Archive for October, 2011

Pumpkin Recipes!

My huge pupils after my optometrist appointment

My way too creepy zombie pumpkin

All of my delicious ingredients for my pumpkin recipes

The drive to the park through my fall neighborhood

The awesome house down the street from me

Beautiful street lamps along the path at Cheeseman Park

First up are my huge pupils on the bus ride home after my optometrist appointment.  I had a freckle in my eye that my eye doctor wanted to dilate my pupils and get a better look at.  I was awarded a gorgeous pair of those roll-up sunglasses that look oh-so-amazing underneath your regular glasses.  I was at the height of fashion that day.  And also nearly blind…

I had wanted this pumpkin to be amazing.  what I got was the creepiest pumpkin I have ever seen.  I bought googly green eyes and drew the red lines with a permanent marker to make them look bloodshot.  Then I drew over the red lines with a yellow marker to make them look like my pumpkin was sick with jaundice or hepatitis or zombie-itis.

Here is a lovely still-live of my delicious ingredients.  My Thai-Spiced Pumpkin soup came out way too salty due to the fact that the recipe said to coat the pumpkin slices with a generous amount of the sea salt.  I highly recommend against this unless you want the saltiest soup you have ever eaten!  I also made some Sweet and Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds with the seeds from my zombie pumpkin.  I plan to make the Curried pumpkin seeds with the other half of the pumpkin I used for the soup.


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Guess what I got?  That’s right, pumpkins and a carving kit (^_^).  And also some candy corn print tissues, but I’m not as excited about those.

Me and my sweetie are gonna carve these babies up like there’s no tomorrow.  Then I’m gonna take all the seeds and make delicious toasted pumpkin seeds in three amazing flavors!

I plan to create a zombie pumpkin and have already bought awesome googly eyes that I’ve drawn red veins in permanent marker to simulate bloodshot eyes.  There is also the idea to make vampire pumpkins…  I’m pretty stoked for the weekend (^_^)


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Busy Week Ahoy!

The Denver Zombie Crawl was everything I had hoped and more!  Unfortunately in the midst of grabbing all the make-up, wigs, hats, feathers, flowers, glue, false eyelashes and so on, I totally forgot my camera…  Luckly my buddy Jessie had hers so as soon as she sends me those pics and edits up the video she shot, I will post for your viewing pleasure.

In the meantime, here are some awesome things I came across on the webs today.  I am totally going over to Office Depot to pick myself up some Post-It watches!  These have got to be the greatest invention evah!  I am one of those people that make myself a thousand little notes and never looks in my notebook.  I make myself a thousand little post-its and unless they’re on the wall behind my desk, I will never remember to look at them.  This is another one of those smack your forehead for not thinking of it yourself kinds of inventions.  And just think how cute it would be to wrap one of these around some hottie’s wrist with your phone number on it!  I wont’ be doing any of that since I am happily involved, but it’s an idea (^_~).

These I had to post about, they’re Cupcake Vases that have strategically placed holes in the top for flower stems.  Once you place your flowers of choice into the cupcake vase, you have a perfect floral arrangement!  How rad would it be to surprise your lady love with a beautiful bouquet of her favorite wildflowers?

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The Joys of Working at The Sports Authority

I love yoga and I love pilates and I love my job at the Sports Authority where I can take pilates and yoga classes for free.  One of the many perks in addition to free fitness classes are the free samples of wonderment for the fitness enthusiasts in us all.  Today’s haul included some Mighty Milk, which admittedly is for children, but is lactose free so… I had to give it a shot.  I also grabbed lots of energy drink mixes and a box of energy bars.  Because it’s barely 10am, I have only tried the G Series FIT Gatorade Level 02 Perform Workout Hydration Electrolyte Replacement Drink in Acai Blueberry flavor.  In a word, it is tasty, in two words it is rather salty, and in three words, I like it.

An update on the crafting plan, I am doing well sticking to my budget and savings plan, getting lots accomplished on my script as I’m now picking out background music for my how-to videos and sound effects for my opening sequence, and though I still haven’t gotten much work on my own crochet items, I’m practically buried in lace pieces for the little old lady made of vinegar and nightmares (her name is McNabb) that I crochet for.

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Staying Inspired

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Last night I had a coffee date with a buddy of mine and though I worked on a few pieces of lace for the little old lady made of vinegar and nightmares that I crochet for, I didn’t get much work done on my own stuff.  Feeling a bit guilty I decided that I’d read a few articles on some Etsy sellers and found this article on Poor Pitiful Pearl’s Etsy shop.  She’s a stay at home mother of two who just loves to create new out of old via the sewing machine.

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Poor Pitiful Pearl found a burning desire to sew that lead her to fill out an application on an available shop and without any significant amount of money in the bank created a talk-of-the-town shop on the beach.

She spends most of her time with her kids and when they’re sleeping she gets into work mode.  I love that kind of self discipline!  As a person who loves the structure of a day job, I have trouble envisioning myself as able to pull off working from home even without kids!

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In the article Pearl gives some really great advice on accepting failures when they happen, dusting yourself off and continuing to move forward.  She poses some great questions to the Etsy seller to be like “do you have a unique idea?” and “will you continue to love making things once it becomes your job?”

Poor Pitiful Pearl’s shop is rad, unique, and even more awesome when I think about how busy she is being a mother of two and homeschooling her five year old.  Huzzah for staying inspired, keeping at it, and rolling with the punches!


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Forging Ahead

The plan to go and talk with my AV buddy Jessie almost didn’t happen; I’ve been fighting off the plague for the last couple of weeks, and I wasn’t sure if I would make it through anything aside from two episodes of Spongebob and a gallon of Theraflu!  But I went anyway and was quite happy with myself.

My goal here with these how-to videos is not only to share my amazing crochet expertise with the world for free, but also to gain some notice for my soon-to-be-but-taking-its-sweet-time Etsy shop.  I really like what the Threadbanger crew has been coming up with in their video posts and am hoping to get something similar, but all my own going.

Keeping with my chosen name Twisedewe, I was thinking of calling my how-to videos “Twisedewe-seful Tips” or something along those lines.  If you’re stumbling over the video name, it’s supposed to be a mash-up of my Twistedewe name with “useful.”  I might go with “Twisted Tips”, but that kind of sounds like something you’d order at an erotic bakery…

Right now I’m working on my script and a general outline of how I’d like the show to go.  So far I’ve written down a cute intro and my opening dialog and I hope to get the rest of my script down before the end of the week.

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Hey, all my Denverites!  Don’t forget that on October 22 is the Denver Zombie Crawl!  I’m going as the Lady Catrina Day of the Dead Costume featured in Craftovision’s how-to video.  I think me and the crew might be having a Halloween costume making party this Friday, but haven’t made any specific plans.  Actually that’s a really great idea <begins sending invite texts>.

See you tomorrow for another update on the process!

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Waking Up And Taking Steps

After a real emotional breakdown this weekend, I finally cracked open my copy of Start Your Own Business: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need and began taking some real steps toward my goal of running my own business.  I had realized that I was doing things to keep myself active in my business goal, such as keeping up with relevant blogs and making a few items here and there, but I wasn’t really doing anything.  I realized I had been saying things like “This is the year I will get started on my crochet business,” and “Starting next summer I will begin to sell my items at craft shows.”  I had even tried to get into a couple craft shows (remember the Holiday Handmade show I was going on about for a couple posts?), but would miss deadlines or wouldn’t follow through with the necessary phone calls I needed to make to ensure my spot at the show.  So I’m starting over at the very beginning though I’m not sure if I can rightly call it starting over…

What is my first step?  Goal setting!  My main goal in starting my own business is to do what I love for a living.  What do I love?  I love crocheting!  I wrote out a list of all the things I’m really good at, a list of things I’m not so good at and found that my real problem is focus and drive.  I have tons of ideas, but no real clear idea of how to make my ideas become realities.  I found that I get lost in all the possibilities because I have no clear “next step” in front of me to keep me focused.

I also needed to set up a budget that is not only reasonable, but flexible.  A budget on my time is also necessary; how much time can I devote per day or week toward my small business venture?  I have allotted myself a $50 per month cash allowance for general spending money and another $50 a month for craft supplies.  The $50 spending cash will be actual cash I keep in my wallet; I believe that if I have a set amount of cash that is visibly decreasing, I will have a better idea of how much money I have to spend during the month on crap.  This may turn out to be too much or too little for a whole month, but that is why the budget is flexible; I can go back and readjust so that my budget suits my needs.

I created a list of basic food items to buy each week to keep me from frivolous spending as well as a basic supplies list of items I will need for my small business.  I listed things like frozen lunches for work and snacks I can easily afford or make on my own such as popcorn on the stove instead of those microwavable bags.  First of all, you wouldn’t believe how much those little packages of popcorn add up to when you really like popcorn and secondly, I do not own a microwave.  For time I have set two hours a day toward working on my small business whether that work be studying my small business books, research on my particular niche, or actual crochet work.  The point is to have time set aside for working toward my goal, not micromanaging every day of my life as I am not the kind of person who can say that I will crochet for three hours on Monday and then read blogs for one hour on Tuesday.  That is way too ridgid for me!

I have set a goal to raise $300 by the end of December.  This will not be difficult to achieve since I have worked out a budget that leaves me with a good amount of breathing room and also because my family is extremely small and I will not be spending a lot of money on holiday gifts.  I have also set up a meeting with a friend who has a lot of video experience to talk about the possibility of crochet how-to videos.  I have written some words of inspiration as well as my goals on my fridge in dry erase markers so that I will have a visual reminder of where I’m trying to get to.

I am still working out my short-term and long-term goals, but for the time being I want to experiment with my time and money as those are the biggest excuses, aside from lack of drive and feeling overwhelmed, that I find myself making when it comes to why I’m not moving forward.  I know that setting these goals will keep me from feeling overwhelmed and by creating a clear and distinct Next Step I can remain positive and focused!

Wish me luck!

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