Out with the Old, In with Nothing New

My birth month is almost over. It has been a mix of exciting and domestic. My hubs and I went to the casino! I have never been and after his stories of Vegas, I wanted to check one out. And he told me about great food he had and I was dying to go to a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was delish!


Somehow I forgot to take a photo of my steak. I was beside myself with excitement!

Let me just say, I am a terrible gambler. I even listened to everyone at the table and managed to lose a couple hundred dollars. Thankfully, my husband had the foresight to take our initial monies aside after winning them. And the casino even gave me $10 for signing up for their “Player’s Club” and it only took me an hour to lose. I did win some off that but played it all and have definitely realized I am not a gambler and like to hold on the the real money I worked hard for.

Speaking of work, we have spent the last two weekends cleaning out our house, specifically the basement and kitchen. After watching a documentary on Nextflix, “Minimalism”, I promptly started looking around and wanted to throw it all away! The whole “if it doesn’t bring you joy” mantra. Lots of hours of work and reminiscing. It has only taken us 8 years to get to get to going through all our stuffs. After the whole clean out, I silently vowed to not by anything more unless it brings me absolute joy.

I even had a half-notion to (gasp) part with some of my yarn stash. Partly to get nicer, luxe yarn and partly because I have – dare I say it!?! – so much yarn with more offers from my lady friends to give me their stashes. Should I make room? The yarn closet overfloweth.

I did go to my LYS. A friend of mine wanted a scarf that was soft and I wanted to make it out of nicey, nice yarn so I bought some Cascade 220 in Aran weight. It is so plush! I found out it was on sale because she is going out of business. Sad, sad. However, yay for me because I will be going back with more cash and buy more yarn. Hence, the thought of parting my some of my stash.

Reasonable idea right?!

Oh, so fun night! My oldest went to his first formal! When did he grown up from my little boy into this young man!!

My little guy did something fun as well. We got crafty together! He had a school project to make a snowman and that is just what we did. He put some great embellishments. Doesn’t he look pleased? He was so patient while I was sewing all the pieces together.

Well, that’s enough for now. Hope you are bringing in the new year with gusto!

Instagram?

I have a personal one but it just seems to be repeats of my Facebook posts. I am thinking of doing one for this persona. Thoughts? 

Who Instagrams? Who doesn’t and why? Seems like a lot of visual artists have moved to it as a viable social media outlet. 

The End is Near

Just of the year!! I am just amazed at how fast this year seemed to have gone by. It was a pretty good year overall. A lot of projects were done. A lot of trips were taken. And lots of fun was had.

I lost nearly 45 pounds and I feel so much better. Another 45ish and I will be at my goal weight. I found my exercise love in yoga. I feel so much more connected to my life and body.


I now share my craft room and it is the “office” Can you tell what side is mine?


I have more stuff to put away but I think the space is now well condensed. 

I feel well accomplished for the year. Lots of crochet, crafts and recreation. I hope you all also have done some awesome things! Here’s to a new year!

Ta-Da!!

      I spent six or so hours organizing my uarn closet. I am pleased. I also do not need anymore yarn. Want is another story.


      I also made room for my husband’s desk. It only took a year. I am saddened that I have been reduced to half my space. I didn’t take a pic of that. I might when I get situated.


      This week was gingerbread house making at school. My little guy thoroughly enjoyed it.

      We also made sugar cookies at my MIL’s…not so successful but lots of fun.


      My oldest, proud of his little tree.


      My little guy, double fisting the frosting.

      He is a hoot. The other day he was carrying on and I told him Santa wasn’t going to stop at our houseg and leave him presents. He said he didn’t care, he was still getting presents from mama. The same day he decided to trim the tree because the branches were poking him. 

      So something fun happened at my friend’s coffee shop. He ordered in some expensive coffee…kopi luwak, aka civet cat poop coffee. It is supposed to be good. I did think it tasted better than a lot of store bought coffee. I don’t think I will pay that for coffee again. We bought some to gift and I made some funny mugs.

      I have so much more to share bug it is after 1 a.m. and I should get to bed.

      More holiday craft shenanigans later rhis week. I hope you all are plowing through your list of to-dos! 

      SABLE

      Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy (for those non-crafters)

      Maybe, maybe, I am projecting a little bit…I mean, I will only be 37 next month so there’s more time that I could A) stashbust B) never buy yarn again C) find another hobby…bwahahhaaaa…or none of the above.

      I’m on my annual craftroom clean-up mission with the idea that my husband is going to finally move into the room and it will be designated the shared “office” space. We even discussed how we would arrange our desk and table so we could work together if we wanted. He was also so generous to offer that I could use his desk if I wanted but I told him that would never work. I need my space to be craft-ready.

      Thinking about all the yarn I have made me realize I need a better way to store my stash. I have over-floweth from the closet.


      In my defense, I didn’t buy it all. I had some wonderful enablers. And there was even several skeins from those stashes that I was able to use without buying more yarn. I decided to buy a storage drawer thing.


      I filled it up before I even got to the closet. I need another bin. Thankfully, these are only $18 at Wal-Mart. I am going to stack them in the closet. Out of sight, out of hubby’s mind. My little one came into the room as I was organizing and exclaimed, (I think with wonder) “I’ve never been in this closet.” Then he proceeded to help me untangle and wind stray yarn. He is such a great helper.

      I thought I might have the majority of the room cleaned up however I have only been through a quarter of it. I threw away lots of random shopping bags that held various yarns and other craft supplies. Found lots of cabled knitting needles that I need to find a way to store. They are vintage Hero needles that are nylon. I love how they are seemless and have a nice grip and glide while stitching. I do wish the points were more defined but these needles are super old!

      While also thinking of my stash, I had an idea. Weaving has caught my attention. There are these cute kiddie kits that I would love to buy. Melissa and Doug has a good size one ghat i could make placemats or a sizeable wall hanging, maybe a mini rug. Then I stop myself because when am I going to have time to weave! So many hobbies to try, so little time.


      I think I am going to hit Pinterest up for some craft room storage ideas. I don’t want my hubs to think I have too much, hee hee. Has anyone seen any great ideas and want to share?

      Graditude

      “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
      Happy Thanksgiving. Be grateful.

      Fibrous Fun

      I’m working on a website and logo for some friends of mine who took over the Central Pennsylvania Fiber Festival. I have had so much fun with these! I’m also going to vend there with the soap but the event isn’t til the spring.


      PA colors are blue and gold and then I tried some other fun color combinations. I looked at other fiber festival logos and took into consideration of what the board was thinking of. I love Rhinebeck’s yarn festival logos. It changes every year. How cute is that!

      I am a very graphic, graphic designer…with bold coloring and solid looking design. I wanted to sit down and draw something out to give a more organic feel but I really just didn’t have time. That’s where my last set of yarn scribbly came from. 

      I would LOVE to hear your honest thoughts! I value the opinion of the target audience and you, my dear bloggy friend, are it! Thanks bunches!

      Tragedy 

      This was a hard week.

      Monday, there was a deadly shooting of a mother and her son. The son’s children were in the house being protected by his sister. They are related to a very dear friend of mine’s fiance, who is also a good friend. No reason as of yet or anyone apprehended for the crime.

      Tuesday, another deadly shooting…a double suicide of some local teens. A boyfriend and girlfriend found in a car. The boy, 16, was my eldest son’s childhood friend from Boy Scouts. They’ve known each other since first grade. Just devastating to our community. Our high school student body has been rocked.

      Wednesday was the second anniversary of one of my best friend’s death who died from cancer. I miss him so much.

      Please hold your loved ones close, closer than you think you should.