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.

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Oh, the post office…

20161120_141735I’ve made two trips to mail things in the last week!

The post office still smells the same, lol.

Since this temporary reopening began I’ve sent out 5 hats, and I have people who have reserved others. Although since they haven’t paid and haven’t gotten back to me about them, I’m not going to continue holding them much longer.

And that’s one of those situations I hate. Either I’ll be annoyed with my friends or they’ll be annoyed with me. But I think my own self-righteousness will carry the day.

I’ve been thinking about making more hats. Mostly just as a time filler because I have plenty of things I don’t want to think about lately. But I can’t justify making more kitties until I finish the octopus my friend Danno commissioned! It’s going to be amazing, so I should totally focus on that any time my hands allow.

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.

Yay, I’m back!

First things first: UNICORN HAT! More on that later.

Next things next: I have a shiny, new, exactly the same as the old one laptop! Lol. Well, it’s a newer OS which is always annoying. But it works and I have yet to zap it with static electricity! Every time I’ve done that on my previous computers it made startup take another minute or so. The last one took up to 15 minutes just to get its shit together when I turned it on.

Anyway, I’ve sort of abandoned the old to-make list because I now have a show I’m doing on Valentine’s Day and need to approach inventory a little differently. The lovely thing about online sales is that I can just remake and restock things as they’re sold. This way I have to guess what will go over well and then make a bunch of it so I don’t run out. Basically that means tons and tons of black hats, the grey with pink ears, probably the charcoal grey will go over well, too. Then I have to have enough of other stuff that I can fill a table with different things.

Of course… this is going to be at a bar on V-Day so who knows how much I’ll even actually sell, lol.

My tutus will likely be along for the ride, too. I figure silly hats and tutus are great things to sell at a bar. I’ll probably bring other stuff if I have time to make any. I’ve been thinking about scrunchies, because those have actually been making a little bit of a comeback lately, but I’d have to deal with fabric and all that and I’m not sure I really want to do it.

am planning to do a few paintings. Depending on how well they turn out I may do more than a few. I’ll post photos when/if they get done.

Now, the unicorn hat… I was mostly just making it to see how long it took and if I enjoyed it enough to add them to my regular line up. The short response is too long and not really. But a friend of mine bought this one, I have someone else who’s ordered a custom one, and I have a friend I’m seeing tomorrow night that might be interested in yet another. In a perfect world I’d like to have time to make 5 or so with different manes to take to the show. We’ll see if I can get that done. In the meantime, here‘s the rest of the unicorn photos.

When I have a better idea of what all I want to make for the show, I’ll put up that list and post updates on my progress.

Anyway, it’s a new year! Yay!

I’m totally slowing down at this point…

Not so much burnout as my hands aching at the end of the day and my back being all in knots from sitting “normal” so I can see my work better.

If you look at my sold items, it’s pretty easy to notice the pattern: pretty much anything black/brown/grey moves fastest.

Money is good, but holy crap my hands are starting to hurt.

I decided that whatever money I make in sales by Thursday I’m going to spend on a dress for the very fancy party I’m going to on Friday. So buy stuff! I took the 4 I made for my friend Polly to her today, and I also got paid for that Cards hat plus 3 sales so I’ll probably have enough to get my nails did, too, lol.

I got lazy with the links at the end there, but I need sleep. Whee.

Wow, I’m overdue for an update.

Things have been kind of busy lately in terms of custom orders, so I haven’t been getting through my list. That plus so many things selling since my last post (yay!) and so many ideas for more stuff I want to do (more yay!) and it’s getting longer instead of shorter.

Anyway, I removed the 10 oldest ones and here’s where it stands now:

Yeah, so you can see I’ve got a lot I want to get done, and only really a few days to put things up before the Xmas shopping season ends. On the other hand, people who got cash…

Also, woot! Just made a sale! Second one since I got home from work, third since I went to the post office yesterday. I love that my Etsy app makes a ch-ching! sound when someone buys a thing. It was the solid purple that is now on the bottom of the list. 😀