Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Where Does The Time Go?

I remember growing up, certainly in my elementary and middle school years, where summer vacation was like a long, lazy pause in time. Not so much by the time I got to high school, when I had band practice and band camp and a part time job cashiering at a local supermarket, but when I was young, the summer days dragged forever, never ending until Labor Day came and suddenly Mom was waking me up at way-too-early-o'clock to catch the bus and another school year was beginning.

I miss those days.

Now it seems like as soon as summer gets here, we're preparing for it's end. The days go faster and faster until suddenly another whole year's gone by and we're back to where we began.

I haven't written in awhile, mostly because I didn't know what to say. More accurately, I felt like I didn't have anything to say. I knew what I was feeling but I didn't know how to express it. Earlier today, I decided to just take out the metaphorical blank piece of paper and just see what words came out.

Honestly, I was a bit surprised to see that my last blog post was in April of 2016. How has it been over a year without anything to say?

That's not to say I have been idle. I've been thinking. I've been thinking a lot of thoughts, and now they're in some form of a cohesive format. (Thanks to Jen, who seemed to know exactly what questions to ask to bring me to the words I needed.)

I've decided that for one thing, I'm going to stop doing the craft fairs. The two I've signed up for, I'm still going to do. I still have a bit of inventory, and yarn, and I've made the commitment. But after that? I'm done.

I'm going to put my main focus into my etsy shop- EvidentlyMotley. Over the past year and a half, I've reduced my handknitted and sewn items to almost zilch (I've still got the line of pin cushion thread catchers in there- price reduced for quick sale) and I've expanded my line of stitch markers.



To help get my long term goals going (and to tie into my ramblings at the beginning of this post), I'm offering a coupon- from now until September 4th, 10% off every order of at least $10. Coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL2017


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Photobomb

I've talked before about my kitty, Molly. She's a very sweet tuxedo that usually looks like she's pleading.

Or, due to the white patch on her upper lip, sneering. Usually pleading.

Normally, she doesn't care all that much about yarn, or fabric.

That being said...

Today, I was updating photos for two of my etsy listings- a dropstitch scarf and a half circular shawl and then she decides to care.


Although, not that she'll show her face. In the year and a half that I've had her in my life, she's very rarely allowed her face to be photographed.

Ever.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Orange and Blue (revealed)

I recently got the quilt back from the quilters! Wednesday afternoon, I got the call that it was ready and I went and picked it up. And it was GORGEOUS.


So today, under the watchful supervision of Molly (above), I attached the binding. 



Even though handsewing, in my opinion, looks better, it comes out all sucky when I try. So machine sewing it is. 



(Doesn't that quilting look fabulous? I'm really happy with it.)




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sneak Peak (also known as, Orange and Blue)

Orange and blue are not colors I would have instinctively put together. In fact, the (perceived) contrast) was why I bought the fabric- I planned on doing a specific quilt, and I thought the contrast would have looked REALLY good. (and, let's admit it, different than my usual color schemes.) But when I went to print and start the planned quilt, the pattern had disappeared.

DRAT!

I had to come up with something else to do with all this fabric. Which didn't work with ANYTHING else in my fabric stash (except, of course, the black and gray I bought for the original quilt.) But I had decided I didn't like the gray with the orange and blue.

But then I saw this other quilt.

To be honest, I'd seen pictures floating around Pinterest before. It was interesting, using half square triangles (which was a new concept/technique for me), and maybe a Someday quilt, but I was seeing it in a different light.

I was seeing it in Orange and blue.











Keep tuned for the reveal, folks. Planned for this coming Wednesday, February 10th.







Friday, January 22, 2016

SSSSTTREEEEETCCHHHHH


My kitty, Molly. Who is an absolute sweetheart.

Don't you want to just rub that belly?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Blues

Here in New Hampshire, we were just hit with an average of 30 inches of snow. That was last Tuesday.

Today, it was snowing again. Just flurries; enough to be seen, not enough to accumulate. I was leaving my office this afternoon, running some papers to the courthouse, and a guy next to me mused; "It's snowing. That's different."

Completely sarcastic, but it still rang a chord. Usually I love winter (usually, winter means I can deck out in handknits), but this year? Totally over it. The snow, the gray skies, the dry skin... I'm done. Just keeping my eye on the prize: which is, a cruise to the Bahamas, leaving May 31. This is only the second time in my 29 years that I've looked forward to leaving winter for warmer climes- the last time being after a week of no electricity.

I know I'm not the only one with these feelings. Therefore, I have decided to share with you. From now until May 31, 2015 I am running not one, but two sales.

First, my stitch markers are marked down automatically. They were originally listed at $10 US, now they are listed at $8.  That is an automatic 20% savings on the stitch markers, no minimum purchase.

Secondly,  any order more than $50, I am offering an additional 20% savings. Simply use coupon code WINTERBLUES to take advantage of this special offer.

These two sales are running until May 31, that is, until I can escape to the Bahamas.

Because I am so sick of winter, and I'm sure you are too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September

It's September 10th. There are now 105 days until Christmas.

Holy crap, only 105?

Sure, 105 days seems forever away- after all, it's triple digits.

But for a crafter, 105 days is nothing, It's under four months, and most crafters, even the "selfish" ones, feel the urge to make something for everyone for Christmas.

Normally, I quelch the urge. My handmades go unappreciated, and unused. And I make things to be used. And appreciated.

This year is different- I'm broke seven ways to Sunday- I can make my expense, but that's about it. So I'm crafting if I can. I still got a chuckle and an appreciation for this article though:

The Ugly Truth. 

Because even to the broke among us;  some people deserve coffee cups.