Cranxiety

Cranxiety: Anxiety that a crafter/ maker experiences when:

1) Creating an item and wondering if it will be well liked/received/ appreciated by the recipient

2) Creating an item for someone and wondering if it will fit appropriately

3) Creating an item and comparing it to other makers items.

4) Being overly critical of their own goods.

5) They want to apply to a really super awesome craft show in their town but wonder if they really are as cool as those other really cool makers that they saw at the previous years craft show.

And that my friends is what I’m experiencing right now.  You see, there is this super rad craft show in my town put on by Craft Mafia.  It’s not just your grandmas craft show, y’all! It seriously is the bees knees.  I used to have an etsy shop where I sold whimsical crocheted hats targeted towards newborns/babies.  It was fun, for a bit until I realized that crocheting all the day long just wasn’t appealing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love crocheting but I also love dabbling in so many other things that I was feeling stuck and so I stopped. Crocheting is pretty awesome but crocheting hat after hat after hat gets mundane, no matter how adorable they are.  Most certainly some of these guys will make an appearance in the etsy shop, because there is no way I could totally kick such cuteness out!

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I’ve continued making many things as gifts for family and friends since I stepped away from my days as a compulsive yarn-buying crocheter of infant hats. I’m also in the works of getting my shit together to open up a new, improved, much more up my “not in a box alley” etsy shop. BUT that hasn’t completely happened quite yet! However, currently in the works are:

1) Expanding on these sweet little gnome hats that I made for Sugar Pies birthday party.  I’m thinking felt pirate hats, crowns, and wizard hats as well as of course, the gnome hats!

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2) 4 ft. play tents aka: “pup tents”

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3) Some lovely ribbon wands, which will also get expanded upon and turned into wizard/magic wands, fairy/princess wands etc..

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3) Capes, capes, capes! I’m way excited about these but don’t have a good picture yet to post!  Just imagine dual sided capes: 1 side super hero, 1 side magician/wizard- totally fun, no?

4) I also have been cranking out a good number of these little personalized swaddle wraps (which I know don’t flow with the above, but whatevs..) that will probably go up in the new etsy shop, but maybe it wouldn’t really make sense at the craft show!

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5) Felt Donuts!!!!!!! Donuts are totally the new cupcake, don’t you agree!?  I’ll have to take a picture of some completed donuts tomorrow (which come in sets of 3 in a cute little sewn bag).  I am thinking of maybe adding some other felted sweets, or maybe not, I don’t know! For now, here is a little teaser of what I’ve been working on:

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6) Embroidered hoop art!  This stuff takes fo-evaaaa yo- that’s no lie.  I now totally get why they are so pricey to buy!  Also, I randomly decided to try wrapping the outside with fabric and WHOA- I’m in love! I don’t know if I would sell these or not if accepted into Richmonds finest craft show, but you can bet that at least one will be used to enhance my display because they are beautiful!

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Now do you see why I can’t just crochet newborn hats all the day long!? My brain just wasn’t putting up with that nonsense.

Oh and yes, I’m supposed to also describe on the application how my booth will look! Whaaaaa? My booth? First I’ve got get all my goods together THAN I’ll get that booth together! One step at a time grasshopper! But do not worry- I am an art teacher, currently on hold, and I know how to set up a mean display that won’t disappoint!

Onward I go, I’m going to just bite the bullet and apply. I only have $10 to lose, which actually would buy me two lattes at my favorite coffee shop here in town.  Even more reason why I need to make the cut because I can’t handle wasted coffee money!

Wish me luck!

Express Yo-self, HEY HEY HEY HEY!

Happy Friday everyone!  Apparently the Harvest Moon (is that supposed to be capitalized?!) is in full effect. I woke up this morning to Sugar Pie having a fever and my sassy Pomeranian drinking absurd amounts of water which led me to think he was having renal failure and would be dead within hours.  Then he vomited blue. Then I saw a bag of homemade salt dough sitting on the kitchen table that he had ripped into and eaten, which explained the copious fluid intake.

photo Seriously, this dog has consumed so much shit (literally and figuratively because he does eat his own turds on a regular basis) that I don’t know how he isn’t dead.  These toxic items include but are not limited to, 1 pack of mint gum, 1 pack of cigarettes, salt dough, ant bait, dark chocolate and so on and so forth.

But yes, I’m blaming that damn moon on my inability to sleep, my neurotic dog going into fake renal failure and my daughter having a fever.

Moving on.

The weather was amazing here this morning, in the 60’s and overcast. So so dreamy! Naturally, I broke out the recipe for some really awesome sidewalk paint to get creative with Sugar Pie & to try to forget that she’s on the verge of an inevitable bug.  I found this great recipe on Pinterest somewhere but never actually pinned it. It works beautifully, is bright, and washes off with a hose!  The first time that we used the paint, it was on our back patio.  When we first painted, it appeared very thin and translucent but within 2 minutes it began drying and became bright and opaque!

cropped-paintingpicture.jpgSugar Pie did decide to dump the paints and use her hands and feet to smear the paint all over, rather than to paint but hey, she’s two! Today I was hunting for something different from just a cup to mix the paints, in hopes of encouraging her to paint with the brush and not dump the paints everywhere.  And there they were staring at me from high in my cabinet, some good old snack cups!  Brilliant! Perfect size for mixing paints, they have the slotted openings so that a brush would easily fit inside, enough of a lid to discourage her from dumping the paint AND a handle so that she could hold her paint in one hand and her brush in another!

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We also added some glitter into the paint this time, which was really fun and showed up nicely once the paint dried!

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The only bummer about the paint is that it was pretty difficult to actually paint on a sidewalk due to the rough texture!  Driveways, patios, bricks and anything else that you dare let your toddler enhance, would all be very great options to use this paint on. (though you may want to do a little test spot to make sure it won’t stain if you’re worried about that)

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And now (FINALLY) the recipe:

Sidewalk Paint:

2TBS cornstarch

3TBS water

2TBS washable paint (we used Crayola kids paints)

Mix them all up and you have enough for one color!  I didn’t measure the glitter, I just poured a bunch into each cup because truth be told, you can never have too much glitter!!!!

Enjoy!

XO

Here We Go Again

I’m baaaaack!  I’m way excited to start blogging again & documenting/ sharing / commiserating with you all.  It’s been far too long.  Writing this post feels like the beginning of a story or a new friendship and I’ll be honest,  beginnings are quite awkward for me.

Once upon a time a few years back, I started a blog dedicated to my journey through infertility.  It was quite amazing how blogging about such a painful, all-consuming part of my life helped me wade through the shit hole that it was is.  (oh and yes, I do use profanity in my writing because there are very few moments I can scream a good, “what the fuck?!” in real life and you ALL know that feels good to scream now and again!) SO, three or so years later I landed pregnant after our “third and final” IUI and after multiple surgeries, procedures and miscarriages.  Which meant suddenly I was on the other side and it left me with no idea how to post about my new mama woes on a blog dedicated to infertility.  So I didn’t.  For two years, I did not write.  BECAUSE really, nobody going through that shit hole cares about how you no longer sleep. ever.

Two years later and my sweet Sugar Pie sleeps, and so do I. Which, has opened a whole new door.  I now can muster the energy to bake, cook, craft, sew and do some of the things that I find lots of joy in!  Before Sugar Pie came along I was an elementary art teacher & it’s just in my blood to make things (except for apparently babies, I’m not really good at making those).

So here we are, starting this blogging relationship all over again & I’m pumped!  This go round I’m not putting myself in a box though.  YES, I am still quite infertile & will be taking you down the inevitable shit hole #2 with me BUT that is not all oh no, that is not all.  Quite certainly at some point I’ll ramble & share all about

art, photography, gentle parenting, being a DIY idea stealer borrower, infertility, coffee, coffee, coffee, sewing, cooking, baking, Sugar Pie, being a wannabe vegetarian, craftiness, running, being a SAHM, toddler crafts,

AND whatever other random thoughts may flow from my fingers onto this lovely screen.

A big welcome to everyone and thanks for stopping by my new humble abode on this here interwebs!

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