Brand new additions at our place – chickens! We now have 6 new egg-laying ladies in our midst. They are quite the fun feathered animals.
What’s new at your place?
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and are ready to kick off the Hanukkah and Christmas seasons.
Being in the Pacific Northwest, I really enjoy the turn of the seasons from Fall to Winter. The leaves in my yard have all fallen off and made their way into yard waste bins. And our Koi fish have officially been weaned off their feeding schedule until next Spring. Time to head inside and cozy up!
Yes, my favorite thing to do at Christmas is to put up our tree. Last year we purchased a fabricated 7 foot tree from our local nursery. It looks so great all done up with twinkle lights and nearly 100 ornaments (am sure some of you can relate!) The cats have seemed to not be that interested in it. It does put off a romantic glow in the front room. I love it!
Next week I’ll start tackling wrapping of small gifts for our girls. They will make their way in the stockings on Christmas eve. Thankfully I had made a couple purchases during various sales throughout the year and “hidden away” these goodies for Christmas gift giving. (I really should do more of this…)
Enjoy your week! Stay peaceful!
The Holiday season can sneak up on you. One minute it’s “Trick or Treat“… then the next we are carving turkey slices and peeling yams for casseroles. Celebrating and being truly thankful is so much more pleasant than just going thru the motions.
I have always loved decorating the house for the holidays. Hanging up out snazzy color accents and holiday art (i.e. a combo of favorite holiday cards & pictures taken over the past years). And it’s imperative to spend time jazzing up the tree with twinkly lights, garland and ornaments galore. (In fact, if you’re like me you have enough for two or three trees…) Playing my favorite tunes in the background is part of the fun.
I learned a thing or two about gift-giving budgeting a couple decades ago when I bought my first house. As any good realtor would tell you “don’t make any major purchases when you’re buying a home…” so in order to have a house of my own by December, I had to buy all of my holiday gifts by the first of October! Happy Christmas to me as a new homeowner and still having the funds to give my favorite people gifts.
You still have time to start that principle of purchasing early. Hey, you may even find a great deal on something that you can use for the next few years… (especially if it’s something you create thru a website that is offering deep discounts -like a personalized coaster set or puzzle).
Let us know what kind of things you’ve been prepared about doing for the holiday season!
Gift Giving ideas from my Etsy Shop:
On sale now from my Etsy site!
Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?
Most of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.
Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.
Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.
Question of the day… Are you ready for School to start?
I know I am!
We’ve had two young girls bouncing around the house with loads of energy and a high propensity to be in all sorts of business. We’ve participated in swim lessons. Sold treasures at our Community Garage Sale. Packed (and unpacked) the car for Art Shows. Made our way to the Wild Animal Game Farm in Sequim, WA to feed bread to the deer, llamas, and bears. Took multiple swings of the tennis rackets on several local tennis courts. Broke in the new Bicycles. As well as visited the library for “Splat the Cat” books! Our latest adventure together was school clothes shopping. Am surprised our youngest did not wear her favorite outfit to bed last night 🙂
Am not ready to completely dismiss Summer for Fall, but am willing to present a “Welcome” sale for those of you who need a treat!!
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Promotion on Etsy Wanna-B-RockStar Shop:
On Sale now!! ** USE Coupon TAKE2 for these ITEMS ONLY by September 15th to receive $2 off your purchase!! **
Be good to yourself!!
In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!
Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.
I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control?
This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!
Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!