I'm not going to lie. This Covid 19 thing has REALLY thrown me for a loop. I know it has really affected many people. I am just beginning to realize HOW much it has been messing with me.
My husband's company has had him working from home during the pandemic and let me tell you....I knew that was really changing the way we went about things. Really, in the beginning, I just thought he was in my way a lot. Just in the last month, I realized what was really going on.
When my husband used to leave home to go to work, he would wake up at 5, have coffee, shower and head to work, making it there by 7am. I would then wake up, get ready for my day By the time we met up after work, both of us had accomplished a good deal and could enjoy our evening.
Well....Now that my husband works at home, sometimes he gets up as late as 9am. He works from his computer and phone and when he gets a small break, he showers. I'm been completely in my routine waiting for him. UGH!! It could be 11 before I entered the bathing phase - and I am not doing anything until I am bathed. HALF of my day was missing EVERY day and I was becoming a not very nice person.
When school started, I began waking at 7am, bathing, then getting on with my day. I start laundry, run the dishwasher, and do all the necessary things that feel like a mountain to do (for me) after noon. And I feel so MUCH better. I just needed to get my own groove back. The house is cleaner, I am nicer, I started not wearing a messy bun EVERY day lol! I started walking again - I just can't tell you what a difference it has made with my attitude to have things completed in a timely and orderly fashion!
It's a new day! Let's seize it (while remaining safe - social distancing and mask wearing!) There are lots of things to mess with us right now, but we need to take every opportunity we can get to enjoy the things that we can! And I am going to!
I've been cooped up for too long!! Feeling like I am going bat sh*t crazy some days! But, my wonderful friend Kelly had an idea for us to try! Hammer & Stain in Belgrade, Montana.
The first thing that I liked was that we had a private party at their location, so at least I knew whose germs I would most likely get....And I don't mind their germs lol! The owner was very kind and ushered us straight over to the hand sanitizer (however, I brought my own - because - you know - I don't want to touch anyone elses).
You can bring your own food and wine! The owner even had glasses for us to use! I brought a small charcuterie box to share and Kelly had all sorts of wonderful things. I felt a little bad about removing my mask to eat, but my need out weighted my nerves.
I have tried painting signs using stencils before and on my own. What a disaster! For example, I made this one.
That really doesn't look so bad, but take a closer look :)
I won't be gifting this sign anytime soon! That was what I loved about Hammer & Stain. We received wonderful instructions on how to apply the paint correctly and turn out beautiful signs!
The other thing that was very appealing to one of the younger women in our party - Power Tools!! There is a whole rack of them to chose from. Again, with wonderful instruction on how to use them.
The decor was creative and fun, the instruction very helpful, and the company just couldn't be beat! Take a look at the gallery to see how our afternoon was spent. I would highly recommend attending a class or booking a private party - or if you are not in my neck of the woods - finding a similar business. So enjoyable!! I just love having my self made flag on my front porch!!
Have you ever made a recipe that just hit all of the sweet spots? This is one of them! It is healthy (spinach). It is decadent (cream). It is earthy (pesto). It is comfort (macaroni). It is international (cheese). It is versatile. It is easy. It is polished.
I can't wait to hear what you think!
That would be my superhero name! The Procrastinator!!! I don't miss deadlines or anything like that, but I do put stuff off until the last minute and then work really hard so that I was procrastinating still gets done well.
I will confess that sometimes when you procrastinate, the job that you are procrastinating goes away. It is REALLY great when that happens :)
I've been procrastinating moving my Etsy shop to my website for 5 months because I knew I was going to have to learn so much and it was going to be so hard and I would have to pay for it and on and on and on.
Then the window cleaners came and I hid out in my office and it was time.... And I learned and it took a little time, but I might save money on Etsy fees and this new setting up shop skill of mine might come in really handy one day. What do you think of my shopping page?
I'm very excited to have it all set up right here so that I can go back to blogging about my favorite things. Recipes, fun places to visit, and the people I love the most! See you soon!
Well, no matter where you stand on the mask issue, I can say this....I can't stop selling them, so I can't quit making them. I love to try new fabric designs and may soon even design my own fabric!!
The other day I learned that some schools in out country were going back to 5 day school weeks this fall with a mask requirement. I immediately started sewing children's masks for the first time. What do you think?
If you are interested, these plus lots more are available here. They will soon be available right here on this website, but man, I've got a new little learning curve to tackle first!
I have a few requirements on how to pick destinations these days. The number 1 requirement is - Is it in an area that has less COVID than our area. I am a homebody and I just HATE being sick, so I will do what I can to stay to myself for the most part. I do go hiking and on walks with people that I feel are very responsible (although I know every last one of them has more social interaction than me!) and I go to Hobby Lobby for material - that's it. Groceries are picked up outside the store....ect, ect....except for a very few exceptions.
Being cooped up constantly has me questioning if whatever I want to do is safe and then I have to weigh the pros and cons. Thank goodness I don't have small children. OMGosh, that would be the worst - wondering if it is better for them to go to school or stay home would be a nightmare, although I think I would have them stay home for the time being.
Anyway - I decided it was time to have some time away from home. Watching the news every night and watching the cases of COVID go up everyday makes me feel like bugs are crawling all over me - and I wanted to get out! I picked from my Montana Bucket List the area, then picked a destination in the area.
I've never been to Boulder. I had met the Directors of the Boulder and Clancy libraries. They were both so nice and had wonderful things to say about the area, so I've wanted to see it for quite some time.
Then the destination! The Boulder Hot Springs was out - I don't know if it's open, but hot springs feel germy to me right now. I'll keep that on my list for another time. Tizer Botanical Gardens for the win!! You can check their website out here.
I had the most wonderful time! It took over two hours to see all the things and I promise if I went back tomorrow I would find another 2 hours of discoveries. One of my most favorites was finding a small jewelry box in an osprey's nest. The bikes hanging at interesting spots throughout, the tee pee made out of pine branches, the metal art work, the running creeks, the megalith across the road, the friendly workers, my new plants, oh - it was just so wonderful. If you ever get the chance I hope you go!
And my librarian's heart wants to add that if you like things like this, then you will love this book: Where Lilacs Still Bloom I went to that garden a couple years ago :)
Enjoy the pictures!!
While I've been horrible at updating my blog lately, I have taken a ton of pictures and have about a hundred titles for blog posts....I've just never been busier, and if I have down time, I want to spend it with people I love. So give me a little minute, I'll get regular again here soon :)- Like maybe when my husband stops working from home ;)
A couple friends and I went for a hike yesterday near my town of Bozeman, MT. Enjoy the pictures.
This is so exciting!!! On April 1st of this year, I started sewing face masks for a FB group I belong to. On April 6th, I was out of fabric and decided to sell some on Etsy and donate one for each sold to keep me in supplies. Well....I started sewing on my kitchen table next to the kitchen we are remodeling. So, that drove my husband nuts, because there was no place to "live" upstairs.
Next, I set up a table in a downstairs bedroom that we will be redoing walls and things to in the future. The bed in the room was lying against a wall, ect. Not the classiest working environment!
And then 7 weeks into this adventure - let me just backtrack story tell a little: I am not an online professional seller. I am also not a sewist and I wasn't looking for a job. HUGE learning curve! But, 258 sales and a few custom orders later, I was needing a decent work space to keep my busy little spirits up!
First was my cutting table. Whoa, there was an arguement lol! My sweet husband didn't want me to have cheap ol' particle board to cut on. He wanted me to have REALLY nice plywood. So that was what he bought. And I did one of those things where I said, "You don't listen to me!" and possibly, "I am not using that" Okay.... you can imagine the other stuff I said if you want, but please put your nicest spin on it :) And, I did get the perfect particle board that I wanted. - But now the edges are covered in pink :)
Then, against the back wall were cabinets (one of them was from a kitchen we redid in our old house - story for another time) that the daycare that was here before us used as a kitchen area (and we did, too, while we were redoing the kitchen upstairs that is still not done.). I have hated this wall for almost a year. Take a look at this picture and see if you can tell why.
Ugh!!! I HATE splatter painting. The only way to make splatter painting worse is to do it in primary colors. UGH!!!!!!! And that, my friends, is how I really feel.
The work benches are supper cool. They have two drawers and the "bench" part of it is on a crank that goes up and down. I could literally stand up and sew if I want and I am pretty tall. That is how much it cranks! I love them!! I think they are priced really well, too. $229 a piece at Home Depot.
I have a lot of things that I want to do to the area, but they will have to wait, because I have orders to get out!
I did want to show you a sneak peak at some new items coming out in my etsy shop next week. These are the prototypes. What do you think?
My sweetie, Wilson, came to visit for Mother's Day. He kept his mask on in the house. Except to eat, but he ate waaaaaay at the other end of the table. My selfy stick couldn't get a pic with us 6 feet apart, so I had to prop my camera and use my clicker. I just love that he is such a rule follower and I am so happy I got to see him, but I will be even happier when I get to hug him!
We only have counters to do and then my kitchen is DONE!!! Can't wait to show you! Then I'm sure we will be on to our next project.
Over 400 masks sewn! Ack! I need a new project! I will start on my unpaper towels this weekend. So excited! Got my first order from Louisiana this week! California is catching up with Indiana - what's up with that? Still have Alaska to go, but I've hit every other state!! :D Etsy buyers are the nicest people ever.
Here is my shop if you want to take a look! My Etsy Shop
Oh my gosh, you guys! I have been wanting to fly this chicken coop for a bit now. How about you?
I am a recently retired small town librarian living the dream in Montana in my boujee yet redneck kind of way. Married to a mining engineer and mother to two wonderful young men.