A week ago, my boyfriend of almost 8 years and I mutually decided to end our relationship. The most obvious result of this was that I had to move out, and having nowhere else to go, I went back to my mom’s. The biggest downside to this is I have too much stuff. I’ve thrown away an entire barrel full, donated two carloads of stuff to thrift, returned some things to the places I bought them, and sold a few other items. I’ve also gifted a few things and done a few random acts of kindness just to clear some stuff out. And you know what? I still have too much stuff! So if you were on the fence about buying something from me, I would love if you did it now simply because I need to downsize dramatically. I probably won’t have any new makes for a while because I don’t have a work space yet, but hopefully that will change soon.Read the rest…

It’s been since November that I last posted and I’ve been trying for ages to make a new post but it keeps not happening. I’ve been getting past a yarncraft slump, where for months I didn’t want to do anything more than give some of my softer skeins an occasional squeeze. I’m past that now though, and have knitted a few things, and am currently working on the Good Vibes shawl from ¬†wonderful French designer. I’m almost done with the big main color section and I will start the first stripe tomorrow when my other yarn color arrives. Speaking of yarn, I’m currently cold sheeping. I’m hoping to make it through the end of the year without falling off the wagon, but we’ll see. My big goal is to get down to only 38 miles of yarn in my stash- I had 52, I donated 4, and now I just want to use up another 10. There are a few exceptions of when I can buy yarn, though for the most part, no new yarn is kind of the rule. I can use gift cards to buy yarn. I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts. I can buyRead the rest…

I was struck by an idea this evening for a simple way to display the necklaces I’ve made for my shop rather then just having them all stuffed into a drawer. My solution? It cost me $5 and about 15 minutes. Remember my bench rebuilding project? I had a piece of wood left over from that that was 34″ long- which was only 2″ shorter than I initially planned on, and sawing wood down to smaller pieces with a hand saw sucks, so I went with it like it was instead of cutting a larger piece down. Then I popped over to Lowe’s, bought a package of screws (I only needed 2) to mount the board to the wall, and spent another $3.58 on a package of 40 7/8″ rounded, semi-circular screw hooks. I drilled a hole near each end for the mounting screws, and one hold down the middle every 1.5″ to screw a hook into. Remember when drilling your pilot holes to make them a size smaller in the wood then the actual screw is. Then I screwed it into the wall and hung up all the necklaces! Easy, and fast! You could of course paint or stainRead the rest…

First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages. I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room. This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn. The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put themRead the rest…