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Bentley Spring Sale

Last weekend, was the Bentley Spring Sale.  I have to admit it felt strange of going there in complete daylight.  Usually it is before the sun hasn’t even rise.  Don’t worry, we weren’t late, it the time difference.

I did a quick video of the sale.  Bentley Spring Sale

Now for the starters, I didn’t film while drove to the Bentley Community Hall, that was my mom.  I am not that foolish.

The only bad part of the video was that I couldn’t filmed myself while doing the sale.  Short arms and all.  And my mother who helped me, she does not know of how to use her smart phone.  Hopefully in November, I can figure it out or teach mom of how to use the camera.

But the sale was ok.  The people who were in charged of it even brought pizza for us which was added bonus.

So if you are asking me if I would do the sale again, to be honest, I am not sure.  The cards sold well.  But I didn’t have any “spring” knitted/ crochet items.

So what is “Spring” knitting and crocheting?

  • Headbands
  • Crochet Flowers
  • Shopping bags, with yarn and plastic bags
  • Slippers
  • Dishcloths
  • Placemats
  • Bathmats — maybe bathmats with facecloths as a set
  • Toys

Well that is a start.

Meanwhile this week was suppose to be my holiday.  As much as I like the idea of sitting on the beach with those drinks with the umbrellas in it appeals to me, but it didn’t happen, due to the snow on the ground.  Everything that I was able to put off like taxes until after the sale, I had to do.  But I did do my own knitting, actually worked on my own blanket which was nice.

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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The Sale, A Week Later

So last weekend was the big sale.  It didn’t go well due to weather.  Believe it or not, I didn’t even sell a single card.  I did sell some slippers and hats.  Even the fudge lady that comes every sale to sell that delicious fudge wasn’t even there.  Bummer

My phone decide not to charged so I had to borrow my mom’s to take some of these photos.  She took the first one, the rest are from me.  She is the woman in the photos with the coffee.  She loves her Timmies.

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Unfortunately, with the sale, I hurt my back and hips.  I mean it was so painful just to get into the car.  And since today was Sunday, a week after the sale, it is the first day that I can actually move around without too much.  My back is still tender.

So I guess the good news is that I don’t have to do much, except now that I have no excuses not to clean up my little art space and bedroom.  Damn.

I do have an order from Lady L, which I like to get started as soon as possible.

Other then that, things have been quiet.  I have been resting and trying to heal.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying their weekend.


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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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Making time

I am still knee deep with all of the sale stuff.  But yet, I managed to make time for a get well present for my boyfriend’s daughter.  I crochet a little bunny, threw in some monster socks, hair bands, a sucker with the label saying “Surgery Sucks”.  I even made a beaded bracelet.  That was interesting since I haven’t made one of those in over 20 years.  Thank goodness for YouTube.

The bunny pattern from Leelee Knits. Here is the link to her pattern.  http://www.leeleeknits.com/free-crochet-bunny-pattern/

The hard part of this was my boyfriend.  He was expecting was this package.  He didn’t know that I was sending this to his daughter so I had to stall.  He know of when I am lying to him.  So I did what any insane person would have done in my situation.  Ate food knowing full well that it would disagreed with her and fake a migrane.

Here is what I made for her.

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this is the bracelet I made for her.

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Ok, I don’t know of why I can’t get the photos up.  And I don’t have to time to figure it out. I have a bunch of cards and two albums to finish.

I also gave my boyfriend a candy bar.  If I was sending him a parcel, it would be nice to give him something.  Well this is the part where I want to either hug him or punch him in the arm for.  He gave his candy bar to her.  How am I suppose to spoil my boyfriend if he keeps giving it away.

The sale is less than two weeks and I am in panic.  And I know I am always like that every year so it should make a big different.

So that is the reason of why I am ending this blog.  Hope everyone is ok.

 


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Three Weeks, no problem

I have less than three weeks before the big sale in Bentley, Alberta.  While everyone including my bf tells me that I am going to be fine, I am still freaking out.  I have enough Christmas cards that my plastic bin for Christmas cards is completely full.  I can’t put anymore in.  I still have to make a few birthday cards and some bird cards.  But I am still worried that I don’t have enough or no one is going to buy anything.

I know, I know, breath.

I am still planning to do the draw, but I can only do one prize.  I didn’t get the shawl done in time, but the album is almost done.  And if I do say so myself, it looks damn good.  I am hoping to get it done this week and try to figure out of what to say.

I want to hand out tickets for customers when they make a purchase, but I do not want to give someone three tickets if they buy three dishcloths.  It has to be purchased price.  As well I am still trying to figure out of how to document the drawing and posting it on here.  I am not technical person.

The big problem is that life got in the way again.  My mom’s computer got hacked into so I had to help her out.  Did I mentioned that I am NOT a technical person?  Then I thought that I could move a table to get to plug in my charger.  Notice the word, “thought”, you guess it, I was wrong.  I ended up throwing my back out so that was just peachy.

So I missed a few days of working.  I am hoping today to finish 5 cards, and a bear.  No problem. . . . I hope.

In other news, I cannot remember if I mentioned this, but one of my hairdresser’s clients saw my cards and bears and offered to put them in her sales during the summer if I want.  Of courses, I said yes.  The sales went really good and  I sold out of little bears.  The only part that bugs me that she removed all of the care instructions of my knitted and crochet works.

Why would she do that?  If I brought a scarf, I would like to know of how to wash it without the fear of wrecking it.

The good news is the money I made from the sales, I was able to treat myself to a color and purple highlights.  I thought it would be nice to treat myself that didn’t involved chocolate, or yarn.  I thought of getting a manicure, but I am so stressed out that I have been chewing my nails.  So that is not a good idea.

Back to work.


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Have you ever had a project where you are almost done? Almost as you need to do one more thing before you can call it done? And even though, that thing is so small, completing it feels like you are climbing Mount St. Helen?

That is what is happening to me right now. The cowls are done. And I’m thinking that I need to start looking for mannequins for my models.

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I even knitted and crochet a swatch for each so the person can test it in her washer first.  I made a couple of cute tags.  Everything is done.  The last step is deliever and right now, I feel like I am climbing a mountain.

I wish I could say it is weather or the roads are bad.  That is why the delievery is delay.  That sound reasonable, right?  It has nothing to do the weather.  It is became my cell phone needs a new battery and the store does not have it in stock and it is on order.

I know it sounds weird.  The person who had order it lives outside of town.  And if I run into trouble like going in a ditch or getting lost (whic is most likely going to happen), I’m in deep doggy do.  Because I will not have cell phone to call for help.

The funny thing is that I remembered a time where I didn’t have a cell phone or wasn’t so depended on them.  And I am not a technology kind of gal.  I prefer using pen and paper instead of a computer.  The only games I play online are solitare or the Smurfs.  In fact, some of the games, give me motion sickness (I don’t know why that happens).

Now I feel like I am going through “Cell Phone Withdrawl”.  When did this happen?  When did I become addicted to my cell?  I thought my yarn addiction was bad.