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Status Report #18: Balance

All right, a little housekeeping first. Starting next week, posts are moving to Mondays. It was supposed to start this week, but I spent Sunday night building a table. I don’t regret the decision to postpone the change, though, because hey, now I have a table.

The reason posts are moving to Monday is part of a balancing act I’m trying to figure out. I have a bad habit of writing these the night before I need to post them, and now that I’m working a full time job I’ve discovered that half the time I’m way too brain dead on a Monday night to write much of anything, and I don’t want to miss more post days than I already have.

Balance is something I’ve been working on a lot recently, especially in figuring out how to spend my time outside of work. Especially now that, for the first time, I’m finding I have to balance working on a project I want to work on, and working on a project I have to work on. That’s a good problem to have. It means the shop’s growing, and I’m really excited to be getting orders even when I’m not actively going to craft fairs, and I’m doing my best to get everything done on time. That said, this particular personal project isn’t one I want to put on hold every time something else comes up.

The truth is, I’m still figuring out a good balance for how I spend my time. It does mean I’m working a little bit slower on everything than I would like, but I think it’s beneficial in the long run to get these things figured out. Hopefully it won’t take too long to figure out a good rhythm.

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Status Report #17

Wow, two of these in a row. I’m not really getting much done this month, huh?

As it happens, I am getting a few things done. They just happen to fall into one of two categories. Either orders from my Etsy shop, which I’m super excited about but always feel like is treading old territory to post about, or Christmas presents, which I can’t really post about because my friends read this and that would ruin the surprise.

So…yeah. Here’s a picture of the head of the matoki I’m making. It’s in front of my Christmas tree because that corner happens to have the best lighting in my apartment.

I’m doing a bit of experimenting with the ears, so we’ll see how that goes.

See you guys next week.

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Status Report #16: Christmas month

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these.

Honestly, I don’t have much to report as far as crochet goes this week. I got a couple orders on my Etsy shop last week, including my first ever repeat matoki order, so my crochet time has pretty much been devoted to that. I don’t really have anything else to say about that, really.

One thing I did want to share, though, was that over the weekend, I bought a Christmas tree.

Isn’t it pretty? I really liked the way it turned out, so I wanted to put a picture up. It’s pretty small and I sequestered it away in a corner of my apartment, but decorating it really got me in the spirit of the season.

That’s really all I wanted to say. See you guys next week.

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Status Report #15: Priiiiiide

This past Saturday, Southern NM Pride hosted a fall festival and my mother and I had a vendor table. Yay!

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The festival itself was a lot of fun, and we actually did pretty well, sales-wise. I made up a few special octopi for the event based on various pride flags.

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I’ve been calling them prideapi, and everyone who bought one got really excited because I had one for their specific flag. (Incidentally, the only one I have left is the rainbow one.)

I’m also really proud of how they turned out, so they will be going on my Etsy shop…eventually. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on things for Entropy these past few weeks. And I don’t anticipate that I’ll have much time in the coming few weeks. Because I’m moving.

To Kansas City, Missouri.

Tomorrow.

Woo.

So yeah, this past week has consisted almost entirely of shoving all my worldly possessions into boxes in preparation for the epic cross-country trek that I am about to embark on. I’m going to go finish sorting things out. See you guys next week!

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Status Report #14: Adventures

Hey guys. So I was in Phoenix for Labor Day weekend and just got back into town late Monday night and brilliantly didn’t think to prepare my post for this week beforehand. So that’s why this week’s post is late.

So I’m just gonna go through a few behind the scenes things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.20180824_134253.jpg

  • I went to Bubonicon, a science fiction convention in Albuquerque, two weekends ago. My dad is an author (you can find his blog here) and runs a small publishing company, so he had a dealer’s table for that, and he let me put some of my crochet stuff on the table. I didn’t really sell any of it, but I did hand out a few business cards, so yay.
  • Also at Bubonicon, a lady came up to our table and asked if I could make a replacement bag for keeping her change in. So, I did, and that’ll probably get a pattern eventually.
  • Also, one of my mom’s friends asked me to make him six tiny jellyfish that he could pick up at Bubonicon, so I did. I don’t have any pictures of them, but that was kinda cool.
  • I’ve been working on making more tiny animals to sell at the Farmer’s Market. I recently got white safety eyes, and I’m really enjoying the look they have in darker colored animals.
  • I’ve also been finishing off a larger project that I’ve been working on for the last few months, which I now realize I could totally have done a WIP feature on but I’ve already almost finished this post so I’m not going to start now. So look forward to that in the upcoming weeks.

So yeah. That’s basically what I’ve been doing with my life. See you guys next week.

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Status Report #13: I Made a Facebook

This is going to autopost to my new Facebook page and I think that’s beautiful.

So, as of August 1, Facebook has changed its platform and no longer allows outside sources to autopost to people’s profiles. This is…a little bit of a problem for me, given that pretty much the only consistent way I use Facebook is to autopost my blog posts to my profile.

That said, I’ve been meaning to make an actual page for Entropy for a while now (you know, like a professional), and this was just the motivation I needed to do that. So Entropy Creations has a Facebook page now. Here is a link to it. Go like it if you want to get updates on Facebook. Or…you know…boost my ego.

I’m also messing around with the way the site is set up a little bit. The most noticeable thing right now is probably the spiffy new slideshow on the homepage. Most of what I’m messing with is the background organizational stuff.

So yeah. Go like the Facebook page. See you guys next week.

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Status Report #12: Building My Tiny Army

Okay, so. Virginia didn’t really work out, so I’m back in Las Cruces for the foreseeable future. Yay. But, that means I’m going back to the Farmer’s Market.

For anyone who doesn’t know (which is probably a lot of you since a look back through the archives revealed that I apparently never posted about this) I spent last summer running a table at my local farmers and crafts market. And I actually did pretty well. Turns out, putting a whole bunch of stuffed animals in the direct eyeline of children and their parents is a great way to sell stuffed animals. Who’d have thought.

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As you might have guessed, I had the most success with my tiny animals, so, in preparation for the market, I’m making a whole bunch more of them. And, on that note, holy cats, I’ve done a lot of designing for this series in the past year. Like, last July all I had were the octopi and the cats.  Now there’s also snakes, rabbits, lions, foxes, and jellyfish. Soon I’ll be able to build an army using just one of every species. Then I’ll be unstoppable….

(The jellyfish, incidently, are undergoing a bit of a redesign on account of I’ve been experimenting with the tentacles. Expect a v2 pattern at some point in the future.)

So, yeah. That’s pretty much it for this week. Bye!

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Status Report #11: Hey, Remember how I Sell Things?

Okay, important thing first. Starting today, and going until July 5, everything in my Etsy shop is on sale for 20% off. So, like, if you want me to make you something, or really want that matoki pattern for less than $20, now is the time. Here’s a link to my shop, go check it out.

So why am I doing this? Well, I graduated college, that’s exciting, and I want to celebrate my newfound time to crochet things by actually crocheting things. (Also I finally figured out how to do it.) I haven’t been super active promoting the sales side of Entropy over the past two and a half years (god, has it really been that long?) in part because I’ve been so busy with schoolwork that at times I was actively hoping people didn’t buy anything just so I wouldn’t have anything else to do. But now I don’t have that excuse anymore, so self-promotion yay!

Speaking of which, over the course of the next week or so I plan on reworking the shop a little bit so the overall presentation of the shop as a whole and of the individual listings is better. There’s some updates that have needed to happen for a while, and I think I’ve got enough brainspace this week to get those done. Also, a few new listings are going up.

20180416_212758Speaking of which, remember the jellyfish? It’s on Etsy now! You can buy it here. Someday I’ll manage to get these things up less than a month after I first post about them. But for now I’m still playing catch up.

So, yeah. See you guys next week!

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Status Report #10: Graduation

I did it! I finished college! Yay! I have successfully acquired a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Now all I need is to figure out something to do with it…. But anyway.

At Tulane, it’s a tradition for students to decorate their caps in some way for graduation. Naturally, I decided to cover mine in yarn. Because why not.

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I actually really like the way this turned out. I think it’s cool that the pattern sorta resembles both waves and DNA (not that my major had anything to do with either of those things but still) and with the color gradient it looks like the sort of pretty thing that is exactly my style.

In case anyone’s curious, I used something called the wave stitch, and there’s a tutorial for that available here. I then affixed it to my hat with a lot of hot glue. Since one side is slightly longer than the other, this resulted in two sides hanging over the edge more than the other two, resulting in a kind of weird look if viewed from any angle other than the top. But whatever. I like it.

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Picture feat. Sara Scott, my bestie who almost did this blog with me.

So yeah. That’s it. I am officially done with college. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go sleep for a week.

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Status Report #9: School and Stuff

Hey guys.

So I took last week off because I was in the throes of finals week and, given that this is my last one, I kinda wanted to get it right. But now that’s over (mostly) and I’ve spent the past couple days resting and getting back into a brain-space that isn’t constantly worried about math.

And not really doing anything crafts-wise. Well, I have been crocheting—that Fibonacci blanket is going great—but I haven’t done anything that I think merits showing off. So…this post is just not going to show anything off.

But worry not! With graduation coming up, I’ve got a few projects in the work relating to that. At least one of them should be ready next Tuesday.

So yeah. See you then!