What happened?

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What happened to how things used to be? Yes we all have to grow up but does that mean life has to become complicated and you give up on things you used to enjoy doing like hobbies?

Growing up I didn’t really like doing much, I stayed home and had absolutely no life. As I got older like 16 (2003) I started to write poems & short stories, also sometimes I would do some drawing. As I got little bit older around 20 (2007) I for some reason just stopped, more like around 2008 is when I stopped. Occasionally I would do some drawing but not worth showing anyone. Then in 2012 I started up sewing, I hadn’t sewn anything since I was in middle school.

I had fun sewing stuff, but as usual I’m just bored with sewing, which is not good because that’s part of my business 😦 The whole not sewing thing I think is because I just got worn out, always having family want me to make them stuff (I have a problem saying no) then trying to make stuff for the shop & some of it not selling. Then on top of all that I was doing a lot of sewing for gaming conventions, I think last years convention is what really caused me to not want to sew anymore. I was severely disappointed with how that weekend went, I had made so much stuff & barely sold anything, I’m lucky if I sold 1/4 of what I brought.

Crocheting is another thing I enjoyed doing, but I am slowly getting bored with it. Like there’s so much I’d love to crochet but then I get it in my mind that I don’t need to because it will be just a cluster added to the rest of the cluster in my house.

Heck I used to blog a lot but anymore I don’t keep up with it, I just run out of things to type about. 😦

So I just don’t know what to do anymore. I’m trying to enjoy the hobbies I love but I just can’t seem to & my sewing stuff alone takes up a lot of room & I feel horrible cause I have it all set up but feel bleh when it comes to sewing. I miss writing but can’t ever think of anything to write. AHHHH why does it have to be like this? How the hell do I get out of this funk?!

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RetroGameCon 2016 Recap!

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Giant greeting sign (1/2) that was like right above/in front of us

Giant greeting sign (1/2) that was like right above/in front of us

This years RetroGameCon was a two day event, November 5th & 6th. We were excited about attending this year again as artists. This years convention was held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY and boy is that place HUGE!!! As mentioned we were excited but as we left on day 2 I personally wasn’t happy.

Day 1 table set up

Day 1 table set up

Day 1 we got there early like told to & got all set up for the day. We were located in a not so good spot, our table was surrounded by mainly vendors who sold video games & stuff, so at first we thought man this would be great, but in reality it hurt my business, drastically. We had a lot of people who would start walking to our table then immediately get pulled to the tables next to us because they were selling games.

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Besides from bad location, we did have fun seeing all the cosplay, there were a lot of amazing ones & of course some that made you shake your head. There was this one guy who was wearing one of those inflatable dino costumes & was doing Dance Dance Revolution, boy that was funny as fuck to watch. There was just a lot of cosplay that was simply awesome!

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Day 2 set up

Day 2 we set up, made the table look a bit better (I thought it did) and waited for the convention to start. We had hopes that it would be an even better day because admission was only $10/person, but boy we were wrong. I think everyone suffered on day 2, because not many people showed up.

Tamaki!!!

Tamaki!!!

I think the only good thing that came out of day 2 was a certain cosplayer, when we arrived I seen the person & I knew who it was but part of me wasn’t sure. I asked D to go over and ask because I was too shy lol. Next thing I know the person is coming over & handing me a rose saying their famous line in character. It was Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, which is one of my favorite animes and then I was given a rose. I thought that was awesome & I could feel my face turning red as well because it was awesome & something I’m not used to because of having social issues.

Our badge this year

Our badge this year

Overall RetroGameCon is an amazing event in Syracuse NY, will I return next year? You bet your ass!! This year wasn’t so good for me, due to I didn’t even sell half the stuff I brought. However, I did get my business name out there and gave out a ton of business cards. So I may have not sold much at the con, but I did have a blast with seeing cosplay, other artists & just having fun being around stuff that is amazing.

Updated Sewing Space!

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My little sewing space has always been a part of our dinning room, and since I started back up sewing in 2011 my love for it has grown meaning I’ve gotten more and more stuff for it. So it was finally time to get everything properly organized. Our dinning room is like a little over 1/2 filled with sewing related items, the rest is our actual table and arts & crafts shelf. I am actually loving how it is all set up, now if I could just get back into actually sewing again that would be nice. I haven’t sewn since after RetroGameCon, I don’t know why but I just haven’t felt like sewing, I think part of it is because I lost the enjoyment of sewing and it feels like a job because of my Etsy shop. Well, enough of the boohoo nonsense onto pictures of my sewing space 🙂

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I used to have a separate table for just my sewing space but it was just taking up space so now my cutting table is also used for my sewing machine. The table also used to be on risers but because of the sewing machine I had to take them off otherwise I couldn’t sew, my legs are too short to reach the peddle lol.

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Up close of “Beasty”, this is by far the best sewing machine I’ve ever owned!! It was pricey when it was bought but so worth it. This machine has done lots of quilting and making awesome stuff.

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This lovely shelf is new, and it holds ALL my fabric!! No more keeping fabric in several bins. It finally has a nice place to be stored and nothing happen to them. I’m pretty proud of myself I put this together 3/4 by myself and the other 1/4 was help from D.

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This shelf serves two purposes, the top three shelves are used for my sewing supplies. The very top has all my sewing patterns and ideas along with other important things, and the shelf with the white drawers is something new. Michael’s was having a huge sale and I got this for only $15 instead of $45, and it’s perfect to store the little things I need for sewing. There are two more shelves not pictured that holds all our board games.

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This lazy Susan is an awesome investment! Along with the other white drawers, this too was on sale at Michael’s, originally $45 and I got it for only $15!! Of course next to it is my basket full of our perler bead projects 🙂

Overall, everything is finally in a spot where we can find it all. I’m not a very organized person but I’m glad to have my sewing spot organized. Do you have to share your crafting area with another room in the house like I do? Or do you get to have a crafting room? Someday I am hoping to have a place where I can have a crafting room 🙂

Baby Shower Gifts

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My cousin is pregnant with her first child and it’s going to be a little boy. The theme for the baby is Batman so of course I decided to make items for her instead of store bought. I made her a plaque with the first letter for her son, then made a crochet Batman lovey blanket, then made a Batman themed quilt which my grams paid for all the materials but then decided to put everyone’s name on it. My mom also ordered from me some burp rags and some wee wee tee pees (which I didn’t get a picture before wrapping them).

When my cousin finally got to mine (yeah she had A LOT of gifts) I made sure I was there to see her reaction. She opened the plaque first and started tearing up over it, then she opened the lovey blanket and got more teary eyed. Once she got to the baby quilt she was really holding back the tears. She came to me and gave me a big hug, which is funny because I’m 5’5 and she’s a few inches shorter than me, and said thank you and could hear she wanted to cry over the things. She said they were beautiful and that she loved them, it made my day to hear she loved the items I made. When she got the wee wee tee pees, the reaction was priceless, she didn’t know what they were. Once she was told she thought it was awesome and everyone was laughing and thought it was such a cute thing.

I’m just glad I was able to make her some awesome things for her first born, I always prefer handmade items over store bought (except clothes lol I can’t make those).

Sewing mojo Missing!

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Sewing mojo has been missing since December 2015, have you seen it?!

In November I rushed to get things made so I was ready for RetroGameCon, then in December I rushed to finish some custom orders and since then I’ve wanted nothing to do with sewing. I’m not sure if it’s because of all the rushing I did caused me to not want to sew or what it is.

I have made a few small projects since then, but they took me longer than normal and just made sewing even more boring. I’ve cleaned my sewing area several times, bought new fabrics, found great new ideas and still nothing 😦

I’m at my wits I don’t know what to do. I have an Etsy shop that has been getting neglected neglected because I haven’t been wanting to sew. I haven’t even been wanting to crochet or work on plastic canvas. I just sit on the couch bored out of my mind, I really wish I knew what was going on, maybe I’m just starting to go crazy lol.

This is the longest I’ve gone with a lost sewing mojo, I want to sew but just the thought of going and actually sewing I just get I don’t know just weird and back away. Any suggestions, I need to get back to sewing!!

Happy Halloween!!

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Hope you all had a fun/safe Halloween this year! We are all done trick-or-treating and T is in bed just about passed out. He had a great time this year, he even took his favorite bear named Blu with him. Blu had a bag of his own and some people actually gave him candy, I thought it was really nice they did that 🙂 It really made T’s night when Blu was getting candy as well. 

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T & Blu’s matching bags, may look small but they both hold a lot of candy lol

T went as a race car driver this year, after looking at several costumes it’s the one he picked out and was happy with. I then made him a new candy bag, and he asked if I could make one for Blu as well, so he picked out the fabric and I made them matching bags. He freaked out when he seen the bags finished lol.

How was your Halloween this year, did you pass out candy or take children out?

Super excited!!!

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So a few months ago I had posted about wanting to be a vendor at a place called RetroGameCon, well guess what….I’m actually going to be a vendor for it this year!

I am beyond excited about being able to be a part of the event. I already put in my application, submitted photos of my work, and got approved. Then I went and paid my vendor fee, so now I am all set on that part. I squealed like a school girl when I got the email that my application was accepted.

The event is being held on November 14, 2015 in Syracuse @ one of the buildings that is located on the NYS fairgrounds property. The place is about 2.5 hours away from me, so I am hoping to get money aside to get a hotel for the weekend, cause I have to be there at like 8am to set up and be ready by 9am for the VIP to have early access.

I have so much stuff to make and get ready and have less that 2 months to complete. I know I can get it done, but I just keep trying to put myself down, why? I don’t know I guess it’s just me. I’m planning on making some pillows, dice bags, magnets and some other stuff. I don’t want to have too much but at the same time have too little. I am nervous and excited about the event coming up. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and finally get to!

If you’re curious about RetroGameCon click HERE and head over to their site and check it out. It looks like it’s going to be a great time, and so far it looks like I’m going to be a unique vendor. If you do go, come find “KreativeMumma” and check out the geeky inspired items 🙂