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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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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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To Be or Not To Be . . . Complete

You may recall that I did a post about this ball of yarn and that I had no idea of what to do with it.  And that I have a yarn addiction that I do go shopping to get a fix.  But mainly, what should I do with this ball.  What should I make?

20160613_143525-1[1]Well after a few days of surfing, I found a pattern that I had on Pinterest.  The pattern is Quick & Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf from this link.  http://www.oursouthernhomesc.com/2013/11/quick-easy-knitted-infinity-scarf.html

I do not know why this link will not work.   So you have to copy and paste it yourself.  Good grief.

But nevertheless, here is the scarf.  I ended up making it into a cowl.  Something simple and easy.

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In other news, I finished a step in the prize album for the Christmas Sale in Bentley.  I am currently waiting on supplies, but I thought I would give everyone a sneak peek.  I am really proud of myself that I might have to make myself one.

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Anyway I hope everyone had a good weekend.


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Five Months

I am very sorry for not posting.  But things have been crazy.  In June, I had my gall bladder removed.  Which understandable, I was very busy trying to get things done before the big day.  Things like getting a haircut, getting the order for Koda’s Kountry, paying all of my bills advance, and filling my car with gas.

At the time, I didn’t know of how much time I needed for healing.  My doctor told me that I cannot drive for a week because that was where the incisions was going to be.  But after that, I do not know.  I had spoken people who had it and all of their recovery time is different.  So I decided to take a week off, not worry about Original Things and anything else.  Just think of that week as a mini holiday, without the fruity cocktail.  Just rest and heal.  Do not push yourself or else, my healing was going to be extended.  Well that didn’t happen.

To start with, my surgery had a slight complication.   A couple of hours later after I was discharged, I started bleeding again where I was rushed into the ER.  It was one hell of a night.

As to the mini-holiday, I honestly wished that I had that fruity cocktail.  By Day 2, despite the pain, I was stir crazy.  I ended up finishing up a couple of pages in my art journal.  Like this one.

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I also made a couple of handbound journals which I need to stop because I have at least a dozen that needs to be decorated.

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I also did some practise on watercolor. Practising my watercolor pencils and new techniques.  I got a handle of using both Distress Markers and Stampin’ Up makers, but those pencils are harder to use.  Earlier this year, I made a coloring book for my bf’s daughter.  I had extra coloring pages so I thought what the heck, why not use them as practise.  It would be fun practising on Winnie the Pooh.  The only problem that I had was these pages were printed on an inkjet printer because that is all I had.  Even after heating setting it, the ink ran made the pages muddy.  And right now, I am not planning to buy a laser printer.


Unfortunately things didn’t stop there.  I had to deal some personal issues which I do not wish to talk about here.  And unfortunately, I am still dealing with them.

I am back in the craft sale business, my first sale is in Bentley on November 7th and another one on December 5th, I am completely panicking.  My big concern the things that I hopefully sell in the November sale will have to be replace within a month.  I can make a hat in two days, a scarf in 2 two weeks and a dishcloth in a day.  Right now, I am trying to finishing up my handbound books and albums which I am hoping they will sell.  I am trying to make enough to I don’t have to replace them during that month.

But my big concern is figuring out the prices.  How much do I charged for these things.

Here are a few things that I will be selling

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A Christmas Surprise

One of these days, I am going to get my life organize and start posting regularly, but not at this moment.

Last Christmas, I decided to knit my 2 nieces and 2 nephews hats as their Christmas presents.  Which I should have realized that I should have started last July.  I didn’t get them done until after the holiday.  Fortunately, they understood and they were ok with it.

I made this ladybug hat for their youngest, J.

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The other three, I basically made the same hat, using different colors of course.

The pattern I used in that was Chunky Mochi Dragon Ribs Hat from Crystal Palace.  They were all very easy.

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They all loved their hats which I was very pleased and relieved.

However I decided that next Christmas, I am going to the store and buy their Christmas present.


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Life Lines In Knitting

I picked up these two knitting tips from “Knit and Crochet Now” and “Knitting Daily”. And for the love of goat cheese and sour pickles, I cannot remember the season or which episode it was featured.

The popular yarn is kind of ruffle yarn. And even though, it makes very pretty scarves, but it is very difficult to knit. You basically do a garter stitch. But it is when you drop a stitch that it drives you nuts in finding it again. I did tried to crochet it once for a demo, but it wasn’t easy.

My two big struggles of knitting this yarn were dropping a stitch and the yarn being twisted while you knit.

If you drop a stitch while working, trying to find that stitch is very difficult. I have ended up losing several feet or even starting over the scarf.

I learned from “Knit and Crochet Now”, if you are knitting something lacy, use a lifeline. Basically you thread a piece of yarn (different color of course) through the stitches and continue to knit. Then thread another piece of yarn after a couple of inches. The idea is if you need to rip out the lacy shawl, you can rip it back to the life line. The life line will hold your stitches in their proper place.

While I was watching this, the thought had occurred to me, this might work for the scarf.

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Which I tried and it was a life saver. It saved me from losing several feet of this scarf to a couple of inches. Granted, I still admit that there were times that I wanted to chunk it out the window.

The next tip and this is the one that I am so simple that I am kind of slapping myself on the forehead for not coming up with this for myself. Because this yarn twist so easily while working on it, I literally would have to stop knitting, and push the scarf to the end of the needle, then hold it by the string and pray that the stitches doesn’t fall off the needle, while its spin on its own. It does get more difficult when the scarf gets longer and longer.

The tip is from “Knitting Daily” is before knitting or even crocheting this particular yarn, stretch it and then wrap it around either a toilet paper roll or in my case, a roll from my tin foil. When I first tried, no spinning, no twisting.

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It worked perfectly. And I am thinking, why the heck I didn’t think of this sooner.

Oh well, better late than never. And this is the finished scarf.

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