Monday, 8 January 2018

2017 Gingerbread House - The Pastry Café

Gingerbread Bakery Dollhouse by Artsy Raven

Originally I hadn't planned to make any gingerbread creating this last Christmas, I had a lot of things to worry about, and ended up feeling pretty low. Of course as soon as I started I felt better, more relaxed.
Instead of doing an ordinary gingerbread house I decided to do something else, a bakery dollhouse.

I love dollhouses and I've wanted to make one, or twenty, in a long time. However I've not had the time to make a wooden dollhouse, so instead I made one out of gingerbread.

Warning, this post is picture heave.

Monday, 18 December 2017

40 by 40 Mini Bucket List

40 by 40 Mini bucket list by The Artsy Raven

Age is just a number, I'm not thinking at all about turning 30 because I knew my life wouldn't suddenly change overnight. Instead my issue is knowing that I have a lot of things I want to try.

I might not have completed my 30 by 30 Mini Bucket List, but that list was made 1.5 years before I turned 30, and then my life got a little bit complicated. This time I have 10 years to complete this new list. Some of the items are easy to complete, but

Wish me luck.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

New Hobbyroom - Building the New Room

I finished!

That's what I would have said two months ago. Sadly I'm a horrible blogger, not that I expect anyone to read this blog. If for some magical reason someone are here, reading this, leave a comment telling me I've done a poor job at keeping this blog updated, maybe that will be the kick I need.

So, back to the room, but before I tell you about the new furniture let's take a quick look at the before pictures.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New Hobbyroom - Planning The New Room

Since I was young I always loved the thought of a dedicated hobby room filled with my lovely craft supplies, a room where I can sit and create and be inspired. When I bought my first house a few years ago I was finally able to get that room, and it has given me lots of joy so far.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of 2016

My original plan was to do a wrap up of 2016 at the end of that year, clearly that idea didn't work. Instead I spent the end of December playing games on my computer and fixing my stairs.

While 2016 wasn't as horrible I hope 2017 will be even better, at least if most things go as planned I will have a great year.

The good:
  • It was a great year for crafting. My goal was of course to open three etsy stores, sadly I only opened two but I did finish several things for all three stores. I haven't sold as much but it's not strange considering I've not focused on advertising.
  • I still have a year (slightly less than a year) before my 30 by 30 mini bucket list is due, and while there is no punishment if I do not finish it I still hope to cross out every goal before the end of this year.
  • There are so many ideas I have about things, currently I'm trying to figure out the best way to stay focused on my crafty side, my writing side and my family side.
The bad:
  • Still no day job. I'm still applying for jobs but the marked is hard, unless I want to move, or commute 4+ hours every day again. After commuting 5 hours for almost 3 years I want to cut that in half at least.
  • We are also without a car, making certain things harder, like buying groceries, visiting the doctor or even going to the few job interviews I've had. Luckily I now live in a town that has buses, and if I really need to go far I can rent a car, but that's quite expensive . If I do get a job we'll buy a car, but until then we're saving our income every month, meaning that every month we're able to get a slightly better car.

The ugly:
  • The doctors thought my 9 year old brother had cancer. Luckily they made a mistake and it wasn't so, but there were two weeks of stress (especially for my mother) while we waited for the doctor appointment so they could be certain.
  • And as we're on the topic of something as horrible as cancer, how can I not mention the deaths of great celebrities? I'm not the kind of person who will stand in a crowd and shout, but there are those I admire, and some of them are no longer with us. Here is a list of the ones that saddened me the most. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Anton Yelichin, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, and then the year ended with a bang as both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away in two days. These are all people I've enjoyed watching or listening to, and while a few were probably because of old age most should live at least another 20 years.
  • Still on the topic of cancer, one of my grand-father-in-law has cancer, but his heart is so bad that the cancer won't be what kills him. His wife died a few years ago and that affected my husband quite a bit, at least this time he's making an effort to contact him more often.