Thursday, January 14, 2010

Foggy and 18 degrees

Well its another foggy morning here in the Twin Cities, Mn. At least its warmer than last week at this time :o) Though I still wish I was at home in my comfy pajamas and at my own computer rather than here at work. I have so many things to list in all 3 Etsy Shops-mine: Mixologie, and also Beads Blooms Beyond. I have also been helping Mom get caught up with her listings as well. I feel like I need a vacation just so I can play on Etsy for a straight week LOL. Tonight after work my plan is to list at least 5 things in each shop, I would love to try and make that a daily goal to at least list some things everyday, supplies for me is an endless category when it comes to crafting, as I am someone who starts things and I do finish them, but I also love to experiment with new crafts and hobbies and ideas. For sure my goal this year is to really put some hours in on the supply shop. Still trying to plan a new direction for the jewelry shop, and I think that will start with some photo retakes and rewrites of item descriptions, as there are older listings in there that I feel would benefit from a fresh new look. I think once past Valentines Day that will be my new focus.
Any of you Etsy shop owners have goals or new plans and ideas for the new year?
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Life and such

So I am at work this morning, but so wishing I was at home. Feeling especially productive and creative today. Got some great ideas for some new projects.
Last night I made an Etsy Treasury, that features friends from TradeAHolics Team Members, and themed it around Valentines Day. I had the idea over a week ago, and went and nosed around everyones shops looking for items and had a list all ready and everything, so when I saw Treasury West was about to open I hurried, I have missed a few chances at getting one and have been so bummed because I was ready with my list. So enjoy everyone :o)
Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Year

So here it is now the 12th of January already. Time is just flying, the holidays have come and went and in many ways it has all been a blur.
I had high hopes for great holidays this year, and while Thanksgiving was pretty good. What ensued 2 days later has turned my world upside down.
I worked(past tense now) a PT job as a supervisor for a city ran liquor store. What happened that Saturday was sure not the way I planned for my evening to go. We were held up and our store was literally shot up at gunpoint. I don't care to elaborate beyond that, as I feel that says enough right there. My personal sense of security and safety has been shattered, and of course sleep has become rather challenging. In the midst of all this I decided that life is just too short, and realized how stressed and drained I was working 2 jobs, especially when I was no longer seeming to enjoy my crazy schedule anymore. So I made the decision to leave job #2, and focus on job #1, and on my Etsy Shops. This means now I have to work even harder to make them a success. I had a turning point year on Etsy last year and hope for a great year this year, and I credit that to my friends the lovely and charming and oh-so-fun Etsy TradeAHolics. I stumbled into this bunch one day in the Etsy forums last summer, and have not regretted it for a minute. I have found many new friends there from all over the world. They are an amazing, supportive, very creative, and often times hilarious bunch. So to all my Etsy Trader friends, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart for being my friend and letting me share in the comraderie that exists within our team.
Yesterday a few of us chatted about goals (you know who you are), my goal, at least to update this blog on a weekly if not daily basis!!!
Have a great day :o)
* Remember life is short, always tell your family and friends how much they mean to you, tomorrow is never promised*