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Discounts for locals!

So with everything up and running, I got a discount code for all of my Buffalonians and and Western New Yorkers. Use the code HOMETOWNHOMIE to get free shipping and pick up in store! I don’t have regular hours as The Foundry is not a retail space, but you can contact me and arrange a time that is convenient for you to come pick up your new favorite yarn!

Day to Day

#MondayMotivation

Good morning everyone!

I figured everyone could use some motivation this Monday! I can’t believe it’s almost August already! If that’s not enough motivation to get up and take charge of your life and summer I’m not sure what is! I accomplished a few things this summer. I started running (mainly to keep up with my beer habit) and I made it out on a boat! I had my first and last vacation for a while this weekend. Becoming a small business owner and practically doing it all yourself means vacation time isn’t really a thing. Any day the shop is closed is a lost opportunity. I hope to really take off and get this show on the road starting this Wednesday in hopes that I could be the next Jimmy Beans Wool, make my first million and take another vacation. We dream big here, okay? Haha, I digress. But really, with my passport expiring relatively soon, and little money in savings I’m gearing up to hopefully go on a nice trip. Putting aside something easy like $20 per paycheck should get me somewhere. Maybe not far at first but if nothing else to at least have a little cushion if sh*t hits the fan. As much as I would like to go to Europe I’m almost contemplating saving that for my honeymoon. Maybe my best bet is to do a cruise. It seems like a great way to get out there and see multiple places at once and spend a lot of time on a boat. Which sounds like a dream for me in my little fish sign.

Motivation I feel like is something that is as much from yourself as it is inspiration from your surroundings and the people you keep. My house burned in October 2015 and ever since then I’ve had a real hard time calling any place home. Being violently ripped from your comfort zone like that can be traumatizing. If not in big ways but really subtle ways that most people don’t notice as well. I put a lot of energy into my bedroom set before the fire. I spent the summer refinishing the hand-me-down dresser and night stand set that were my godparents’ kid’s set. I even got a bed frame for graduation from my mom to refinish and make match. I had inherited a really nice brand new mattress as well to go with. My best friend from college lopped off a chunk of her family’s 100-year-old cactus and I had a piece that was really happy and growing new sections! I have also always been an art snob. I love original works and had quite a few nice ones in my room. I rarely will buy a print of a piece. As of late I have been hard pressed to go out and collect the things that really make a place home. Small knickknacks, wall art/hangings and anything of that sort that makes a place more than a home I really haven’t put any effort into getting. Recently I house sat for a friend and co-worker and let me tell you her house was amazing; even for someone who just had a baby! Everything had its place and purpose. There were plenty of fun little antiques like a small stool with crow and glass ball feet! Everything looked so amazing that it inspired me to really step up my game and make my apartment a home. At the Allentown Art Festival I invested in a few items: a hanging planter (that just fell off the wall this week :[) and a print of a Catusa, or cat with snakes on its head. I was pretty stoked to put it up but what really put the icing on the cake was my new Gus poster. I enjoy entering Instagram contests (I’ve won quite a few) and I entered and won a contest for a huge poster by Gus from Ro Homeshop. Previously I only had one thing on the wall in my bedroom. I added this large, hand printed poster right above my bed and it’s amazing! Way better than any headboard. But I do believe if I hadn’t spent a week in my friends space, taking care of her plants and cat, I probably would have taken much longer to step up my game.

I hope everyone else out there has things that keep them going when the day-to-day struggles really weigh you down. Without motivation and goals, why are we even here?!

Announcements

Opening Day!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all have been enjoying the summer! After quitting my day job, going full-time on my part-time job and really digging deep to get the shop open, IT’S FINALLY TIME!! I will have the shop open in the evening (for all you regular job people) on Wednesday, August 1st. That’s also WIP Wednesday, but honestly I prefer stitch and bitch. Let’s be serious, a bunch of crafters finally in our element, there will be some tea spilled! I have started a Facebook event. So for those who don’t follow my page or weren’t personally invited, click here to read all about it and like the page! I will be providing snacks and cups. You should bring something to drink and a friend! If you have Facebook, check out the event and share with your friends and family! Right now I have limited stock but soon we will have more selections to come!

I hope to see you all there!

Day to Day

A Word on Overnights

Hey all!

So I’ve just switched from my regular day job to a mostly overnight schedule and let me tell you it’s not all bad!! I’ve taken up one good habit since the schedule change two weeks ago. To get some exercise, I’ve taken up running a mile with one of my pups right when I get home. It sounds crazy to work an 8-12 hour overnight shift and then go run, but it’s actually a great time since I’ve been bringing a dog with me on this adventure. It’s not to warm out (yet, usually), and not too many people to run into. Udaz, Saoirse and I have been getting more exercise than we’re used to which is great and I can get that last bit of energy out before hitting the hay. I can usually get a few hours of sleep in before getting the pups out again and either knitting and watching some tv, getting some errands done or simply going back to sleep. I’m a night owl so technically “starting” my day around noon is great! If I get out to do something mid day I generally get a nap in between that and my next overnight if I have one. I find it much easier to do things for the business during the day than after a full day of work. My days have gotten so much more productive now that I can work when the sun is out and not focus on fitting a lot in to such a short time.

Even though the downside to the overnight schedule is not being readily available during times when my friends usually are, I can cope with it more easily than I would’ve thought! Doctors appointments and such are much more easily scheduled and any sort of appointments I need to make for my business don’t have to wait weeks until I can find a good day to take off. My job at the clinic has also always been a happy one. I’ve left a couple of times now and seem to always fall back on it. I always have enjoyed my coworkers and the environment here. Obviously with any job there are some negatives, but I like that usually if I leave work I don’t have to worry about them or the problems are so small that they can be easily forgotten by the end of the shift. I took quite the pay cut to come back but I love this place! I can still support myself so I figured I might as well be happy at a job that I was working to support this shop.

Mental health has been a big topic these days in the media. People my age (20 somethings) are more stressed out than ever. We’re not getting paid living wages while spending way too much on living costs and student debt. I’m not well to do by any means but it does help that at least when I am at work I enjoy what I do. At my other job I had great day time hours so I could still see my friends on evenings and weekends. I pretty much lost most of my social life to the nights and weekends schedule, but I don’t mind it as much because I can still get little stuff done like send emails or write and entire blog post, haha. As someone who went to school for one thing and came out doing something completely different, I urge you to really think about what you want and value most in life. Simply enjoying what you do while on the clock can really change your whole attitude on your day-to-day happenings.

Have you recently changed schedules or jobs?