Monday, January 31, 2022

I have a new home at Pickers!

I'm so grateful!!! Allison at The Picker Knows called me and told me I could get a better case spot, instead of the in the very back row I'm now in one of the front cases ! Whee!  My vendor # will still be 215 but now I'm in Case 810, which is immediately to your right as you walk in to Pickers and 6 cases in.  

Jerry and I moved everything yesterday evening.  I also rotated some jewelry, and I rotated out the old quilts and such and moved in clock parts, watch parts etc... steampunk supplies! I have so much I really need to destash, and honestly some of the kewlest pieces are too big for jewelry.  My Momma always taught me to share! 

anyway, come out and see the new stuff and my spiffy new location! 


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Farmer's Market 2022!

Heck - another thing to be grateful for! I just finished my application for  Des Moines Downtown Farmer's Market for this summer! WOOT!

Jerry and I decided a few years ago that it was ok to slow down on the jewelry business and doing shows - and that was before COVID hit and messed up everything.  

To be truthful, we were tired, especially me.  Shows are incredibly active situations.  You have to pack the car, you have to unload everything, set everything up, and then tear it down again at the end of the day.  You stand in place alot, walk alot to bathrooms food etc.  You have to be "on" 100% of the time for the customers.  You sit alot in crappy chairs.  

I don't mean to say I don't enjoy shows but they take alot out of me, and I just don't have as much to give as I used to.

The last few years before COVID, doing shows would wear me out.  I would be fatigued for a few days after, especially for 2-3 day shows that we have to drive to.  We would have to get a hotel for multiple day shows, and honestly I would eat supper and then keel over in bed.  I would be so tired I couldn't move.  It seemed like I would always get sick after a specially hard working show.  My asthma control was worse, and that was causing problems at my day job.   Honestly I worried that something was wrong with me.  Yeah, I"m getting older, but should it hit me so hard? 

I was right to be worried.  
Turns out, I have a serious health condition that got diagnosed just last year. One of the major side effects is fatigue.  It's not like I was a poster of health anyway, with all my other issues.

I to sum it up, I need to take care of myself better.  It's not just eating better, exercise, sleep, etc.

I need to pace myself.  I am trying to accept that I'll never do everything that I want to, it's just not physically possible anymore.  I doubt Jerry and I will ever do more than 1 days shows going forward, and I'm not sure we will travel much for shows either.

I need to avoid stress as well.  Stress isn't good for anyone, but it can be downright deadly to me now. 

Farmer's Markets are perfect for that.  With set up and take down, it's only a 7 hour commitment.  
 I get to choose what days I"m available, so I can space them out as well.  Farmer's Market picks only from those days for my slots.  Even if they give me every slot I ask for, it won't be more than I can handle.  
We do well selling at Farmer's Market.  It's about 4 miles away, so no long trips are involved.
I have to get up really early in the morning, but we are done and home by 1pm.  I can take a nap if I need too.  And Jerry and I have the rest of the weekend to do stuff, like game days or just relax.
While I love and enjoy my many years of doing Farmer's Market, I'm so very grateful that we have them now!  I'm getting more limited in what I can do, but i can still do them! 
I love making my jewelry, I adore selling it to the right person and making their day as well as mine!   And Farmer's Market will allow me to keep doing that, hopefully for years to come.  

Friday, January 21, 2022

let there be light

Yep I'm still doing Gratitude here at Mightnight Kat Productions.

We have a plan to completely fix up the house and pay it off in a shorter time frame than what the loan is.  We started with a 20 year loan, and last spring since the rates were soooo good, we refinanced and got a few bucks back to advance the time table on the fixin' and on the paying off,  We are paying at least $150 each month extra on the principle and a few months we kick in more, depending on what's left over at the end of the months' bills. Oh, and this loan is 15 years - which means even if we are only paying the extra $150 we are on track to pay off in 11 odd years.

So I am very grateful Jerry and I are in such a very good spot financially.  We are lucky to have such good jobs, and Jerry's especially is very secure.   

One of the top ticket items on the Must do list was updating the electricity on the house.  Since our house started in 1913 ( and kept growing with additions) the wiring needed a thorough check and overhaul.

In addition, we needed more light in places.

So now we have updated, up to code wiring and new lights where we wanted them.  Finally - the studio has enough light for a studio, over 40,000 lumens! 

The pic is the new light sets in the kitchen, featuring handmade glass shades which I think are yum! 

I also now have a dedicated circuit for my studio!  So i can run the kiln, power tools and keep the lights on, without anything going poof! 

 No more power outages cause we ran the microwave and the air fryer at the same time!  Heck, no more power outages cause we want to turn all the lights on in the living-room at the same time as running the microwave and my computer!  

 I am so very very grateful we moved to this house, and we can actually afford the updates it needs and we want!    We still need to do a few more updates, but if all goes well we will have the house paid off and everything fixed in 10 years or less.  

Monday, January 17, 2022

I love Nightmare

As in Nightmare Before Christmas that is.  In my family I just call it Nightmare, but in fandom it's NBC.  

One of my goals is to completely redo my kitchen and dining room into a NBC theme -- and over the last couple of years I've added touches when and where I can.  Above is a light switch plate I added about a year ago-- As I find designs I like ( and have the spare $$) I'll get them all replaced, as well as the visible plug ins.  
Another touch I added last year is padded window seat in the dining room.   ( in a lovely purple which is of course of one the main NBC colors! ) 

The window seat came with the house of course, but it was bare wood and it's original to the house, or near so.  ( My house started in 1913, and it's been added to at least 3 times, maybe 4?  It's kind of a Frankenstein house which is yet another reason I adore it) 

This change I think adds much to my dining room.  I bought the pillow shams, and then pillows for them.  The padding is just chunks of foam cut to fit, and I found extra long pillow sheets to use as the covers-- making it an affordable house upgrade.  Since the pillow sheets can be washed as needed, easy to clean as well. I believe this cost me around $120 total.  It's comfy as well!

The cats adore it! during daytime hours you will find one or 2 of them snuggled up in the sunlight.  

 I'm hoping in another year or 2, we can redo the cabinetry in the kitchen to fit my theme.  As it is, I have several of my favorite Nightmare toys on display in the dining room and kitchen.

I really love my home, and I'm so grateful I can add and subtract things to make it special!  

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Stillwell Freedom Rock

I'm still working on catching up my picture files from last year-- and I'm still reflecting on the GOOD stuff of 2021.

Jerry's Dad is a fan of the Freedom Rocks.  If you live in Iowa, you already know about them, if you don't or - your living under a rock in Iowa - I put the link for you.

So Early last spring we went and visited the Stillwell Rock with Larry (The dad) and Jerry's sisters.  
We had a good time and spent some quality time with the Miller side of the family.  If in these times of Covid, and frankly you are looking for a mini -trip, go check out one or more of the rocks.  

Here is me, Jerry, Baby and Larry


Saturday, January 1, 2022

Hell of a year....

So 2021 is done and I say good!  I don't want to dwell on the negative, so here is one of the GOOD things about 2021 -- we found and bought this incredible buffet, which we call, affectionately, The Dragons.  This wonderful piece we got at a steal! It's oak, and the dragons are hand made... look at the top picture, you can see the elegant curve of the wood and how it'a all one piece, and not attached to the botttom drawers.  

For now, it houses the family art supplies, and such family activities as puzzles and games.  

 While we didn't need it I am so glad we bought it, and every time I look at The Dragons, I fall in love all over again with it.

I am so grateful to have a house where I can randomly buy something like this and immediately find a place for it.  I am so grateful that Jerry and I have decent jobs that paid for it and our house.

I'm so grateful that all 3 of us got through 2021 if not exactly intact, we made it and all of us are still here.  We will have family art days again in the future, with the supplies that live in The Dragons.  

Happy New Year's folks, and let's all look for the things to be grateful for, as it's the only way we get through this life.