Monday, 1 May 2017

March and April Updates

The positive:

  • March was pretty slow, the only big thing happening was my son's birthday. April on the other hand was packed with fun stuff.
  • The week before our Easter holiday I was getting ready to drive 8+ hours alone to get to both my family and my in-laws, and was invited to a job interview at a temp agency. The interview went well and my info was sent to the ones who were hiring, I got a second interview that same week, and a job at the end of that interview. I was to start a new job as soon as I returned from the holiday.
  • The Easter holiday was also nice, I got to meet the whole family, got to spend a bunch of money on craft supplies, and as I had a car I got to take a bunch of things with me, like a rowing machine, which I really like, and would like even better if I can figure out what the error code on the screen means, not that I can't use the machine without it being turned on.
  • Almost as soon as I returned home I started my new job, which was sort of similar to my last job, just more challenging, which I think is great. I currently have only 3 months, but there is a chance for an extension, and a tiny chance for a permanent job.


The negative:

  • I started a new job. Ok, this isn't really that negative. The negative part is the commute. It takes me about 20 minutes from my home to the train station, then 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the city, but on the positive the job is located so close it takes me 4 minutes to get there, which is a HUGE improvement from the last place that took me around 30 min to get to once i reached the city. So in a day I spend about 4 hours travelling, which I could spend sleeping, if I didn't have any interests.
  • March was a horrible month for my crafting, I did do some things but not nearly as much as I hoped to. April was even worse considering I was home one week, on holiday one week and working two weeks. The trick now is figuring out how to combine crafting and work (considering the long commute).
  • The weather, oh the weather, snow in November, no snow in December, snow in January, can't remember February or March, but April started off with no snow, I even saw flowers blooming, but the last two weeks of April was cold and snowy.
  • And as the cherry on top, I've neglected my shops, and this blog. I know I always say it, but I will try harder.

Conclusion:

  • I need to figure out how to juggle crafting, work, commute, family and other hobbies. So far I have managed to juggle three of them, now I need to add the remaining.
  • The weather is messed up, but so far May's looking good.

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.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

January and February Updates

A new year with new opportunities, let's see how 2017 has treated me so far.

The positive:
  •  My new hobby room is complete, still need to sort the inside of the closets but I'm pleased with the progress I've made. There is one WIP post about building the furniture, and there will be at least one future post where I will show off the insideof the furniture, so as far as posting goes I'm happy.
  • I've also fixed my kitchen, even if the changes are small. We're planning to upgrade it in a few years so I didn't want to spend too much money making it prettier, but the end result is great. There is one last thing I want to do before I will say it's complete, and then I'll write a post and show off my new old kitchen.
  • I also decided to edit my 30 by 30 list. I removed "glass work" (as I feared I wouldn't be able to figure out what to do before the list is due) and wrote "learn a new language" instead. Learning a new language in about 10 months should be possible, at least hubby is supportive and doing it with me. We are currently learning Spanish through Duolingo, which is a wonderful app. This will be my forth language and I hope it will help my future career wish of working in a hotel.

The negative:
  • No good news about jobs I've applied to, not that I expect to be chosen out of hundreds of applicants.
  • I've neglected my blog and my stores, but being crafty while my craft supplies was in boxes, spread all over the house, isn't easy. However, now that the room is complete I can focus on creating again.

Conclusion:
Even if there were more bad things than good I still think the first two months of 2017 has been amazing. I'm not the kind of person who thinks that a new year means new posibilities, the posibilities are always there, but I

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

I tried to do the 2016 reading challenge by Popsugar, but I started late and the few months I had did not go as planned. This time I'm early, and this time I'll complete the challenge, hopefully before the summer.

In order to reach 300 books before my 30th birthday I need to read 102 books. How do I do it? Audiobooks. Libribvox, youtube or my own library, there are plenty of books ready to be listened to. I don't have issues listening to books while doing other things, like crafting, so that way I'm able to double up my productivity.

I already have a list full of books that will fit this challenge, but I won't add them before I've actually read them.


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.