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!
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!
I just went through the few remaining physical items I had marked as free and put them in a bag to be donated tomorrow, found a few other items I don’t want to sit on any longer, made sure my etsy listings matched up with what’s still available… and I deleted almost 60 items from my shop. Some were sold out so they don’t really count, but a lot just weren’t up to the current level of perfection or were perfectly made, but just not moving.
There’s going to be some happy thrift store shoppers though! A few of my friends will be receiving gifts as well so my loss is several people’s gain.
I’m really excited to be clearing out some product, even if its just donating it, because it means I’ll have that much more space to organize and store the things I love! There’s still a few tough decisions to make (books I loved as I child, I mean you!) but I think I’m going to be a lot happier by tomorrow afternoon.
And right now if you browse my shop, there’s quite a few items on sale right now, tons of great patterns, and as always, there’s coupon code LSG for those who want to save another 10% off their purchase. I might even stick a few more items on sale this evening… hmmm… 🙂
The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day.
After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them.
This is what I came away with.
Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99)
RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99)
8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49)
2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19)
Total savings $17.18
After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff.
3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99)
2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49)
Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off coupon – $5.61 (reg. $9.99)
Total savings $11.09
I spent $54 including tax on 18 skeins of yarn, mostly in colors I didn’t already have.
Now the question is where am I going to put it all?
I went by one of my favorite thrift stores yesterday morning because I wanted to check out something I thought I saw the day before. What was I after? This. An almost 8 pound bag of buttons!
For anyone unfamiliar, typically buttons are purchased on a card with somewhere between 2 and 8 buttons to a card depending on size. A card can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 retail. There are literally thousands of buttons in this bag. I paid $28.33 after tax for it. If there are 2,000 buttons in the bag, I paid $0.014 per button. That’s a steal!
I’ve been working on sorting them the last day or so and wow it is slow going!
On the left are the colored ones, plus the black shanked buttons and the ones made out of shell. In the middle are all browns and metal ones. And on the right are black ones, and the whitish ones. Most of them are divided further by size, unless I only have enough of that color family to fill one spot. I’m nowhere near done sorting them, but I’m going to keep going until I fill up all three containers and then pass the rest onto Tracy at Art Resurrected.
There have also been quite a few conchos that I will be giving to someone who is really into leather-work right now.
This is about half of them that I dug out of the buttons- there’s literally about 90 of these.
On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping.
This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it.
I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters.
There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them.
The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them.
I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.
As you know, this last Saturday I did a craft fair at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. It ended up being me, and 3 other crafters, two of which I already know and am friends with. The third was a woman my other two friends had met at another event previously and passed along the event’s info to her.
Another vendor’s husband took this photo of me sitting at my table. My space was a little chaotic, but luckily people weren’t shy about digging through the bins with my knit and crochet pieces, and picking them up, trying them on, and in general checking things out.
My three earring display racks were divided up by $5, $10, and $15, and while I didn’t sell a lot, I did make about $70 over my table fee (the event was only 3 hours long) and that’s money I can put towards my trip to Washington state to visit my friend Nikki somewhere in the next few months. That makes me happy! 🙂
I did sell a few pieces I really didn’t think people would be interested in, though not as many of them as I had hoped. I might be making a donation to the thrift store really soon with some of the items I just can’t move. Not the best outcome, but it happens. Sometimes things just flop.
Anyway, if you came out to see us Saturday, thank you and I hope you had a great night! We had fun and I know I would do the event again if asked to.
Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.
Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”
Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.
Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.
The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!
Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.
Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.
I just can’t win lately when it comes to ordering things online. About a month ago, I placed two orders on Amazon with private sellers, both based somewhere in China. I’ve not had any real issues in the past so thought nothing of it. One order was for a selection of crochet hooks, 12 of them, in sizes 3mm through 10mm. I really wanted that 10mm hook. I ordered the set for that 10mm hook. The other order was for a 4 pack of a small compartmentalized containers.
After a few weeks I received my package with ONE container in it. Just one. I contacted the seller and asked where the other three were. They said it would be several weeks but I would get the other three shipped out as soon as possible. I got my second package from them yesterday. It had ONE container in it. I emailed them again asking where the other two are at. I’m seriously frustrated because knowing these were going overseas, you’d think they would be more careful in getting an order right because shipping takes up a lot of time. But no. I’m still two containers short. I got an email from them today saying they were out of stock and will send the other two immediately. I’m not holding my breath though. Is it that hard to say we are out of stock and will send then as its possible to do so, or offer a partial refund?
I received another package yesterday as well, this one from the crochet hook people. Did it contain my 10mm hook? No. It contained 11 hooks ranging from 2.75mm to 8mm. So now I have a freakish number of really tiny hooks, and still no 10mm that I really wanted in the first place. I left less then stellar feedback, and also stated on my review that the hooks were fine, but the seller, as many other buyers have stated, doesn’t seem able to deliver a 10mm hook no matter what happens. At this rate I give up and will just find a 10mm hook here locally so I am guaranteed to get the damned thing. After I left not so stellar feedback for the seller, I was offered a refund without return. I’ll take it, but damn it I just wanted that one stupid hook!
Saturday night Mattie and I were at friends’ and I was chatting with my friend Tracy via messenger. Tracy is a fellow crafter and all around brilliant creative mind. I’d say this conversation was divergent from the norm, but that would be a lie because all of our conversations go kind of like this.
Me : I bought some novelty buttons today that look like bees. I’m not sure why. They should be here midweek.
Tracy : Do you need bee buttons?
Me : No, but maybe I can make a beehive hat? Lol
Tracy : Beehive hat… Never thought you would be interested in something like that.
Me : There is a hat pattern on ravelry.com called Wurm that I think in the right colors would look like an old cartoon style beehive with some small modifications.
Tracy : Um…what occasions do you plan to wear this too?
Me : Haha I have no idea. To the beekeepers convention?
Tracy : You don’t keep bees. Lol
Me : Um… Erm… I… Uh… I honestly have no good answer.
Tracy : I think you are getting as bad as me. Lol
Me : Craft daft?
Tracy : Yes. And buy supplies with crazy ideas in mind for no good reason.
I’m positive that we are not the only crafters out there with this problem, and lots of you are also buying up random supplies with a wild idea vaguely in mind or just because the impulse struck, and you were sure you could use them one day. I personally now really want to make the beehive hat and saw some yarns at Joann’s which would work perfectly for that I had in mind!
I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time!
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I’m learning to #crochet! This is after about 2 hours on and off but I’m really proud of how even my stitches ate and how smooth my tension is! Knowing how to #knit already helped tremendously in that! This is triple crochet that I learned from YouTube after learning single from my friends Jenna! #crafting #madebyme
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