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 had no idea....
When I listed my first masks for sell on Etsy, I was just filling some time with one of the few ways I thought I might be able to help in this pandemic sitch. I had no idea the whirl wind of excitement, anxiety, and heartfelt feelings I would go through in a very short amount of time.
It has been such a huge learning curve and all consuming experience that I literally slept only 4 hours a night for 6 days in a row! Each night would be some type of delima and then it would magically work out.
One night, I was looking at the stats in my Etsy dashboard and it told me that I wasn't bringing in any people to look at my shop, so I decided to take a little leap and share the shop on Facebook. Holy Guacamole, Batman! You can't imagine my little heart tugs when I saw that a friend from high school, a beautiful soul we met on vacation a decade ago, an aunt I have never met in person, and many more all placed orders. Some let me know on Facebook, some were a little sneaky. Several shared my page and I just thought it was the nicest thing EVER!
Other fun things have happened, too. I try and write a little note to someone that orders each day. The other day, a woman ordered a mask that has flames on it. I wrote to her that every time I see that version of the face mask, I think to myself, "This girl is on fire!", not that lots of men were ordering it, too. She wrote back that it was for her son, she LOVES Montana and hopes to visit Bozeman this summer...And had 3 restaurant suggestions for me. Two I have never been to and all 3 within 7 blocks of our house.
Also.....I have reviews!!! They are 5 stars!! ....They said really nice things about the quality of my work and the speediness of my shipping :D And I swear!!! I don't know any of the reviewers (yet!)
All of this makes me excited to go sew another 40 masks - 20 for the Etsy shop and 20 for the Masks for Heros - Montana Medical Workers. If you want to see the masks - take a look! New ones coming soon!! My Etsy Shop
I hope all of you have a wonderful day, week, month, year. Someone comment a blessing they have found in this self isolation, stay at home time! I want to hear!!!
So....as I mentioned before....I'm making face masks for the Masks for Heros Organization. In the process of that, I started making masks for my Etsy page - MelissaIoneBoutique And in the process of that - Everyone everywhere ran out of elastic. I have orders for it at 4 different places. One sent me an email after I paid for it saying that they didn't have it, wouldn't have it for 2 - 3 weeks, and wouldn't be answering their phones or email. So fat chance getting your money back.
I tried using a little bit of cording that I had. It was too big for my ears and too small for my head, so I held it in place with my bun!
The Covid-19 will be over with and I will have 500 YARDS of elastic! My boys better start having babies so I can make a million of those tutu things!
In the meantime, I get so excited to see a UPS man, USPS man, or FedEx dude that I may forget about personal distance. The only time in my life I won't have my very own bubble space. Oh, Lord, I'm losing it!!
How exactly is it that other people just have to home school? I have to send contractors away and figure out how to install a bathroom and a kitchen. (Try this isolation business with no kitchen - I dare you, lol!) The bathroom and kitchen are turning out beautiful and the best part is that my husband has to work from home, so he has found plenty to help with it aka he's doing it lol!
Stay tuned, because we will have a kitchen soon!!! - Forgive me for only posting once a week during the quarantine. Not going to lie - my husband takes a lot of time :) What are you guys doing to stay occupied? I want to know if I'm doing all I should (even though I'm very behind on laundry all of a sudden (Like I said....I'm blaming the husband lol).
Take care you guys! I'm thinking 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.