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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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

Sometimes, Someone Just Gets You

A couple months back, someone I vaguely know in passing from a website I frequent took possession of several of the items I had been giving away. She wanted to compensate me somehow, I gave her my PayPal address and my mailing address and forgot about it.

A few days ago I received a package from her that was so perfectly me! She included a project bag she made, a nice card, some sock yarn, a skein of beautiful metallic embroidery floss, and a gorgeous focal bead!

To say I was thrilled is an understatement!

The project bag is perfect because my doggos are two of my favorite people!

This photo does not do the bead justice!

Anyway, thank you again, dear stranger / friend from the internet! ❤️❤️❤️

Spring Cleaning!

Do you guys remember what this means? Two years ago in spring, I was breaking up with my ex and I threw away, sold, or donated about 60% of my things.

Last year, with no special circumstance, I got rid of a ton of stuff again.

And this year is no different!

I’ve already purged my shop of things I didn’t love, listings for items I no longer had, and added new items that I kept putting off.

I’ve donated a ton more stuff, and I’m still finding things to sell or donate.

Right now I’m taking a good hard look at my books. I have so many books that I loved once upon a time but now they’re just taking up space. Time to let so many of them go.

I’ve also got fabrics I’m not going to use that I’m working on listing for sale. Some are full yardages, and others are project leftovers. I’d like to be able to organize the remaining fabrics into my drawers neatly, and have an entire drawer available for collecting things for swaps.

I’m also thinking about painting again. I have that event coming up in two weeks (see my last post) and it would be cool to have a few fun paintings to try to sell.

Tomorrow I’m thinking about looking at my ring blanks and maybe doing something with those. Maybe some glitter encrusted polymer clay “stones” set into them. I have some glitter that will look just like an opal!

I’m Going to be in a Town Near You!

In two weeks, I’ll be doing a small carnival as a vendor in Lake Los Angeles, California. This will be over 3 days, Friday through Sunday, and I’m hoping for great weather since I’ll be outdoors the whole time.

Here’s the details!

Spring Community Carnival

16801 East Avenue P

Lake Los Angeles, California

Friday 3/15 – 4pm to 830pm

Saturday 3/16 – 3pm to 830pm

Sunday 3/17 – 1pm to 830p

I hope to see you all there, but if not, you can always visit my shop here in this website. I’ve got about 250 amazing items to choose from!

New Products Being Added!

After my big cleanup and removal of a bunch of products which were donated or taken apart to be remade, I’m spending today adding new products that I never uploaded to the site.

First up is a random collection of kids’ bracelets. There’s 3 sets of 10 available!

I’ve also added 15+ sets of hair clips with crocheted flowers (and one set with hearts!) today. These are really cute and suitable for little ones or adults!

I still have a ton of very pretty bracelets to upload but I need to compare my current inventory to what’s actually online. Adding each listing takes time and I would hate to accidently create a duplicate of something that’s already up.

So stay tuned, and maybe pop back in after the weekend to see everything I’ve added! There’s also new coupons being added to go with the new products!

And as always, coupon code LSG will get you an additional 10% off!