Success isn’t always what you think it might be

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Teaching some kiddos to crochet.

It’s been suggested/out right reported back to me that my hand crafted items – whatever they might be – bring smiles, delight, and comfort to those who receive them. I don’t share that to boast, I share that to make a point.

I find myself often putting time, effort, and love into gifts for others and generally speaking I think the items or designs are lovely. I rarely think something is “ugly”.

It’s sort of my thing, I suppose. To bring some beauty into the world around myself, to give something beautiful to others. To make something special for others.

The shows I’ve been doing recently haven’t been what some might call financial successes. The entrance fees/donations have at times cost me more than I’ve made there. (Although I’ve received commissioned work requests from contacts I’ve made at them so they weren’t a total bust.) The lack of financial success is likely for any number of reasons of which I’m working on addressing. (The biggest it seems, other than over saturation of certain products, is that I might be at the wrong shows as some of my work is a little more trendy or edgy than the shoppers are looking to purchase. The general craft show demographic isn’t my target audience.)

But I don’t feel mostly that the shows were failures. What I have taken away from the shows that weren’t as financially rewarding? Making people smile, chatting with strangers when they seem like they needed a friend, taking the time to teach two little boys that crocheting is fun, relaxing, and not just for girls, having to “sell myself” (which I hate doing) and bringing a bit of sunshine to the world.

Maybe not lucrative, but surely rewarding. Perhaps that is a greater success.

 

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And *poof* the data was gone.

’twas the night before Christmas (Eve),
and all through the house,

everything was in chaos,
even my spouse

I had to do printing,
gifts to give made it so,

but my laptop decided the answer was, “No!”

laptop smokeSo Frank wasn’t really in chaos, but my laptop did decide it wasn’t going to cooperate. By not going to cooperate? I mean it decided life wasn’t worth living anymore and a factory reset was it’s only option.

I lost everything that’s not on my external hard drive, in the cloud, or in my email and after a conversation with a friend who does such things, it’s gone. I can’t find the power cord to my external drive so I haven’t been able to back up anything in about 3-6 months. I’m just really glad all my client stuff was done before then.

Stationary stuff for shows and the shop? Most of that is gone, but I can recreate it. I’m not taking on any new digital custom work for the time being, but I’m still able and willing to do other custom work until I get this sorted out!

I’m lucky that my brother is super understanding about the status of part of his Christmas gift and that I could print the other part of it at my mom’s house the next day, but man, that was a really bad feeling.

Lesson learned. External hard drive everything all the time. I’m usually really good about it too.

Silver lining though? I’m choosing to look at this as an opportunity to reorganize my digital files once I find the power cord to the external drive.

Sharing is Caring – Inspirograph

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My first Inspirograph. I was going for a fiery theme. Eh.

Like I said, I’m hoping to get back to some regularly scheduled blogging around here and the first second thing I thought I’d do more regularly is share something fun I found during the week. Sharing is caring after all! Unless it’s germs, keep them to yourself.

This past week there were a lot of cool crafty things going on, but this one stuck out for me. BatGirl shared it with me and I’m sharing it with you.

Inspirograph. Yes just like the plastic wheels you had, lost and then stepped on and broke as a kid! Or was that just me?

Pick a background, pick a wheel, pick a color and spin that sucker around to your pretty heart’s content. If you want to change the background after you’re done you can.

I found it pretty relaxing while I was spinning my mouse around the screen. It froze up a few times and I don’t like that at first I couldn’t find an undo button, but then I read the keyboard commands and found out that Ctrl + Z works just fine here too. (If you want to redo what you just undid, use Ctrl + Y)

Go. Try it out. You’re welcome. If you make one, feel free to upload it to Twitter or Instagram and use #sharewithcourt and @courtiscrafy me so I can see it!

The guy who did this is working on a mobile app so soon you’ll have another way to kill time.

Saturday Command Center

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Hi there. It’s been awhile, huh? I’ve been crafting some, but nothing like usual. We’ve had my brother’s dog (#Brodsmontana) on and off since January. While I adore him and he’s a love, he’s not helpful for crafting so I don’t get much done.

Since he’s back to my brother’s now for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d get back to crafting and blogging some.

Today seemed like a good day to start. I’m in the car, headed to NJ for a cousin’s wedding, crocheting away!

Next weekend I’ll be in Chicago and maybe doing some kiddo crafts! Can’t wait. Any thoughts on crafts I can do with an almost 5 year old boy and an 11 year old girl? I’m thinking rockets…

2015 Challenge Accepted: #1 – A is for Apron

As part of 2015 I want to do more Pins and challenge myself a little more. I stumbled across this challenge from Pintrosity and got a little excited because it was perfect.

A is for…anything! Come up with a pin that has a project that starts with A (aquarium wall), use a color that starts with A (aqua), learn or use a technique that starts with A (applique), a recipe that starts with A (apple enchiladas), etc. Just incorporate A!

Right away, I knew just what “A” I wanted to do! I need an Apron of my very own. Would you believe that I don’t have one for every day use? All the cooking and baking I do, and I don’t have one. As a dear friend would say, “For SHAME Court! For shame.” (I have a beautiful one made by a dear friend for hosting parties and what not, but it’s too beautiful for every day use.)

I’m giving myself 2 weeks to make myself one so I’ll report back by 1/20. Now to chose a Pin! So many choices!

Care to join me in your own “A” challenge?

If you’d like to be part of the Pin Challenge Accepted board just let me know and I’ll add you. I won’t accept every challenge, but you never know!

Yesterday was about baking not crafting

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Bright baby hat

Usually I spend a chunk of time on Saturdays crafting in some way, but yesterday although I did craft in the evening, part of the day was spent back home with my G-d family. We made cookies, laughed, and I spent some time healing my heart and psyche.

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One of my favorite books read to me by my niece

Besides, being creative doesn’t always mean crafting.