Show and Tell–Ribbed Hat for We Are Kenya

Since my last post, I have enjoyed a week off from work, a few days away with my man, watched a few baseball tournaments, had my last pottery class, considered signing up for NaNoWriMo, and kept on stitching. I finished this one a few days ago:

Charity Ribbed Hat

This is another hat to be sent to We Are Kenya, courtesy of Craft Hope. It will join the two others I already have, a felt teddy bear that is nearly finished, and maybe two more hats (if I can finish them before the deadline).

If anyone is curious, the yarn above is Premier Yarns Ever Soft Multi in Beach Day, and the pattern is from the Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday Edition 2006. (Yes, I still have a copy–in my craft room :-))

I love having my crafty groove back–gotta go make more stuff!!


A Greenberry Street Tale

Once upon a time, there was a girl. This girl started a business, and a blog to chronicle her adventures. The business got a Big Client, and this girl was very busy fulfilling orders. And blogging occasionally.

Then one day, the orders were finished and the girl said, “Well, that felt like an assembly line. That wasn’t fun at all.” Coincidentally at the same time, the Big Client went on maternity leave and was never heard from again.

Or something like that.

So here we are, a few months later, and I am not where I thought I would be at all. I am in a new role at my “real” job (which is a great thing), and Greenberry Street is essentially out of business.

Sort of. But that is a story for another post.

But, the crafter in me isn’t finished, just because I’m not cranking out orders for customers anymore. A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an organization I follow, Craft Hope. Basically, they are like a big charity crafting group, who chooses a new charity (or Project, as they call it) every so often. And this time, their Project is a group called “We Are Kenya.”

I was so stinkin’ excited, I started making some of all the items they asked for. (Because if you didn’t know, I am a jack of all crafts, master of none. And, I spent time in Kenya in 2012–slight recap here). So, in the past four days, my life looks something like this:

I'm on a crafting spree!

I’m on a crafting spree!

One and a half-hats knitted, another one earmarked for giving, yarn and patterns for at least three more, plus the cutest little felt bear you ever saw. I have quite a stack of felt, and those are going to be SO quick–we’ll see how many of them I can finish before the deadline. (The twin-sized quilts had already been spoken for, or that would be on here, too!)

So, all I can say is Greenberry Street (the shop) is on hiatus for the time being, but the crafting certainly isn’t!

Mind-reading assistant wanted.

I think I need an assistant to write down the million things that are going through my brain.  Any takers? Required skills:  mind-reading.


Photo courtesy of Wade M at Flickr

Seriously, while my craft room is practically finished, my mind is charging ahead into all the things I need to do.

  • My creative mind is thinking about new paper flower designs, DIY tutorials and working on my next order.
  • My practical mind is thinking about legal stuff, editorial calendars and social media accounts.
  • My 40-year-old mind is thinking “I’m tired.”

I have a WordPress challenge coming up to help me get the blog off the ground. I’m reading a WordPress guide on my Kindle, paper copies of “The Martha Rules” and “Craft, Inc.” in my backpack. I’m also toting around every notebook I have ever scribbled a thought in, apparently–and adding more daily. I have clippings of events I want to be part of next year, to-do items written on random scraps of paper, and project ideas for about three different mediums scattered on my dining room table.

To an outsider, I’ll bet it looks like a bit of a mess.

Running a business requires a lot of you, in every possible sense–and I’m sure I don’t know a fraction of it yet. And while it sounds a wee bit overwhelming, I am loving every minute of it!