Friday, June 27, 2008

We Have Moved!!!!

Finally! No pictures to share yet as the house is full of furniture and boxes that have not yet been placed or unpacked. I promise to share those before and afters of the purple and pink house once my computer is up and running in the studio. Check back soon. Miss you all.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Weird Fact About Me 9/11

You all will think this is very "weird", but I feel the need to share it anyways.

Ever since 9/11 happened I frequently catch the clock time as 9:11. I am talking this happens to me atleast once a week, if not more. It sort of freaks me out every time. I know this sounds crazy, but I think it may be some sort of sign and I am not sure what that sign is yet. I mean, why else would this be happening to me for the past 6 years?

Do any of you have reoccuring strange signs happen to you? Please tell me I am not alone, LOL.

EDIT- I have had a couple of new commenters on this post. Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I suppose it could be a small bit of PTSD. I was quite devastated at the time. We had just had my daughters first birthday party that Saturday before and all I could think was what kind of world was this going to be for her to grow up in? My precious grandmother lived in Connecticut so I was concerned for her, and my Step Mother in Law was teaching a class in New Orleans trying to get in touch with her daughter in law that worked in the World Trade Center in one of the basement shops, and trying to figure out a way to get home.

I have not thought that my story was any different than the other millions of people that this day has touched so I had not given it any additional thought really. We did not lose a family member that day, and we lived in California for goodness sake. My devastation was so much less than those that were personally affected.

Also, come to find out 2 weeks later, I was pregnant with my second child. I guess that my hormones could have been playing a part also?

I thought I would share some close up images of what I have/had in my little space downtown. I have had some steady sales so these pics were right after I finished setting up. I desperately need to refill but with my studio packed up I just can't right now. It really is bothering me, but I have to let it go for now.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My First Paycheck

I received my first paycheck from the shop and I sold $75 worth of items in 2 weeks. I so wish that it was in Euros because that would mean I was living in France right now and another of my dreams would have come true. But alas, I am still living in Oregon, USA. LOL I was very excited to see that others enjoyed my items and took a slice home with them. It is sort of scary to put yourself out there and wonder if anyone will even buy anything, or like your style. The owner said that she gets a lot of compliments on my space and the cashiers have all told me how much they love it too. It is a nice feeling when others appreciate your creative style.

The shop by no means will allow me to quit my job, but it will supplement my income and allow me to continue to create. It gives me a reason to enjoy my hobby beyond just making gifts for friends and family. It is sort of a launching point for putting myself out there. I really am enjoying being in the store and having my Etsy shop- ( ). I have met so many wonderful people with the same interests and my world just seems to be a better place than it was 6 months ago. I feel very blessed to have taken this road. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Slice of My Life- The Laundry Can Wait

This is what happens when I am too busy to care about laundry. I thought you would all get a kick out of how much laundry needed to be done, folded, and put away. I ended up with 8 loads that I took pretty much one whole day to get done just so I was caught up for the move. I currently have only one load in the laundry basket and am really trying to do one load a day if time permits.

I truly HATE doing laundry normally and being this busy just makes it worse. I hope that you all get a giggle and feel good about not doing your laundry today when you see that it IS normal to have a mess in your house. Especially when you have a family that needs your time and devotion. I really believe that a messy home (not a dirty home) equates a happy family. It sort of says that you are having fun instead of spending all your time cleaning and trying to make it look perfect. Yet, our home is so small that most of the time it IS clean and not this full of laundry. LOL I actually get a little of anxiety when my house is this cluttered. I can only take it for so long and then I have to dig in or I feel I may lose my mind.

The first picture is clean laundry waiting to be folded and put away. It had been here atleast a week of being picked through for clothes to wear. The second picture is the laundry basket over flowing with dirty clothes. It seemed to be half way up to the ceiling. UGH!!!

This is what my studio space looked like before I decided that I really just needed to pack it all up as I really had no time to clean or organize it let alone time to create right now. It was a sad day, but the right decision. Now if we could just get moved into our new home.

Monday, June 2, 2008

My Little "Tangerine Dreams" Boutique Space

So I promised you all a little looksey at my tiny space at Blue Moon Market Place. My photos are not very good as I had only had coffee that day and it was 2:00. So needless to say, I was little shaky. LOL

I basically have just this little wall space so I found the salmon pink hutch at an antique store (see the second picture). I then painted it a bright tangerine and viola- my tangerine dreams came to life.

I have been there for about 1 week now and sales have been happening. I will know more tomorrow when I get my spreadsheet and check.

I think it turned out really nice. The banner is hanging above my hutch and is very eye catching. I need to get some new items made, but I have officially packed my whole studio and will not be able to create until I am moved into the new house. This is very difficult for me so I may have to push for the studio to be the first room put together so I can get a few items made for the shop.

Thank you all for still checking in even though my posts have been few and far between. I really miss this daily routine of blogging and keeping everyone up to date. I hope to be more consistent soon.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Guitar Hero 3

So picture this-

My 73 year old father and my 65 year old mother playing guitar hero with my 12 year old neice. I swear to you, I have not laughed that hard in a long time. I was soooo bummed I did not have my camera with me to capture the moment. My dad was actually good at it too. He was rockin' with the guitar like a rock star. LOL