Decisions to Make

This here is the start of the invitation I’m putting together for the annual holiday sale I may, or may not be having. I can’t decide. I go through this all the time. I want to have a holiday sale to sell stuff (duh!) and make money to buy Christmas presents, but I need to have enough inventory to not look like a fool inviting a bunch of people over to fight amongst themselves about who gets to take home the ten necklaces I have for sale. I do have more than ten, in reality, maybe closer to twenty, but I prefer to have, like fifty. I also want to have more purses and matted artwork and cards, but I’m running out of time.

For the past two years I’ve had this holiday sale after Thanksgiving, usually the first weekend of December before everyone’s schedules get too crazy. Last year I shared the sale with my friend Karen, who is far too busy this year with very cool craft shows (lucky lady) to lug her inventory to Connecticut again. This year I wanted to have the sale and donate a portion of my profit to Luke’s cousin’s daughter, Emily, who is trying to raise money for a trip with the Girl Scouts. But should I have the sale? I can’t decide.

It would be easy to just not have a sale this year, no planning or cleaning or frantic last-minute crafting, but I think I would miss it. And if I didn’t have a sale, then what the heck am I making all this stuff for? I actually ask myself this all the time. I make stuff and have my Etsy shops, but really my stuff sells about 500% better when people can see it and touch it and try it on. If I don’t do craft fairs (which I haven’t had luck with) and if I don’t have my annual holiday sale, then why am I filling my house with crafts and spending my money on supplies? See? I start thinking about these things and I go all melancholy.

So I don’t know. I have to make a decision this weekend because if I have the sale, it’s going to be on Friday December 7, and that’s coming quick! I just don’t know. What do you think?


Not Bloggy

The internet seems to be having a dry spell on fresh blog posts today.  I’m not feeling the creative urge to share anything particular and it seems that most of my other favorite bloggers are feeling the same.

I stayed up late last night checking over my inventory and seeing what needs to be photographed and listed on Etsy.  Looks like I have a lot of work to do.   About half of what I have made isn’t listed and I’ve run out of necklace boxes.  Half of my totes aren’t listed and it’s almost time to list the Snowkids again.  I took a million pictures and now they all need to be looked at, cropped, edited, etc. before I can list them.  Phew!  I had better get to work!

Not About Sewing!

Oh right, jewelry! You almost forgot I made jewelry, what with all the blabbering on about the little purses, didn’t you? Don’t fret, the jewelry-making is ongoing, and after a little bead shopping with Paula the other night, I as inspired to make a few new gift sets for the upcoming holiday shopping extravaganza. Nothing is listed yet, I really have to get on the ball, but here, for your viewing pleasure, are three new Christy Gift Sets. Soon to be listed for $25 plus shipping.

Did anyone watch Pushing Daisies last night? I desperately want to reach into the screen and steal all of Chuck’s dresses. And Olive’s hair. I love that show!


I’ve been busy, I swear, but I can’t think of anything to write about. I opened a blank new post and then sat here staring at it. What did I do yesterday? No, not exciting. Last night? Boring. I’m sorry folks, I’m lacking sparkle this week.

I can tell you a couple of exciting things. Next week I will be doing the chalkboards at the delicious Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford Center. My reign as Chalk Queen of Connecticut continues. I got a call yesterday saying that they heard from the great guys at Max Downtown that I am a wizard with the chalk. Yes, yes I am. So that should be fun.

I’ve also been busy updating my Etsy jewelry shop, so head on over and see what’s new. There are a few more things in the studio that I have to take pictures of so there will be more added soon.

What else? I still love my car. Are you sick of me and my car yet? My Yaris rocks. I up to nearly 37 miles to the gallon after my first oil change. Thank GOODNESS I got rid of the Rodeo which only got about 16 MPG. I hear doomsday predictions of nearly $4 per gallon gas prices on the way.

That’s it for now. I’ll try to do something exciting today so I have more to talk about tomorrow.

Rings on Her Fingers…

And wool socks covering her toes. MAN is it cold today. But look at these pretty things I got in the mail last night:
They’re from my new, favorite Etsy shop called Color Fiesta. I would tell you to go there now and buy up all of her rings becasue they’re amazing, but I just checked and the shop is closed until the end of January because she’s expecting a baby. So wait until next month and then go shop.

These are gorgeous, handmade, glass rings and believe me, they’re even more beautiful in person. I tried to capture how they sparkle in the light but I just wasn’t doing them justice.The grey and pink one on the left has a silver/black sort of shimmer and the green one has threads of sparkly gold in it – they’re just so pretty. And the best part – they’re all about $7.99. Seriously. Less than $10 with shipping and you can have yourself a beautiful, wearable piece of art! Mark your calendar and go check out Color Fiesta next month. I certainly will again!