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busy bee ACEO

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

Going to school full time and working on top of crafting and trying to have life is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. Most of the crafting lately has been for swaps and not much else.

Work has been interesting. I took a chance and there’s a possible good development in store as far as work goes. I won’t say more lest I jinx myself. School is going ok, I guess , but it’s hard to say yet. I may have to drop my 2 online classes since the bookstore doesn’t have the book I need for one class and because I’m already a bit behind in them and trying to find the time to actually do them. I am, of course, finding my history class fun, and I think psychology will show itself to be quite an interesting course.

Unfortunately, what all this means is that I’ve been neglecting this blog and not updating as often as I’d like. I’m going to try updating on a specific day of the week and see how that goes. Probably either Fridays or Sundays. It’s funny how the more things going on in your life, the more things you have to write about, the less often you have time to write. I’ve been neglecting a lot of things lately, really.

I think part of the crafty block I’ve had recently is because it’s been so long since I’ve made something just for me. I want to try to remedy that soon. Assuming I can find the time! I’m inspired with the swaps but once I’m finished with working on the projects for those I’m a bit blank for anything else to do. I need badly to add some things to the shop but that’s difficult to do when there’s nothing to add.

Speaking of craftiness and the shop and being busy – I am wanting to travel abroad this summer if at all possible. There’s a group that does a 4 week volunteering thing (technical term, right there) and one of the things you can do is go to Thailand and work with an elephant sanctuary. This would be, pretty much, a dream come true. The problem is that it’s waaaay more money than I can probably afford. Now, I’ll be able to pay off a couple of big bills when I get my student loan for this semester so I can make some headway into debt but I still don’t know that I could manage to do this. So, I’ve decided I’m going to try to get out of this craft rut and make things for the shop and put as much as I can from that into making this a reality. I don’t know that I’ll do it through this particular organization, though their package sounds amazing, but I want to do something similar through something. I don’t think I have the guts to do it on my own necessarily, I’d prefer to have some kind of group but I don’t know. Right now I’m going to focus on seeing how to afford it regardless of how I wind up going. It’s going to be several thousand dollars including airfare and such so it will be a big goal.

I’m also hoping the new development on the job front will help with this.

Wish me luck!

feet first

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Have you heard of the 101 things in 1001 Days Challenge?

Well, I’m attempting it and have been for a while. I actually began this list on 1/2/08. The end date is 9/29/10. I’ve changed a few goals a bit since then and considered starting over but I’ve decided to keep the date because otherwise I feel like I’d have to ignore the things I’ve already done. Besides, a goal list should be a bit fluid, I think. Priorities change over time.  (Also, I need to update totals on some of the goals.)

I plan to donate a dollar to SuperCheers on the 43things website for every goal I don’t accomplish in the time frame. Right now it’s about 6% complete not including partially finished goals.

Now for the list! (in no particular order)

1. get new contacts and glasses

2. give blood again

3. join DeviantArt and post at least 10 new pieces of work

4. be able to walk a mile in 16 minutes or less

5. Vote in the 2008 Presidential Elections

6. get a passport

7. learn to crochet

8. get my ring appraised

9. get laser hair removal

10. keep a job longer than 6 months

11. take at least 6 classes outside of college courses

12. get my rolls of film developed

13. beat Aaron at Scrabble

14. pay off at least 3 credit cards

15.Visit the Grand Canyon

16. visit 2 new states

17. complete project 365

18. participate in 100 words for at least 2 months (doesn’t have to be in a row)

19. get my bra measurements professionally done and then buy myself at least 3 pieces of well made lingerie

20. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination

21. play skeeball at least 20 times

22. Get my wisdom teeth taken out (if at all possible I may change this goal. dreading the very idea.)

23. fix my bicycle tire and then paint the bicycle

24. get my Ursula Vernon artwork framed

25. visit all the state parks in Tennessee

26. Make a quilt

27. handspin a full skein of yarn

28. reduce how much storage space i use/need by at least half

29. learn how to properly build a campfire

30. learn to tie at least 3 new kinds of knots

31. learn to swim

32. release at least 30 books into the wild through bookcrossing

33. read at least 101 books

34. Level a WoW character to 70

35. learn to play at least one song on a new musical instrument

36. Volunteer

37. sell at least 25 handmade things on Etsy

38. get an AA degree or an AS degree

39. join a CSA

40. get straight A’s for at least one semester in college

41. get the headliner in my car fixed

42. knit a hat

43. make a blanket for Project Linus

44. go to at least 3 church services of various religions

45. plant an herb garden

46. wear red lipstick (in public) at least 10 times 1/10

47. write a fully completed story or book

48. make at least 2 new real life friends

49. go see at least 6 plays and/or ballets/shows/concerts

50. travel outside the country

51. go camping

52. Sell a painting

53. fund a loan through kiva

54. make a dress, an apron, and a set of pillows using my sewing machine

55. run a mile in 10 minutes or less

56. join a group

57. build something

58. learn how to do 2 new crafts well and finish a project from each learned embroidery & needlefelting

59. draw every day for 60 days

60. take the 100 things drawing/photo challenge

61. visit my grandmother’s grave

62. have a real picnic with my picnic basket and a blanket

63. drink no soda for 60 days

64. eat no fast food for 60 days

65. get a professional massage

66. ride in a paddleboat

67. eat no red meat for 30 days

68. have 3 months of living expenses in savings

69. try at least 8 new dishes at restaurants 2/8

70. visit at least 3 locally owned restaurants that I’ve never been to 2/3

71. learn to identify ten native trees and plants

72. get all the proper licenses/legal/trademark stuff for my business

73. have flowers delivered to my mom for no reason

74. learn to identify 3 new constellations

75. keep a gratitude journal for at least 30 days

76. write a sonnet

77. keep a scanner daybook for at least 30 days

78. balance my account every night and stick to a budget for at least 90 days

79. grow my hair down to at least mid shoulder blade length

80. get a professional manicure or pedicure

81. go on at least 10 hikes

82. put the birdfeeder on a pole in the backyard and keep it filled for at least 60 days

83. donate at least $275 to charities and groups that I believe in

84. learn to mat and frame artwork and frame at least one piece of work

85. make paper and use it to mail letters to 5 people

86. buy an even better digital camera

87. eat in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

88. go without a computer for 14 days (allowed to check my email twice)

89. start a retirement fund

90. learn to cook at least 3 full meals

91. write/call my friends at least once a week for 8 weeks

92. make a new 101 in 1001 list to begin once the first 1001 days are over, including any items that I may not have accomplished from this list

93. buy the cats a water fountain

94. make a terrarium

95. make my mom a scrapbook

96. Donate 1 million grains of rice at Freerice.com 1690/1000000

97. participate in 100 swaps on swap-bot 38/100

98. put together a recipe book

99. lie in the grass and watch the clouds at least 10 times

100. open ended

101. open ended

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This is an article I wrote a while back. One of my major goals for 2009 is to live a greener lifestyle and one part of that is reducing the amount of chemicals around me. I did a lot of research into just what certain ingredients actually are and wrote about my findings.

Pond’s Cold Cream: Reducing the Weird Chemicals in Your Life
Pond’s Cold Cream has been around for a very long time, and tons of people swear by it. However, that doesn’t always mean something hasn’t got weird chemicals in it. Since my skin adores the stuff, and it’s going on my face, I especially want to know how toxic it is.

Just What is Sodium Borate, Anyway?

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simple things

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

December was a month full of ups and downs. My 25th birthday was good, with a nice little family party and balloons and cake. A couple weeks before that, my boyfriend’s teenage kitty died in his arms and it’s still painful. Christmas was fun and drama-free but finals were stressful and I’ve been working more hours than I originally planned in addition to school. The weather has reflected the upheaval of the month with temperatures in the 60s not too long after an unusually early snowfall and nights that dropped down into the teens. All in all, despite the high points, I will happily wish December farewell.

I am eager for 2009. I know it’s a bit of an arbitrary designation of time but the new year is feeling important this time around. 2008 was better than 2007 but I am much more optimistic for ’09. I think change is in the air and I am anticipating spring even earlier than usual, wanting everything new and fresh.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration. I plan to spend it making goals and cleaning house, crafting things and spending time with family. An easy-going simple day, I hope. Ease myself into a new beginning.

“The birds are molting. If only man could molt also – his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.” ~James Allen

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10. Get organized –

You can’t craft if your desk is covered in supplies. It’s as simple as that. If you’re organizationally challenged, check out photos on Flickr of craft rooms for inspiration. Read organization tips and apply them to your craft supplies. Get crafty with new storage solutions – remake tea boxes into drawer dividers or soup cans into brush holders…

Click here to read the rest…

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

PeeWee

PeeWee

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Ways to reduce your exposure.

I can’t remember the last time I had something dry cleaned. We don’t really use air fresheners – the closest we come are candles and occasionally Febreze or Nature’s Miracle. I rarely wear makeup or perfume, but I should look into what I have. Most of our kitchen food containers are Pyrex. We filter our drinking water and have finally gotten some good quality plastic bottles instead of buying water bottles and reusing them a few times*. We almost never use pesticides and only ever use natural fertilizers if any. Oh, and this isn’t on the list but we use Yesterday’s News cat litter, which is recycled newspaper instead of weird crystals or the super dusty stuff.

So I’m doing really well with this goal of reduction already, apparently.

*As I was looking this stuff up I started to worry that perhaps the bottles we got weren’t so good after all – they have the number 7 on the bottom and that apparently means the bottles MAY contain BPA. However, 7 doesn’t automatically mean it contains BPA. 7 is basically just a catch all category for plastics that don’t fit into the 1 through 6 categories. The bottles also say SAN on the bottom, beneath the 7, and it would seem that SAN isn’t the kind of plastic that leaches the stuff. So if you should decide to buy hard plastic bottles and want to avoid BPA do your research. Don’t just disregard something because it says 7 but do check it out, essentially. Most sites just say ”#7 plastics are bad!” but that’s not actually the case. Especially since compostable plastics, made from corn and such, fall under the #7 category. It’s a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I suppose.

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