I make stuff too…

I recently started a free sewing class in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego with my friend @whatemilymade.  It’s fun!  I like to make little creations but I don’t have any technical skills or know how of operating a sewing machine…so I’m learning, yay!

I’ve been trying to make little purses, by hand at first, then the one with the skull and crossbones and anchors was done on the sewing machine. I’d really like to just live on a sailboat and sell my little creations. Yup, I’m a girl, haha. And since I am very rational and put the cart before the horse (always), I already have a name for it…but I’ll refrain from totally getting ahead of myself.  Here are some photos of the purses and the bag for my sewing supplies. They are all lined and the purses have little sewn in slots in the lining for earbuds, phone, charger cable, etc.  And the green yellow flowery one is supposed to look li,e a skirt.  Let me know what you think!

   
    
    
    
 

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The cart before the horse…

…or the boat before the sail??  I’m not sure how to switch that to a nautical term, but by both land and sea I tend to get ahead of myself.  My boyfriend pointed this out when after only minutes of first discussing the liveaboard idea I was trying to figure out a clever name for the boat I didn’t own and how I could get a plaid sail.  Must. Learn.  Priorities!!

So while I’m still procrastinating the potentially week to month long task of sorting out discrepancies on my credit report, I’m trying to simply peruse for sale boats for research purposes only and not go for a quick purchase since the largest boat I’ve sailed is a sabot.  And, since transitioning from land to sea isn’t a large enough endeavor, I’m also searching for a new job.

These two choices will each have bearing on whether or not I can sell my car for money to put towards the boat.  I’ve had the car for almost 8 years, and I don’t need to get rid of it, it works fine (knock on wood), and I have no desire to buy another car, but it’s sort of in its “now or never” era of being worth anything.  It’s an ’06 mustang convertible with a little bit of scraping here and there. And some weird things here and there…but 90% of the car is totally fine.

I’ve also started a free sewing class held in North Park in connection with the local community college.  My boyfriend surprised me with a sewing machine for my birthday, so I’d like to learn how to use it properly. I already make little things once in a while by hand…the machine would make things much easier.  I have an etsy shop…which has yet to sell even one item.  Here’s the link if anyone is interested: well it’s not a link, the shop is called “SoCalGoodies”. And why is that the name?  I have no idea, but all the names I wanted were taken, so that’s how it ended up, haha.

And yes there maybe a slight chance that I also got all into the sewing world because I want to make things for the boat…

More to come, soon I hope!!

Slight change of plans…

I was supposed to start my Advanced Sailing course tomorrow at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.  The course is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 9am to 12noon; for two weeks.  However, the little photography company that my boyfriend and I have has gotten a few inquiries for shoots for the next couple of Saturdays.  Sooooo, I decided to just postpone my class until October, which seems far off but it’s only a month.  The only hesitation I had was in case these people flake and cancel their shoot which means I could have taken the class anyway.  Ah well, it’ll all work out in the end.  🙂

Also, my little critter Kaleigh has had some health issues pop up.  She kept having accidents over night in her sleep despite already being on a prescription for what I can basically describe as “old lady dog pee leaks”.  I took her to the vet (who happens to be my roommate), and she had some bloodwork run.  Turns out the poor thing had a bladder infection.  She went on antibiotics for 10 days.  That whole shabang set me back about $300 or so.  I should get an ultrasound or and x-ray done to check for bladder stones…but realistically I won’t put her into surgery even if there were any since she’s already 15 years old.  Otherwise, she’s in rather good health.  Although, yesterday she struggled to stand, but she had gone on a nice walk the night before.  I’m just hoping there’s nothing awful brewing in there.

She had a walk tonight and did quite well.  Yay Kaleigh!  Oh, and the name of our photography company is Pinpoint Photo San DIego, which can be found at http://www.pinpointphotosandiego.com.  It’s a work in progress.  IMG_0041

….she’s a happy little lady!

The search…

Here are the boats I’ve seen recently on good ol’ craigslist. And I’m not totally familiar with what all of the terminology means or what the doohickeys do or the what the such and such is worth. So here are the screenshots of their listings:

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I’ve noticed that a few of these boats have been listed for a while.  The prices fluctuate. I’m hoping to get one with solar panels, a refrigerator with a freezer, an outboard motor, a functioning head (ideally with a shower attachment….but that’s a dream),  a V berth bed,  annnnnd I’m not certain about the rest. I’ve been told it’s good to have the boat hauled out of the water and check the bottom for blisters or any defects.

Still learning!!

Did I mention the money part?

oh right, things cost money…

Here is a quick summary of my financial situation.  I’m 38 years old, I’ve got approximately $60,000 in student loans to pay off (mind you my first degree was conquered in 1999), my car has been paid off for almost 2 years, I rent a room in San Diego for $775/month, my utilities are about $50-$75 a month, I pick up photography jobs from time to time (the other educational debt), I don’t shop much, groceries are usually $150-$200/month.  Then the job, I work at a fine dining restaurant at a resort(thanks college).  The job is usually reliable, however, the summer season is coming to an end and our income will drop off for a few months.

I don’t have savings unfortunately.  Over the years I’ve always figured out a way to just make things work.  When my old car died I decided to buy a Mustang.  It wasn’t easy,  and it sure as hell wasn’t practical considering I lived in Philadelphia…where it snows and gets icy. Which led to me needing a car that could be driven in bad weather, so I bought an old Jeep.  I visited San Diego for Halloween in 2013 and decided that I’d like to live here, and 6 months later I was here.  None of those things just happened for me, and some made zero sense.  I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not afraid that things won’t happen, but I am concerned about the bumps along the way.