Monthly Archives: September 2011

Beekeeper Quilt

Current Projects
Yes, I'm currently working on the beekeeper quilt just like a lot of people are on  I'm not too far into the project (current puff count is 12), but I'm having so much fun working on these.  My mom gave me another idea too, but I'm keeping that one a secret.  Following the advise of someone else working on the project, I looked up a calculator to see how many puffs you will need to finish your quilt (find it here).  If I want a quilt to fit my queen size bed, I will need 829 puffs.  As a result, I'm thinking just what the author said to do: work on the puffs for a year and see how many you come up with.  Perhaps it will just be a piece that I frame and hang in my house or a yarn shop should I ever open one.  We'll see how it goes!

Coming Soon
My fall toddler girl jumper is almost done, I'll be posting pictures soon!  Check out some of our stuff on under cherishedmomentswi.

Dear DC Comics

A 7-year-old comic fan reviews the new DC reboot of her favorite hero, Starfire - and nails it. (via @medley)

Five years old

ethan's baby announcement photo





kids kids kids

kids kids kids

What a CUTIE!!!

Roba Farms 10/25/09

snow day!



cool guy


ethan in the tree

the boys

Daddy captures our rock star boys

family times

Ethan's 5th Birthday Party

birthday boy!!!

birthday boy!!!

Happy birthday, my biggest big boy. I can hardly believe you are five years old already!
Love you to pieces, always,

Are you better off today than you were during the Nixon era?

The New Yorker: Poverty and Income in America: The four lost decades, John Cassidy

Median earnings for full-time, year-round male workers: 2010--$47,715; 1972--$47,550. That's not a typo. In thirty-eight years, the annual earnings of the typical male worker, adjusted to 2010 dollars, have risen by $165, or $3.17 a week. If you do the comparison with 1973 it is even worse.

An FPS with no bullets aims to give an on-the-ground view of war journalism

A journalist, filmmaker, and Australian game studio have teamed up to develop a first person shooter that uses a camera instead of a gun - requiring the player to film wartime events then create narratives to explain them to at-home viewers. Action + media literacy + political education = awesome.

It's...about navigating through a morally gray world and making decisions that have human impact. It's about finding the story you want to tell, as each of our environments is filled with different story elements you can film and combine in your own ways.

I hope it's also about dodging bullets and noticing traps and staying alive. Remember, Defiant, if you can't die, it's no fun. (thanks, jjg!)

5 days and counting…..

Yikes!  Fall Fiber Festival is this coming Saturday and Sunday.  I have one more bisque and one (!) more glaze firing to accomplish.  AND THINGS AREN'T DRYING.  Its been SO rainy and wet here in Virginia....The last few pots are just to round out the selection so I could just do one more glaze firing and call it finished.  BUT I want these large plates to be at the party.....(IF they don't warp....)

So I may just break down and lower the AC in the studio and cross my fingers.

Butterick B5613 View A

The Business of Doing Business

I'm calling this entry a design element, mainly because the topic of business can be tailored to any industry, any project.  In essence, you're designing a business.  I'll be doing a few entries like this, mainly to show some of the process I'm going through to create my business plan.  Yes, I'm buckling down and writing a business plan.

Why talk about business?
Simple, I love the little nuances of running a business.  What you may not know about me is that I have a Master's Degree in Business Administration (aka MBA) with a concentration in Health Care Management.  I have done some business consulting, planned events, and even taught courses to business students.  I have been a manager, assistant manager, and a line worker for over a decade, and the actual idea of running a business is virtually the same in all sectors, except a few...  And with a health care background, I've seen a lot of crazy things!

When starting my own business back in 2008, I did not think I had what it takes to be an entrepreneuer.  I lacked a lot of confidence in myself, and I wanted to quickly make a lot of money.  I made the mistake of thinking that my degree inherently warranted that.  Boy was I wrong.  Starting a business is harder than getting a job and learning how someone else does business.  Why?
  1. You have to set your own way of doing business.
  2. You need to research all aspects of yourself and the business you want to go into and put it all down into a coherent plan (i.e., you have to write a formal or informal business plan).
  3. You need to make sure that your idea is unique and viable for continuity of the business.
Craft businesses need a plan too!
In the early days of toying with the idea of starting a craft business, I thought I could just continue knitting, and just sell my products however I could.  Nope, nope, nope!  Even as a crafter, you have to pick your niche.  Ask yourself these questions:
  • What market do you want to target?  (Men, women, children, all ages, etc.)
  • What kinds of sales do you expect?
  • How much can you realistically invest to start your business?
  • Do you want a brick and mortar shop or want to sell online?
  • Who is your competition?
and the list goes on... 

What does all of that mean?
You've got to do some good old-fashioned research on your industry.  Whether it's woodworking, knitting, painting, or any other craft, start with a simple Google search and see how many viable businesses you can find doing what you want to do.  Find out how successful they are.  Find out how popular they are amongst other crafters in that niche and go from there.

So what are you waiting for?  Let's get this business started.  If you'd like a little free advice on starting a business or writing a business plan, leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP. 

Coming Soon
Some fall and winter design ideas!

Simplicity New Look 6557

Yarny Things

Biscuit Blanket

It seems to be a week of few words for me on here. Enjoy it while you can... ;) We are gearing up for a certain biggest big boy's fifth birthday party this weekend, so there is much to be done to prepare for that. So for now, some quiet, happy yarny pictures.

Knit Picks organic cotton

slightly more Biscuit Blanket

wrap progress

half a wrap

citron - take two

citron, aka omelette-tron

knitting, coffee and tomatoes