So as the title vaguely states, it’s my birthday today. I am now officially 24 on the 24th of September.
I feel as though this is some kind of mile stone, like last year there was a new moon (or dark moon depending on how you look at it) on my birthday and I had a few “new beginnings” happen this past year (birthday to birthday). Work wise I had my ups and downs, home life things didn’t work out the way I had planned but things are looking up again, I’ve got some big plans in that regard (which I can sadly only plan so much until I know what’s happening as far as my dad’s posting).
But anywho, this year’s birthday milestone should be something big, like finally getting my life in order kind of big. After all it’s only once in a life time you turn the same age as the day you’re born on. I made a kind of vague list last night and it’s basically just getting my place in order and (finally) finish the floors and walls. Getting my work, both the salon work and my shop work, in the top priority along with bringing my witchcraft and spirituality up from casual “when I have time” to a more daily activity…like doing my makeup, do I need to do it every day? No. Do I do it everyday? Also no because my face needs a day or two to breath. But on days I do put on a face I make enough time in the mornings to not rush through it, some days I have more effort then others but that’s like anything.
Also I should really probably start using this the way I had intended this blog to be, a record of progress for my shop. So let’s see what have I done with it lately…I’ve finished one scarf, just about finished a “fashion kimono” the handmade fringe I made for it is fighting me a bit, I’ve started another scarf this one is much more of a aesthetic scarf since the yarn is much finer then what I normally use for scarves, and I also have a cardigan in the works. I’ve also picked up a bunch of new fabrics for vests and what not (some of them might make nice bags). But I guess none of this matters if I don’t get my act together and start to prioritize this like I do my lazing around.
So I’m going to do a bit of cleaning around the salon and then start in on some knitting, as bad as it sounds I really don’t want anyone to come in today…not when I have a ten hour day tomorrows
Since my last post was basically on Lughnasadh I have a whole month of updates for all of you, not that there’s a lot but still.
Let’s see, Cirque Du Soleil left Edmonton down to Portland on the 14th, so on the 13th I worked my last shift with them and stayed for as much of the tear down as I could. It was also the day I lost my glasses. Like I was kind of due for an updated pair but the fact that I didn’t have the option of wearing them while I wait for a new pair is kind of the shitty part. Worst part is I waited until a few days ago to finally looking into getting a new pair, I now have like a touch under two weeks (at the most) until I get my new pair.
So I haven’t been the most productive with the shop, I have two sewing projects and three knitting projects on the go. I’ve been trying to get as much work done as I can on them but without my glasses I get to a point where it just hurts to much. I can work through a headache, it’s unpleasant but I can make do, a migraine however is a different story.
Now that brings us to what I’ve been doing since Cirque left town, I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before but for a wee refresher I got a call from this one salon asking if I was still looking for a place closer to home (the last salon I worked at was like 2 hours of bus transfers one way). So on the 14th I started there, it’s a super convenient like 20-30 mins walk.
Since I’ve been working at a salon again my migraines can last for a good few days, especially if I over do it with knitting or sewing after work. When I first found out I needed glasses for work and what not I had had a single migraine for almost two weeks straight. It would be gone for like an hour or two after I woke up and when I was asleep…but then again who feels anything when they’re asleep?
But any who, since basically everyone is back to school we’ve hit a slow period in the salon. I’ve been able to take my knitting into work. I seem to get less progress done there because of my headaches, I think it’s the difference in lighting, but the point is I’m trying to get things done.
Once I get my glasses my plan is to get as much work done as possible so I can have a decent update for the shop by the end of the month. I know I continually say shit like that but this time I’m being 100% serious. I also need to figure out what I’m dressing up for Halloween, I work that day so it has to be work appropriate. I also open that day so basically every kid is going to be in school until like two hours before my shift ends so it doesn’t have to be a tacky “child appropriate goofy” costume. Just like toned down on the gory aspect.
I just got back home from the training shift at Cique Du Soleil, and man I am exhausted. It could be that I’m running on a few hours of sleep, it was hot and sunny today, I did a lot more walking around then usual lately, or simply learning make me tired haha.
But in all seriousness I’m really thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to start my first real shift tomorrow. On top of a pretty good first day at the circus I had my first sale over on my shop this morning, I woke up to a notification on my phone saying my Ilvermorny Professor Vest had sold.
On instagram and facebook I had briefly mentioned that I was both excited and nervous, and I still am. That hasn’t changed since this morning and it probably won’t change until after it arrives at its destination. Even then I’ll probably worry that it doesn’t meet the person’s standard. Like I’m pretty sure anyone shopping on etsy, especially for clothes, understand it’s all handmade and there for won’t be at chain store level. All handmade items have their flaws, but I like to think my work meets other people standards and that they enjoy the item as much as I enjoyed (despite making myself frustrated over nothing more then I’d like to admit) making it.
I know as time goes on and the more I make things, and the more sales I do, the more I can work on my work related self-esteem. It’s not from a lack of pride that I worry about these things. But more so from prior to following this dream of mine of running my own shop, all knitting and/or sewing I kept to myself or for family gifts. So pretty much anyone who got anything from me were people who might have been to polite to really saw anything if there was something…it was mostly my mother saying that I made things like sweaters to long because she’s pretty short so sleeves needed to be made shorter.
But I’m off to the post office so I can pick up a box to send out this vest before my shift tomorrow. I work at like 5pm so I have time to swing by before then since the actual sending parcels part of the post office is closed right now, but I can still get boxes and stamps and all that.
So last post I had talked about how a gnome stole one of my knitting needles from literally under my nose, placed it down for a second and boom! It was gone.
Well, I sadly still haven’t been able to find it, but also my pillow case (my only pillow case) was taken as well. I pulled out my bedding from the dryer to unravel it so it could dry completely and evenly. I placed my pillow case on top of the dryer and stretched my arms upwards while holding onto an edge of one of my blankets to unravel it, if anything my pillow case would have fallen forward from where I had put it. But when I brought my arms back down to put the now straightened out sheet back into the dryer, my pillow case was gone.
Much like that one knitting needle I still haven’t found it.
Now a pillow case might seem like nothing, something easily replaced, and it is but I had plans of just completely buying new bedding. What I currently have is a cheap set from walmart or something and it’s just a lint and cat fur magnet.
But good news being I’ve found a temporary set up until I get that whole new bedding set, which hopefully I’ll be able to afford soon as this week I start work with Cirque Du Soleil! I’m not working with the actual circus, I’m not that lucky haha, but I’m working for the venue here in town. It’ll give me some kind of income while I figure out what to do next, I have a few plans for August, right now any of those three plans could happen.
I could go back to school, go on a mini vacation with a friend (if she ever speaks up and tells her friend that she doesn’t want to go to this wedding), or I go straight to working another random job.
Whatever I end up doing in August, these next few weeks of work with the circus is going to be fun, I’ll be honest I’ve never been to a show, but I’ll take the position I was hired for as a complement. I’m pretty sure the was mention that as a venue employee I might be able to see a show at some point. Either way, it’s going to be fun.
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.
- 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