Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I found this on Ravelry

10 Rules of Basic Etiquette for the non-Crafty:
  1. Just because I am crafting in a public place does NOT mean I am fishing for compliments, comments, advice. etc…. I am minding my own business, how about you minding yours. Plus, before you decide to help yourself to my personal private space, from my crafting supplies, equipment etc. please pass me your wallet. If your gonna snoop in my personal belongings I get to snoop in yours.
  2. Do not rubberneck my crafting project from two tables away or over my shoulder for 10 - 15 minutes watching me, then have the audacity to ask me “Did you do that?” You will get the “Nope. My invisible friend Matilda did it, but doesn’t like to feel like a freak so I fake it for her.” Plus do NOT crowd me, most crafts have sharp ended tools and I am not adverse to jabbing you with one so you get my point.
  3. When gushing “I could never do that” be honest with yourself and the crafter in question, finish the sentence with “because I do not have the patience and I am a abject moron.”
  4. All Family & friends, if I ever chose to create something for you it is an honor. It is NOT like going to the store and just picking something up. Creating the gift takes time, forethought, pre-planning, and time management. Keep in mind socks are NOT simple, neither is a scarf or a hat, they are basics where we learn and try new design and pattern ideas. Be very honored when we feel a practice piece is worthy of gifting to you.
  5. NEVER EVER gift yarn, notions, patterns expecting it to be used for you. Do not hint that I make you something. Ask me simply and straightforward. I may or may not make it for free if you buy the yarn, or may charge you for my time… either way be proud and humble to think I would even consider doing it for you since you are too lazy to learn to do it for yourself.
  6. If gifted with a handmade crafting item, thank the creator profusely even if you never want a hand made gift from them ever again, then state its beautiful and I’ll cherish it but handmade is really not your thing. This gets the giftee and the creator off the hook for more gifts that can be appreciated better by someone else on the creators list
  7. If you are the recipient of a handcrafted item and decide within 2 years its not the thing for you, offer it back to its creator before selling it or regifting it to someone else. Its insulting to ask about a piece made for you to find out you donated it to goodwill, I got $5 at my garage sale for it, or hear from you “oh, that grey sweater. I gave it to my ex-boyfriends girlfriends best friend because it just wasn’t me.”
  8. If the hand crafted item is wearable then WEAR it, if it is decorative USE it. If you are so overwhelmed that you want to take care of it so it won’t get destroyed FRAME it. If you choose to do none of these things give it back to the person that made the item because you do not deserve it.
  9. Do not blame the creator if a thing you have bullied them into making for you does NOT turn out the way you want it. If you are so damned picky take the time to learn the craft and make it for yourself.
  10. We craft because it relaxes us, we enjoy it, we can take our time and be proud of what we are doing. Selling our creativity for profit will stress us out, put us under deadlines, and generally make us want scream. That is why it is a hobby and not our JOB so quit pestering us by how much money we could make yadda yadda yadda.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

From Spring to Fall

It's been a long time since I posted.  The longest winter ever finally ended.  Summer took its sweet time coming.  And now it's fall again.

The bees and butterflies are gathering as much as they can from the daisies.

I'm thinking about changing the title of this blog.  Any suggestions, if there is anyone out there still reading this?


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Happy First Day of... Spring???

Really?  It's -19C out there.  With the wind chill it's -32.  At least there's blue sky this morning.

We've had more snow since the other day.  It's now official: Regina has had a record snowfall this year.

I'm ready for spring.  This isn't it!


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Cleaning off the craft table

I haven't sewn for almost 11 months.  I became addicted to wool, and my sewing machine has sat packed up and unused since I took a workshop at the end of last April.

Balls and skeins of yarn slowly began taking over the top of my table.  And then I started spinning, and fibre and spindles joined the mess.

And now my craft table looks like this

And the other end of it

And I'm not going to show you what the rest of the room looks like!

So my goal for the next few days is to clean up, just a bit at a time, so that I can set my machine up and start sewing again.  I know that sewing is therapeutic for me, so by the end of this week I want to be working on something.


Friday, 15 March 2013

No More Snow!

We keep hearing that, in spite of all the snow we've got this winter, this has not been a record snowfall.

That's sort of hard to believe, when you look out your door to this:

The fence has now disappeared.  Poor Penn just sinks down into the snow.

Good thing he has Ciara to break trails for him.

Just for comparison, here is how it looked this time last year.

First day of spring is next week...will spring ever come?


Monday, 4 March 2013

Still alive...

It's been a rough winter.

I've been battling with the depression and anxiety, and it's been winning. I'm slowly coming out of it, but it's been an uphill battle all the way.  My interest in things has been lacking.  As a result I haven't been taking pictures like I was, I haven't quilted since last spring, and obviously I haven't been blogging.  I have been knitting; my current obsession is socks.

Penn has been a joy in my life through this.

Hopefully, things will get better soon.