Artsy Break Time!

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So I'm cleaning the entire house today for a couple of reasons. Reason number one is that it is super, super overdue. Reason number two (the real reason) is that my older son is having friends over tomorrow to work on a religion project and I don't want to embarrass him! But I needed a break. Baseboards and vacuuming and it's nearly time to scrub the toilets!

I've been trying to do non-knitting things to help relieve stress - because once knitting becomes your job and everything is on a deadline it's not nearly as relaxing, and also I am trying to do other motions with my hands to help relieve the repetitive physical stress that comes from knitting constantly.

Today I made myself a new little arc notebook for my drawings and doodles. I'm finding that I really like working with paper that isn't white or cream or off white or well you know... So I had picked up this handy dandy notebook at my favorite local art store and I promptly ripped its guts out!

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And then I used my fiskars paper trimmer to take off the edgings, and cut the pieces in half. This notebook had 5.5 x 8.5 inch pages. Once trimmed and cut in half they were the perfect size to put into my mini arc. I set up my arc punch and punched holes for the mini size - I had to experiment a bit.

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And now I have a perfect purse sized doodle book to carry around with me. And the "toned tan" paper looks lovely with all of my Sakura Micron pens and my Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white. I might even pick up some more gelly rolls for more fun colors.

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I think I might try to recreate this lovely cover design as a little doodle inside. It looks all zen and mandala-like!

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And now it's time to scrub the toilets. I have two teenage sons. And husbands are just as bad. Say a prayer for me.

Two Reasons

So everything seems to happen at once around here. The good and the bad. Things are finally moving on the short sale house we put an offer on back in July - yes July.  The official offer for the house was submitted on the 7th anniversary of our first date. Sweet, huh? But now everything is moving, and moving fast. As in every single day there is something to be done for the house, and oh my goodness am I tired. Because it's not like the rest of my commitments have slacked off. Nope, if anything I am busier than ever before!

That's the "formal living room" in the new house. It will be my office. We are even thinking about seeing if we can put french doors up. I feel like I will finally have a real office, and that it will help with treating my business like a real business. Speaking of being a real business, I"m going to start offering PicnicKnits patterns at wholesale prices for yarn stores. To that end, I have chosen to make the prices consistent. All PicnicKnits patterns will be priced at $6 beginning on October 10th. Some prices will go down, most prices will go up 50¢ to $1. But hey, it's not all bad news. To soften the blow of the small price increases I'm having a sale until the 10th!

All individual PicnicKnits patterns, the Blue Brims Hats e-book,  and the Sideways Shawlette e-book are on sale - 40% off! The coupon code for this sale is house. Yep, house. Because I swear I spend money every single day on this house and we haven't even closed yet! The only thing not on sale is the Seven Songs e-book. So stock up on some PicnicKnits patterns! And if anyone has figured out how to squeeze more hours out of a day, let me know. I'm dying over here!