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Well, Here We Go!

As long promised (or should I say threatened) I finally got my Etsy shop off the ground. It’s been a long, slow, steady process, but there I am. I have only a few things up at present, but in the coming days there will be much, much more.

It’s called BeeKayCreationsGifts—as I said, there’s not much up there at present, but I intend to add (and make) much more in the days to come.

Needless to say, my anxiety was ramped to the max, so there were a few stumbling blocks on the way because of said anxiety, but slowly but surely I achieved this goal.

Watch this space!

 

 

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Beekay Is Making Plans for Etsy

Well, I have finally gotten my head out of my hindquarters and am moving forward full tilt boogie on my Etsy craft boutique. I’m planning to start very, VERY small (to gauge reception), as well as offer PDF files of various cross stitch patterns I’ve designed (all contingent upon copyright costs, if any).

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Let’s Get This Started in Here

JoAnn

Well, look at what I received in yesterday’s mail. Answered Prayers! I hope to get over there tomorrow and score some more sweet fabric for my projects.

Lots to do, fingers crossed I can muster up the motivation to get things done and not feel like an unproductive lump. Though I did finally manage to tweet Beth Stern about my cat Maggie’s resemblance to her cat Sweet Dreams:

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Would love nothing more than to make TexMex chicken and black bean enchilada casserole for dinner, but cannot find the recipe I love to use. I’ll see if I can improvise, and provide the results at a later date.

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It’s One of THOSE Days

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Fly Eagles Fly

It’s the morning after the Eagles whooped the Vikings but good (how ’bout dem Iggles?) and my throat is a bit sore after all the yelling and chanting and carrying on I did last night. Lemon tea with honey will help with that, I’m sure.

Given that I’m in a pretty buoyant mood, I decided to hit the ground running with some long overdue projects. I’m in the process of establishing a shop on Etsy.com (store name: BeeKayCreationsGifts). I have some pricing kinks to iron out but (fingers crossed) I can get it up and running by week’s end.

I’ll also have two bangin’ Eagles cloth bowls done in time to post for sale. A run to JoAnn Fabric and Craft will soon be in order, as I will need Eagles bandannas for Maggie and Sarge, and will definitely want to make a Super Bowl wreath for the front door. (At least my Valentine’s Day wreath is in good shape). JoAnn better do me a solid and send me a “get 20% off your entire purchase” coupon by the weekend. I think it’s time.

Orioles fabric was special ordered and is in the house ready to go for more bowls and bandannas, and I’ll pick up some Phillies, Yankees (blergh), and baseball cloth as well.

I’ve also vowed to fully clean one room a week until the house is clean, in case the spousal-unit and I decide to have a Super Bowl party. So far I’ve done the foyer (with the exception of the floors) and most of the living room (excluding the baseboards). I’ll let you know how that turns out.

Off for another cuppa—have a wonderful and creative day!

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Isn’t That Always the Way?

Ever have one of those moments where you put something away for safekeeping, then forgot where said safe space was?

Ever have one of those days when you don’t really care how nice your hair turned out (because you are going out into the frozen tundra and you’ll only be squishing said hair under your Marine Corps beanie) and it looks BANGIN’ … but days when your hair really really REALLY has to look good, it goes straight to hell, despite your amazing stylist and vast collection of hair care products?

Ever experienced the time you inventoried all the sewing projects (namely McCall’s M6664, view E, and McCall’s M6930, view C) lying around your craft room and think that JoAnn Fabric and Craft vomited all over it? Not to mention, you picked out the perfect colors (Amaryllis, Capri, and Ibis White) to paint said craft room and then realize how much crap will need to be moved before you can even think of busting out a paint brush?

Ever look at the store of unfinished cross stitch projects you have stashed near your comfy chair and wonder Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, how did this get so crazy?

That, dear readers, is the story of my life. Looks like I’m going to have to channel my internal warrior woman and get to work.

 

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New Year, New Creations

Happy New Year! I wish all of you, dear readers, a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2018!

Overall, my resolution for the New Year is “get sh!t done,” and one of the items on said sh!t list is maximizing my creativity. To that end, a friend and fellow classmate (A) posted on Facebook that her daughter wanted a particular Bob Dylan quote engraved on her class ring; the vendor demurred as (gasp!) there is profanity in said quote (clutch pearls!). She and the vendor argued back and forth (after all, as A pointed out, Mr. Dylan is a Nobel Peace Prize winner for Literature, so why is this quote unacceptable? And who’s going to see the inside of Dear Daughter’s class ring when she’s wearing it? riddle me that!) until they reached a (somewhat) mutually satisfying compromise.

I posted that the quote in question would make a great sampler, to which A replied, “I knew you would say that.”

Challenge. Accepted.

I came up with this sweet little chart in no time flat:

play it fucking loud

Bob Dylan said so. (I can only imagine the horror if Dear Daughter had requested “Everybody must get stoned” instead.)

A liked it, therefore I must make it so. And so I shall, using the following:

  • 18 count black Aida cloth
  • “play it” DMC 333
  • “” DMC 333 with DMC 5289 metallic accent
  • “LOUD” DMC 995 with E3843 metallic accent

Thinking of a simple silver frame to top it off, perhaps getting a sterling silver treble clef for an additional accent.

Looking forward to keeping you all apprised of my progress; however, I do have a favor to ask. A wanted to know how much it would cost to execute this project. I had most of the materials at hand, and will have to purchase black mounting board, the frame, and the treble clef (if I decide to include it). So naturally I would charge for materials I had to purchase, not sure about labor. A and I have known each other since elementary school, FWIW.

Any advice you may have, dear readers, is greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me here.

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Still the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (?)

Quelle surprise, I am managing to hold it all together! I am thisclose to sending out cards, decorated an evergreen swag for my front door (the anemic bow on which needs replacing), put pine garland on the front porch railing (again with the anemic bows—I could not find the red velvet bows I use most years), and my holiday decorations are out.

Tree is going up later today, and as soon as I get my funds straight gifts will be ordered (lists are saved online, thank God, and most of them are still available). Fingers crossed that Santa bought from my Amazon wish list; also fingers crossed that my gifts will ship on time.

(I also need to remember to get stocking stuffers for Maggie and Sarge.)

Our holiday visiting schedule has been ironed out; I only need to decide what to make for Christmas Night dinner. I am torn between something traditional (ham [with turkey drumsticks for Baby Bro as he does not like ham], mashed potatoes, filling, vegetables, rolls, and dessert) or something not so traditional (stuffed shells, lasagna Bolognese, rolls, salad, and dessert). The latter can be made pretty much ahead of time … but who doesn’t like a traditional Christmas dinner?

But before Christmas, we have birthdays to celebrate—namely mine and Baby Bro’s. It’s my turn to pick where we are going to go for dinner. I’m concerned that dinner on a Friday night during this heavy holiday season might be problematic; perhaps picking a weeknight to go out might be the way to go.

And of course, after Christmas we have New Year’s Eve. The spousal-unit and I typically go out for a nice late lunch and then stay the hell home that night to avoid amateur hour (amateur night?). The SU’s birthday follows hard on the heels of New Year’s Day, so there’s Yet Another Dinner I have to figure out.

Which further leads me to New Year’s resolutions.

  1. I need a job!
  2. I need to quit smoking.
  3. I need to keep working on my anxiety issues.
  4. I need to get back to craft work.
  5. I need to learn to better schedule my time.

Not necessarily in any particular order.

And finally, how ’bout dem Iggles? Last night’s game was a real nail-biter but they pulled it off when it counted. We’re hoping Carson Wentz isn’t as badly injured as the media is making it sound. ETA damnit, torn ACL.

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Fly Eagles Fly

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It’s That Time of Year (Again)!

Holiday (and birthday) season is in full effect chez BeeKay, and I’m trying to keep things low key and serene. The spousal unit and I used to send out holiday newsletters, with the last being in 2008 (I thought it was 2009 but in retrospect we were too busy to send Christmas cards that year, what with being new small business owners at the time). We decided to renew that tradition this year, and I uploaded the first draft to Staples.com to print in color for review. Won’t be able to get it until tomorrow at 7:00 pm, unless I want to pay a rush fee (no, thank you).

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First draft, needs minor tweaks

Order. Cancelled. The spousal-unit will print it at work tomorrow.

Last night, we stopped by Target and bought a box of Christmas cards, just in case we didn’t have enough to accommodate our mailing list. While in the basement pulling together everything I’ll need to decorate the evergreen swag for our front door, I found two nearly full boxes of Papyrus Christmas cards—I love Papyrus greeting cards—in addition to last year’s left over cards. I think we are all set for this holiday mailing, once the newsletter is finalized. We’ll just need to get stamps.

Holiday Swag

I hope I can find a swag that doesn’t look this ratty.

This week, I have to clean the living room from stem to stern so I can put out all of my holiday tchotchkes, and so we can put the tree up over the weekend. I have a new tree skirt halfway finished (photo to follow) in case I don’t want to put out my tried-and-true holiday cats tree skirt (ditto).

We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with cousins Terry and Troy at their new home in Maryland. Their holiday spirit was in full effect, with at least five (five!!) festively decorated trees throughout the house, an amazing array of delicious food, and a house full of family and close friends. Needless to say, no one left hungry—Martha Stewart has nothing on those two!

I do have some gifts ready to be wrapped, and have a few more to buy, but I am stumped as to what to get my brother. I know cash or gift cards are always welcome but I find them unimaginative. I have no idea what size he wears, and don’t want to ask because he’s gained a lot of weight since he quit smoking. Perhaps some gourmet foodstuffs, as he is a foodie (which also accounts for his weight gain) and yes, a gift card (groan). Perhaps I will gift him a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated as a gag gift; he thinks it’s pretentious. “Do I really need to know what the dude was thinking while he harvested his home-grown turnips at their peak freshness? Do I look like I care? Get away from me with that crap.”

Lately, however, this place has been my go-to for inexpensive quality gifts.

As for birthdays, mine is the 15th, my brother’s is the 20th, and the spousal-unit’s is January 2. I hope to have the family birthday dinner at the Peanut Bar and couple’s night at Lang Restaurant (formerly Hong Thanh at Sixth and Court Streets in Reading). So glad tasty Vietnamese food is closer to home!

And further regarding birthdays, an Eagles win would be an incredible early birthday gift! Let’s go 11-1, Birds!

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Insomnia Strikes Again

Well, it’s almost five o’clock on Sunday morning, and Yours Truly is awake at an ungodly hour yet again. While the other inhabitants chez moi are snoozing snugly in their beds, I am sitting here (standing, actually) drafting a new blog post.

IDK why this recent phase of insomnia is ongoing. I take 10 mg of melatonin about an hour before I want to hit the hay—though I probably should not indulge in a couple of Starburst fruit chews after taking them. Then I get engrossed in “Forensic Files,” when I should probably dig up my Linguistics textbook from my junior year of college. THAT is the book form of Ambien, just without the sleep driving, sleep cooking, or whatever other sleep activities that are scary and messed up.

I have a lot of craft projects I need to crank out sooner rather than later. Can’t run the sewing machine at this hour because sleeping spousal unit. Maybe I’ll cut fabric for snappy bags, headbands, and pin basket linings.

OH! And speaking of candy, we won’t have to buy any for a good long time. We bought a shed load of candy for trick-or-treaters—in my neck of the woods, trick-or-treat is 10/30 and 10/31; it has been that way since I was a wee lass growing up here, which people who are not from here don’t get—not to mention my candy jar, which is fully stocked.

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Fully stocked candy jar

I’m sure cavities, or weight gain, will be imminent.

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Sweets from BJ’s Warehouse. I could spend all day in that place

  • 225 pieces/4 pounds of grape and strawberry Nerds (yuck), strawberry and banana Laffy Taffy (yum), and Everlasting Gobstoppers (double yum)
  • 145 pieces/2.5 pounds of Hershey bars (meh), Reese’s peanut butter cup minis (yum), Whoppers (more yum), and Kit Kat bars (meh)
  • 180 pieces/4.5 pounds of Skittles (YUM), Starburst originals (YUM X two), and Life Savers Gummies (yuck)

As you can see, the chocolate has been raided already, not by me.

I leave you with this:

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And Here We Are, AGAIN

Well, it’s 0443 and I am awake WAY earlier than I need to be. Unfortunately, the creative juices decided to get flowing so I figured it would be best to just stay up, check my email, check Facebook, and make a final list of what I’d like to get ready to post on etsy.com. I have a ton of the cloth bowls made, mainly Halloween- and football-themed, with some fun and fabulous ones to boot, and have holiday-themed ones ready to be assembled.

I also decided to make some really sweet team headbands. By the end of the week, I’ll have (drum roll please) …

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New England Patriots
  • Miami Dolphins

along with some cute quirky prints. If these do well (fingers crossed they do), there will be baseball headbands shortly after the New Year. (Photos to follow, BTW.)

Once I have prices figured out, it’ll be off to the races! As always, watch this space!

I managed to see Tulip Fever when it was in my neck of the woods. Dame Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz amazingly excellent as usual (tho’ Ms. Dench was on screen for maybe a total of 15 minutes) and Alicia Vikander (who is getting married to Michael Fassbender of Inglourious Basterds fame) is a stunningly gorgeous talent. Looking forward to seeing Victoria and Abdul (again with The Dame, there is nothing like a dame) and maybe going on a haunted house tour in anticipation of Halloween.

Finally, Pinky the bear is ready to go to her new home. Sarge is sad to see her go, but he has found a new friend in Gingham the cat. Only in this house do the cats get homemade toys. (Again, photos to follow.)

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