Monday, December 14, 2009

Just when you think its over...

Running my Etsy shop has been like a really long movie. When you think its about to end, there is something that keeps fueling the storyline. Today I was featured in a Treasury by paleorama who sells some great vintage finds. It was just the little boost I needed.

To visit the Treasury. Click on the pic below. If you click on my item (the Amy clip in latte), it looks like I'm popular:)

Hard drive crashing = not fun

I rarely read any portion of anyone's blog post unless it has at least one picture. Here is a teaser pic of the birthday invites. My friend is editing the rest of the pics taken at the party and I hope to share them with you soon. 

The inside said..."Come celebrate with our little 'deer'..."

Now onto the babbling...

It's late (again)...really late (again). My laptop hard drive crashed earlier this week and I have been spending every night recovering files on my desktop. Needless to say, we bought a portable hard drive that will be my best friend from here on out. Fortunately, I lost very little due to my somewhat dilligent "backing-up" and several lucky saves to some memory cards. Take home message of the day: Back up your hard drive. Tomorrow! 
Anyway, I did a major rethink about my Etsy shop last night. It may or may not have involved a few tears. Who am I kidding? It did involve tears. I'm a developmental biologist and for crying out loud. What am I doing running an Etsy shop? I was feeling (and still feel) pretty out of my league. And it is crazy hard work, especially if you have a family to take care of. The decision of the night was to stay with it for awhile longer. It is frustrating and rewarding all at the same time. If nothing else I am learning about small business, photography, and marketing. All things I didn't know much about before.  

24 hours after my "rethink," I am feeling overwhelmed with gratitude. I have a multiplicity of family and friends who have supported me in my little endeavor. Including my husband and little munchkin. Anyone who reads my private blog knows I rarely drool over my family, so that little sentence is kind of a big deal.

Well, my mom and sister will probably kill me if I spend much longer on this blog since they are patiently awaiting a family post.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Regal Purple

The birthday party was a success! I finished everything just in time to throw my little miss in her dress as the first guests arrived. Pictures soon to come.

In the meantime, here are some pretty purple things to ogle over. I was featured in another Treasury title, "Regal Purple" created by summeresque. Click on the photo to view the Treasury live and leave a comment if you so desire;)

This Treasury was also featured on a blog called S and O Productions. Every Tuesday they pull eight Treasuries they love and feature them on their site. I am excited to keep following their blog and let someone else comb through the hundreds of Treasuries. They have pretty great taste;)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthday Inspirations and Etsy Giveaway

Yes, it is almost 1:30 EST. I took a three hour nap after I put my daughter to bed tonight and cannot shutdown this brain of mine. I have a giant "To-do" list for two things: 1) my daughter's birthday party, and 2) my Etsy site holiday inventory. So it only makes sense for me to blog about it instead of work on it. Right?

#1 My little girl is turning one in just a few weeks. I have tossed around about 100 ideas for her party. I have really enjoy the theoretical part of planning her party. Now that I am actually starting to work on things, I am realizing why so many parents book the local Chuck-E-Cheese. I will skip the greasy pizza and swine flu ridden play equipment this year:) Instead, I am going to have a little party at home with a girly woodland forest theme. My inspirations:

Baby GAP dress
owl stir sticks
Michael Miller Pet Deer Fabric
Cocoa Studio Forest Friends clipart

I am trying to keep things simple so the day is about my little girl and not just a party. Wish me luck! I think the first birthday party for your first child is a little overboard no matter what you do.

#2 By Black Friday I hope to triple my Etsy site holiday inventory. To get things rolling, I thought I would have my second shop giveaway. In honor of "Turkey Day" I am giving away this pheasant feather headband:

To enter, leave me a message telling me about your favorite item(s) or what you would like to see on my site. You can either leave a comment here or use the Convo feature on my Etsy site. I will randomly select the winner the day before I stuff myself with pumpkin pie smothered in real whipped cream.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Etsy Shop Announcement

Just a note to check out my Etsy shop today: permanently reduced shipping (to Canada & Australia now too) and temporarily reduced prices on most items.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

New outlet

Yes, I abandoned this blog for awhile. Why? I started decluttering my brain by making crafts for an Etsy site. It has been therapeutic. I have added a link to my site on the right.

Recently, I was featured in an Etsy treasury (second row, second column) created by this awesome bloggerseller. Check out the full thing here. Leave a comment if you like her Treasury and maybe it will make it to the front page of Etsy.

This was the other Treasury I was featured in (third row, first column) that has since expired, but I wanted to post it for those who missed it.

And so blog...I will try to maintain you better with my inspirations.
and Etsy