Monday, December 22, 2008

It's A Very Hard Life!

While the dogs play in the snow, our well fed cat has found her place of comfort in front of the fireplace. She did actually let her curiosity get the best of her, and decided to venture out the back door. It lasted about 2 minuets before she was ready to come back in. This is where she has been ever since. I can't say that I blame her. We now have over 8 inches of snow on the ground in our yard, with more expected over the next couple of days. This is beyond unusual for here. It is hard to recall ever having this much snow at one time. I think we will venture out tomorrow. I have to mail my last minute packages. I don't know why I can never get it together to mail things sooner.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Day #4

Well, it's snow day #4, and it snowed again today. It's so pretty watching the snow flakes fall. They sort of have their own little ballet going on out there. I have gotten progressively sicker as the week has gone on. I guess it's nice that I haven't had to use up any sick days or put my co-worker through the pain of having a sub fill my place. I've taken Day quill, but it hasn't done a thing for the massive sinus head ace I have going. I think my head my explode at anytime now.

So here I sit trying to post new listings on my shop, not making much progress, as I am here writing a blog entry. I am drinking peppermint tea, made by my sweetheart, out of my favorite Christmas thing. It's a tea cup we found at an antique shop up in Seattle a couple of years ago, while there for our anniversary. I felt it was time to pull him out since not only is it Christmas time, but yesterday was our 19Th anniversary. I've tried to find another cup like it. It took quite a lot of looking just to figure out the pattern name. I have since found a cup or two for sale on ebay. One of these days, we'll get a second cup so we can have tea together. I'm sure Bob doesn't really mind since most American men don't really like drinking from delicate china tea cups.

The snow flakes continue to fall...yeah! Hopefully this will just be a full snow week! As of Friday we start our winter break. It wouldn't break my heart if we didn't go back to work/school until January.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow Day!!!

I woke up this morning to snow! It wasn't totally unexpected ,the weather reports said it might snow, but they just usually tease us. I know that in many parts of the world this is a normal winter occurrence. Here, unless you live in the higher elevations, we only get it once or twice a year. Which means everyone freaks out when it snows! Schools shut down, people don't go to work etc. Now for me, since I work for the school district, if there is no school, then I don't have to go to work. I just stay home drink hot cocoa, look at the pretty snow and still get paid for the day. I really like snow days!
Quinn, my golden retriever really likes them as well, but for different reasons. I think he just really likes the snow! Tomorrow morning I think we'll go for a snow walk, since, yes, they have already said the schools will be closed on Monday!!!! yeah for me. According to the weather I may get an extended vacation out of this. It's supposed to stay below freezing and keep snowing for several days.. I better make sure I have enough cocoa.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Latest Obsession.... Lampwork Beads!!!!

I tend to kind of leap off the deep end when getting into something new, and while lampwork beads aren't completely new to me, I have recently become quite fascinated by them. They are amazing, especially that they can be handmade by an average person. I have been buying them on a popular auction based web site lately, and getting pretty good thanks to Bob. He is now regretting showing me how to win a auction so well. I must admit it is a bit addicting. The thrill of the kill! Your heart starts pumping that last two minutes as you get ready to pounce!

I have been creating with my winnings and listing them in my shop. There is quite a range of quality and prices available out there, some overpriced, some under priced. I've made a few things that span the field, from the higher end on down. I have been fortunate so far to not have bought any complete duds. I have a few pieces I wouldn't put in something for my shop, but would use in something for personal use. I'll put up a few pictures here as a sample of what is now available in my shop. Plenty more to come. I have at least a dozen stands of beads I should be getting next week!!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I finally made a sale

I finally sold something from my shop on Etsy! It was a pair of Christmas tree earrings to Barbara in Pennsylvania. So, thank you, Barbara! I have since sold 6 more items from my shop, with several more sales to friends as well. Thank you to all who have supported my new venture.

It may be slow going, But I am determined to just keep going.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Tormentor!

We think of them as squirells, My dogs think of them as tormentors. They run along our back fence Aka, the freeway, sometimes with great zeal. Emily doesn't seem to help matters. Every time she sees one running down the freeway, she yells "Squirrel!". This never fails to get Quinn our 2 1/2 year old golden retriever to the window, looking for his tormentor. Most of the time they make it by unnoticed, but there is a lose board on the top of the fence which they always seem to hit like it's a spring board. It makes a bit of a sound and alerts the dogs that someone is there. Of course by the time they figure it out, the squirrel is long gone, off snickering somewhere down the road. This rather well fed specimen, actually stopped and posed for the pictures. Daisy, our cat was in the yard watching, but was going to have nothing to do with this creature.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm Finally open On Etsy.....

It's taken me months to get it all together, But I am finally open for business. I may take longer than the average bear, but I like to have things as well prepared and thought out as possible.

It also seems like everything you set out to do takes three times longer than you thought it would. I just bought some lights from home depot, one doesn't work. Now, I have to take the time to go back to the store and get another one! I ordered boxes and forms from the post office online, they sent the wrong forms. Being that it's the post office, I wasn't blown away with surprise at the error, but once again, something that will have to be remedied.

Today I was finally successful at taking pictures of my bracelets made with natural brass. So far all attempts have fallen short. I think these came out quite nice. So much of this is a learning process for me. Yesterday I downloaded a font, got it put into the right file and managed to get it into word so I can use it! Quite a feat for the severely computer challenged, like myself! I even did a happy dance for Emily. She laughed, Yet another success, considering she's 14yrs old and borderline schizophrenic.

I keep playing with this blog trying to figure out how to put more stuff on here. I will get it all down eventually. Either that or throw the computer across the room. That could be expensive....

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