Sunday, August 21, 2011

Been a Long Time Coming

Well, this is awkward, I do not even remember how to blog, can't put a sentence together worth a hoot, but will give it a shot to try to give an update. What I really want to do is share with everyone what has been going on, and also to provide a timeline for myself, not to mention have someone to share some of my works in progress and finished objects with, as well as spotlight some awesome artisans, so here we go:

Personal life: What have I been up to, oh my, well, as far as my transcription business, that disappeared back in May, I lost my final account to VR (voice recognition and the EMR-electronic medical record). It was a very tough month, I had to let my remaining 5 ICs go, two of which I had known for almost 20 years...the first thought, after thinking how difficult it would be to let go of my ICs was not how am I going to pay my rent or buy groceries, but how in the heck am I going to be able to pay for my granddaughter's dance and gymnastic classes!! LOL!!

Yes, that is me in a nutshell folks, Miss Know How to Prioritize, oh yes, I also thought about how I was going to get to go up to Orlando next month too, anyone who has followed my sporadic posting knows I love to head up there with my GD in B-Day month, yes folks, I celebrate the whole month! Na, just kidding.

So, I what I decided to do was to continue with my part-time VA for the clinic up north, that is 20 hours a week, and focus on my online studios, so I threw myself into work like a loon, and it has been a task, still working and debating if this actually will work, but decided to try to give it at least until the end of the year. I am grateful to have this to fall back on.

In the meantime, my GD decided she wanted to take tennis for a while, instead of gymnastics, which was fine with me, as it is a less expensive sport. Her ballet was supposed to start the end of this month, but I am going to have to wait until mid Sept to sign her up, July and August are extremely slow retail online months and finances just will not allow it this week, so it should be fine to get her going next month. She starts her first year of school this month, tomorrow as a matter of fact, so no more coming to spend the day with grandma early on Wednesday and Friday, it is a sad and happy time for me, she is growing up. Here she is at tennis practice.

What has kept me sane during this transition; knitting! Okay, before the eyes start rolling and you poise your finger over the mouse to click to the next blog...knitting is not the thing of yore that grandmas did,,,wait, I'm a grandma,,,but its not the same knitting! It is super relaxing, puts you in a zen like state, especially if you have some really soft yarn to work with and are knitting something that makes you happy. I just finished two projects for my son;

A Mankerchief in black, grey, red, and green for one:

A slouch hat in chocolate and burnt orange for the other:

What I am currently knitting is the Spectra for myself, but quickly running out of the main color yarn, so have to pick up some more, I really love this pattern, I've decided to make the scarf much longer, I want it to fall below my knees, love the way it curls in and the Noro silk yarn is fun to work with to see the various color wedges develop.

And a mystery Knit Along that I am so-so about, colors will be difficult to match with clothing, but I am thinking about some brown slacks and maybe a beige solid top?

All of the knitting above, with the exception of the hat, are from the designer Stephen West

For the hat, I love the hat and my son, who turned 24, was super excited about it, so I do believe that I am going to offer a similar version in the studio in the fall.

For the studio, I have finally incorporate some adult designs. The latest two is from a set that I worked on for a family going to Disney that wanted to have matching shirts for the Mom, Dad, and the 3 sons, so this is what I came up with..

Daddy and Me button down shirts:

Ladies mock collar shirt from Cars fabric:

My granddaughter wants me to make one for us when we go back to Disney, she wants a top and matching crop pants for both of us to wear, along with our Disney ears and lanyards and charm bracelets, so that will be fun and I am big enough a Disney nerd to go right ahead and make that happen!

Okay, for my works in progress, I am currently working on a Yo Gabba Gabba Toodie tutu two piece dress. I have reworked the tutu to a matching pink satin with the tutu bottom instead of the interchangable petticoat design, since it wears better for the little ones. Also working on the matching Toodie tulle shoes. I have an order for a personalized ballet bag, but the parent did not send me the name for the bag, I have contacted them twice, but have no reply, so will wait a few more days and then have to send un-personalized, which makes me sad, but I want to get the bag out for them. Lastly, I have an order for the new personalized Robot nap time pillow which was just added to the studio last month.

Alright, that is a semi wrap for me now, off to have coffee, cereal, and get to work in the sewing room on this rainy day. This has been a tough year and I hope that for anyone else out there having a tough year, that you have or can find something to help relieve stress and bring joy to your life.

My hiatus is now over, and I do plan to blog more frequently and have plans to showcase some wonderful artisans, post updates about my goings on, and keep in touch with friends and family.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Welcoming in the New Year

Wow, where did 2010 go? I have to admit, I am really happy to see it go, it was a relatively tough year for me and my family, serious family health issues with my daughter at the end of the year really made this a difficult one. We are still working through the subsequent problems with her vision that occurred, but her spirits are good and that is half of the battle there. She is a very courageous and loving individual and has strength that is remarkable. I am very proud of her.

Well, I am optimistic about 2011. I have many plans for the blog, including Blogging more frequently!! Yes, I promise dear followers, I will be more diligent in my blogging and hopefully will bring material of interest. An addition to my blog, I am planning on incorporating a podcast...why?..well, I just love listening to them and I have an idea for one that will not leave my mind, thus, I just have to do it.

The mindset I have about the podcast is similar to one that I have when I come up with some new project that I want to design, I keep thinking about it and thinking about it until I am like...Okay already!! Just go and do it!!! So that is what I plan on doing within the next few weeks.

I am jotting down some ideas for the first show, doing some research, preforming voice scales so I will not scare away those who decide to listen, and working on a list of some awesome interviews I would like to add to the show. I also plan on adding some exciting contest so be on the lookout for a new update soon and I hope you will take a listen.

Well, dearest readers, I will leave you with some photos from the holidays, including what I saw in my "backyard" during the season, some of my glorious decorating...see, I posted the photos of my decorating after the holidays so I would not put pressure on those of you who like to decorate for the holiday as well to go out and get more stuff to outdo all of my extraordinary displays....(remember, if you say it, then it is so!! Also, I do not need to go on after holiday diet either...say it and it is so, say it and it is so, say it and it is so....<- gotta say it three times, kinda like Beetlejuice logic.

Enjoy and wishing you all a slightly belated, but heart felt joyous and blessed new year.

Holiday decorations, okay, maybe not what was expected, but I am working with small quarters here!! LOL

Yes, it is true, my granddaughter loses all of her sense of fashion when it comes to opening Christmas gifts and enjoying them, otherwise, she would not have set foot out of the house without wearing an outfit that "matches" her new saying, grandma, that does not match!! Well, I will save this photo to show her when that phrase comes up again, I can say, "but look! you went outside with this on Christmas Day and your socks did not match and there was no matching hairbows!!" sigh, the joys of digital cameras!

I have seen so many backyard photos of my friends' residences filled with snowy scenes and lovely wildlife such as deer, rabbits, the glorious red cardinal on a snow white backdrop, well, here is what I get...about a 900 pound manatee!! Yes, this is what I snapped a shot of from my balcony that was enjoying the warmth of the inlet...I took plenty of photos, but I was jumping up and down, pretty much like my granddaughter on Christmas morning, when I saw him...or maybe it was a her, not sure. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your holidays and have recuperated from the hustle and bustle.

Would love to read your comments on what type of podcast you enjoy listening too, would love to see your wildlife photos too, would be more than happy to share them here on the blog or your holiday decorations, I would share here as well. Ideas of a prize you would like to see in a contest, drop me a comment and I will try to make some of the popular ones happen.

Thanks for stopping by!

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