• What's New?

    Square Payment Gateway to be Deactivated

    Last year I had several people asking for a payment gateway that wasn’t PayPal. I set up Square, and not one person has checked out using it in the year I’ve had it.

    Having Square set up does have additional costs for me, so in a few days, I’ll be removing this as an option.

    I will still have a Square account, however, so if you really want to use it instead, you’ll need to email me and I’ll manually invoice you with Square.

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    Hi! I’m Still Here!

    It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and while I’m trying to keep the blog on topic and not full of random stuff, I did want to let you all know I’m still here, I’m just super busy with school.

    I’m currently taking Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Beginning Algebra, Spanish 101, and Women in US History. That last one would be better called American Feminism I think… Lol.

    Only two of my classes are on campus; history and Spanish are online, but I’m still putting in a lot of hours studying, doing homework, actually being in class, and driving to and from class.

    Unfortunately this doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. I’m trying to at least make a few new cross stitch patterns but honestly, it’s hard to fit that into my schedule.

    One of my classes only runs for half the term though, so I should have more time to get back to designing around mid-October. Until then, you probably won’t see much of me.

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    A Website Make-Over

    Today I spent some time helping a friend on her website. We changed her theme, made a bunch of small tweaks, and changed up her landing page.

    I loved the theme she had chosen, and wanted to try it on Kittyloaf Designs with some different typography and slightly different layouts.

    Turns out, I love it, and there’s a really good chance I’m going to purchase a license for the full version of the theme with all the bells and whistles. At $29, it’s a really good deal for what you get.

    Anyway, I opted to go with a less sterile look and feel for Kittyloaf with elements that reflect myself more strongly.

    The bin of embroidery floss, and the subtle knit fabric background give the entire site a textile focus, which only makes sense since many of my crafts involve textiles.

    I really hope you’ll like the new look, and you’ll take a few minutes to explore my shop if it’s been a while. I have so many neat things to offer you!

    P. S. There’s an extra coupon for the next couple weeks – BACKTOSCHOOL will get you a hefty discount on your total purchase until I go back to school!

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    Some Personal Stuff

    I haven’t really been posting here lately and I rarely post personal stuff, but I wanted to update you all about me.

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m disabled. And I’ve improved enough over time that I need to be thinking about going back to work. The Department of Rehabilitation is footing the bill by paying all my class fees, for textbooks, and my travel expenses, which is amazing. I’ve decided top go to school to become an MLT (medical lab tech) and last Spring I took my first class. I ended up with a C, because I didn’t really mesh with the instructor’s teaching style, but a C is good enough to progress in my other courses.

    Anyway, the DoR pays my expenses within my chosen program, but I also want to take a couple Spanish classes as well. My course load for Fall is looking like BIOSCI 204, HIST 120, MATH 060, and SPAN 101. I’m super excited, but because Spanish is outside the program, I have to meet those expenses myself.

    So until August, you can use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL for 35% off literally everything in my shop. I also have yarn for sale on Ravelry- my user name there is inkdork. I had a wishlist up on Amazon with items I still needed for school but some really kind souls purchased nearly everything on the list. There really are some amazing, kin d, and wonderful people out there!

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    I’m So Excited!

    I’ve been an Ubuntu user for several years after a laptop I bought just would not run Windows properly.

    It made me get creative in a few things (using a Windows emulator to run some of my applications) and give up others (doing graphic design) because I just didn’t like the options available to me.

    My laptop has pretty much died though. The battery won’t hold a charge at all and it just shuts off for no reason even while plugged in.

    The solution of course was a new laptop, but I’m short on money right now, so I ended up ordering a little 11″ one that was on sale from Dell.

    So what am I excited about? I’ll be able to run the software that makes designing cross stitch patterns the easiest, I’ll be able to run my Beadtool application without a Windows emulator, and I’ll have more options for graphic design software. I can’t afford Adobe Illustrator but I’ve used Corel too and it’s fairly inexpensive.

    What this means is I can really get into designing things again, which means more awesome things for you!

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    Beading Patterns (and why they are blurred)

    So I’m sure you’ve noticed all of the images for my numerous beading patterns are blurry. There’s a reason for that, and the reason sucks.

    In short, I have to blur the images because if they’re nice and clear, dishonest people steal the patterns from the product image.

    I know this makes it hard to decide if you really want one of them, which is why if I have worked the pattern before, a clear photo of the finished item is added as well.

    My actual pattern files are super clear and easy to read. I have several patterns available for free; I recommend you download one of those and have a look at it before buying if you’re unsure.

    Here is a small sample of how my patterns really look :

    And as always, happy crafting!

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    New Things Are Coming!

    I’ve been working on some new creations lately, and in the next few days I’ll be adding them to my shop. I’ve been doing a lot of stitching the last few days, plus I have some great ideas for a few new cross stitch patterns!

    If you haven’t been by my shop in a while, come back and have a look. There’s some items that I’ve recently added, and I’ll be adding a new coupon as we get closer to summer.

    What’s cool about coupons? They add to your cart automatically if you buy qualifying items! There’s current about 6 coupons available for a variety of items, plus some things are always on sale.

    I generally put rainbow items on sale in June for Pride month, and skulls and other spooky stuff in October, but otherwise sale items are selected at random.

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    New Items

    I’ve added some new items to my shop today, as well as removed a few that I’ve decided to donate. The new items I added aren’t handmade though- they’re music books! I recently sold a few of my instruments so I don’t need all the books I had purchased for them. There’s books for violin, baritone ukulele, and guitar!

    I’ve got a few other listings I need to update still today, so check back this evening and see what’s new!

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    3 Days In Lake LA

    I just finished 3 days as a vendor in Lake LA at a small carnival. It was the first year this carnival had vendors, and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to go. But it was $30 for all three days and I figured I would go Friday, see how it was, and decide whether to do the other two days after that.

    Day one did not go great. I brought in $19 total, which was sadly about what gasoline costs me to drive there and back home again twice. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt though that maybe most families would come out on Saturday.

    Saturday I think I brought in about $49. At this point, I had paid for gas all three days, the space fee, and materials to make what I sold with an $8 profit. I figured I’d do Sunday too because at that point anything else I sold would be mostly profit.

    Sunday was long. 1pm to 8pm-ish. I was there at 1230 to get set up and was ready to do business at 1pm. At 3pm the carnival was just opening, despite being advertised as a 1pm start. Some people were very unhappy about the delay.

    I had 2 small sales early on in the day and then nothing for hours. I did a lot of socializing with my fellow vendors. Around 630pm, things picked up and I started making more sales, ending with the biggest one of the weekend right as I started packing up.

    All told, I brought in $123, which after all my costs (travel, space fee, materials) I actually made about $60. Not great, but better than nothing.

    My poor little introverted heart is exhausted though and needs a vacation. A vacation where there’s no other people… Lol.