Sunday, April 19, 2009


So, I've been feeling down over the last week or two. Sales in my shop have been a fabled thing of the past, and moving into a new apartment has proven to be a bit of a strain on the ol' manatee (that's me!). In the past, when I felt sad or downtrodden, I would wallow in it and turn into a sad lump. Lately, however, I took a new approach to my setbacks and tried to cheer others up. I did my very best to compliment every person I could, smile at people on the street, and help every person I could. Even if it never came back to me, being positive felt better, and it felt like I was getting somewhere even when maybe I wasn't. Just last week, I helped an elderly lady get her bags into her car, even though I was in a hurry to get home because I was super-thirsty. After helping her, she randomly offered me a juicebox from her groceries and it was really delicious and completely quenched my thirst until I got home. Helping her actually improved my mood, as well as how I felt physically.

Anyway, this morning I woke up and got notification that I have been featured in a blog! This is my very first blog feature, and it's SO WELL DONE! You can check it out * * *HERE!* * * When I saw my lovely feature, I really felt things were looking up and my day couldn't get any better...

Then I got another notification that I got featured in a treasury! And it's my very first spot in a treasury, too! (For anyone who may not be on Etsy, a treasury is a sort of showcase of an Etsy member's chosen items that fit into a certain theme). You can check it out * * *HERE!* * * The link will only work until Wednesday afternoon.

So, do I think that being more positive and helpful to others for the last couple of weeks made these things happen? Honestly, I'm not that superstitious. If I am nice to others, it's gotta be because I want to be and not because I think I'm going to get something out of it. But getting nice surprises like I did today feels nicer when I know that I deserve it. :)

Friday, April 10, 2009


I have finally added the all new surprise item to my shop that I was talking about earlier. I hope you like him, his name is Zippi :)

check him out here

Please tell me what you think - criticisms would be much appreciated!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How To Make a Wrapped Head Pin

This super simple technique is demonstrated in the following video, and will give you a lovely and finished looking headpin for when you want to go beyond just the 'loop' at the top (and it only takes 4 minutes to make!). I will definitely try this soon.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Love This Giveaway

You could win this for free!

Geschichtenvonkat. That word almost writes its own post, but wait THERE'S MORE! It's not just a fancy word, it's an Etsy store, and more importantly it's an Etsy store which is having quite an awesome giveaway! She is giving away the ADORABLE Matroishka doll laundry/delicates bag pictured above, as well as a sweet matching doll Lavender sachet (it's the blue doll in the picture). If you want to enter your name, all you have to do is comment on this post: GIVEAWAY!!!
and the contest is ending soon (Apr. 4th, umm yeah THAT'S TODAY) so...hurry!

Mystery Items *COMING SOON*

I have not given up on my origami creations and jewelry, but I've decided to pretty much go another direction with my shop. The new products are underway, and I'll be sure to post them here first to get opinions and reactions before putting them in my shop, so I hope you will come back to check on them! :)

In other news, I've moved into my new apartment and I let my lifelong indoor cat out on the patio because it's a sort of quiet area. I'm concerned, however, because I don't want him running off, and he is driving me nuts meowing at the door since he had a taste of freedom. Anyone go through this before?