Rachel and I had a blast at the sale today. Hamilton United Methodist Church made us feel most welcome and we had a great time meeting everyone and getting our name out there.
It was a great experience and we will be looking for more events to join up with, so we can keep meeting everyone and spreading the handmade joy.
We just wanted to thank everyone who came out and stopped by to say hello and see what we have to offer.
Please stay tuned to this spot on the internet, we'll be revamping the site, adding some of Rachel's wonderful creations (she makes hair bows, candles and soaps) to my crochet and sewn items. In the meantime, show us some love! If you met us at the fair today, leave us a message!
Michele and Rachel
Not too long ago, my hubby and I got to go out and enjoy ourselves at one of the local honky tonks with our friends Rachel and Travis. I know you've heard me talk about them before. They really are great friends, and I am really grateful to have them around!
Anyway, I thought You guys would like to see a few of the pics we got that night. So there it is!
Now, for some exciting news from the world of Uglee Little Things! Next month, I will have a booth at a local craft fair being sponsored by the Hamilton United Methodist Church. It's for a great cause, and the Second Harvest food bank will be there as well. The fair will be from 8am until 2pm on the 18th of May. I'm going to be inside, just in case the weather decides to be weird!
As it stands, I am very busy counting stock and getting it all tagged and priced, while making new things! I'm branching out into sewing, but please don't expect highly constructed things from me . . . yet. I will get there I promise! I am super excited about adding a sewn line to the shop, as well as adding some wonderful jewelry, but more on that later!
Now, I have to get back to work! Gotta make sure I'm ready!
I am also working on a couple of tutorials, so stay tuned for those!
I've been spending quite a bit of time working on new items for the shop, occasionally sharing a small sneak peek with you guys via my Instagram (ultdesigns) over the last several weeks. Have you been paying attention?
So, I decide that since my roadie is home for nine days, I would ask him to help me get the spring line photographed and then retake photos of some of the things I still have in stock. Know what we found out instead? We don't have a single camera in the house that is fully charged! LOLOLOL Leave it to us to not have a camera ready for a project like this! It's a pretty big project actually, since I still have a lot of things in stock, those things I will most likely put on sale this month, and I have a pretty sizable stash of spring items.
In other news, my roadie is home for nine whole days before heading out to the UK! The only things we have planned for sure are a vets appointment for our fur kids tomorrow afternoon, a spa day on Wednesday and a huge cookout on Saturday for family and friends, sort of like a late Easter dinner. We always have a lot of fun at these cookouts and it's a great chance for Danny to get to see everyone and relax in the company of good friends.
So, I am off to check on the status of camera charging so I can get to work showing you new things!!!!!! Please stop by and show some love, I love to read comments!
As y'all know, my husband Danny is out on tour right now. I don't really talk about the musicians he works with here, mainly because it makes ME feel kind of weird, like I'm trying to use them or something.
There have been some bands he's worked for who I've not been a huge fan of, and there have been musicians that he's worked for that I've found to be funny and NORMAL - just like you and me.
Then there's his current boss, Kyle. He's funny & quirky & respectful & loves his job & respects Danny for all the hard work he put into getting his sound just right. As far as I'm concerned, that's a good boss in any industry.
But then, he took it to another level this morning.
I've had Uglee Little Things open for almost two years now. I won't lie, it's been a struggle getting it off the ground. Hours spent promoting -without an advertising budget; being the only spokesperson; plus designing and making everything in the shop by myself. There have been days where I've considered giving up, but it's been my dream for so long, I just can't give up. So, I keep plugging along.
Then, this morning, Danny sends me a text saying "Check your Twitter." So, coffee cup in hand, I check my Twitter and find the picture below.
I will not lie, my eyes welled up. Kyle didn't have to re-tweet Danny, but he did. And that really did make my day. I know it's probably something small, or no big deal, to a lot of people, but to me, it meant more than he will probably ever know.
So, I'm going to say this: when I say Danny has the best boss EVER, you will now know I am speaking the truth. Thank you, Kyle.
Well, I kept my word and went out to spread a few smiles. I didn't take ALL my tiny hearts, but I took a good number.
When I first came up with the idea, I was going to hide them for people to find, and I did that with a few at Books-a-Million when I stopped in for a chai. Mostly, I just smiled at people and asked if they would mind if I gave them a little something. I only had one person look at me like I was a little crazy, but I explained to her that my hubby was out of town and that I had decided that staying at home alone, moping around and feeling bad for myself because my love couldn't be here with me was ridiculous, so I would go out and hand out smiles. Then I handed her one, she read the little message I had attached (I think hers said "SMILE"), she smiled and hugged me and said she it made her day. And that made mine.
It felt good to go out and hand out smiles to strangers. I didn't have a single one say no, and all the ones I gave hearts to told me I had made their day. Such a simple gesture, the only time I gave up was making them last night. But even that wasn't a tremendous sacrifice, as I am almost always crocheting. All it took was just enough bravery to say to a stranger "I have a little something for you, if you'll let me give it to you."
So, I had a great day today. What did you guys do?
Well, as y'all know, my hubby is out on tour on Valentine's Day, again. I'm used to it, so I'm not going to get terribly bent out of shape about it. One of these years, he'll be home for all the important days, and I won't know what to do with myself!
With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I figured I would do something a little out of the ordinary for me. First a little background: I've been following the yarnbombing movement since it started and I think it's wonderful and I've wanted to do it for a while. I just don't think I can do the huge installations some of the more prominent bombers can do. I love their works, but it's just me over here. So, what to do??
While searching around on Pinterest, I found this: http://saltforthespirit.blogspot.com/2009/02/itty-bitty-crochet-heart-tutorial.html
And it made my eyebrows dance! WIth me, it either has to be a brilliant idea, or something incredibly, off-the-charts stupid to make my eyebrows dance.
Then an idea formed in my yarn-addled brain: why not make a ton of little hearts and leave them in different places around town on Valentine's Day???? Yeah, I know, not a totally original idea, but still. So, I'm making them, and planning on running a ton of errands tomorrow to give me the opportunity to spread a little surprise love in my own community. I hope I can make at least one person smile tomorrow, even if I never see it.
What are your plans for Valentine's Day?
So, this came for yours truly today, my Uglee Little Things booth banner. *deep breath*
It's all coming true. I'm taking ULT out into the real world (it's been on the internet for a while, and I've had LOTS of custom orders, so it's been in the real world, but y'all know what I mean!) And I'll be honest, it makes me nervous and excited and it worries me and makes me happy. In short, I'm nothing but a bundle of nerves right now.
However, I do have a bunch of great people cheering me on, so I'm not quite a nervous as I could be. Danny, Daddy, Mama Carol, Ma Dorothy, Beth, Tyler, everyone who has ever bought anything from me:
I LOVE Y'ALL MORE THAN YOU KNOW! Thank you all so very much for believing in me and knowing before I ever did that I can do this!
Hey again y'all.
I was going to post a funny, long-winded post about how to decorate your house, O'Neil style. But I think after the weekend, I will wait another day or two to post that.
I will, instead, extend my condolences to the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I will say a prayer for the souls of littles and heroes, because that is all I can do.
There are no words to describe how this has shaken us all to the core. However, now is not the time to spew rhetoric (from either side) or cast aspersions or throw hatred into the mix.
Today we have the opportunity to come together as a larger, more extended family, and support the grieving. I hope we will.
So, it's been an interesting week or so here.
What's been going on, you ask? Well, funny as it sounds, I've been obsessed with making these wonderful spa cloths! They're a bit bigger than regular washcloths with this awesome texture that helps with some gentle exfoliation. The two I've been making this week are a granny square and a basketweave pattern.
In all honesty, I LOVE the basketweave pattern! I'd put it in everything if I could figure out how! It gives everything this awesome feel and look and most people who see it are amazed that something like that even exists!
Sorry this is going to be so short, but I have so much to get caught up on here, I just wanted to let you all know that I've not forgotten about you and I hope you guys haven't forgotten about me either!