Love this colorway, love this scarf!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Guinness Cupcake with Bailey's cream cheese frosting, originally uploaded by katiebot5000.
Enjoy this image of my friend Katie's Guiness cupcake with cream cheese frosting...YUM!
**I draw the winner of Blue Cabbage tomorrow! Comment here to enter.**
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The more stubborn and proud artists price high and refuse to negotiate. I envy those people with their amazing confidence. And sometimes they are even successful, but sometimes not. For me it really seems to be hit or miss. In business school I learned all about economies of scale. I found the topic to be both surprising and intriguing; to know that some very successful retailers actually sell some items at a loss but take such huge margins on others that they are, in the long-run, profitable! Keeping all of this in mind I look at an item and grapple with all of these conflicting "rules".
My usual strategy: Okay...how much were the materials for this? Now how much is that x2? Would I pay that much for this? Now. What would I expect to pay for this?...and on and on...It is a very scientific process indeed...But bottom line (no pun intended) I do what I do because I love to do it, not because I depend on what I earn to survive. Not yet anyways. All the same it is a very expensive habit I have and I always need more yarn so that I can keep on creating. And so...
As of tomorrow morning and through June 1st, I am taking 20% off the top and across the board. My gift to you for taking an interest in my hobby, my passion. Thank you.
PS. Don't forget to comment on the GIVEAWAY by Friday 5/22nd to enter to win Blue Cabbage Scarf for FREE!
I just love the way this turned out! I used a very fine warp thread and a much bulkier weft in one of my favorite yarns and it is perfectly loose and airy. The colors are absolutely gorgeous! I think I will be doing more of these.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
First, a new design that I am working on. I threw this very loosely-woven wrap together last night in record time. It is fulled for added texture and durability. I am really pleased with the way it turned out, but as it is a prototype of sorts, I am having a hard time assigning a price tag to it. So option 1: Tangerine Summer Shawl
And second is Blue Cabbage. This is the final product of the scarf listed in the last post.
And the rest is up to you! Which scarf should I giveaway? I will list the new giveaway tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
All the same I think that if this test-run turns out alright I would like to try again with some lovely handpainted sock. Maybe Noro?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This plant is the "descendant" of the original that belonged to my father's mother. It passed through my great aunt and my mother before making it's way to me. I haven't had it long, and it is still a baby with lots of room to grow, but I get the very occasional blossom; about once a year. How serendipitous that she chose to bloom this year for Mothers' Day.
Please take a look...my link is at the right, and feel free to let me know if you have any constructive criticism. I want this shop to be a success and I cannot succeed if my art is unappealing to the consumer (ie. YOU).
AND secondly, I would like to report that the WW is going really well! I am not going to lie, the first week was incredibly difficult. But I lost 5 lbs already!!! And I even managed to squirrel away enough points to enjoy a wonderful, delicious, Mother's Day brunch this morning with the boys and hubby at my favorite local pub, Duke of Devon. Not to rub it in but tenderloin with shitake gratin, corn and potato hash, champagne, huge colorful bloodies, coconut creme brulee... Mmmmmmmmmmmm...
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I have struggled with my weight all of my life. There were highs and lows; the lows usually brought on by a motivational remark from my mother and subsequently, unhealthy measures on my part; yet the results were met with praise just the same. I have always been a mind over matter kind of person and believed that if I wanted it badly enough I could just will it to happen. This rule never applied to weight loss, however, and in this respect I have always felt a bit of a failure.
In college I took a very eye-opening class where I learned that the preoccupation with weight loss, the constant worry about calories and intake, and food deprivation are all contributing factors to weight gain! I also came to the conclusion that none of my short-term weight loss measures were successful. On the contrary, I would "rubber band" sooner or later back to my previous weight with a little something extra. Turns out in the long run, this kind of "rubber band" dieting is actually worse for your long-term health than simply being overweight! Plus I could never, ever, trust myself to stick to a "diet" for life, nor could I give up certain indulgences that I enjoy on a fairly regular basis. So all in all, I came to the conclusion that no matter what, I would simply. not. diet.
And then I got pregnant.
I think that Hollywood has really done a number on the collective egos of women in this country. We all have this gross misconception that being pregnant means that we will be all glowy and cutesy with no other physical manifestations that slightly larger boobs and a lovely rounded belly. Ha! With both of my pregnancies the first place where I gained weight was in my bottom! Seriously! Who carries babies in their bottom? Both times it was so bad that I actually didn't fit into XL maternity pants! Can you imagine? When you are already bloated and having a hard time fitting into anything at all as it is? The horror. Post pregnancy weight loss is likewise disappointing for me. Don't expect to see me strutting down the red carpet in a slinky gown just days postpardum. I will be looking positively 2nd trimester for at least another 6 months.
My doctor(s) took issue both times with my weight gain and with my postpardum weight loss. I will never forget sitting in the office time after time, still confounded by the friendly reminders about my weight. I am not a stupid person; I am well aware that pregnancy does not mean a food free-for-all. As a matter of fact I tried very hard with both pregnancies to keep my weight under my control. Yet my body, to spite me, seemed to want to go where it wanted to go with absolutely no regard for my thoughts or feelings on the matter. After Joseph was born it took about 9 months before the weight really started to come off, with no assistance or insistence. And by the time I fell pregnant with Ryan I was only 10 lbs away from my prepregnancy weight.
So again, post Ryan's birth, I find myself in the same pants and shoes quite literally. And this time it seems to be taking even longer to come off! Admittedly, it does seem to be following the same pattern, and perhaps if I were more patient I would see a swift downward swing in a couple of months. All the same, the part of me that needs to have control (albeit irrationally) will not be subdued in the meantime.
I started Weight Watchers Online last night.
I am super-duper scared that I will fail. That I will only last a day or two and give up completely. Or that if I am successful, in time I will just bounce back to where I am now. Or worse, I will gain even more. The prospect of having to do this over and over for the rest of my life makes me weary and depressed. I feel that I shouldn't have to do this! That I should be able to just will it to happen, but my body defies me and I don't have that option...
I need encouragement and support now. If anyone out there has advice, or positive examples to reassure me in this challenge I would greatly appreciate it. In the meantime, I promise to keep you posted of my progress.