Life as I Know It - Weekly Update #1

"I'm alive, and kicking" as they say.  Just loaded down with so much work, paperwork, and work that I can hardly come up for fresh air!

Being abnormal is becoming the norm and it's taking a toll on my body.  So while I try to fight off the allergies, and sinuses, and stomach weirdness, let me tell you a snippet of the good, craft side of life:

  • I finally started that blanket I was supposed to make waaaay back when.  I'm constructing it in strips.  No time/patience for squares and completing a whole design with no piecing together was seemingly impossible for this blanket.  I'll be sure to show you WIP pictures; I'm not going to make you wait until I finish.  I promise.  Think "hearts."
  • Finished a custom "dead eye fish hat" and received a request for another.  This time from London.
  • Still have to sew the lining to this custom bag and then it'll be done.
  • Got some new sew-in business labels for my own designs.  They are just too cute.  Gotta order a more manly design next time.  Some guys don't dig the polka dots and springy colors and that, I understand.
  • Finally found a place that sells photo-mount cards at a price I can afford.  Now I can make my long-awaited notecard sets.  (This is why it's good to chat with customers.  They know stuff.)
  • Visited a Joann's Craft store recently and fell in love with this machine.
  • My friend, Mary made a huge score at a newly found local thrift store and she halved her stash of upholstery sample squares with me.  10 cents a piece!  I received about 35 pieces.
  • Received a request from someone on Flickr to use a picture of my Onion Salad on their Wiki project.  So, now my photo is published there.
  • Got my hair in the afro twists now at the African Braid Shop I go to, and the shop stylist told me about a African Fashion and Beauty Supply store that sells beautiful wax prints.  I went there and fell in love.  The fabrics are authentic African prints.  You can still feel the dye in the cloths.  Most of them are pre-cut into 6 yd pieces, so I'll have to wait until another day to purchase that.  But at least I know where I can go.  In the meantime the owner, Maguy, found some smaller pieces that I could afford and so I bought one set (gorgeous, gorgeous) and a piece of authentic black soap.  What is the lesson here?  Every culture has its own inside network.  Don't be afraid to learn new people even when they speak other languages; be kind, and they will help you out.
Much to do, so I better go.  Hope to visit my own blog again soon.  :-)

Until then...


  1. I love the hat!!! I have seen all this cool hats, and I think I need a Fun Hat too! I also love the picture with all the papers! :)

  2. So good to hear that all is good. I get worried when I don't hear anything about your goings on you know. :) I hope the weekend was a great one for you.

  3. I know how it feels when life gets in the way and you don't have time nor strenght to do anything else. Congratulations on all these orders you got and the published photo! I am so proud of you. I want to be like you when I grow up. ;-)

    I'd love to have a card too. It's a shame I studied graphic and web design and still don't have anything made by myself - I am afraid I love to borrow free stuff from everywhere...

  4. hi there - yes was wondering where you where! hope work gets a little lighter for ya - congrats on the commission work that is fab!

  5. Hi, glad to see you back. I know how it is to be that busy...
    That pic is hilarious with the papers! That's how I feel sometimes with all the papers all you *ahem* teachers send home with the kids. As bad as that is for me, I'm sure it must be times X(number of kids in your class) No wonder you send it all home, so you don't have to worry about it, lol

  6. Hey chica. Where did you get the soap? My husband has been looking for some. Thanks! :)


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