Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sigh

I haven't been able to concentrate on anything yet this week, but thought I'd stop by to let you know why. Well,  I live in central California and we are currently experiencing one of our triple-digit heatwaves. We have them every year, it's not all that exciting nor surprising. That being said, what makes me mention this one is that our air conditioning has failed on us. It happened Monday morning, but it took most of the day for me to figure out that out since we try not to run it too much anyway. By that point it was too late in the day to call for repair, so we slept in a 90º house.

Tuesday morning after several phone calls, I finally got on a list for repair. One company had their earliest appointment on the 30th...10 days away, ugh. I called another with a better, but still not good timeline since the heatwave has caused a serious backup at all the hvac places. So here we are about to spend a third day without the assistance of chemical cooling. It will likely be at least another day and probably hundreds of dollars before we get relief.

So apparently I cannot focus on anything when I'm this bloody hot. I mean I actually prefer the heat to the cold, but this is a bit much. I'm reading a bit, and knotting a bit, but I'm listless and lazy. I am crossing my fingers for a speedy and hopefully not too expensive repair, but bracing myself for a few more days of heat and a ridiculous bill. Too bad I haven't sold anything much in months and I definitely don't have enough creative energy right now to design anything new. Oh well, nothing much for it right now but to muddle though and muddle though I will.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello

Just a quick note this week to say that I am indeed still alive and kicking. It's been quite busy around here with end of the school year business, appointments, meetings, etc. I've not sat down nearly enough this week, in my opinion, but I have gotten some work in on my large Armenian lace piece. It's now at about a meter across. I also had to finally get some more thread for it as I've killed yet another ball. Of course I had to order it because no one carries size 20 thread anywhere in town.

Next week is the last one for homeschooling and should prove to be just as distracting as this one to my handicrafts. I'm personally quite looking forward to the week after and just a little bit of mindlessness. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weekend Recap

Well, we had a pretty busy weekend around here. We hosted a birthday gathering for the oldest child and that of course meant cleaning and preparing food and then cleaning again. I was also quite fortunate to get another order in my etsy shop just after I wrote on Friday. This was for another pair of barefoot sandals, but a much more complex design. I worked on remaking the pair off an on throughout the weekend. Luckily due to the postal holiday I had a couple of extra days to use the existing pair as a template to get the new pair made.

On Sunday we headed out to Monterey Bay Aquarium for the day. It was the last bit of birthday celebrations and it was quite lovely out there. The weather here inland is already too hot, but the coast was a cool 60º. We also met up with my brother who lives near there and had some family time and catching up.

We had a few errands to run on our day off yesterday, but I also got another order in my shop. This time it was for a simple cuff bracelet. I happily went to work remaking that as well. I got both pieces remade by the end of the day yesterday and we're just starting our third to last week of homeschooling. There are a few more projects and tests to worry about as well as other family events coming up, more birthdays and a graduation. So I'm still pretty busy, but since some of that busy is tatting, I made time to write. I'm not sure what I'll get done this week yet, but I'm feeling a little more focused already.

Friday, May 26, 2017

I'm Back

Hello everyone, which is probably just a small handful of people at this point I'm guessing. Clearly I've been taking a bit of a break on the blogging. I've also been taking a bit of a break with basically everything craft related. Sales in my etsy shop have had me wondering lately if I ought to just throw in the towel with the whole endeavor. I'm not quite ready to let go yet though. I do still quite enjoy creating and that's still the best outlet for it.





Over the past couple of weeks, I've spent a lot of time on family stuff, birthdays, moving, divorces, none of those things are mine by the way. I spent a weekend cross stitching a clearance sampler kit while watching Netflix with the family. I've also spent some time with the slowly growing Armenian lace doily/tablecloth, though I haven't taken a picture of it in a while. I probably spent the most time reading actually. Well that and contemplating the idea of writing something myself. I'm not certain I have the skill set for that though.



It's also the home stretch of the homeschooling year. We have just a few weeks left and that means a lot of projects and state testing to deal with. So I guess that I just took the time off from being an artisan to focus on all these other things for a while. I did just finally get an order in my etsy shop yesterday that got me tatting again and that is likely what brought me back here as well. I finally have something tatting related to share, though to be honest it's just a pair of barefoot sandals you've seen countless times before.

So I'm hoping that I can get back into the habit of creating and blogging again soon, though I somehow doubt I'll be as consistent as I used to be. I just need to find a bit more motivation somewhere to really get back into everything. Here's hoping that it actually exists. Regardless, life is fine and I'm still making things, always making things.



Friday, May 12, 2017

One Off

I meant to write yesterday morning to show you this necklace that I made, but I got distracted by my sister-in-law going into labor. Her and my brother live quite a distance away, so we were relying on text updates and I guess that had much of my focus. The baby wasn't born until this morning by the way...it was clearly a marathon experience for them.

Back to the lace though, I added some tatting on either side of the metal ring and then finished it off with crochet chains and a macrame slide clasp. I also meant to get it listed in my shop yesterday, but the aforementioned distraction was a pretty all encompassing. I'm hoping that I can focus today among all the cleaning I have to do before this weekend. We're hosting Mother's Day at our house and since I don't want to have to clean on Sunday myself, I've got to get it done today. So here's to a productive day and a busy weekend.