Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Wednesday September 29th 2010

YAAAAAWWWWWNNNN! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Yawn!  Feeling very tired today - keep falling asleep in my chair so I'm dosing myself with strong tea.  I'm sure I read once that chocolate has a lot of caffeine in it which is a good reason to get a pile in this afternoon. 

I have so much to do - gotta get through the whole of Ethan Frome by tomorrow to help a girl with her essay.  I'm so close to the end of the third try of my doiley and it's biloody typical that I now prefer my second draft!!!    So I want to be able to block it out and compare the two.  There is a mountain of stuff to photograph and catalogue for the website and my house needs decorating (although that might have to wait FOR  A FEW YEARS!)

It's my mum's birthday on Saturday and I want to make her some yarn ball pots.  I have the clay and I thought it would be lovely if my two boys painted one each for Grandma.  It's becoming touch and go whether they dry in time, though.  Better do that first. 

Right so priority list: 
  1. Stop faffing around with this blog and do some work
  2. Eat chocolate
  3. Make 2 yarn pots
  4. Eat chocolate and drink strong tea
  5. Finish reading Ethan Frome and put together an essay plan
  6. Eat chocolate, drink strong tea and eat more chocolate
  7. Finish and block doiley
  8. Pretend there is nothing else to do until tomorrow
  9. Celebrate with a slice of chocolate cake and a lovely cup of tea

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Saturday September 25th 2010

Phew!  First of the twenty 24" doilies finished.  Gonna start again, though because the thread is too fine and the look is too lacey (doesn't pay to be a perfectionist).  Was going to take time out from doilies but the new size 10 thread arrived and now I feel obliged to get going again.  I am going to indulge myself with a couple of hours on my pet projects too, though.  

The Beginning of my Extreme Afghan

I have a scumble winter hat in whites and creams on the go, a blue, circular free-form baby blanket, a hanging basket, an amigurumi cat and an enormous afghan with an extreme hook.  Soooooooo, plenty to choose from.

Been playing around with the website.  Still haven't managed to get the checkout sorted so that customers don't have to register in order to buy something - it drives me crazy so it must madden other people too!  Will try again tomorrow after seeking expert guidance because I managed to crash the whole site for two hours yesterday after fiddling around in code I didn't really understand.

Set up a sale, though, and that should encourage a few more sales.

Next job is to design a competition.  I've got to come up with a good prize but I have a theme (not telling yet, before you ask!).  Can't wait.  It's really quite exciting!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wednesday September 22nd 2010

FINALLY, got pictures of Loooopy Blooo onto site and Etsy.  Lovely scarf, terrible pictures.  I really need a new camera, this one changes the colours and over exposes the image.  The scarf is actually a much more muted, dusty navy colour.  Maybe if someone buys the scarf I'll make a point of using the money for a spangly new one!!!!

Tutoring is picking up nicely.  Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, really.  On the one hand, it means there's some money coming in; on the other, it means less time to concentrate on the crafty business.

I'm looking to get myself into some craft fairs but don't know if I've got enough stuff to sell yet.  Might need mum to come along with her creations too.  She has tons of amazing stuff.  Would I be jealous if hers sold and mine didn't?   OH, YES!

Prototype doiley nearly done.  Decided the thread is too fine for the design.  It's a really lacey one and the fine contton leaves it with no substance.  So....  I've order a size 10 thread.   Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Don't tell Stu, not supposed to be spending any money.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Tuesday September 21st 2010

Busy, busy, busy!  One son off school with a bad tummy, other son to Grandma's for the day, me working online and then doily, doiley, doilly (or however you spell it - does anyone know?).  Making good progress but it's quite difficult to size up a design to 24" whilst maintaining the style and avoiding too much repetition.  

 I am trying to avoid watching the football with my Stu now, so perfect time to blog.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Monday September 20th 2010

Mondays and Thursdays are very frustrating!  I can't crochet until this evening because I have to work.  I suppose I have to keep real money coming in somehow or I'll be crocheting in the street and sending my children up chimneys (Hmmmm?  Not such a bad idea.. chimneys ...)  It's just that I'd rather be creating - what an inconvenience the need for money is!!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Sunday September 19th 2010

It begins...
This is my first proper blog and I'm actually a bit nervous about having enough to say.  Well, we'll see...

a doily at the scene today

Making doilies for a wedding at the moment.  Gotta get 20 2ft lacey doilies crocheted by Christmas - I'll be seeing them in my sleep.  Really quite enjoying it, though.  Strangely satisfying things to make because it's difficult to create one that doesn't end up beautiful.  I've never much been a fan of frilly, old fashioned crochet but I am being converted, I think.  I've even been perusing the vintage crochet sites.

Another doily, yesterday


Right back to work ...