Wednesday, May 18, 2011

nyc bound t-minus 18 days! eeeeeeeeeeekkk! i am ecstatic because
1. we are road-tripping
2. jeremy has never been there
3. i will see my sister because she lives there

I've been blog searching to find interesting things to do because there is so much to choose from, I want it to be special for us.  So far I found some great ideas at no big dill and here and here. We will definitely be going here, to Graceland Brooklyn, a tattoo shop/salon where my sister works. Maybe I'll get my first tattoo, but we'll see, I'm reaaaally indecisive about those things. If I decide to get something, it'll be no more than the size of a nickel.

We bought a new Canon REBEL for the occasion.  So far, it takes amazing pics and I can't wait to introduce it to the diverse world of NYC.
 Here's my favorite picture I've taken so far (the weather has been nasty rainy on the weekends and I'm still waiting for some prime sunshine to really get some good shots).
These are the fuchsias I bought my mom for mother's day. They are so lovely even when they haven't bloomed.

Despite the lack of permitting picture-taking weather, I was still able to take some great pictures for my etsy shop. I'm working hard to try and get things moving along. I set up a facebook page for August Rain on etsy. If you click the "like" button to the right, I will give you 15% off your first purchase at August Rain. Write on the wall for details and the coupon code.

I'm working on some other projects so stay tuned for some tutorials to come. Here's a sneak peak:
Crochet headband for adults

Crochet headband for kids
They are super easy to make and there's a simple pattern at CreativeYarn.
She calls for a size 4 crochet hook, but where I live, I could only find 4.25 so I made some adjustments to the pattern. I'll post on this tomorrow along with my own tutorial version.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

time for a holiday Etsy sale!

Everything in my etsy shop is 20% off from Wednesday Dec 15th at 12:00amEST to Saturday Dec 18 at 12:00amEST. That's 3 whole days people!

I absolutely love these little hooters and I cannot believe they haven't sold yet. Owls are so popular these days. Everytime I walk into a Goodwill or Salvation Army and see something owl-ish, I HAVE to grab it. This little treasure actually came from an estate sale. It's a coin bank. Maybe I should keep it because I could use the advice it entails from time to time. But I figured it needs to go to someone who truly loves it (and has the space for it!).

My love for owls recently spawned an idea for my second etsy shop called MyNightOwl. I've decided the focus for AugustRain to be vintage and secondhand items while MyNightOwl is a collection of things handmade by me. This winter has been crazy, as far as looking for work and it not being available. My goal for next year is to have both shops up and running in full gear!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


So I recently found out that I will have no job as of September 13th! I've been hunting like mad for the next place of employment. My options are slim. It is quite possible I can be utilized in a doctor's office at the hospital I currently work for but...... I can't stand it there. I know, a job is a job and I am very thankful but my true desire for employment lies elsewhere. A friend of mine and I have been discussing starting up a retail/art/coffee/tea/pie/pastries shop for a few weeks now but there's no way in hell we would qualify for a small business loan in this crappy Michigan economy.

Therefore, I resort to making hats and attending the Fulton Street Artist Market and craft shows and etsy. I've had 2 sales on etsy and it got me pumped but action. I'm still getting things in my shop in time for christmas shopping to begin. Yuck, who wants to think of winter already? Not this girl.

Here's a crochet hat that I made and listed in my etsy shop (pattern coming soon):

I love the 1920s look of the low flower over the ear. I make alot of hats like this, usually with a nice big button in the center of the flower. Hopefully I will have some free time soon and be able to write up a simple pattern for this hat. But as for now, it's all in my head.
Visit my etsy shop on the right sidebar to see more of this hat and watch for others I post this fall.

I really need to crank out some hats starting now so I am ready for the cool weather when it comes and people start going crazy for fall/winter clothes. My eyes are stinging from lack of sleep due to working, cro-ing (shortened verb for crocheting), and etsy-ing.

It's a beautifully gloomy day and I wish I were cro-ing at the local apple orchard, sipping cider and eating a pumpkin spice donut, but I must get back to work.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

it feels like friday...nope, it's thursday

Blog #1 is down...easy peasy! Onto #2!

So I'm sitting here at work. Everyone has left for the day. I am on the verge of either nodding off or going crazy! Browsing the web, I'm coming across all these fantastic craft ideas that I wish I could be doing right now but then the payroll and billing would never get done.

Oh yeah, and more importantly, I wouldn't get paid!

It's nice having this job security thing going on, until September at least. Right now, I am only covering for someone on medical leave and she is expected back depending on how she feels. I wish I could stay longer. It really is a great office to be working at, but I definitely need something more out of employment than just a paycheck every two weeks. I constantly ponder about making a living from what I literally make.

Anywho, browsing around I found a new blog to follow and this super cool site she uses for her pregnancy tracking and other fun family stuff: Widdly Tinks
I am definitely a dreamer when it comes to thoughts of weddings, babies, and family! I want 4 kids least that's the number now.

Who knows how much I will be able to actually handle after I start having them. And oddly enough 4 has been my favorite number since I was a child for some reason so maybe that means something.

Like I was saying, this super cute website has family silhouettes you can create with their template. I decided to peer into the future by using my lovely boyfriend of five years, Jeremy, and our 4 unborn children. (Is that creepy? Sounds creepy) Oh well, I love dreaming about babies. I've loved babies my whole life and cannot wait to have children with him.

How frickin cute is that?!?!

Well it's almost 5pm and I've been going back and forth between work and blog and it's time to wrap it up here. I'll be back soon!