I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I’ve been taking a one quarter vacation, one quarter business and one half personal development trip and time off to make some decisions. My last post updated you all on quite a few things I’m tackling and I’ve made some decisions. Life is fluid and has many ebbs and flows so I anticipate this will change on occasion. In the meantime, I will do my best to adhere to certain commitments I’ve chosen to make.
So here’s the main scoop at the moment:
While on our vacation, we went to check out a few places to live that we had contacted prior to our visit. One had a waiting list of January 2013 and the other had a list til September 2012, maybe. We were #’s 21 and 29 on the waiting list, depending on what layout we wanted. I made hotel reservations for two weeks to cover the time I’d be in school (end of August) and figured we’d wait it out. Two hours into our drive home we received a phone call stating something had opened up for July 1, 2012 and were we interested? *sigh* We took it. This changes things in several ways that are too dull to bother explaining.
What this means to you, Dear Reader, is that some of the commitments I wanted to set up are proving a bit difficult until I start classes in August. In the meantime, all is not lost and I do have a plan. It goes something like this:
Knitting: I am back on track! I attended my class on the 18th, met a wonderful woman named “Joye” who is the Instructor and found we had many things in common despite our age difference. She has been knitting and crocheting since she was 7! After helping me move along with my current projects so as to become “unstuck”, we began chatting about several things to note. First, she lived in Japan for 4 years (I want to Minor in Asian Studies), she offered to stay in touch with me about my studies in textiles and knitting help in general and also kinda got me a bit excited about crochet. *cough* Yes, I can hear you all groaning now…it’s ok. It’s gonna work out. I don’t know how to do it but I bought a book. Plus, now I have Joye. Bonus!
I’ve recently discovered The Most Awesome Yarn Store EVAR, thanks to Cory over at Indie Knits. (Who is my cool-knitting-chick friend I often reference). I’ve been lucky to have seen her twice in one week! Our schedules have evened out and we’re trying to spend as much time together as possible before the move. I have plans to post pictures of all the yarn I purchased, hopefully this weekend. It’s YUMMY. Seriously. I want to eat it. It’s like crack and candy. And GLITTER! So OSSM! There was so much I wanted to bring home that I had to take pictures to remind myself when I go back. Again and again and again. Thank goodness it won’t be within my reach once I move, that would extremely dangerous to my bank account!
Also, I wrote a guest blog post for a wonderful company called “Darn Good Yarn“. They are reasonably priced and sell high-quality yarn that helps women in India and Nepal support their families and gets rid of waste. It was published last week and I’m very excited to show it to you! You can find the link under the “Writing” portion of this post.
This Blog: *I’ve decided to start writing a “random fact” about me at the beginning of each post. Just for fun, why not? Sounds simple but I did it for the guest blog post and really liked the idea so I’m using it. I will try to make it about the post’s topic when possible for continuity.
I read a great post by Danielle LaPorte about how often she writes for her blog and found it in line with my own thoughts on the matter. She states: “I publish when I’m inspired, and I try to get inspired twice a week. I’ve tried to be all regimented and reliable in the past but it just wilted my inspiration. So my editorial calendar doesn’t go out much further than a week. Though I’d like it to. Someday. Next week. Maybe.”
Sound familiar? On that note, I will also attempt twice a week. And the subject matter will clearly vary, so hold on tight! If you’re worried you might miss one of my posts due to the irregularity of scheduling: sign up to receive blog posts via email, click “follow this blog”, find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, etc. It will help! (All 2 of you readers out there ) I will also be crafting my ideal picture of what I want commenting and dialogue to look like on this blog for when I have more readers. I’m inevitably going to run into a Troll and want to be prepared and have my readers prepared so that flame wars don’t ensue, etc.
My Photo Project: I’m putting together a photo book for some family members and have some deadlines to do them in, so, well, there ya go. That’s what’s gonna happen with the photos. Everything should be sorted and scanned by the end of September and we’ll go from there.
Life Coach & Other Woo Woo Work: Still working on this in my own way. May or may not update the blog but once I start The Fire Starter Sessions, I will be sure to check in! Let’s consider this a WIP and on the back burner for now in terms of writing about it.
Writing: Until I know my course load for school in August, I won’t be able to determine how much time I will have to dedicate to writing The Book(s). In the meantime, I’m writing when I can but not pushing myself to hard because I’m kind’ve in the middle of a Big Move and Life Change, you know? Some people take 10 years to write their book. Hopefully that won’t be me. I’m not worried. I was asked to write a guest blog post a few months ago for Nicole Snow at Darn Good Yarn that was a ton of fun. You can find it here. Enjoy! I’ve written a few other articles but this is the most recent.
Genealogy: I’m waiting to hear back as to when the July DAR meeting is. I believe it’s the first Saturday in July. If I make that, I’ll update this section. At this time it’s not urgent. I haven’t even read the paperwork the Danvers, MA Archivist sent. :/ Once I move, the closest chapter will be about 45 minutes away in a different state. This will be a challenge. I also have some new “real life” family developments which could prove interesting. We’ll see what I feel like posting about or not.
Fashion: This is a Big Topic for me to try to cover right now. I’m still working out a lot of things but I can tell you this…the website for Fancy Terrible Clothing and its Facebook page are updated, I’m about to start adding items to Etsy (which I’ve been saying for two months now, but the intention is there) and I have purchased quite a few new supplies to create New Things with. I am going to attempt to list one item a day on Etsy (Goddess help me if I’m THAT slow!) and make one accessory a day as well. This sounds more complicated than it really is. You’ll see. Once I hit my sweet spot, I’m golden and will be producing like a mad woman. I’m excited.
Additionally, I’m starting a second blog that will be covering professional events, etc in the fashion industry. I currently am working on several beauty product reviews and will begin covering Berlin Fashion Week July 4th for the week. I’m not sure of the flow of content-Will I review each runway show or do a synopsis of each day? This will be a trial run and that blog will most likely change in it’s flow as well, but only in how I choose to cover each fashion week in general. The rest will be opinion pieces and reviews. I will post the link once it’s up and running. This will have more scheduled posts as the fashion week dates are fixed months in advance, which will keep me on track.
In terms of designs I’m working on, whether it’s knitting, sewing, etc, I will be posting “Works In Progress” on this blog under the equivalent category so you can follow along. This should begin within the next week but will slow down during the move. It will pick back up again once we are settled in August. It should get even more interesting once school starts because I’ll have to make things for classes. I’ll definitely be posting assignment-related work! For now, I’m creating when and where I can. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, and I am here. <—–
That’s the Breaking News as I have it. Have a great weekend. I’ll try not to drown here in the Pacific Northwest.
*P.S. Today’s Random Fact About Me: I’ve been journaling since 5th grade when my teacher made us write “something” every day in class in our composition books. I hated it then. I never knew what to write and it came down to one or two sentences resembling: “I had ice cream last night. It’s my favorite and we watched tv.” Ugh. (Still have that journal, it makes me laugh now and I’m grateful to have it!) I’ve journaled off and on over the years but became serious about it when Livejournal came on the scene in 2000 or so. I’ve been blogging/journaling for most of that time, but mostly in private and about very personal things.