I thought that I would start a new concept on my blog, where I will do a run through of my week. And make it a weekly thing.
Here is hoping you like it, please feel free to leave comments :)
So this week has been pretty hectic for me. It started with updating my website, and boy was there a lot to do. First I updated the "Meet the Crew" section as I had gotten more bios and photos from some of the crew members. Then I updated my crochet section of the site with 2 of the 5 new patterns I have just finished designing. Then I added a new section for my Art Geeks lessons and other art journal stuff.
Then I decided I should finalize the new patterns and get them ready to be filmed and published :) That took some time, because, just as I had finished editing one of them my word processor decided to crash and I had to re type the whole thing again :(. But I eventually finished the patterns and added photos.
Next I started the filming. Took me 2 full days but I got 4 of the 5 new patterns filmed. Then all I had to do was a simple edit and I should have been done....WRONG!!! I spent hours waiting for my video editing software to render the videos....then it would only save half of them. I spent a full day trying to figure out what was going on.
I finally got them edited at about 5am in the morning and thought FINALLY!! I was so glad that all the tutorials had been saved. I then began to upload one of the videos. And publish the pattern for it. I sometimes wonder if YouTube is slow on purpose...just to frustrate us. LOL.
I did finally get the video up and the pattern published. :) (Patterns and links to tutorials can be found In the Free Patterns section)
I was then asked by Christy from GulfSpr1te on YouTube to become an instructor for Art Geeks, which I excitedly accepted :) I myself being new to art journaling myself thought it would be wonderful to share my views on new techniques and products from a beginners level. I know for me when I started out everything was terribly intimidating and I had no idea where to start.
I decided I would do my first lesson on something simple and easy. Paper Towel collaging. Using up paper towels you have cleaning up sprays with and have all that wonderful color on them instead of throwing them away. It seems everyone who watched the video enjoyed it and found new ideas for their art journals.
I have new ideas lined up for my Art Geeks lessons and I am excited to get them into play. Now that I have crochet stuff caught up with and a little ahead, I can get ahead with some arty fun as well.
Someone once asked me how I juggle all the things in my life, and It comes down to being able to enjoy what you are doing first and foremost, secondly you need to be able to construct a schedule of some form. For me it is a project board filled with color coded sticky notes and my weekly planner book. I seriously would not be able to function if it was not for those 2 items. I have made it so certain days are for crochet related stuff and certain days are for arty stuff. Then the rest of the littler jobs can be spread out through the whole week. Some days are hectic, don't get me wrong, but it is all in how you deal with your schedule. And for me, I love to be busy. I hate to sit and do nothing.....which leads to my next part of my week....
As you all know, I had ordered a Gelli Printing Plate and was eager to get it. I had been excited to play with a new arty toy and try something completely new...well, Monday night I ended up slipping and falling down my front steps (Smacks forehead), and had banged up my right arm (as many of you know, I am right handed). Thankfully nothing was broken, just badly bruised and sprained. Which left me unable to hold a pencil let alone do any art journalling. I didn't end up getting any sleep that night as my arm was throbbing all night. I finally ended up passing out at 11am and didn't wake up until 7pm!! And just as it would happen, my Gelli Plate arrived Wednesday!!! I almost cried when the deivery guy showed up, of course my hubby, Mat, began to bust a gut laughing. Then once I opened the box and pulled out the plate, he then said "All that excitement over a plate? Why didn't you just use one of your panes of glass??" I just glared at him and said " It won't do the same thing" in my most pathetic sad voice. Later, I was talking to Christy on Facebook, and had told her what had happened and what Mat had said, she replied with "Lol poor hubby has no idea how dangerous that thin ice called our muse is that he is treadimg upon." I immediatley burst into a fit of laughter. And it is a very true. He truly has no idea ;)
So here I sit, 8:48am on Thursday morning. I tried to go to sleep around 1:30am, with not much success. One of my cats Maxx decided it would be fun to have a little fight with the other boy in the house, Sammy, and I had to break them up. Which in turn disturbed my littlest girl Skitsy who was peacefully sleeping in her spot, using my hand as a pillow. I went back to bed and she decided she had to sleep on my chest. Which never ends well for me, as I can not sleep on my back. Finally she decided she would go back to her spot, but not without using my hand as a pillow. I finally fell asleep for about two hours when the hubby rolled over and landed on my bad arm...sending a shock wave of pain through me. I saw it was 5am and decided I might as well get up as Mat has to be at work for 6am and it was -22 outside and I didn't want him to walk in the cold.
I think I have done enough rambling for now. I didn't think I had that much to say lol. Apparently I did. I hope you enjoy my rambling.
Talk to you all again soon,
Laura - The Crochet Zombie
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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hello Again All,
Be sure to check out my website for the newest Feature of the Month. This month I am featuring my best friend Rohn Strong!!! That's right, Rohn Strong from Rohn Strong Designs. So please go on over and check out all the info and links :)