Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
I've been crazy busy.
I lost my job on November 3rd, one day before my birthday.
Then all HECK (not the word I'd like to use) broke loose!
I've been knitting 15 hours/day since then. Packaging tons and tons of typewriter key jewelry sales.
Two BIG craft fairs. Huge successes, both. Tons of work and tons of fun.
Had a sale on Belle Chic.
To be honest - I don't know how in the world I would have handled my websites, craft fairs, AND my corporate executive job - which also would have required me to travel to Cincinnati for a week the Monday after Thanksgiving.
So....maybe it was a good thing they laid me off? Time will tell....I am still very very stressed about it all. About the future. Long term financial stability...security....
I wake up at 430AM most days....heart pounding....
What will I do? I'll save those thoughts for another post...
Sometimes my customers have such great ideas. I had a request for a custom order - a college student (who just happens to be attending school in my hometown - and who is from not far where we live now...weird??) wanted a teddy bear for her boyfriend. She and her boyfriend are big Aladdin fans. She wanted the Teddy to look like Aladdin....
How did I do??
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This has been my banner since 2007. I love the happy knitting girl!
Your banner is the first thing a potential customer sees when they visit your shop. It defines you, don't you think?
But are the bright colors conveying what my shop is all about? What is my shop all about? Old fashioned toys, all natural, heirloom quality. The bright colors convey happiness, but what about a vintage feel? What about Waldorf-inspired?
A friend on Etsy created this banner for me:
And I'm in the process of working with another designer - this is what she has come up with, so far:
We're tweaking the font, and think will switch the dark bunny for a lighter one.
What do you think??
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I could dwell on the negatives.
I'm not going to.
When one door closes, another opens.
I have joined the ranks of the 9.whatever % of the unemployed in the US. Crazy. Should I go protest with Occupy Tucson?
A lot of changes in my life in the past few months; a lot of losses.
I'm fighting back, just to let you know.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
And so is Myrtle, who still keeps trying to climb out of her habitat. :(
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Last winter I lost 15 pounds - a great start.
I gained most of it back this summer. Summer in Tucson = too hot to go outside, enjoy the pool, even. I do not do well in the heat.
OK, it's nice out now. I feel motivated.
But I know what will happen.
I'll start walking again. I'll do it for a month or so. Then I'll get sooo bored with it.
I can ride my horses. But I've sort of lost my joy of riding (following a really bad accident a few years ago involving a broken back...). So now it feels like work. I work a lot - full time day job, 2 etsy shops....I don't have time for more work.
Do I have to join a gym? I don't know that I can commit to it, timewise. It's expensive. But I think my health insurance might cover some of it. I hate the gym.
Should I invest in a treadmill-type device for home?
Why can't I do this?
My friend took diet pills and lost 40 pounds. She didn't sleep for months. I don't want to take diet pills.
Meanwhile, I promise you, I do not eat cookies and cake all day. I eat lots of fruit and veggies. Water. Milk, even. I don't know why I'm fat.
I need a magic potion.
Sorry, no pictures that I want to post to go along with this. (My sis-in-law took a family picture last weekend, she is a little person. I am standing next to her feeling like a beast).
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
We were worried that if we put him back where we found him, that he would be killed. We debated releasing him back into the wild - maybe a state park nearby. We're still debating. To be honest. It doesn't seem right to capture him. But can you relocate them? I couldn't find anything online that told me. If this guy goes back to the wild, then at least I will have a habitat ready for the official adoption process.
suggested and declined.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I pulled in the driveway today, and saw a snake slither his way into the garage, not sure how he did that. I saw his tail - not a rattlesnake.
This guy is a king snake. We like them. They eat rats and rattlesnakes. This one was really little, and super angry that he was all of a sudden in a glass container. Don't worry, we put him back outside right away.
Kinda cool, Kinda creepy.
Which one do you think - cool or creepy???
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I came home and promptly had the worst migraine headache ever. Complete with flashing lights. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever had those flashing lights before.
Then I cancelled the necessary appointments.
Of course, my dental insurance doesn't cover most of this.
Anybody have a spare few thousand dollars? I don't.
Um, no, these are not my pearly whites.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
He is my child. I love him so.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
(just found this picture on the internet, it's a holiday rental property - looks so lovely!)
And I nabbed this from Linda's blog - (also saw pics of this on the internet) - it's a bird sanctuary, that is near their home.
As I tell my kids - it's a big big world out there. See it. Live it. Experience it. Go visit Benoni!
in my yard? About 16-18" long...without it's head or tail....and was it a tail that rattled??
Can you tell what kind of snake it is by the skin???
PS hubby came home and looked at it with me. hard to tell from the picture, but there's a smaller piece of skin. It's from the tail. It was a rattlesnake. Hubby says they are travelers, they don't stay in one place. But I also know that they have territories, and never stray outside of approximately that mile. So he's around here somewhere, although I checked our entire property, and did not see him.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
In honor of reaching 2400 sales at Buster and boo, I'm celebrating with a giveaway!
Winner will receive the pendant of their choice in my shop. It could be a typewriter key pendant made with the letter of your choice - in the color and font of your choice:
It could be one of our unique pendants made with an image that is set in a vintage typewriter key setting, like this one:
But I need your help.
So, in order to be entered to win, you'll need to do a few things.
1. Leave a comment here.
For additional entries,
2. I've started working on my Facebook page. Please go visit and 'Like' my page:
and let me know about it here.
3. You could also visit my Woolies Facebook page here:
The giveaway will continue until Wednesday, July 27th, at midnight. A winner will be chosen via random number generator on Thursday morning.
The winner can then visit Buster and boo, and let me know what they'd like!Good Luck!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
It's all over in about 10 minutes.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
That is dangerous, and reckless, and goes against everything you've ever taught him?
Your level-headed kid who is so smart. Whose friends sometimes do these kinds of things, but he doesn't.
I took his car away. I told him that there is no way he is going away to school in 3 weeks if I cannot trust him. I told him that I needed to keep him safe, and if letting him out of my sight means he puts himself in danger, then he is not allowed out. That I didn't raise a kid to be almost 19 to stand by while he risks his life.
What else do you do?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Anyway, I was knitting a tree, and then it became apparent that it had to be a person. Tree Buddy. Tree Guy. Tree Friend.
Yes I know, my family thinks I'm crazy too.
Anyway, you can find my tree friend at Woolies. :)
Friday, June 24, 2011
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Soule Mama.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
2. Remaining car breaks down (again)
3. MAJOR MAJOR Central Air conditioning repair needed - in the middle of June heat - 108-110 degrees this week
4. Bank Account Hacked - just as we're trying to buy a new car for the totaled truck and have to put some $$ down - money is stolen from the account. Lots of it. They hacked both my husband's and my debit cards - how did they do that??
OK, I'm done now. Please stop. Thanks.