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The Week in Projects: October 22, 2017

It’s been kind of a crazy few weeks over in the studio. I finally got over my cold, so that meant I had to take care of all the house stuff I wasn’t able to do while I was sick (i.e. mowing, cleaning, that fun adulting stuff). That took up a lot of time, so I haven’t posted much here, but I did make some things.

On October 1st, I started working on Inktober. It’s a challenge to do an ink drawing every day for the month of October. I did it last year and had a lot of fun (you can find those drawings here). This year has been a bigger challenge to keep up, but I’m having fun with it. Water based, glitter, and metallic markers have been my favorite, along with acrylic paints and highlighters. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see them as I go, else scroll to see a sampling of what I’ve done so far…

I really love Day 1’s drawing…it was fun to do!

My first Inktober drawing of 2017. Swift.

A few days later, I made this goofy little cartoon.

This one was just kinda stupid fun. The inspiration word was “long”.

I didn’t know what to do one night, so I just started doodling. I kept drawing the flowers over and over each other with different pens and markers and got this:

I started doodling while watching TV…

Then I was playing with acrylic paint and making backgrounds, and it seemed perfect to draw on.

I did this one during my lunch break…

This one started as one of last year’s backgrounds that got the paint treatment. I love that it subtly says “first class guilt trip”. The color was enhanced with highlighters.

I did this over a few lunch breaks…

Last weekend I finally finished the weaving for Unicorn Vomit! It’s drying after its bath, then I’ll complete the finishing. I really love how it came out.

The weaving for Unicorn Vomit is done!

We even took a time out and saw Steely Dan. It was my boyfriend’s treat, and even though I’m not a Steely Dan fan, I really enjoyed the show. It was a nice night out.

Steely Dan in Grand Rapids, MI

And finally, I got the idea to try to make my own washcloths on the loom. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work out, so I used my least favorite colors to experiment.

A color experiment…

They didn’t come out too bad! I wish I had planned it better color and size wise, but at least I know more for next time.

I made washcloths!

Whew! That was kind of a whirlwind of photos and projects. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them! We’ll see what this week brings!

It’s getting there

I’m really excited about getting the grand opening started for the Sleeping Pond Studio store! It’s been a lot of work setting it up on my own page, but I like how it’s coming out. I’m going to be beside myself when I get all the products listed!

I’m hoping to have the official grand opening next weekend…almost all of my former Yay for J! merch is loaded, and even some new stuff I only posted on Facebook is here. Once I wrap this up, look for the new and improved yarn section. 🙂

I’ve got some crazy prices and offers set up…Be sure to sign up for the mailing list/newsletter, for even more crazy savings (read: a coupon you can use with all the discounts and deals!)

The Week in Projects: September 24, 2017

Well, this is starting to become a theme…still working on the Unicorn Vomit scarf/stole (that’s going well), still working on the website (chug, chug), and really wanting to start new things! I told myself I need to finish stuff before I do new stuff…

…that didn’t stop me from buying new stuff. Heh heh heh…

A few weeks ago, I signed up for Wanderlust 2018, which is a year-long art journaling class. I keep saying I’m just going to sell only fiber-related things online, but I’m starting to think that’s lies. I love all kinds of mediums and I’m super geeked about this art journaling thing. I’m not a journaler, but I’m hoping I can discipline myself to make art once a week. It sounds like fun (and it’s an excuse to buy art supplies. I love art supplies. I own glitter markers now.)

I’m in no way an affiliate, but if you sign up for Wanderlust, let me know. It’d be fun to have people to do it with/share projects with.

I also bought two pounds (I think) of pretty wools. I don’t know why I bought pastel colors, but they just wouldn’t leave me alone until I bought them. This group is full of temptation!

(Again, no affiliation…just a group I’m a member of.)

Lastly, I bought a batch of kitchen gadgets I didn’t really need. But they were on clearance, so they followed me home. 🙂 I got a food mill and an apple slicer/corer (and made my own ginger gold applesauce in a heartbeat!), a pot strainer (it looks like a weapon, but handy looking to keep pasta from landing in the sink), and a Kilner Jar Spiralizer. I’ll admit it, the packaging got me. I wanted to make pretty jars full of veggies. So after some Googling, I figured out how to do this:

Maybe I should become a food blogger?

It’s spiralized cucumber with Asian sesame dressing, sesame seeds, and chili powder (skip the chili powder…IMHO, it doesn’t belong there).

Today, I had to go buy veggies to spiralize (zucchini works much better than cucumber!) because I spent most of yesterday Googling for recipes. So I made this:

It looks kinda fancy, doesn’t it?

It’s zoodle soup! I need to figure out how to make it better (the veggies are still crunchy because it’s not actually “cooked” and the flavors weren’t mingled yet), but overall it was pretty good. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so fresh in my life!

As far as Studio stuff goes, I’m now working on the shop part of this site. I think I’ll be adding things a category at a time (I have a lot to list), so stay tuned to the blog and the Sleeping Pond Facebook page. And don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list to get extra special deals and discounts!

Help Wanted

This was kind of a slow week for making anything fibery. I’m still working on Unicorn Vomit (maybe I should give that a new name) and I haven’t started any new spinning. What I’ve been doing instead is trying to make my own e-commerce site. Wow…that is quite a bit of work! I’m happy I’m nerdy enough to understand what I’m doing. After I finish the back end stuff, then I gotta list products. But at least they won’t expire, right?!

So this is where I’m asking for your help. I’m hoping to get the store off the ground in a few weeks, and I’d love to get feedback from you! Every now and then I’d like to send you a quick survey (and I mean quick) and spoil you with freebies in return for your time. Think of yourself as being part of my product advisory committee. 🙂

If you’re interested in giving me a hand, fill out the form below, and you’ll get a cool mandala coloring page (because I can’t send you all yarn!) just for signing up.

Back to coding…I look forward to working with you!

Yeah, I wanna help!!! I want that coloring page too!

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