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New Year, New Goal

After years of being lazy with crafting and selling my crafts I made some decent strides in December.  I went to my first craft show and started an Esty shop.  I’ve even made a banner for it!

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It’s the little things like these that make me feel accomplished.

I’m going to join the new resolution bandwagon and instead of making a list for 2016 choose a word to focus on for the year.

My word is productive.

One of my biggest struggles is having too many ideas and not producing any of them, so this year I hope to be productive and make things happen.

I hope to stick with this the whole year, but I won’t beat myself up if other words/goals become more important.  As my favourite playwright says:

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Getting Back in the Saddle

Whew!  I’ve been gone quite some time…I felt like I had nothing to post for the longest time, and then I just got out of the habit

BUT!

I’m ready to get back in the saddle, metaphorically speaking of course.

Anywho, I’ve decided to mainly focus this blog on my crafting endeavors, with the occasional book review, cooking tidbit, or Goodwill discovery making its way on here.

Now on to exciting news!  On the 6th I participated in my first craft show!!!

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It was very cold in the building hence me being all bundled up.  As you can see, I have some lovely wares for sale including knitted wrist warmers, jewelry, and adorable holiday aprons.

Sadly I sold nothing.

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I do have a few bright sides.

  1. People said they liked my work.
  2. People weren’t in a buying mood.  No vendors really sold much.
  3. I DID IT!

I think the last one is most important.  I am really good at a few things, but I feel I truly excel at procrastinating.  Why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?

And yes, I did sign up for this show two weeks before it happened so I have a ton of material leftover to make even more holiday aprons, but I now have actual stock to put in an Etsy shop.  So be on the lookout for lifeisjustduckie on Etsy to fill all your holiday apron needs.

 

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Let me order last, please.

When I was a little girl I was far from the most well-behaved child.  I would throw temper tantrums…just terrible screaming and crying fits, and my parents wouldn’t know what to do with me.  I think their general reactions were to try waiting it out or threatening me: with a spanking, time-out, having a toy taken away or otherwise.

These tantrums could happen at any moment, but were most guaranteed when we went out to eat at a restaurant.  My most famous childhood story starts “Hey Kelly remember that time we were in Waffle House and you wanted pancakes…”  I actually don’t remember that story.

The point is that eventually my mom wised up.  She noticed that I took forever staring at the menu, going through every dish before I could choose one.  Soon she started giving me a smaller selection to make a choice from, and I got better at restaurants.

To this day I am one of the last people to order at a restaurant because I have to read the whole menu.

This inability to make a choice without knowing all my other choices affects more than the time I spend at a restaurant.  I put off starting on projects because I get pulled to other projects.  I have more blog post drafts than I should.  I have a to-read pile that’s about 20 books long at any given point in time.  The amount of clothes I want to make would triple the size of my already packed closet.

Sometimes I get a little disoriented and panicked when I’m over-stimulated.  I dislike the mall and big stores for this reason.  I am a slow walker because I like to notice things.

I want to say that this behaviour will stop now…but I don’t want to lie.  I will challenge myself to finish more projects than I start this year and I think that’s a start.

 

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Me Made May 2014 is Winning…

So I have discovered that for as crafty as I am I have very few me mades that work for this season/whole/pieces of an outfit.  Luckily my pledge hasn’t been the most difficult to keep but sometimes I feel like it is winning.

Last week I traveled to Minnesota with my parents to watch my brother and sister graduate from their band instrument repair tech program.  It was exciting!  I don’t remember the last time I’ve been in a car for that many miles, even going to Alabama in March only took one day of driving.  I was very good and planned ahead by making a trip to the yarn store so I would have a project to work on.  I bought this beautiful variegated yarn for a tank top that I hope to finish by the end of the month.

The week before our trip I was able to attend the theatre awards at my alma mater, Fairmont State.  These awards are called the Pappy’s after a member of the faculty from some years ago.  While I had plenty of dresses that could work, I hadn’t refashioned anything in a while and knew I could fulfill part of my MMM14 pledge while I was at it.  Unfortunately I was so excited I only have one before picture, after a cut had been made…

One day I'll remember the before shot...

One day I’ll remember the before shot…

As you can see it was a full length spaghetti strap gown which I shortened, but don’t worry I used that bottom portion to add sleeves!

Pose, pose, pose!

Pose, pose, pose!

As you can see a great time was had by all!  And the night got sillier as it went on, ending with an impromptu photo shoot at my friend Tyler’s house.   I think this dress makes a wonderful addition to my refashioned wardrobe and I had a fun time making it.  I hope to refashion some more outfits soon, I have a stack of clothes waiting for me to get my mojo back.

I’ve been a little hard on myself with the pledge, which is not what it’s about at all and I want to start having more fun with it.  This dress definitely helped with the fun part.

 

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Obligatory New Year Post

It has been freezing cold for the past few days and keeping my laptop actually on my lap is quite wonderful!  I’m hoping we’ll get a blizzard soon to make up for the lower than usual temperatures, but I’m not holding my breath.

As a new year starts everyone jumps on some bandwagon or another.  I thought of a few to join and wanted to share them…that way when I fall off (or am tempted)  I have it in writing typing that I should stay the course.

My New Year’s “Resolutions”

  • Not buy new clothes (socks and underwear don’t count)
  • Start blogging regularly (twice a month at least)
  • Sell one item a month that I have made

So far I haven’t bought any new clothes, but it’s only Day 8 and I’ve only been to the Goodwill once.

This is the first post of the new year so I haven’t fallen off there either.

And I still have three weeks til the end of January, so I’m doing good on all fronts.

On a side note I managed to do last-minute Christmas knitting, as in on Christmas knitting, and finished wrist-warmers for my brother and sister.  I didn’t manage to get a picture before they left for school but hopefully I’ll get one soon.  I haven’t completed other projects in a while, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish something soon.

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