Boho-Chic.

IMG_4179 4My day didn’t go as planned as I hoped it’d go. I intended on taking down the Christmas decor, washing three loads of laundry including the bedding, and going grocery shopping. As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, none of those things happened. How were they supposed to if I didn’t make a point of completing them? That just means that my “take it easy day” was today rather than tomorrow.

BUT, I did finish my 2nd scarf and surprisingly I’ve had two people ask what it’d cost to make one. Wow, huh!? I was surprised. I mean, yeah, down the road I think it’d be fun to make these and sell them at craft shows but I honestly didn’t think someone would approach me for one. Very cool!

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So I’ll be meeting up with someone tomorrow to pick out yarn with my first customer and I’ll get to work on my first commissioned project. I plan on selling it to her pretty cheap just because she was one of the first to ask about it and quite honestly, I haven’t thought of a selling strategy or pricing scale yet. Either way, it’ll feel rewarding to know that someone is wearing something that I made. That I made! Who knows, maybe it’ll be a conversation starter. I could only hope!

So let me ask you, looking at this posts photos and the last, what would you realistically value these types of crocheted scarves at? If you’re like me, I’d prefer to see something with my hands first than make a split second decision but I do feel like these photos accurately show what the product is. The yarn costs about $5 total. Keep in mind that the yarn price varies depending on the type but I ultimately want to come to a universal cost that covers both the product supplies and the labor. Let me know!

A Blizzard In The Forecast.

It’s going to take some getting used to; to blog every day but I’m up for the challenge. It’s not that I didn’t want to tonight but I’ve been so busy this week and the minutes, hours, and days just fly by. I’d much rather have continued laying on the couch watching 20/20 like a lump of sugar than turning on the computer. But I did it anyways.

I pushed through pure, selfish laziness to write because that was my goal. My goal to dig into my deep creativity pockets. Find a lint ball or two of whimsical paragraphs just so I can criticize it and edit it three days from now. That’s what goals are for though, aren’t they? To try and try again?

Fridays are the busiest days in the life of Ori. I try to embrace it though. I think it’s exciting to be doing something all the time. One thing after another overlapping throughout the day is a challenge and I chase after challenge in my career. It makes me work harder and more efficiently. Definitely a good life lesson and learning tool for those that are up for it.

Anyways, I bought some more yarn  after work today and intend on  making a dent in my spools this  weekend considering I plan on  being snowed in until Sunday given  the weather forecast.

I’ve been trying to decide what I’ve done today that’s different from the day before and nothing really is popping out but I’m making sure to be more aware. More aware of the people and things that go on around me. All too often I find myself getting frustrated at small things that don’t hold enough energy to make a fuss over. I’ll have to admit that it might be a tish of a perfectionist problem. I’m so used to everything being the specific perfect way that I do it. No exceptions. Maybe it’s a mix of that and OCD. Who knows.

Nevertheless, I made a point of being more aware of others. Reading facial expressions and the tone of their voice. I did more for people than I usually would simply because I was capable of doing so. To be honest but not arrogant, I usually do feel that I go out of my way to exercise my ability to help out everyone around me but when I’m rushed on time or stressed out about this or that, that instinct ability to assist, blurs.

It’s a good feeling though, going out of your way to help more and do more than expected. It makes a person feel reassured in the spot or area of their lives that they are in.

Another goal added my ongoing list (this for some reason reminds me of Dumbledores Army and the parchment it was written on) is to appreciate my loved ones on a more deeper level. I love my family, we all have a great relationship with one another and I’d do absolutely anything for every single one of them but I often feel that I should be present on a more frequent basis. Visit my grandparents, bring my mom out to dinner and a movie, or see how my dad’s travels are going more often than I do.

I encourage everyone reading this to be more aware of their surroundings especially in a time of fret or hassle. Breathe before you stress out. Think before you talk. And most importantly know that this too shall pass.

A Hook And Yarn.

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Even though this was made pre-2014, I still wanted to share since I made some improvements on it tonight. (My “Do-Something” for the day!) I actually finished this in four hours on Sunday night so it wasn’t too long ago. One of my cousins wore one to our family Christmas last weekend and it looked super fun and very cute. This is what actually got my wheels turning on the entire new found hobbies for the new year thing-a-ma-jig. Thanks, Anna!
This was my first shot at crochet since high school. Add another big thanks to the World Wide Web, I was able to quickly re-teach myself the slip knot. I attempted using two different spools of yarn for a thicker look. The only fault in that was that I would have probably benefited by buying a larger hook.

I initially made this as an infinity scarf and wore it to work on Monday. I got quite a few compliments on it but found throughout the day that I had gotten some pieces twisted up which made it kind of a nuisance. So tonight, I undid the connecting area in the back and made it into a thicker scarf rather than the infinity style. I actually prefer this one better and think it turned out pretty sweet considering my first jab at it in seven years!

Scarf number two is in the works! More posts to come.