Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Losing Battle

I have always tried to keep my dogs (mainly Kane) off the furniture. Even with my old beat up couch I was very strict. My husband on the other hand is a huge push over. With our old couch he started by just letting Kane up when I wasn't home, then when I went to bed and eventually even if I was sitting on the recliner next to him. Poor you can't, yes you can, no you can't. How confusing!

We recently bought a brand new couch after the recliner's frame broke. It's a beautiful five piece sectional and my very first piece of NEW furniture. With the new couch, comes new rules...or old one's that keep getting broken. NO DOGS ON THE COUCH! I don't think I would have a huge problem with them on the couch if they wouldn't dig into it with their claws to get themselves comfortable. Heck if it were about their hair and smell, I would have to kick the husbands friends off the couch as well.

So when we are home we have been reinforcing the no dogs on the couch rule, but when we leave it's a very different story. Each time I come home the evidence is there. Pillows on the floor, blanket pulled down from the back and balled up into a nice warm oval, and the wonderful dog slobber spot. He knows he is not supposed to be up there, yet he does it anyway. How do I keep the dogs off my furniture??

Thursday, February 19, 2009


One thing I have always questioned when it comes to blogging is..."is quality better than quality?", "Do people want more posts even if they are filled with absolutely nothing?" They say the more you post the more traffic you will have on your blog, and as I agree with that I often wonder will people come back if you write about nothing? Do my readers want more posts?

This year for crafting has been a good one so far. I have finished the crochet skirt I have been working on for quite some time. It still needs a slip, but the time consuming part is over. It is made with a cotton variegated yarn in cheerful spring colors. I am gonna call it my "Strawberry Fields" Skirt, because.....well just because!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Organize in Style

A goal of mine this year (and future) is to pay close attention to birthdays, special holidays and at the very least send a card. To help me do this I created a Special Date/Address Book.

The calendar in the book isn't for everyday tasks, instead just important dates I want to keep track of...birthdays, anniversary's, holidays. I find this to be much more helpful as I don't need the every day schedule, that's what post it notes are for. Also in the book I have addresses and phone numbers. Inside the front cover I put an elastic band to hold cards, a notepad, photos...anything I want. There is also blank pages for me to fill up later.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Setting up Shop

Yesterday while trying to work, and not succeeding, I decided to bite the bullet and set up an Etsy Shop...everyone else has one, shouldn't I? I did this in hopes that it will motivate me to start selling my crafts. I WANT to start selling, but for some reason I always hit a road block (get to busy at work, don't know what to sell, rejection of no one buying my creations, etc) Right now the "store" is empty but after the weekend I hope to have some items posted.

The big push to do this started when I brought in my breakfast one day last apple with it's little sweater, sitting nice and snug on my desk. "Is that a cozy for your Apple?" "That is so cute!". This was followed by more co-workers gathering around to giggle and smile at the Apple Sweater. Then one of my co-workers asked if I would make two of them, for her grand-children....then another co-worker asked if I would make her one, purple....and another co-worker asked if I would make her one too. (And they want to pay)

I think my fear for rejection has hindered me somewhat in selling my crafts. The thought that I would go to a craft fair, pay the booth space and have nothing sell. I need to just put myself out there!!