Thursday, July 30, 2009

I thought I made it very clear I was hiding in a corner this week.. hrumph!

Yay! It's officially Friday! Bring on the It's-a-fabulous-friday-let's-go-crazy, fruity, girly drinks and Golden Girls marathon that always accompany the end of the week bliss, or at least, should accompany said end of the week bliss, especially after a week like this one has been. No matter how hard I tried to hide under my desk underneath tons of wrinkly old blankets and eat my cookies and wallow in miserable Etsy failure in peace, something always seemed to come up, to require attention, or to bump up against me like a Shark trolling for food (okay, that last one was the cat). Now it's finally Friday and I can take really and truly take a deep breath.. or lots of shallow ones. Quantity over Quality really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.

I know I should be sleeping but I'm too busy now making a list of things to do tomorrow. I had the rather unfortunate luck of running into my own doorframe in my kitchen tonight and I'm now sporting a rather fashionable bruise on my right hand. Black and Blue is all the rage. Trust me, you heard it here first. I really should give my hand at least 4 days minimum before I jump back on the crocheting train but I know my head will simply explode with boredom in that time so I'm giving it till Saturday and then I'm picking up the next project. Period. Anyway, this entire round-about anecdote (eerily reminiscent of one of my Grandmother's lengthy, strung-out stories to the point that I'm almost uncomfortable) was to explain why I'm fervently list-making: I have a free day tomorrow to do all of the little things that have been piling up of late... I can organize my new index cards, clean my desk, pot some Spider plant babies, tend to a rather ornery Snake Plant [AN: I didn't realize until just now how many of my plants are named after creepy things in the Animal Kingdom and I don't think I want to really read too much into it], take a yarn inventory, mend some vintage blankets and, of course, watch some Golden Girls. Oh, and even though I'm poor, perhaps I'll splurge and treat myself to this shirt.. Crazy Dog Tshirts has it for a semi-reasonable price.. Then again.. maybe I'll just continue to oogle it for a while. You have to admit though, it's pretty damn snazzy. Ooo.. I can just see it under a Cardigan!
And, yes, I secretly am an old lady. That's why cats like me so much.

Maybe I'll make that shirt my treat when I complete my first custom crochet order.. which, (cross your fingers) if it works out, will be quite a substantial amount of work along with quite a substantial amount of money. That shirt can be my pie in the sky! Mmm. Pie.

Anyway, my list is done, my hand is iced, and I'm off to sleep. Happy Weekend Everyone!

Oh, and as an aside, if you do decide to check out Crazy Dog Tshirts, be sure to check out the Halloween Costume page. I hate to say it but, as usual, Jim Gaffigan is right, Halloween is just an excuse for grown women to dress like sluts.. I nearly choked on my water (yes, I'm off the DoubleShots) when I saw the Strawberry Shortcake costume.. Yikes! Holy Hooker, Batman! (and don't even get me started on Ghostbusters Girl...)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"I AM taking deep breaths.. I think.."

It seems like I'm not going to be able to get through this week without some serious multi-tasking. It's only Tuesday and my head is already spinning with patterns that need to be finished, corners that need to be cleaned and dusted, doctor's appointments and engagements I wish could be avoided.. I'm muttering mantras like "chain stitch, fasten off, need some lunch, call the doctor, check email, call doctor again, check email, chain stitch, cat puke!, take pictures, nap, check email, pimp self out on twitter, is it really 11 'o clock already?, chain stitch" under my breath while trying not to overdose on Starbucks DoubleShots and Snow Caps. Once again, my life is completely in the hands of someone else and their time schedule and wrapped up in their problems and I feel as if I'm hourly banging my head against a wall trying to motivate them to get their head out of their ass and it's more time-consuming then I can afford right now.

The one thing I did manage to get wrapped up today was the posting of a new pattern in the shop! Meet Moby Pete, the Great Off-White Whale, the lesser-known brother of Moby Dick. He's perfect for a new baby or make a set of them (one with a flower and one with a top hat) for a newly married couple!
You can find him nestled in the shop here and purchase him for only $4.00. So pop on over and check him out!

In other news, the Grand Prize Winner of my Excitable Embroidery Giveaway, Biologie, blogged about her winnings over the weekend in a post entitled "Hurray for Crochet." I would definitely recommend her blog; between the recipes and stories about her family, it's worth a read.

I'd love to stay and continue to chat, but I have a doctor's appointment in a few hours (big suprise) and I still have to try and fix the Toshiba I'm using so that CTRL+C actually works and brushing the touchpad doesn't send my pointer off into no-mans land. It's going to be a long day... so much for cutting back on the DoubleShots


Monday, July 20, 2009

The Shop's Going on Vacation.. unfortunately, I'm not.

So the shop is going on vacation today until next Tuesday, July 28th... exciting, right? This is the part where you try to figure out what exotic place I'll be basking in for the next week, what unforgiving mountain side I'll be daring to climb, what untamed jungle I'll be battling my way through with nothing but a bottle of Pellegrino and a Machete... Ocean Grove, New Jersey, kids. (By the by, you can all breathe that collective sigh of relief now that you know no one was stupid enough to give me something sharper than a butter knife or leave me alone in a jungle)

The Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar is this coming Friday and Saturday and I've been helping out since I was a wee little one, selling things at my own 5 and dime table. Now, I've been promoted to the uber-glamorous job of selling and packing dishes and will be spending my week setting the tables up, moving boxes (since I'm the only one there not eligible for an AARP card and therefore the only one that can move anything), selling, moving more boxes, battling rogue insects, and packing up people's purchases. It's a grueling week and by the time I get to Sunday, I always feel as if I've trekked up the side of Everest or just survived a bout of some exotic disease. Since an internet hub is a bit hard to track down in God's Square Mile (yes, that is Ocean Grove's nickname. And, yes, I know what you're thinking, I can't believe they haven't chased me out of town with pitchforks yet either) I've decided to put the shop on vaca, develop a few new patterns, and post them beginning next Tuesday when I'll be feeling a little bit less like I'm going to die.

So wish me luck, all.. I'm going to need it.

Oh.. and did I mention that all members of the Ladies Auxiliary are required to wear the official red Ladies Auxiliary shirts - at all times? Oh yes.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thank you for being a friend..

Friday night and here I am watching the Golden Girls (and loving it). Why, yes, I am a raunchy 80 year old woman trapped in a younger body - issues? Nope, didn't think so..

This week I've been featured on two fabulous blogs by two incredibly fabulous people (who I absolutely adore).

First, Michele from By Your Side asked me to do an interview. You can read it, and all of the lovely comments that were left, here. Her blog is great, filled with her new fabric purchases and pictures of the purses she designs and creates herself. You really should go and check it out, especially if you're on the hunt for the perfect bag.

And then today, as if this week wasn't filled with enough uber-flattering moments, EveryEskimo, easily my favorite felt plushie creator, featured my little crocheted sperm on her blog. Her "Tee vs. Dress" posts are insightful and always showcase clothes that have me drooling, and her softies are macabre, hilarious, ironic, and, really, everything you could ever want.

So go! Check them out! Drool, Oogle, and all that jazz - and support them, because they're amazing.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Woosh.. it's Monday AGAIN!

So much has happened this week.. First of all the Mortal Plush exhibit opened this past Saturday and here's Ginger!
Ahh! I still can't believe she's there looking all fabulous.. ::sigh:: I hope she sells.

In other fabulous news, I got my eyeballs from EnamiEyes in the mail and finished the poor, eviscerated Kracken - which I named Honeydew..

I told you the eyes are perfect! It was definitely worth the wait - and I never say that, being the most impatient person on the planet.

I also posted a new pattern in the shop today..

"Strawberry and French Vanilla Ice Cream Cone" - another zero-calorie crocheted summer dessert! You can purchase (or oogle) it here.

In the best, and most fabulous news, Michele from By Your Side wanted me to do an interview for her blog. She is such a sweetheart and it was absolutely flattering to be asked, how could I say no? You can read (and check out her fabulous blog) right here.

Hopefully, this week will be just as successful (maybe I'll actually sell something!) and jam-packed. Keep your fingers crossed..


Monday, July 6, 2009

It is Monday, right?

I swear, days have been running together lately.. I hardly know whether I'm coming or going!

Ginger was delivered last Thursday to the Art Whino gallery along with her consignment form. I believe I made the right decision as far as the price is concerned so we'll see if she has any takers!

I also finished a new crochet pattern over the weekend that will be posted in the shop tomorrow!

"Peanut Butter" Get it? I know it's corny, but in a "Wow, that's totally adorable and I need it!" kind of way. I also have a couple of other patterns in the works.. and that's always fun!

We'll see where the rest of the week leads.