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Goodbye 2009!

 

And don't let the door hit ya on the way out! 

As much as I want this blog to become more personal, I still put up a wall and keep a lot of things about myself offline.  2009 has been a very trying year for me and I honestly did not want to talk much about it here because I don't want to upset anyone or make it look like I'm seeking pity. I don't wish to bum people out and not want to revisit.  I certainly don't care to read a blog where all the person talks about are their hardships.

Finances have been a nightmare this year for me, I continue to struggle finding a steady job and paying my bills, and stress has been taking a toll on me physically.  It's been difficult not to become bitter and disheartened at my situation. I find no comfort in being told "Everyone is struggling, you're not alone", I know they mean well.  While every day should be considered a new beginning, there's something about a new year to help set your focus and really use it as a chance to change one's attitude. 

Not only a new year, but a new decade! It's been said that the 2000's, the 00's, the aughts, whatever you want to call this decade, has probably been one of the worst we have seen.  We started this decade in fear - the whole Y2K nonsense, then got a reality check with 9/11, wars, more terrorist attacks, various pandemic scares, Wall Street, the economy, face it, we're all ending this year pretty drained.  Yes, I'm done with it all and hope to leave that dark cloud over my head behind. I am hopeful and looking forward to seeing what this next year will bring for all of us.

Photo credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/i_travel_east/3439801763/


Nappa Valley Girl

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. Mine was ok. I'm just glad it's all over with. I am not the biggest fan of this time of the year but I won't be a Debbie Downer with the details. I just hope to one day be able to go away for the entire month of December, maybe one day.

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Added yesterday to Etsy and DaWanda, my Nappa Valley Girl necklace with real corks! I debut this necklace at Bust and got a good reaction from customers so I finally added it to the shops.  Also new....

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Now offering gift certificates in $15, $20, $30 & $40.  More details in the item descriptions.

Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve and in the spirit of the holiday, I wanted to share some lovely Christmas inspired pictures I found on Flickr, enjoy!

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Photo credits from top to bottom

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicoletter/4174332130/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitschygalore/4147428247/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisaparks/4179682414/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/boopsiedaisy/3154242527/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/happylovesrosie/4186157032/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/isewcute/4207200446/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mika/324877484/


Lazy

It is getting to be that time of the year where I feel like my brain is shutting down. I don't want to do or think about anything until next year, which is next week.  I did pick up some cool new pieces that I may work on this weekend, I'm pretty excited about that, but you wouldn't know it looking at the tired expression on my face.

So instead I would like to share a great video from my friend Nguyen from the awesome shop KnitKnit.  It was featured in the Wallet Pop article, Want to make money on Etsy.com? Here's how.


New Week, New Start

Unless you follow me on Facebook. you will know that last week was probably one of the worst week's I have ever had in my life.  It was just one piece of bad news after another.  But this is behind me now and I wanted to share some good aspects from my birthday weekend.  First, Friday night I had the pleasure of attending a home show with the Hudson Valley Etsy Team.

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I wrote a separate entry about it on the team blog.  It was a fun time. It felt more like a holiday party than a "craft show" but that's what home shows are about.  It's a nice alternative to a market or craft show. It's more cozy and intimate and there's treats!

Saturday was my birthday and my boyfriend gave me an awesome gift, this scarf from Kimmchi, because he pays attention when I say I like something.  :) They are available exclusively at Clay, Wood & Cotton.

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Sunday I worked on the shop and posted more items....

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And there's more where they came from! Visit the Etsy shop to see.


Happy Birthday To Meeeeeee!

Today is my birthday and I will be drinking out of my birthday glass...

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There will be skirt steak (my favorite kind of steak), carrot cake (my favorite kind of cake), and this baby full of white wine. :)

Oh we might also get snow, but nothing has come down yet.  It's coming from the south so I don't even know if we'll get hit as much as the city will be.


Octo Love

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I wore my Boho Oscar necklace to work today. It looks so nice with my cardigan.  I know I mentioned previously that I was DONE making octopus necklaces.  I was starting to hear too much of "Oh you make the octopus necklaces!" and afterawhile I almost wanted to respond with Hey! I make other stuff too! Other items that had more work put into it! Yeah, I got a little annoyed but some months have passed and I'm thinking about bringing back special Valentine's Day editions of our eight-legged friend.   I know Christmas hasn't happened yet but I'm already thinking of VD.

This was from last year just to give an idea of what I am thinking. I am no longer using those kinds of chains and I may want to trick him out a little more rather than just have a plate connected to a chain.   What do you think?


New Necklaces

Some items that have been added in the last couple of days.

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This Geisha Girl was hand painted by my boyfriend. It would look a mess if I did it myself.

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Blue Chrysanthemum with Dragonfly

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Soul Searching

I've been working on pulpsushi.com a lot lately. I am hoping by early 2010 I can have a shop set up on the website so you can buy directly from it rather than having to have an Etsy/Dawanda/1000Markets account. Here is a sneak peek of my "Sale" items page.

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I wanted to share some pictures I took from my camera phone of all the Christmas decorations where I work. It's pretty crazy, see there's a contest going on and when you say "Prize" people bring out the big guns.

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The REAL pine is right outside my cubicle.  Smells nice.

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I hope no one needs to get into this filing cabinet for the next couple of days.


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I liked this idea with the shredded paper. The winner will be annouced on Monday. I did not enter but I helped a few folks put their stuff up. Maybe they'll share the prize with me if they win. No one even knows what the prize is.