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My team at work is embroiled in some sort of dramatic Christmas decorating contest with another team. There are big plans afoot, but the only thing I’m really excited about is that on the day of the judging we’re going to make everyone at work cocoa and peppermint tea and such while wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and goofy elf hats. Miss Roxie there is making sure that hat she’s on will be warm enough by adding a layer of fur.

I’m going to save photos of the finished hats for when all ~20 are done. X.x

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Uh oh…

Know how I can tell I’m ramping up to a manic episode? People tell me I’m being a bitch, I write overly personal blog posts like that last one, and I have multiple projects going at once. 😂

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Amigurumi angel for my boyfriend’s grandma for Giftmas, more playing with colorpooling (I’m doing squares of the yarns I have and then working them in order of which I like best,) and a scarf that might be for the boyfriend’s aunt.

And it’s after 3:30am. That’s another symptom. Whee?

In other news, the hats have been selling slowly, but they’re selling. So that’s nice. And I haven’t gained weight so far this holiday season which is a Christmas miracle, lol. But I have plenty more fudge ingredients sitting around so that could change. Ooooh or chocolate truffles!

I want it to be daytime.

I found a couple more hats tucked away in weird places but I can’t get photos until I can get some light! I want to put them up in the shop.

(Although one of them uses reflective yarn so I should probably get a low-light one with the flash.)

After an initial burst of traffic and sales, the past couple days haven’t been great for the shop. Boo. Boooooooo. Oh well, it’ll be whatever, lol. I just wanted to see if I could get a bit of cash and storage space back.

So much room for activities!

In my last post I mentioned my back problems. Luckily for me I have multiple massage therapist friends! On Sunday morning James came over and brought his portable massage table. He does trigger-point massage, so it was pretty intense… although I took half a vicodin beforehand so it wasn’t nearly as painful as last time! (So worth the pain, though. This isn’t a relaxation massage, this is actually digging into the knots and getting rid of them! My recovery time was only hours instead of the 2 days it took after my first time. If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area you should hit him up, he makes house calls! And just messaged me to check in as I was writing this post, lol.)

ALL THE BUTTERFLIES!

ALL THE BUTTERFLIES!

Anyway, to make room for this I had to rearrange furniture in the living room and… oh my. All the floor space! Eventually I’ll have to put the coffee table back but Sunday afternoon I went ahead with a project I’ve been putting off.

I get a lot of photo prints for “free” from my friend Mckay at I Must Be Dead Photography because I really like his work so I donate to his Burning Man fund and then I also pitched in to help him replace the camera that got all fucked up from playa dust when he took it to Burning Man (he’s talented, but perhaps not as smart as all that :P) so he does things like show up at my apartment with a box of photos and let me take whatever I want.

My only issue is that his prints come in sizes that are difficult to find frames for. So I bought some really, really cheap poster frames that are just a little big and am scrapbooking around the edges, lol.

IMG_20150531_170201For this one I figured red ribbon and a bunch of brightly colored paper butterflies would look good, right? Right.

I mostly like how it turned out. If I had slightly smaller butterflies and black for the background I think it would have looked better, but I’m still pretty pleased.

The really cheap frame is the part I don’t like, but it’s what I could afford. And it’s not like anyone is really going to look at that part when there’s a pretty girl eating bugs right there.

Other things I’ve made lately include an incredibly cool tutu made from caution tape that a hasher I know bought from me that day, a bunch of scrunchies because I can’t help that I grew up in the 90s and then now I’ve decided that what I should do with all that yarn I have is make tons of jellyfish. Because I can.

InstagramHopefully I will have many more photos to share soon! In the meantime, you can always follow me on Instagram since I’ll be posting pics there before they make it into a post. The button there will take you to my feed.

So… this is happening

I’ve made the decision to shut down my business.

After 15 years of not really making anything of it – of not having the time or resources to really dedicate myself to it – it seems like time to let it go. At least for now.

 

Skirt! Yay!

Skirt! Yay!

Of course… that means a lot more time and energy to use on making things that I want to make instead of things I think will sell. And a lot more time to make things for myself!

I’m probably going to look like a kindergarten teacher, lol.

Another factor that went into my decision is my current physical state. By day I’m a data entry monkey and the current project I’ve been given is putting a lot of strain on my hands due to the complicated and fucking ridiculously unnecessary keyboard shortcuts (like having to press ctrl+alt+shift and right click to choose “copy” from one of the programs… wtf?)  In addition to my hands being mangled 5 days a week I’ve also started having more severe back problems than the norm, including shiny new back spasms. All this pain, plus the exhaustion that comes with the pain, makes me dread trying to work on something even when I start feeling desperate for something to do.

So many tutus!

So many tutus!

Anyway, I’m planning to continue to use this blog to show off the stuff I do, and my Instagram is a lot more convenient to post to, so check that out as well!

I’ve got a bag of partially finished scrunchies I’ve made (they don’t hold as securely as regular hair ties, but so much less hair breakage!) that I’m going to attempt to work on now. Hopefully I’ll have lots of pics of them soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these tutus I sold at a recent hash.

Woo! Finally got those photos done!

So many scarves. And it really sucks that I only have Photoshop on my 13 year old desktop that doesn’t really work so well. But I suppose I did a less than terrible job editing the photos?

You judge.

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This one is already up on Etsy! Click on it to see the listing.

 

These three are as well! Click this image to see them all.

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None of the rest have finished listings, but I’ll show them to you anyway. Click the thumbnail for a larger image.

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