back in action!

Ok, ok, so this new site design wasn’t ready by January. Who knew my new job as an adjunct would be so hectic? (Yeah, I’ve been teaching college.) Or Boy’s company would sap all of his time and energy? (Who wants to do work at home?) I’m not upset about it. A lot of life has happened over these few months.

But, what do ya’ll think?! (Let us take a moment to remember the old site, shall we?)

old site

Actually, I bet my lack of posting means this site has dropped off the radar for a lot of you. That’s understandable. I’ll just have to work on getting a new crowd to chat with. So, ner.

I have several posts waiting to be published, I just didn’t want to spam those of you who are still following me.

I also have to fix all my old posts, before the days when Boy had room on his servers for me. I was hosting everything through and then they took that away so I was SOL. One day, I will retro-correct them (or re-blog them?). I cringe at looking back in my early crafting days, but they got me to where I am today, no?

Ta-ta for now!

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!