The All Day Purse

The All Day Purse

This was the purse I crocheted all day on Memorial Day. Well, maybe not all day, but it has some serious hours invested in it.

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A Craftmanic Phenomenom

I love to buy crafty things. Compulsively, in excess. I’m a binge crafting shopper. When I see something I like, I just can’t help myself in buying more. I also make money on the things that I make. However, in the end, I’m sure I don’t come even close to breaking even. That’s because I spend the money I make on MORE craft supplies. You know what I mean! I know I’m not the only one who does this!

This is the Craftmanic Revolving Door: I spend money to make money yet spend more money (on the hope and eventuality) that I might make more money on the things I just spent money on that may or may not be directly related to the current project(s).

Case in point: I wanted to knit some hats for profit. Not an easy feat if you’ve ever knit before and know how long it can take. Yarn is relatively cheap in comparison to other things I buy. I’ve spent $4 on a roll of washi tape that’s as much as a skein of yarn on sale or with a coupon.  (Don’t think about $4 tape, that’s nothing and another thought!) I looked at the fair market value of knit hats and I think to myself, would I pay that much? Is it reasonable? What is so darn special about a $45 knit hat? Can I justify it?? I wouldn’t spend $45 on a knit hat unless it was absolutely freaking fantastalicious and I, in no means, am able to replicate it. There’s not much I can’t replicate but I can admit that I’m prone to instant gratification of owning what I want this instant!

Anyway, back to knitting hats…I went a bit yarn crazy in building my stash for my hat endeavor. I found a great deal on over 100 skeins of yarn for $55. It was sold out from under me. So I found another great deal on yarn after scouring the internet and posting on facebook my anguish of losing such a deal on yarn. I spent $110 on almost the same amount.  In the grand yarn scheme, that’s not a lot.  I certainly didn’t need that much damn yarn! I didn’t tell my husband about it either and ran home each night waiting for the shipments to arrive so I could delight in my fibrous frenzy. In reality, I only needed a modest amount of yarn to start making my hats. Like one skein for every order instead of a skein for every order I may never get. I’m ambitious! I like to be prepared. I also relish every time I open my closet and see my rainbow of yarn.

Now that it is summer, not many people are interested in hats. I’ve put that on hold. Currently, I’m making cup cozies. They are super fast. And I am almost finished in making my first purse. More on that later…I’m still getting my project list built up to use up my yarn stash so I can buy more soon!

Homesteading Summers

Summer 1 – 2012

A few weekends ago we cracked open a jar of pickles we canned last summer at our first summer kick off party and we were delightfully impressed with ourselves. They were tangy, salty, and full of wonderful dilly flavor. I was quite inspired to do it again this year with our own pickles! Last year’s pickles were someone else’s crop that we experimented with. After we gathered all our supplies from various stores, our cupboard and read up on what pickling entails, we set out for a long, hot day of canning. Our efforts were rewarded with three quarts of pickles! 549566_691791877092_281878998_n

Not a lot mind you, but plenty for our first try.

I thought that would be the end of our homesteading adventures, but alas, no. We have grand ideas. We can be more sustainable! And produce is very expensive.

Summer 2 – 2013

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We put in a garden this past Memorial Day weekend. It was the perfect weekend to do so. Not too hot, with a breeze and lots of time on hand.  I rarely have much time to do time and labor intensive things at the house so I’m hoping that having this garden will help me cultivate the family time as well as vegetables for my family.

Preparing the plot of land for our family garden was a huge task. It’s just a tiny bit of our yard but full of foliage, some weeds, some plants that needed transplanted and whole lot of rocks. The dirt has a lot of clay in it and random rocks embedded in so tilling was a chore. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that bit. This whole gardening business is literally backbreaking work. I hope we get lots and lots of veggies! This earth mama seriously needs to see the fruits of her labor! I planted green beans, lettuce, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes…nom nom nom.

My loving husband constantly laments over his hope that I settle down and have time to do all the things I say I’m going to do with this garden. He’s already said we need to set aside a day for the canning. I can already see that disaster of a day happening. He doesn’t handle heat well and it gets HOT in my kitchen.  I’m thinking of all the lovely foodstuff we’ll be making with our crop. Salsa, spaghetti sauce, salads, stuffed peppers, cream corn, zucchini bread and of course, pickles!  We’ll see if all this happens. I’ve already started daydreaming of eating the food.

Family Gardening

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

~ Buddha

Currrent Craftmania

These are things that are the top of my Craftastic Craftmania List:

My Silhouette machine

Yarn

Washi Tape

Knitting

Coffee Cozies

Crocheting

Soap

Baby clothes

Invitations

Bacon (okay-not crafting related but I seriously Love Me Some BACON)

Vinyl decals

Buttons

Pinterest

Glitter

Kraft papery things

Bacon…what can I craft with bacon?? This eludes me yet. I’m working on it.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg for me. I have endless lists of things that I love and want to try. Things move up and down on the list of crafting priorities. Currently in my purse there are two skeins of yarn that I’m knitting for different projects. At home, there looks like a vinyl bomb went off on the kitchen table for a point of purchase sign that I’m building and a loaf of soap that needs cut.  I’ll be getting to each of things in my own manic time. Which is usually sooner than later.

According to Webster’s Dictionary

My husband says I have issues. I’m not arguing with that. I take something for anxiety but it only does just enough to curb my constant thoughts and jubilee over the next great thing I have discovered. i used to wonder if I were AD/HD or something like my oldest son, but I can actually focus and get things done even throughout interruption. But manic, now that’s a word that truly describes me.

manic |ˈmanik|

adjective

showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy : his manic enthusiasm | a manic grin.

• frenetically busy; frantic : the pace is utterly manic.

• Psychiatry relating to or affected by mania : the manic interludes in depression.

I am certainly frenetically busy. And often deranged. Mostly about what I think I can accomplish in a certain amount of time and trying to multitask the crap out of things. At the moment, I’m very excited in trying to organize my thoughts and the various projects that I’m doing that I’ll write all that I can about this current state. But honestly, there may come a day where I might just stop writing. Let’s not hope for that.

I’m one Craftmanic Mommy

I’m a craftastic manic mama to a teenaged son and a toddler son.  Wife to a husband who just doesn’t get my endless need and drive to do things. I’m a late night, almost self-induced insomniac crafter, taking advantage of the precious moments that no one can interrupt my crafting compulsions. There’s an endless list of things I want to make, do and learn about that I often get overwhelmed with trying to cram in all that I can. Lover of pinterest that fuels and feeds the moments I can’t actually be on-hands crafting.  I work a day time job as a graphic designer, have a small freelance business AND own a small handmade soap company, yet I’m constantly plagued by thoughts of what else can I be making…I’d like to be a stay at home crafting mama yet that hasn’t come to fruition yet. Join me on my rambling journey of world wide crafting.