Friday, September 30, 2011

BOGO Sale or Business Stagnation Sale I Must Scale Down

In the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of thinking about where my business is going and have decided it's not going anywhere. I have so much inventory that I've decided its time to clear out some of the older items. So I've marked everything in my clearance section BOGO or buy 1 get 1 of equal value or less FREE! The above necklace is an example of what's in there. I have so many more things to add, but NO ONE has taken advantage. Now my question is, is the economy so bad that people aren't buying anything??? Or is my jewelry really BAD? I'm taking it personal and I know I shouldn't. LOL

The above photo is a sample of the many items I have made but have not listed. I haven't listed them because I simply have too much inventory already. Until I move some of the old stuff out, I won't be adding much new. Here's another sample of new:

I have shown this one off on FB. I really love it, but I won't list it until I start to move some of the other things. And earrings....oh do I have some new earrings to list!! Look at this pair:

I have several others too.

I know I showed you one bracelet, but what about this one:

Personally I'm luvin' this one!!

And how about a new purse/keychain/backpack charm? I have several made, but they sure aren't moving. Maybe I'm the only one out there that thinks they're cute. I hope the price isn't too steep. I can't give them away people!

Know a boy that loves football?? This would be great for him!
I love this one myself!

So as you can see by this sample of new items, I still have a lot to list. Keep in mind that I have to pay Etsy to list things. I simply can't afford to keep giving them more money each month than I make in sales. So because of this and because I have more important things to do in my life, more important priorities as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I've decided, with hubby's consent, to scale down drastically by the end of the year if things don't change. I will keep my shop open and hope that someone finds it, but I will not be promoting or adding new daily. I want a small inventory that will be easier for me to maintain with little time involved. So I'm not quitting (yet), just needing to scale back. So I hope you can see my dilemma and pass the word that I really need to move the older inventory. I will keep adding to the section until I have the majority sold.

If you see anything in the above photos that you're interested in, or if you're interested in seeing some of the other items I haven't listed, send me an email and I'll be happy to sell it or show it to you.

Thanks for reading this. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend too.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whiners Of The World........Unite!

("Because Pouting Works, That's Why" by Gravel Alley Primitives on Etsy) that's a topic to consider! Lately I've been accused of whining....a lot!! And rightly so. I feel that, as a woman in her 50's, I have the right!!! I'm not taking the aging thing too well. I get migraines, I have gas, my fingers hurt and don't work like they used to, I have gas, I don't have the energy to do things, I have gas, I need to go to bed way to early, I have gas, I forget way too much, I have gas, I can't concentrate, I have gas and now my back is having issues again!!! AND I have gas! Now, does that sound like whining to you? Well to everyone around me it does! I've even been told to:

(You can find this button in "Shapechangers" shop on Etsy)

Can you believe it???

So I've decided that I can't be the only person in the world dealing with a whiny attitude. So why not start a whiner's club? Here's a card that all of us should own, don't you think?

All you have to do is make a copy or two of this card, sign it and keep it in your wallet and when accused (and rightly so) of whining, pull it out and show everyone that you are a part of the whiners club and have the right to whine!!!
Have extra cards in your wallet so that when you hear others whining you can give them their very own card and they too can become a proud member!! I think this club could really take off and become huge before you know it!!!
Whining is not a new phenomenon. It has been around from generation to generation. In fact, it's so popular that some famous people have even made comments about it.
Here are a couple that I especially love:

"It takes a genius to whine appealingly." F.Scott Fitzgerald

Isn't that the truth?

"Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and the Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers." Dave Barry

Ha ha!!! So if you find yourself, as I do, being a huge whiner, treat yourself to a new coffee mug or whine to someone about how much you need it!

This a great example of the perfect cup! You or someone you love, can find it in Art & Soul's Etsy shop!

If you really love me, you'll buy this for me!! (said in a whiny way!)

So if you are one of the millions that find yourself or someone you love, whining endlessly, be sure to let them know they're not alone!!
Drink up your coffee, tea, cocoa or wine and whine a bit more!! Have a wonderful day all my whining friends!! And join the club!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday .... Almost

A gorgeous evening on the pier last night. I wanted to share! Hope you like it and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Skunks And Sunsets

Last weekend hubby and I went upnorth with some friends to their cabin. We had a wonderful fall-ish weekend! We woke up Saturday morning to sunshine and a shocking critter that was caught in a live trap that J. kept stocked to catch the raccoons to send off to another area of the woods. Instead of a raccoon, there was a white and black critter in it. Yes, it was a skunk! Now what! I asked J. what he was going to do about it and he said he would probably have to shoot it! I pitched a fit, so he and hubby decided they were going to save the pretty little guy. As you can see in the above photo he was mostly white with a bit of black. Fortunately he didn't stink!
So hubby and J. got a big tarp and stood behind it as they inched their way towards the cage. I actually got it on video, but I'm not quite sure how to put it here so you'll have to take my word for it! LOL
As they would inch their way toward the cage, the little guy could hear them and would flatten out getting ready to spray! I had the camera on them just in case! TeeHee!! This was a slow process since the little guy had such good hearing. They finally had to take fishing poles and put them in the corners of the tarp and place it gently over the cage. (You see, if the skunk can't see you, he doesn't feel threatened).

As you can see in the above photo, they did accomplish it and they used an arrow to prop open the door so he could get out. He escaped while we were in town that day. I was hoping to photograph it. But I sure was happy to save the little guys life!!

So off for our day of garage saling and hiking. I found some red wine at a garage sale a lady was selling because she doesn't like red wine. I paid $5 for 3 bottles and looked them up online to see what they would cost to buy them. One was $18 and the other was $22!! The third one is made at a winery up there and runs about $12 a bottle! Did I make out or what!!!

Then off to the stream!! K. , J.'s wife is an Indian! So we went to the stream to see if the salmon were in the stream yet so she could spear some. There were none there yet, but the scenery was gorgeous!!

Such a beautiful day!!
The next day we had to come home. :( But we sure had a great time!

A couple days after we got home, I told hubby we needed to go for a walk on the pier to get some sunset photos. This was the best one I got. I plan to get some better ones later, but for now, this is it! Hope you like it.

All in all, it's been a great week! Having hubby home for a few days (he's been laid off. Going back to work tomorrow) has been so much fun!

Have a good day today and a wonderful weekend!