Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This "Old Dog"

They say you "can't teach an old dog new tricks."  Well, I guess it is a good thing I am not a dog; but, I am getting the "old" part down, and still learning new tricks.

I haven't blogged for a while, because I have been busy crafting.  After all, how much new stuff can I actually say about my daily living with CP.

I decided last year that I needed to get busy.  I am too young to be "retired".  I am too bored to just sit around.  Plus, a few extra bucks here and there couldn't hurt either.

I was going to start writing a bit, again.  But, unless I want to get back into the bidding wars, the overhead costs, and the stress of research and writing for a piddly sum, it just isn't worth it. So, I decided to start crafting, for fun, and maybe I would get lucky and sell something.  At least, I could use the money to buy more crafting supplies, and not feel guilty for spending money that could be better used elsewhere.

I used to have a notebook that I wrote down all of the crocheting or knitting projects I made for gifts, and who I gave them to.  Somewhere in my 20's, the list was at least 50 afghans and I was starting to lose track.  But, I never sold anything.

Then, I showed a friend a baby dress I was making for a gift, and she asked how much I sold them for.  I never really thought about that one.

I talked to my sister, who has offered to photograph and try to sell some of my stuff on Etsy.  As you will see, it is difficult for me to take good pictures.

Unfortunately, I have yet to make anything for her to take, next time she comes to visit.  Friends have already purchased two baby afghans, a baby dress, and commissioned me to make a baby sweater and booties.  In addition, while working on a project, my great-niece was visiting and wanted me to make her something.  How can I resist that darling little lady?

So, I adjusted a pattern and am attempting to make cardigans for her and her sister.  It still remains to be seen whether it will fit, or she will even like it.  But, I am having fun, not snacking so much, and not bored out of my gourd.

Yes, I did spend 2/3 of what I have made on  projects on more crafting supplies.  The rest financed my son's trip to a church youth rally.  So, I consider it money well spent.  

I have also discovered YouTube tutorials for making embellishments. Then, I can jazz up a few dresses or whatever.   I just have to reverse everything, because I am a lefty.

Yes, you can ask me to make something.  Just don't expect it tomorrow.  Give me enough time to enjoy the process.

Here are a few of my projects.  Pardon the BAD photography.

Butterfly embellishment

button flower
 Just for fun
 I don't think my niece will mind me posting a picture of her model.
close up of 3-D baby afghan

3-Day Baby Dress

More crafting awaits!

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