I’m finally starting to get a little relief from my tooth, either that or the pain medication combos are beginning to work, although that’s less likely. I actually felt mildly useful today, and can hopefully suck it up by tomorrow when my father comes to visit, and I have a photo shoot. I’m doing family shoot with a woman who is a referred client from the family in the last entry. This is probably one of a dozen bookings I’ve received from letting my clients post their (watermarked) proofs on Facebook. Most photographers don’t like this, it seems, but I’ve always encourage clients to email, share, blog, Myspace and Facebook their entire proof album before they order prints.
This has always resulted in higher sales and lots of referrals. Photography is built on word of mouth, I don’t get why you’d want to discourage that. Besides, having all of your friends and family yell, “Get that one! Get that one!” is much more likely to have you buy it, right?
With car insurance payments coming up, and holiday bills already piling because I cannot stop buying gifts for the Tempest, please someone stop me – I was beginning to get afraid we’d be way into debt. With the few last-minute bookings at least now I know I’ll break even.
I feel like I might realistically get to a point where I’m actually making a profit, and have no more debt. I keep myself looking forward by imagining that within three years I’ll be making enough to support us… even if it’s a little delusional. I guess in the long run we have very little to make up for, it’s just a lifestyle of poverty since infanthood that has me permanently believing that I will never see enough cash to justify things like buying several items of brand new clothing from a store in a mall. It’s kind of weird considering that I may have actually found something that will eventually change that, and my kids may not grow up like I did.

Curtis broke his six year record… today he has a fever.
Think about that for a minute. This man, with two little children, has only had a fever twice in six years.

He felt a little rough around the edges last night, but not quite enough to deter him from my rather awesome powers of seduction. However, by the time I got into bed after him (no more than 30 minutes after he’d gone to lay down) his whole body was burning up. He usually runs hot at night but I figured he was extra warm from all the ‘activity’, so I didn’t think about it.
Around 4am he woke up feverish and delusional, I vaguely remember him getting up to turn off the heat in the bedroom, and then he apparently stripped off Xan’s diaper and put it on the floor next to the bed, then started chatting with him about me. I fell asleep while he talked quietly, thinking that Xan was awake and he was singing to him. Curtis doesn’t remember this, except waking up thinking the bedroom was hot.

He woke up in the morning for his work alarm and went to take his temperature. The thermometer was broken and told him it was 97, then 100, then 98. He figured this must mean he was normal, and then biked to work in pitch black, in the freezing cold, at six in the morning. It’s a wonder he isn’t dead.
When he got home this afternoon he was still burning away at 101. He almost never gets sick, so he has a right to pout for the next few days.

The two of us have taken the last week to furiously craft. I’ve finished more projects in the last few weeks than I have in the year before it. Some I can’t post… but others I will. Like this set I made for Frankie:
Lion pants:

Lion mits:

Lion hat (the best picture I could get while he was constantly tearing it off while laughing. It looks way better than this):

A picture, sans mane, that gives a little better idea of the shape:

Model: Xan.

The pants went to her on her birthday, and the rest went to her last week in the mail. I eagerly await photographic evidence.

Curtis finished Tempest’s spiderweb blanket this evening.

His hand in the corner, for size comparison:

He lay it over her while she slept, and tomorrow morning she’ll wake up to find it finished. She’s been dying for it for days now.

An older project of mine: Yorick scarf for my dad, also mailed out last week:

I’m currently working on a sunflower dress for Tempest, and I’m a few inches down the bodice now. It’s taking forever to knit, which makes it difficult for it to be a surprise. If I kept my knitting only to the evenings it may never, ever be finished.
But if I knit during the day Tempest notices it, and every single day she asks me what it is. “I don’t know, we’ll see when it’s done” is an answer she is beginning to become suspicious of.

The mix of mouth pain + medication makes me unwilling to write about anything important. Other than photographs or craft pictures, I will probably not be that active until after the 8th. Ugh.

Links of the Day:
Babywearing coat – Make your own! These instructions make it sound so easy even I could do them, and I suck with a sewing machine. This is brilliant. Hat tip to Keyboard Revolutionary.




  • newti_chan says:

    Alright, I am setting myself a goal, this winter break I will learn to knit, or crotchet… Whatever it is that I need to know how to do to make those wicked gauntlet thingies!!

    What supplies shall I con my mom into buying me this Friday??

    • newti_chan says:

      I am aware that said wicked gauntlet thingies did not appear in this post, I was just reminded of them and their inherent wickedness while reading this πŸ˜€

    • admin says:

      I have a ton of extra needles you can use, but it’s honestly better to start off with some higher quality ones (it makes it way easier to learn, believe me). So spend the extra little bit.
      Go up to Michael’s, and pretty much any set there is better than the dollar store ones I started on.

      Go for about size 8, that’s a good starting point.
      Get a big thing of soft feeling yarn. Red Heart is the cheapest and largest, but their lots vary. From one ball to the next you can have really stiff and scratchy or really soft. So make sure you feel it out on your cheek/neck before you buy. It’s why they’re so cheap…
      Bernat is another good cheap brand, with a lot of varieties, but for now stay away from the fancy stuff with all different textures until you’ve mastered the basics. πŸ™‚

      Then when you come over tomorrow I’ll teach you some. >:-D

  • I hope Curtis feels better. I love that lion outfit!

  • superflippy says:

    That coat is awesome! If I lived someplace cold enough to need a coat like that, I would definitely want one.

    Speaking of babywearing, I have a question about the babyhawk, if you don’t mind answering: do you think it would work well for someone with really narrow shoulders?

  • collette says:

    I love that Curtis knits!

  • lakme says:

    Can you offer some breastfeeding advice to my friend, ? She had a huge abscess develop on one breast that finally dried up and now she has no let down at all on that side. I seem to remember you had a similar problem with one of your kids, and if you can offer any advice at all, it would be great; she is distraught as she had a great breastfeeding experience with her son and her daughter is only six weeks old, and she’s worried she won’t be able to nurse her now.

    If you can offer any information, it would be most helpful-thank you Heather.

    • admin says:

      Just to keep nursing. πŸ™‚ She can unaboob it if she needs to, her supply will adjust very shortly (in a matter of days, if not less) and continue stimulation on the bad side via pump, nursing, etc and it will gradually return.

  • maylea_moon says:

    oh i love it all! i wish i didn’t suck so bad at knitting.

  • cmariewt says:

    Those lion pants are the cutest things I have ever seen! EVER!

    I also rarely ever get sick, and even then it’s fast and furious like the brink of death for a day.

  • frogger414 says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize that both of you knit, that is so awesome! I love the lion hat and the spider blanket!

  • Those are all awesome. I love the lion outfit – and I adore the web blanket! It made me think of Spider-Man though.

    I’ve been itching to make a Yorick scarf for ages — I think I may just have to get on with buying the yarn for it now! πŸ™‚

  • six58 says:

    I LOVE Tempest’s blanket!
    I wish I could knit pretty things.

  • sunlit_mists says:

    Sacebook is scary for artists

    I have no problem with Myspace or a personal blog, but I wouldn’t allow my work or my husbands to go on Facebook, because of this clause in their site agreement…

    By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

    (pretty much translates into they have full use of the photo, to do just about anything they want with it, including alter it and sell it – EEEK!)

    You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

    It continues from here to say they never actually OWN it,(Can’t anyway, intellectual property laws in Canada reside with the creator/photographer) just have rights to use it however they choose… This is the same reason I won’t use Chrome because they have similar clauses, except it included everything you upload or download through the browser.

    • admin says:

      Re: Sacebook is scary for artists

      Yes I know, I’ve heard all about it. That’s why I only upload a few low resolution, watermarked samples. πŸ™‚ Hard to sell something like that.

    • garua says:

      Re: Sacebook is scary for artists

      I hope neither of you mind my intruding here, I just wanted to let you know that Chrome’s EULA has been changed and now it explicitly says that you retain those rights. πŸ™‚

  • Your projects are enviable.

    My MIL’s studio was finally (finally, really, after a 3 year delay) finished this weekend. Gotta love the planning department and all the roadblocks they put in front of her. She started moving in Saturday while my husband was finishing a workbench. Chaos!

    When we moved her, we unloaded several thousand pounds of clay. When she gets it all sorted out she’ll find the raku clay she has set aside and also the molds we talked about. Then we can decide to mail it to you or even if you want come spend a day with her so she can work with you and give you some pointers. It’s still going to be a little time, she’s got a lot on her plate.

    I just wanted to let you know we have not forgotten you.

    • admin says:

      Wow, ironic timing. I was just exchanging emails with a local woman about this clay, and asking her if she wanted me to save her some too whenever I got it… I think about it all the time.

  • florassecret says:

    I must say those are awesome!
    Poor Curtis in getting sick.
    I went to my craft group tonight, two moms didn’t show up due to husband’s and being sick….I’m so far behind in my knitting, I did however cast on a new sock, and got about 1/3 way through the top part of the sock. Tiny needles makes my fingers cramp up like mad.

  • Mmmm now I want a nice wooly scarf or something haha.

  • Beautiful, amazing knitting. You & Curtis haz mad sklz. The spiderweb? My mom made me one when Curtis was born. It’s my favorite pattern EVER!! She used it YEARS ago for a tree skirt for herself. I’ve always adored it and was quite surprised when she made an actual blanket for Curtis. Ours is RED and white. I love hand made stuff. Way to go.

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