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A Fresh Start

1D194D4D-0EE0-4B49-8BBD-46396D693D4AI am so sad that I have been away from this space for all of 8 months. That is indeed a very disappointing fact that I am trying to remedy.

Other things have kept me preoccupied and have taken me away from crafting. I’d like to think I never really stopped doing crafts– just that I haven’t been focused enough to do it the same way I used to do it. My art journal, for one, hasn’t moved since the start of the year. I am going to try to remedy that this last quarter of 2021.

Postcards have been my focus and while I had returned to active trading because I wanted to destash, I have ended up acquiring more as I grew my collection. I’ve finally awakened to the reality that I need to get the postcards organized, and I must take a step back from the time consuming production of sending out postcards.

With my craft supplies staring me in the face, I’ve committed to the project plan below:

Produce and post one piece to sell in the Etsy shop every week at the minimum. It has amazed me that there has been foot traffic into the shop, and I’ve actually managed a smattering of sales with zero effort or movement from me over at Etsy. It makes me wonder how that could exponentially grow if only I took the effort to work on the shop. With the holidays around the corner, I think I can actually make more in that corner if I put more focus into posting or reposting new items.

Start sewing fall and winter projects now, so that they will be ready when the season hits. I’ve had the fabric and the patterns for more than a year now, but the pandemic has really put a dampener on production. Last winter saw me making my mind up that I needed new coats this year, so it’s basically a choice between buying new ones, or finally using what I have and making those pieces I’ve been dreaming about. I’m starting with some blazers and will move on piece by piece.

Pick up the hooks again. I’ve fallen in love with this granny square crochet cropped cardigan from a name brand being sold by a luxury department store for $495.00, and now on sale for $222.75. It’s a simple enough pattern and while I am not a fan of all the green in the cardigan, I thought it was pretty enough to go for. Even if I bought all the yarn needed, I wouldn’t go over $100. Yarn, hook and pattern in hand, this will get going this week.
Copying this name brand granny square crochet cardigan
I’m just trying to make up my mind about whether or not I want a tighter pattern, or the looser one that will show more squares than c clusters of double chains. Hmmmmm. All I know is I will work to make it look like what I’m copying as much as I can, give or take a shade or two adjustment of the colors used without substituting colors.

Catch up with the art journaling. Last year was a very prolific year for my art journal as I managed to document most of my year in quarantine. I got sidelined by other pursuits but hope to catch up this last quarter of the year. Never too late.

Prepare for the holidays. And what do you, we’re now going into September! In the Philippines, our Christmas season begins with the so-called “Ber” months. It’s when they start playing Christmas carols over the radio and the holiday decorations start to pop up in the stores and buildings. Here it’s time to think of this years Christmas card, plan things for the store, and start the holiday planning.

I am hoping I can get this corner of my world up and running again. And this time with more regularity, as I try to get back into crafting over the postcards and life in general.

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Born and raised in Manila, now living, dreaming and crafting in New York City Blogging at http://Pinaynewyorker.com

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