Not there yet but

Boy hasn’t had much of a chance to help me with the parts of the website puzzle I am too newb to figure out. He was looking in to it tonight, and then realized that there must have been a security hole as something odd appeared and now he is working on that…silly hackers.

The reason I decided to post tonight even though I was hoping to wait until I unleashed my new site design before updating, is because it is a clue to the future look of this site, ironically enough.

Anyway, my niece’s 5th birthday is coming up and we normally do not invest in wrappings and such (a little anti-consumerist, you may call it, even on the gift-giving side of things). Normally we do things like wrap gifts in newspapers with a bunch of old crappy ducktape we have on hand but I felt like she would have appreciated a little fun and I sure needed some myself.

A quick search gave me this idea. I have a lot of scrap paper (tiny pieces, to make my own paper some day), and thought I could decorate this plain brown bag I had. A little bit of hemp string, a hole punch, and sticky 3D squares later…

Impromptu decoration of a plain gift bag using scrap paper

Working on it!

I have the new site fully designed and I created the CSS for it, with a pseudo run of HTML (basically, everything but the PHP that actually would make it work).

Alas, that last bit does require the help of Boy if I want it done any time soon (can’t really spend more time learning code when I got to be prepping for teaching in January!). And, unfortunately, his real job takes up a lot of time, but we are trying to get it done soon. I really hope by New Years, as I think that would be a great way to celebrate another year at theCrafties.

Here is a hint at what I have to post about:

1. Keeley!
2. Recovered iron board
3. Recovered iron board turned pin board
4. Recovered office chair
5. Recovered lampshade
6. New look for the craft room
7. Other house updates
8. Board game updates
9. Chez moi updates

I’ve also been collecting ideas for book covers, and man, do I have a lot! I hope that once I settle into teaching, I will feel less stressed and more open to crafting again. Sometimes I consciously avoid it so that I can plunge onward with the readings for class. I once scoffed at a professor who said that teaching is more work than being a student, but now that I have a year’s worth of experience, well, I concur!

Since I probably have not mentioned anything about grad school here, I will throw this tidbit out there: I taught 3 classes my last year there, and now I will be teaching at least 4 classes at my undergrad school in 2014. I am not sure I will have anything lined up for the fall, yet, but I will remain optimistic. If you would like to follow my “professional” blog, email me and the link shall be yours!

long time no see

I graduated, huzzah! Over the summer I have been keeping busy with my new profession, but I also have something up my sleeve – a new design for the site! One of my new talents is working for Boy, so I have been learning how to *properly* build a wordpress site (even if he despises the structure itself). It may be a while, but I do have some crafty projects to share once I get it up!
Also, I can’t believe how many of you have been using my book cover pattern. That makes me so happy inside! Thanks a million:D