Thursday, June 11, 2009

Supply Shop on Etsy

When I first started selling on etsy, I didn't expect to start a supply shop. I was only selling my handmade creations. As I have gotten more into the etsy scene and looked for more suppliers for my items I realized quickly that I could create my own niche. I started the store in March of 2009 but just let it sit empty for several months before I was finally prepared to do something with it. About 2 weeks ago I started listing more items in my store. I now have 24 sales in that store already. I am shocked and pleased at the same time! I am able to offer small quantity items at close to wholesale prices. Come on in and browse around. If I don't have what you need, convo me and I will try to get it for you! I offer great customer service and quick shipping. If you are not the DIY type, then check out my other shop here. You can find ready made items for sale and I love taking custom orders!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My little Graduates!

Wow! I can't even believe that I am saying that I have graduates! Yes, my 5 year old just graduated pre-school and my 11 year old has just graduated 5th grade! I still cannot get over how fast they have grown. I can remember holding them and rocking them as babies and now they are growing up so fast. I am having a very hard time believing that I will be the mother of a middle schooler next year. I remember crying when she got on the bus for her first day of kindergarten. She is so excited though! My 5yr old is very excited to be starting kindergarten also. She is doing a countdown for the beginning of school. I just want to enjoy summer vacation though! I will be sharing a pic of my 11yr old graduate as soon as I can find it in the 1000's of pics I have LOL.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

EART TEAM Giveaway Event

Please make sure to click the title to check out the EART team Giveaway event going on NOW through June 7. Great prizes!!! 14 sellers! You can enter each persons giveaway!!! So many great prizes!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday again

So I really spent a lot of time thinking about what this picture said before I decided to write today. I think so many of us just hate Mondays simply because that means another weekend is gone and the work week has started all over again. I can remind myself that I only have 1 more Monday to endure for this school year :). This definitely makes me happy. But then again, I want to make sure that I make my days count instead of just counting the days.

Today I want to challenge all of my readers to perform a random act of kindness. Maybe it is something as simple as smiling at a co-worker, or pushing the grocery cart back to the cart holder for someone else, something that could make someone else happy. Make today count! Show just how wonderful the human spirit really is!

Friday, May 29, 2009

TGIF! Need I say more

I am SO glad it is friday. What a week! Even though it was a short week it was filled with emergencies and this has to be done RIGHT NOW!!!! It always seems that the work week after a holiday is so hectic. I look forward now to taking a deep breath and letting my troubles float away as I lounge around on my boat at the lake!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

HTML dummy@!

I got this great idea to change up my blog yesterday and have 3 columns. I found the free template (like my old one, just 3 columns instead of 2) and changed it. I lost all of my widgets (sigh) and have been working slowly to re-instate some of those. I didn't like the width of my page, so I started trying to figure out how to change it. I did that successfully, but it didn't change the width of the columns!!!! UGH! My columns are literally on top of each other. I can't figure out how to space them out more. I don't know much about html, only enough to probably have totally screwed up my template at this point. HELP!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Giveaway & Sale


I am having a feed my paypal account because it is starving sale :)

Any purchases over $5 will ship for free!
Any purchases less than $5 will get 1/2 price shipping!

All purchases will qualify you to win a custom made necklace! For each item purchased your name will be entered to win. The drawing will be held on 5-30-09. The winner will be notified by convo on etsy.

All refunds will be made by paypal or you can wait for a revised invoice!

THERE ARE ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER! Go To my SHOP and make a purchase and you are automatically entered in the giveaway. Plus get either free or half-price shipping depending on the total of your order!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Finally took the plunge!

I finally decided it was time to read Twilight! I had put it off for so long, simply because I rarely have enough time to just sit down and read a book. Now!!!!!!.......I'm hooked! Hopelessly hooked! I HAVE to read the next book now. I finished the book in about 7 hours of total reading over a 3 day period. Thank goodness I only have 9 more working days until summer :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Can't seem to keep up

Do you ever have those days where your mind is going much faster than you can possible go? Kind of like you are in a whirlwind? That's how it has been for the last week for me. In my mind I keep planning all these wonderful things that I can make or do and then realize I don't have the time or the materials to bring them to fruition. It is really annoying. I have tons of supplies at my house, but I sometimes find myself getting bored with the same things. I am looking into expanding my accessories line even more. I want to include more items for teens and adults in my store. What types of things would you, my readers, want to see? I have been making adult necklaces, but all the ones I have made are already sold, so I don't bother taking pictures to list them because often times I don't have the beads to duplicate them with. I try to make as many OOAK items as I can, because I know that we all enjoy being unique.

Send me some comments! What is something you would just love to buy for yourself?!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sale & Giveaway


I am having a feed my paypal account because it is starving sale :)

Any purchases over $5 will ship for free!

Any purchases less than $5 will get 1/2 price shipping!

All purchases will qualify you to win a custom made necklace! For each item purchased your name will be entered to win. The drawing will be held on 5-30-09. The winner will be notified by convo on etsy. I will also give the winner some face time on my blog :) and tweet all about you!

All refunds will be made by paypal or you can wait for a revised invoice!

Come check out my shop here. Don't see a color or design you are looking for? Send me an email and I will be happy to do a custom order for you.

The Eclectic Artisans Team: Wordless Wednesday...

Come check out what the EART team has to share!!! You will find a little bit of everything with our etsy group!

The Eclectic Artisans Team: Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer can't come soon enough!

I am SOOOO ready for summer. About mid-March I begin to get the "lake itch"! We are fortunate enough to own a place at Smith Mountain Lake. We try to spend as much time there during the summer months as we can. We generally go down on Friday afternoons and come home Sunday nights while school is still in session and then spend even more time during the summer months. The lake is about a 45 minute drive from our year round home.

The positives of being at the lake are that we have a boat, seadoos, can fish when we want and swim when we want. We have a floating dock and the water is generally no less than 10ft deep off the end of our dock. The kids enjoy running and jumping into the water off the dock. Often times I just sit on the boat while they swim. I am always relaxed while there! Often times finding myself falling asleep by 9pm :)

The disadvantages of the lake: NO DISHWASHER!!! Wow, I just never realized how much I depended on my dishwasher at home LOL. Also there are only 2 bedrooms (5 people) and 1 bathroom.

Yes, it is small! But it is ours! :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Writers Block

I have complete and total writers block today. I have stared at this page for quite some time now and I keep wondering if I have anything really relevant to talk about today.
I guess I could tell you about our earthquake on saturday morning. It registered a whopping 3! It happened at 4:08 am and brought me very quickly out of bed. I have never experienced an earthquake before and all I can say is that I was quite scared when it first happened. My hubby and I both thought that we were having a bad thunderstorm due to the windows rattling and the loud sound, even thought the house may have been struck by lightening. When we figured out that that had not happened, we were afraid someone might have run into our house, so we went outside. Nothing! So my hubby decided it had to be an earthquake. I laughed, thinking, an earthquake in VA,,,,,,no way!!!! But sure enough it was true. The epi-center was only about 2 miles from our house. I was SHOCKED!
Well, look at that. I start writing and the block fades away :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away

So, the last 3 softball games for my oldest daughter have been cancelled due to rain! :( We had a shortened season this year anyway, and now it will be even shorter which has everyone a little ticked off. We were at the field, just a little light rain and the umpires decided that the field was "unplayable". WTH????? The kids had just practiced on the field, and no one got hurt! Sigh...such is the life of a softball parent!

I didn't take this picture, but thought it was beautiful!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Finally getting it together

I am finally getting my blog looking back to normal again. I totally messed it up about a month ago and just couldn't seem to find the time to get it back to the way it should be. So, FINALLY, I think I have it back to some semblence of a working order. I now have to figure out how to add buttons and logos to the sides. Wish me luck!

One day I want to live here :) This house is close to where our place is at Smith Mountain Lake. This is probably my favorite house on the lake!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Learning how to market myself

I am trying to learn how to market my etsy shop better. I want to drive more traffic there. I would like to know what it is that people want to see. What types of things do they want to buy? I often times wonder if I am the only one who likes the things I make, besides my kids of course. I am trying to branch out to include more womens accessories in my line also. I have made some online contacts that have given me ideas on what to do for womens items and I am currently working on those designs.

Yesterday I took the plunge and went into a new shop that has opened up. I left my card for the owner so that she could see my designs and possibly start carrying my items in her store. I am praying that I will hear back from her.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The rain and the worms that show themselves

It has been raining ALOT in Virginia these past 2 weeks. My husband laughingly says that even the worms are beginning to drown. At my house, I think every worm in the ground is on my sidewalk and driveway. Unfortunately this leads to smooshed worms also YUCK! My 5 yr old daughter finds them quite fascinating though and enjoys watching them slide along. I think about the sweet little Robin who has been showing himself lately around my house. I'm sure its only for the delicassies, but he brings a smile to my face as I hear him singing his sweet song. I'm reminded now that Spring is upon us. I begin feeling myself become lighter, as I enjoy the sunshine more and my time outside. Cabin fever is slipping away now.