Hot Pink Disaster

Right now, if you were to walk into my house and turn right at the top of the stairs, you would immediately be faced with a room that looks as if it was effected by a natural disaster of epic proportions. If you look hard enough, you might be able to tell that it was once a craft room, but has since been taken over by massive amounts of yarn and plastic shopping bags.

Every time I go in there I have a minor anxiety attack. I’ve known that I needed to organize it for months now, but shop stuff has been my priority for quite a while now, so the stuff that doesn’t absolutely need to be done, simply hasn’t gotten done.

But I think about it a lot. I love my craft room, and it’d be nice if I could spend a lot more time in there. So every now and then I get online, onto the great time-suck that is Pinterest and try to find interesting ways to organize my little disaster. Here are four of my most recent favorites:

And the author's name is Megan, which makes it even better.

And the author’s name is Megan, which makes it even better.

1. Organized Gift Wrapping Station from Honey We’re Home

I cannot tell you how much I am in love with this idea. It’s beautiful; functional and eye-pleasing at the same time. Obviously I would have to alter it just a bit to fit my own needs (I don’t really need that much space for wrapping paper), and I would most likely change the color to fit the room’s color scheme, but other than that it’s pretty much perfect.

I especially love the spots for ribbon. I have way too much ribbon, not to mention washi tape and various other things that I could make those work for.

Yup, perfect.

tumblr_mdasdo2iFs1qcyp8qo1_5002. Yarn Organization Ideas from Rosepath Weaving.

Ok, normally I don’t promote other Etsy shops that are similar to mine. But this time, it’s worth it to make an exception. Theresa at Lucky Hanks is the proud owner of this gorgeous yarn wall, which her husband helped her build. I can’t even imagine this being in my house; it’d be like a dream, and I probably would end up spending so much time staring at it that I wouldn’t get anything else done.

Being a bit more realistic… My local yarn shop closed recently, and the owner said that she would probably be selling all her fixtures soon, but I haven’t seen anything about that yet. She had a wonderful yarn wall, made up of diagonal cubes. I’m not quite sure where I would put either of these things, but I do know that I need to find a better way to store what I have. It’s in a bunch of bins, shoe boxes and plastic bags right now, and scattered all over the room. I need something more centralized.

sewing room 4-11 0073. Sewing/Craft Room Ideas from Sew Many Ways.
Since most of what I have is already in these little plastic shoe boxes, this would be fantastic as well. It doesn’t keep everything quite as visible, but I can’t really decide if that matters or not. Half of me thinks that life would be easier if my yarn/supplies were more hidden; my mother couldn’t “shop” in my craft room as easily, and I wouldn’t get in as much trouble for having way too much yarn/elastic/washi tape/duck tape/whatever the current obsession is.

I also loves shelves. To me, there is nothing better than a pretty spot where I can put stuff. Even the color of this works for my craft room. Black goes with everything.

4. Craft-Room-Organization-Twine-Holder-Damask-LoveHow to Organize Your Baker’s Twine from Damask Love.
I originally found this at Everything Etsy, which has a ton of organizing ideas as well. I think this is just beautiful. And yes, I do have that much baker’s twine. Maybe more, actually. As we’ve discussed before, I’m a bit of a hoarder. But at less than $20 (even without the 50% off coupon that the author used), I think I can swing this. This might be the simplest to actually accomplish, and by far the least expensive.

So what do you think? What are your favorite places to find organizational inspiration?


I’m just not that into you…

And by you I mean this blog. I’m having trouble writing right now. Frankly, I’m having trouble being creative period. Maybe it’s a function of having to make the same thing, over and over and over (I’ve made at least 20 pairs of these fingerless gloves in the last few weeks, with nothing else to break up the boredom). Maybe it’s just that I’m not really a creative person. Whatever it is, I think I have a bit of burnout going on.

But I know that I want to continue blogging. I want to share my thoughts with someone other than my boyfriend, and my cat doesn’t count. I want my voice to be heard, on a variety of topics and by a variety of people. So I need to get over this “blah” period. How do I do that?

ImageI could spend a large amount of time surfing the internet. But, I seem to have an extremely short attention span so that doesn’t work. I can watch a 30-second cat video, but anything longer than that and I get bored usually. So anything I look at or watch or read needs to be short, to the point, and have a little humor to it or it’s going to lose me.

I could browse Facebook for ideas. But that’s like needle in a haystack territory. Not that my friends aren’t interesting; for the most part they are. But most of the Facebook posts lately are “omg it’s cold out” or “hey look it’s snowing” or “I hate/love Obama/Richard Sherman/everything. Not a whole lot of inspiration there (although I could talk about Richard Sherman; he’s fascinating).

And then there’s Pinterest. I love Pinterest. There really isn’t a lot to not love about Pinterest. Usually quick, easy info, and it’s relatively simple to find things you’re interested in. I could, and have, spent hours just “wandering” around on there. When I need an idea for a new product, more often than not I can find the necessary inspiration on Pinterest. So, here we go, off to the old standby.

I’ve created a new board, just for blogging and business inspiration. Because there are apparently a lot of people just like me, who occasionally run into the same creative brick wall that I find myself up against. There are massive amount of posts on beating blogging-block, and on types of posts to fight burnout. I can’t possibly read them all, but you may see me using a few of these tactics in the near future. And while I do find Pinterest to be the most useful tool for me, I am more than open to suggestions.

So I ask all of you, my readers… How do you get over your creative blocks? I’d love to hear your stories. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get my inspiration from you.

Oh, and…

So I finally figured out where all those strange views were coming from. I kept seeing views from on my stats, and for the life of me couldn’t figure out what that was. I clicked on it today, and it’s in Italian, but basically someone blogged about my tea totes. How exciting! Go check it out, while I sit here and try to learn Italian. 😛

To work, or not to work…

Turns out I don’t even get a choice in the matter. I was scheduled to work tonight, but because we got an itty bitty amount of snow (I’m talking an inch, maybe), I got called off. Damn restaurants and their common sense, not to mention lack of customers. I need to work!

Ok, I guess I don’t really need to work. I sold these fingerless gloves last night, so I should probably finish them up. Then I have a pair of socks that’s only halfway done that I can work on, and of course there are always coasters to make. I also found a pattern for little felt hearts that you can put treats and stuff in, so I want to make those eventually (hopefully before Valentine’s Day, but you know how I am about schedules). So I guess this works out alright.

Anyway, I finished these two sets of coasters last night, so my second shop has a bit more inventory in it. And that’s all I have to say right now. So enjoy the coasters, and don’t freeze to death in this terrible snow storm we’re having (total sarcasm)!

I hate these socks!

These socks, I hates them…

Honestly, I hate everything about these particular yoga socks. I don’t like the color, I don’t like how they look when they’re done, I really don’t like anything about them. But I seem to be the only one. When I first picked up the yarn, I was all like, “ooh, that’s a neat color!”. And then I started the socks. And I couldn’t wait to be done with them. There is something inherantly bad about working up a pair of socks in a color that I really hate. But I finished them. And there they sat, in my shop, taking up space (which is a good thing), but not selling. And I crossed my fingers that they wouldn’t, because if they did I’d have to make another pair.

And then they sold. And I put off making another for a while, but finally I did. And then they sold again. Argh! Why is it that these socks I hate are so popular? I have no freaking idea. But I posted them in my Wanelo team the other day, and last I checked, they had over a thousand saves. A THOUSAND!!! Dear lord, people love these ugly socks. Which makes me think, maybe I should make more socks in colors that I hate? But no, because then I’ll just spend two days grumbling to myself and my cat how much I hate them.

If only wearing ugly socks could make people this happy...

If only wearing ugly socks could make people this happy…

I know you all aren’t having “ugly sock parties”, but maybe someone is trying to start a new trend? Stick with the ugly sweater parties, they make me smile.

So anyway, back to the resolutions. In particular, the one about keeping myself to a schedule. This morning I decided I’d give it a shot, and schedule myself a little bit of time to get my internet work done (blogging, posting in teams, starting up a new round of the BNS, etc.) and then set a schedule for knitting. So far so good, as I told myself I’d do computer stuff until 9am and then get back to work on the socks. It’s 8:45 right now. I’m not sure I’ll have time to spread the word about this new post, but a few extra minutes past 9am won’t kill me. The problem I have is with the schedule for knitting. Ok, so I’m saying 9am, but what is my stop time? I have all day, so I’ll probably try to knit all day, but I know I’ll eventually get distracted and pick up the computer. Stats are still the bane of my existence, and I still look at them eleventy billion times a day. 9am until… noon? And then an hour of internet work, and then 1pm until…. what??? I suck at schedules. Blargh.

Whatever, I’ll knit until I don’t feel like knitting anymore I suppose. I could always work on stuff for my other shop, since my mother just gave me a load of new, fun papers for my coasters. And I do want to get started on these trivets. I guess I get so stuck between knitting for the original shop and doing the enormous number of other crafts I could be doing. That’s why I need a schedule, because if I think about all the things I could be doing, I end up thinking too much and not doing any of them. Again, blargh. But anyway…


This is what I was talking about…

So, after writing that I resolve to make a schedule for myself, and to spend more time creating instead of surfing the net, I’ve spent the last hour and a half (I’m estimating here, but it seems like that to me. That means it’s probably been four hours) looking at facebook and reading my old blog posts. Honestly, I really suck at this scheduling thing.

I feel ya, kid.

Resolutions, part deux

Yes, this exists.

No, I don’t speak whatever language that is. I think it’s French maybe? The only foreign language I speak is Spanish, and I’m terrible at it. In fact, the only thing I remember how to say is “I like to dance in the bathroom with the chicken”. There aren’t a whole lot of uses for that.

Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system… I promised you business resolutions, and yes, I suck at keeping to deadlines, but better late than never I guess? So here we go…

SAM_01121) Open a second shop.
*Technically I already did this. And here it is. There isn’t much there so far, but I’m working on moving my non-knitted listings from the original shop to the new one. I’m waiting until they expire, because I don’t want to be out $.20 (as little as that is). And I did buy enough tiles to make 25 new sets of coasters recently, so I’ll be making those soon. I figure it’ll be slow going, but I’ve got a Facebook page for it and I’ve started promoting it a bit, so hopefully my current fans and friends will just naturally migrate.

2) Start a newsletter.
*I honestly just came up with this while I was sitting here writing this. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while, but for some reason I never came up with a plan for it. Honestly, I’m not sure anyone will be interested. I figure I’ll get convos out to all my current customers asking if they’d like to receive it, and go from there. I would LOVE to hear from anyone who has done this before, or from someone who has some pointers for me. I suppose I could always just go to the forums, but there’s an awful lot of angry people there as of late.

3) Blog on a regular basis, at least three times a week.
*I’d like to have a schedule for this, but I’m terrible at schedules. I think it has something to do with the inordinate amount of freedom I get from working at home, but I can’t keep to anything. I tell myself, ok, I’m going to do some promoting for an hour in the morning, and then I get caught up in those forums and I lose three hours. But I’d really like to start blogging on a regular basis again.

4) For that matter, stick to a schedule.
*Yeah, I know what I just said. But these are resolutions, right? And they’re supposed to be things we want to improve on, right? So yeah, I’d really like to stick to a schedule. It was easy when I had two jobs and one of them was in front of a computer; I could just do my computer work while I was, well, at work. But now I’m home all day long and aside from going to work at night, I don’t really have a set direction. I kind of just do what I want, when I want to do it. Which is nice, don’t get me wrong, but it’s no way to run a business. So I need to set aside a little bit of time to peruse the forums, to post in my teams, to check the BNS that I run, and to create. Because I spend far too little time actually creating these days. I’m so sick of these darn (hardy har har) socks, and I’ve still got 20 something pairs left to make. Ugh! But they, along with the fingerless gloves, are my best sellers, so I’ll stick with it as much as I can.

Ok, that’s it for now. But while you’re here, go check out Fresh Eggs Daily. Lisa did an amazing review of my gloves, and she’s helping me with my very first giveaway! And let me know if you have any business resolutions, and how you plan to keep them. I’m not doing so great with the personal resolutions… Ok, I’m sucking the big one at keeping them. So I need a bit of advice on how to stick with these, at least. Anyway, happy Friday everyone!