Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Edith Flack Ackley Tiny Red Riding Hood Doll

Okay, just a few words...
This is what happens when you can't just sit and watch TV- I must always be working on something! Meet Little Red Riding Hood:

Saturday, February 01, 2020

January Makes

What a nice productive month January turned out to be creatively. I think I'll make this a regular practice- to document the makes from each month here on the blog. 
First, there is the January Junk Journal challenge on Instagram. I didn't keep up with it as a daily practice, but I have done a lot of the pages and I think I'll see it through. I've never done a daily prompt journal like this, but it's been such a pleasure to watch this little, unused purse calendar turn into a vibrant, scrappy journal!  

Second, I've been on a hanger kick! That sounds strange, but I recently came into possession of a stack of wooden hangers and this presented a new surface for embellishment. I've been doing different things with them. I painted them with chalk paint and some received napkin decoupage with little floral embellishments:

And then I bought some silicone molds on Amazon and made paper clay goodies that I then glued to the hangers. I think these are really lovely too! 

The hangers are in my shop and I will be taking them to the May craft show as well. Aren't they lovely?

And lastly, we have the lovely Miss Charlotte. If you haven't seen her before, there are more pictures of her creation in this post. I have become such an Ann Wood fan- I love all of her beautiful creations and want to make ALL. THE. THINGS! I've even joined a group on Ravelry dedicated to her Tiny Rag Doll called Tiny Rag Doll Nation (of course!). Speaking of Ann Wood, she has declared today the official start of the 2020 International Scrap Festival and who doesn't love that?

Friday, January 31, 2020

January Goals Recap and A Look at the February Goals

We are at the end of January and I am claiming success over my January goals!

To recap, those goals were:
  1. Lose four pounds. DONE! As of the 30th, I have lost 6!
  2. Earn $100 in my creative business. DONE! I have earned $167 with little side hustles!
  3. Pay off $500 in credit card debt. DONE! We paid $1,138 towards our credit card debt!

Now, to February. What are the February goals? First, let’s look at the bigger 2020 goals:
  1. Lose 52 pounds
  2. Earn $1,200 through Tender Arts Studio
  3. Pay off $10K of credit card debt
  4. Refinance house

So, I will say that trying to break up earning $1,200 into 12 months doesn’t really translate as well as I’d like. The money I made in January was more from selling excess household goods and to say it was through Tender Arts is a bit of a fudge. 

However… I do have some good income potential through this craft fair coming up in May. To make that happen, there are a number of steps to go through. First off, this Sunday, Deb and I are going to try to set up our craft booth in her spare room or maybe out on the patio and take photos so we can submit them with our application. I do not feel ready for that!

Then, there is the application itself and the fair requires a sellers permit and that seems complex, but the income potential is there and I’ve always said that I want to see how people react to my little cans and jars in real life to gauge if they’re actually sell-able. So, I think I need to focus on getting ready for that rather than trying to earn another $100 in February. 

Therefore, my February goals are:
  1. Get the temporary sellers permit
  2. Join a FB group for California crafters
  3. Finish the application process for Orangevale craft show
  4. Lose four pounds
  5. Pay off $500 in credit card debt
  6. Publish four blog posts

It's a little daunting, but very exciting!
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Meet Miss Charlotte

I am smitten with Miss Charlotte! She is from Ann Wood- you can find the pattern here. She is very tiny and very sweet. She is keeping Humble the mouse company, as you can see. Humble is also from Ann, but he's one of her very generous free patterns! I call him my little Ann Wood gateway drug!
Here's the link to her lovely free tutorials and patterns:

I'm having a lovely time planning accessories and things for the two of them. Lots of wonderful adventures await these two, I'm sure!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Once More Into the Fray

Happy new year! And so we begin...
I've made some goals for the year and I'm very excited about accomplishing them, but I would be lying if I said I was not afraid of failing. I've made the goal to lose weight many, many times and not had lasting success. So, why do I continue to put it at the top of my goal list? Is it habit? Is it an unexamined tic that I need to revisit? Why do I do it? I'm 56 years old and I'm at my heaviest weight so one might say that by continuing to focus on my weight, I am attracting more weight to me!

Hmm, I don't know about that, but I know it is, again, my number one goal. To lose 52 pounds in the year 2020. I genuinely believe this is the year I'm going to make that happen. I look forward to sharing the why, the how, challenges, the successes right here on my dear old blog. By the way, I'm five pounds down so I'm off to a good start.

Other goals include refinancing our home so we can finally do away with the mortgage payment insurance! Pete and I also want to pay off our credit card debt which is hovering around the $10K area.

Another big one for me, personally, is to earn at least $1,200 via Tender Arts Studio. The "how" of this is unknown to me yet, but I know that blogging has to be part of the equation. I imagine my etsy shop will play a good size role and my sister-in-law and I are signing up for a May craft show. I see this income as coming from many different sources, but mostly I see at as me finally getting serious about my creative business. It and the weight loss are the two accomplishments I want the most and I cannot see why I shouldn't be able to do these things.

I am reading Marie Forleo's "Everything is Figureoutable" and it has been a great read thus far. I've gleaned some important truths that I believe are already transforming what I believe about myself and my capabilities.

So much to share! I am looking forward to this year and I am committed to being BRAVE in my pursuit of the things I want. I plan to record monthly updates here on the blog about my progress with these goals.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Getting Festive

Well, I'm as decorated as I'm going to be this year and I love it! Simple, quiet, minimalist- these are not words that usually define my holiday decor, but I am really feeling it this year. Here is the full extent of it:

Okay, I am also working on the mantel too, but that's not ready yet for a photo! And the rest of the house will remain just as it is. Nothing in the kitchen or my bedroom or the bathroom like I did last year. Pete has not put up any exterior lights yet and he may not at all. That is just fine.

I am still making a lot of my gifts and I will be baking. And listening to lots of Christmas music! So, you know, "S'all good, man!"

Happy making, friends!