A Sick Week to End January

I ended up getting so ill Tuesday night that I was up all night and stayed home Wednesday with a terrible migraine situation. I’ve been struggling for the last 2 weeks and it finally came to a head. But here we are! Sunday and ready to go!

Things I’m working on right now…

  • Gritty Legwarmers for Running of the Grittys – Date TBD
  • Sockhead Slough Hat – I keep this project at work mainly but brought it home to do over the Super Bowl
  • Empowering the Painter – only weekly in class right now….I need to clean my creative space to do more.
  • Broad Street Run training – yeah….I am going to run 10 miles in May! I can already run 4 miles in about an hour in the beginning of February and my trainer is confident I can handle it (so far…we shall continue to see how my body does!

Also…recently I got a P.O. Box! Want to send mail? E-mail me at thetealappeal@gmail.com with the subject MAIL BUDDIES!! and I will send you my P.O. Box. If you give me your address I will send you a lil’ somethin’ :)


Empowering the Painter – Week 3

Yes – that is huge. But I enjoy enlarging these pictures and going into the nitty gritty and maybe you do too? If it’s annoying please let me know!!

This was my palate and at the end I just played with it and used most of my paint. I enjoy finishing out a class this way. So I glossed a few more canvas boards for tomorrow!

I even threw in a little texture this time. Sometimes I enjoy things that require a little more problem solving.


Empowering the Painter – Week 2

2019-01-16-21.08.48.jpgI was able to knock out a few interesting things this class! The middle piece is something that I started in the last round of Empowering the Painter and brought it back to continue to work through. Lots of problem solving!

My local craft group is having a round of art & craft supply swaps this weekend and I LOVE picking up canvases from these events!! I often get pieces that are half-painted already or even a full piece and I get to enhance on renew and I love that feeling. We’ll see how these go next week!


Empowering the Painter 2019 has Begun!

I’m taking another round of classes at Fleisher Art Memorial  and already excited about my first round!

My instructor told me to use canvas board or paper for my palette and I’m super into the results.

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And that’s just the palette – not even the paintings that I started. We shall see what comes next!

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What Did I Do in 2018?

I did a lot of creative stuff in 2018!


I did a few projects – several hats. 2 pairs of leg warmers, and some scarves and cowls. The one I created in the featured photo is a mix of handspun from a friend and a black speckled acrylic – all yarn and the needles were obtained at a free craft swap!

Yarn Dying

My bestied @snitchingonstitches and I did so much yarn dying this summer with so many friends all over the east coast! This isn’t even all of them.

Oil Painting

I took a wonderful class at Fleisher that really opened up my creative paths.

Card Stamping

A fun project  with some of my thicker paintings

Acrylic Painting

I took an abstract painting class and used acrylic paints for the first time! Once I blow through the rest of my oil paints I think I’m going to switch to acrylic and stay there. It’s more cost effective and safe.

So I had a jam-packed year! My personal and professional lives also had a lot of positive shifts. I hope everyone else had a fair 2018 and are ramping up for an awesome 2019!

Week 28

General Health 
This week I only went to the gym once with my friend at her new gym. It was pretty swank, but a little out of the way for me to visit regularly.

GYM REIMBURSEMENT GOAL: 95(as of 7/16) /120

Sub-Goal – Donate Blood: 2/6 – next on Thursday!

Focus on Creativity 
I worked on my leg warmers.

Financial Goals

Pay Off the Fucking HVAC
The final installment just hit my credit card so the ticker has begun. I also got paid so I was able to throw some at this:

HVAC: $0/$6,520

Professional Goals


Week 27 – New(ish) Goals

Hello Party People!

I need to get rolling on the next 6 months of 2017 and how I’m going to rock them out. I feel like I did pretty good for the first half but I’m going to simplify and go for just a few goals this time:

General Health 
I would like to really get the last of that gym time in and get that reimbursement by year end!

GYM REIMBURSEMENT GOAL: 94(as of 6/27) /120

Sub-Goal – Donate Blood: 2/6 

Focus on Creativity 
I think this has been incredibly helpful to me for the last 6 months and I want to continue to focus on keeping my hands busy. On Saturday, I did yarn dying with my knitting circle and on Sunday, another craft group went to an embroidery class at Paradigm Gallery. There’s enough stuff going on between these two groups and all of the stuff I have at home that i’m excited!!

Financial Goals

Pay Off the Fucking HVAC
I may or may not have just put out $6,520 for a new HVAC system – it’s good that I don’t have to worry about this for the next decade or so but it sucks. So I would like to pay off as much of this as possible before year-end.

HVAC: $0/$6,520

Professional Goals

I still haven’t had my annual review at work so I’m holding off…


What are your 2nd half goals for 2017?

Week 26 – 1/2 Year Check In!

Well….this is officially 6 months. Halfway through this year! Let’s see how I did with these goals – you can read my original post from January here

Personal Goals

General Health
I feel like I did pretty darn good on this one! I’m down 10lbs thanks to Weight Watchers and some of the StepBet games I was in.
Sub-Goal: Donate Blood – I have donated blood twice and need to schedule another because it is time.

Focus on Creativity 
I also did well on this one! I’ve been knitting, using the circle loom, had a great time at a collage event, and look forward to continuing this one. Here is some progress on my recent knitting project and part of a collage I started at a collage party:


I did not read as many books as I had hoped but I started a bunch! I only finished Amy Poehler’s YES PLEASE.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I worked pretty damn hard on this one but the HVAC has me all-cash-on-deck until it’s done.


Save Like a Motherfucker
I was able to put $1,000 in my savings! It has been difficult maintaining it but I feel better know it’s there gaining a lil’ interest. I also moved my IRA to Charles Schwab where some service fees are waived for doing monthly $100 direct deposit. Saving that $1,200 will be really helpful in the long run and I hope to put more cash into it!


Professional Goals

License Credits
I completed half of my insurance Continuing Education credits!

I started to learn about this and think I am going to focus some of my remaining 12 CE credits on deepening that knowledge.

Blog Goals

Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
I think I did pretty good given the huge financial expenses that have popped up.

Weekly Updates
I can’t believe I did 6 months! Can I make it a year?

How did you do? What are your 2nd half goals for 2017? I want to know.

Week 25 – A Day Early and Some Dollars Short

I’m just now sitting down after a long week of prepping for this flea market that blew. I realized that I hadn’t even started a draft of this and just knocked it all out so here you go a day early! I’m going to focus Monday on on my next gameplan. Here’s what has happened…

General Health

I was down .4 so I am officially down 10.2lbs since I went back to WW. I ate a lot of pizza this week so I’m not confident about Tuesday’s weigh in.

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 92(as of 6/19) /120 

Be Creative
I did a lot of knitting at the flea market and obtained a few more craft supplies that I will utilize.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
Well this one is basically done for this 6 months.

Frugal AF
The DiSilvestro Playground was a total bust. I spent $10 on the table and sold $16 worth of stuff. My time was not worth $6 for 6 hours of time. Since I bought breakfast at $9 before the event I would call this a complete waste of my day. There were a few factors that made this a failure – I didn’t know what I was doing. The flea market had a rain delay so we missed Saturday crowds and not all of the customers may have gotten word that we were actually doing Sunday. While I did do a lot of planning on merchandising, I would need to up my game slightly to effectively see all of the merchandise and attract people to actually come in and look.

Will I do another flea market? Probably. I now have 4 boxes of organized and priced merchandise. I also have a slightly better understanding of how to stage things. I will also only do a Saturday event because I learned that Saturday fleas always do better than Sundays.

Mortgage: $800/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I completed this goal!

Learning About Annuities
We had another annuity training. I am probably going to focus my next CE credits on annuities because I don’t like the training I’m getting at work.

Blog Goals

I’m having a hard time coming up with goals for the next 6 months. I think this is mostly because of this huge expense that has popped up that I need to resolve.

Weekly Updates
I’m not even sure I want to continue this. I do feel like it helps and gives me a check in but it’s also depressing that by the looks of it…I didn’t really make a lot of my goals. Though maybe that’s just the thing!

It's hot.

When Huge Expenses Arrive

Okay….so as I mentioned in my last weekly update….my HVAC system took a huge poop last week. So. I have a Big Hairy Expense Goal coming up. I BHEG if you will instead of a BHAG for those familiar with business planning.

Estimated Cost: Between $6,000 – $10,000

Here is what I’m doing to make this as easy as possible:

My boyfriend freelances and has been available this week to have 4 different companies come to look at our system and quote replacing the gas furnace and A/C. He was also kind enough to do a BUNCH of research to help me understand what these dudes are talking about and what I’ll be paying for.

We’ve been taking two box fans back and forth between the living room and bedroom. Unfortunately, there’s also construction on our block so we can’t keep the front windows open. A friend is kindly lending us a window unit so we can wait out the 2+ weeks we may be waiting for installation. This will keep us comfortable at home and less likely to seek out other places that will make us spend money!

So far I’ve cancelled my Bennett compost service, Spotify, and Amazon Prime. My cell phone will be paid off in my next bill so that should go down. We aren’t running a 25 year old inefficient air conditioning unit so that is saving expenses….though I’m not sure that’s saving when we’re running box fans 24/7.

One expense I’m not cutting? The $15/month gym membership. I’ve been going more and showering there to conserve at the house and make it less hot.

I am paying $10 for a 10×10 space at the DiSilvestro Craft & Flea Market on Saturday from 11am through 4pm. I’ve got lots of sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking supplies that I’ve been carting around for way too long. Every night this week I’ve gone home and worked on pricing, staging options, and condensing for ease of travel. My only issue right now is when I signed up for this thing the weather was supposed to be sunny in the 80s and now they’re calling for rain. Anyone have a pop up tent I could borrow?

While pricing and organizing, I’ve been running Swagbucks and InboxDollars

That’s what I’m doing leading up to making a decision and saying goodbye to all of my money for a few months. What do you do when you’re suddenly strapped for cash?