Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Kitty Scratching Post

I bought my kitties a new scratching post last night.  Unfortunately, while trying to get it into my car (I ultimately had to hang it out the trunk), I bent one of the ledges for the kitties to lay on.  So now it sits on my kitchen floor until I am able to get it repaired.  A piece of wood and wood glue should make life good again.  But Rosco has still been able to enjoy it so far.

I can't believe how much stores charge for these posts!  This post is normally $200, but it was on sale for $80.

Extra Income

So part of this blog is about me makig some extra income.  I was hoping to make $150 this month, but it doesn't appear to be happening.  I have one client who currently owes me $24 and I haven't heard from him for a few days.  I know the month isn't over, and I still have a few dollars out there that I am owed.

I am trying to find some sort of tracker to put along the side so you can see where I am at money wise, but apparently I don't know the magic word to find it in the list of gadgets, so I may just have to do a manual list for now.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Its Knitty Day Again

And my first attempt to get out of my crescent since the snow.  It looked okay this morning as I walked to the bus, so I hope it is still the same.  It is slippery under that snow though, as we had melting last week.  As long as I drive slow I should be fine, but I worry about the other drivers.

Tonight we are having an exchange at craft group.  People are to bring in any supplies they don't want, set them out on a table, and others can take them.  I haven't gotten anything together, but I think I can manage a few things.

I believe I have 16 rows done on my knitting, as I think I left off having to change colours, which happens every four rows.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Blizzard of 2010

Its been snowing since Friday, and it is now Sunday afternoon.  Usually, I don't have to shovel, due to being in a townhouse condo, but unfortunately, I had some furniture in my garage which didn't allow me to park in there.  As the snow removal people should be coming tomorrow, I had to dig my car out, after my roomie and a few neighbors moved the furniture out of the garage.

Here's some snow for you:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Why Things Die on Blogs

It is a challenge to come here and post every couples days sometime, simply because there is nothing terribly exciting to say.  I posted after wednesday night knitting, and the last two days and nights have not been that exciting that I feel the need to say anything.

Even my plans for this weekend are not that exciting, but I will continue to try and find things to post about.  Maybe I will just post a picture or video on the days that I have nothing exciting to say.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Knitting I will Go

So tonight was knitting group again.  I continued to work on my blanket.

I found working on it in the group was a tad distracting, and lost track of what I was doing, which resulted in having to pull some stitches out.  This is not a fun task in knitting.

But I will get better.  :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Its Payday!

Its payday, and not just from my job!

I mentioned before that I was doing some online work.  I figured, the 15th of a month is a good day to cash out wherever I have qualified.

Paid to clicks:
$7.96 paid to PayPal
$6.80 pending

$37 paid - I completed a re-writing assignment earlier this week, and was waiting for payment.  I received that today.
$3.75 due - writing assignment finished this evening.

My goal this month is $150, I'm around $62, and the month is half over. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Three Time's the Charm!

So I attempted to start my project tonight.. and had Success!!!

I just went slow and steady, with lots of patience.  I still had the same issue as I did yesterday, but I decided to keep working with it, and I got it to work. The fact that it is 144 stitches, and the most I have done before this is 40, may have had something to do with it.

I have also started working with the donated yarn I got last night.  I am making a scarf with it.  It is gray and blue.  I will probably make it child length, as I can easily donate them to a child's charity at work.  I will post some pictures later on.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Knitting Failure

Tonight was time to start a new project.  I was all excited.  I get to knitting, I cast one, and I start row one, just ready to get it going!  And I had failure.  The slack between the needle you are knitting off and the needle you are knitting onto, kept getting bigger - there is a string that stretches between the two.  About the time it got to be a foot long, I had to rip it out and try again, as I kept getting confused, and losing stitches, etc.  I tried a second time, got a bit further, but had the same issues again.  :(

I have an idea to try again tomorrow - different yarn.  This is a thin, soft yarn, and I think that may be the issue.  So stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Online Money

Like most people, I haven't found that money tree yet, and am trying to find a few dollars here and there.  So far I have started doing paid to clicks, and while its not a lot of money, it is a bit of something.  :)  I am also doing some writing work, which so far has been re-writing articles.  I'm working on finding other assignments that pay more for the time involved in them.

I'm sure you'll hear more about theese endeavors as this blog progresses.  :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Other Hobbies

While Knitting is my newest project, I have many others that I also work on.  It just so happens that knitting is the only one that is consistently scheduled in right now, as I go to a craft group every wednesday night for a few hours.

I have been a crocheter since I was young, but I haven't worked on it too much lately.  In fact, I have an afghan that I have been working on since I was a teen, that I have finally declared done, but it still needs all the ends tucked in.  Doing scarves in crochet goes very quickly!

Scrapbooking is another craft that I am involved in, but I don't get to work on it as often as I might like, but is probably good in its own way.  I don't have that many pictures to scrapbook these days, so I tend to run out when I do work on them.  I have a few friends that I get together with to work on our books, and our get togethers just don't happen as often as they used to.

I have worked on other miscellaneous crafts over the year, but none have really held me like these have.  My grandpa showed me needlepoint when I was young, but I never really got into it.  I've attempted sewing, but its too finicky for my liking.  I did some rug hooking when I was younger, but just lost interest, I have two projects here somewhere.

Willow Knitting

Willow decided she had to help me the one night (reaching for yarn)


Before Christmas, I made several scarves.  I had/have a lot of yarn that really isn't much good for a project, as I only have one ball or less of it.  So a scarf it was.  I hadn't exactly decided what to do with these scarves, but I figured they could be donated somewhere.

It turns out, that one of the departments at my work does Adopt A Family for Christmas, and I offered my scarf to them and they were thrilled!  So that took care of that little dilemna.

One of the scarves:

Kitty Pics

My blog needs some pictures, so here are some pictures of my kittys.  They have a variety of nicknames depending on who is talking, and how the cats are behaving.

Here they are hanging out on my bed.  Willow was approximately a year and a half here, and Rosco was only about 3 months old.  My, how they change!

This is what I call Willow's mug shot, its the picture of her at the SPCA.  I was attracted to her picture when I saw it, and when I met her I decided to take her home.

I met Rosco about a month after I got Willow.  I wanted a second cat to keep her company during the day, to play with, etc.  There was actually a kitten on the SPCA's website that had the same name as my dad, so I decided I should adopt him.  But when I got there, he wasn't there anymore, the website had updating issues.  But I met Rosco instead.  And after a lot of confusion, I brought him home 2 days later.  He was about two and a half months old, and 2.5 pounds.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Learning to Knit

One of the things I have always wanted to know how to do is knit.  So in fall 2009 I decided to join a craft guild and learn.  But I decided I should really know the basics before I went, so I found a video on youtube and learnt how to cast on and do a knit stitch.

From there, I worked on a scarf.  Eventually I got tired of just knit stitch.  I tried to find a video to teach me to purl, without much luck, so I ended up getting someone at the craft group to show me.  I can proudly say that I can knit and purl now, and hope I haven't forgotten as its been quite a while!
I had a scarf I was working on, but since decided it was much too wide so I ended up ripping it out.  I am going to start a blanket next, but will post about that in a seperate post.


I've been slacking on getting this blog going.  I've been focusing on getting my business blog running and have had a few issues with it.

Now I am going to attempt to populate this blog a little bit.

Friday, January 1, 2010

All About Me and My Life

Welcome to my Life Blog.

I originally had this blog combined to the blog about my business, but decided that it just didn't flow properly, so decided that I would seperate the two and make a second blog.

So for those that want to know a bit about me, they can do follow along here. And what better time to start it than new years (although, its just co-incidental).

I'm 31, and work as an accounts receivable clerk by day, and I sell Gold Canyon Candles in my spare time. You can view that blog at The Scentsationals . And you can check out my store at Sharon's Gold Canyon store.

I live with my two cats, Willow, who is a Siamese, and has the Siamese personality. She is just over 2 years old, and I adopted her in May 2009 from the SPCA. In June, I adopted Rosco from the SPCA, and he was a 2.5 month old fluffball at the time. He is now 9 months old, and weighs just as much as Willow. I'm sure you will hear more about them later.

I've always been a crafter, but most of it has been on the backburner for many years, other than scrapbooking. Scrapbooking I only tend to work on a few times a year when my friends and I get together to work on our books. This past fall I decided it was time that I got back into some of my other crafts, so joined a Craft Guild and am working on knitting. I always wanted to learn how, and now I can say that I can knit and purl. I have made several scarves, and am getting ready to start on a blanket.

I will be posting more here in the next few days to get this blog going. :)