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2014 in review   2 comments

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Posted December 30, 2014 by salpal1 in how it came out, what I am thinking about

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Friday after   4 comments

Good morning all!  I hope you had a nice Christmas if you celebrate it, and an uneventful Thursday if you don’t! Ours was quite nice, at Mom’s with all siblings and almost all nieces and nephew – missing brother C’s two girls who were home with their mom in PA.  C announced that he and his girlfriend, D, are newly engaged.  No date set yet, but I am sure that will happen soon.  She is a nice woman, and has survived several family gatherings, so she knows what she is getting into!

I told my sister C about the little pop-up shop in town here, and she gave me some of her beautiful cards to take over there.  She is interested in selling her pots, if they are interested in carrying them.  I have the one beautiful vase she just gave me to show in addition to her cards which have nice shots of her work on them. (She got them at moo.com for a very reasonable price, in case anyone is interested in such things.  No fee paid for this promotion.) She didn’t seem to be too interested in knitting for them, but I will ask all the same,  Her muffs are fabulous, and her hats are great as well. She told me that she got invited to  participate in a holiday pop-up shop, but it was right at the time she had two other big events, and she didn’t have the energy or inventory.  We both need to be better prepared next winter.

So, the list…

This morning, A and I are going to head up to Bangor.  We have errands to run, picking up a few odds and ends for her family, with whom we will celebrate on Saturday. Also, I want to see if the little yarn store that carries the bulky wool I use for the button hats is open, so I can restock.  And, there is a new restaurant we want to try for lunch.  All of this while avoiding the mall area – not possible, I am afraid.

When we return home, we will just have quiet time at home, with perhaps a nap or a movie int eh early evening.  And knitting, of course!

Hey, do you want to know what I sold?  So far, a hat and a necklace.  When I stopped in yesterday afternoon, the manager told me that my remaining hat was likely sold as a woman wanted it, had forgotten her credit card but was coming back.  It was still out so that others could see it, if someone wanted it, then they would call the first woman to see what was up. I got my first check, and it felt good.  Good to know another one is coming next week, too!  the necklace was a sort of exciting sale, because a man bought it for his wife for Christmas.  In fact, said she “had to have it.”  Yeah!

The manager, Sonya, says she wants to pop up again this summer when the cruise ships come in, and so I will keep on knitting – thinking about what is appealing in spring and summer.  I have a few ideas.  🙂 And of course, now I am looking at other shops in more bustling towns and wondering if I have the nerve to walk in to them cold.  Time to check out those card deals at moo, I guess.

Have a fun Friday!

I SOLD SOMETHING!   10 comments

I don’t even know what, but I am so excited!!

A is home this week, and came back from running errands to say the shop called, I sold some things, should they mail the check?  And did I have more hats? (So I assume the hats sold, but I don’t know if that is all or not.)

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, I HAVE NO MORE OF THOSE HATS AND NO YARN TO MAKE MORE???????

I have a closet full of yarn, but none of it bulky. That hat is bulky yarn held double.  I wonder if that is the same as worsted held tripled?

I guess I will dig around tonight and come up with something – I can make some different hats out of worsted, and see what happens.  How lucky that I ordered two skeins of the soft wool/angora blend I discovered this fall, and they have already arrived.  So I can make a lovely little beanie with that and some worsted. The really nice part is that I can whip up a hat or two in an evening (OK a long evening) so I might have a few for A to drop off tomorrow.

I need to start looking at other shops which are open for more than a few weeks. Maybe I can put things in a few more places.

I can’t believe I sold something!!! In a  SHOP!!!

Posted December 22, 2014 by salpal1 in how it came out, What I love

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Downsizing Christmas   6 comments

Just as I am downsizing my job, so am I in the mood to downsize Christmas. I just feel like it is time to reduce stress, and taking Christmas expectations down a notch feels like it would help.

But A really wanted a tree.

If you remember from past years, you know we go a bit overboard on the tree. What are cathedral ceilings for, if not to allow for huge 12 and 14 foot trees?

the tree, going up

This year, we won’t need a step-ladder to decorate – even I can reach the top of our “little “tree!  It is just about 6 feet tall, and it is A’s project this year.  She will decorate while I am at work this week.  She is on vacation, but I am not, once again! (only 6 more work days for those of you keeping count.)

minimalist tree up

I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

Just so you know I am still me, I spent all weekend on the Christmas cards – first batch of 35 will go out today, many more tomorrow.  Here’s another teaser for you – I always put a little hallmark on the back of my cards – sorry for the blurry photo – the angel is silver ink, and doesn’t show well with a flash, and it’s too dark to see it well without.  🙂  I add a “sarah” or “sal” in the middle, depending on how I am known by the recipient.  🙂

hallmark 2014

Have a good day!

oh, oh, OH!   7 comments

I am so excited and nervous, too.

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There is a holiday pop-up store in town which sells locally made products and crafty things.

I went in yesterday, and saw they had a wide variety of things, but nothing like what I make.  I spoke to the woman running it, told her what I made.  She was nice, but said they really don’t need more jewelry, but to drop off my card.

I went in today with  all I have made – two hats and 8 necklaces. And my card, of course.

red ribband complete

She said, when I showed her, “You are right, I have never seen anything like this before.”  She asked me about my yarn, then agreed to take the lot. She said that the quality of my work, yarn, beads and buttons far exceeds most of what people bring in.  She loved the button hats, and adored the necklaces.  We got them tagged and up and now we will wait and see what happens.  I am glad to have them in there for today, which was already looking like a busy shopping day.

gold ribband

The store will stay open through the 2nd, and she said she has the option to stay open until the 11th – so it is a small window, but we will see what happens.  And now she has my card, so if she pops up anywhere else, she will know about me.  I had no idea the shop was popping up, but she has been there a couple of weeks, apparently.

Very hard not to drop everything else I am knitting and make more necklaces and hats!

amethyst and tan rippled

Posted December 20, 2014 by salpal1 in how I spent my day, what I am thinking about

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Christmas card making   5 comments

For the past ten or twelve years, I have made my own Christmas cards.  And during that time, I have ranged from making millions hundreds of cards of different styles to making a basic pattern and changing it up with different colors and papers to making all of the cards identical.

Each method has its benefits, and I don’t have a favorite. (That’s the fun of being a Gemini, right?  Always of two minds.)

This year, I am really pressed for time, so there will only be two designs, very similar.  There would only be one, but A and I disagreed on which photo we preferred for the base.  So, I am making half with her first choice, and half with mine.

I spent the evening last night playing with the paper-cutter to cut out all the photos I printed on linen textured paper and while I did that, my beloved Cricut cut out dozens of the sentiment.  Sometimes Cricut and I don’t get along (it tears paper if everything isn’t perfect) but I used good quality paper and a new cutting mat, and had good luck.

Cricut

This morning, I picked out all the little bits of paper and got the Cricut cuts ready to use.  Almost ready to assemble! Just have to determine where and how much sparkle to add.

I might be mailing by Monday!  Woo hoo! I can catch up, I know I can.

Posted December 19, 2014 by salpal1 in what I am making

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Friday before Christmas list   4 comments

Good morning, all!

I am excited that it is Friday at last.  Whew – long weeks at work, but soon that will change.  🙂

Today I desperately need a hair cut – I look like a shaggy mop. I also need to wrap up the few Christmas presents we are giving, but more importantly – I NEED TO FINISH THE CHRISTMAS CARDS!

I have been puttering on them this week, and that is not getting it done.

Then there is laundry, and the post office – a package is there waiting for me!  I always hope it will be some intriguing surprise, but lately it has just been materials for tax prep season.  I suspect that is what is there waiting, but I still hope for a surprise bundle.

The grocery store – a true chore now that they have finished remodeling the store, and it somehow feels smaller and more crowded and has less of what I use than before they “improved” it.

I also might *need* to go to the bookstore or library for next month’s book.  If I can recall what it is. I have an email here somewhere…

Have some pictures to post here for you later, knitting updates, of course, and stories to tell about my week, but that might wait until later this weekend.

I also need to put together my order for Halcyon yarn.  I have a gift certificate that is burning a hole in my pocket.  They have some silk I want to get to make a couple of necklaces for a friend and her daughters… and there is NO POINT in paying the shipping on such a small item, I should really see what else I need from them. 🙂

A pretty random, normal day.

Here’s a random thing –

I think we might not get a Christmas tree this year.  Not sure how it happened, just don’t seem to have the energy for all that work, even though I do love a tree in the house.  I might change my mind again.  Isn’t it good that A is so patient and flexible with me?  🙂

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