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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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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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Whiskey Tango Hotel

So I’m taking a day or so to get caught up on projects that were left by the wayside due to a sliced finger and then a lovely summer cold, complete with allergies (blech!!). Now I’m back at it … but I would have preferred to get back at it around 9:00 a.m., not at 6:00 a.m.

To update: Simplicity 3799 is cut VERY small. I typically wear anywhere between a size 2 and a size 6, so opted to go with the XXS tunic and shorts. The XXS is allegedly a size 4.

That was a mistake.

I can’t pull the tunic down over my shoulders and I can’t pull the shorts up over my hips.

(Apparently my hips DO lie.)

I’m glad I didn’t cut the blue crepe with the embroidered anchors otherwise I’d be superp!ssed. I just need to get a new pattern, and go with size small next time. So someone’s little girl will be the lucky beneficiary of custom-made duds. Black, red, and white paisley tunic, and black shorts. Hit me up if you’re interested; some minor hemming needs to be done but for the most part they’re good to go.

The bear is almost done; the arms, legs, and back seams need to be slip-stitched shut, and I have to finish that wretched vest.

I also made a small bowl (Simplicity 1126), a plaid skirt (Simplicity 2184), and plan to make a pair of shorts (in the correct size, mind you—McCall’s 6930). Finally, I bought a new mat and frame for “When I Am an Old Cat” and hope to re-hang it later today.

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Here Goes Nuthin’, Part Two

As I posted earlier, I cut the crap out of my finger with my kung-fu veggie chopping skills—I’m sure my chef friends out there would shake their heads at my so-called kung fu veggie chopping skills, maybe throw in a “bless her heart” or two—so I had to take a hiatus from sewing and other craft work. I would prefer not to bleed all over everything.

I have the following which I must complete sooner rather than later:

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon (cross stitched on plastic canvas with beaded outline, for a good friend who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer)

and this bear needs to be sutured up and clothed:

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Please note, if you are in my neck of the woods, I would like to offer my humble apologies in advance for the cursing and ranting and raving you may hear as I try to finish the [expletives deleted] bear’s vest. I am currently on the third incarnation of it (the first one turned out incorrectly, the second was too small). I hope the third time will be the charm in this instance!

Finally, on Tuesday night there is a figure drawing class at the Goggleworks. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (they ask that participants show up 15 minutes early to help set up) and costs $5 (cash payable at the information desk). Bring your own materials. I think I’m going to give it a shot! Let’s see if I can improve upon this (don’t laugh, please):

OCMD sketch

FTR, I hate using oil pastels

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Save the Ta-tas!

After receiving the results of last year’s mammogram … all clear for another year.  What a relief!  I was so ecstatic about it that I charted this:

Save The Ta-tas!

The ribbon is courtesy of Artecy.com and is a breeze to stitch – I made an ornament for my friend EB after she did the Susan G. Komen three-day walk one year (photo to follow) and it took no time at all, it’s that simple. I pulled the font from an old cross stitch book of mine (book information to follow as well).

Ladies – don’t forget to get your annual mammogram.

Gents – don’t forget to remind your special lady (ladies) to get their annual mammograms.

Do your part to Save the Ta-tas!

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