Archive | November, 2007

The best laid plans

I had hoped to test out Etsy and some of the new giftware this holiday season. Unfortunately, my laptop was not on board with this program. In its defense, it had been sending me signals for some time that it was not up to long hours and tight deadlines. (Needing to give a little diagonal torque to the monitor to remove white noise from the screen is not usually considered a good sign.)

I did learn from my adventure during the last holiday season, so at least all my data is on a separate hard drive. But the programs I use for photos and website updates are all on their way to wherever it is that computers go for hardware fixes these days. I don’t know where that is (other than the fact that it is not, apparently, Charlotte!), but it is a place where they don’t seem to know about same day service or next day shipping. The closest estimate I could get was “a few weeks” and “we’ll call you”.

So I am retreating to the studio to play with clay. Nice, simple, never-needs-a-technician clay!

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The new shop!

Handmade

Today was the day I planned to open my new Etsy shop with some of the ceramic giftware I have been making here in the studio. I am now questioning the wisdom of planning a grand opening – or a grand anything! – for the holiday season. The items have been made for a long time now, but I sure didn’t allow for enough time to get photos and write descriptions, nevermind learn a new interface. There are just a few things in the store at the moment, but more will be added as I get the listings set up.

And if you haven’t explored Etsy yet, please do. As my little badge above shows, I have taken the “Buy Handmade Pledge” this year. Or perhaps I should say I’ve taken a partial pledge, and will be getting handmade items for most of the women in my life. (Guys are too hard to do this for!) In a world full of out-sourcing and questionable items made in distant countries, it seems like a small, positive step I can take. And Etsy is one of the best places to find unusual, handmade items.

I’ll leave off with a picture of the chaos I created while I was working on some of the jewelry destined for the Etsy shop.

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