Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
1. Black bean soup. I'm not sure there's a more satisfying, cold-weather, vegetarian food out there.
2. Yarn. My fellow crafters know what I mean. There's nothing like making something cozy and warm while the rain falls outside.
3. My Little Purple Nano. It makes today's glorified data-entry project much, much more bearable.
What's keeping you happy on icky fall days?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Taught by Amy of Early Bird Special and Dana of Crafty Minx, the class is going to cover everything a beginner like me needs to know. I can't even tell you how excited I am. French knots, here I come!
I believe about half the spots are still open, so join me. Click the picture above to go to the link. It's going to be a blast. Then you can take part in the Oklahoma Stitch Along, which is my next project. So much fun, so little time!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I hope to have pictures to share soon. Look for them as soon as I do!
Friday, October 23, 2009
And this weekend, I'm gearing up for some creative fun. I have a meeting with my theatre friends to plan the rest of the group's season. That evening, we have the symphony. On Sunday, we're attending the Breast Impressions gala to see how much money my beautiful bust cast sells for. Somewhere in there, we need to squeeze groceries and a trip to Goodwill for our Halloween costumes. Did I mention we're going as characters from Twin Peaks? I'm Audrey Horne, he's Agent Dale Cooper. Yes, we're goofy.
What does the weekend hold for you?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
1. My 365 Days of Italy calendar. Every day is something else beautiful and inspirational. It does make me sad I'm not there, though.
2. Chap stick. My lips exploded into a big, swollen, throbbing mess this week. Blistex medicated lip ointment made everything better.
3. Projects. My list is so long, and I can't wait to tackle it! I wish I was more excited about the cool weather, but it just isn't my thing. I have decided to make the best of it, though, by making lots of scarves.
What are you thankful for today?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1. Nasal spray. My allergies have gone crazy!
2. Organic, fair-trade tea in my handmade mug. I bought the latter from Forever Tuesday at Indie Emporium. (The tea is Choice Green Moroccan Mint.)
3. Re-learning to knit. I had forgotten how much fun it can be.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And a close-up of my new products (Charming Memory bracelets and Whimsy rings) on their displays:
Oh my gosh, look at the crowd! (If you look carefully, you might spy me in my fuchsia sweater.)Here are two of my shoppers, the cutest little two-year-old boy and his nervous dad:
Day 2 didn't have the previous night's insane onslaught of people, but it was a lot of fun and profitable, too. Here I am at my booth:
If you look, you can see some carnage. My hooks didn't want to stay on the picture-frame displays, and look how quickly I sold out of one of my scrubs. I ended up selling the sample one, too! I guess I'll know to make more Orange Spice ones next time. Look at this close-up of some of my bargain jewelry:
Later that evening, I modeled in the fashion show, but I don't have any photos to share yet. When I do, I'll certainly post them.
As always, the best part was chatting with customers and other crafters. These shows give great feedback on what products people like and which displays draw in the eye. The #1 highlight, though, was the young lady who came to my booth and told me she'd bought one of my Wonderland rings from The Felt Bird -- and she was wearing it! That filled me with such joy.
Though it's tempting to continue basking in the glow of a successful venture, now I have some serious crafting to do!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Maybe it's because I like my job, or maybe I'm just a nut, but I love Mondays. Yes, they have me rising early after two days of fun. However, they also mark another new beginning. I measure time in weeks for the most part, so I consider each Monday morning to be another chance to start again. I feel more creative and productive on Monday mornings than pretty much any other time. My head is filled with ideas and projects, generally dreamed up the night before, and I can really dive into my writing assignments for the week. At the beginning of the week, I make a mental or physical list of everything I want to do or try over the next seven days. This includes craft projects, work tasks, and health stuff (recipes, exercises, etc.).
I think of each new week as a chance to do better than the week before. My life is a constant effort to be the best person I can be. I want to be smarter, healthier, more creative, a better partner, and an involved citizen of the world. There are a million ways to make strides in all these areas, and I make a concerted effort to accomplish all I can throughout the week. I know I'll never be perfect, but that just makes me try even harder!
The way I approach Monday morning sets the tone for my entire week. I know if I can get up to hit the gym at 6 a.m. on Monday, I can do it again throughout the week. If not, it's probably not going to happen at all. Likewise, if I can start the work week with a smile on my face, I can keep up the positivity the next four days. So while the rest of the world is begrudgingly rising and dragging themselves into work, I'm already around with a smile and a cup of fair-trade tea in my handmade mug.
What do you think about Mondays? Am I the only crazy who loves them?
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Stick around for the fashion show Saturday night to see me walk the runway, too.
You can also tune into OklaTravelNews tomorrow around 12:40 to see me promote the show.
There will be a ton of other amazing crafters at IE, too, so come on out and see us! The first 50 shoppers in the door Friday night get a bag full of amazing goodies, including a coupon to my store. OoooOoooO! Be there, folks!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I've been no fun lately, and for that I apologize. Things have been crazy between all the stuff on my plate and then a nice big helping of mono scooped on top. Yep, that's what I've been doing. I always seem to get childhood illnesses a few years later than most folks. I caught chicken pox at 7 -- two years after my kindergarten class' epidemic -- and strep throat for the first time at age 15. I guess it was about time mono found me.
So anyway, I'm making tons of fun stuff for Indie Emporium, which I'm sure you all remember is this weekend (!!). I'll have lots of fun rings, memory wire bracelets and a whole slew of one-of-a-kind pieces you won't want to miss. I'll have more details soon.
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