Thursday, July 09, 2020
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2 AM

I am so behind on this page and my projects for this page. It’s awful. I promise you I’m around, I’m alive, and I’m working.

For the last week? Two weeks? Three weeks? I don’t even know anymore, I have not been to sleep before 2 am. I am SO tired ya’ll. Yesterday I spent the entire day on the couch, looking at old craft magazines and trying to take a nap. I was so tired my legs hurt. No nap was to be had. Then I fell asleep watching a movie with my son at 9:30 and my body finally had the nap it needed. The only problem was that it set me up for another 2 am night afterward.

I have mentioned I have a son. He’s wonderful. However, he is not neurotypical. I still get him to bed every night and listen to non-stop chatter through the day. He’s ten. Funny side story, last week one of his spelling words was “little,” and the struggle was hilarious! For some reason every single time he tried to spell little he would spell litter! And I mean back to back to back. Like this


“No, that’s litter.”

“Okay! I got it. L-I-T-T-E-R!” *Funny face knows what he did* “L-I-T-T-E-R!” “L-I-T-T-pause-E-Pause-L!” “No, L-E”

“L-I-T-T-E-pause-R!” It’s the Asia story all over again (a funny story for another day perhaps.)

So anyway, I’m behind. I’m struggling. I have a finished pattern to give you for the Ann Shawl but with a lighter yarn.I still need to photograph it. It’s the 5th and I still have to debut this month’s magazine. I never shared one of the October magazine projects I did. I’m trying to review a product for a company and cannot get it to work properly.  I’m a mess. I want you to know I feel really bad about it.  You guys deserve better.

I’m telling you all this so you know I’m here, I’m human, and I promise I’m trying. I’m still going to be giving you crafty and vintage goodness. I’m also hoping to start revealing a bit more of myself to you. Let you know the Alicia behind the Workbasket. I swear the more ideas I have the more behind I get.


I’d love you to chime in on this: Do you prefer longer posts about specific projects, magazines, and crafts? Or would you love more regular posts even if they are quick, like a single photo of a funny ad, a story from my day, a project in progress, etc? Let me know in the comments below, or contact me!

6 thoughts on “2 AM

  1. Alicia, you have my sympathy; I know how hard it is to function on too little sleep!

    As for your posts: the only ones I don’t read are the ones telling how to knit or crochet something because (shifty eyes, furtive look) I can barely knit or crochet and can’t read patterns. But I love seeing the results of your knitting and crocheting!

    I had a booth at a flea market/yard sale last week, hoping to a)make money and b)get rid of some stuff and make a little room in my overcrowded house. Sadly, none of the big things sold; in fact, the most money I made was from vintage, used Christmas cards that I had rescued from disintegrating scrapbooks! Nice, but, y’know, the old school desk and the trunk would’ve cleared out a lot more space…

    I had gathered together some of my duplicate Fad of the Month Club kits, mostly Christmas-themed, and hoped that people would buy those, but no luck. I am going to get together the nerve to go up the street to a newish shop whose owner sells hand-crafted things (wooden signs, scarves, just all kinds of stuff) that she and others make, and ask her if she might consider having me consign some kits there, and have a little display so crafty people could look through them. I have dozens and dozens of duplicate (or triplicate) kits since I often have to buy them in lots just to get one or two that I need.

    Meanwhile I’m trying to tidy my house (which means the main floor; I am doing that by filling the basement and attic…)


    1. I suspect most of us that love vintage has a house too full. I know I can justify a few cards but would create quite an issue if I bought a desk! I’d be interested in some kits, if you want to offer me a price to take a lot of them. It would need to be another week or to though.

      Do you WANT to learn to crochet or knit? If so I’ll do more tutorial videos!

      I’m glad you’re around and reading me. I think you’ll really like some new posts I have planned! Thank you for being you!

      1. Well, I’d like to learn to crochet or knit but it’s going to be a while before I have time.

        Tatting, too. I have a little vintage display full of tatting thread and one of these days I want to make something.

        I’ll put together a list of the extra kits that I have and when I know how many you want I can offer you a combined price. I had a price of $6 on the individual kits. Right now I’m trying to get some of the yellowing out of the straw fabric for a big Santa Slipper. If Perk and Boost don’t do it, I’ll try a really weak Clorox solution.

        I found my bundles of old Workbasket magazines. I’ll write down the dates and see if there are any that you need. They are such a neat magazine.

        One of my (many) collections is old Jack & Jill magazines. It’s still being published, and is certainly better now than it was in, say, the 1980’s or 1990’s, but oh! the early ones are just gorgeous and wonderful. It started in the late ’30’s, and is full of stories by children’s authors and illustrators I know (I’m a children’s librarian), and they are just so charming. The covers are beautiful; I bought some prints of them at Allposters, I think. Anyway, each of them has a little page of crafts that children can make out of household items, and the center pages were usually paper dolls. Lots of fun.



    2. Well, I stopped by the shop I mentioned, and the owner said she thought people who came in were more interested in buying finished items, and she had some more stuff coming in and wouldn’t have space, so she wasn’t really interested in trying to sell the kits. Pity. But we did have an interesting conversation about the Fad of the Month Club, since she had never heard of it. I took one of my books of postcards with me and was showing her some of them.

      It does seem a pity. Retro is very in these days, and these things are so delightfully kitschy!

  2. I enjoy both types of posts. I’m like Leslie, very, very new at crochet so i enjoy the works in progress. I feel encouraged when I see that you too struggle with directions or results not being right and deciding how to proceed. And the tutorial videos are outstanding! I love your voice on the blog. Your life isn’t perfectly organized, but you’re so positive and encouraging. Your joy in what you’re doing is infectious!

    1. You know me, I don’t think I could be fake or perfect sounding! There’s a reason I was never an actress. lol The CAL is coming to an end soon (I can’t believe it) what would you like to see next!?!?!?

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