Thursday, September 10, 2009

Got any Pepto?

I'm really terrible at checking my analytics on my etsy shop. What happened today may or may not have changed my habits.

I checked my stats, just to see if I could sort of kind of maybe understand what they are saying. It just really looks like a whole lot of math to me.

I did notice that I had a few hits a while back that came from a referral from I'm not really familiar with the site, but I figured it had something to do with my Reboot and Escape coasters, so I gave it a look.

It was one of their "Totally Geeky or Geek Chic?" picks. Which also means that they put up a poll asking for people's opinions.

A POLL! The HORROR! I literally wanted to throw up. Thankfully, only one person had commented, and it was favorable. I didn't even look at the poll results, if there were any.

I know I seem a little bit insecure, but this totally took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting a "Hey? Got a minute? See this here? Do you think this sucks? Let us know!!" kinda thing.

The lesson? My skin has got to get a little tougher. I really can't let something like this bother me. My stuff is not going to please everyone, and the interweb is full of, well... everyone.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gearing up for Halloween

Every year, one of the most fun projects is to work on a Halloween costume for my daughter. She's 13, so we have had lots of different ones. Thankfully, she hasn't outgrown the desire to dress up.

Last year, she was Lucy. This was ridiculously fun to do. She's an "I Love Lucy" fanatic - has all the DVDs - and so this choice for her was an easy one.

We started with some of her favorite looks from Lucy episodes ("I like that collar." "See the cuffs? Could we do that?") and YARDS of black and white polka dot fabric.

I found the shoes at a yard sale, unworn, for $3. They had a very retro vibe that she loved. We bought the wig at Target (I think?) in the Halloween section, but it was just a red wig. It had to be "Lucy-fied." We even made a stole at the last minute from some fake fur that I had, left over from another project.

This year, she wants to be a flapper. I am sooooo excited to start work on this ensemble! Right now I'm assembling the raw materials - fringe, shiny bobs and baubles, maybe a feather or two - and looking for inspiration. I'll post more as the project progresses.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Baxter Adventures

In lieu of crafty goodness, COASTERS!, personal thoughts, or angry rants, here are some pictures of my widdle doggie, Baxter (a West Highland White Terrier, or Westie) enjoying his favorite time of the day - time for a ride in the car.

Going to the post office is the most fun thing EVAR!

Hanging over my shoulder from the back seat. Must. not. miss. anything.

Waiting at school for my daughter to appear. Or really, anyone who might come by the car and give him some attention.

Wind in his face = supreme happiness.

Although it might appear as if he is in deep thought, pondering some philosophical question, I'm guessing no.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gift Guide Love!

After trying to make heads or tails out of Google Analytics, I finally figured out that my Reboot and Escape coasters were featured in an Etsy Gift Guide - Geek Chic!

Thanks Etsy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September - Month of Mojo

Blogging mojo, that is.

Last week while I was on Twitter, someone (I wish I could remember whom) tweeted that they were going to post on their blog everyday in September in an attempt to recapture some blogging mojo. I thought it was a great idea, and much needed.

So, here goes. I'm going to post EVERY DAY in September.

And since I have not much to offer in the way of pictures or fun stuff or anything, I'm taking this opportunity to share my favorite afternoon pick-me-up.

Blueberry Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
a couple of packs of sweetener (to taste)

Combine in a blender and blend.