Sunday, August 28, 2011

Split Teeth and Booth Fees

This has been a busy interesting week. Eli started first grade on Monday. I can't believe I have a first grader! Of course, I couldn't believe I had a kindergartner last year, so I'm sure every year I'll say the same thing, "I can't believe I have a ____".

He started the week off with an emotional breakdown after school. That was fun. It takes him a little longer than most kids to adjust to big changes so I think he was just on stimulation overload from the excitement of the first day of school. He decided to follow that up on Tuesday by jumping off the top of the monkey bars. That's about 8-9 feet up. Needless to say he got hurt. Thankfully not as bad as he could have. He hurt his foot and then right before bed informed me that his tooth was split. Indeed it was. So Wednesday a trip to the dentist ended in the split tooth being pulled. He was excited that the tooth fairy would be coming for her first visit. She left a dollar. I think I got .35-.50 cents when the tooth fairy visited me. Inflation is tough!

I finally paid my booth fee for Winterfair. Hooray! That was a major load off my back. I went out the next day and bought all the wood I am going to need to finish stocking my inventory for the September shows. Which are only four weeks away. It's going to be a time crunch.
And last but not least I have a facebook page now for my clocks. I was informed by a customer that I really needed one and I had been meaning to make one so here it is:

Be sure to visit the page and "like" me. There is also a facebook like button on my website so you can "like" me there also. Hint hint.

Have a happy Sunday!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Winterfair Acceptance

I found out yesterday that I have been accepted into Winterfair. Yey! Okay, my first reaction was "Shit". Why? Because my sales have nose dived these past two weeks and I have a lot of money to pull out of nowhere by the beginning of next month. I need to place a large order for clock movements and pay my booth fee for Winterfair and I also just found out that I need to buy a tent. The one I was planning on borrowing is not available. I have a lot of miscellaneous expenses too, but I'm keeping my head up. It will all work out one way or the other, it always does. And hey, I'm in three 3 day long art shows. Pretty cool! That is a big step up from my one single day show last year.
So I just need some sales...............
To entice you or someone you know feel free to check out my new extensive clock galleries on my website:!galleries
Our new computer has inspired me to become super organized. I'm all over Microsoft Excel. I'm trying to be anyways, I don't quite understand it all yet, but the hubby is very helpful. I guess he uses Excel all the time at his Industrial Engineer job. Doesn't that sound fancy?
The point is I pulled up my old Excel sales spreadsheets to put on the new computer and update them and whoops, I haven't updated them since December 16, 2010. I guess it just slipped my mind these last eight months. I'm going to be taking that a couple months at a time when I enter all that data.

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Computer for a Pair of 30 Year Olds

Today we got a new computer. Yey! After researching reviews on-line we decided on an Acer Aspire laptop. It has fancy things like an i5 processor and other computer jargon that I don't understand. Good thing Nick knows about all that stuff. So no more computer crashing while editing my website. Computer slowness and crashing problems is why my website is long overdue for updates. I want to add galleries for clock colors and shapes as well as a gallery of past custom orders. I also need to add an extra large clock product page.

I have been busy busy this week working on clocks and orders. I am just about caught up with orders. The extreme heat and humidity have made finishing a bit of a challenge, but I should be completely caught up on orders by Monday.

My card reader showed up a mere two days after I ordered it. Super fast shipping! I hooked it up to the new computer today and registered it to my Propay account. I did a test run with my Paypal debit card. It worked great. Just a quick swipe and the info was easy to access, encrypted so the only card numbers I saw were the last four. Safety for my customers which is very important to me!

Oh yeah, I turned 30 this week. Holy crap. If you had told me a year ago that I would be a non drinking vegetarian Buddhist when I turned 30 I would have laughed my ass off. But here I sit, a non drinking vegetarian Buddhist. Life is quite a ride!