now, it is taking a lot of energy to wiped down my craft table and work on a simple scarf.  That could be it.

So maybe the illness of whatever I was suffering is still lingering?   I honestly have no idea, I am not a doctor.  But if I am still sick, I am going to be seeing a doctor, because this is not helping.  Even though the big craft sale is in November, 4 months away.   It still takes time to make stuff.  I am really hoping to go on a little holiday during the summer and I am not bringing any stuff to work on.

The bad part of being sick is that I let my mind wander.  Wander to new ideas of for the next You Tube videos or what can I sell.  Some ideas are good, while some . . . I am blaming it all on the illness.  Yeah, that bad.

So I am just checking in, to let everyone know of what is happening.  I am planning to have some more to post next time.

I hope everyone is well.

 


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Making Time

There is a song from the Rolling Stones, that say, “Time is not on my side.”

Well, it is true.

Or maybe I have bad time management skills.

It has taken me over 2 weeks to make a You Tube video.  And yes, I realized that the last one took longer because of the glue drying.

But take “Do it On a Dime” and “Vasseur Beauty” for example.  Kathryn from Do it on a Dime has two young boys and somehow manages to make a couple of videos every week.  Brittney from Vasseur, has a toddler son and works at her family’s company and still able to make a couple of videos every week.  So why am I taking so long?

  • The gluing incident for one
  • I am not used to it.  I am still learning as I go.

As well as the upcoming April sale which I should have more cards and hats done, but I do not.

So this week, I have been keeping track of my time, seeing what if any is the problem.

And yes, there is.  After dinner last Monday, my stomach flared where I had to lie down for a few hours.  It wasn’t until after ten that I was feeling better to do some work.

Except after ten is when the sun goes down.  And I need natural light to work for the cards.  Somehow my lamp gives off this yellowish tint which is fine for knitting.  But it does make my white and cream color cardstock appear to be the same color.

A better lamp may be on my birthday or Christmas wish list.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.


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Feeling Zen Lately

It is weird for the first sale, I am stressing out to the point where I don’t sleep and I ended up having anixety.  But the second sale, I felt totally.  Now granted, the zen could from the muscle relaxers and cold medication.

You know of what happened in the first sale, didn’t make much of a sale and hurted my back and hips.  Which is why I took the muscle relaxers.  Then I caught a cold which came with the cold medication.  So yes, the zen feeling probably being stoned.

Last week was my last sale of 2017 and it went really well.  That is my mother in the picture enjoying her bagel and coffee.

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I sold out all of the mini stockings, some hats, and scarves.  Then we gave most of our stuff to Koda’s Kountry for them to sell.  They are toying with the idea of doing an Easter sale which I am told them that I am all for it.

And this time, I was smart by taking advil during the sale so my back wasn’t killing me.  Although I was sure stiff as a bone when I left.  Our friend J stopped by at the end and she helped us packed us.  We were also smart of waiting until everyone was gone so we were able to move our car closer instead of walking a distance back and forth.  I know exercise is good for you, but not in the snow and ice.

So what are my plans now, you ask.  So beside enjoy Christmas with my family.  I am going to start looking for ideas for Easter and clean out my studio.  I have another idea in the works, but I rather not say anything yet.  I am still looking into it and trying to figure it out.

I hope everyone is ok and stay warm if you are cold.


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Mad Dash to the Finish Line

It is that time of year again where I make a mad dash to the finish line.  The finish line is the Bentley Christmas sale on November 4th.

Except this time, I have several hurdles in front of me.  The first and big one is back pain.  It is still hurting and now, it seems the pain has increased because I have been rushing in getting things done.

Second one is that my boyfriend and I may be breaking up.  I know there is never a good time to deal with breakups, but this is an extreme example.  All I want to do is curl up in bed and cry, but I can’t even do that because of the sale.  I am trying to look at this sale as a distraction for now and deal with the pain later.   But it really suck.

But nevertheless, life goes on.  I want to come up with baby cards with dragons, but so far, nothing is working.  And I am wondering of how to make a “girlie” truck card.  There are some girls that I know that are “country girls” or not into pink and fufu stuff.  I also want to finish another scarf before the sale, but sitting down and working on it, is hard on my back.

T told me that after the sales, I should come up and see her.  Take a holiday.  I think, she may have the right idea.


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I need everyone’s opinon, please.

It is that time again where I have to order new business cards.  But I have been thinking.  I have been making ATCs, artist trading cards.  To relieved boredom, use up left over paint, try out new techniques, etc.  Unfortunately, I have made too many where I actually had to throw some out.

So that is where the idea of making them into business cards. Since Original Things’ motto is “Original things for Original People”  The only downfall to this is that it doesn’t show the yarn side of this.  But to be honest, I have not found any business cards design that doesn’t have yarn and paper.  And the logo still eludes me.

Business cards

Somehow I cannot connect my phone to my computer to download the photos.

Nevertheless, what does everyone think?

  • Order new business cards?
  • Use the ATCs as my new business cards?