Friday, April 30, 2010

God Bless them

I think this vid does more to show how great the human spirit is then any Army promo video commercial. I found this to be so funny and so moving when you consider where they are and the things they deal with everyday as thier 'normal'.

I know it's corny, but this is the kind of stuff that makes me hopeful. And probably really freaks Bin Laden out which is a bonus. I know at first it's just a goofy video, but the reality of where they are is overwhelming in contrast.

God bless them and may they all come home safe and sound.

My spot

See spot 29? That's where I'll be on the 8th. I was slated for number 6 and I'm sure sensible people would be like "Are you nuts?" to which I would reply "Yes, and your point?".

Yes, I'm the seller that doesn't like crowds. There I said it. Lots of people milling about make me feel a bit at sea.

It doesn't mean I'm hunkered down writing my manifesto as buyers walk by glancing in anxiously, it's just I like to have you know, boundaries. Ok, plus I hang stuff from them, but that's practical.

Just you know, a couple walls up there. Makes me feel much more comfortable. Even at inside shows, I have like really tall shelves. A defining whatever.

Put me in a room with thirty dogs and I'm in heaven. Put me in a room with thirty people and I need a wall. Go figure.

Plus it's shady, dude, a fat girl in the sun is not a happy seller. Walls or no.

Who am I?

I'll give you a hint. According to eye witnesses, I am not a fun date.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Soaps On The Site

This is a stunner. Fresh and clean, single tone Iris.

You know the one you didn't marry but sometimes wonder about?

This is a might good smelling soap, citrus, hay, musk, green, fresh air, musk, oak moss, and patchouli. The soap will probably be around longer then he was anyway.

Lemon Mint
Sweet mint and fresh lemon. Think Italian Ice. Or you know, think whatever, but if they made an ice that tasted like this smells I'd be all over it.

New Mown Hay
Warm, golden fresh cut hay. Without the allergies or horse poop.

Crushed Ice
Man, this is so awesome. It's a watery cool scent. Great for Summer. I've already pulled like eight bars for myself.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday's Fable

The Sick Stag

A sick stag lay down in a quiet corner of its pasture-ground.
His companions came in great numbers to inquire after his health,
and each one helped himself to a share of the food which had been
placed for his use; so that he died, not from his sickness, but
from the failure of the means of living.

Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Monsters

There's more and like EIGHT more soaps to list, but it got rainy. So I hope to have those up soon. For now Grumpy's is on Etsy and Zibbet but that is a change in the making.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Breaking up is hard to do.

Etsy as soon as we are through, this damnable Firefox is going too. Nothing personal FF but you suck.

It's been harder then I thought to resist listing new things on Etsy. Makes no sense, attachment? Habit? Hope springing eternal? But I haven't.

Being away from Etsy has made be really focus on MY goals rather then what's wrong with Etsy now. Do I miss the forums? I miss the people, but those people I maintain relationships with.

I am happy with myself for not being the girl who complains about her boyfriend but never leaves.

My site is getting traffic, mailings are being sent. I don't know, will it pan out? Would I have left it Etsy didn't hit that brick wall?

Maybe and more then likely. Dysfunction Junction isn't where I need to be, although it is the most comfortable for me. Which isn't you know, healthy. Now I'm thinking why not set a fire under my own ass rather then railing away at a venue who has never listened as if they suddenly will?

But as odd as it is, it is a little bittersweet, a lot nerve wracking but kinda exciting too. Now I have to go out in the world and promote. Something I never did on E. Yep.

But I think it's best for both of us, Etsy. And to be honest, it's something I should have done months ago. I'll watch my listing expire and find comfort in the fact that it's not me, it's you. Maybe you changed, or maybe I just wasn't paying attention because the money was good. But now that I've stepped back for a couple weeks, it's clear you and I simply aren't meant to be.

Of course, watching my listing expire may be a little anxiety producing...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aesop's Fables

 The Crow and the Pitcher

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had
once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the
mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left
in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it.

He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair.
Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it
into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped it into
the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into
the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into
the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped that into
the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into
the Pitcher.

At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near
him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench
his thirst and save his life.

Little by little does the trick.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

I bet she makes little handmade journals, too.

What to listen to..

when everyone around you seems to have lost all perspective.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Coming Soon!

Some new scents I'm pretty excited about.

Hyacinth. Which I'll try blending with a peach and have a stand alone scent.

Violet. This one is really special.

Crushed Ice. This is a great hot day scent, it's a snow/icy scent. Hard to explain but fantastic.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Waiting for The Great Leap Forward

I have this show coming up May 8th Ballston Arts Craft Market it' s every second Saturday of the month for 10 to 4. Come and visit.

The thing is I'm not selling soap, I'm selling Grumpys. This means a whole new booth thingy. Tomorrow I have to drag the Ez Up out and make sure it's not moldy. I went to Target and got some cute, bright bowls and such and these cheap, cool tablecloths.

The big quandary was how to display the stuffies. I want people to be able to pick them up without feeling like they are gonna knock everything over and reaching over it never good. Stuffies are not as well behaved as soap though. Putting them in neat rows and walking away just doesn't work.

So I found a shoe storage thing, you know, the over the door ones? Turns out all the Cupcake Eaters fit right in. It also turns out I have a lot less cupcake eaters then I thought. So, um. Yeah.

My thinking (as it is) is that I can hang these from the bar. I have walls (walls are your best friend at craft shows) so i don't have to worry about the blowing about. It's a big 10 by 10 tent.
I'm going to have to break down and set it ALL up this weekend for a trail run. I'll post pics then.

I think it's gonna be pretty damn nifty.

Now somehow I'm going to do this, make soap, make stuffies, raise a child, keep a sort of tidy house and work on two websites and two stores? Oh, three. Oh, and the dogs.

It's too much. So, what I have decided to do is leave Etsy. For all the reasons anyone reading this blog is more then likely aware of. I just can't keep giving money to a venue that I feel has no integrity.

At this point, I'm close to becoming that friend who is always calling you about her boyfriend but never breaks up with him.

Yeah, Etsy, not my boyfriend and I don't want to be that girl. You know "Fool me once, you're an asshole."

If I'm not going to be found, I'd like to at least not pay for the privilege. So I'm going to stay on Zibbet and work on my site along with some other ventures. I am going to actually promote (I know, shocking) locally and try and get established that way.

I'd LOVE to have a little store but that isn't going to happen any time soon. On of the things about the net is you can't just close the door and you can't decide who comes in your shop. I'm kinda weary of the drama and the random blogs slamming someone for something because they think so or whatever.

I'm tired of fretting over feedback, well, I don't really, but I don't like being at the mercy of a sock, the airing of petty disputes and BNA threads. It's a huge energy suck and you know, it doesn't HAVE to be part of being a seller.

I'd like to be up and really running end of May. I'll let my listings run out since they are paid for, but I'm pretty much done. Hopefully Zibbet will have a real forum by then so we can all continue to enjoy each others company.

SO that's where I am and why I'm not where I usually can be found. It just seems like it's time to fish or get off the pot or walk talking or whatever. If I have to learn all this SEO what not, I'm going to channel it in a way that makes sense.

I have to put energy into something worthwhile so when I log off and realise the laundry is in piles and the kid isn't washed and the dogs are hungry, at least I know it was time well spent.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ring Slobber

As in I covet all of them.

Although I have the fingers of a mighty oak and most rings are made, apparently, for tree sprites.

But! She'll make one for you. No joke. She won't even openly mock you when you tell her your ring finger is size eleven.

Of course, given the size she might think I am a great giant, so perhaps she is mocking me. Just reallllly quietly.

Anyhow, check her out. The stones are just fantastic and different and great and stuff.

Esoterica Bazaar.

Still on...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Hey, I'm famous!

Ok, well more people KNOW about me. Fame is overrated anyhow.

Zibbets Featured Seller

Monday Fable

The Silkworm and Spider

Having received an order for twenty yards of silk from Princess
Lioness, the Silkworm sat down at her loom and worked away with
zeal. A Spider soon came around and asked to hire a web-room near

The Silkworm acceded, and the Spider commenced her task and worked
so rapidly that in a short time the web was finished. "Just look at
it," she said, "and see how grand and delicate it is. You cannot but
acknowledge that I'm a much better worker than you. See how quickly
I perform my labors."

"Yes," answered the Silkworm, "but hush up,
for you bother me. Your labors are designed only as base traps, and
are destroyed whenever they are seen, and brushed away as useless
dirt; while mine are stored away, as ornaments of Royalty."

"True art is thoughtful, delights and endures."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Aesop's Fables

The Trees And The Axe

A MAN came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted a new handle to his axe from it, than he began to use it and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest.

An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, "The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages."

The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion
says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."

The Bee and Jupiter

A Bee from Mount Hymettus, the queen of the hive, ascended to Olympus to present Jupiter some honey fresh from her combs. Jupiter, delighted with the offering of honey, promised to give whatever she should ask.

She therefore besought him, saying, "Give me, I pray thee, a sting, that if any mortal shall approach to take my honey, I may kill him." Jupiter was much displeased, for he loved the race of man, but could not refuse the request because of his promise.

He thus answered the Bee: "You shall have your request, but it will be at the peril of your own life. For if you use your sting, it shall remain in the wound you make, and then you will die from the loss of it."

"Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost"

The Hares And The Foxes

THE HARES waged war with the Eagles, and called upon the Foxes to help them.

They replied, "We would willingly have helped you, if we had not known who you were, and with whom you were fighting."

Count the cost before you commit yourselves.

How people treat others, almost always, is indicative of how someday, they will treat you. No matter what the justification, no matter how much you dislike the person being mistreated. It's like a man who cheats on his wife, but wouldn't never cheat on you.