When Illness Gets the Best of You


I decided to share this because I haven’t really been online doing much with my knit and crochet business.  I haven’t been blogging much at all and haven’t been doing much with my Etsy shop.

I haven’t been feeling well for a long time.  I’m just now getting to the point where I feel well enough that I can do better for myself.

So let me tell you a little story…about 3 years ago, I had to rush my mom to the hospital.  She was not herself, talking funny, not eating and only drinking ginger ale and sometimes orange juice if I could get her to take a drink of that.  One afternoon I called her from work to see if she was up.  She wasn’t.  She was still in bed.  I told her she needed to get up and at least get some breakfast.  She assured me she would and I hung up.  All of the sudden I got this overwhelming feeling that something wasn’t right.  I went to talk to my manager at work and let her know what was going on because I might have to leave.  My manager said, if you feel like you need to leave and take care of your mom go now.  I am grateful to her for that! Later on the doctor told me that if I wouldn’t have taken her to the hospital when I did, I would have come home and found her dead.  [This blog wasn’t published originally when I typed it up and this still makes me cry. See update at the end of this post for time.]

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That Kind of Day

That Kind of Day

You know when you have one of those days where you have all kinds of things on your mind. I’m having one of those days.

I recently had to vie for my job. The company I work for, my regular full time job, did a bunch of lay off notices back in July/August of 2018. I was one of the people that received my notice. The beauty of it was many of us that were severed received our notices about a year in advance. My end date was to be December 2019.

It hurt. I won’t lie. In September of 2018 I had been working at the company 10 years. I had always been a hard worker. Sometimes too hard because other people’s work was given to me because the other people weren’t perceived as doing that particular part of their job well enough. Let’s give it to Audra, she’ll do a better job with it…

A position, my position, became available to apply for in December. I applied with mixed emotions. I didn’t want to lose my job but I didn’t feel it was fair I had to re-interview for it. I interviewed. My interviewers were great! I felt so at ease and they both made me feel very comfortable! Both I will be working with in the near future.

I am now an employee again! I was selected to stay. Of course I never actually left but when you are severed and most of your team is not, it makes you a body, not an employee. Your opinions are no longer valued. In some ways you are treated as an outcast. You are not included in meetings where you should have been included. When you speak up for yourself it is taken that you are trying to cause trouble.

I am glad to be over that turmoil. At least for now anyway. Nothing is as it should be right now but I’ll take what I can get.

What’s been on my mind is what do I want to do with my life. Being a dedicated employee doesn’t guarantee you a future and as I’m finding, selling knit and crochet wear also doesn’t guarantee a future.

I don’t want to give up my dream of having a successful handmade business! I know that I do need to rethink it and give it more focus. I’m thinking a Reboot is in the near future!

Day of the Dead


In preparation for the Day of the Dead Festival in Columbus, Ohio, I made lots of bracelets! I underestimated the time it would take for me to make enough to fill a jar I had for them. The jar is next to Kaiyah in the picture below. As it turns out 222 bracelets fit in the jar without stuffing them in.

I spent 3 evenings in a row sorting and stringing beads. I didn’t have a bad time. I caught up on some of my DVR’d shows.

But the best part was spending quality time with Kitty Kaiyah!

She was so interested in what I was doing she sat next to the tray for a long time! She didn’t even swipe at the beads (that time!).

Happy Fall


Leaves picked up on a walk during lunchtime

It’s that time of year where we breathe with a sigh that the cooler weather is coming. I live in Central Ohio and the weather from Winter 2017 – 2018 was so cold it was almost unbearable and then the warmer weather came and it went from cool to hot in 60 seconds. I’m over the high 80s to 90’s weather and want to enjoy fall!

With that said I am looking forward to our two October Shows this year. The Day of The Dead Festival at Green Lawn Cemetery on October 20th and the Columbus Mennonite Church Holiday Festival on October 27th. Both will be featuring Fall colors in hats, scarves and hand mitts. At the Day of the Dead Festival we are also featuring brighter colors in Hats and Hand Mitts, Halloween colors and Day of the Dead Jewelry.

Halloween Hand Mitt

Day of the Dead plastic beaded Bracelets

Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus

1000 Greenlawn Ave., 43223

Columbus Mennonite Church

35 Oakland Park Ave., 43214-4146

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair


Join us, Imagin8 Columbus,  on Sunday, November 19th from 1:00-4:00pm for the Worthington Community Center’s first annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair!

The shops of Imagin8 Columbus attending are: CrazyCraftNLadies, Frock On Baby! and 21st Century Quilts and Curious Goods.  Our vendor booth will contain lots of Cool items to buy as gifts for your loved ones.

Worthington Community Center, 345 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085

Some of CrazyCraftNLadies Items:


The Grandview Hop 2017


It sounds like a dance doesn’t it!  I love the name because it is so much more than a craft show.  Every year, Grandview Heights, Ohio hosts events during the Summer months that has live music, shopping, art and food!  The current hosts of this Hop are the Columbus Young Professionals Club and Destination Grandview.

CrazyCraftNLadies will be participating this year with the Creative Collective Imagin8 Columbus.  Our plan is to debut a new item each month of the Hop and have a show special for July and August.

The dates for the Hop are June 24th, this Saturday!, July 29th and August 26th.  The Grandview Hop is also offering a Bonus Hop on December 9th called the Holiday Hop!

The Grandview Hop is being held between First and Fifth Avenues on Grandview Avenue in Grandview Heights, Oh.

Stop by our booth and say hi!  We are giving away a free gift with purchase.  All vendors participating, Herbal Skin, Frock On Baby!, 21st Century Quilts and Curious Goods and CrazyCraftNLadies will all accept cash and credit/debit cards.

http://www.grandviewhop.com, http://www.crazycraftnladies.etsy.com, imagin8galleria.wordpress.com

A Cause and a Kitty Kat Hat to boot!


How this started for me was a friend contacting me to ask me to make this Pussy Hat that was going around on FB.  The hats were being made to wear to the Women’s March that was going to be on Washington DC the day after the Presidential Inauguration.  Here, in Columbus Ohio,  they hosted their own Women’s March the Sunday before the Inauguration.

The Pussy Hat Project was born of two women from California that had an idea to make hats that resembled cats to wear in response to standing up to Donald Trump for Women’s Rights.  It is also a way to take back the name Pussy, which is a term men use in negative reference to having sex with women, or referring to women as sex objects in general.

All women, no matter your religious affiliation, no matter your political affiliation, no matter your race should all stand together for women’s rights.  It has taken us way too long to get to where we are at, and an all male, or mostly male government, should not be allowed to make laws to tell us what to do with our bodies.

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Care for your Knit and Crochet Wears


When giving care instructions to customers and potential customers, I usually give the instructions of what the label of the yarn I use says.  I wanted to take this opportunity to elaborate since just saying Machine Washable and Dryable isn’t enough for me.

I normally wash my knitted and crocheted items in lingerie bags.  Cold water gentle cycle.  I never use warm or hot water.  Even if the label says to wash in warm, warm water can make your colors bleed or wear them out faster.

Depending on the item, if its more intricate, I will put it on a drying rack to let it dry thoroughly.  If it is a scarf that is made with a bulky yarn or a scarf that is made with worsted weight yarn (the most commonly used yarn) I will put it in the dryer on a gentler cycle than normal.  On my dryer I have a Knit cycle.

If your label says to lay flat to dry, you may want to use a towel to dab it mostly dry and then lay it out flat to dry. Sometimes laying it out flat to dry without using the towel first will take your clothing several days, if not a week to dry out.

If your label says to hand wash, Please Hand Wash Only.  I’ve been brave and used the delicate cycle for some hand washed clothing (not knit) and it worked out fabulously, but I never did that with knitted items that said to hand wash.

There are drying racks avaible that you can purchase on-line that are mesh that allow you to lay your item out flat and it will dry a little bit faster.

I use the good old fashion drying racks where you throw your sweater over the bar.  I have never had an issue with that either.

Most instructions given by the yarn companies are to insure the longevity of your item.  My instructions, unless just a very badly made item, Will insure the longevity.  I have scarves almost 17 years old that look only a few years old, if that!



Waiting to get word back


So today is the day I find out if I got into a craft show that I applied to.  The application said the vendors will get notified via e-mail by October 12th.  Here it is the 12th!!!! I’m checking my e-mail at least once every half hour.  Sometimes once ever 5 minutes!  I guess I wouldn’t be stressing so much if they hadn’t already cashed my check. I probably would have just assumed that I hadn’t gotten in if the check wasn’t cashed.   The promoter cashed it over two weeks ago.  Normally when that happens it means you’ve been accepted.  Almost all shows I’ve ever participated in did not cash your check before you were accepted into the show.  If you were not accepted, they sent your check back.  Sometimes, the show promoters didn’t ask for money until they have decided if you got in or not.

Approximately 3 weeks ago my mom and I participated in a show that did the same thing.  They cashed our check at least two weeks before notifying us that we had been accepted into the show.  Exasperating!!!

I searched this promoter’s website and another site they are affiliated with and there are NO adds about the craft show.  Should I be worried?

My focus for now is getting pictures taken of my wares (wears!) and get them on-line.  It’s been hard with the weather and with me working most of the daylight hours.  I’m not complaining (or at least I’m not trying to).  I know this is something I need to do and something I need to make time to do.

So even though I have the anticipation of whether or not I got into the show, I have plenty of work ahead of me and other avenues of moneymaking that I’m exploring.

Buenas Dias!