What’s up with that ?

Tangled metal wire. Yeah, that was fun…

You know how these workshops, studies, hobby rooms tend to be … crowded. Mostly, even if it looks messy, the owner will know where everything is – cause everything has it’s own place.

It can be tidy, it can be messy – but everything has it’s own place. Right?  Yes.

I have one of those. Small, but very organized studio. Eveything in boxes and shelves. For some reason I  very often find myself searching for that tool I just placed right.. there , in the open  – and when I need it, it is not there. At all. Searching around for it nearby will usually be futile as well. Sometimes I move on, without the tool. Other times I just spend hours searching for it. When it does show up, as it always do after some time, it is in a place I would never have thought of putting it. What is up with that ? What is happening? Am I getting blackouts now?  Is this an age thing? Does this happen to you ?  Ooof.

Some days are worse than others I have noticed.

There is not much to be done about it I suppose, other than to be patient while you search. Listen to some music perhaps. Going through some ideas in your head for new things to make , when you find this .. tool.

Or take a breather and  write a blog post about it.

Ok, back into the fray!

Opening crafts.tomi shop

 

Grønn turkis , sølv og grønne øreringer , ekte turkis , briolette øreringer , håndlaget i Norge

I am so excited! For awhile now I have been working on getting an online commerce solution up and running on this site .  The major hurdle was choosing which one of the many different payment solutions I wanted to add. There are many options, but most of them are rather costly with monthly fees. I ended up going for two  that only charge a fee whenever I sell something.  Paypal and Stripe.  Installing the plug in WooCommerce went without a glitch, but I had to have some help getting the SSL-certificate installed.  Now all I have to do is actually adding products. Whew!

So why going through all this trouble? I like working out from my own site, as I see the commercial ones changing the algorithm often. It can sometimes be time consuming to keep up.  I want to test this out for a bit, and see where it leads. Besides, it is fun doing new things. I will continue to add to my Etsy shop , as well as doing a few shows every year.

 

The summer vacation of my dreams

At the moment, my vacation consists of this:

Improvised soldering station

Where I am hovering over even more tiny things I can hardly see, thus the magnifier there.  I am working with paste soldering at the moment, but I need some wire soldering too I found. There are times when cut up wire would be easier to apply.  This is pure training, and it takes time. A lot of time.  Which is why I feel it is so important for me to spend parts of my vacation on this. When work start up again in august, my head will be filled with other things.  I have had a few chats and talks with people who want me to travel. “You need to get out and see other things!”  Why, I reply – when I happier where I am ? Because!, they say. Well, not quite, but you get the idea….  I do understand where they are coming from, and I appreciate their concern. Maybe I will, maybe I will not. I still have a few weeks.

Do not let anyone tell you how you have to spend your vacation. It is you that need to relax, and it is you who know how.

Results of my vacation will hopefully be visible in my Etsy-shop, or during a market. Or maybe not. Maybe I have to scrap everything. But I am persistent! Enjoy your summer, and do not forget to spend time here:

Your bare feet need to walk on this, do not forget! Or , don’t bother with it 🙂

 

 

Soon now…

I think we have seen the last of snow for now. We had a few centimeters early this week. It is all gone now. I had been a bit too optimistic, and planted out some green plants already. Sigh.  Yeah.  Might need to replant that.

The Castle Park in Oslo. Just so I remember how green looks like.  Photo – tomicrafts

I have been working on posting a few more items in my Etsy shop, but my day job has been my primary focus these past months. I am looking forward to getting back to the bench soon.

First, it’s all about celebrating 17th of May, our National Day this coming week.

Trip to my neighbours

A narrow cosy street in the City of Copenhagen. photo: tomi

I went with my colleagues to another seminar, this time not to Paris, but to Gothenburg.  Last time I was there,  I was applying to get into an actor school. Ended up making a mess and got rescued by Pippi Longstockings. No, I am not kidding now  – and yes there is a story there. Maybe later…

Feeling courageous, I drove  down to Gothenburg, and felt so brave I drove down even further to Lund, to meet up with family after the work seminar was done.  My former sister in law lives there.  Did not get to see my lovely nephews and niece sadly.  Parked my car, and took the train over to Copenhagen to meet up with a long time friend of mine.  She married a danish guy, a very good choice. We have known eachother for  almost 50 years now.  We were really close during our teen years, and hang together all the time.

I was not travelling for a long period of time, only a few days – but when I came home it felt like I had been travelling for much longer.  The long drive back might have had something to do with that.

I of course had to get a picture of the bridge between Denmark and Sweden on my way back home.  So into the TV-series “Broen” , I just love that story.

Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, this from the Danish side. photo: tomi