Monday, September 15, 2014

Crafty Pegs Now Has A Spanky New Website!

I've been tossing up whether to do this or not and yesterday I thought to go ahead and get it done!

So, I looked up wix.com and pick a template and work on it!  Talk about fun!  This site is so easy to fluff with!  All I have to do is change the title, change then names and change the photos and choose a url and - badda-bang-badda-boom! - there's my site!  It's free of charge and lots of fun!  I can even change the back ground to something of theirs - or mine - and colours too... woah!... there's so much choice!

Anyway, instead of me talking about, how about you go and see it!

Now, I still have a few small things to fix on it, like the resume, so just ignore that, and it all look good.

Lynda's Crafty Pegs website

Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Woudn't You Know It...

I've been going well this week. There's been late nights, but I've been sleeping so well!  I've been eating well, taking care of myself, making sure I'm going well with my stress too.

Then, I went out yesterday to get some last-minute things and dropped by Mum and Dad's house.  I was suffering from some sinus - and let's face it, it's Spring, and I get hay-fever, I'm bound to get this problem - and so I ignored it.  I started sneezing a lot last night, took an antihistamine and made sure my dinner had a huge amount of garlic in and chilled out after dinner.

I even went to bed at around 10pm... yeah, now that's early!

But, I didn't sleep well.  The sinus kept me up all night and I woke this morning with a cold!  Now, I didn't get the usual warning of an earache, so how did I score a cold without my warning?  I'm still trying to figure this out... but I'm also thinking about the Mama Mia Mini Market tomorrow night; and still want to attend it as I've been told that it's a great place to make money.

I can't miss it!  I don't want to.

So, today, I packed the car and checked the stall sizes on Facebook and then ... well, I've been pumping myself with vitamins and minerals.  I've been eating plenty of super fruits and foods since I woke up and even took a boiling hot shower to clear out the sinus' this morning (and will grab another one this arvo to clear them out again).  I'm going to knock this damned cold on the head before it picks up speed on me.  I'm not going to let it effect me - not after I've been waiting to go to this market.

I just hope it doesn't rain tomorrow night as I'm not under cover... fingers crossed, knock on wood and anything else for good luck.  But really, don't you hate it when something like a cold shows up to wreck a good streak of good health?  Yeah, me too... oh well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lots of Busy Stuff Happening Soon!

Over the coming weeks, there's going to be a lot of time I won't be able to turn around without something happening in my life.

This week, I'm cleaning my house... slowly but surely... as next week, I'm having friends over for an afternoon, and it needs to be tidy.  And being a person who isn't a great house-keeper, it's going to be a great challenge to see how well I do in that department!

This Wednesday, I'm out and about doing the grocery shopping and looking for a few things for the markets.  One of those things is another stock box as what I'm taking with me there has filled the first stock box to the brim!  So, I'll be taking two boxes with me to the markets in future instead of one.

I also need to buy big magnets and glue them to the large pegs too... then leave them overnight to cure and then rewrap them again.  No biggie, it'll just take some time to do and reprice.  
By Friday morning, I'll have the day to myself, the float all fixed up for the next day and car packed in readiness.  I can't wait!  Even though the markets on Saturday are at night, I like to be prepared really early.

Anyway, that's this week. 

Next week, I'll be putting things away, looking around for a new craft table (if I make the money I hope to make) and then preparing the garden for company... it ought to be good to enjoy a few friends at my place.  I haven't had a get-together since I moved in here - and believe me that went really pear-shaped in a bad way!  So, I never had another one since.

So, I thought seeing I have a lovely group of new friends, it would be great to celebrate my birthday this year while I am in good health, have my place looking the way I like it, am confident within myself and know that my garden isn't a death trap with any prickles... and the weather is just perfect too!  I'd also like my family to meet my arty and writer friends too, so they know I've got good friends in this world surrounding me.  I just hope it goes off well... I'll let you know how it goes.

Anyway, today, I got in and cleaned up the kitchen a bit, put away a lot of stuff in the garden shed and made sure it looked good too... a lot of stuff was organised well, and I put away 2 milk crates in the shed from two different places.  They're being used as storage containers and all my stuff for my gardening tools and everything else.  My Terrarium gear is also stored in the shed along with my stuff to fix up furniture... I'll be getting a proper plastic box for that too so nothing eats anything in that.  Well, until my next post, take care, stay safe, and remember, I'm always here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Busy Week... Messy House

This week has been busy, really busy, and I've still got the house to clean up.

So much has been going on and yet I can't seem to keep up with what needs to be done; don't you just hate it when that happens?  Yeah, me too.  

Anyway, I've been suffering from Tennis Elbow - again - but this time in left arm, and I'm left-handed, which makes it feel worse than it probably is.  However, I think it's getting better now as it's not bugging me as much as it did a few days ago.  Hopefully, it's getting better.

Today, I didn't really want to get out of bed (what's new?  It's been cold in the mornings).  But I did and got in and did a bit of laundry, put away some wiping up, put out the rubbish and started on working on finishing off two more picture frames and starting two more... they look great!  I'm so pleased with the finished ones and with the other two I'm hoping to sell as a pair.

Well, the day just zoomed by as I sat and listened to the radio, worked on my things, varnished what needed to be varnished and wrapped them up in cellophane and set them to one side ready to pack into a nice new box for the markets.  I'm hoping to sell a lot more at next week's market and save up to buy a new work desk for my work station.  The shelves will be going to a local charity and my new brown table will be given away to my folks to take to the coast to use as a dinner table out the front of their caravan.  It's a nice stable card table I bought to use, but when I get the new larger table for my work station, I'll use my green one (with the paint all over it) at the markets with a table cloth on it, I'll have no use for the nice new one.
The good thing is that my craft area will have more storage space and I'll be able to put things underneath the new desk, hang shelves off the wall and have a good light to work by too.  Well, this is the plan... fingers crossed, touch wood!

Anyway, I'm going well for the next markets.  There's still some coat hangers to get done, more picture frames I want to get painted up and wrapped, and more pegs I want to finish up too.  This week is busy, but good; as most weeks are.

How is your week going?  Good or bad?  Busy or boring?  I'd love to know... until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Only the Lonely

It's no big secret that I'm not with a partner in this world.  

I've tried to put myself out there and score myself a guy - or a woman - but I have had no real interest.  People have treated me badly; and it's no reflection on how I've come across, it's totally about how they've treated me from their direction.

Okay, I'm a very positive person.  The glass is half full.  There's two greens near every sand-trap.  There's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow and yes, there's love for us all out there somewhere.  However, at the age of 40, I'm starting to wonder about exactly how this is supposed to turn out for me.

I can't have children.  I have a disease where I need to take medication for it to stay stable and I can't work a regular job.  

These are the down side of me... not that bad really.

Here's the upside of me:

I'm independent
I live in my own place
I have a car (yep I'm allowed to drive)
I have a small hobby business I run for myself
My medical condition is stablised so long I take my medicine and take care of myself well.
I have a loving, supportive family.
I'm a very positive person.

Now, I don't know what's wrong with people out there in the world.  But when they see this kind of attitude in a person, they get all itchy about somebody feeling too good about themselves... about having a too good-a life, too much good luck, getting a little bit of a good run in their lives and have to cut the person who's doing their best in life (and it's working out for them just fine thanks) by the kneecaps.  This is 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' and I've seen it way too much.

I've been a person who has had people torment me with it... and you know something?  I'm damned sick of it.  

Okay, my life is going sweet right now.  

I have people offering me spaces at fetes, markets and arenas around Brisbane like nobody's business!  I mean - woohoo!  I'm so pleased somebody wants my business! - but really there's people out there who don't want me to succeed.  There's that hatred about it around... and I'm not the only one.  It's that form of jealousy that can destroy a person's confidence in themselves.

The horribly sick part of it is that we are designed to destroy ourselves by bringing each other down.

This is a dreadful truth... 

I have learned over the years to not judge people.  I don't know their problems.  I don't know what paths they've walked to get where they are now.  I have no idea where they've been to come into my life right now... however, whatever they're battling is their own private war; not mine. 

We are all alone in our own private wars, our own private affairs... our own wishes, wants and needs.  And the problem with this is that a lot of people love to use the people who truly know what they want in life and throw them by the wayside - without another thought - and leave them to pick up the pieces.  

What I want in life is peace, happiness and love.  Are these things so hard to find?  Or are they just a figment of my imagination?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Two Days Off

During the last week, I've been at my busiest when I should have had the week off.  

So, yesterday and today, I did the smallest amount of housework and then finished up the last two picture frames for the Creative Markets and jumped online for the internet... easy-peasy.  I didn't want to be burning myself out too much, and I didn't.

Last night, I sat down and began stitching up the ends of the Tie Cushion for my Secret Santa lady at my craft group this Christmas.  This thing's really coming along well!  I've got one end almost done and the other end is mostly just finishing the fiddly bits and then I'll stitch the bums of the ties together and it'll be done!  Most of all, I want it to give a lot, so it's not too tight and it gives a lot so she can move it and replace the inside cushion if needs be with something more comfortable, and not undo my work.

Well, after watching my dvds of 'Supernatural', it was only 10pm.  So, I made up my bed after locking up and jumped online to check my mail and do a little reading.  Before long I was off to bed, but couldn't sleep.  My mind was going a million miles an hour.  I did eventually get to sleep, but I'm not sure when - probably after midnight.

This morning, I was up at around 8:30am, made myself pancakes and packed the car for the markets - stock box and all!

I'm currently charging my iPod, some rechargeable batteries and my tablet for tonight and tomorrow.  I'm off to a friend's house this arvo to chill out and to keep myself away from any painting or work until around 8:30pm... when I come home and chill until bedtime at around 10pm.  Tomorrow I'll be up at 5am and out the door by 6:30am or so and working my butt off at the Creative Markets at the Springwood State School on Springwood Road... it's my old primary school.  It's a great place to make a little money.  And with my new line of products and new display, I'm hoping to make a bit of money tomorrow. 

Well, I hope your weekend is going to be as much fun as mine is... until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Crazy Shopping Day

Last night, I was all organised.  Really I was.  I had my handbag packed, my shopping list all sorted, my fold-up shopping bags all ready and everything was just, well, organised for today.  

I honestly thought I had everything to just leave the house and go grocery shopping.  

Well, I didn't.  

I drove off this morning to get petrol for the Astra and found it was dirt cheap!  So,  I filled the tank and looked for my card-holder... and couldn't find it!  Oh no!  It wasn't in my handbag!  So, I had to pay for my petrol using another card I was saving money on for my rego next year (damn!) and then I came home and ripped the house apart looking for my card holder - without success!  I even called the last few places I had gone to - The Logan Art Gallery and Office Works - and they hadn't had anything handed in... so I called my folks' house (as I had been to their place on Monday, but I didn't go anywhere yesterday).  Nope,  nothing.

Crap!

So, I looked through the car, tipped out my handbag and then?  Well, I thought if I cleaned up everything and put away a few jackets and hung up some hats, I might find it sitting on the lounge or underneath something.  So, I picked up two jackets and I felt something bump against my hip... something thick and hard... and I searched the pocket of my large red jacket and found it!  I found the card holder!  

I called Dad and told him where it was.  He was relieved I didn't have to cancel any cards; and I said if anyone had found it they wouldn't be able to do anything with it anyway as I don't have the VISA facility on any of my cards... they're just keycards where I have a pin, no 'touch & go' thing.  And I don't own a credit card, so that's a good thing too.  Besides, my Load & Go card has under $20 on it, and unless I'm going to buy something online immediately, I don't keep any more than that on the card in case this kind of thing happens.  He thought that was a smart of way of banking.

Well, I packed my handbag again and took off - ignoring my house for the moment.  The mail was checked, then, I was about to pull out of the post office onto Kingston Road when a guy in a BMW pulled up outside the place and blocked my view - I really wish the Logan City Council would put a bloody yellow line between the driveways so we can see up the road and not just a stupid No Parking sign.  Anyway, I had to put the nose of my car out into the traffic to see beyond him as he opened his door for a few seconds and made my life even more difficult... damned arsehole... but then, once I was out into the traffic, I didn't care.  
I found myself at Logan Central, at Woolworths, where I bought my Witacker's Chocolate and then searched some charity stores for old picture frames.  I found 4 in the Op Shop for the Blind and Life Line each!  Yay!  I scored more than I thought I would.  And seeing I have another 2 on the go right now and three more sitting in a box waiting to go, I've got plenty to keep me busy for the September markets - both of them!

Well, I went to Logan Central Plaza, looked around the new rug place where Woodys' used to be, and then K-Mart and scored myself a cool 'Back to the Future' t-shirt for $12.95, and grabbed more coathangers to paint up.  Then it was off to Coles to do my grocery shopping for the fortnight.  I was reading the ingredients on some of the things I normally buy, and tried to buy stuff without Palm Oil in it, but it was looking more and more expensive as I went on.  So what I did was I bought what I could afford for now, and bought what I normally bought that was cheap and had Palm Oil in it... I know that sounds terrible, but really I can't afford to turn my grocery list around when I buy organic fruit and veggies anyway.  

Well, I put my stuff through the self-serve check-outs and I spent around $200 at the end of it all at this one place.  It's amazing how much you really do spend in one day, isn't it?  And this is just my shopping day.  Well, I hope your day has been better than mine.  I better get in and put away some laundry, clothes and jackets... you never know what else I might find under all of those things in my living room!  Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember I'm always here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Less Than A Week...

Yeah... it's less than a week to go until the weekend... less than a week to go until the Creative Markets... less than a week to go until my next new line of products hits the shelves on my market stall!  

Wow!  

And it's been a busy old week for me.  

Last week, I ordered in new business cards from Office Works, and yesterday I picked them up.  

A few days ago, I found out that everyone at the markets were getting a QR code for the next markets. I didn't know what that was... so a photographer on our Creative Markets group offered everyone who wasn't up-to-date to a free one for their market.  I jumped in and said yes!  Now, I have one of those all printed up, laminated and ready to go!

Yesterday afternoon, I repacked everything for the markets, priced all the new stock, and made sure everything fitted into the boxes - and it did!  Yay!  I'm really looking forward to getting it all working, going and being ready for next Sunday.

I really can't wait!

I'm also organising my birthday party too.  I've begun looking at a list of people, food, music, the theme, and now, I just need a place to get in and boogie on down with my party... very cool!  

Well, that's the low-down on me this week so far.  I've got a shindig to go to on Saturday, but I'm not staying there for long, as I have an early start on Sunday morning.  So, what have you been up to lately?  Anything interesting?  Anything normal?  Anything fun?  Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember I'm always here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Captain, My Captain!

I haven't written a tribute to this great man yet because I honestly don't know what to say about him. 

I loved him... I loved his humour, his wonderful, childlike ways on 'Mork & Mindy'.  I loved that he was so uninhibited and yet, he took on roles in movies that were so totally and completely opposite to his personality; just to show us all he had depth.  He wanted to show us that he could freak us out, make us cry, take us on a journey and make us feel love, want to go along on that path with him and yet... when the show was over, his voice played on in our minds for days afterward unlike anyone else's.

There will never be anyone quite like Robin Williams - not in my lifetime - and if another person does come along with similar characteristics, they will have massive huge clown shoes to fill... and a spacesuit which has a personality of its own too, as well as Orsan; but then, let's not digress too much, eh?

Robin Williams was one of the few people who could honestly make me laugh.  I can lose myself in a show or a movie and just totally enjoy what he's doing in that role, knowing he loved doing what he did.  He's a unique character - a unicorn - of our times, of our world, and we watched him work so hard and yet we didn't see what may have been happening behind the scenes... this is unfortunate; as the depression and the problems of great actors and comedians often haunt them, leading to other more deeper things they don't wish to admit to; thinking we - their fans and their audience - wouldn't understand.

That Robin was as human as everyone around him.  

This is why I loved him and his movies, his shows... he was totally human - totally himself.

I think this is why his death has hurt us so much more than any other of our times - because he has become such a wonderfully brilliant, lovely, funnyman - we always thought he'd be around.

Rest In Peace Robin... and I hope your Heaven is just like the one you experienced in 'What Dreams May Come'... now, wouldn't that be a blast?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Going Home Today

Today, I'm off home from Brighton.  The rain has cleared up, the sun is out, the sky is blue again; and just when I'm off home... isn't that just the way it would go?  Yeah, sure... just when I'd like a bit of warm weather to help dry my painted work.  

Well, I'm missing my place a lot - particularly my own space, my kitchen and my art area where I can spread out more.  But really I am missing my bedroom where I have lovely bed to sleep in instead of a futon.  I don't mean anything against my brother and his girlfriend, but the guest bed they have isn't all that comfy... but that's just me.  I'm used a nice Queen Sized bed with a huge firm mattress; that's all.

Anyway, it's been nice to be here enjoying the place and being able to get out and about is great!  I've loved the difference in having a car to use this time; and that on Thursday I went out and found myself a vintage suitcase which didn't cost me the Earth - just $12) and now my new display is going to come together nicely.  

But over the last few days, it's been doing nothing but raining.  So, I've been painting, sewing and watching movies on my brother's computer.  I have been cooking all my meals at home too, so all the food I've brought with me is almost gone.  I've taking home with me most of the food I've brought with me because it was my grocery shopping - well some of it.  I will leave some things here, just cold stuff, you know.
The chickens have been the funniest things here.  They followed me around all the time - and I found one out of the pen this morning.  How she got out is beyond me!  And I wondered how long she'd been out as well.  So, I quickly fed them all.  Before that, poor Jay had been sick, throwing up in the guest room after she sat outside my door.  I let her in, she wandered around and then was sick... poor girl.  She gave me the most guilty look, but she wasn't sick again.  I think she just wasn't feeling great that's all.  After her walk this morning - and discovering a Bearded Dragon in the back field, who wasn't very happy she was sniffing him - she has been happily snoozing and rolling around on the grass.

Otherwise, Mum and Dad have arrived home - as of last night - from their holiday (yeah, they went away again).  I'm looking forward to getting home and Gabe and Kat are coming home soon too as well.  We've all been away over the last few days.  What have you been up to lately where everything is different for you?  Have you been house sitting - like I have? - or are you enjoying a different aspect on life altogether?  Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wet Day Working

This morning, I woke at around 7am to rain.  It was a nice pitter-patter on the roof and I needed to get in and feed the chickens, Jay and then myself without getting too wet... nothing worse than wet clothes on a day of rain, where nothing dries.

Well, I pulled on my Wellies and trudged down the back in a waterproof jacket of my brother's, and fed the 'girls'.  They were running into each other, all over each other and jumping on my shoes to get to the food; but it got done... funny little critters!  I checked the coop and there was only one egg there, so I thought to leave it and wait until this afternoon when I let them out to check for more.

By the time I returned to feed Jay, the rain had begun to fall harder; so I waited until later in the day to take her for her walk... if it was going to back off.  Fortunately, a few hours later, it did.  Jay and I took a walk out in the back field and returned about twenty minutes before it poured rain again and the temperature dropped about ten degrees!  

Well, I made myself lunch and something to drink and went to work with my new line of pegs and things in the cottage where I'm staying.  This was at around midday... now it's almost 4pm and I've been working hard out there on a few things.  The cold and wet weather has made drying times longer.  So, I went out to the car and grabbed the suitcase I bought yesterday and decided to give it a good clean-out... and it looks ten times better now!

Anyway, the chickens are out in the yard now, they laid two more eggs and Jay's been fed today too... it's been a quiet day because of the rain and cold.  Tonight, I'm going to make some pasta... yummo!  Until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

House-Sitting Again!

Well, here I am at Brighton in Brisbane, house-sitting my brother's house again.  I arrived yesterday around lunch time and today was my first full day out and about in my Little Green Machine doing what I needed to get done before the rains came for the weekend.  

Gabe and Kat did have breakfast here with me, packed the Kombi and then took off... leaving Jay the Wonderdog in my care; and I went out about an hour later, hoping to get everything done that I wanted to get done... and I did!

Mind you, it did take a good part of my day to get everything I needed; including buying toilet paper and getting some milk.  But I didn't want to get stuck in the rain around these parts... so I thought today was the best day to get things done.

I searched high and low for the vintage suitcase... but couldn't find one until a lady in an old-fashioned shoe shop told me about an antiques store at Deagon and photocopied a map of this area for me, high-lighting the roads I needed to take - what at great help!  I found the place, pulled in and found this antiques store brilliant, filled with all kinds of goodies and then asked the owner about suitcases and he pointed out two... one was a lovely blue and white one for $12 and the other looked very, very well-traveled.  This second one had stickers hanging off it, half its skin tarnished and yet it was still holding together quite well!  So, I asked what its story was, and he happily told me that he had had it since the 1960's; and had bought it off Rudyard Kipling himself in India!  Talk about the WOW factor!  He wasn't going to part with that one for any more than $120... and personally, I don't blame him.  So, I bought the $12 one and said he was very lucky to be in possession of such a greatly traveled suitcase which was owned by such a brilliant writer!

Otherwise, I spent most of my day walking around Sandgate Township Common; with Little Green Machine safely parked uncover... and only just made it back in time for the 2 hour parking limit to be up... *phew!*.... I walked around the place looking into all the charity stores and asking about the suitcases and trying to find 'The Book Shack'.  Nobody had suitcases, and yet it seemed there were two answers to 'The Book Shack':  either nobody had ever heard of it, or they didn't know where it was because they didn't live in the area, but they took a wild guess where it might be!  

By the time I arrived home with the suitcase, a couple of crazy ties, the milk and toilet paper, I was stuffed!  But I had to take Jay for a walk and let the chickens out for their wander around the place...  yep, it was around 3pm.  So, I did that, fed Jay and - before long  it was time to feed myself!  It's only 10pm and I'm ready for bed!  I haven't done much, just searched for a bookstore and an old suitcase.... never knew it would take so long... hehe... well, until my next post, take care, stay safe and remember, I'm always here.