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It’s been a while… October 2, 2010

Hey all…it’s been a while for sure!!  🙂  I have been a busy, BUSY chica!!  Sooo, what’s kept me posting??  Well, business has been good, I’ve had tests and projects due at school, was sick for a spell, AND I was the Matron of Honor/wedding coordinator of my bestie’s wedding!!  Whew…I get tired again just thinking of all of it again.  LOL

PLUS, I have been super busy at work in my studio and as always, you get to see what’s been cookin’ FIRST!

All of the pictures except the last two photos are some on my newest Christmas goodies.  What do you think?  The last two photos are a new alphabet die cut series that will be listed in my shop soon AND my color options for die cuts.  🙂  Please let me know if you have any questions!!

  • Flowers are 1″ each.
  • Foam striped stockings are 2 1/2″ long by 1″ wide.
  • Foam polka-dot stockings are1 1/2″ long by 3/4″ wide.
  • Foam polka-dot Christmas trees are 2 3/4″ long by 1 1/2″ (at it’s widest point).
  • Foam short, skinny gifts are 1 3/4″ wide by 1″ tall.  Taller, square-shaped gifts are 1″ wide by about 2″ tall (at it’s highest point).
  • The foam Santas are 2″ wide by 2 1/2″ tall.
  • The foam Christmas Variety Pack has 4 different shapes in it.  “Merry Christmas” is 3″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall.  “Joy” is 2 1/4″ wide (at it’s widest point) by 1 1/4″ tall (at it’s tallest point).  Each tree is 2″ tall and about 1″ wide.

Glorious day off!!! August 27, 2010

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I cannot wait until tomorrow…well, today (Friday)!!  I am off from my REAL job and that means that I can devote my ENTIRE day to my Etsy shop and I can’t wait!!!  🙂 

Get ready to see my shop fuller and more photos on my blog!! 😉


Starting/Re-Starting A Business August 24, 2010

Wow…I don’t know about you, but the actual desire and decision to start up a business (or in my case, re-starting a business) isn’t hard.  It’s not the marketing, the creating, the listing, the photographing….It’s really not the work that I have to put into it that makes it HARD.  Man, it’s deciding HOW I’m going to spend my time.  I have a full-time “REAL” job in addition to my Etsy shop, plus I am starting back to school in the Fall (which is like next week – yikes).

I have limited time that I can spend on my Etsy business.  So how should I use this precious time?  What is at the top of my prioritized to-do list?  Do I have time to MAKE a prioritized to to-do list?  LOL  I struggle with deciding if I want to photograph and list, work on some marketing, or actually create.  And sometimes, what I decide doesn’t always fit the mood I am in.  For instance, there are times when I am in a really creative mood, so all I want to do is create, but I already have  TON of new items that I need to list.  Other times, I don’t mind the clerical part of the job, but really need to get a jump on creating…but woe is me, how do you create when you don’t feel inspired??  LOL

Oh well…Now, I am just rambling, but does anyone else out there have this same issue?  Granted, not all of you have an Etsy shop, but I am sure this same problem applies to other types of business venues.  Post your thoughts…  🙂


Foot stuff! May 23, 2009

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So on the 17th, I wore two (NEW) shoes to work for the first time – HORRAY!!  On the 18th, I did it again – DOUBLE HORRAY!!

After that, my ankle started to feel a little weak, so I am back in the boot for a while, giving my stuff a rest.  I definitely do NOT want to overdo it.  LOL


I kind of equate this to pulling weeds.  You get out there, you’re pulling weeds, and while you’re not feeling anything now, you know you’re gonna feel it later.  Well, it’s later!! LOL

No worries….I’m not worried about my ankle right now.  I just should have thought things out a little better.  Since I was not only starting to wear dos zopatos to work for the first time, they were also NEW zopatos, I should have worn them for like half my shift for the first few days to let my feet get used to them. Ahhhh…you live and you learn!


Sickly for a WEEK!! Ugh! May 9, 2009

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yuck…being sick just sucks!  I’ve been dealing with this for about a week now…The scratchy throat, the congestion, the exhaustion, some insomnia (which I so rarely have), the “heavy chest” feeling, and now some stomach problems as well…UGH…plus I have asthma to boot, so it just intensifies the everyday struggle with breathing easy.


Oh and it gets better…   


So, on Thursday of last week (April 30th), my boss was suddenly terminated so the stress level, as well as emotions,  in my workplace is extremely high.  On top of that, Friday of last week (May 1st) was the 5-year anniversary of my dad’s death. 


While each year is getting a little easier, I’m still rushed back to the day he died.  I was almost 24 when it happened and I was his medical power of attorney.  I have two uncles, an aunt, and an older sister that he could have chosen, but I was his MPOT.  I had to make the decision to remove him from life support, and while nothing more could have been done for him, I still felt so guilty, as if I personally was killing my daddy.    At times, like the anniversary of his death, those feelings feel so fresh…


So, anyway…that was Friday.  On Sunday, I started feeling pretty sick and I just can’t get better.  So, here I am, not able to sleep, and I’m feeling crappy and miserable.  The after hours clinic at my doctor’s office opens in about 4 hours, so I think I will finally head there. 


Go on…you can tell me – I’m pretty pathetic!  LOL…Am I feeling sorry for myself a little bit?  You betcha!


My news September 26, 2008

Well, I mentioned in my last post that a lot happened that I needed to tell about, so here goes.. ..


First and foremost, Lance and I got a puppy!!  🙂  We named him Bean and he is sooooooo cute!!  Check him out here or you can see more at .  We just love him so much and are so glad that we found him in need of a home at our local SPCA.  🙂  He really is a sweetie and a cuddlebug, but he is all puppy and ALL boy!!!   Plus, he has many cat-like qualities (check out the pic of him sitting in my studio window). 

When we went to the SPCA to look for a dog to take home, we were originally looking for a small dog (Bean is more of a medium-sized dog), but as we were looking around, I felt a little cold nose brush against my arm.  I turned around and this sweet little dog was in a corral area and he was standing on his hind paws.  I slowly stuck out my hand for him to smell, and he put one of his paws in the palm of my hand.  I was a goner!!  LOL…I called Lance over to look at this little cutie and he too stuck his hand out for him to smell.  Get this!!  The dog put his other paw in Lance’s palm too.  So we’re standing there with this dog and he holding hands with Lance and me together!!  HE PICKED US!!!  LOL…We played with him alone in a room and found out that his name was Tom.  After adopting him, we called him Tom and Tommie, but he just never responded to it.  One day I started calling him “my little Bean” and he started answering to it.  It kind of stuck and the rest is history.  Lance calls him “Beano” because that was how he “introduced” himself to us on the way home.  LOL  Other favorite names are “Beanie Baby” and “Beaners”.  Can you tell we’re in love??  🙂


Okay, so that’s about the dog!!  So the last thing I mentioned about my leg was that I had started walking and was in a walking cast.  Some good things (and one maybe not so good thing) have happened since I last posted about my leg.  Since we, of course, have a dog, I noticed one day that I had a brown stain on the back of my purple cast.  I thought, “Awww, Man!!  I must have stepped in some doggy poopy!”  Since I was to wear the cast for two weeks after this little observation, I was not too happy about it.  LOL…Later the next day, I noticed that as I took a few steps, the stain was kind of foaming…Ugh!!  I thought that since I had tried to wipe off the poopy stain with a wet washcloth that maybe I had put too much water on the cloth.  The next morning though, it was doing it more frequently and I noticed the stain was also now on the bottom of the cast. 


I should say now that I don’t have any feeling in my foot.  With all of the surgeries I have had on my leg and ankle, I have had some nerve damage and just don’t have full feeling in my foot.  So, I called my doctor’s office and told them what I noticed from the cast and mentioned that I don’t have feeling in my foot.  They put me on hold and told the nurse, then spoke with the doctor, and then came back on the line.  I heard the receptionist say, “The doctor wants you to leave whatever you’re doing and get here ASAP!”, so I did.  LOL…When I arrived, they removed the cast to find that I had developed an ulcer on the back of my heel.  They told me that I had caught it just in time (right after it popped, but before it rubbed through other layers of skin) and treated it.  Since I now had a wound that needed the bandages changed on it daily, I needed a walking boot instead.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!  Can you hear the angels singing??? This was an answered prayer!!!


I now walk SO much better and no longer have pain at the end of the day.  On top of that, I don’t have to elevate so often either because I don’t have swelling!!!  It’s just a dream!!!  I am back to work VERY part-time (only about 8-12 hours a week), but my job requires me to pretty much be on my feet all day.  I am a copy and print center manager for Office Depot and it’s a highly busy and active job.  I can’t tell you how great it feels to get back to some sense of normalcy!!  People think I am nuts for saying this next statement, but…I can do housework again!!!!!!!  It was such a struggle for 14 months because of…well, just imagine this – you can put NO weight on your right foot because it is angled downwards like a horse’s foot, so you have to essentially hop around on one foot.  On top of that, you have to hold on to a walker with both hands to balance yourself and to do some of the work of walking.  Because of this, “picking up” isn’t something you can do, nor is cooking, cleaning, laundry or many many other things around the house.  Heck, I couldn’t even get up the stairs in my two-story house; I had to crawl up the stairs.  It was pathetic!! 


LOL…So, now imagine how wonderful my husband is.  He not only had to work during the day, he worked at a local junior college 2 nights a week (to try to get his foot in the door), and then had to take care of me, our meals, and the rest of the house.  I know that women do this all the time, but I think we are just better equipped to handle all of this than men are.  Plus, with the tables turned, men CAN help women out…I couldn’t really do much to help Lance out. ANYWAY, the point is that things are just so much better now!!  Life is just so good.  🙂


Since my leg is doing so much better now, I can slowly start increasing my hours at work until I am back to working full-time – eventually!!  🙂  So between work, my new rediscovery of housework and dog-owning, and the occasional rest every now and then, I have kept myself pretty busy.  Some days I almost forget to get onto Etsy for a bit.  I LOVE Etsy and always want to be on it, but it just feels so good to not have to be sitting all of the time, that I find myself being drawn away from it a little bit lately.  I am constantly having ideas pop into my head of things I want to make and destash I need to sell, but I just don’t go make myself do it.  Does that sound selfish??  I just want to enjoy the pleasure of walking as much as I can without pushing myself….I know that it probably sounds terrible, huh?? 


Sweet nibblets!!!  I have just been rambling on and on and on….and on and on and on!!!  LOL…I’ll try to post pics of my new boot soon.  It’s such a STEP up from the contraption I once had!!  🙂