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The As-Soon-As-I’m-Vaccinated List

24 Apr

Now that I am fully vaccinated, I’ve started working on the list of things that I’ve been putting off.  First on that list was getting my hair cut.

Old picture from Feb. 28 when I had a black eye

It had been two years and four months since I had cut it.  I always wait around two years, but the last five or so months has been driving me crazy, so on my way home Tuesday, I just stopped and got it done.

I feel so much lighter!  The hair that was cut off was sent to Locks of Love.

Next up was replacing my phone.  It was really old and having some issues (for the last couple of years).

I had to work hard to figure out how to get my picture back on my phone as the background.  I love my Millie.  I’m excited to try out the camera on this one.  It should be a big improvement if I can figure it out.  That will make it easier to get blog pictures!

Millie Ann Saanen (2004 – 2015)

I made a trip to the fiber mill last weekend and picked up my cored yarn that I dropped off last summer.  I am excited to have it back!  These are the first blog pictures from the new camera.

solids

I know they’re not very good, but they were up in the library, and I didn’t want to do the stairs to bring them down to a better light and background.

variegated

Another item on the list is to go back to taking classes at the mill.  They think it will be this summer when they begin offering classes again.  I’m excited!

stripes

Sadly, another item I had to take care of was going to the doctor to see if I could get my knee to quit hurting after hiking the front pasture so much while kidding.  I got a steroid shot, and it is starting to feel better, but there are bone spurs and arthritis in it.  So I’m taking it easy and hoping for the best. Although, it’s why you’re getting this list instead of real farm stuff.  Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll get back out there and take a lot of pictures!

I Need Advice

26 May

With the changes in the world, I really want to get back to promoting and selling my products through my website.

infinity scarf

I keep expanding what I make, but that means I have to deal with shipping.  I can’t find a way to figure shipping that gives me control.

candles and wax melts

Paypal lets me create shipping based on dollar amount or weight.  But it doesn’t let me fluctuate between methods the way I need.

hats and ear band

Right now, my shipping is set for soap sales.

goats milk soap

I can upgrade my account at Weebly to use their shipping calculator, but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problem.

fine art print

My understanding is that Etsy no longer lets you charge shipping.  I thought about using Facebook, but I’m not sure how that works.

note cards

I can add shipping to the cost of the product, but I still can get weird combinations that means people could pay a lot more than they need to for me to ship their items if I have to jack up the price of everything.

feed sack totes

I really don’t want to do that.  I just got a lot of my inventory back from the consignment shop where I had to jack up the prices by twenty percent so they could have their cut.

goat’s milk lotion

It could also leave me stuck paying a large amount of postage and losing money on an order if I don’t add enough to items.

I try to keep my prices reasonable.  I haven’t raised the prices of my soaps since I started making them, and trust me the cost of supplies has gone up.

dish cloths, dryer balls, and coasters

I do allow for people to message me what they want, and then I can figure the price of shipping and send an invoice, which works well, but would most people be okay with that in our world of instant gratification?

hand knit llama wool rugs

What do you think?  Any ideas?

Fiber Stuff

9 Apr

You might remember that I was planning on taking an advanced weaving class through the fiber mill, but that has been cancelled due to the Covid19.  I will try to take it when they can reschedule after thinks get better.  It wasn’t long after the class was cancelled that I got a message that the fiber I delivered to the mill last summer was ready to be picked up!  I was very excited about that.  I had all of Maybeline and Odie’s fleece turned into cored yarn.

Odie, Maybeline, and Maybeline

Now I can use it for more rug projects!  I have also been knitting in the evenings when I have time.  I started a new project.  When it’s done, it will be a kimono style sweater.  I’m not brave enough to try sleeves yet.

Unfortunately, I think I need one more skein of each color, so I decided to order it online so I didn’t have to leave the farm.  Hopefully, it will be here by the time I need it.  Since I was ordering yarn, I decided to order a lighter yarn to do a similar summer sweater.  This is the pattern I will use, but the yarn will be different.

Maybe I’ll get brave enough to try actual arm holes and sleeves some day.

And while I’m waiting for my yarn to be delivered, I am playing with the pattern above as an infinity scarf.