Saturday, January 31, 2015

Starting something ELSE new!

  I have been having some issues with Etsy lately, which has resulted in my shop being suspended.  I can't make money if my shop can't be viewed!  So I am trying something new.  Inselly is a marketplace that is linked to my Instagram account, which I look at every day.  I just have one thing on there right now, so we will see how it goes as I get more items on there.
  With regards to the homestead, we have decided that we are going to get this trailer to live in. It has what I call a "lantry room", a combination pantry and laundry room. I am trying really hard to be positive about the Mobile home since I REALLY don't like them.  I find them to not have enough windows, un-unique (is that a word?) in their shape, and not the safest thing for down here where hurricanes blow.  BUT, this is what we can afford.  I want to put a screened in porch on the front and nice flower beds to help with the outer looks.
Flower beds like these, but probably bigger.
  Who knows?  Maybe in a few years when we have no more children living with us, we can get rid of the trailer and get one of the cabins I like.  You never know.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Goals, Not Resolutions

   I don't make New Year's resolutions.  I feel bad when I don't do them (and I won't), so I just don't make them.  I do, however, like lists of things to get done, because I feel like I accomplished something when I can mark stuff off.

  • Put at least one whole-foods meals on the table per week.
  • Move. (Ugh)
  • Get something to move into. (This is not numbered for a reason!)
  • Start a small fall garden. 
  • Start an herbal garden.
  • Chickens!  Just a few young ones at first, to start off slow, and therefore less overwhelming.
  • Learn herbal medicine. Not all of it, obviously, that would take me decades, just more than I currently know.
  • Play more. Because of this guy.
  • Verbalize more how much I love and appreciate my husband.  Because he's awesome and I don't say or show it enough, in my mind.
  I think that's a good start, don't you?
  What are your goals for 2015?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wow, less than a week later!

  Christmas season is officially over.  The Christmas tree and other decorations got put away yesterday.  I can put my big loom back up!  I just need to get a kid out here to help...
  Christmas season can't be completely over yet, because I haven't told you about my presents! 
   On the left back is eight ounces of naturally-colored cotton to be spun.  I have never spun cotton before so it should be an adventure!  The three cones of yarn are 3/2 mercerized cotton, and the middle one isn't actually that yellow, more of a chamois. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to make with them.  On the right in the back is an ounce of BFL(wool)/silk blend in the colorway called Sweet Pea which I can't wait to spin.
  On the front left is a ratchet and pawl upgrade for my Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle loom.  The ratchets it comes with are plastic and bend easily, as in the first time I used it! The upgrade is made of metal and should last much longer.  I will post pictures when I put this on.
  Guys, GUYS!  This little Zoom Loom by Schacht is awesome!  I've made over a dozen little squares, I've even made some at WORK!  And these  are just some of the things you can do with them!
  Okay, calming down now.
  I don't know if you have noticed a theme with these presents, other than they are all weaving/spinning related (what else would I get?).
  These are all things that don't involve my big floor loom.  Much as my husband would love to see it go, NO, I'm not getting rid of it.
  I'm thinking of the future.  Are we getting a cabin(small) or a Mobile home(bigger)?  When, exactly will we be moving? If we get a cabin, where will I put the big loom?  On the screened-in porch?  Could it survive out there in the humidity?
  Too many questions!  When I finish with the towels that are currently on it, I will let the floor loom sit idle while I work on my spinning skills and use my smaller looms.
  At least, that is the current plan.