Friday, October 23, 2009

I survived the closing

That's right! My store is finally closed and I survived. There were times that I wasn't sure I would (namely when I worked 9 consecutive days). There were times that my devotion to customer service was no where to be found (most notably when I was accused of false advertising and rather than attempt another explanation, I responded that I was just too lazy to fix the signs). But I survived. In the end it was bittersweet. Though I haven't worked for the company long, I have many memories at that location. All with some of my dearest friends. And I've been blessed to have, overall, worked with people that I really liked. KS girl, I'm really gonna miss seeing you all the time. And JD, I wish you and NF could've been there. You wouldn't have recognized the place.
But, it's done and over with, and life at BBV moves on. I managed to luck up and end up with 3 days off. Mostly because someone covered my Thursday shift since I had a Dr appointment, but I'm enjoying it none the less. I can finally see the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper, and I was able to get maintenance out to fix all the door problems we were having.
Little man has been doing great with potty training this week. Still relying heavily on the timer, but it's better than nothing. I just hope he gets it soon and doesn't wind out missing out on Pre-K because of it. But there's still time to worry about that. The new afghan is about halfway done (again). When doing a piece that requires you to stitch together a number of smaller pieces, always be careful. It's no fun to put in the final stitch only to realize you messed up the diagram and have to basically start all over again. But I've been a busy little bee with it, and should have it ready to post in just a few more days. And will be ordering the yarn for the next project next week. It's a gorgeous afghan pattern that I can't wait to get started on. So be sure to stay tuned for updates on that.
But for now, I need to start preparing for dinner at the in-laws, and hopefully to put in a few more stitches while I'm there. Talk to ya'll later!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's Finally Here! The 3rd Annual GA Etsy Street Team's:

It's Fall Y'All Sale

This weekend Oct 9-11th, shop from our great list of participating stores or search "all items" for GAetsyteam or Itsfallyall.

Handmade is never mass produced, so each item is special and unique! Give yourself and your friends the gift of handmade!

List of Participating Shops:

Amber's Aromatherapy
Handmade soaps, lotions, lip balm, milk bath and custom blended teas
20% all orders

Amelia's Soap Co.
Handmade Soap Products
15% discount on soaps

April's Afghans
Afghans and other crocheted household items
Free U.S. shipping

Artistspirit - A Reflection of Mind
Glass fusion jewelry, plates and coasters
15% off any item

Beautiful Tree Huggers
Homemade all natural soap, lotion, etc.
Everything in the store 20% off

Be Inspired Designs
Scrabble Tile Pendant Jewelry & Accessories
Buy 2, Get 1 FREE plus FREE SHIPPING

(stuffed) animal skin loveys
Free U.S. shipping, $5 off shipping everywhere else!

Bug's Hugs
Unique handmade creations for anyone that could use a hug!
Free shipping (U.S. only) plus 10% off all orders

Cocoa Dreams
Personalizable baby bibs, blankets, burp cloths and aprons
Free domestic shipping on everything in shop

Crafters Crossing
Handmade Swarovski crystal and wire jewelry
10% off merchandise orders totaling up to $99.99
15% off merchandise orders totaling $100 or over

The Crafty Coop
Handmade resin jewelry with glitter
All necklaces 20% off

embrodiery,dolls,quilted items
20% off section

Deb's Pane In The Glass
Anything Stained Glass from sun catchers, ceiling fan pull chains to business card holders and holiday items
Free USA and International Shipping!

Deuce Goods
Be original this Fall with one of a kind accessories & gifts
15% off All Hats and Scarves

Everyday May
toddler items and women's accessories
FREE shipping to U.S. on all items

Adorable Art for Children, Babies and Fun Grownups!
Free worldwide shipping, plus 10% off storewide -all refunded via paypal

Fluffy Flowers
cute Creatures & pretty Pouches
FREE shipping to ANYWHERE in the world

The Goddess Within You
Artisian Jewelry
Free shipping

Jenjie's Stuff
Beautiful and Fun Handmade Items
Free U.S. Shipping and 10% off all items

JoyAnna - all things beautiful
Purses, pillows, scrapbook covers, tissue holders etc
FREE SHIPPING within the Continental USA on everything in the shop.

Kartu Graphics
Designer of our fabulous sale graphic15% OFF

K. Berlin Metalsmith
Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry - Precious Metals and gems
Free Shipping on All items

Madame Monogram
Personalized intems for Bridal, Baby, Child and Home
FREE pair of luggage tags with any purchase, a $12.00 value

Maria Luna
Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry and Fine Art Photography
15% OFF excluding items that are already on sale

mod momME
Accessories for mom and baby
10% off your total order. Use promo code "fallyall" Money refunded via PayPal.

Nicolita Love
Handmade and Vintage Jewelry and Accessories
Free Shipping on orders over $20 & Free Nola Brooch with purchase

Unique Handmade Jewelry
Buy one get second one half off (BoGo)Sale

Princess Ciarra Raye’s Designs
Jewelry for the little girl inside you
Free Shipping

Handmade Silk Scarves and Gifts
Sale Items 15% off with Free Shipping

Kids wear and more
Free shipping

Smelly Rhino Studio
Art with a little Humor! Original paintings and Prints
10% off and free shipping!

Sweet Pea Boutique
Colorful hairbows and clips for girls of all ages!
Buy any hairbow or clip set and get one HALF PRICE, with FREE SHIPPING for orders $10 and up

The Print Duchess Studio
Custom Stationery & Personal and Promo Designs
20% off Rectangular Address Labels

Original Mixed Media Art
15% off everything!

Worthy Soy Candles & Crochet
Soy Candles & Unique Crochet Creations
10% Off Everything!

*** Special thanks to Rebecca Salcedo (smellyrhinostudio) who painted our ad backdrop of the falling leaves and to Maria Allen (Kartu Graphics) who layered the graphics

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's Fall Ya'll!!!!

It's almost time for the holiday. Take advantage of our Fall sale, and have your pick before everybody else.

Among the over one million handmade artisans who callEtsy home are some 300 here in Georgia, creating wonderful products with their Southern charm! Visit the Georgia EtsyStreet Team members on Etsy to find clothing, handbags, Mommy products, kids stuff, home decor, bath and body, beauty, candles, custom blended tea, pet products, Georgia team sports items, accessories, jewelry, fused glass and stained glass, fiber goods and textiles, fine art and folk art and lots of other great products that my senile mind can't remember at the moment!

We have a few sales a year, but it's neat to have a whole team participate, because you just do one search and find thousands of great items from hundreds of crafters and artists! Now is a great time to begin your Christmas shopping experience! When you browse like this, you find all kinds of beautiful, irresistible goodies and oodles of practical ones too!, you often find things you will find no where else on earth! See, handmade is never mass produced, so each item is special and unique! Give yourself and your friends the gift of handmade!

Don't forget to visit Etsy this coming weekend and support one microcosm of handmade happiness! (I'll be there, too!)

P.s. This ad backdrop with the falling leaves was lovingly painted by Rebecca Salcedo (smellyrhinostudio) and the wicked graphics were layered by Maria Allen (Kartu Graphics)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Why I've been MIA

So I know I seem to have dropped off the face of the earth lately. I promise that I haven't. And I have been busy working. I've spent most of the minimal time off that I've had working on my bedspread, but I have finished another item for my shop. As soon as I figure out where the digital camera is, I'll be posting pictures. (One of the many joys of marrying home life and business - when family uses things you need and then you can't find them. LOL.) I've also started work on a new piece that I hope to have finished in time for the "It's Fall Ya'll" Sale that my Etsy Team will be hosting from October 9-11. It'll be the first sale that I've taken part in and I'm very excited about it. The piece I'm working on is a perfect holiday piece. I have another in mind for once I finish this one, but we'll see about it when the time comes.

On the personal front, I'm exhausted. My store is officially in the close out phase. We've been there for about 3 weeks and have 2 weeks left. I just finished a run of 9 consecutive shifts. I found out that I will be transferring to another store once mine is finished, so I won't be unemployed just before the holidays - thank God. But that's of course assuming that I survive closing this store.

Unfortunately, little man hasn't been to thrilled about all the extra hours, but I finally have a day off tomorrow and have promised that him and I will spend the whole day together. But for now, I'm going to grab my most recent project, and settle in to work while I watch Bones.