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I Finally Have a Newsletter!

I finally did it! I wrote my first newsletter last night. I know, I know. Every other blogger has probably had their newsletter for years, but you know me. I am always late to the party.

If you would like to get the inside scoop on Crafting with Cat Hair sign up below or on the link on my sidebar to join my email list.

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My very first newsletter will be emailed on January 31st and will include how I plan on celebrating my 10-year Blogiversary, I know 10 years of Crafting with Cat Hair is crazy, a sneak peek at some new shop items, and a free crafty download only available to email subscribers!

Since I am totally new to the whole newsletter thing I am going to start out very easy, with only one email a month that will be emailed at the end of each month. So no need to worry about being bombarded with emails from me. I will also be including a download, pattern, or tutorial with every newsletter that will only be available to those who are newsletter subscribers.

You don't want to miss out on all of the crafty fun, right?

Be sure to sign up today!!!

In Other News. . .

I am working on adding some more handmade items to my shop, Retro Girl Design. They should be available in the next week or two. Right now I am selling handmade plushies and play food, with new food hitting the shop just in time for Valentine's Day.

I am also working on destashing a lot of my craft stash over the next several months. I should be able to start adding items to my Retro Girl Destash shop sometime in February, so if you are looking for supplies for your journal/planner, jewelry making, cross stitch, and of course yarn be sure to check out the shop next month.

And don't be surprised if you find a vintage item or two in the shop. I am thinking about parting with some vintage Barbie stuff as well as some of my '80s items. We'll see exactly what makes it into the shop.

Also starting next month I'll start posting new yarn palettes. So be on the lookout for the first one of 2017 in early February.

Looks like that is it for now. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. The first one will be emailed on Tuesday, January 31!

2017 Stashbuster Challenge

A new year and a new challenge.

One of my main goals of 2017 is to purge my house of all unwanted and unneeded things. As much as I need want all of my yarn, now is the year to purge my yarn stash. I'd love to cut my stash in half, but I'll be happy with a couple of my skeins being gone. Well, a little more than a couple of skeins.

Starting today and running until the 31st of December we are going to work on purging our yarn stashes, one skein at a time. 

What is it?

The goal of the 17 in 2017 Stashbuster Challenge is to completely use up 17 skeins of yarn from your stash in 2017. Super simple! 

You can use any kind of yarn (wool, acrylic, cotton, etc.) and any weight. You can even use half used skeins of yarn. Anything goes! After all, the purpose is to purge your yarn stash and make room for other things, right? :)  

Where do I sign up?

There is no formal sign up for the challenge. Just start stashbusting today. Feel free to post your progress on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc, or leave me a comment telling me you are joining the challenge or when you've busted a skein!

Grab a free badge for your blog or website too. Copy the code under the button on my sidebar to add it to your blog.

Now let's get to purging!

Let's Get Ready for 2017!

Great news! I'm ready to get back to blogging, writing, and crafting (with and without cat hair)!

So, grab a cup of tea, some yarn, and a hook and join me next week as we craft our way through 2017!

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

I've been pretty silent these past few weeks and there is a reason, or two, why. It has been a very overwhelming summer for me with good and not so good reasons.

Let's start with the good news. . .

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to sign up for my first Christmas craft show. I have always wanted to do a craft show, but really didn't know if my products would sell. Plus, that enormous booth fee. . . But this show had a very reasonable booth fee, so I didn't blink when the opportunity came up.

Little did I know paying the booth fee didn't automatically mean I was ready to sell in November. Nope! My products and my brand had to be approved by the members of the board. I figured since I had never done a show before I had a very slim chance I'd get picked. But, just a few days later I got an email that the board had unanimously voted to include me in the show!

When I got the news I was super excited and super overwhelmed. I had, maybe, 10 items made. That is it! And I figured I need to bring at least 100 to the show. So, you can guess what I'll be doing from now until late November. . . CRAFTING!!!

And now the not so good news. . .

When I started this blog many years ago I took inspiration from my little girl, Drusilla. She is the cat behind Crafting with Cat Hair. A couple of weeks ago she was diagnosed with kidney disease. I was devastated! My childhood cat had lived to be 21, so I thought I would have her for at least another 7-8 years. But to know the clock is now ticking is very hard to accept.

She is currently having tests done to see just how far along the disease has spread, but I know her days are coming to an end soon. I am, though, spending as much time with her as I can and giving her the best months or years that she has left.

With that being said, I have decided to cut some things from my life. My novel writing that I have been working on for 3+ years is being put on the back burner until at least mid/late 2017 as is this blog. I just can't do it all. Something had to give.

Is this temporary or permanent? 

I honestly do not know. We'll have to see how the rest of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 pans out.

I won't be completely silent, though. I will be selling my products on Etsy as well as my own website starting in late September. I'll also be blogging on once a week, leading up to my shop opening in late Sept. and the craft show in late Nov. I'd love for you to check it out.

I want to thank each and every one of you for following along with me on my crafting journey. I have had an amazing time and met a lot of great friends along the way.

Until we talk again. . .