Several exciting things have happened recently. Firstly, I’ve finished all of my scheduled contract work and have a few blissful weeks of full time open scheduling. I know, I’m totally spoiled compared to many people who are in the position of wage slavery, working 40+ hours a week for an employer who is making money off of their labor. Being self-employed, I find that I work way more hours than I did when working for others but at least it’s a total labor of love. My contracted work included teaching bellydancing twice a week, teaching the Finney School program one day a week, twice a week music lessons for Miss Violet, and the Bellingham Farmer’s Market. Again, a seemingly easy schedule but since we’re pretty rural, the drive time really adds up….and teaching requires prep and cleanup time. With all of that, it added up to 30 hours a week worth of work in addition to my online yarn business and farming. I’ve got three weeks of to do lists to arrange in whatever way I wish, this will happen again right after Christmas for a few weeks. Frankly, I’m thrilled.
The second thing is that Miss Violet has had her 11th birthday. She was a giant newborn, weighing in at a lusty 10 and a half pounds. She appeared nearly identical to her older sister, but she was frankly covered in black peach fuzz which caused her to bear a striking resemblance to her father. Our time with her is flying by. She is a total character….one of the most emotionally astute and intuitive children I’ve ever encountered, a late reader, late bloomer, amazing operatic singer, performing, fiber artist, princess of bossy (second only to her sister), a trickster, and storyteller. Her birthday list this year included purple hair dye, bras, deodorant, headphones, audiobooks, and Playmobil toys. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Playmobil (if you have children you really should be since they’re so awesome), the company makes a wide range of little people and accessories. Although some of their line includes more complex offerings, I’m just going to say that mostly their toys are geared toward ages 4-7. She’s at this really amazing age, teetering between two worlds.
Thirdly, I’m on hiatus from the farmer’s market and won’t have another event until the first weekend in July. You can check it out at http://www.urbancraftuprising.com. This means that I can combine my event inventory with my online one….which I’ve been working on and my shop is full to bursting with all manner of delicious yarn. Look at some of my new things!
And, lastly…I have a new sofa! I cannot believe how excited I am about this. This particular one is grand and all, but I think I’m mostly excited that I no longer have to carry the burden of looking for a replacement, or the shame of the rattiness of the last one. Praise whoever! This sofa has all of the qualities I like: antique, sturdy, nice upholstery, inexpensive, and nicely colored. Found it at Goodwill (where I also purchased it’s predecessor, a 1965 brown tweed number made in a local furniture shop) where it was priced at $100 but I talked the furniture guy down to $50. Willow and her boyfriend actually bought it for me–they’d given me the gift of a pair of Dansko shoes for my b-day but I hadn’t went shopping for them yet. I sort of felt guilty about my teenager spending $120 of her hard earned money on me and couldn’t bring myself to order any shoes. This is much better.
Here is the amazing sofa! Please ignore the painted plywood floors, or perhaps imagine it’s a purposeful shabby chic look or something.