Late last year I had to have my basement waterproof. By God’s grace this was an expense covered by my HOA. My only responsibility was to move everything away from the walls. Although this may seem simple enough (especially when you are saving thousands of dollars) this became a daunting task. My basement had become a dumping ground for everything I thought I needed at every thriftstore, bargain sale, yard sale, deal, etc. and it wasn’t pretty. Werks I worked and worked to no avail. Exactly 3 days before the crew would come to complete the work my 2 uncles (bless their hearts) came and helped me move all this stuff into the middle of the basement. As this happened I realized (and they were my amen section) how much unused space was in my basement. All my money woes were stacked in the middle of my basement. I was headed to hoarder rehab if I didn’t get my act together. Then I saw it, a vision of a craft cave (something like a man cave but for a crafter). It has been my motivation. Donation pick up after donation pick up, I am slowly but surely purging through the “I might need that one day” pile. I am too embarrassed to put up a picture (I will do a before and after once it is complete). However, it has made me stay away from stuff I don’t need in the thriftstore and I avoid yard sales these days. I have chastised myself repeatedly when I open a bin and it burps yarn. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KICK MY YARN BUYING HABIT. I have slowed down tremendously though (hey thats a step). I am thoroughly excited about getting a yarn room. I know its going to be worth all this work.
I have been struggling with not buying yarn. My yarn store frequently has great sales and I simply can’t resist. I already have more yarn then I can use in my lifetime (which is still not enough to me). I have considered quitting my job and making this my full-time business. However, when I discuss this with my partners; mortgage company, electric bill, car payment, car insurance, etc. they say I have to keep my good government job. I work on my eclectic blanket to use up yarn scraps just to make it seem like I am putting a dent in my yarn collection. Pretty soon I am going to need a storage unit to hold my yarn. I am currently working through patterns in my pattern collection books. I am hoping to organize my finished products for sale on Etsy by the end of next month (pray for me). I have recently lost interest in taking special orders and really just want to focus on working on patterns that interest me. I know this is a phase and hope that once I get my Etsy store stocked up, I will get back in the swing.
My eclectic blanket in progress.
Well I don’t have a picture of the finished dress 😟 because the person I made it for picked it up the next day. But I used the yarn pictured and made a baby dress using “the little white dress” pattern I found on the internet. I was also able to make a baby hat (well my daughter made the hat sorry not sure if she used a pattern), I used Bev’s Cottage pattern for the mittens and the bootie pattern on the Bernat website. The yarn is thin but works up quick and easy. I found this on sale at Walmart for $1.50 and it took one skein and a small bit of skein two. The greatest part is it was from my stash.
Well I have been on my grind and I started a new job so I have been lacking on keeping up with my blog. But I do miss my blog and I am working on my time management to get back on track. I have used up four skeins and I have a blog post coming to give all the details for my followers and fellow crafters.
Ok so this is a picture of the ruffle scarf completed. I had to buy another skein but since I am on a yarn buying diet I can only buy one skein to finish projects only. It still sucks because I have to figure out how to finish that skein after my project is done. I am going to see if it’s enough to add gloves to my set. Always open to any suggestions from the gifted people on this blog!!!
Well I finished two skeins doing potato chip scarves. However, one skein doesn’t completely finish the scarf so I get to yarn shop (not good)! I have only been buying what I need although the sales are mighty tempting.