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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.

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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?

 


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Exposure

With the internet growing bigger and bigger everyday.  And Big Brother seem to be more and more intrusive, our privacy seems to diminish.  I started to wonder of how much do I allow myself to be expose?

With Original Things, I do post pictures of what I am made or working, and when and where my sales are.  If I don’t do that, then I don’t make a sale.  That is common sense.  That I understand.

And yes, I have posted a few personal details of my life in this blog.  But how much do I open myself up to the world while still retaining my privacy?

My boyfriend forbid me to show pictures of his children on this site or any other site.  I can show pictures of what I made for them, but that is about it.  If I do post pictures of children, I admitted, I lied about them.  I lied about their age, where they lived, everything.  Even when I post about my friends, I always posted their first initial.

However several of the artists had told me I need to expose myself even more in order to make my business work.  And that is what is perplexes me.  How much can I expose myself without getting into trouble?

Many years ago, Geraldo Rivera exposed child sex ring where the molesters would post pornographic pictures of their victims, children on the internet to share.  He basically said that it was going to haunt the victims in years to come.  A perfect example, he gave was if one of them was going to run for office, someone can easily google his name and boom, there are the pictures.  His career and life is over before it even began.

That has stuck with me ever since.  I am DEFINATELY NOT a child molester or any other monster like that.   However I am born with a condition called achondroplasia dwarfism, which means I am a little person or midget.  By the way, I freaking HATE that word midget.  I had a MySpace page where I did actually posted a picture of myself and holy catfish, I had several offers of men wanting to have sex with me.  Not because I was pretty, or kind or I make the best fudge. It was because they all had a midget sex fantasy.  Seriously I don’t get that fetish.

Several month ago, a group of teenage girls wanted a selfie with me, and take a big guess why?  Yup, because I am little person.  To be honest, I was very grateful that my boyfriend wasn’t there with me because trust me, he would have chewed them out.

Which is why I am extremely hesitated of showing my face online.  I rather have my work speak for itself.  Does it really matter that I am short, that I have dark hair or blonde.  Or my eyes are brown or blue?

Nevertheless I am still perplexed by the question of exposure.


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Holy Cow!

I assumed that my last post was in May, not March.  Opps.  Once again, I can make flimsy excuses saying that my computer had a bug, then I had one.  Or I finally got down and dirty and cleaned up my work space.  I am still cleaning, but I got about half done.  I threw out and donate a great chunk of out.  Donate as I gave it to my friend J.  I mentioned it to my boyfriend and he wondered if she would be so grateful that she would kiss me on the lips.  Pervert.  And no, she didn’t, she hugged me.

I still have several more canvas boxes to sort out.  Which I am kind of dragging my feet.  When I go through them, I find things that I haven’t used in 5 years and have no intention of using.  So why I am keeping them?  Get rid of them and make stuff for the new toys.

Except that little voice in my head is telling me, “It’s so pretty.”

De-cluttering  is definitely a battle between the brain and the heart.

And of course, it doesn’t help with the weather being so hot with the temperatures reaching 32.  And of course, our air conditioner dies.  Good news is now working, which means I can’t be on my computer because as you know, it blows cold air at me, drying out my eyes and giving me an ear ache.

I am still working on the Cheap Art Challenge which is giving me a run for my money.  I honestly thought that this was going to be a simple, and relaxing challenge.  Oh hell no.

My first attempts got wreck because of the supplies.  And here am I rooting for cheap supplies, saying it is the skill, not the supplies that make you an artist.  Third one, I spilled paint water all over it.  I am not giving up on it, but at the same time, I feel like I am hitting my head against the brick wall.

I know the big reason is the subject that I am using a photo from someone I admired.  And he see the works which it is kind of adding more pressure to me.  I know, he has no intention to do that and he is ok if I don’t use his photo.

But I did finally finish this mini elephant photo album.

There is some good news, my boyfriend’s child is finally out of the hospital and doing good.  In fact, she is being a little devil, (in a good way).  When she was released, I was in the middle of 3 deadlines where I told him that I didn’t have time to spend with him.  She found out and asked if that means that he get to spend more time with her and her sisters.  That little sneak.

There is more.   I gave her a get well package which included this.  Thank goodness, my friend J was a former nurse which was a tremulous help in this, telling me of what was accept and not accept in hospitals.

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Her sister saw it and asked my boyfriend if I can make her a monkey.  And of course, he said yes.  And the way he asked was strange.  We were talking and he said “(Name) like monkeys.”  And then I said, “Of course, they are a lot easier to take care than elephants.”  A few seconds later, I asked him, “Am I missing something?”  That is when he told me about that she wanted me to make her a monkey.  It is coming along slowly, except I ran into the nightmare that every crocheter and knitter fears.

I ran out of yarn.  I went to several stores trying to find that shade of brown.  I found it online, but I don’t have a credit card.   My boyfriend told me that he will take care of it, and until I get the yarn, there is nothing else I can do.

I guess that is all.  I hope everyone is well and at peace.