Time to prepare for the holidays!

order earlyIt’s that time of year again.  Summer is almost over, and school will be starting soon.  Then there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  These are all wonderful crafting opportunities, but they’re also the reason I get really busy this time of year.

I would like to encourage you to plan ahead and get your orders in early this year.  My busy season seems to start earlier every year.  I’m stocking up to be prepared for all orders big or small.

Usually by October I have to extend the order preparation time from 5 to 7 business days to 7 to 10 business days.  I hate to do it, but it’s necessary in order to get everyone’s order filled in a timely manner.  This extension lasts until around February or March.

To help you stock up, there are 2 active coupon codes:

HAPPY2016 – save 10% off any order
BULK25 – save 25% on any order over $100 US
Happy crafting!

So I found this juicer at a thrift store…

These are my thoughts on a Breville Juice Fountain versus a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer.  I was surprised by the results!  The Jack Lalanne juicer is much better, making double the juice with about 1/4 the pulp of a Breville from the same fruits and vegetables.  The pulp from the Jack Lalanne juicer is fairly dry.  The pulp from the Breville is soaking wet.

Why I don’t mow my lawn anymore

I used to mow my lawn at least once a week.  It was really pretty.  Then I decided that functionality is better than pretty.  Now my lawn is full of wild birds flying around looking for bugs and bees buzzing from flower to flower.  I don’t have to worry about watering it because the ground is shaded and stays fairly moist.  It has wild chamomile, plantain, and dandelion.  I give my chickens 2 big buckets full of it a day.  This fall I’ll be cutting it down and making haystacks to use for my chickens this winter.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Free lamb pattern by Gentlestitches

Sharon Pridmore of Gentlestitches posted her free lamb pattern.

Aren’t they adorable?!lambs

Go here for Sharon’s blog and the pattern: Amigurumi Lambs at last.

 

Happy Crafting!

This week’s orders & Steven King

These are a few of the Suncatcher Craft Eyes orders that shipped this week:

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When I was out running errands yesterday, I stopped at a red light and looked over to see this:

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Yes, I was in Bangor, Maine (what Steven King calls Derry in his books).  This is a Steven King tour van that takes people around to all the famous places in his books.

Homestead-wise this week I’m playing with the vintage scythe I got to cut my lawn and field.  It’s so much fun to use.  I’m also taking extra special care of my chickens since temperatures are getting into the 90s this week.  There’s watermelon in the freezer that I’ll be giving them later as a nice cold treat.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Making cream cheese & freezing eggs

My oldest son has moved out of the house to his own apartment, and I finally have the house to myself.  This comes after having my friend and her family living with me for 6 months.  I am so ready to be alone, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

This week I experimented with making my own cream cheese.  I was reading a recipe that seemed almost identical to making yogurt.  Since I make yogurt in my programmable rice cooker, how hard could it be to make cream cheese?  Not hard at all it turns out:

All of the recipes I read said that the leftover liquid would be whey.  Maybe it’s because I’m using cream from my local dairy, but the liquid I got is more like creme fraiche, which is fine with me!

On the chicken front, my oldest chickens are almost 1-1/2 years old.  That means they should be moulting soon.  When chickens moult they either slow down or stop laying altogether.  Since this is the first time these chickens will be moulting, I have no idea if they will keep laying or stop completely, or how long they will moult.  It could be a month, it could be 3 months.  That’s why I’m freezing eggs now in case there aren’t enough once they moult.  I have an herb freezing tray that I’m using to freeze raw eggs for baking.  Today I started frying eggs to freeze.  I’m flash freezing them and then putting them in freezer bags with parchment paper in between.

Suncatcher Craft Eyes updates soon!

Color of the day: Opaque light pink

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Available in every size on the Suncatcher Craft Eyes website.

It’s been a while, but I’m back!

I had a run-in with a new nightgown and ended up with a horrible chemical burn.  Live and learn  – always wash new clothes before wearing them.  So yeah, this burn is finally almost healed 2 months later.  It’s been 2 months of awful pain and itching and frustration because I haven’t been able to do much every day other than fill orders and nap.  Took me back to my fibromyalgia days.  Ugh.

On a positive note, I’m almost back to normal and I’m so thankful.  I’ve gained a new respect for the time I have in a day and the importance of rest.

Now that I’m almost back to my old self, I’m starting Good Morning Shout Out on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/suncatchereyes/Project1

Every morning I’ll shout out a crafty business on Facebook.  To get a shout out, send me a Facebook message with your Facebook/Etsy/website link.  Only craft-related businesses please.  I know some of you don’t use Facebook, but that’s the only social media I can keep up with these days.  I’ll try to branch out more soon.

Happy crafting!

Chicks are 4-1/2 weeks old and outside!

The chicks are getting too big to be in my office all day, so I made them a mobile chicken pen from 4 T posts and some plastic fencing.  I move it to a new spot every couple days.  In another couple weeks, they’ll be moved to some kind of pen inside the chicken run with the big girls so they can all get used to each other, and then the final move will be to put them in the coop.  I love seeing them outside on grass.  They spend most of their time practicing flying and playing keepaway with bugs.  So cute!

It’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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Fibromyalgia, which affects more than 12 million Americans, is a musculoskeletal syndrome that may cause some or all of the following: widespread pain, tender points, incapacitating fatigue, anxiety, depression, migraines/chronic headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, insomnia, hypersensitivity to cold/hot, swelling, fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus), difficulty remembering, numbness, stiffness, decreased energy, noise, light and odor sensitivity and skin sensitivity.

I guess you could say my business began because of fibromyalgia. Because I couldn’t work and because I had to rest so much, I took up my old hobby of crocheting.  I tried to make money for my family with my hobby, and after some time of crocheting hats and scarves and dolls, Suncatcher Craft Eyes was born.

Long story short, my doctor thought I had fibromyalgia for about 5 years.  I had chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia,fibro fog, and eventually anxiety and depression because of all the other symptoms.  Then thankfully I got a CT scan which showed a bad disk in my lower back.  Turns out that disk was causing all my problems.  I’m one of the lucky ones.  After surgery all of my symptoms went away.

My heart goes out to everyone with fibromyalgia.  It’s a difficult illness to have in more ways than one.

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