September 20th, 2011 § § permalink
There’s a store in downtown Waterford called Tradewinds. The store is beautiful and always interesting to visit. The store owner has such a wide range of stuff that I often find jewels here and there to take home. After my dentist appointment when I found myself alone (which is a rare, rare occasion), I decided to pop in. Lo and behold, I have found goodies. Everything came up to $20.56 including tax.
Hutch – $8.99
Mandolin – $5.99
Treasure Chest – $1.99
Birds – $1.99
All in all, a great deal! I’ll be painting the hutch shabby chic white. I haven’t decided quite yet. The mandolin and the treasure chest are going in Chanterelle’s bedroom or living room. The birds are for my last Unicorn Project.
I aim to finish a magical cottage diorama (bedroom, living room, kitchen) for my Pullip- Chanterelle. I want to design a Parisienne apartment for my Blythes (bedroom, living room, kitchen, and possibly balcony/terrace). This will all be done in the future sometime.
I’ll definitely visit Tradewinds again in a few months. Tradewinds is located in downtown Waterford right on Main St.
September 7th, 2011 § § permalink
Conversations with the Ryukin (2007)
All of you know by now, I have hilariously rampant creative ADHD. I want to try and learn so many new things. Unless I can live forever or I can clone myself, I cannot take on all the hobbies I want to. This begs the question: How do I determine which new hobby to take on?
First, let’s see what is on my plate at the moment:
- Beading Embroidery – This is my mainstay and what I will always go back to. I find the picture in my head matches the result. There is something so calming doing the beading embroidery.
- Drawing – The embroidery has unseated this long time lover for now. Even though I rarely draw now, I still have the urge to do so and I don’t think it’ll ever go away. Drawing is my first love and always will be. I was a regular eBay artist back in 2005-2007. One of the works I made is the picture you see above. For some unfathomable reason, I just stopped drawing. My favourite medium are colored pencils, ink, and watercolours. I really want to take it up again regularly in the future.
- Doll Sewing – I love sewing for my dolls. I make them custom clothes. I don’t do this on a regular basis anymore since my dolls are put away. Natalie is still a baby and the basement is not done. Once my craft room is finished, I can have my dolls out within reach again and I know I’ll be sewing for them more often.
- Customizing Trikkys – I still have a bare Trikky waiting to be customized. I want to finish this and perhaps get more to ink work on. I really like the black and white look. It’s an awesome medium.
- Writing – I still want to rewrite this novel. I need to really get moving in the conception stage with character sketches and world-building and get my ass in gear. Sadly, I get writer’s block often.
Full plate, yes? I still want to take on so much more. The factors I use to determine what to take on are as follows:
- Money/Finances – Do I have enough money to buy the supplies and tools to properly learn this craft? How much will everything cost in total? Do I need to sell things to justify this hobby?
- Time – How long will it take to do this activity? Can I just pick it up and work on it anytime? Are there processes in this hobby that require large blocks of time? Can I only do this at night when Natalie is asleep?
- Degree of Difficulty – How hard is it to start this hobby? Do any of my present skills give me an advantage in pursuing this? Do I have the patience? Is there instant gratification involved?
I am a big sucker for instant gratification. If you see all the hobbies I have on the go, every single one save for writing involves instant gratification. I think this is why writing is such a painful experience for me. I see myself still as a fledgling amateur. My writing style/skill is nowhere near I want it to be. If you want to get into writing, you will realize that instant gratification is a myth. The criteria above helped me choose miniatures over customizing of Blythes as my next hobby. I definitely will blog about my experience in making miniatures when I get started. I hope the criteria works for you as well if you are planning or hoping to pursue something new.