Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Well tomorrow is the handmade and farmers market combo. So after having a great day yesterday enjoying the giveaway, celebrating my birthday and having lots of fun it is back to work. I must admit I love this type of work. my display for tomorrow is getting a little freshening up. The image you see above is a sticker I am putting on my bags for customers to take as that image has become my logo of sorts.
Today having a list a mile long of little things I want to do to tweak my displays etc makes me realize how very rewarding it is to do some thing you love. Some how the tagging with prices, making sure you have change, ironing table cloths, doesn't seem so dull when it is to do some thing you love. Wish me luck and have a great day yall.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hello all these are the last two days to enter for a chance to win this print from my Etsy shop. It is size 8x10 and looks wonderful in many settings.
Here are the rules and they are easy.
1.follow the blog
2. Each time you leave a comment it counts as a entry to win the print.
3. It will be shipped to you any where in the united states.
4. Contest winner will be drawn on May 28th.
Thanks for entering :)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
mentioned outing. I think they are just very pretty clouds and wanted to share them. Some how I never get tired of seeing clouds each being so different and invoking a different emotion I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed looking at them. Have a great Memorial Day. I won't be posting tomorrow because I want to spend some time thinking about memorial day and what it means but I promise more crazy rants on Tuesday.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Yesterday I took my sketch book my one just for me not for ideas for things for my shop down to the local historic district. I took up residence on a bench and put on head phones with goofy music. Soon I was doing quick sketches of the folks passing by, enjoying my chicory coffee I brought from home to be frugal and having a great time. I don't go any where with out my camera either and I really got a wonderful set of sky pictures and a picture of a awesome old couple having lunch.
They were so pleased some one saw them as photo worthy they want a copy of the picture. Which I will be sending them as thanks for letting me put it in my portfolio when I get them printed.
while I sketched I was watching another lady with her kid talking on her cell phone at a bistro table. It was so sad. She barely engaged her child he was about 5 and wanted so much to chat with her. She just complained about the wind never once looking up at the clouds that wind was helping along. Honestly she seemed like she could have been any where else and it would not of mattered.
Now there are plenty of times I get focused on what I am doing and don't notice what is going on around me. Also she did nothing wrong by doing just that. However I don't ever want to forget it is a conscious decision to either see the magic around you or be oblivious.
I hope you all have a great weekend and see some magic for yourselves.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The color is even better in person. The quality was simply impeccable. It is a nice thick crochet yet still with the style let lots of air circulate so I was not overheating outdoors. To be honest I like it so much that I intend to use it as a regular when I do the farmers market over the summer so I don't turn to my natural state of pink and freckles.
Easy123 is a great shop. She has a variety of hats as well as other items to chose from. She was kind enough to send me a little extra in my package of a facial scrubby which has immediately become one 0f my favorites to. The nicest part is that she has great service I got wonderful communication and my item came just when promised.
She clearly has a big heart as this is one of the items in her shop I am eyeing currently http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25253774 I thought maybe you would like to see them to. Read the story it is well worth it.
So in closing I just wanted to continue highlighting stores I feel are great to deal with and would recommend. Here is a link to her whole store as well. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6769532 Have a great day every one.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
So I thought what more fun way to show the silver lining then with some foreboding clouds. Today I am doing a photo session for some children as a family portrait. If I can get permission I will try and show it tomorrow. Have a great Sunday every one.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Yesterday was not a great day when it started out. One package I sent to a customer did not arrive yet and there is a concern that it may be lost by the USPS which means I will be doing a custom work over for free because I want a happy customer. While she is being great about it that still is rough because it is a bit time consuming.
Then I had to do a business thing with another shop that I was not happy about. I will not go into the details because it is business but it was unpleasant. This was really hard for me because I hate to force situations in business.
Any how when it came time for my sisters party I forced on a smile at first because while I was so happy because she had some health issues and is now doing great so I really think of how much I appreciate her on her birthday I felt sad at my business day. Well we got laughing and maybe 15 minutes into the party I forgot all about that stuff till today.
Now redoing the custom does not sound so bad because I know I will have a great customer who will tell people how I replaced some thing she says the post office lost on her. And I feel OK about the business thing because I was honest and really I feel no guilt just sad about it because I had to do the right thing. So the little moral of my story today is some times you just gotta laugh and eventually you will feel better. Or as the song goes "You'll find the clouds roll by if you just smile". I hope the little gnomes make you smile and laugh and forget your troubles to because often after a good laugh they just are not as bad as you thought.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I have asked on forums and talked to several friends for ideas to work with her on her self esteem as she prepares to head into middle school. Well when I had started painting I was thinking about that and some how it morphed into her being a younger version of herself in my painting. So on that note I started thinking of what was different for her when she was younger and then it hit me. We need to work on adventures we made every thing from a Easter egg hunt to going for ice cream a adventure. So now I know what I need to do.
My thought is the next time you have a issue try crafting, cooking, painting what ever it out with yourself.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Diatomaceous earth is ground up fossils that are not dangerous to humans or animals but cuts threw the waxy coating on spiders, fleas, roaches, and a variety of other nasty things you never want in your home. This dehydrates them and kills them with in 72hrs.
A couple of summers ago we found fleas on our dog. So knowing that one of our cats was allergic to any of the common flea meds we went looking for another option. This was that option. You can sprinkle it in your carpet where the pets lay, rub it into their fur, and use it all over your yard. Our problem cleared right up and we have not had one since. We did cover the yard last spring to stop any problems before they started and it worked. The stuff is so safe you can actually eat it. Now I did so before I put it on my pets and I was just fine. There are some things you need to be sure about when using this as there are several different kinds of Diatomaceous earth.
1. Always get it from a green pet store this will not be at your petco or petsmart or get it at your health food store. I have called before looking for it they know what it is. The reason is it must be food grade. Their are other types of Diatomaceous earth used to keep pools clean and in oil spill cleaners that can hurt your pet if they consume it.
2. When applying it to your pet remember they will be dusty so it will be in your house and try not to get it up their or your nose. the small particles can get pretty dust cloud like quick so keep big movements down during application.
3. If you decide to use it on carpets or furnishing be sparing. A little goes along way. The picture above is where I used a old Parmesan cheese can to sprinkle it from. This stuff does cut up flea egg sacs so it is worth it if you have a infestation. Just remember it can be hard on your vacum cleaner if you go crazy with it.
Here are a couple of websites that have more information on the subject as well. I just wanted to make more information on it available to every one.