Friday, July 24, 2009

Wow...Thats a Mouthful

It's been a long hard road, however, we got through it. Clinics at school have been kicking my butt, and then of course there is business class which really drains me. It's not the instructor, it's the class. We are five some months from graduating and we are dealing with business. It hardly makes any sense. No one in my class can concentrate on this while we are knee deep in clinics. Most of us agree this should have been one of our last classes. Trading business with something like Integrative or Advanced Massage, something that may HELP us in Clinics. So each week I feel more and more drained. Maybe that's why I've actually been getting some sleep. Well it really is the Valerian Root I have been taking before bed. Amazing that stuff.
Bout a month ago I had a Rx for some sleep meds. Crazy stuff. Took them, and within thirty minutes I was out.. But, I was out mentally not really physically. I was doing crazy stuff like making new facebook profiles, eating whole watermelons. It was insane. Scary. The worst of which was, I would get up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep. So I would end up taking another pill. I finished off the bottle of 30 in two and a half weeks. YIKES! Not to mention these things were $65. Really could not see any long term gain with it. I still wasn't resting, They were way too expensive, and worse of all, I had really no control of myself after taking them. So I stopped taking them. I hadn't been sleeping again. For another couple weeks. That and school was emotionally draining me. I hadn't been sleeping so my clinics were going horrible I could concentrate in class. It was like loosing faith. AHHH I couldn't do that. One of my instructors suggested I take Valerian Root. They smelled like gel encased dirt. Awful. The first night. No change. The second, however, I slept all night. Woke up a little after 6. WOW. I felt rested and ready to actually start the day. I went through the whole day not feeling like a needed a nap. It was amazing. And of course, it just keeps getting better. The other night I woke up after 9. I still tend to wake up around 3 or so. Not sure why, but now, I can actually go back to sleep.
We started clinics not three weeks ago. The first night was great. All the clients were helpful and encouraging. The second set.. I can only say I must not have been "there" which makes a huge difference. At the time I wasn't sleeping so I just felt drained.. Physically, Emotionally. It was a bad night. Looking back I realize why now. I'm glad it was something changeable. :) Third week in clinics was a nice change of pace. My first hour I spent doing clerical work. Filing, making phone calls.. It was relaxing. So my new clients got the best of it. I am a little concerned with clinics and the girlish fears we have. Leaving at night. I was the last one out and my car was the only one left in the student parking lot. It's not a huge parking lot. The idea is that its in the back of the school, the other buildings around are offices , so in reality, if you think about it. Its scary. I have decided that I will start parking in the front of the building for clinics. I know we as students are not supposed to. I just would feel safer if I did.
I am trying very hard to take my business class seriously. It is hard when you have already planned another year of schooling to get into your specialty. We did resumes, mock interviews, we are even planning to create our own business to present to the class by the end. I had a beautiful idea planned. Very serious, serene, elegant. Then I had a crazy fun idea. And I think I'm going to run with it.
Its been a long hard road.. Full of personal and public BS. I haven't had much time to do anything other than survive. I've been trying to get everything ready for Anthony's back to school. He requested that he not get a new backpack this year. However, he wanted some patches sewn on it. Lovely idea. The fabric of the backpack was very hard to sew on by hand. The placement of some of the patches required I sew them that way. One small patch I just decided to Fabric Glue it down. Such a small patch the sewing needle was more of a pain then a help. The others were on large pockets I could flip open and sew from there. I still have three tiny mushroom patches to sew on. I'm getting there. I am also planning on showing you how to make an oil holster from the left over fabric of the face cradle. All I have in my stock is black belt clips and belting. Which really goes horribly with the white and green gators. I have to get some white. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. I am so very OCD like that. So that is my plan for my day off today. Grocery Shopping, Getting White belting and clips, and taking my son Swimming. We need to hit the pool. Us water babies need to saturate the skin!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Massage Face Cradle Cover DIY

After attempting to hunt for a pattern for these things. I've decided to take some time and actually make them myself. Yeah Yeah.. I know, you can buy them for only $4.95 blah blah blah. What if I want my face cradle covers to actually match my massage sheets. Most of my sheets are fun. I have no idea why it took me this long to do this.. But my creativity has been going crazy soooo.. Now we can play with the sewing machine :) We are taught in school how to wrap the pillowcase around the face cradle to cover it. Which is great but the idea only really works with KING size pillowcases. Or during shifting the pillowcase may fall off. Its kind of frustrating. Using your pillowcase from your sheets Here is how to do it!

1. First of all to get the shape of the face cradle. Simply trace around the cushion. I used a piece of drawing paper and a pencil. Made my pattern for the top. After cutting out the "paper" pattern then you can cut out your fabric or pillowcase. I used two sided for an little more thickness. The following image is of the cut out pillowcase. And showing how I layed out the fabric. The Right side of the fabric is on either side of the cover.
2. Now lets cut out the sides of the face cradle cover. To do this, take your face cushion and measure around it. Starting on one end of the curve all the way around. My cushion measured 50 inches around. Now lets measure the thickness of the cushion. Remember to allow for a seam, and an elastic casing. My cushion was 5 inches thick, with the added elastic casing I will make it 6 inches total. So my "strip" will be 50 inches long, and 6 inches thick.
Now you will realize your pillowcase is NOT 50 inches long. But you have two sides.
Laying the pillowcase flat. Cut your strip from the opposite side of the opening. I try to cut it closest to the seam in the pillowcase. Now Ive made this cover several times. Sometimes there is a seam on the side (the opposite from the opening) Sometimes there is not. Either way is fine. You will not cut this seam off if there is one. The only seam you will cut off is the one on the longer side (if thats the side you chose to cut it from)
3. You will have a piece left over from cutting out these two patterns that you could make a lotion holster later (Ill show you how to do that too.. Another post)
Anyways. So now you have a strip that is 50 inches long and 6 inches wide and you have a top of the face cradle cover. Lets attach them together.
4. It should look very similar to this. Go ahead and sew them together.
5. Lets work on the elastic casing now. Your going to make a hem all the way around anyways. So first things first. Roughly in the center of the face cradle. Find the middle of each side. Just make a seam. I cut a piece of elastic 35 inches long. I began near the seam, Using a casing size the same as the seam. I put the elastic inside, pulling the elastic a little at a time, pinning as I go. Do this all the way to the other side of the seam. Now.. Go sew it together.
6. Your done!! This is what the top of your face cradle cover should look like.
7. This is what the bottom should look like. If you have questions about the "seam" and the "cassing" it is much easier to see in the bottom image.

Now you can make your own face cradle covers.
The whole project, pattern making and all took about 45 minutes.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Business Class One... AHHHHHHH

We had our first class in business last night.. It wasnt that bad. We took some personality quiz and a learning style quiz. We even got to experience what the national board would feel like with a practice exam.
Then we started talking... business plan.. The end of the class we will be giving an oral presentation about our business plan. I have to say Im a little nervous on this one. I guess Im just not ready to hit the ground running with just one kind of idea. Im not really ready to give up the school life and dive into anything right now. I signed up for the massage for cancer patients, class. That is an avenue I want to explore. I think it would be very rewarding for both me and these clients. Yeah, its depressing... but you live one moment at a time. You make the most of that one moment at a time and it doesnt seem all that depressing anymore.
I also enjoy the spa setting, the reflexology is really nice too. I enjoy the hot stone aspects.. I mean.. there are so many wonderful paths. Its hard to choose just one.
Right now I thought I would get the "easy" stuff out of the way.. A business name and possibly a logo. What the hell was I thinking.. Thats actually very frustrating. I'm sure it will come to me when Im not expecting it to.
On a side note... We start clinics next week. I have clinic on Wednesday from 530 - 930. I'm a bit nervous. I'm sure we all are. And I suppose thats good. If your not a little concerned it doesnt make you try and do your best. I have to make sure I hem the pants before then. They are 4 inches too long. So I need to take them in just a bit. Nothing worse then tripping on your pant legs when your trying to do a massage.
I didn't sleep again last night. Nothing new. I plan on keep moving today. I don't want to try and nap like I did yesterday. I actually went to bed around 530 yesterday morning. I slept until almost 1 in the afternoon. By that time I was having to get ready for school. I feel like I wasted the whole day. I can't do that again. Rob has the day off so he wants to go grocery shopping. At least I wont have to drive :)
My legs have been hurting alot too. This again is nothing new... but its becoming more frequent and more painful. I really wish I knew what the hell was going on.
On a happier note... The bug traps have been working awesome. Caught another spider and another beetle last night. I walked away to collect the garbage, when I came back.. The beetle had made an escape.. His only way was back through the hole he came from so.. At least hes not in the house. I do sorta feel bad for the bugs that end up on those traps.. I mean just cause your stuck doesnt mean you die right away.. The first beetle we caught was still moving his head around.. Would really suck to be stuck and you cant do a damn thing about it... Anyways... I was going to say something positive wasnt I?
Saturday is July 4th. I suppose we should stop somewhere and get some fireworks. It will be awesome having Anthony in town this year for that. Last year he came back from Grandpa and Grandma's after the 4th.. Kinda sad cause where they were. Fireworks are illegal. Not much fun for kids like that. Or adults for that matter.
I remember getting some tanks for Anthony last year. He said that was all he wanted and my folks said they couldnt find them anywhere. He has a box of them and a helicopter I thought was pretty cool too.. I do hope they still work.