Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Aaaaaannnnd...

...we're back!


While I admittedly haven't turned my sewing machine on once since we've arrived, I have finally located all of my shop supplies, so I've finally taken the plunge and re-opened the ol' shop.


All of your favorite things are still there, so shop away!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm supposed to be clearing the table

...but how on earth can you expect me to be a good wife when we finally have the internet again?! 

Hooray!  Hurray!

It's nice to be back.  I just wanted to say that real quick before Bryan catches me and gives me that furrowed brow when he realizes that I haven't actually cleared the table yet like I said I was going to.  Heh heh.

See you again soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh hey, remember blogs?


We're here!  Last week we left our little home in Utah and drove all the way out here to Ohio.  A thousand thanks to the friends and family who let us stay with them along the way.  I'd like to say it was a fun trip, but I think it's more honest to just say that it wasn't bad.  Actually, it was much better than I expected it to be.  But after three days of having pillows piled on my lap and virtually no leg room--not to mention Olivia throwing up within the first hour--, saying that the trip was fun would be just plain lying.  So I won't do that.  But the point is, we are here.

I cannot express in these little words how excited we are to be here.  We love love love our new place.  And we're having a blast being professional shoppers while we set up house.  Let's just say I have a vision.  We'll see how it turns out in the end.  :)

As for being back in action, I am sad to report that our internet won't be installed until Friday.  Until then, we have super limited internet time here at the public library.  And let me just say while we're on the topic--our public library's video section could give Netflix a run for its money.  $9/ month or free?  Hmm...

Okay, well I'm about to get kicked off.  See you all soon!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

17


We have a winner!  I'm sitting here on my friends' couch (we can't get on our own computer anymore--oh the joy) and asked them to pick a number between 1 and 22.  And they picked...

#17!  Ali who said
"I LIKE THE COOKIE CUTTER SET WITH THE MINI ROLLER THINGY. I REALLY WANNA WIN."


Congrats Ali!  It'll be in the mail to you soon!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Friday, June 10, 2011

P.S.

Cut loose!  Help out rural high school students by "liking" my brother in law's video!


A huge THANKS to all of you who have gone over and clicked "Like" on the video my brother in law posted on Facebook to raise money for the high school he teaches at!  I just checked and he's up about 100 just from yesterday!  Which means... he's currently in the lead!  Hooray!  Let's keep it that way by continuing to spread the Like love.

If you haven't had a chance to "Like" the video yet, it's not too late!

CLICK HERE.  Then "Like."

That link will take you to the video of my brother in law setting his hand on fire (don't worry, nobody gets hurt) and blowing things up.  It's all in good fun to raise money for the rural high school he teaches at.  :)

Thanks guys!

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P.S. Today's the last day to enter the giveaway for some really cute red and white bakers twine!

Slow

Baby Bolivia has nothing to do with this post, but she's cute in her little pink hoodie, no?


Slow.  That is how I feel right now.  Life is speeding through this week (Is it really Friday already?) and I'm barely keeping up.  There is just plain so much to do and think through.  I know I said this in another post not too long ago, but it feels at times as if the rest of the world is spinning around me at its own fast pace and I'm running at top speed just to keep up.

Although in the world of craft blogs I am definitely not keeping up.  When I get a spare moment to sit down or when I can't function properly anymore I come and sift through my regular favorites in the craft blog world.  It's fun, but it's not exactly what I'd call relaxing at this point.  I do okay for the first five minutes or so and then I just feel totally left in the dust.  Ahh, well.  The process is going to be long and slow, but I'll get back in the swing of things soon.

As for internet, I am happy to report that we finally picked a plan and a provider.  The bad news is that there will be a bit of a wait for everything to be set up.  Major thanks to our awesome tech-savvy home teacher who is waving his magical wand over the ol' laptop so it'll hopefully run faster than a turtle and get us through the first few weeks of the big move.  I guess I'll have to find out which stores have WiFi.  Perhaps I'll have to sneak into Starbucks, though I've never tasted coffee and have no plans to.

Well, this post is getting blabbery, so I'll go ahead and call it quits.  Life is crazy, but so good.

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P.S. Today's the last day to enter the giveaway for some really cute red and white bakers twine!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Maybe you didn't hear me

Don't be a chicken.  Help us out!

I think we can all agree that education is awesome.  And that it obviously needs funding.  Are we all together on this?  Great.

My brother in law has a PHD in chemistry, but he chose to teach at the high school level.  Because he likes to teach.  This is his first year teaching and he's already doing great.  He teaches in a rural area and he's been actively involved in helping the school.

His latest shenanigan?  Blowing stuff up on Facebook.  Right now there's a competition going on among high school science teachers where they share a video on Facebook of a cool chemistry stunt.  Whoever gets the most people to "Like" their video wins $2500 in science supplies for their school.

I posted about this briefly earlier in the week, but I don't think many of you saw it.  My brother in law is great and we all really want to support him, so I thought it deserved its own post.

If you'd like to help, please go WATCH HIM set things on fire and blow things up and click "Like."

He's close to winning right now.  Your help could make the difference.  Thanks so much!

Couchless


That's the phase we're in.  Our apartment is now what we like to refer to as "inconveniently empty."  Eeeesh.  On the other hand, I'm so so grateful that we've been able to sell all of these big items last minute.  Couch, bed, microwave, broom.  Okay, so maybe the broom wasn't a big item, but I'm still grateful someone wanted to buy it from us.  After all, it was not going to fit in the car.

In other good news, I've been able to not sound like too much of an idiot when it comes to setting up things like gas and electricity.  In fact, everything like that should be ready for us when we get there.  (Hold for applause.)

Oh, except internet.

Gah.  Oh, how choosing internet ruins my life.  I think we've finally found a company we're going to go through, but we have absolutely no idea what we're doing.  What's more, getting advice on what to do about it has proved to be a bit of a challenge.  The people I know who know a lot about computers don't live where we're going to be living.  And signing up for internet is totally a regional thing.

Furthermore, the deals they offer online are completely different than the deals they offer on the phone--even within this same company.  And so far both of the people who have answered the phones at the call center seem to be women who don't really understand the questions I'm trying to ask.

But that's okay.  Having the internet's not all that important, right?

Ha.

I'd really like to be able to make a good decision and be done with the whole ordeal by this evening.  Because apparently it can take a couple weeks for it to get going.

And that would drive me absolutely crazy.

Even more than being couchless.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Red and White Bakers Twine. For YOU.

Alphabet Cards -- Raised Felt on Wood

Big Toadstool Spools -- Choose Your Color

Matryoshka Match It Game



You like?  

Then come leave a comment on this post.
(Make sure to include a valid e-mail address.)
And tell me what you're drooling over there.

Pssst!  Remember--you need to be a current follower of this blog to be eligible to win.


What's in it for you?

This:


One happy winner will receive one Big Toadstool Spool in RED.
I have a set of the minis and I love love love them.
You will love love love this too.


Giveaway will close sometime late at night on Friday, June 10.
The lucky little winner will be announced the next day on Saturday.


Ready, set, ENTER!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yo Yo

Things are getting progressively crazier and crazier.  I'll be back tomorrow with a sweet giveaway.  Red and white bakers twine?  Cute spool?  You won't want to miss out.

In the mean time, my awesome brother in law is trying to help raise money for the high school he teaches at.  And he's doing it Facebook style.  Do us a favor and "like" this video, will you?  

Thanks in advance.  :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pinterest Please

Umm... I'm just going to come out and say it.

I want an invite, please.  

Anybody?  Anybody?

My e-mail is kathleenann08@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance to any willing soul!

Edited to add: YAY!  Thanks to the nice person who invited me!  Now Bryan and I can start virtually planning what our new place is going to look like.  Yay yay yay.  :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Update

Happy birthday to me.  This year I'm getting a studio.  :)
P.S. We own almost none of the things in the background of this picture anymore.

We have made a decision.  These next few weeks are going to be downright crazy.  

The sewing machines are going to be inaccessible.  (Which makes me freak out more than a little.)  My crafting supplies is going to be packed away.  All of my creative juices will be flowing into the "How much should I sell these last few things for?" and "How are we going to pack all this stuff into our car?" sections of my brain.  So you can all consider yourselves forewarned that I won't be coming out with any awesome new tutorials or craft ideas in the next few weeks.

But here's the good news.  This move is going to be a happy one.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.  And that light looks a lot like a dishwasher and washer and dryer.  And three times more space than what we have here.  And--dare I say it?--an entire room for my sewing machines to live.

So don't worry.  Things around here aren't going to consist of my regular show and tell.  But I'll still be checking in.  And pretty soon it will all be back to normal.  Well, better than normal.  :)

In the mean time, thanks so much for all your kind comments on the last post.  You guys are awesome.

Frozen



Frozen.  That frozen feeling you get.  You know what I mean.  You see what you have to do.  That big pile.  Staring right at you.  And instead of doing something about it?  You're frozen.

That's how I feel about a number of things right now.

The unpacked suitcase and duffel bag from our trip?  Strewn about the living room in total trashy mess state.

Our moving plans?  Completely up in the air.

The pattern I've been working on?  Gah.  It takes a long time to learn how to do something you don't know how to do.

Catching up on blog and shop stuff?  I think the world passed me by while I was out of touch for five days.

Uploading pictures?  The one reason I hate hate hate our rental computer.

Deciding what to do with the future of my business?  As if I have any idea what I want right now.

Our vacation was great.  But I've spent the day feeling hopelessly behind.  So I did what any really awesome person would do... and spent the day playing outside with Olivia and thumbing through a bunch of great blog posts I missed while I was gone.

But I think it's a good thing I can't do all the things I want to do.  Because every time it hits me like this it always reminds me of an important little truth: it's okay to just be me.  Blogs aren't a race.  Life isn't a race.  I'm happy.  I need to remember that.

In the comments will you please answer the following two questions for me?
1.) Can we still be friends if I don't upload a single new picture until we get our new computer?  Because uploading pictures to this computer is such a major pain.  Would it be possible for you all to just pretend you haven't already seen the pictures I keep posting ten million other times? 
2.) I'm very seriously considering changing the name of my blog and shop.  Is a Katie blog by any other name just as sweet?  Will we still be friends?  Will I lose all my Etsy street cred if I start a new shop with a new name and I suddenly go from over 100 sales to zero sales?

These things may seem stupid.  But for someone who's been building credibility for the past three years, it's scary to think about starting fresh.  

A very young Bryan and me

It's okay to just be me.  

Right?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

OR

picture via


As some of you may have guessed, we slipped out of town for a little vacation on the long weekend.  We flew out to Oregon to visit my parents for the weekend and we had a blast.  Sadly, I took maybe a total of 2 pictures the entire time we were there (and none of those pictures were of people).  I'm kind of sporadic when it comes to taking pictures of events.  Sometimes I go all-out.  Most of the time I decide to just enjoy the moment and skip dealing with the camera.  Lame?  Perhaps.  Do I have regrets about it?  Ehh... not really.

I grew up in Oregon and, besides seeing my parents star as elves in the high school production of The Hobbit (they teach at the high school and they were invited to be in the play), I had a few things in mind I wanted to do while we were there.

Number one on my list was to go through all the boxes of my stuff that I've been storing at my parents' house for the past few years.  The goal was to narrow it down to just the stuff I wanted to keep and then recycle, throw away, or donate the rest.  In other words, my goal was to get all my stuff out of their house so they could enjoy the space for their own things.  I am happy to say that this was accomplished!  Five big trash bags, several boxes of recycling, and one full car of donated stuff later, we whittled things down to five or 6 boxes to keep and an awesome play kitchen.  My parents are being super nice to deliver it to us later this summer when they come to visit our new place and then it will be out of their house for good!  Hooray hooray.

Olivia and Bryan on our visit to the Oregon Zoo back in 2010

Number two on my list was the Oregon Zoo.  If you live in the Portland area and haven't been to the zoo yet you are seriously missing out.  It wasn't until I moved away from home and visited a few other zoos that I came to fully appreciate just how awesome the Oregon Zoo is.  It has loads of wonderful animals, the landscaping and animal cages are beautiful, and there are lots of fun things for kids to climb on and play with.  And did I mention that it's huge?  We were there for a few hours and really only scratched the surface on all there was to see and do.  But Olivia got to see the baby achoo (read: elephant) and ride the MAX train on the way in, so it was a successful trip all around.


Number three on my list was Powell's Books.  This place is a book palace.  While we were there my mom was bragging to me that it's one of the largest bookstores in the world (is that right, Mom?) where they sell new and used copies of the same book right next to each other on the shelves.  Awesome, right?  Bryan and I took in a few random books that we found in my boxes of stuff and made $12 of in-store credit (also good for their online store).  Sah-weeeet!  I really don't know how to describe this place except to say that it's incredible.  The store fills an entire city block in downtown Portland and carries just about anything you can think of.  It's also stocked with lots of great Portlandesque trinkets to buy.  If you're in the area, you really must stop in.

Number four on my list was Muno's Bakery in Oregon City.  While I'm still disappointed that they stopped selling the teddy bear cookies they used to make when I was a kid, this place does hold a special place in my heart.  We were in a bit of a hurry when we stopped in this time so we just parked in front and ran in, but usually we'll park at the top of the bluff and ride the municipal elevator down.  Always great fun.  And if you ride the elevator down you get to walk past all the other little old timey shops down there.

If we had been in town longer I would have tried to squeeze in more of my favorite places, but we were only there for a few days and were barely able to do all of those things in between spending time with family and friends.  But we had a great time!  It was so fun to get away for the weekend and see everybody there.  Thanks for having us Oregon!