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june of summer 019, originally uploaded by MyLittleCeePod.

Moving is coming up quick and I’m getting more nervous and anxious by the day…..I just have to keep repeating myself this mantra. It’s hard to take risks in life and I’m taking lots of them right now! Sorry if the blog is a little bare, things will get back to normal in no time!

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with Illustrator lately.  I come back to it off and on to try and experiment with different styles and swatches and what sorts of things I can do to sell.  Anyhoo, I am a super novice at it since I’ve never taken a class so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give some of my experiments as free downloads!  I definitely don’t feel comfortable selling anything that I’ve produced but I don’t want them to just sit on my computer and not get any sort of feedback.  So, anytime I do something new or come up with something fun I’m going to offer it here!  Woohoo!  Here is the first download, I designed it to be a desktop wallpaper but if you can think of any other uses let me know!  Hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear any feedback, good or bad!  Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend!

Good Morning Wallpaper:

good morning

Changes

I have been trying my best to work on and repeat this mantra to myself.  I don’t remember where I heard it, but ever since we decided to move from Minneapolis to Chicago I’ve been thinking this over and over again.  It’s a scary thing moving away from family and friends and out of your comfort zone.  Chicago is a big place and I’m a small town girl-it’s hard to imagine that we’ll be able to harmoniously mix.  I have a tendency to worry and dwell on what could happen.  I’ve always been a “what if” person and it’s hard to change that when it comes to such a big adjustment.  Every time I start to think about all the bad “what-ifs” I just try to remind and tell myself off all the good that can come from moving out of your comfort zone.  I think about all the opportunities in a big city like Chicago.  I think about all the new crafty friends I will meet and all the new experiences that Tucker and I will have together.  Sigh…Thanks for listening to this little rant of mine.  The time to move is coming up quick and I’m just trying to make it!  Do you remember when you had to go out of your comfort zone?  What helped you get through the hard times?

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I have been thinking more and more lately how much I dislike doing business related tasks.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it is the least appealing aspect of owning your own crafty business.  Unfortunately, it is also an inevitable aspect of owning said crafty business.  Today, while I was searching for some help or some relief or at least something to occupy my mind, I stumbled upon this website called Outright.  I am fairly convinced that it is the greatest online tool EVER for tracking all of your business needs.  All you have to do is sign up and get started for free.  They will upload your bank information (if you have a separate business account-otherwise they think everything is a business expense), paypal information, and more to let you know if you’re making money or not.  They will organize where your money goes-like who you’re paying.  This could be vendors, Etsy bills, etc.  They will also let you plug in and track the who’s and what’s of where your money is coming in.  There is even a tax page that lets you know, based on how much you have made, how much you owe in tax for that quarter!  This was all for free people!  I couldn’t believe it.  If you are like me, which I’m pretty sure most crafty folk are like this, then you will be grateful for this tool.  There is also a Shoebox application that lets you plug in saved receipt information for other things you can write off or declare as income!  Holy guacamole, it’s awesome!  Hope you find this site helpful, I know that I’ll be exploring it more and more this year while I try to affix my business hat!

Great Tit- embroidery- plant dyed silks
I have seen Jenny McCabe’s work around Flickr and etsy for a little while now, and I love it!  I have a big affinity towards birds and she stitches them up nicely.  Her color palette speaks to me and I love that she has pieces of work for your walls but for you as well with these great brooches.
Embroidered Brooch - Barn Owl Large
There are also really pretty pieces for your home, like this tea cozy
Tea cozy - embroidered feathers
I’ve really been getting into freehand machine embroidery lately, and she is an awesome inspiration for me.  You should check out her work on her etsy and swing by her blog.

I have always been partial to using natural light but I’m writing an article on using natural light vs. using a light box (will link to article when it’s posted) and I needed to get some firsthand experience.  I found this post on making a light box for $10.  But it cost me nothing!  All you need is a box, tracing paper, tape, a box cutter, and a piece of poster board (or something similar, I used the back of a poster)  Here is my process, all the instructions are in the link!

All in all, building and using the light box was a lot simpler than I thought it would be.  It always seemed more technical I guess (I don’t really know why!)  You should try building yourself one, it is super easy and I do like the result!

Cooling Off

popsicle

charlotte’s fancy

Wooo!!  It is hot hot hot!  Minneapolis is practically on fire (to me) and I need anything to beat the heat!  One of my top things for cooling off is popsicles.  So, this post will be all about popsicles!  Enjoy, and try not to drool!

Honeydew Lime Popsicles
photo by: Victoria Pearson
1/4 cup superfine or regular granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 (3 1/2-lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4 cups)
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
Dissolve sugar in water by stirring if using superfine or by heating in a small heavy saucepan if using regular granulated (then cool).
Blend half of melon and half of lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add syrup and remaining melon and lime juice and purée until smooth. Force purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart glass measure or bowl, pressing on solids and then discarding them.
Pour mixture into molds and freeze until slushy, about 2 hours.
Insert sticks, then freeze Popsicles until completely hardened, at least 6 hours
Recipe via epicurious
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image via the kitchn
Follow this link for more popsicle molds and where you can get them!
These are my favorite not homemade popsicles.  There are some other yummy flavors like pink lemonade!  Check out their site, your local grocer may carry them and if not-you should ask!
Egads!  Ok, I said no drooling but I can’t help it!  I need to get a cool treat stat!