Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cats as hats and other random stuff.

Not much of anything going on around here.  Still washing dishes by hand.  Still avoiding cleaning the house as long as possible.  Still playing too much Lexulous and Bejeweled Blitz.  And it's been snowing today, but melting as fast as it hits the ground.  Yep, the same old same old stuff. 

Since my last post I made earrings for some friends' birthdays,

but nothing new for my shop.  Some ideas are brewing, but getting much needed additional supplies right now is not in the cards.  And Mom's birthday is just a little over two weeks away....what to do, what to do?

Last night our eldest cat, Gracie, decided to spend the night on my pillow.  No matter how much I shoved, she just would not move.  My head was warm, anyway (if my friend Barb is reading this, she is probably aghast at the thought of sharing a pillow with a cat!).  Fred reported that the other two cats prevented him from having any place to put his feet (I'm not sure exactly what he did, but I picture him with his feet dangling awkwardly to the floor all night....brrr!).  Just before I went to bed, though, I snapped these pictures of Twinkie in his favorite evening spot...




He looks comfortable, doesn't he?  It's just a tad warmer on the back of the living room sofa at night than it is in his usual daytime spot on the back of the family room sofa with a view out the picture window.  And he doesn't need to keep an eye on the birds and squirrels when it's dark.

Back to doing laundry now.  Oh, and my laundry room/jewelry studio is getting closer (finally!) to being a reality.  The new floor is in, thanks to dear ol' Fred (I got my checkerboard floor...YAY!).  Just some painting and  lighting and organizing left to do. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I heart....

I heart family and friends, my cats and a yellow car, birds in my backyard and unprecedented snowfall.







I heart making things with silver and pearls and colorful gems.


I heart a hot cup of tea in a Valentine mug that my sweetie gave me years ago.

And I heart you, really I do.  Happy Valentine's Day...better late than never.  I hope you had a good one.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I planned to quit procrastinating...

then decided....I should wait.

If any of you are fans of Robert Earl Keen, you know that is a line from one of his songs.  If you're a friend on Facebook, you may also know that I've listed it as my favorite quote there.  Today it is perfect for my blog post title, because it's exactly how I feel after spending the afternoon looking at various Excel spreadsheets and information online for tips on getting my bookkeeping in order in order (yep, two "in orders") to figure out what I need to prepare our tax return.

Can I just say "aaarrrggghhh"?  What's the matter with me?  Why haven't I gotten a handle on this stuff before now?  'Cause I'm a big, stoopid, why-do-today-what-you-can-put-off-'til-next-week-month-year sort of person, that's why!

I should have made this my New Year's resolution....like....last year!  Of course, I didn't open my Etsy shop until April of 2009.  I spent about a month or so before that randomly buying supplies and making things, testing the waters with a couple of birthday gifts for friends.  Finally, I played the April Fool by listing my first few items on April first.  Just a few pairs of earrings, all very naive, but it was a start.  Almost immediately I got a request to make some custom bracelets, but it was three months before I'd make my first sale online.

Six sales later and I've learned a lot.  New techniques, new materials, how to trust my own design instincts and how to turn inspiration into originality.  And I've learned how to better manage my shop.  My most recent lightbulb moment was to quit deleting the listings I sell offline (my offline business continues to be much better than my online business).  Now I  just make them inactive, so I can still see them and be reminded of the original descriptions and listing prices.  That should come in handy for getting the bookkeeping up-to-date.  I'll look into that tomorrow, okay?

Meanwhile, let's find a picture of something....


(Gracie sitting in some shoes...why not?)