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He’s done it again!

June 4th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As I mentioned, it’s been busy!  Summer is here, life is grand!!!

I have a couple new products to launch in the shop over the next couple of weeks and into summer, but in the meantime I wanted to share another collaboration with Jason.

In April, Jason, Mr. Genesis of Legend, had another successful kickstarter campaign for his game Posthuman Pathways (see more about the game here and buy it here).

As part of his package for backers, I made some brochure holders for the game, which is published as a set of 5 pamphlets.  These were a lot of fun to make.  Purple and gold, embroidered with the game name and a magnetic snap to keep everything in.

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These won’t be going up in the shop since I’m not sure what the uptake on them would be, but if ever you want something like this, don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

A big congrats to Jason and, if you haven’t done so already, go check out the game!! (I believe Jason will have it available soon to non-backers.  If you backed him on kickstarter, you should already have a copy:))

Focus? Ha!

May 20th, 2014 | Posted by admin in dice bag | human keep - (0 Comments)

Friends, my last blog post was on January 27, 2014…almost exactly 4 months ago.  I started writing this post with an apology and lamenting that blogging is a surprising amount of work, but ‘meh’.  It is what it is and I’m writing now and that’s what’s important.

So, to recap from the last time we met – my adopted perspective for this year is focus. In some ways I have been quite successful at this.  My yarn and fabric stashes have grown VERY minimally so far this year!!  Woot woot!  And, I’ve been pretty good at being monogamous to a knitting project (recent case of start-itis aside).  I have not be so focused in other areas of my life (i.e. my house is a mess and I’ve got about 10 personal sewing projects that are mostly done but neglected for newer, shinier projects).  Oh well!  I’ll try to do better:)

But man oh man do I have ideas!  Loads of them.  It’s time the dice bags had some company in the shop and with that I have some new items that will be making an appearance over the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I’ve added some new theme fabric to the shop for your Human Keep dice bags:

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Star Trek – Enterprise

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Classic RPG Map

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Star Trek – Insignia

 

 

 

 

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Dice!

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Character Sheet

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Elements of Gaming

Focus: reducing options

January 27th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

One of the things that I firmly believe contributes to my lack of focus and feeling overwhelmed (and I’m sure applies to many of you) is the  amount of choice that’s out there. Don’t get me wrong, I love having options and I love having the freedom to be able to make those choices.  But, let’s face it, between Ravelry, Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, etc. etc. the possible “next project” can be daunting.  And I’m ALWAYS changing my mind and getting distracted by the next shiny, “must do” project.   That’s why I have a backlog of sewing patterns and a stash of yarn that I will probably never make it through.  And I have some nice stuff, yo.

This influx of inspiration and stimulation is largely why I try to limit my social media consumption (I unsubscribed from Facebook about 2 years ago and I haven’t looked back…and I refuse to get sucked into Instagram even though it’s oh so tempting!!) and why I have no business starting any new hobbies…although I will admit to dabbling into a little bit of embroidery lately *she says with her head down scuffing her feet on the ground…oh the shame

In order to save myself from myself and the infinite number of choices of what to do next, one of my 2014 knitting goals is to complete the first 20 projects in my Ravelry queue.  These are projects that I already have yarn and patterns for and which have been in my queue for quite awhile.  I made sure as well that the projects represented a nice mix of smaller/quicker projects (mittens, hats, socks) and larger projects (sweaters, a blanket).  I’m smart enough not to set myself up for certain failure by making myself knit 20 sweaters in a year (I should say that usually I’m smart enough.  It’s not always the case).  And, to avoid the temptation of rearranging my queue to fit in something shiny and new and for which I will have to buy yarn (I’m a cheater), I’m copying what I’ve seen others doing — paper surprise bags.  I put one skein from each of the 20 projects in my queue into a paper lunch bag along with sticky of the pattern name and then sealed the bag.  I wrote on the outside of the bag whether it was a small or large project and put them in a drawer.  Now, when I finish a project, instead of spending hours sorting through my yarn or Ravelry and starting 20 different things, I can go to the drawer, pull out a mystery project and voila – that’s what I’m working on.

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Forced focus. Will it work?  We’ll see.  But it was fun making all those paper surprise bags:)