Friday, November 30, 2007

My Dog is Very Stressed Out

My poor Trooper Bear. He is so stressed out right now.

Why? You may ask. Because our roof is being replaced. It sounds like a herd of rhinos are walking around up there. I knew it would be noisy. But good googly moogly I can hardly hear myself think. I swear one of those guys is going to fall through my ceiling at any moment.

But my poor baby boy is stressed - panting, pacing, staring at me "why momma?!?"

And OH MY GOD! Some guy's foot just came through the freaking ceiling! Gotta go!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fun Gifts that aren't Handmade

Okay...I LOVE handmade stuff but I also love to browse catalogs. I get so many it's kind of sad but I really love to look through all the fun goodies available out there.

Check out this neat Puzzle Coaster Set from Chiasso. For only $25! What a great gift idea.

Know a gardener? This quirky gift is so great! Sunflower Kit "Ben & Jerry's Terra Fuela" from looks almost good enough to eat. It's even the same price as my favorite flavor, Karamel Sutra, $4.95.
And check out this cool clock...made with gears from Bits and Pieces. It's only $19.99.

I'll get back to handmade blogging now. Feel free to shop for handcrafted jewelry - you won't see me blogging about commercially produced jewelry...unless it's Tiffanys!

Lame Charitable Giving

Every year at work we adopt families via The Salvation Army. Every year! We have 12 floors and every floor gets at least one family. It's great. I've been one of the floor coordinators for years. The coordinators contact the family to get the necessary info (gift ideas, sizes, likes/dislikes, favorite colors, child ages, food allergies, etc.).

We collect money from everyone on the floor and a few people are designated as shoppers. They go out and buy all the goodies (trust me...we get a LOT of goodies purchased. After all, I work at a Financial isn't in short supply from some of the higher ups) and bring them in to be wrapped.

It's great! Everyone loves it. In the past we've hung the family member names on a flat Christmas tree on the wall and anyone who wanted to go shopping could take a tag or two (or three). People got involved.

We set up a meeting date/time with the family and a group of coworkers goes to delivery their goodies and it is so much fun. Most of the time we end up crying. :) The families are always so thankful.

One year we had single mom with two kids who was pregnant. We don't judge. I cleaned her kitchen (don't tell hubby - I don't do that at home!). She had no sheets on the bed, one pillow. The kids all slept with her on this mattress on the floor. We gathered everyone's resources and delivered two twin beds for the bigger kids. You should have seen their faces! Sheer joy for such a simple thing that most of us take for granted. They got their own fun kid sheets and pillows. Sure, the beds had to be put in the living room, but so what. They sure didn't care.

She also didn't have a vacuum cleaner. So we got one for her. And a real bed for her (with a real mattress) and a crib for the baby. This woman was SO thankful. She cried. She didn't have to sleep with her kids in the bed anymore. She could vacuum her small home. How many of us take these small things for granted?

My favorite thing is the overwhelming look on the mother's faces (it's always been a mother - whether they were single or not - who was home to receive us) when we fill her living room and kitchen up with food, toys, sometimes a's priceless. It's part of the Christmas spirit. Giving.

This year the Privacy Grinch has ruined it. I just got an e-mail telling the coordinators that we can no longer contact the families, we can no longer find out any information (children's names, ages, favorite colors!), and we won't ever see or meet the family because we can no longer delivery to them directly. WHAT??? Apparently there's some sort of stupid new privacy law??? I wanna see it. This is just insane.


I am so pissed. We are only allowed to know them as "Family #1", "Family #2" and have to get them gift cards. Let me tell you - folks are not going to want to donate to "Family #1" ... it's impersonal. It's random. It's boring.

Who the hell came up with this stupid privacy law??? This is getting ridiculous. I want things to be secure and private but these people voluntarily sign up with the Salvation Army in order to get assistance.

I am just so flippin' ticked off right now. This is seriously one of the highlights of my year and now 90% of the joy has been sucked out of it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Shop Shop Shop...All Day Long

Tis the season. Have I mentioned how much I love Christmas? I love shopping for people and this time of year gives me the perfect excuse to shop for all kinds of people. From my secret santa at work to relatives I rarely buy for during the year. I also tend to buy things for myself more often...something I don't do as much as I used to because I normally like to spend my money on metal or gemstones! LOL

I really want one of these skirts from Nicole Lee Designs. They are wrap arounds and SO pretty!!! And they are my size! Brilliant! She has some amazing fabrics that I have never seen at Macys. They are fabulous! Oh, and handmade which I am all about this year.

I wonder if she could make this skirt in my size? I love this fabric!

It's funky and different! I'm nothing if not different. :)

She also has hats, purses, and wallets. Such talent!

I think I need to add her skirts to my Christmas list. :)

Bad Dog! No Soap For You!

No, that's not a typo. I didn't mean soup. I mean SOAP! The little ... SH*T! Yes, we've been calling him that a lot lately. I thought getting neutered calmed dogs down. He seems to be taking vengeance on us for cutting his goodies off. Arg!

I love Soapy Love and her Soapsicles and I love to give them as gifts. They look and smell good enough to eat...and apparently Trooper agreed.


Of course, when I actually tried to get him to hold one in his mouth so I could photograph him he wouldn't. He apparently figured out fast that as good as these Soapsicles smell - they don't taste nearly as sweet. So he ruined my gifts and didn't even eat them! What a waste. Ha!

The can see his big teeth marks.

I love my dog. I love my dog. I love my dog.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Life is Good - Go Shopping

I love to shop for other people. Christmas is my absolutely favorite time of year. I LOVE to think about what might make someone happy and excited. It's even better if they scream with delight (I've gotten that reaction twice with my little cousin's!).

What says love more than a handcrafted gift? Love, time, and attention goes into things made by hand by an artisan who enjoys their work. I'm not bashing commercial items (I love the mall!) but sometimes handmade gets a bad rap.

Here are some seriously awesome handcrafted goodies that I think everyone should consider this Christmas and Hanukkah season.

For the Knitter in your life - Stitch Markers from Vanilla Lotus.

Stay warm! This beautiful handcrafted (okay, it's machine stitching...but you need hands to run the machine!) quilt from Warm n Fuzzies is a steal at $60.

And oh my goodness...I love cupcakes! Why not add them to the Christmas tree? The Cup Cakery thinks it's a great idea.

Do you love goldfish? I always killed ours. So these Goldfish Cups by CG Studio would be perfect for me - easy care fish!

This apron by Mom's Retro Fashions almost makes me want to hit the kitchen and cook...almost. Could I just wear it while I make jewelry???

Trust me, there will be more.

CHUCK Rocks!

I am a total television junkie. I fully admit and embrace this fact. I was born and raised with TV - not that my parents made it a baby sitter - I remember plenty of fun outdoor activities - but after my dad died the television was definitely my friend. After school at the baby sitters I would plant my butt on the couch and watch my favorite shows - I was always the oldest so it was my decision what we watched. :)

And not much has changed. I tend to throw a fit if hubby tries to make me change the channel. My life is sadly structured around the TV schedule. It's amazing that I get anything done but I do! I can't just *sit* and watch TV. I have to be doing something else at the same time. Which is why I prefer to have my program on in the living room on the big TV instead of the bedroom. I have many more projects going on in the living room area. About all I can do in the bedroom is fold laundry - and that's no fun.

But last night I was desperate to watch Chuck but hubby had dibs on the big TV for the Miami Dolphins vs Philly Steelers last night (Miami lost - shocking!). So it was to the bedroom I went for my weekly dose of Chuck.

This show is freaking HILARIOUS!!! I am completely addicted to it. I missed an episode once and thankfully was able to watch it online. TV online! I am in big trouble. Last night's episode was not a disappointment. It's so funny that I laugh so loud and hubby gets mad. HA!

When I say that my life revolves around the TV schedule I am so not joking...

Monday - Watching Chuck - taping Aliens in America
Tuesday - Bones & House
Wednesday - America's Next Top Model (I know, shut up and stop laughing)
Thursday - Survivor and CSI (I tape My Name is Earl and the Office)
Friday - Moonlight (my MIL got me hooked on this one) and Las Vegas - both taped while I watch What Not to Wear

Other favorites - Law & Order SVU, Psych, Eurkea, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, the Dog Whisperer, reruns of Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, That 70s Show, Seinfeld, King of Queens, oh the list goes on and on! And lest you think I am completely shallow - I also LOVE the History channel (including the International history channel), Discovery channel, and the other learning style channels.

Saturday and Sunday I am catching up on shows taped during the week - I rarely stay up past 9 p.m. so anything on at that time gets put on the DVR. What a wonderful invention! :)

My poor husband never had a chance at the remote. It is MINE!

Monday, November 26, 2007

IndieFixx is Looking for Consigners

Are you interested in Consignment? It's a great way to expand sales. And Indie Fixx is a great company.

Things have been going so well that I am having trouble keeping up with adding new products and I am looking for new stuff. I am really interested in art, jewelry, bags (desperately need a few bag designers), accessories, home decor, paper goods, plush, tees, crafting supplies, candles, home fragrance, bath & body. Take a look at the shop and see what you think and if you are interested in having your products carried in the shop, drop me a line at I am only doing consignment right now (no dropshipping). If I think your products will be a good match with the shop, I'll contact you with the consignment agreement to look over.

Check her out and see if your stuff would be a good fit.

Monday Bla

Oh's the Monday after a long weekend. Can you guess how excited I am to be back at work?
Actually, it's not nearly as bad as I anticipated. I'm fairly awake and do appreciate the comfort of my work environment. And not comfort as in comfy but just as in familiarity. It is MY desk and that is so obvious. It's a mess!

This last week has been crazy and not at all relaxing. I'll probably get more rest being at work! I did not relax - from Saturday the 17th, which was my grandmother's memorial - to this last Sunday when I was running around preparing packages to ship - it was non stop.

I am beyond grateful for the sales, don't get me wrong. I need to sell so that I can continue to create - it's hard to justify creating when nothing it's hard to fund new supply purchases!

I'm hoping that sales space themselves out throughout the next few weeks...I'd love one a day or two every other day. I could handle that level of business. In the meantime my mom ordered a couple of things that I need to finish. She generally gets put on the back burner - poor thing. At least she's understanding and super supportive. She'll probably get something nice for Christmas. :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Sense of Humor

I may be a conservative but I can still laugh at "my own" (so to speak) and I think "Bushisms" as they have become so well know, are hilarious!

Check out these cards from Darjeeling Paper. Too funny!

Everyone says stupid things but when you're the most powerful man on the planet I suppose you should be a little more careful. lol

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stay Home on Black Friday - Still Enjoy the Sales!

Are you ready? Black Friday - traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Don't want to venture out with the crowds? Stay home and enjoy amazing deals from online vendors.

Visit The Little Black Box for more than 50 unique companies offering fabulous and amazing deals. I'm participating with my website and the deal is really spectacular! Find everything from lotions and candles to jewelry and stationary.

Codes are only available on The Little Black Box - the extravaganza starts at 5 a.m. East Coast time and ends at 12 noon.

And don't forget - I've got LOTS of sale items in my Etsy shop. Get 50% off of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that are perfect for all your gift giving needs.

Get Ready...Get Set ... SHOP!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blogging will be light as I assume reading will be. It's the week of Thanksgiving. Let's give thanks for all that we have!

I am incredibly blessed and am thankful to God for the life I have.

Oh, and go shopping on Friday!!! :) I've got lots of sale items in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tears for a Best Friend

Dogs truly are a man's (and woman's) best friend. Seeing one age is almost harder to me than watching people get older.

Rachel Lucas is currently going through what I think is one of the hardest decisions...whether it is time to say goodbye to her dog Digger. Reading her post and the comments is making me cry. I hate to cry. But I can't stop reading!

My dogs are so precious and special to me. They bring me such joy and happiness...even when they are their naughty selves and cost us oodles of money in surgery, vaccines, food, and all the treats we lavish on them.

Quinn in particular is starting to get older. I've started taking more photos of her because I never want to forget how happy she is. She still jumps around like a little puppy when we take a walk. I can't even say 'walk' without all three dogs whining. But she can't walk as far as she used to...starts to slow down after only a couple of laps around the neighborhood. Trooper could still pull an entire sled team after two laps.

We've tried diet foods but she's still a chunk...look at all those rolls! I think daddy slips her too many treats.

Kodiak is still happy go lucky but has had so many issues with his back legs that I shudder to think about how much pain he will someday be in...I can't stand the thought of not being able to prevent that pain! He is SO happy...I love seeing him "smile." Or stick his tongue out at me. HAHAHAHA!!!

And Trooper...oh boy...what can I say about this little (or big) monster. Trooper Bear is the perfect name for him. He lumbers with no tought to his own personal space or taking over other's personal space. He's a goof ball and loves to play - tug of war, catch, wrestling. He is a delight and true entertainment on a daily basis. He's also a trouble maker who likes to antagonize Quinn...and he started peeing on hubby's base woofer! ROFL That wasn't well received. He gets snipped next week!

He looks like trouble doesn't he? lol He's a stinker...and a total love bug. He loves to cuddle which is great because the other two dogs aren't big on cuddling.

At least they have a sport that they all can play together...begging.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Greyt Inspirations - Doggy Jewelry

In case anyone hadn't figured it out yet...I am a total dog fanatic! I adore my doggies ... they are my sweet furry four legged babies. And they are beyond spoiled. I just bought Kodiak a brand new fluffy bed at Costco. :)

So working with Joanne of Greyt Inspirations was so much fun! She wanted some doggy jewelry designed for her online store and since I love dogs I decided this would be a fun project. I don't make jewelry like this for my own website because it doesn't really flow with my new streamlined style. But I still love creating simple and fun jewelry like the new doggy charm jewelry that Joanne is now offering on her site.

I used sterling silver dog and dog related charms with sterling silver chain and freshwater pearls. I think my favorite charm is the poodle charm. lol But all of the charms are so cute and very detailed.

Check them out!!! If you don't see the dog that represents you, just contact Joanne and she'll start a list of requested doggies. I am happy to make more!

Oh, and Greyt Inspirations donates a portion of her sales to charity!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Craft Show Worries

My old blog still gets some's a good thing I can still remember my password! Someone left a comment today in an old post about craft shows. And I fully understand her worry...
"Megan, I have two shows booked, Dec. 1 and 7, and I'm petrified. Not only do I not have enough jewelry made to sell, I don't have an idea of how to fill an 8 foot table with displays. I honestly don't know if I'm up for it. I am having a lot of work and personal troubles right now. I feel like a jerk for dropping out but don't know what else to do. I have no display items (like busts) because I don't want to invest in something if I don't know if I'll likeit.Any advice? Please?"

First piece of advice......take some deep breaths! :) It's not the end of the world. No one will die if you don't participate and no one will die if you have a bad show. The good news is that everyone starts out being scared and having no idea what to do. Trust me. If you are that stressed it might be a good idea to back out for now and try again next year. There's no harm in that and you aren't a jerk! Life happens (trust me...just read the last few entries here and you'll see how my life has been going the last week!).

But you have at least two weeks and I think if you want to go ahead with the shows you should have no problem. A few handmade display items and a little confidence go a long way!

My first show was at a local high school. I had three small folding card tables that I borrowed from my mom and they were super wobbly. I went out and bought some cheap fabric (red and green since it was the season) that was sheer because I thought it was pretty. Some black, non-sheer fabric that was sort of silky. I found this cool tree looking thing at Michael's to hang bracelets on. I used a picture frame with a plastic cross stitch thingy inside for earrings. Necklaces went flat. It was really pathetic.

Sheer fabric - don't do it unless it's over a solid fabric. You can SEE through it (duh!) and you could see my ugly tables. Not only that, it was also sort of silky and kept sliding off the table!

Despite all the horror of my set up I still sold around $80 - which I thought was pretty darn good. It only cost $15 to get a space. My expectations weren't very high and I think that is important for a first show. It's more of a learning experience than anything else. Sales are just a bonus!

As for the amount of space - 8 feet is a lot less than you think. I prefer at least 10 x 10 and even then it's not always enough. Get two tables in those 8 feet and add a few people browsing and it gets really cozy really fast. With an 8 foot table you'll be surprised how fast it fills up! And you'll be surprised how few pieces you may need. I am a perpetual overachiever when it comes to creating items...I always always always have too much.

But if the show is a small local show I would estimate that if you have at least 50 pieces total (that includes earrings which should be the bulk of your items) you will be just fine. You don't want to have too much out on your table because it can overwhelm customers. Having ten or twelve necklaces and an equal number of bracelets should be enough if laid out properly on the table. Earrings are usually what sells most so have more of those.

So here is my 2 cents on display ideas - for what it's worth...

Go down to the Walmart or other discount store and raid their clearance fabric section. I got great fabric for $1 a yard for my tables. I didn't sew them or anything (I probably should!) but just cut them to fit. Most folks aren't looking at your table clothe seams!

While at Walmart, see if they have some inexpensive picture frames. Inexpensive is the key because to me these are just a stop gap until you get an actual earring display. They can be any color because you can always spray paint them the color you want (I prefer black or natural color).

Now go back to the sewing section and get those plastic thingys (yes that is the technical term) that are used with cross stich and yarn - you know the ones...they have lots of little squares. A lot of times they will have different colored is best to me. You'll also want some colored paper (again, I like black but white is good too) to put behind it since you don't want to see the back of the frame. This will be where you can hang your earrings. You can use them with french hooks and leverbacks (though it is a little tougher with leverbacks).

Do you have any old shoe boxes or storage boxes? Use these to create layers at your table (put the boxes under the fabric so make sure the fabric is long enough to go over these and the table). It's okay to drape necklaces and bracelets flat - especially if you're short on time and resources. It's not ideal but people WILL look! And adding layers will help.

These three things alone will give you a respectable table display. And it won't cost you much at all! It's a good idea to not invest too much if you aren't sure if this is the direction you want to go with your business.

Feel free to ask lots of questions! There's also a ton of great advice over at Cagey Crafters where some of our members have been going through these same anxieties. We'll talk you through it! :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

All Gave Some...

...Some Gave All. I love those lines and the ones that follow from a country song ...I forget the name.

No one in my family (that I know of) has given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I know that my father's dad was in the Navy but I never knew him. My grandfather (mother's father) was an MP - stateside for all of WWII. My husband's father was in the Navy but I don't know anything about his service. And of course my hubby was in the Coast Guard for several years before joining the state patrol.

Growing up I knew next to nothing about the military - was never exposed to it and never had any reason to think about it. Life was pretty peaceful in my little world through the 80s. It's not like I watched the news.

The first "war" that affected me in any way was the first Gulf War. I was in middle school and most of the students were "anti-war." There was a walk out and I participated - but only so I could go home early. I was actually fascinated by the images on TV and watched as much as I could. Seeing the military men and the flashes of light as missiles streaked across the sky was breath taking. And "winning" as quickly as we did brought me some amount of pride - even at the age of 12. Of course I knew nothing of what was actually going on and didn't realize that we probably should have kept going.

As middle school continued I was exposed to WWII via the Holocaust. I don't recall any part of my education that focused on the military or battles fought to protect our country. The most my school did was focus on the Holocaust - and I am glad that they at least did that much. I am fascinated, horrified, and enthralled by all things WWII. I found out that my grandmother (father's side) was a working as a 'Rosie the Riveter' on air plane wings. I learned about life during the war in my maternal grandmother's life. It's amazing. We go through nothing today compared to what they sacrificed - just as civilians.

Joining the military was never even discussed as an option for my brother and me. It wasn't put down, it wasn't even brought up. Never said outright, there was always a 'last resort' type of attitude about joining. Yet every time I saw a military person in uniform I was impressed. They never seemed like losers or lower class folks. They were pressed, poised, confident. I loved it! (Not to mention how hot guys look in uniform!)

My husband definitely 'looks' like a military guy - crew cut and all. And I am so lucky to get to see him in uniform when he works. When we have kids I will make sure that they know - military service is not a 'last resort' ... it is a proud and honorable thing. Those who serve keep us safe. They stand up to dictators and fascists the world over. They sacrifice family time, personal time, and their lives so that we may be comfy and cozy in our little worlds. If my children decide to join I will be beyond proud - I will be humbled and in awe that a child of mine would make such a selfless decision.

God Bless our armed forced the world over. You are our freedom fighters and guards in this difficult and dangerous world.

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Perfect Storm

This week has been brutal. The perfect storm of incidents to make it miserable.

It probably started last weekend - I had a craft show on Friday night and Saturday. I knew it would be slow - my prices are too high for this demographic - but I'd signed up for it earlier in the year and didn't want to cancel. So that felt like a waste of time, even though I did have a few sales.

No time to relax on Sunday because I got swamped with bead orders and three jewelry orders. Which is fabulous! But also stressful. And my mom needed my help in showing her car to someone (she was on vacation) which took several hours.

Monday rolls around and my 'real' job is uber-stressful. It normally is challenging and I love that. But sometimes I get requests that frustrate and stress me out. Monday night I packed a bunch of bead orders and got read to go to the post office on Tuesday.

Now, one of those perfect storm things is building...I am bipolar (something I will blog at length about later) and there are times when I am very "UP" and other times when I'm very "down"...most of the time I'm pretty much in the middle. Unfortunately, one of these icky down times decided to hit me Monday and lasted until Wednesday. *sigh*

So, not only am I very down at the time, but after going to the post office on Tuesday I realize that I had screwed up at least two of the bead orders. :( I sent the wrong beads to one person, and left out one person's beads all together! I couldn't find another person's beads that she'd ordered so I had to go apologize and issue a refund for that. I ended up refunding at least three orders and still sending the beads out. Which is fine...they are destash items ... but I hate messing up!

Thankfully, by later Wednesday my mood wasn't nearly so down (though still not up by any means) and I was able to focus and work on getting several more bead orders ready to ship on Thursday.

Thursday I get a call that another person's beads had broken in transit. ARG!!! What next? What else can go wrong?

Oh but wait...standing in line at the post office Thursday took forever and I was late for my dentist appointment. So they decided to reschedule me. *sigh* This was the last straw for my husband who flipped out and demanded that I slow down.

HA! I don't know the meaning of the word relax and he wants me to slow down. No - sir - ee. If it weren't for my down moment I probably could have handled this week better. Unfortunately all the little things added up and really hit me hard.

So I am beyond grateful for the weekend. I am also grateful for my friends online (I don't have many in the real world LOL) who sent encouraging messages and prayed for me. I know that those prayers helped!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Gift Guides Guide to Guides

Bwahahaha...that's some title.

There are a gazillion gift guides out there - several of which I am part of for this season. But someone came up with a brilliant idea to create a list of some of the best guides out there. Wish I had thought of it first!

Guide to Holiday Gift Guides

I am sure she'll be adding more as she finds out about them.

Here is one - The What Designers Independent Design Shopping Guide. It look fabulous! (and no, I'm not even in this one!)

I Am Not Alone

As I drove to work this morning I contemplated the annoying intrusion of "Green" into my nightly veg out routine. I enjoy plopping down on the couch and vegging out to my favorite TV shows like Chuck, Bones, House, and yes, even America's Next Top Model. I fully admit to being a total TV junkie.

And in the last few days some of my favorite shows have jumped on the Green bandwagon and started lecturing me on my harmful impact on the planet.

*insert very obvious eye roll here*

I am SO sick of being lectured to...not to mention having people try to scare me into thinking the earth is going to end soon if I don't throw away my car and walk to work. I LIKE my car. I actually even like my commute. It's me time. I can listen to the radio (or yell at it in some cases) or music or nothing and just drive in quiet.

I'm not opposed to the idea of keeping things clean and pretty. I don't like pollution. It's icky. It makes things stink and look bad. But compared to 30 years ago, my state is practically pristine. It's not perfect, of course, but it's pretty darn gorgeous here.

I recycle (most of the time) though not obsessively. I do my best to get the most miles out of my car. But not to save the planet...I don't want to have to spend a ton on gas. I would NEVER pour oil down a drain. I never litter (my own husband would write me a ticket if I did, trust me on that).

So when Sunday night football becomes so ridiculous as to lecture me to turn off my lights as they sit in a dark studio I get a little annoyed. NBC has turned their peacock logo green. It's all about sustainability and enviro-friendliness. Arg! Leave me alone! All I want to do is watch TV in peace.

And it turns out that I am not alone in my annoyance. Eco-Fatigue is starting to hit and I am SO glad! I'm sick of being told that I need to buy carbon credits and monitor my carbon footprint. What a ridiculous concept. Whoever came up with buying carbon credits is now rolling on a bed somewhere with $1,000 bills laughing at all of you who think this is a legitimate idea.

I was laughing hysterically during last night's episode of Chuck. My concern for how they were going to turn this great show into some politically correct spew was unfounded. One of the main characters is this annoying power tripping guy who was being a recycling nazi. Made recycling look real fun (insert sarcasm). And then some hippy dippy loser was trying to save the planet by planting trees, who 'Casey' properly squashed. Then it turned out the hippy dippy loser was an undercover CIA agent who shows up to save the day with a big 'ol gun! ROFL Take that enviro-wackos! I was loving it!!!

Thank you, Chuck, for not making one of my new favorite shows into some lame Al Gore wannabe appeal to save the planet.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Stupid E-Mail

What the heck is with my e-mail?

I use cPanel as set up by my lovely website gals (Lightning Bug Designs) but I wanted to be able to access my e-mails anywhere from any computer. Leila (of LBD) set it up so that I can use GMail as my ... sort of a front page ... to read and send e-mails. All e-mails still go through cPanel so I have to go into that system from home and periodically delete things.

Which I *just* freaking did a week ago. And yet here I am again getting error messages sent out to people who have e-mailed me saying that my inbox is full. It IS NOT!!! I will go in again tonight and see what is up within cPanel (can't do it at work...grrr) but I haven't gotten a thousand messages in a week or anything like that.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions I'd appreciate it. My actual GMail space usage is only at 15% of my capacity. So I know it's not that system. It has to be cPanel. :( I'm so frustrated ... and I am not a technical person so I have no idea how to trouble shoot. *sigh* Happy Monday to me.

Friday, November 2, 2007

It's Show Time

Ahhh...another show. I always say that I hate shows, but you know what? Sometimes they are fun. This particular one is local - not more than 10 minutes away from my house - at the local county fairgrounds. I've been part of this one for more than 4 years - maybe 5...time flies.

It's an 8 x 8 space, smaller than normal, but it's not bad. I actually lucked into the space. It's in the main building (out of 4) and one of the first places people will go...and it's a corner space. I'm loathe to stop doing this show even though it's not really my market any longer. Mostly little old ladies (so cute!) and moms with kids looking for some entertainment and a good deal. My work is no longer their price point.

But I decided that for $65 it was worth it to do the show at least once more. I have tons of older inventory that I cringe at the idea of taking apart but am never going to sell unless it's at a show like this ... and I offer it at 50% off.

So I made some signs - "Inventory Clearance", "50% off" - we'll see if I can move some stuff. If not I'll be bringing items home and getting some quick photos to post in my Etsy shop. I don't want to add things to my main site because I'm working so hard to focus my site on a consistent look. The things I'm trying to move are not part of that look any longer.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Time for Recovery

My poor baby dog. He's so drugged up. But the good news is that he came through the surgery and is still a happy boy! :) He is still wanting to beg for food and loves getting his ears rubbed. He even laid down this morning and wanted me to rub his belly.

He absolutely does NOT want to play with his little brother. I video taped their stand off yesterday. This is Kodiak's first day home after surgery and he's pinned in with our mobile gate (best investment we ever made for the dogs!).

His skin is itchy from where they shaved him. I'm so sad that he had to be shaved yet again...his fur was JUST starting to grow back from his surgery last year. :( So far he's leaving his stitches alone fairly well, but we are using that horrible plastic cone thing when he sleeps at night.
Another funny video...

Thank you all those who have posted and contacted me about my boy. He's our first dog ... kind of our "first born" if you will. And he's always been such a sweet and playful dog. I hope he is with us for many more years.