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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Needles and Nonsense

Finding time to knit is not easy. I work three jobs and sell stuff online, on top of trying to be a writer. And with my current nerve issues, everything I do seems to take twice as long. But I am determined to make time.

I need to finish my sweater, which has been in the works for far too long. I am much further along than my Ravelry project page indicates, but not so far along that I'm a hop-skip-and-jump away from finishing it. I still have one and a half sleeves, the edging, and the buttons to do.

When that is done, I have my friend D's scarf to do. I have had the yarn for forever and I just need to get it done. She asked me for it ages ago and I simply haven't done it. That's being a bad friend right there. :(

I feel like I'm finally settling into a routine with my jobs and all of that, so hopefully I can find some time in that routine to put yarn to needle and churn out some pretty projects! At the very least I need to start going to knit nights again!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wardrobes, Wishes, and Witchery

If any of you love gorgeous vintage-styled clothing, please please PLEASE go check out Fanny Rosie's tumblr. She is amazing and super sweet, and her fashion sense is unimpeachable. And even if you prefer different styles, her advice really is golden. Following some of it, I have begun to really piece together outfits in my wardrobe that I love and to find styles and pieces that I can get or make that, with one piece, will improve my wardrobe immensely.

Some of those rules are:

  1. Go for quality over quantity. If the piece you want is a little pricier, save up for it instead of settling for a cheaper piece that isn't just what you want.
  2. If you can't make a couple of new outfits with the piece you're buying, it's probably not worth it. Now, this rule doesn't seem to apply to dresses or accessories exactly, though the accessories have to match a couple of outfits to be a good buy anyways. But what I've taken away is (especially when you're just starting to build a good wardrobe) that unless the skirt, blouse, shoes, etc works with at least three other things you already own, you're better off getting something else or nothing at all.
  3. Taking care of your body too. Most people fixate on the clothes, but the clothes only do so much. You have to attend to your skin, body image (note this is not your weight. So long as you like how you look, be whatever weight), hair, makeup, etc.
  4. Give yourself a break now and then. She states on several pages that when home, cleaning, working out, etc. she dresses in very casual comfy clothes. But when going out or going to work, she always "dresses", as I put it. This is something I have been struggling with and found this advice helpful.

At the moment I find myself wishing I could work out more, because I really love some clothes that just don't work on a woman of my weight (If you want to follow my weight loss journey, check out Work, Sweat, Win). But with some medical stuff I've got going on, that's just not happening. So I've taken to doing more yoga and altering my diet, as well as working on a supplement system my mother has been using with success. My focus, more than fashion, is my health. The pretty clothes are just the icing on the, uh... carrot cake. Yeah, carrots...

And I suppose the last thing is my witchery. I don't usually post about it here, since I have The Red Cloak Register for that, but I wanted to touch on it here. I've been struggling and I'm really hoping to see some improvement in my religious life soon. Part of that will be a YouTube channel, books, more reading, and more crafts in the religious vein. Hopefully that pans out!

I've been writing more, in general, lately. I've actually set aside four hours over the next four days to write; three hours for a book and one hour for blogs. If I go over that is swell, but those are my minimum time ranges. Hopefully I can really dedicate myself to this, because my writing is one of my only rocks right now. And I could really use more steady foundation.

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