Archive for July, 2011


I wanted to take the time to tell people about a new website I just found, called Fiverr. If you sign up for an account, you can create a listing of something you’d be willing to do for $5. If people are interested, they can order it from you. You get $4 of the $5 charge; $1 goes to the site itself. This is a great site for promoting little crafts, I think.

I have 2 ‘gigs’ there right now. (My account is here, if anyone is curious.) The first is my offer to translate names into Japanese based on name meaning and/or personality traits. The second, which is pending review, is an offer to cross-stitch an initial and make it into a keychain. This one requires shipping, of course, and the site allows you to charge a little extra for shipping if need be. All the funds you get here go into a PayPal account.

I recommend signing up for an account if there’s a fun little craft you like to do that you think can sell for $5.

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A new batch of jam

Ever since I decided to learn to make jam, I can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s an easy thing to do, thankfully, and it’s a useful skill to have. I like to buy food as cheaply as I can while still maintaining quality, so when fruit is cheap, I now don’t have to worry quite so much about not eating it all before it goes bad. Whatever I don’t eat can be made into jam.


This is a batch of blackberry-raspberry jam. I actually made three jars of this, but I gave one of them away as a gift.

So far I’ve been using recipes that don’t involve cooking. These kinds of jams stay good in the fridge for about 3 weeks, or can be frozen for up to 6 months. The difference between this and cooked jams is that cooked jams can stay good for up to a year without refrigeration so long as the jar is sealed properly. But I don’t have any need to store jam for that long, so I haven’t tried a cooked jam recipe yet.

Storebought jam is nice enough, but now that I’ve made it myself, I think I prefer homemade jam. Since all that’s really in it is fruit, pectin, and sugar, you can really taste the fruit, and the more simple flavour is far better than the chemical-laden stuff I can find on grocery store shelves. I think that so long as I can make jam, I will.

Categories: cooking

Enchanting Geisha progress #7

I know, I know, it’s been such a long time since I last posted that I suspect people started to give up on ever seeing me again! So much has changed since I last posted that before I show you the progress on Enchanting Geisha, I should probably give everybody the update.

My finger is fine now, thankfully. It still twinges a bit in cold weather, or when I overwork it, but it’s healed and I have almost all of my mobility and feeling back. I’m very thankful for this.

I have left my job, too. There were so many unfair issues there, lies, pay problems, health and safety issues, that I felt I couldn’t stand any more of it. I do have another job that will be starting soon, but that won’t be for another month. In the meantime, I’m unemployed, and hopefully can get some government benefits to help tide me over until the new job starts. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope it won’t be as terrible as the one I just left.

I’ve also decided to try to make more regular updates to this blog than before. I’m aiming for 3 posts a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I hope I can keep to that schedule.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for!


It may not look like much, but as my finger was recovering and I was using a different hand and going slowly, I consider it good progress. I want to have most of, if not all of this project finished by the end of August. If I’m diligent, I should be able to manage that.

Categories: cross stitch

I return!

July 6, 2011 1 comment

The splint is off my hand, my finger is recovering, and soon I should be able to start crafting again! I have occupational therapy this week at the hospital, to help regain mobility, and right now my finger still aches a bit, but I’m recovery nicely, and I should be able to get back to some regular posts here soon. I’ve really missed being able to sew and knit and, well, do much of anything for myself. You’d be amazed at just what you can’t do when you’ve only got one good hand to do it all with!

Thanks, everyone, for being patient with the lack of posts here while I recover. I appreciate it. You won’t have to put up with it for too much longer, though!

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