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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!

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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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Christmas Collage

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

I’ve been very busy with work and finals and holiday preparation and a lot of things have happened since I last wrote. For now though, I don’t think I’ll go into any of them. I’ll just share some Christmas cheer. I hope everyone who celebrates it had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.

Click on the picture to go to Flickr for notes about everything!

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Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating ours this Saturday due to scheduling conflicts. I am looking forward to some ham and dressing. Meanwhile, this is my first year working retail on Black Friday so wish me luck. I’m very much afraid I’ll need it.

We’re having a sale for Black Friday in the shop – we’re offering free shipping to the US and Canada until December 1st, and heavily discounted shipping everywhere else til then as well.

some items from the shop
pancakesandnoodles

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A few days ago I made a couple of purchases on Etsy. One of those purchases was from the shop UglyKitty where I bought an UglyKitty pinback button. The proceeds from which went to a great cause in honor of theUgly Kitty Pin world’s cutest ugly cat, Quasi. The money is donated to the Cool Cat’s Rescue Center where Quasi was adopted. (Don’t visit that page unless you’re prepared to find yourself wanting to adopt a dozen kitties.) Since October 2006, over $2000 has been raised by UglyKitty’s shop alone and it’s really no wonder because she has some fantastic stuff in stock.

Dragonfly Cosmetic CaseSpeaking of helping cat shelters, TackyHandmade donates 10% of shop sales to Town Cats of Ocean City in Maryland. It’s a no kill shelter for the feral cat community in the area.

Want to help out some dogs as well? Check out PocketfulofSunshine’s DT Collection which benefits thethinking of you Florida Boxer Rescue. 50% of the sales from this collection go to the volunteer based organization.

New FriendOr help out cats and dogs all at once by searching Ensorcelled Minds‘ shop or TJGems shop for the tag “charity.” Buy a card from Ensorcelled Minds and 15% of the proceeds go to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue. It’s foster care and adoption charity for orphaned animals. Buy a charm or jewelry from TJGems and the full sale price goes to to Holly Hedge, which is a sanctuary for dogs & cats in the UK.

Ladybug Earrings

Big PurpleYou can also buy anything from Mittens’ shop where 10% of every sale goes to the NSPCA.

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Just popped in for a moment to celebrate Fiber Friday. I was struck by an overwhelming urge to spin last night after far too long of a hiatus from my wheel. I got quite a lot spun despite my injured hand, too.
on the wheel
This is my first real “art yarn” and it’s the first time I’ve incorporated fabrics. It’s also the first time I’ve spun with some of these fibers. Included are alpaca, tussah silk, cashmere, polyester batting, soy silk, regular old wool – just about everything. There’s even a little piece that has some camel down in it.

I adore it and can’t wait to finish up the bobbin so I can ply it with something. I’m considering plying it with some tea-stained lace but we’ll see.

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Untitled Elephant I’ve always been drawn to elephants. They were my favorite wild animal when I a kid, and they’re my favorite wild animal now. So one of the charities that’s important to me is The Elephant Sanctuary. It’s located here in Tennessee, just outside of Hohenwald. I posted a picture last time of a drawing I had done of an elephant. I’ve listed it in the shop with $5 of the proceeds going to the Sanctuary. Listing it got me wondering what other kinds of items people were selling to promote their favorite charities…

Phyllis Mufson of Personal Treasures donates all of the profits from Personal Treasures and its sister store Mufi Jewels to help support Charity OrRough Tourmaline NecklaceLabradorite and Hessonite Earringsphanage in Robertsport, Liberia. She sells some lovely items, like these pretty earrings and this amazing necklace. Her husband, Bill, served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and his work with the refugee and orphan children is benefited by her sales. You can find out more about their story at Phyllis’ blog.

Goods 4 Girls - Cloth Menstrual Pad Also donating towards good works in Africa is the shop Mellygirl2007. The organization Goods 4 Girls sends environmentally friendly reusable menstrual pads to schoolgirls in various countries in Africa. Often times these girls must miss school during their menstrual cycles due to inadequate menstrual supplies. At Mellygirl2007, you can buy cloth pads to be sent to these girls.

Returning to the subject of animal charities, Michele of mvegan5 on Etsy founded and co-leads EFA Artists Helping Animals which unfortunately appears to be closing soon.

Kissing Cow Cards

Ivory Mint Birdy PinHowever, Michelle donates 10% of all her store item sales to a Charity of the Month, always helping animals. And really, when you can get items as cute as this pin or these cards, it’s a win/win for everyone – human and animal.

I’ve found several more shops and items that I want to highlight but I’ll save those for another post. Keep in mind, though, that you can buy some really wonderful gifts for your friends and family while also giving to the world at large. It’s a great way of celebrating the true spirit of the season.

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