A New Direction

It’s been quite a while since my last entry. A lot of things have been changing over the last few months, and it’s gotten very hectic. We decided that it was time to sell the house. As much as we love it, we bought it to be a homestead, and it takes a lot of work to keep it up, and it’s incredibly far from just about everything. The closest grocery store was over fifteen minutes away by car. The nearest urban center was roughly 45 minutes away. The one time I decided to walk to the convenience store “near” our house, it took me an hour to get there, and an hour to get home. It’s a gorgeous residence, but it doesn’t fit our needs the way we originally envisioned.

During this time of upheaval, I’m also striving to get back into the work force. I’ve picked up my web design business quite a bit. I created new layouts for two sites last Monday alone. I have even more lined up. I also reapplied for my cosmetology license. I allowed it to expire several years back when I moved out of state for a time. Cosmetology licenses only apply to the state where they were issued. However, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed and had a real passion for. When I contacted the state board, they issued me a temporary license on the spot, and I’ll just have to go in and prove that I’ve retained my skill set to get fully reinstated. Lately, I’ve been working more with nail art techniques. I’m fully licensed to do nails, and I’ve worked with acrylics quite bit, but gel nails weren’t really big in the industry when I got certified, so that was something I learned more recently and would love to play around with more. […]

Orchestrating the Chaos

Things have really kicked into high gear around the homestead. This time of year, everything gets so hectic, and this year has been especially busy. The most obvious chore is maintaining our 2-acre property now that the flora has burst into life again. I’m constantly pulling weeds and cutting back some of the plants that tend to take over, like my chocolate mint and raspberry bushes. I’ve even managed to get the planter box cleared before it was time to get my seedlings in the the ground! My long-time regular readers will know how much I’ve struggled with that over the past two years. This year is my year!

As you can see, I still need to clean it up a bit more, and it could use some more filling. Thankfully, I have the composter now, and it fills up quick with all the baking and weeding I’ve been doing as of late. Sometime in the future, I want to replace the wood around the edges, and I’m also planning on putting a small fence and gate around the area to keep out deer and the many, many bunnies that live in the raspberry bushes right next to it. Sometime this week, I’m also going to cut back the raspberry bushes, seeing as they’re encroaching again (as they are wont to do). […]

Unorganized Chaos

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For as long as I’ve been creating, I’ve always had a messy work space. I’m a big fan of organized chaos. While I like to keep my living space clean and orderly (not that I always manage to accomplish that), my work area usually looks like a bomb went off. When we moved into our house, one of the bedrooms was designated as my studio. Kids and pets are not allowed in there, and my husband rarely ever sets foot inside. Therefore, I have no reason to keep it tidy. That’s become a bit of a problem lately.

As you can see, it looks like a bomb went off and was immediately followed by a tornado. It’s reached the point where even I have trouble finding what I need. It’s time to get it back into some kind of order. It’s never going to be immaculate, but I really need to do something to get it into a manageable state. I can hardly move around, and I’m running out of floor space. […]

Springing Forward

Spring has officially arrived. This is one of my favorite times of the year, when everything starts coming back to life. From hibernating animals to plants, the whole world seems to be waking up. That goes for RT and I as well. She’s been sleeping a lot less lately, and that means I have as […]

Working Like Crazy

Lately, I have been working like crazy. I have so many projects going, I almost feel guilty for taking the time to write a blog post! I have literally been going non-stop for maybe two weeks now. So what has me so busy? Aside from raising a baby and taking care of household chores, I […]

How To Save Money as a New or Expecting Mom

When you have a baby on the way, you are absolutely inundated with information about the latest and “best” products for little ones. It can be hard to filter through everything and figure out what you really need for a newborn/infant, and what you can skip in order to save money. The truth is, babies […]

Old Dog, New Tricks

George is a very good dog, and a much-loved member of our family. His personality is amazing, which is what makes him such a perfect fit for our household. He’s laid-back, but goofy. He loves everyone he meets, and is absolutely exceptional with babies and small children. Despite his enormous size, he’s very gentle. However, like humans, dogs are not born perfect, and they need lots of practice to be the best that they can be.

When we adopted him, he was already house-trained, and saying his name would get his attention. He knew basic commands like “sit,” “lie down,” and “come here.” Still, he had some behavioral issues that needed to be ironed out, as is the case with all animals, but especially rescues. Training is also something that should be a life-long process. Even the best behaved canine can benefit from ongoing training because it provides them with intellectual stimulation. This is the story of how we teach George. […]

Crunch Time

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I am always so busy this time of year. My fiber arts business booms in the colder weather, and with the holidays approaching. I also set aside quite a bit of time to make presents for my friends and family. Handcrafted gifts are, in my opinion, much better than anything you could find mass produced in a store. They have a personal touch and a sense of devotion that you just can’t find anywhere else.

This year, I was especially strapped for time, despite giving myself a head start on creating presents. First of all, RT has started teething, making her one unhappy baby. As anyone with kids will already know, every endeavor becomes more difficult and time-consuming when there’s a little one screaming. […]

Creations and Contests

Broomstick Shrug

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the weather is getting colder, the holidays are coming, and I am knitting like crazy. I’m starting to work on holiday gifts for family and friends, but also using quite a bit of my limited time to create new designs. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I’m hoping to publish a book of designs, but I’m having trouble creating enough in a single category to make a coherent collection. I’ve also started adapting some of my existing patterns to fit kids. With all this work, I’m really excited that RT is finally sleeping through the night and giving me some good rest! […]