Monday, January 26, 2015

Blogging vs Facebook?

Many days I have come to this blog, started to write a post and then deleted it - either because I didn't have time to finish it or I didn't think that you'd want to read what I was writing.

I'm sure this has happened to many others, but since I joined Facebook, and 'liked' several craft pages and several bloggers, I get all my updates through there, and so I just don't visit my blog any much as I should. And I'm not visiting others blogs either - which is a real shame as you're all taking the time to thoughtfully choose your words and post interesting content.

Are you finding a decrease in traffic too? Are you on Facebook and have you moved away from your blog? I'm struggling with the answers to these questions. But then every now and again, Facebook makes an announcement about how it's showing the posts of organized posters (i.e. not individuals) and business accounts, and I've heard some people/groups/companies say they were leaving Facebook because they refused to pay the fees.

Just the other day, one person wrote that they had over 2,000 followers yet only  their reach was only 60+ people. That's a pretty low return. Of course, Facebook tells them they can get more followers if they pay. And that's where many people are resisting.

So my question is this - do you also have a Facebook account? Do you feel you've left your blog for Facebook? Or are you leaving Facebook for your blog?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bunny Slippers for a Rabbit

A friend of mine asked me to make her bunny slippers for her rabbit - here's what I made:

And this is Charlie modelling them!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Underside of a Dog

This is what it looks like when Eco is standing on a platform of playground equipment and I am below her:

Good thing she doesn't drool!!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Putting the "Happy" into "Happy New Year"

Although there hasn't been much activity in the blog there has been lots activity on the other side of my computer. Not only did I have plenty of custom knitting orders in December (which I loved!!!) but once things died down, I decided it was time to rearrange my work room.

I am an employee that works from home and have a desk dedicated for my job. Although I'm constantly on the lookout for new and improved ways to work and process the jobs and to become more paperless, I still have lots of files and papers on my desk -this is not a place that I do any other work. In the same room I had a nice little desk with a hutch that I considered my personal desk, but I had buried it behind craft supplies and couldn't access the drawers or doors. I decided that it would be good to have one desk for work and one desk for personal use. The personal desk could have pretty things like candles and flowers on it. I also thought it would be good if they could be across from each other as this would put them both near the window and both near the baseboard heater plus all I would have to do is turn the chair around from one spot to another which would save some space.

This simple idea, however, took three days to do. It involved unloading two 7' tall Bonde (Ikea)  bookcases and moving a filing cabinet. It also involved getting rid of as many things as I could. The task is now complete and I am happy with the results. The room is still fuller than it should be but I am happy with it and will continue to work on it. And I still have 3 knitting orders for January, which also makes me very happy.

As well over the past two weeks I was able to sit down with several wonderful ladies who've not only supported me in my knitting business but also in my dance. It is a wonderful feeling to connect with such amazing people. I also had a long meeting with my dance instructor discussing where I'm at and how I'm feeling and this has also renewed my excitement for dance and the future.  I know it sounds cliche but it's definitely been a journey in so many ways.

For me, and many others I talked to, 2014 was a tough year. It's not the worst year of my life, and tragic things didn't necessarily happen, but it was hard - not much came easy that's for sure. And interestingly, it was the same for many others. But I do believe that those tough things won't exist this year and I really think the tough past was a prelude to good 2015. I already put all  the hard work into building the foundation and feel I will reap the benefits this year.

I've suffered from depression and low moods throughout my life but I'm feeling really good about things right now. I'm feeling happy and I feel hopeful. I don't write resolutions but I do 'set intentions' (so to speak) for my future and I feel confident about the upcoming months. Dance class starts on Monday. Next weekend four of us are going to Seattle for a three day dance intensive training. Jp and I are both working and money's not as tight as it had been. I am hopeful my brother and I can mend our relationship this year. My mom and I are planning a trip to Europe this spring. I don't want for anything but look forward to peace and happiness and contentment. And this is the song floating around my head:


Monday, December 22, 2014

A lovely Christmas Message

Please click on this link to watch a wonderful Christmas message from the great Canadian coffee "shop" Time Horton's-Tim Horton's Warm Hat Campaign

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Death of the Christmas Card.

A couple of months ago Canada Post raised the letter rate to $0.85 ($1 for a single stamp) for domestic letters which caused many people to grumble about mail, and many vowed that they didn't need to send letters anymore. Yes, Canada has one of the most expensive postal systems in the World.

We don't have much family and don't know a lot of people so we often didn't get that many cards - but this year it's really sad. The very first card we received was addressed to "Pizza Lover" and was from our local Panago Pizza. About two weeks later, the second card arrived - from our vet. (Does it all make sense now? )


So Sad.

December 19th and two Christmas cards. Even though I mailed about 15 cards, I didn't get any back. It almost feels like Valentine's Day in elementary school (before they started to dictate that every kid must receive a card).

 I thought maybe they'd become a status symbol -you know,  because the cards cost money and the stamps were expensive only those with money could afford to send them, then they'd become trendy again. No?

I guess not - or not yet.

What's your Christmas Card inventory? Is this a trend everywhere, or is it just me?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Here's to new friends

Last night after class,  I went out for coffee with a fellow dancer. We were in classes together for several months before she switched to a different night but every now and again we see each other, and she always gives me the tightest hugs.

It has been a long time since I've met someone that I could talk that easily with and look in the eye when we talked to each other (eye contact is really important isn't it?) And next thing we knew it was 11:30 and I had to go because I have to get up at 6am for work.

I really hope that we're able to meet again  soon. What a wonderful visit I had. Definitely worth feeling tired today. Have you recently met someone like that?