Tuesday, September 23, 2014

autumn equinox 14.0 - a wish list

One of my favorite seasons is finally here and it's not because of pumpkin everything. It's because I love the cooler in between weather and my birthday is in the fall. It's time for hot tea and cocoa and cardigans and jeans. Yay for fall!

Anywho...let's get on with these wishes and intentions:

loft style 1 bedroom apartment at Englewood Lofts for less than $400/month
furniture from IKEA - klippan couch, rast drawers, lack desk and tv stand, kallax storage
reach 100 sales on etsy by the end of October
watch loads of money flow into my bank account from sales
meet ellen degeneres
sell all the quilts and zipper wallets that I make
catch up of my reading
black iPad mini with logitech keyboard
red FIAT 500
peace & happiness
a fun and exciting birthday celebration
time well spent with friends
have all my bills paid on time
donate time or anything I can to help others
state bicycle co. - shoreline bicycle
hot cocoa and taco dates

I completed half a task on my summer wish list. I spent a lot of time looking at my list and not getting much of it accomplished. I did try though. I did apply for a new job and a new apartment. I did some reading and ate some food, but I didn't complete anything enough that I could cross those items off my list. The fall will be busy. A holiday craft fair, my birthday and moving. Woo! I still hope to get some things crossed off my list though.

What are your wishes for fall?
Leave a short list of your wishes in a comment down below.

reading - Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ssssshhh! I'm hunting apawments...

The apartment hunt continues. My lease ends in a little over two weeks and I've yet to find an apartment. At one point I did have a place and I was getting read to drop off a deposit and then a friend of mine said let's be roommates. Those plans have changed yet again and I'm back to hunting for a place by myself.

I've tried to get in touch with the place I was going to put a deposit on but for an office that is only open 4 days a week 4 hours a day (16 hours) no one is ever there when they are supposed to be. And when someone finally called me back, they had no idea what I was talking about, said they'd get back to me and haven't.

I've moved on from that place. Unfortunately most places are booked up and don't have anything available until late October. I'm pretty sure I can go month to month where I'm at now (not that I want to, it'll probably cost me a bit more per month). But if I have to I will.

One of the places not available until next month looks promising. It's new construction (not finished yet). I could be the first person to live in that apartment, use the shower and poop in the toilet. It's a block from the bus stop and it's close to downtown in a decent area. I sent in an application today and hopefully I hear back quickly.

In the mean time I've been procrastinating on packing...avoiding packing...doing a little packing and dreaming of all the things I'd like for my next apartment. I'd really like to start new, sell most of what I have in this apartment. Most of the furniture I have is from when I was in college (shelves and what not) and I don't even own a couch. Can you believe that?
I usually prefer neutral solids for furniture (dark grey, black, brown), but I'm drawn to how bright this couch/cover is and am thinking this would be kind of cool to have. The nice thing is it's just a cover and can be switched out for something plain.

I also like this cover too. This one is probably a better choice to start with. I could add some fun brightly colored pillows.

The quilter in me wants this rug for my sewing space. But it's more than I want to spend on a rug.

I'd get a couple of these for all my crafting supplies and photo albums. They make good room dividers too. I've always had my computer and sewing space in the living room. It'd be nice to have the space divided into a work space and a place to just sit an relax.

A rolling side table that I could use as a place to eat too. I like dual furniture. I'd probably use it as a foot rest as well and hide books and crochet projects inside.

Or I could actually get a kitchen table to eat at. There's a lot I want, but there are some things that will need to be taken care of first. Most important will be setting up my work space since I have Yelp's Bazaar in December and other holiday crafting.

The layout at the beginning and this layout above are the layouts available for the apartment I just applied for. The loft is nice...but I often get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and that's a LOOOONNNNG walk to the bathroom. I'd probably still take it though because it'd be nice to have all that space. And the laundry is in the bedroom. You wouldn't have to drag it all over the place to get it done, you just bring the bathroom and kitchen stuff upstairs and then you can throw it over into the living room when it's done. Ha!

Wish me luck. Pray for me. Or send positive vibes that I get that apartment and can get in ASAP.

reading - Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

chickens, new opportunities and be cool - a list

Yeah, so I meant to get this blog post up last week. The tab has been open for about that long and then I just got distracted and busy with other things. That's life you could say.

Winner, winner chicken dinner. I won tickets to the State Fair again this year. Woo! I had no plans on going to the fair, but said if I won tickets I'd go. I'm saving up for this apartment so that money really needs to go towards my apartment, but I treated myself to some food.

Side note: On the way to the fair a young boy tried to hand me his phone and mimed for me to put my phone number in it so he could call me. Um...no. At some point I guess that worked for him. Not this time though.

I was obsessed with the chickens at the fair. If you follow me on IG (@chickenb00) you'll find a video of one of the roosters crowing. I waited for about 5 minutes to get that video. I loved all the chickens so much I actually went to the poultry barn twice. There are so many different kinds of chickens. If I had a small plot of land I'd totally have some chickens. FREE EGGS!

I submitted my application to the apartment complex I want to live in. The leasing agent told me they had an apartment available for less than what I'm currently paying. The apartment is in a safe, quiet neighborhood AND the apartment has a washer and dryer in the apartment. My current creepy apartment (above) has one sometimes working washer and dryer in the creepy, smelly basement.

The leasing agent told me that if I could come up with the deposit this month (August) that they would wave rent for August. I'm still working on coming up with the deposit. It's coming along, but I still need some help. I didn't want to go this route, but I set up a go fund me campaign. I'm still determined to earn most if not all the money I need for rent and the deposit.

I've been doing a lot of etsy listing and promoting on facebook, instagram and twitter to earn the money for my apartment. On top of that I made it into Yelp's Holiday Bazaar and been invited to have my items in another handmade consignment shop. So on top of packing and selling stuff I'm also creating more stuff for the holidays. I really need to learn to create all year long. One day I'll learn. I've got some other projects I need to work on as well.

Another note from a neighbor. I will miss these when I'm gone. I've never seen this neighbor either in the 5 years I've lived here. Crazy.

GenCon was last week. It's one of my favorite conventions to visit town even though I'm not a gamer. I worked again this year, this time in a back office stuffing envelopes all night long. I enjoyed it and it was some extra money for my apartment. I got to see a few interesting costumes, though not many since I was in a back office and I learned a few things. I'm looking forward to working again next year.

Tried out a tutorial I found for a wallet with a side zip so you can open it wider and it turned out nicely. I had to edit the instructions to work for how I wanted it to look. I may add these to my shop. What do you think?

Not much else happening. Just working, selling, packing, saving, selling and all that jazz. I look forward to when I can write up a post about moving and share pictures of the new apartment and it's wondering washer and dryer. If you want to help me get there sooner go ahead and donate or buy something from me. I will love you long time.

reading - Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

good morning small person - a list

When I went to pay my rent Friday morning I also turned in my letter of intent to vacate. In two months I will be living in a new apartment. I'm looking forward to living in a new place. I have a lot of work to do. Find a place. Come up with the deposit and first months rent. Pack and move.

A new handmade shop is opening up in Bloomington, IN. My wallets and other things will be available for purchase there come the end of August. I've been working on making a bunch to send over and a bunch for my etsy shop.  My goal is to get all the ones in my etsy shop sold so that I can use part of the funds to help me move. You can use the code FREESHIP for free domestic shipping on ANYTHING in my shop, custom orders too. Spread the word.

The boss is back from vacation. A lot of us were concerned how things were going to go since we had some bad customer feedback while she was gone, but so far everything seems okay. *deep sigh of relief* School is back in session so it'll slow down at work. I'm in the process of looking for more work. I'd rather be crafting and selling all those goods, but until that picks up I have to find other sources of income.

I'll probably selling most of my furniture when I move. I want to start fresh and with a minimal aesthetic. I've already planned most of my purchases from IKEA. I'm looking forward to the change. I think being unhappy in this apartment really affects my productivity and how I feel in general. This change will be good I'm sure.

I won a 31 day bus pass. Always much needed. That's $30 I can put towards my apartment. I like winning things that are useful. I'm hoping to win some tickets to the State Fair. I didn't have any plans on going, but then everyone started talking about fair food and now I'd really like to go.

I came home the other day to find a phone number tucked in my door. I hope it wasn't really meant for me. It's already in the trash. Creepy. I don't know who it came from or who knows which apartment I live in. I really can't wait to move.

Friday morning I was walking into the leasing office to pay my rent and a gentleman walking out said, "Good morning small person." It caught me off guard. At 5'8" and 225 lbs I don't consider myself a small person. It made me chuckle.

Anyone watch Pretty Little Liars? I started watching it on a whim and became obsessed. I even paid my friend's Netflix bill so I could continue to watch. I finished season 4 and now I'm trying to find free places to watch season 5. No one I knew in HS dressed the way they do. I also can't believe that some of them are in their late 20's and are still pulling off looking like teens. But then again most people think I'm about 10 years younger than I am.

reading - Handmade to Sell by Kelly Rand
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Monday, July 21, 2014

i ran another "5K" and other things - a list

Saturday I ran the ColorFoam "5K". I finished it in a little over 45 minutes. I ran most of it and am pretty proud of myself. I say "5K" because when I logged into RunKeeper it only comes up as 2.8 miles. Right as the run started I met someone else who was also running by herself. We didn't run together but I saw her again at the end and chatted a bit. I made a running friend. While I was running there were a couple of groups I kept my eye on as motivation. If they got past me I'd speed up and make sure I was in the lead again. My white shirt stayed pretty white up until the finish line when I got sprayed right in the mouth with a water cannon. I walked right under the foam machines, but it didn't stick.

Saturday night I went to my "sister's" surprise birthday party/open mic night. As the night progressed I got more and more tired and started to doze off while people were performing. I'm not ashamed to fall asleep in public. It happens.

Yesterday I finished my second Staple Dress using Cotton + Steel fabric. I love this fabric so much. It's nice and soft and had a good weight. This dress will transition to fall/winter nicely. Just pair it with a cardigan and some tights and it'll be good to go. My favorite part is the berry facings and pockets. When I started assembling it I made the same mistake I made when I made my first staple dress. Thankfully it was an easy fix and I made sure to make a big note in the instructions for next time. Hopefully I remember.

Sunday was also National Ice Cream Day.  I took a break from making my dress and Tiarress and I motored up to Graeter's to grab some ice cream. We were pleasantly surprised when we were ordering. The ice cream was discounted to $1.44/scoop. Normally it's $5.00 for two scoops. Yay! We also stopped at a friend's BBQ. Pretty good way to spend Sunday.

About a month ago I finished the first quilt for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I'm in the process of quilting up the second quilt. I can't decide how to quilt it though.

I've also started listing things on etsy again. I want to have 100 sales under my belt by the end of summer. Currently you can find zipper wallets and a quilt in my shop. I'll start listing crochet goods towards the end of summer. Part of the proceeds go towards 100 Quilts, 100 Kids.

Work is work. My boss is on vacation and she used Megabus for the first time and is also using Uber for the first time so I've been getting calls and texts about that. It makes me laugh.

Slowly, slowly selling off old stuff. I'd trash a lot of it, but I could use the money so I can move. I don't plan to take most of my furniture. I found a lot of furniture I want on the IKEA website for a good deal. Right now it looks like I might be moving into a studio so I really do need to get rid of a lot of the stuff I have.

So what's been up with you?
reading - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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Monday, July 7, 2014

dear universe - i want to open a fabric shop

The other day I posted the above question on facebook. I was curious to find out what my friends dreams were and what it would take for them to drop what they were doing to pursue them. At first most of the answers were pretty vague and then after a little more questioning people opened up.

The interesting thing about finding out what people dream of doing is that thinking about what I know about these people compared to what they dream of doing, I see that for most of them their dreams are just that...dreams. It's something they've tucked away and maybe think about occasionally, but aren't pursuing them in any manner.

But, there were one or two who are putting in work towards making their dreams come true and that's encouraging and inspiring. And I think it's good to have people in your life who are pursuing their dreams. It gives you the energy to do the same.

My magic number to drop everything is about $100K. Enough to pay off my student loans, live comfortably for a year (bills paid on time, food to eat, etc.), start my business, buy a car (because getting work done is much easier with a car than it is riding the bus everywhere) and maybe go on a vacation so I can start refreshed and inspired. I'd settle for about $5K though to get my business started.

The business? A fabric shop

Working for myself crafting has always been my end goal, but I've wanted to open up a little fabric shop for a while...the urge to do it sooner rather than later has become much greater with my new found love of simple clothing construction and all the beautiful quilting possibilities.

Then Cotton + Steel happened. First their video about how fabric is manufactured (this video is great. I love seeing how things are made/work) and then their spring collection preview. Fabriclust in full effect.

It ignited something in me. I want to be able to share fabric with others. Sure there are tons of other fabric slingers out there, but I want to be different.

I've already started working on my business plan and been keeping a list of ideas of how I want to run things and what not. I've also done a little bit of research of how much I'll need to get started and what things I'll need. I'd eventually like to turn an online shop into a B+M shop. Where, I'm not sure.

How can you not fall in love with fabric and all it's possibilities?

C+S Spring Collection Preview from Gregory Miller Pictures on Vimeo

I think finding funds is going to be the hardest part. (I'm easily distracted by pretty things - currently wanting the new HK Vans). But I will slowly be putting money away to pursue this dream. I'm also asking the the Universe for help...maybe a nice lottery win and/or some big successes in the making crafty things and selling them. (It's the beginning of summer, but it's almost time to think about the holidays.)

What would it take to drop what you're doing and start pursuing your dreams?

reading - Success through Stillness by Russell Simmons
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

when september comes...

Last night as I was trying to motivate myself to get up and take a shower so I could go to bed, I heard two loud bangs down the hall from my apartment. I thought it was gun shots, but told myself no...it was probably just someone trying to kick in a door. I then placed my desk chair in front of my door as I have been doing lately and made sure all my locks were locked.

A few minutes ago I was listening to the news and heard the newscasters say shot and 33rd and Meridian. That's where I live...33rd and Meridian. I didn't quite hear what was said before that so I got online and did a little bit of searching and found this tweet (1 male in his 20's shot in the back while being accosted at 3330 N. Meridian St. IMPD investigating).

I want to move. NOW! My lease isn't up until September. I've been looking for a new place to live for awhile and know exactly where I want to live. Even though I don't have much of my stuff packed and ready to go, I would up and leave now if I could.

That's another incident way too close to home (two summers ago my neighbor down the hall was stabbed to death in his apartment). There are cops at my building all the time from what my friends who drive by tell me and my neighbor who lives in another building next door. I know that these types of things can happen anywhere. (A teen was murdered just this Sunday in one of the safest places.) But It's just too much for me, here.

I do my best to be safe when I'm at home or I'm coming and going. I don't EVER open the door to anyone I don't know (I get a lot of people knocking because they have the wrong apartment) and I only go on my runs when it's light out. I also put it out into the universe that I am safe from violence and that I am protected by the universe. I feel like it helps.

Still though, I'm ready to move.
reading - Beginner's Greek by James Collins
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

summer solstice 14.0 - a wish list

A day late, but better late than never. Mother Nature has been fucking with us again. The beginning of spring it was snow flurries and cold temps and then we skipped right over to summer. It's been in the 80's for awhile now, so it might be officially summer, but the temps say it's been summer for weeks. WEEKS. I try not to complain, but anything above 75 is hot and I'm not really a fan. I'm already, ready for fall. And to think, I decided to run a 5K in the middle of July. How smart am I?

Anywho...let's get on with these wishes and intentions:

have all my bills paid on time
donate time or anything I can to help others
state bicycle co. - shoreline bicycle
weight lost, endurance gained
new 1 bedroom apartment
watch loads of money flow into my bank account from sales
try 10 new foods
new job with a higher income
sell 5 - 10 baby quilts
have my trip to LA for HelloKittyCon funded
have my new apartment furnished
meet ellen degeneres
spend more time with friends
sell tons of buttons and zipper wallets
catch up of my reading

I didn't get much accomplished from my spring wish list. No excuses. I actually forgot what was on my list until yesterday when I went back to look at it. That means I need to print it out and post it on my board so I can look at it every day. I'd like all my wishes to come true this summer. I've got a lot of work to do. Yesterday I finally found the Samanco ice cream fish, so that's my first of trying 10 new foods. It was delicious.

What are your wishes for summer?
Leave a short list of your wishes in a comment down below.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

take me away to sunny LA - a list

pineapple basil nicey treat

  • Last week I found out that the first ever HelloKittyCon will be held in LA this year October 30 to November 2. That's just 4 days after my birthday. When I found out I thought I was going to lose my shit. I have to go. And I think it'd be the most awesome way to spend my birthday. Hello Kitty will be turning 40 and I'll be turning 35. We should celebrate together don't you think? I'd also get to see my girl, Rima. Unless she's on another one of her world adventures.
  • The tendonitis in my right arm has returned. This time on the right side of my wrist. It is of course my dominate arm. It makes doing a lot of things difficult, even super simple things like typing. I need to get a brace. Also, sunburn. I've got it bad. Saturday was a fun filled day spent outside NOT wearing sunscreen. I should know better, but it happens. It looks like I'm wearing a skin colored wrestling unitard. Lovely.
  • I've finally gotten around to selling a bunch of my craft stuff. I finally decided that photos taken with my phone would be fine and I took pictures of a ton of my stamping supplies and uploaded them to Two Peas in a Bucket to sell. I've sold quite a bit, but there's still a whole container to get through. I just want it all gone so I can pay some bills and move on. I also started a garage sale group on facebook to sell off other things. It's slow going since it's a small group.
  • Work is work. The kids are out of school now so we're getting a bit busier. I definitely appreciate my days off a lot more. 
  • I quit the gym a couple of weeks ago. I go walking at least 3 times a week. It's much easier for me to do and it's free. Also with the tendonitis in my arm it was hard to lift weights comfortably.
  • On the way to work last Saturday, I was standing at the bus stop and said to myself that I was going to either find $20, a gift card that would be useful to me or that someone was going to give me a gift card that would be useful to me. Then as I was walking into work I happened to look down and found a $20 bill on the ground. I love the way the Universe works. It was very much a needed win and a reminder to put my thoughts out there and believe that they will happen.
  • Quilts are coming along. I need a whole bolt of white fabric. I've got bits of white from different companies, but not all white fabric is created equal. There are a lot of new fabrics coming out the summer that I'd love to have. I've got a lot of wants/needs right now. I need to get some stuff made and sold.
  • I enjoyed a lot of good food this past weekend. A crabby patty, a kimchi taco, a BLT with mozzarella and avocado, a goat cheese and roasted bell peppers on foccacia, mango hibiscus sorbet, a pineapple basil popsicle, a not so hot chocolate popsicle.  I want more of all of it.

current want:


reading - Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia
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Monday, May 19, 2014

12 things - sew a dress from the staple dress pattern

I just happened to look up above my desk at my metal board and started reading through all my sticky notes and realized that I completed yet another thing on my list of 12 things. Yay for progress.

I made a dress from my staple dress pattern. It was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I wore it on Saturday to hang out with a friend. My favorite parts are the pockets and the neck and arm facings that I did with a contrasting fabric just for fun. I've already ordered some more fabric to make my next staple dress. I can't wait. I want to make another 4 or 5 of them.

Garment sewing isn't too hard. I spent probably 6 hours on the computer over a couple of days looking at more patterns to try. A few more dresses and a couple of tops. The only things I'm missing are fabric and thread.

  • read 75 books - 21 down 54 to go, more if you count short stories
  • make at least 20 quilts - 2 quilts complete, a couple more in process and a bunch of tops waiting for batting.
  • simplify my apartment (purge, sell trash) - started listing stuff to sell online in various places. it's not an easy feat.
I can't believe we're already half way through May.
  1. create a vision board for 2014
  2. read 75 books
  3. make at least 20 quilts
  4. have my business prepared for the holidays
  5. friend friday
  6. stock my online shops and promote my business more
  7. sew a dress from the staple dress pattern
  8. travel to somewhere I haven't traveled before
  9. get back under 200 lbs
  10. simplify my apartment (purge, sell, trash)
  11. apply to Yelp! Bazaar and the Indieana Handicraft Exchange (holiday edition)
  12. make at least 3 deposits into my Roth IRA
  13. complete my capsule wardrobe
reading - Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
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