Thursday, January 25, 2018

Etsy Changes

So, it has been brought to my attention that I offer a very....wide....variety of merchandise and I should split the jewelry and fiber pieces into two different shops. 

I actually kind of like this idea!  I don't think I'll be able to really open the second shop until after I get back to the states, but I am going to work on setting it up!  Jewelry will still be at Kypress Designs, however the crocheted pieces (scarves, hats, adult humor pieces) will be moved to another page.

BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

I have a poll pinned to the top of Kypress Designs to help pick the new page name, but you can answer here as well.  Should I go with "Kypress Fiber Arts" or "Crochet by Kypress" or do you have another suggestion altogether?  Let me know.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy 2018!!!

It's a new year! Another year has passed and I still failed to follow through with my statement about blogging. I'm sorry. I'm a horrible business person.
I love to craft and I do post a lot on Facebook, but it's really mostly just resharing other items or posts from other pages.
Or commenting on how crazy my kids and life is.

But this year HAS to be different.  Something's got to give.

Also, I'm going to Japan at the end of the month.  All by myself. I'm even traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago O'hare all by myself.

I've never been out of the midwest, let alone the country or flown on a plane as long as I can remember.  This is a big leap!

But I do this for friends that are living over there. They just had baby number 3, an adorable little brother for their 4 and 2 year old girls.  They are on mom's work visa, though, and she's gotta get back to teaching toddlers English!  So I'm going to help with that transition.

Did I mention I'm going for a month? Yeah, one month away from my own children, out of the country.  I'm a bit nervous about that.  I think I might even be more nervous about being away from them for a month than the whole traveling to a foreign country by myself.

I've been trying to learn Japanese, but I'm not picking it up as fast or coherently as I need to be. And I have a pretty decent layover in China both ways too.

But I'll be okay.

I have to be.

Because this year will be different.

Messy Bun Beanies

Well, I finally bit the bullet and made a listing for the messy bun beanies, hats, whatever you want to call them.  I'd had enough requests that I made one.
You can find them on both the Storenvy and the Etsy sites for $15, plus shipping!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why did I think it was a good idea to say we could go to a birthday party from 7-9 on a school night? A POOL PARTY at that. My daughter still hasn't told me a thing about her friend and the party is tonight. So I don't have a gift made (Little Miss REALLY likes to give my handmade items to her friends) or bought. 
And it's a pool party. Remember all those LOVELY illnesses I fight? They make it a bit difficult to be in swimsuits let alone in the water when they are flaring up (looking at you, IBD, IBS, and hidradenitis suppurativa).
We've also got some storms heading our way; I can tell thanks to the migraine I've been fighting since yesterday. So, we may or may not have that party tonight; it depends on the storms. Whining, disappointed kids won't help my migraine if the party gets postponed or canceled but neither will the screams and squeals of excitement. 
I'm STILL trying to figure out this video tutorial thing for Patreon. But I'll get it worked out eventually. Maybe I'll just change it from tutorials to vlogging and say screw editing. I'll make it a mom/fighter blog instead of crochet and jewelry tutorials. What are your thoughts?

(Okay, I'm joking. Mostly. I'll do the craft tutorials, not the whining vlog.)

I'm working on another adult humor scarf--this time heading to Illinois! Woot woot. Of course, I'm trying to decide if it's cheaper to ship it or just drive over there at this point...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Auction for Grandma/Update on my Niece

Those of you that have been following the facebook page know that my family has a lot of medical issues.  (That's an understatement.) You would also know that my paternal grandma has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  She/her children opted to go for chemo knowing that it will only extend her life maybe a year, if she doesn't succumb to side effects first, from what I've been told.  She's really not doing good.  She had been moved to a nursing home/assisted living facility that will help get her the care at all hours that she needs and help with her medications and making sure she eats, but it is expensive.

I've been trying to set up an auction to help raise money to cover at least some of the costs (her medicare is refusing to cover pretty much anything at this point and the facility costs are completely out of pocket for my aunts and uncles).  I haven't been able to set it up yet, because life, but it looks like the items will all be from my shop or items that were gifted to me from another crafter leaving her business.  (I didn't reach out to anyone individually because I didn't want to feel like I was guilt tripping anyone into donating their work.)

However, I am still working on setting it up.

I also currently have a coupon code up on Etsy until the end of June. If you use IG2017 you will receive 50% off of your order.  (You'll also be emailed an additional 20% off coupon code because it's still set up that way.)  You can find the link somewhere next to this post or by clicking here.

I will update with when the auction is set up on facebook.  I'm still trying to figure out how to hold one on Instagram.  I know I don't get enough traffic here (by my own doing as I don't post often).  If I were to hold it here on the blog (to avoid the long legal disclaimer "this is in no way affiliated with Facebook" blah blah blah), how would I do it?  Have each piece given their own post?  What are your thoughts?  Any input is appreciated!

Thank you all again for all of your support still.  I know I've put you all through a lot with everything I've been going through.

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My oldest niece is also still having some major issues with her epilepsy and they believe she may have Dravet's Syndrome, which "is a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain). It begins in the first year of life in an otherwise healthy infant. Prior to 1989, this syndrome was known as epilepsy with polymorphic seizures, polymorphic epilepsy in infancy (PMEI) or severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (SMEI)."  She will be going to a better educated and specialized children's hospital out of state next month to get the help she needs.  Currently her specialist at Riley, while not specialized with Dravet's (no one in Indiana is, it seems), agrees that she should try "Charlotte's Web"* in 6-8 weeks after her and her parents' blood work comes back for some more in depth testing.  
She had multiple absence seizures in the office for the appointment that the doctor witnessed today and was concerned about.  My sister says it felt like someone was finally listening for the first time today.  She's getting a referral to a psychiatrist and behavioral specialists finally for help with school too (which my kids get for help with other mental issues).









*With it having less than .3% THC, I might be able to use it.  I am constantly "suggested" by well meaning friends to try cannabis, but I have always had a severe allergic reaction--but how do you go to the doctor for an epipen for cannabis, which is/was illegal?  Recently, however, I've discovered that it may actually be the THC that I'm allergic to, along with the paper.  Burning paper on cigarettes as well causes allergic asthma attacks.