Monday, May 4, 2015

Eating, Lately

I don't know if people who follow my blog also follow my YouTube channel, but if you've noticed I've started posting a lot of my videos on my blog. At first I wanted to keep things separate so people that followed both my videos and my writing were not annoyed by seeing the same thing every day. But I am having a hard time keeping up with writing blogs and making videos, and thus I am going to be posting my videos on my blog from now on.

Last week I filmed all my lunches (well, four of them). Guys, I love food. I was so tired of hating it in my first trimester--it's so nice to be back to enjoying the idea of cooking and eating food!

I've been experimenting with meal planning as well. I'm trying to make two week meals and besides buying lettuce and fresh veggie toppings weekly (I eat a salad almost every day) I want to get into the habit of doing a big shopping trip only once every two weeks. So far it's been working. We've been doing it for 2 months now and I love it! Also, I write down each meal plan so I can revisit them in the future. It's really nice to know what I am making every day so I don't have to panic and search frantically through my cupboards. Does anyone else meal plan? I originally became interested in it after reading my friend's blog, "bam". She posts her meal plans every so often.

Watching this video may make you hungry. Just be warned. Thinking about food makes me hungry, but I'm growing a human so I have a free pass to salivate at the thought of rice noodles. Plus, this is food I eat all the time!

What did you eat this week?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pink Baby Hat

I started this hat around the time I found out I was expecting, and hoping for a girl. Now I'm having a boy, and this hat will have to be saved for a friend or for my next (don't want to think about that right now) baby. I love the cute bobbles and the adorable pink scallops!

This hat was based on another baby hat I made for a friend. I don't think I'll be making any more hats, baby or otherwise, out of fingering weight yarn! That took forever.

I'm trying to finish up all my WIP's before my baby comes...only 6 more WIP's to go. I'm trying not to start any more projects either...wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why I Quit Etsy

I decided to close my Etsy shop two weeks ago. It's half because I'm having a baby and won't have time to ship things--and it's half because Etsy's new policies. Since their big switch in January, I have personally found them very small business unfriendly. But that's besides the point. Etsy can do what they want with their business, but their new rules have caused a lot of grief in the micro-business sphere.

I first thought of closing my shop because selling locally worked out really well for me. In 5 months of selling through last fall and winter--I sold almost everything! This, as you can imagine, felt great. I definitely will be selling locally next fall for sure.

Maybe one day I'll reopen my Etsy shop. Right now I am fine selling my patterns on Raverly and selling my handmade goods in my own town.

And I am sad to leave. I mean, running an Etsy shop was one of my dreams, and also the main reason I started my blog. It's funny when things run their course and new desires, like selling my stuff locally, appear and take up all my time!