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Trying to Catch Up

I know it has been awhile . . . again since I last post.  I have been still dealing with back problems and cleaning.  This is my next big cleaning up project.

The clean stamps.  I foresee a few slurpees and chocolates just to get through it.  It is a complete mess.

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Although a funny note is while I was sorting out my buttons, this truck button was stuck in this jar.  I eventually got it out with a help from a friend.  But still that question still remains, how the heck did it get in there if I can’t get it out.  Good grief.

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However I have participated in a few art exchanges.  One was favourite quote on an ATC and we had to used a playing card.  This was mine and the second one was the one I received from the exchanged.  I went alittle overboard because I completely covered the playing card.

20170106_1442471    The quote is from Maya Angelou, “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”

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20170216_170052120170216_1701311  These two are birthday cards for my nieces.  I cannot believe one of them turned 18, ghee, it didn’t seem so long ago when she was playing with Barbie.

I did do a delivery for Koda’s Kountry for Easter. And please excuse my big toe in the shot

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As for knitting, I just finished these two pieces.

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So that is basically it.  Now wonder my back hurts.

 


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Christmas Album Winner

The sale last Saturday didn’t go well as planned.  The weather was good, but I didn’t make too many sales as I hoped or received any new orders.  But it happens.

Now everyone reading here is wanting to know of who is the winner of this album.20161030_17091801

I had my mother do the drawing, because I wanted the drawing to unbiased and honestly, I can’t do the drawing and take pictures at the same time.  I have short arms.

So congratulations to Lori Kelly on the album.  I already contacted her and currently making arrangements.

I want to make another album like that for myself.  It was so fun to make once I figured out the instructions and of course with J’s help.

Anyway, nothing else is new happening.  I think I got the bug because I feel icky.  I am hoping a day of rest would do because I have a bunch of things to do.


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Craft Sale Check List

I have less than a week before the December craft sale in Bentley, and for some strange reason, I am feeling zen.   I am not freaking out where my poor boyfriend has to talk me down.  (And now, I am probably jinxing myself for this)  I should be because I had less than a month to replaced all of the things that I sold.  Cards are no problem, once I figure out the sketch and such, they take no time.  But when it comes to hats, scarves, cowls and slippers, that takes a lot of time.  But honestly, all I feel is tired and a little bored.

I have been reading these checklists on craft sales and I thought, what the heck, I show you mine.   It is different from other people.  But my advise, do of what you think is best.

  • Your products – trust me, this is the second year in a row where I forgotten something.  Last year was the albums and last November, was the scrubbies.
  • Float – That can be store in a cookie tin, you do not need a fancy cash register.  But I do recommended of bring a lot of small bills.  People can buy a $3 card and pay it with a $20 bill and boom, there goes your float.
  • Calculator – except nowadays, it is on everyone’s cell phone, so you are cover.
  • Pen and Paper – to keep track of what you sold so you know of what to replace.  And write down upcoming orders.
  • Business cards – They don’t cost much and heck, you can even do them on your own computer.
  • Snacks – in some places, they may not have a concession stand or you are unable to get to it
  • Plastic bags – One for your own personal garbage.  And others to put your product in.  I know some craft vendors have custom made plastic bags with their logos on it.  I sadly do not.  Mainly because I still come up with a logo which it is still driving me nuts.
  • Display items – Like tablecloths, shelves, boxes, signs.  I recommended to do a mock display at your house so you know of what to do and what goes where.
  • Sweater/ Jacket – in case you get cold
  • Tylenol or Aspirin – sitting in a hard chair for 6 hours will hurt you

That is all I can think of.  I know I am missing something.

I hope everyone is doing well.


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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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The Prize

I just thought I do a quick post here mainly because it is late and I am tired.   I have 3 days left before the day.  And Friday, I am packing the car early.

However I did finish one of the prizes this week.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t the shawl, maybe next year.  But if you do not mind me tooting my own horn.  I am so proud of myself of this album.  I REALLY want to keep it.  Fortunately, I have enough paper and envelopes to make another one.  Which that one will be mine.

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20161030_1509501 I am hoping that I have enough tickets, I made 66 tickets and I have been told not to worried.  Worst case scenario, we will just blank sheets of paper.  Now I have to remember to bring paper as well.  I will put that in my first aid kit.

I even made a draw box which I think it is cute.  It is one of those Halloween treat boxes which I wrapped with Christmas paper.  But I also enforced with duct tape and put a can of soup inside.  I know that sound weird, but it will keep the box standing up.

img_20161030_1921011Anyway I am off to bed.


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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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Finding Motivation.

Despite my gall stone flares up, I do have periods of time that I am not bound to the house.  I can go out and run some errands.

The logical side of me tell me;

This is a perfect time to get things done for the sale in November.

Not to mention, they have having another sale in December which I have been invited to.

I’m playing the assumption game and assumed that I would already have my surgery long before the sale and I will be completely heal.

But I do have a Plan B, I have found two friends who are willingly to do it for me in case I am not able to make it.  My concern is what if they get questions that they are unable to answer.  I don’t want them to look like fools.  My bigger concern is what if they get orders that I cannot fill out.  Orders like Mickey Mouse Hat, Winnie the Pooh scarf, Skylander slippers, or any copyrighted characters.

The other reason for getting stuff done early is the surgery.  Like how long is the recovery time.  Ten years ago, I had a breast reduction surgery, and yes, I know it seems like I’m comparing apples to elephant, but it is the only one I got.  I wasn’t completely healed until two months.  The first month was hard because I needed help in the shower, couldn’t drive and couldn’t put my hands together.  The second month, I was getting better, but I still needed help with my socks and shoes.  I could only crochet 3 granny squares in a hour.  Before the surgery, it was 10.  But you get the idea.

The last reason for motivation is my boyfriend is thinking of starting a new business and I want to help him.

So I have three good reasons to start working, but I don’t.