Friday, July 29, 2011

What a great week!

I don't want to jinx all of my good fortune of late, but I have to say that I am really excited about the recent attention my shop has received.  It all began with being included in the Etsy Finds email a couple of weeks!  That sent quite a few folks over to my shop and resulted in a few sales.   Thank you Etsy!

And then the following Monday I was asked if I would like to send in one of my journals to a magazine (not naming names yet just in case...again, don't want to jinx it!) for a feature in November! bet!  So I sent off my journal and the information requested and am keeping my fingers crossed!

And then I received my first bulk order from the world's best bookstore (I should know...I was fortunate to work at the Edmonds Bookshop for a couple of years).  Thank you Mary Kay!

And then I was invited to join two extremely wonderful teams on Etsy that are full of very talented people.  Thank to the team, my work has been on the front page twice this week!   I have also had two of my treasuries on the front page of Etsy this week.

I feel a warm, golden light shining on me and could not be happier.  No matter what happens with the magazine, I am so excited about the path my shop is on!  I could not be happier with the folks of Etsy and am truly grateful to have an outlet for my creative side. 

I am also thankful for all of the positive feedback I have received from my fellow Etsy is nice to be a part of such a positive community!

And I could not ask for a more supportive, wonderful husband who never complains about my after-work hours spent doing my work for Etsy.  In fact, he has always provided constant encouragement for all of my creative endeavours. I married him for many reasons, and this is one of them.  Thank you sweetie! :)

Yay for a great week!  And now for the weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So many new things!

Yay!  Fresh items are now sitting in my shop just waiting to be shipped!  Take a peek at them when you get a know back to school is just around the corner!  Also, these would make terrific stocking stuffers!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Roller derby and live music

The hubby and I broke away from our little house in the woods and traveled to Dallas for a weekend in the city. Our evening started with a little roller derby action---there are some tough girls out there!  If you have ever have a chance to watch a roller derby live...go for it!

We were able to watch the first two matches before we had to head over to Club Dada in Deep Ellum  to see Seryn.  The hubby discovered this amazing group - he gets at least 317 extra brownie points for this magnificent discovery!  Dada's is really small...really, really small...and they managed to pack in 300 people for this group!   Needless to say, it was quite warm and clammy by the time Seryn hit the stage at midnight.  And might I say how proud I am of myself for staying awake this late!  Oh boy...this group was SOOO worth it!  They are just full of energy and amazing sound!  You have got to go check them out!

And after all of that, we walked across the street for breakfast at Cafe Brazil at 1:30 in the morning!  Oh...yummy, yummy French toast! Cafe Brazil is literally the only place we eat when we are in Dallas.  We like all kinds of food, but it is so hard to NOT eat at Cafe Brazil whenever we are in the area.

What a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sometimes you just gotta dive in...

You know how it is to come upon something in life that, though a little scary maybe, you know deep down you just have to do it.  You start thinking about all that could go wrong if you do it, all that could go wrong if you don't.  But the more you think about it, maybe the biggest that thing that could go wrong if you don't do it is that you will regret not giving it a try.

So...just dive in!  Make the leap...move to that faraway town, take the dream job that means a pay cut but a happier life, say yes to him or her!

And...while you are at it, take a look at my latest card and journal!  :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New...Camera Cards and Journals

I am with the school of thought that old school film cameras should never be entirely replaced by digital cameras.  But, when was the last time you scouted for some film?  I remember the days of an entire aisle being devoted just to film, being confused as to which speed I would need and wondering if the lighting would would be sufficient to have my photos turn out well.  And do you remember having to buy those flash cubes for your camera?  Remember waiting a week to get your pictures back, hoping that they all turned out okay?  I am showing my age here. Those were the days of no do-overs.  You had one chance to get the picture right, and all of your hits and misses were forever recorded on film.  In the present digital age, we just snap a photo, view it on the camera, and make any adjustments we need (no blinking this time! turn the flash off! adjust for the shade!) and try, try again until we get it right.  Don't get me wrong, I love my digital camera and would never part ways with it.  But there is just something about film cameras that, even though they can be a pain to work with,  I will always love.

I crafted my newest stamp based on a camera from the film age.  The stamped cards and journals would be perfect for just about anyone I think.  My hubby spends a lot of time outside for his job in search of wetlands and he remarked how he would love to use one of the journals to keep track of the many photos he takes.  Of course, he will have to pay for one I told him.  ;)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

New goodies in the Etsy shop

Today was a good day to post a few new journals to my shop.

This is my Loblolly Pine design, a stamp I hand carved in honor of the trees that surround my home.  When I was a little kid, I would spend hours making pine needle houses, which basically consisted of crafting a 3-inch tall outline of a home floor plan. I was also convinced that if I buried a whole pine cone and watered it every now and then, I would be able to grow a gigantic pine tree.  Needless to say, that never worked.

The rocket in this picture is a bank that once belonged to my husband's grandfather.  As a child, my husband loved launching pennies into the rocket using that little slide and red button. It still works, but I have no idea how to get the money out, which I guess makes it a fairly secure penny bank.  Given that the original design for this light bulb was for my sweet husband, I thought that the rocket bank would be a perfect pairing for this journal.

I have always loved koala bears, and would be very disappointed to find out that they are not as cute and cuddly as they appear.  I just cannot imagine them being anything but impeccably sweet.