I’m putting the finishing touches on the last little bits of product for the Valentine’s Day show this weekend.  So come on down and support local etsy sellers.  Help us make it a great show so that next year we can make it bigger and better!  Don’t make me get my mom to guilt you all into coming.  She’ll do it.  She’s good… real good.

Now onto my big find at Goodwill.  Again, I scored big at my local Goodwill.  I found an irish knit sweater for $8.  It needed a little bit of love so I washed it (hand washed it, of course).

Here’s what it looked like after I washed it.

I will admit it’s a little big, but it’s now my warm comfy sweater.  After I washed it, I realized there was a small hole on the back.  Right before the raglan on the left side.  So I decided that I would give it a shot and try and fix it.

So here’s the hole.

As you can see it’s not a huge hole.  It was basically just one stitch that broke.  So I found some yarn in my stash that was similar and just darn the thing.  I used the swiss darning method which is basically the duplicate stitch.  It took me a minute or two to get the hang of it but I got it done.  Here’s the darned hole.  I tried to high light where the hole is so you can see it better.

I don’t know how much this sweater cost originally, but it was well worth the $8 I spent on it.

And speaking of fashion, if you get a chance, check out PoorJean on Etsy.  I fell in love with the Hops Schoolgirl Dress.

I got up kinda early this morning so that I could get a head start on the day and all the work I wanted to get done.  I went to Ikea.  And it was quite possibly the fastest Ikea trip I have ever done.  I was in and out within 20 minutes.  I then headed over to get more ink for printing and get gas in the car, and then back home to get back to work.  I decided that I would start with the ties.  By the time I finished I had about 20 ties done in less than an hour!  Here’s just a little sampling of the ties.

After I did the ties, started the water so I could tea stain some more fabric and then I got back to printing.  I printed up a few more towels.  Here’s one of the other designs.

Then I took a small break and made some pizza.  I know this week is going to be a busy one so I figured, why not whip up some pizza.  I did all this while watching the Superbowl (Way to go Packers)!   I got a bit tired of printing so I switched it up and got to work on a few more launder/care tag instruction cards.  I want to have a few cards that can be given to a guy.  So something not so feminine.  Which is where the two designs from yesterday came from.  Granted, the flowers are still a little girly, but what can I say…

So here’s the first design:

And here’s the other.  I kinda see this one more for little kids, or those of us who haven’t grown up yet 🙂

So as you can see it was a pretty busy weekend.  I only hope my work week isn’t as busy!  Next weekend is the Valentine’s Day show, so all of this new product will appear in my etsy store after the show.

Today was one busy day!  First I started the day off by wishing my Dad a happy birthday.  After that, it was right to work.  I had burned a few screens a while back and the plan was to use them on the tea towels.  So today was the day to get some of the printing done.  Here’s just two of the designs:

and here’s the other design

I also wanted to design a couple new launder/care tag instruction cards.  Something that was a bit more modern in style.  I came up with two designs.  Not sure if I like them yet.  I plan on doing one or two more designs and going from there.

Here’s the first design:

and here’s the second:

Here’s hoping tomorrow is just as productive!

First let me start by saying, Facebook is not my favorite but I find myself checking it often…  And being a business owner and wanting to get my business name out there and get some fans on facebook and try and pick up some sales.  I took me a bit of time but I finally figured out how to finally get my facebook page to not be so flipping long.  If you have a facebook account, want don’t you hop on over to the Sunday Drive Designs Fan page and become a fan!  The part I can’t seem to figure out is getting this blog to be seen on the Sunday Drive Designs fan page.  I followed all their directions and I get some doofy error message saying, ” Import Failed. We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.”  What does that mean?  If anyone out there can help me figure this out, I will be eternally grateful.

Aside from that, my Washington CASH business class is going really well.  It’s been a huge help and I feel like I’m getting a much better understanding of the things that i need to do or hand off to someone else to do, to become a business that has staying power.  This week’s homework has me figuring out the cost of goods and such.  It’s something that I think I needed to really focus on and I just never did.  Probably because I was afraid that I was really charging way too little for what I was doing.  There were two other things that really stand out as something that I need to keep reminding myself:

  1. I am the CEO. I can make whatever decisions for my business that I feel are right for the business.
  2. My time is worth nothing.  Meaning I should not be factoring in my time into the cost of goods.  Sounds contrary to what all other books say, but for what I do, my time shouldn’t be factored into it.

I’m also working hard on some new products and designs.  And here’s just a little taste.

I’ll also be at the 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Artisan Sale on Feb 12th from noon to 4 at Cascade People’s Center, South Lake Union, 309 Pontius Avenue North, Seattle, WA.  You should be there too!

I am an avid reader.  When I was in junior high and high school I barely read the required reading, now I go thru about a book a week.  And I do most of my reading in bed, right before I go to sleep.  I saw this on Daily Candy and I think they were thinking of me.  It’s a book rest lamp!  Genius!

For the past couple of days I have been trying to install an Ikea Lack shelf.  Let’s just say, I dislike Ikea.  That stupid little “tool” they give you is impossible.  Not to mention I need to find the batteries for my drill because trying to hand screw screws into the wall studs is painful. Needless to say, the shelf is still not up.  I will probably have to borrow the drill at work and finish the job.  I’m hoping that is the end of it.  If not, it means the shelf ripped the dry wall right off the studs.

In other news, I’m currently working on a full website for Sunday Drive Designs.  Here’s a little sneak peak:

Now, does anyone want to program this baby for me?

So I’ve been doing a little time killing, checking out everything on Etsy.  There were several things that I found that I felt I needed to share.

First is this awesome 8×10 poster by Linocutboy.  I think it sums up a rough work week pretty nicely.

Or perhaps Dear Colleen’s “Dishes I’d Rather be Doing” dish towel.  I fully agree with this.

Is someone you know expecting?  How about this awesome letterpress card by Sycamore Street Press with a nod to Dirty Dancing (RIP Patrick Swayze).

 

I know i have probably posted these before but I can’t get enough of these.  I truly love Colin’s Creatures ewes!

Seriously… how flipping cute is that little ewe?

And while we’re on the subject of wool, how cute is Middleburg’s knitting mouse on red yarn?


John W Golden’s etsy site is filled with really cute, funny and cool art.  I love the cat and dog prints.

My new computer arrived on Thursday and while I wanted to set it up immediately, I couldn’t because I knew I was going to have to get a new desk for it.  And since I always want to get a deal, I spent friday looking online to see if I could find a desk that would work for my needs.  One of my favorite places to look is Goodwill.  I did a quick run thru Goodwill and didn’t find anything.  So that’s when I went to craigslist.  And that’s when it hit me.  We have a couple of architectural salvage/reclaim/reuse places.  So I decided to check them out.  I ended up at Second Use.  They had the perfect desk for me and it was only $25!  I ended up with a desk that used to be in Chief Sealth High School.  I was also eyeing some of the old pull down maps that they had to use as a faux headboard, but I decided to pass… for now 🙂

Here it is, almost done.  I’m decided to take this opportunity to redesign and reorganize the room.  Had I realized this was going to take a bit more time than I thought it would, I would had done this in stages.  Oh well…

 

I’m planning on getting an ikea floating shelf that runs the length of the desk.  The one that’s there now is a little too small and not as sturdy as the ikea one.  I am also thinking about getting a small two shelf bookshelf so I can put the printer off to the side and have a little bit of room to lay stuff out and mot have it feel crowded.  But we’ll see.  I’m going to live with it for a bit before I decide.

And then of course there’s Cat Bauer and his adventures.  On Thursday I was building a box to use to ship some items to a customer.  I walked away from the box for a moment to get some bubble wrap and I turned around and this is what I saw.

He refused to get out of it.  We dragged that box around the table for a bit and he sat in it, like he owned the box.  So now he has his own Cat Bauer Condo.

He’s even decorated it with his blanket and his toys.  Him and Tina are very happy in their new home.

Kink and Jimbo continue to harass each other and toss mouse toys around the house and occasionally at me.

I just came back from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1.  It was really well done.  I can’t wait to see the second part of it.  But Ithink I need to re-read the book I was having a hard tim remembering parts of it.

This week is also the first week of my class at Washington CASH.  I’m super excited to start this process and I’m hoping that it leads to bigger and better things!

I love my computer.  I have an ibook g4.  We have been thru a lot together.  But for some reason, Steve Jobs has said that my poor little ibook is now going to be obsolete.  So I have to get a new computer in order to be able to keep up and use the accounting software I need to use.  I wasn’t really thinking I was going to be buying a new computer anytime soon.  I was planning on some time next year.  Unfortunately, or fortunately it was today.

At the new year I was chatting with my aunt about the upcoming yarn train and saying that I was probably not going to spend a whole lot of money on yarn.  And that I was thinking that I would save my yarn money and buy a new computer.  Well, being the aunt that she is, she sent me some money… for yarn and for the computer.  Today I finally bit the bullet and bought the new computer.  Let me just say this.  That was one tough”process order” button to push for two reasons.  One – that was a lot of money.  And two – I love my ibook.  But I believe my ibook will now have a better life as my “internet surfing in bed computer.”  And let’s be honest, it might still get more use than the new computer 🙂

I ended up buying a refurbished iMac from Apple.  After talking to a couple of people that I know, know there computer and mac stuff, I felt confident that it would be a good deal.  I still get the same warranty that I would have got with the brand new iMac, I just paid $200 less.  So I feel a little better about that.  That and I don’t feel like I need to give Steve Jobs any more money than is absolutely necessary.  He’s made enough off of me over the years.  I don’t think that $200 is gonna rob him of the lifestyle that he and his family have grown accustom to.  It will however rob me of a few things.  I’m just sayin… Come on Steve!  Can’t we drop the price a smidge on your computers?  Whatever happened to the “computers should be affordable to everyone” philosophy?  Sorry about that.  Let’s get back to talking about the computer and not how much I hate paying large amounts of money for something that I could probably get cheaper if I used a pc.

For all you Apple geeks here’s the specs on my iMac:

  • 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
  • 4GB memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor
  • 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
  • Built-in iSight camera (mom this means that if we want to video skype, we can use dad’s mac book to talk.  Or probably more likely Kink will have her own Kitty webcam.)
Now I just need to get a new desk to hold it.  I may end up making something out of something else.  I don’t have a huge amount of space.  I think a lot of the manufacturers seem to think people have a ton of space for a full sized desk for their computers.  Either that, or they think everyone has a laptop.  And since I’m such a crafty dork, I think I might sew a little cover for it.  Kinda like a sewing machine cover for my computer.  I like the being able to “put the computer away” when I’m done with it.
So thank you Aunt Marilyn!  My ibook may be a bit upset with you, but I love you and thank you!  And if Kink starts some strange kitty webcam, I’m going to send her off to you for rehabilitation.
And while on the subject of purchases, I also bought a couple of screens so that I can get some new designs rolling.  I also bought some tea towels to print on.  I would like to get some of the flour sack towels too.  I have an idea for more manly themed towels.  And I don’t think most guys will go for the stripes of the ones that I purchased.  Since I spent a fair amount of cash today.  Perhaps I’ll hold off on those until next paycheck 🙂
Tomorrow night I’ll be attending an Accounting for Small Business workshop sponsored by the Grassroots Business Association.  I’m currently not a member (refer to the computer purchase about as to why I’m not a currently not member).  I’ll let you know how it was when I process all the information they give us 🙂

Yesterday was the yarn train.  While it was beyond raining in Portland, it was still fun.  I went down to Portland with a group of friends and had to split from them as soon as we go there.  I was on a mission and I was also planning on meeting some friends.  So I set out, the first stop for me was Knit-Purl.  All I wanted was some of the Brooklyn Tweed Yarn by Jared Flood.  And one of his patterns.  And I scored!  I picked up 5 skeins of Shelter in the colorway Button Jar and the Guernsey Wrap pattern.  FYI – If you ever want to get me some yarn, I can always use some Shelter…

Here’s the glamour shot:

Then it was off to Twisted.  This might be my new favorite Portland yarn shop.  I spent the most money here and for good reason.

I seem to have only bought sock yarn here.  I had planned to buy 3 skeins but then one little skein just called to me.  I went there to get A Verb for Keeping Warm yarn (which I got.  It’s Annapurna and the colorway is Transitional Fury). PS – Aunt Nancy, they have a retail location in Oakland… if you’re ever in Oakland 🙂

Then I also wanted to pick up some Black Trillium sock yarn for me and a friend back east.  I absolutely fell in love with the colors.  I bought two skeins of the BFL sock (that’s blue faced leicester wool, for those non fiber folks).  The top color is Merlot (that’s one is for my friend) and Claret (that one is all mine).  It’s so soft and I can’t wait to use it to make the Monkey socks.

And just when I was ready to leave, there it was. The skein of wool yarn that will soon become my warehouse work socks.  The yarn is called Tracie in the Cocoa Heather colorway and it’s from a company called Imperial Stock Ranch Wool.  It is so lovely and wonderful.

Then it was off to Happy Knits for my last yarn purchase of the day.  It may sound a little ocd, but after the first year of going to Portland on the yarn train, I learned that I needed to plan out what yarn I wanted to buy and how much I needed.  And then plan out the route to the stores.  Otherwise you spend a lot of extra money on yarn that you have no idea what you are going to do with it and a lot of time in transit between the stores.  That’s not to say you can’t buy other stuff, I just find it helps keep me on budget and on track with my knitting projects.

I made it over to Happy Knits to buy my 3 skeins of Cascade Eco so I could make my Aidez. When i got there they only had 2 skeins of the color I wanted but the staff was so friendly and helpful that they ended up finding one more skein in the color I wanted!  Thanks Happy Knit!

Then it was off to Powell’s City of Books.  I walked away relatively unscathed.  I only bought 3 books.  One knitting book and 2 Georgette Heyer novels – all bought used, of course!

And then it was off to meet up with a friend.  We grabbed some coffee, did a quick swing thru Dublin Bay Knitting, but by the time I got there, it was pretty well picked over.  I suppose that was good for me.  I didn’t have any more room in my bags or need any more yarn!   Then it was off to pizza at Hot Lips in the Pearl District.  I love there pizza.  Unfortunately someone else got to the last pieces of hazelnut, broccoli and squash pizza before I did.  I suppose it didn’t really matter, I really love their pizza.  And after that my friend and I walked to the train station, where she took the bus home and I took the train back.  All in all it was a good, but really soggy day.  Thanks Portland!  Thanks Snohomish Knitters Guild for putting this all together.  And extra special thank yous to the yarn shops!  See you in August for Sock Summit!

Whoops!  I forgot about showing the bags that we got and all the goodies in it!  So here it is:

I got some,well not just good news, but great news today.  I was accepted into the Washington CASH 8 week Business Development Class.  I can’t tell you how excited I am!  It’s on yarn train level excitement.  The class starts in two weeks.  I need to go and get some back to school clothes! 🙂

Along with trying to get some business goals written down for the new year, I’m also thinking about my knitting goals for the new year.  So I’m trying to pick out roughly 12 patterns to do over the next 12 months.  Here’s my list of patterns and projects.

  1. Faverolle
  2. Aidez ( I know I said I would never do anything thing with this many cables, but for some reason, this just looks soooo comfy and I just couldn’t pass it up).
  3. Monkey (while the name says Monkey, these are actually socks with a cool pattern)
  4. Wedge (another sock pattern)
  5. Terra
  6. Guernsey (After reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I want to go to Guernsey!)
  7. Juneberry Triangle (can you tell I love Jared Flood?)
  8. Buttercup
  9. maybe some Pigs with Wigs for Aunt Nancy
  10. And a few monsters or dogs and cats from Rebecca Danger (since the first couple that I made only took a weekend, I can probably make a few)
  11. mittens that I promised a friend I would have for him for next winter with a “fornicating deer” pattern on them.  Hey, he wanted the design.  I’m just the one knitting them.
  12. Australorp
  13. Girasole (this one will probably take several years)
  14. And a shawl pattern of my own creation.

And of course, try and finish a few things that are almost done, but for some reason, I put them aside and totally forgot about them.

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