Study date with the cats

I’m taking a break from home renos and working on stuff for the shop, knitting has been killing my hands lately and I need a new chair for my sewing table, to have a sort of study day. It’s been raining on and off all day so sadly I can’t quite go out and do this outside, but that’s not to bad, it wouldn’t have been to enjoyable if it was nice out since both my neighbours are home and they’re very noisy when they do their yard work. So really either way I would have been inside.

But at least with the rain I can open a couple windows and just listen to the rain fall while I spend today listening to documentaries about the fae folk or celtic shamanism while I read books on faerie craft, or druidry. It feels like it’s been a fairly good while since I’ve done this. I always have some kind of witchy book on me, but lately my bad books (the books I keep purely in my bag to read whenever I’m out and about) have been books on Everyday Witchcraft or Magical Housekeeping. Useful books without a doubt, but it’s been a while since I’ve read specifically books about my beliefs, like books about faeries, druidry, or celtic witchcraft.

This is the last day that I have the full house to myself, and you can bet I’ve been burning incense in every room of this place, I was suppose to have the place until saturday and I had all these things planned but since my alone time is cut down I can’t quite do what I had planned. I mean I can still do the spells and witchy shit I wanted to do, but it’s that I could have done any of this up in the kitchen. I’m a French guy from New Brunswick with an English grandmother, basically everything about me has history of people collecting in the kitchen. Mind you I’m pretty sure everyone with any and every kind of backgrounds gathers in kitchens, it’s kind of the one thing that everyone has in common I think.

But the simple fact that whenever I’m alone in the house, wether it be for the day or for a week, I tend hang out at the kitchen table, like not on the couch or anything but at the kitchen table. I can sit there for hours (no matter how uncomfortable the kitchen chairs are) and seem to actually get things done. Like I don’t even feel this productive at the table in my room.

At the moment I’ve got a couple incense sticks burning, some soup cooking on the stove, and a documentary about the Faery Faith in Ireland playing in the background. One cat is asleep on the cat tree and the other is passed out on one of the kitchen chairs. The rain has temporarily stopped but it’s still really windy and the sun is coming out.

Needless to say I feel really at peace right now and this is exactly what I needed.

A very unproductive weekend

Haven’t really been working on much, shop wise, this weekend because we have a home appraisal person coming through. Don’t know when which is the horrible thing, the other horrible thing is I might be the only person in the house at the time because my dad is apparently going off to Qu├ębec for work then off to B.C. for a bit. The good news about all this is it’s lit a fire under my ass to finish off my room. I’ve been living in an unfinished basement for like 3-4 years now but I stayed up until like 4am this morning laying flooring down, still a lot more to do just for the floors though.

I need to finish laying down the sub flooring, then go over that with the actual flooring it’s got this nice cabin feeling to the colour.

Once all the floors are done I can go in and finish the wall, by which of I mean finish constructing them like they’re framed I just need to put the drywall up. The walls the did remain in the demo and redesigning of the basement layout are that super boring off white colour so I’m going to have to figure out what colour I want or what’ll go with the cabin-y floors.

So basically I’ve kind of put shop things on hold until we get the house looking nice enough for the home appraisal/inspector people, because (I don’t know if I mentioned this) my dad has been tweaking his mortgage and in order to….damn he told me what he was doing but this is just a level of adulting I’m nowhere near close enough to know what he was actually talking about. But basically in order for him to do what he wants with his mortgage they (the mortgage people) need an update on the worth of the house, so we need to make it look all put together and like all these renos are going to be done in like a month.

I mean really all these renos could have been finished long ago, it’s just with my dad’s work he’s been out of the province and country for like large chunks of the year and a lot of the renos are at the point that mostly require the use of things like table saws which is terrifying and I don’t trust myself. So basically to get all this done, which really if I can get the floor both the sub flooring and the proper flooring, then I’ll be happy and get back to working on stuff for the shop and get back to clock-in job hunting.

Speaking of clock-in job hunting, as it stands I’m still in the run for the Cirque de Soleil job next month so there’s always that .

Back to clocking in

Being a new business I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make a living off of my store right away, hell I didn’t even think I could make a full proper living off of it for another couple years. But doing to after post secondary thing and living at home while I chip away at my student loan payments, it’s not like I have a whole lot of bills…at least I’m lucky and my dad is pretty supportive and doesn’t charge me any rent or anything.

But I do have plans in the rather near future (less then a year) of moving out, purely because good as this province has been to me (there was a lot of soul searching and moving up in the world done here) I just can’t handle living in the praises anymore…I’m a coastal kid at heart and I need my oceans and/or forests. I’m sure if I was living closer to the mountains I wouldn’t hate it as much, but I’m living in flat, prairie, suburbia…

Now I know it doesn’t make much sense me admitting that I didn’t think I could make a living from this shop for another two years, then immediately saying I’m moving out of a rent free home in less then a year. But like I mentioned before I can’t quite stand living in the prairies for much longer, I did say I’m a coastal kid at heart, and at this point I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to continue on with my plans. My friend back on the coast has a house of sorts and has basically reserved a room for me, so housing is taken care of. Really all that’s needed on my part is to save up X amount of money which is why I’m heading back into the salon.

I had an interview earlier this week and now I’m just waiting for the second interview. The manager at this salon is super chill and he’s willing on giving me like a month off so I can still work for Cirque de Soleil next month, because really this is kind of a dream of mine. I mean it’s not 100% set in stone I’m working there yet, but I recently spoke to one of my references and I was told a lot of good things so my hopes are still pretty high for this job.

Ideally, yes I’d like to eventually get to a point where I can live off of purely my shop, but it’s not even a month old and I started this at (what I’m considering) a good point in my life, like I’m 23 years old, with little to no life expenses. So really I do have a long way to go, and with me going back into the salon work force I can use it to help finance my dream of working for myself, it just means that I’m going to have to make this more of a part time job of sorts.

But nobody has ever said that starting something, let alone a business or store, would ever be easy and I’m just going to have to work at it and hope it pays off in the long run.

This is the obligatory introduction post.

This is the obligatory introduction post, because really who doesn’t like to know whose running the blog, or the shop this blog is for?

Let’s start with the basics in more or less point form.

  • My names William
  • I’m 23 years old
  • I’m from Canada
  • Born in New Brunswick, lived mostly in B.C., and for the moment living in Alberta.
  • Vegan
  • Pagan
  • Witch
  • My favourite colour would normally be black but a good amount of people don’t count black as a colour so for those people my favourite colour would have to be green.
  • I’m very fond of makeup, I’m either wearing a full beat face or I look like garbage, there is no in-between.
  • My favourite animals are cats.
  • Or for my favourite non-domestic (so like not house pets) animals, probably horses.
  • Trash Witch Apparel is my etsy shop that I opened early this month.

Now why did I open up a little etsy shop? Very simply because who doesn’t want to wrk for themselves and/or work from home? Ever since high school I’ve had the dream of living in that cluttered, disorganized mess of an artist home. Paint stained walls, stacks of canvases, kitchen counter covered in coffee cups and ramen boxes, and stacks of finished work ready to be sold. Living off of what ever I can make from my art. Sadly though as time went on I kind of traded up my ability to draw and paint for the ability to knit. I’m not saying I was all that great with my drawing abilities, but when I started to learn how to knit I kind of stopped drawing all together. So I kind of put that dream of living off of what I make on hold while I worked on a career in hair.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed working in hair and I’m kind of considering getting back into it, but at this point in my life I feel like I should go ahead with this new business venture of mine. I mean at the moment I don’t really have any kind of expenses that I need to worry about which to me feels like the best time to do something like this.

Much like my high school dream of living off of my art that’s still very much the goal for this. In some way though, this is still what I’m working towards, it might no longer be paint and pens but working with yarns and fabrics are still (in my mind anyway) considered art.

Please feel free to check out my shop

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TrashWitchApparel