Three Drunk Monkeys

No More Etsy; I Got Side-Tracked! February 6, 2014

Filed under: Crafts,Knitting Loom,Pinterest,Sewing — drunkmunkies @ 1:47 pm

So I decided that I probably won’t open an Etsy shop.  Through the course of doing research, I learned that it wasn’t as simple as I thought…. in order to sell children’s items (cloth diapers, clothes, blankets, etc), you actually have to have a license and you need to make sure that you’re compliant with any rules and regulations regarding fabric that is fire retardant and a whole host of other things to make sure they’re safe for your little one (and I’m not even including the whole thing about creating a new bank account and the fact that I’d need to file taxes….).  I’ll still continue making things for me (and maybe friends as I learn more), but there is just more involved than I originally thought.  Maybe when child #2 rolls around I’ll start looking into it again.  As of now, not so much.

 

So what have I been doing?  Well, still sewing (although I took a break… Christmas was non-stop sewing gifts for people and I needed a break).  I made a New Year’s resolution to learn how to crochet well.  Shouldn’t be that hard… I have no desire to knit, so I’m not worrying about that.  HOWEVER, I did discover something that I really enjoy.  While my mom and sister were out visiting, we went to JoAnn’s to look around and get some yarn and such to get me started.  In with the crochet hooks and knitting needles, I found something that’s called a knitting loom.  This thing is awesome.  The up side is that it’s ridiculously easy to use.  The down side is that for the life of me, I haven’t been able to find a comprehensive tutorial on the different stitches you can make to create a pattern.  I’ve found a few on Pinterest that are drawn and then scanned in, but I have no notion of what they actually look like when they are woven.  So I’ve charged myself with the task of bringing those sketches to life and posting them here.  Luckily there is at least just the basic outline of what it should be.  Any notes on the images are actually in Spanish or Portuguese.  I can translate them roughly, but are people really going to be interested in doing that?  Probably not… except me because I’m completely confused why there isn’t something like that out there in English.  It’s the internet for goodness sake!  So turns out this will probably turn into a mom/craft/crunchy blog.

 

Shocking.  Come to the dark side and join me on Pinterest.  I’ve already sold my soul for food and homemade lotion.

 

New Purse for Me!

New Purse for Me!

 

 

The tutorial for the wings is on my Pinterest feed somewhere.  It's cut out plastic and glitter nail polish.

The tutorial for the wings is on my Pinterest feed somewhere. It’s cut out plastic and glitter nail polish.

 

 

Apparently it's a Lalaloopsie knock-off.  I still don't know what Lalaloopsie is.

Apparently it’s a Lalaloopsie knock-off. I still don’t know what Lalaloopsie is.

 

 

Twin size dragonfly quilt for Abby.  She'll move to a twin this summer and then we'll redecorate her room (yay rainbows)!

Twin size dragonfly quilt for Abby. She’ll move to a twin this summer and then we’ll redecorate her room (yay rainbows)!

 

the etsy shop November 6, 2013

Filed under: Crafts,Sewing — drunkmunkies @ 7:51 pm

 

Apparently I didn’t publish the draft I wrote last week, so I just posted that…. AND you get a bonus one now too.  Yay!!

 

 

So, I’ll be opening an Etsy shop. I have no idea what the hell I’m doing. I’ve started taking a class that a friend of mine is teaching so that maybe I can get a grasp I what I need to do. I really just need to sit down and write out my business plan and all that good stuff. The whos, the whats. I know the whys already. Here is my original list of things that I can sell:

 

  • Diapers
  • Diaper covers
  • Wet bags
  • Nursing covers (light weight)
  • Mai Tei carriers
  • Sling carriers (learn to make double sided)
  • Boppy covers
  • Aprons
  • Easy blankets
  • Taggie blanket
  • Stuffed animals/critters
  • Felt story board critters
  • Baby K’Tan type carrier (learn to make)
  • Mama Cloth
  • Training pants
  • Some clothes?
  • Bibs
  • Reusable sandwich bags
  • Reusable lunch bags

 

Pretty broad, right? So here’s the deal… I can sew pretty well. Better than pretty well when I’ve had practice… but I don’t have time. So here’s the conundrum: I have time and like to, but if I make it a business, I *have* to make time… but then is it fun anymore?

 

My focus is non-traditional (mostly) gender-neutral baby gear. Here’s another rub: roughly 6% of products sold on Etsy are baby/child related, so if I want to make any money, I NEED to stand out somehow. I need to narrow down what I want to sell… or start small at least. Diapers, carriers, blankets. As the business grows (hopefully), I’ll add in some new product lines.

 

On top of the whole financial aspect of this business, there’s also legal and ethical ones. I’m learning about basic USA compliance pertaining to children’s clothing… I’m still trying to figure out what exactly it pertains to (anything with fabric? Toys?). I have no idea… Also… what’s Hyena Cart? Kinda like Etsy apparently…

 

I’m kicking around the idea of maybe doing a “$1 from every purchase goes to ____ charity”… I’m not sure how to prove that the money is actually going there. I have a stuffed animal (more like stuffed monster) pattern that is rainbow (it’s really cute)… portion of the proceeds go to miscellaneous LBGTQ group? I dunno…. I like it, I’m just not sure how to do that.

 

How do you Etsy?

Filed under: Crafts,Sewing — drunkmunkies @ 7:46 pm

Returning back to the last post, I’ve started to figure out what to do about money. I think I previously said that based on my current salary, I wouldn’t be able to return to work full time (or part time) after I have another kid. Since I’m not pregnant (nor are we trying), now would be a good time to figure out what to do about that.

 

Either I need a new job, my husband needs a new job, or we need to find an option three. I’ve started thinking about opening an Etsy shop.

 

I know zero about running a business. Even if it’s a part-time thing, there would still be more to it than make stuff, sell stuff. There are invoices to create, shipping and costs to figure out, taxes to work in, branding a product, making a product, *marketing* a product. There’s a lot to it. Something simple that I like to do… I would need to make about $500 a month (more would be a huge bonus). I’m just trying to figure out if it would be worth it. I’ve found myself stocking up on inexpensive fabrics (yay sales!), and thinking about what I could make. What I’m NOT thinking about is how to price those items or the details that go with it. I like sewing, but I’m worried that if I turn it into a “job” then I won’t find it enjoyable anymore. I’ve decided I’ll make what I think is cute, what *I* would like to buy… no custom orders. This way I can sell what I have in stock, so all I have to deal with is getting it shipping in a timely manner (which shouldn’t be too hard since I live near a UPS store).

So I’ve more or less made my decision, I just need to come up with a plan. And some sewing labels.

 

 

Not what it was supposed to be….. October 7, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — drunkmunkies @ 3:01 pm

So, since November of last year (2012), I’ve lost 15.4 pounds. It mostly been since the end of April when I started P90. When I came back from Florida for vacation in July, I started P90X. I did three weeks of that, then life happened and I was working on a big project for work, and something else came up… I decided to take 3 weeks off. I started up again on a Monday. Then I went to a baseball game Tuesday night, but I didn’t work out that morning because I was going to be up late, and I didn’t get up on Wednesday morning to work out, because I’d been up late the night before. That was 2 weeks ago. So one workout in 5 weeks. I’ve been eating properly at least.

 

My Fitness Pal Weight Report

My Fitness Pal Weight Report

 

So I have learned something about this, and it’s not what you think. It’s not what *I* thought it would be. I have learned that I NEED to workout. It’s not about the weight loss or the muscle gain.

 

It’s about my sleeping like crap.

It’s about my mood being in the tank.

It’s about fighting the nagging thoughts that I’ve fallen off the wagon and I’ll never get up again.

 

I need to recommit myself to this again. I tend to show signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder (ironically, the acronym for that is SAD)…. The mopey Eeyore feeling during the winter. It’s hard to shake when you don’t see the sunlight for months at a time. When the sun is still down when you go to work, and then it’s down when you leave (and you don’t leave to eat lunch AND you don’t have any windows) it’s really hard. The days all morph together with artificial lights. It’s actually really scary sometimes – knowing you won’t see daylight for at least a week. If there’s sun on the weekends, you’ll go on a hike even though it’s bitterly cold because – hey! It’s sunny!

 

I’m hoping to fight this. It happens every year. It makes me unhappy. Unhappy with stuff that I’m normally happy with, and it brings up things that I don’t normally think about let alone dwell on.

 

Should I have stayed at home with Abby? If I do, can we afford it? If I don’t can we afford it? Should I look for a new job? I like the one I have, but there’s always the “what ifs”. What if I made more? What if the commute was shorter? Then that comes back to staying at home with Abby.

 

I’m not sure what this post was about. It was supposed to be about how I need to workout to avoid pity parties, and then it turned into a pity party. So, I guess that’s proof right there.

 

I need to get back to the gym.

Seriously. Sorry about this post. That wasn’t where I planned to go with it. Good thing I don’t do this for a living….

 

Paralyzing March 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — drunkmunkies @ 8:38 pm

I’m ready to be pregnant again.  I am NOT ready to have another child though.  Just when you think you’re in the clear, something proves that you are not in control anymore.

 

It’s not a blog that I follow, but it’s in the circle that I follow.  Her 14-month-old son was found unresponsive the beginning of last month… the official diagnosis was SUCD – Sudden Unexpected Cardiac Death (I’ve also heard Child Death) – it’s basically a form of SIDS.  Her little boy was 14 months old.  Doctors tell you that you’re mostly out of the woods at one year.  As a parent, you live in constant fear of not hitting that marker, when so many dangers seem to dissipate.  Then something like this happens and you realize that two years is what they really mean to say.  Or 5 years.  Or never.  After I learned about her son, I cried.  She was doing everything right to prevent something like this from happening and it happened anyway.  It’s paralyzing to live in constant fear that there are things that you can’t control or influence, no matter what you do.

 

Now when Abby sleeps in, I’m paranoid unless I hear her a little snore or a murmur, or ANYTHING.  When I leave for work in the morning, I have to fight the urge to open her door and check on her and make sure she’s breathing.  Reading other mom blogs make me appreciate her so much more, through everything.  I cherish her tantrums, her glowers at me, her smiles, and her awesome hugs.

 

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do but cry because you feel SO lucky that you got the child you did.

 

The Lunette Test February 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — drunkmunkies @ 10:03 am

I got kinda pissed off during my last period because I DESTROYED another pair of undies.  D-:<  The stupid tampon leaked.  I declared it – I’m DONE.  I’m getting a cup.  So I did some homework and got the Lunette model one.  Here is how everything went:

Okay… not pregnant, and so begins the adventure of the lunette.  Initial thoughts, you have to be okay with putting your fingers in there, which is not the worst thing, but kinda weird in a public bathroom.

Not too hard to insert… I never practiced, so perhaps I should’ve.  It’s a little interesting to do since my nails are kinda long… I’m paranoid that I’m going to stab/scratch myself.  Need to cut off the end like other people mentioned in reviews, but I’m not taking a large pair of scissors with me to the bathroom at work.  Kinda feels like a tampon that I didn’t insert properly.

Almost 2 hours later, no leakage yet, but I usually don’t get going until a little later.  Also, I just had to pee… had to kind of assist it a bit.  My muscles wouldn’t let go… so the question is, will that get better or will it always be like that… it’ll be interesting when I have to poop.  I don’t really want to take the time to take it out if I need to (as some others did).

Okay… about 4 hours after insertion… still no leaks.  No discomfort (other than that piece that I need to cut off).  Pooped just fine (woot).  So far, pretty happy.  I’ll check it when I get home and we’ll see how things look then…

Okay…. 7 hours later, first removal and cleaning.  There is very little blood, but I tend to trickle and then gush (ew, but there you are).  It looks disturbingly like chocolate syrup.  I need to ask some veterans about that, so off to the interwebz I go for help.

I also cut off a portion of the bottom.  I don’t think I inserted it as well as I should’ve.  When I’m walking, I can still feel it (although I did leave some of the stem on there, so that could be it… maybe I should cut off the rest of it.  Hmmm…

The more I’m walking around, the more I’m convinced that it’s shifting a bit to the side.  I keep getting jabs to the side, I’ll fix it before I go to bed.

I just watched a video for various ways to fold it… there are a few that I’m *really* excited to try… does that make me lame?

Day 2

There was a little bit of leakage in the late morning.  I was half asleep when I put it back in in the morning, so that’s my own fault.  I took it out to readjust, even though it looked like it fixed itself… that’s one of the things that I like about the cup… you don’t have to have it in perfectly.  If you get it mostly close and do a few kegels, it’ll correct itself.  I went out with the girls in the evening, so I emptied it before I left work and never had any other issues.  Never really thought about it most of the day.  I seem to be challenged to get it in straight.  I don’t know if it’s the way I’m putting it in or if my cervix is slanted to the side.  I actually have a GYN appointment in a few weeks… I’ll have to make sure to ask the doc if she can give me any hints.

Day 3

There were a whopping 2 drops in my undies this morning… confirming that I put in slightly crooked.  I’m getting faster about getting it in and out.  Outs a little harder, but as long as you take the time and relax, it’s not bad.  I’m getting less shy about getting all up in there.  Once you get over that, it’s a heck of a lot easier.  🙂

Last day

This thing passed with flying colors.  This weekend, I finally “got” it.  I was good for the whole time, no leaks, no discomfort.  I told Ian that the worst thing about the Lunette is that you might forget you have it in (not kidding – it’s *that* comfortable).  I’m actually excited for the next time!

 

I hate dreams sometimes January 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — drunkmunkies @ 7:05 am

I woke up at 6 this morning because of a nightmare.
I dreamed that I had met someone outside of my office, and we were just chillin out on a sunny day. It had been about 2-2.5 hours and then I realized I’d left Abby in the car. So I freak out, drive to Starbucks, which is the closest open business that has ice, and have them call 911. By the time they arrived to take a very hot and unresponsive Abby to the hospital, I had woken up.
I didn’t really go into detail, but suffice to say it terrified me enough to wake me up and now I feel sick.
My brain does nice things to me sometimes – like in my dreams, gives me clues that it’s not real. Abby was the same age she is now, but she wasn’t in a car seat, she was just buckled in the back. I was outside of work on the weekend (why would I be there?). Even though my parents live on the other side of the country, I had their Chevy Tahoe. But when you’re a panicked mama, those details don’t matter. All that matters is your child not dying… And to be honest, had the dream finished, I don’t think she would have made it.
In real life, stuff doesn’t generally happen like this. She might fall asleep in the car, but you take her inside someplace…. Or at the very least (if it’s not blazing hot out), you stick close to the car and open the windows and park in the shade… And you set a timer to check in every 10 minutes. Or you meet the friend AT Starbucks instead of at a closed building. And Abby sits in her car seat. There wasn’t even one in the car in my dream.

So, yeah… Something like this wouldn’t happen… But that doesn’t stop the dreams from coming. I’m sure this won’t be the last… Not really thrilled about the ones to come.