Sunday, November 30, 2008
Drop a comment if you'd like to be in the running for a personalized Key Tag. I'll contact winners next week to determine thier "personalization". They are great tags, acrylic, personalized to suit you!
Free Shipping and Blog Giveaway end at MIDNIGHT MONDAY DECEMBER 1, 2008
Happy Sunday! I got a few Etsy orders this weekend, yay! Washcloths and Key Tags. So exciting! I also got a local order for three, THREE wedding hankies! One for the bride to be, and one each for the grandmothers. I'm working on designs for them right now, because all my wedding hankies are customized for the buyer.
I still have a drumstick left in the fridge from Thanksgiving. Should have gotten some gravy and buscuits to go with it...boy that sounds good! Grocery shopping will happen very soon, there's not a lot other than the drumstick and leftover speghetti in there :-)
Today of course is To Do List day, so much to do this week...I fear a second page is needed! Make key tag for customer, make key tag for giveaway in Jacksonville, work on designs for wedding hankies, cut out a pattern, get shipping stuff ready, do laundry, go to grocery, buy cat food, more laundry, trim Max's nails, trim the rest of Cleo's nails (tranquilizers anyone?), wait I lost my other list...
I've gone the route of eliminating my landline and using my cell phone as my only phone. It's kind of scary, so I did it on a temporary type basis, so I can get the landline back if I want to. We'll see how that works out.
Kitty Update - Friends of mine have asked me to take in thier daughters kitty. Kitty lives with the mom right now, and kids visit it a few times a week. The mom is moving, so kitty needs a new home. My friends, and the girls, have asked me to take her in. That way the girls can visit kitty anytime.
Now, we know that Max and Cleo have a unique relationship. They tolerate one another, they fight for my attention. I don't know what a third kitty in the mix might do. I really need to think on this one. I will one day be the old lady with all the cats, the one the neighbor kids fear, I just know it!
Today was "trim the nails" day. Cleo does NOT stand for that, so I had to kind of grab her and hold her foot. I got one whole foot done, two on the other foot. Sadly, she pulled really hard and jumped while I was clipping one, and yes, OUCH! She looked like one angry kitty!
I held her close, scratched her chin, rubbed her paw, apologized A LOT, and she just sat there, staring straight ahead. When I let her go, she hopped away from me (as only a kitty can do), then hopped back at me, stood on her back legs, and HIT ME! She popped me three times with her front paw, then hopped away again. Then, as if she needed to take a breath or something, she paused, hopped back, and then proceeded to bop me with BOTH PAWS! Kitty punches! I've never seen anything like it. She did it a third time, then moved to the other side of the room, where she glared at me, and finally turned her back to look out the window.
About 20 minutes later, she came back over, and allowed me to pet her. I guess she told me!
Max looked at the clippers and ran, haven't seen him since...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Free Shipping on all items in my shop through Cyber Monday.
Key Tag Giveaway! Drop a comment, five lucky people will get their choice of a key tag or bag tag, personalized of course!
I read an article about a stampede at a Wal-Mart in Long Island which resulted in a man losing his life this morning. I have to wonder, how many other stores did that happen at this Black Friday? So terribly sad that any kind of sale would create such chaos.
I have done the Black Friday thing in the past, but never have seen stampedes. Mostly I saw lots of coffee-driven shoppers who had lists and were shopping with purpose. This year I stayed home to nurse my cold, and promote my shop, www.manderlyrose.etsy.com
If you have no desire to be out and about this holiday weekend, think about the handmade movement and try shopping on Etsy! You'll find tons of things! Try using "Pounce" to jump around and see what shops Etsy sends you to. Try searching by types of items you're looking for. Use the Etsy Homepage as a guide. Save gas, stay out of the crowds, and shop in comfort.
Many of the blogs I follow are Etsy sellers. Check them out too, their blogs are listed to the right.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Now through midnight Monday you will receive FREE SHIPPING on all items in my shop.
Would you like a custom key tag or bag tag? Leave a comment with your contact info and I'll put you in the drawing! I'm giving away FIVE over the weekend.
Key tags and bag tags make great stocking stuffers. They can be used as key chains, to hang on your hand bags or tote bags, as ID for kids school bags and backpacks, for teens first set of car keys, the list goes on!
Looking for a stocking stuffer for the person who pampers their complexion? Try my knitted wash cloths! I use them daily. They are absorbent, cleansing, and they lightly exfoliate. 100% cotton, and yummy for your face and body.
Another great stocking stuffer or hostess gift - knitted dish cloths! Throw those icky sponges away! These are eco-friendly, can be tossed in the washer for cleaning, and safe on your more sensitive pots and pans.
Are you a new knitter, or do you know a new knitter? Try my simple Slouchy Hat pattern. Perfect for the new knitter who wants a good first (or second, or third) project, or for the experienced knitter who wants something easy to do.
Is there a holiday wedding in your future? Personalized Hankies make wonderful gifts for the bride and bridal party. They are also nice "just because" gifts for your gal pal who has everything. Each can be machine embroidered with a monogram or your choice of text.
To the right you'll see a list of blogs I follow. Many are Etsy stores. Check them out, they have great gifts too!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I will also be giving away a key tag a day between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. That's FIVE key tags looking for a new home! To participate, please leave a comment on my blog on those days, and I'll pull names out of a hat...or a knitted cap :-) I will contact the lucky recipients on Tuesday so they can make their selections.
New items will be added over the holiday weekend, so be sure to check them out.
All of my holiday gifts will be handmade this year. It's a great way to support local and cyber talent, and for me, it's fun! In the spirit of supporting the handmade movement and conserving gasoline, try doing some or all of your holiday shopping this year on Etsy! Most of the blogs I follow are fellow Estians. I encourage you to check out their shops too!
May you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday
~Penny, aka manderlyrose
Monday, November 24, 2008
Kitties have loved that I've not been well, they lay on and around me while I rest. Sometimes they use me as a trampoline too, but mostly they snuggle in. That's not bad, they keep my feet warm.
Did I mention we've had cooler weather also? Feels wonderful, but chilly nights. Am avoiding the use of the heater. Have only hit it twice, for one cycle, to knock the chill. Otherwise it's sweats and layers.
Tons to do today, my list is overflowing.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I have big plans for today. Tonight is the mama's late night, she's teaching some sewing class or something. So once she leaves I'll take a nap on the couch. Then I will get up, stretch, eat a little, drink a little, and go to sleep on the bed. I love my pillow in there, so soft and comfy. Once I've rested from my hard morning, I will go lay on the couch, where I will watch a little TV, and take another nap. I wish I could figure out how to change the channels...When the mama comes home tonight, I will be waiting by the back door. I might let Cleo wait too, if she doesn't bother me today. I like to wait by the back door, then I can hear her coming and she sees me first thing when she comes in.
She's a good mama. I hate when she goes to work, but sometimes she comes home with cat food. That's always a good thing!
Monday, November 17, 2008
There I stood, pulling the stopper up to re-flush (over and over), trying to bail water out of the tank with my Netti pot (not a good size for bailing), water still overflowing. The kitties came barreling into the room, in fact I'm sure one of them tumbled, to see the commotion and help. Always what you need in a situation like this. I threw down towels to block the water from exiting the room and kept futzing until it stopped. Max and Cleo looked disappointed when the it stopped, I think they were enjoying it. I'm sure they were saying to each other "What a nice departure from the typical day!"
About a year ago I had to replace the gizmo in the tank that makes it flush and fill. At the time, I wondered if I had the water turned back on right or if it was too high. It has sounded loud and fast. Well, just in case, now it's turned another half turn and is much slower. I'm sure there is a happy medium, but I don't need THIS again any time soon. I have no clue what brought this on, nor do I really care as long as it's fixed. I keep going back in and flushing, just to check. I know, that's not very conserving of me, but I'm a little paranoid.
I have a fear of water. Fear of drowning really. I can swim, if I have to. I rarely get my head wet, and I can't bear to have water in my eyes or ears. I don't even like my mouth or nose under water, and I never swim under water. I don't go in water I can't see the bottom of. I used to swim in lakes as a kid, dark lakes, with things that nibbled on my toes, ICK! Fortunately, the water in bathroom didn't rise enough to freak me out, but still...
Kitties are now refreshed from their splashing, and are ripping through the house doing their chasing/pouncing/figure eight moves. I'm trying to remember what I was doing before all the commotion started...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My sewing class went well. I love seeing the fabrics people pick out, I feel like they are windows to a persons personality. We had some amazing combinations. I of course was exhausted! I got home and collapsed. I watched Criminal Minds, and fell asleep very soon after. I love Criminal Minds. OK, I only watch medical and crime shows. And a few reality shows, like Biggest Loser, Project Runway. I don't care if they are real life or fiction, I can't help it. There is one comedy right now that I watch, Two and a Half Men. I mean it's just totally hysterical. Jake is priceless. Charlie is...Charlie. The only comedy I ever remember enjoying that much was Seinfeld and Friends.
Still tired today, but I had a good nap when I got home. I'm still getting used to working full time, being on my feet every day, etc. Some days I feel really OLD. There are few of those days, thank goodness! Today, not one of them. I need more exercise, I need to lose weight, I need to be able to stay awake when I get home so I can exercise and lose weight...running in circles.
Cleo and I are still at odds over the couch. It has become a battle of wills. She actually challenged me last night. Yes, I had a stare down with a cat! She also removed the blanket from the back of the couch, again. And of course, now she's trying to eat it. Apparently she loves the terracotta crushed velvet as much as I do.
I will not declaw, so next comes a spray bottle. She's so skittish, I hate to do it, but I'm running out of ideas. Any ideas are welcome!
OH, on the right side of my blog is the list of bloggers I follow. Mostly etsy related, but there are a few who are just darn interesting. If you have a few minutes, please visit "Confessions of a Middle Aged Suburban Diva". She's someone I've known a very long time, I used to do volunteer work with her. She has a post this week, Cause of my Heart, about March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Day. Yup, that's her amazing baby in the photos. If it's something that strikes you, read her post and check out the petition.
Going to bed now, another day tomorrow. I am still planning out holiday gifts, and have had no etsy time this week :-( Soon...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I wear a Karma necklace. It's a constant reminder that what goes around come around. If I had a motto in life, that would be it. I try to live my life simply, I try to be kind, I try really hard not to judge people (but the Blue Team is pushing me), and I get really upset when children or animals are harmed, as they can't defend themselves. I also don't like bullies, and when I see them, I wonder what made them that way, and I usually feel bad for them.
Life is short. Anyone who as experienced loss, or has seen loss happen to those we hold dear know this to be true.
That said, I will admit to yelling at the television the last few weeks, and rooting for the Black Team. If positive thinking has anything to do with it, they will win. The negative energy however has left me exhausted tonight. I need to go to bed, let the kitties snuggle up and purr, and try to let it go. I also believe that kitty purrs can cure most anything :-)
OK, my Biggest Loser rant is over.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I'm fortunate I did not have to work today. It's my one weekday off this week, so I have lots of running around to do that I can't do on a Sunday. So to add to yesterday's list...go to the bank, pay a couple bills, maybe go to Whim-so-Doodle and look for a stamp. I have this image in my head, I'm sure there is a stamp for it...oh darn, now I've forgotten the other things I needed to do today.
I've decided to make my Christmas cards this year. Not that I've sent them in the last three or four years...I used to be really good at that, then I went back to school and so many things fell off the priority list to make room for homework and studying. But I enjoy the act of Christmas Cards, and I need to get back at it. I really like the idea of making them this year. It's kind of a green thing I suppose.
I'm also very impressed with folks who live green. I need to do more of that. Or at the very least contribute to a greener society. Check out this Etsy site, JuicyBags. She is doing amazing things involving the recycling/re-use of juice pouches. She also has a great blog, http://triagefromhome.blogspot.com/ that follows her journey. Check her out, maybe you can become inspired to recycle or re-use.
Well now that I've lost my morning to the dreaded headache (which is FINALLY GONE), my manic Monday is ready to begin. New list added to yesterday's list, then out the door.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today's To-Do list includes...
- Trim the kitties nails. They are way too long, and my furniture is way to pretty. May need to sit on them, I hate trimming their nails...
Cleo, somewhere between 1 and 2 years, the shelter said she was a drop off and they weren't really sure. A gorgeous Flame Point Siamese. Loves to be sitting close and to be petted, but NOT to be held. Has the the sharpest, tiniest, needle like claws...Puts things like paper and socks, in the food and water dishes so that Max can't get to them. Became Cleopatra Queen of the House after 30 hours of entering the house. Once she came out from under the bed, well, it's never been the same. She chases Max, which is good, he needs the exercise. She went from scrawny 7 pounds to 11 pounds in two months. I changed their feeding schedule...
- Quality time with the kitties. This means letting Max sleep on me, letting Cleo tease me with her clawing at furniture (which I've covered, it's making her crazy), feeding, water, chasing, playing... Who needs children?
- Custom requested key tags from customers at my favorite yarn shop, Knit 'n Knibble (where I used to work part time, yummy yarn...). They ask, I create! It's a great shop, check it out...
- Digitizing some new embroidery ideas. I get these ideas in my head, then I need to get them out and stitchable. Not always easy. Often I sketch them, scan them, import them, redraw them... you get the process.
- Sewing, sewing, sewing... LOTS of things that need sewing.
- Serging, serging, serging, needles holders to post on my Etsy site.
- Groceries, yes, I need more than two Healthy Choice Steamers and some diet Root Beer in the house. Kitties could use some food too, they are running low.
- Laundry! Wow do I need to to laundry.
- Organize all these design ideas I have in my head. Or at least get them on paper with notes so that a week from now I'm not trying to remember them.
- Watch Desperate Housewives. My Sunday guilty pleasure. Although...I did record Sweeney Todd (sp?) last night, may need to work that in too...
- Put together my Christmas Gift Giving List. I need to get that organized, else I end up sitting at the shipping place a week before Christmas wrapping gifts (yes, that was last year, in the parking lot, after going in to borrow tape, the UPS guy was quite amused...)
- Finish that LAST washcloth to fulfill a special order. Tomorrow's list has "ship it" on it!
Oh my, this is a big list. No way I'm getting all this done. But at least I have a list to work from now...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm getting used to the routine, and I get to teach my first class next week. I will probably spend some time between now and then making another bag so that I can refresh my memory. It will be a fun class. Some ladies come in last week to get their fabric, and they were just wonderful. I promised them a fun class!
While my body, mind, and soul get used to the transition, I have been sleeping much better. Mostly I guess because I'm exhausted at the end of the day, and I'm working more days than I used to. That's always good. I have not had the time to devote to my Etsy shop though, and that's not so good. I'm sure balance will find it's way into my life at some point. I haven't worked full time for nearly two years. I do enjoy working though, especially at a job where I can really be creative. I never see myself in a corporate environment again.
What I did accomplish this week...
- You'll find my personalized, machine embroidered hankies for the Bride and Grandmother. I have a Mother design coming up soon, and of course all of them can be customized for grandmothers, mothers, bridesmaids... They are also nice for christenings, baptisms, confirmations... the list of hanky gift giving events is endless! They are truly lovely and elegant.
- I'm finishing up a custom order for some knitted wash cloths. The customer chose a color and quantity, and I'm getting those done for her. She is giving them as holiday gifts. I have another customer who is wanting to see more (she's local and moving soon), so today I'm off to visit her and show her my surplus. Knitted wash cloths are just the best!
I've begun listing the blogs I follow on my blog, maybe some of you will find them as fun as I do. Check them out. Most of them are fellow Esty shop keepers. A few are just really interesting people.
I must get on with my day. I've got errands to run and people to see. It's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts! Happy Friday!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So here are my thoughts on the day. I live in Florida. I voted. I didn't vote early, I didn't vote absentee. I went to the polling place, on election day, and voted.
I understood my easy to use, if not HUGE ballot (I've never seen anything like it). Fill in the spot next to what/who you wish to vote for, run it through the scanner when done. Simple, easy. I'm sure even an somewhat trained monkey could figure it out. Hurray to the state for getting rid of those OTHER ballots!
I scoped out my district this morning, and saw that there were between 500 and 600 people total. I anticipated that the wait couldn't possibly be very long, so I voted after work. I was going to go this morning, but decided I didn't want to chance a morning line. I mean, voting is important, but so is being on time for work.
I parked my car at 6:35pm. I walked out, having finished the whole process (walking the long halls of the community center to get to the polling location took up most of my time), by 6:45pm. I don't know that I've ever gotten in and out that fast.
I voted for a number of things, not everything that was on the ballot. I wasn't informed enough, so I didn't feel comfortable casting a vote for everything. I'm funny that way. I only vote for things I think I understand (do we ever really understand everything?)
I remember voting for the first time in 1984. My mom made me read up on the issues, and she took me down on election day. She told me that I couldn't complain nor be happy with the results if I didn't participate. As has been the case for much of my life, mom was right. She repeated that same thing to me, more or less, tonight when I was on my way, having left work a little late, and hoping I was at least in line by 7pm. She cheered me on (via cell phone) so that I would get there in time. Without speeding or being unsafe of course. Yes, I was wearing my headset while talking on my phone.
I voted. I participated, was part of the process. I'm glad I took the time to do it.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I've not gotten a lot done today. I was off today, so I slept a lot (still recovering from my first Saturday at new job), and I did a little laundry, worked on some knitting, played with the kitties.
Tried to take new product pics but...batteries died. This is SO not good. My camera just goes through them like kids eat candy, or kitties eat their food. I'm not sure why. I never have enough on hand, so I'm on my way out to get more.
I put up a new "fall inspired" banner on my etsy page today, www.manderlyrose.etsy.com
I also made up a fall avatar. What the heck, it's finally feeling a little like fall, my shop may as well look it :-)
Kitties have enjoyed my two days off. Cleo is not letting me out of her sight. Max naps, come and visits, naps some more... They are silly kitties. They have it rather easy, all they ask for is chin scratches, luvins, food, water, and a clean litter box. Ah if life could not be that easy for all of us! This image reminds me of Cleo. Maybe I'll let her blog one day.
OK, I'd better put the wash into the dryer and go get those batteries...
OH! Recipe for Beer-ritas... if I remember correctly, it goes something like this...
- four beers
- one large can lime-aid
- half can tequila
pour over ice.
Now I am recalling there was a two beer version that was really tasty, but had lethal potential, considering it still used the half can of tequila...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
As is the tradition, we all met at someones house for pizza and beverages, took a group pic of the kids, and then set out. The men stayed behind to give out candy - that means sit in a central driveway with their drinkies and hand out candies for three houses. It worked out wonderfully!
The ladies started out following the children, then a few of us got separated from the children (an adult was with them at all times, just not me!). We walked the neighborhood, visited, had some drinkies, it was a fun time. (I would like to note that I have not indulged in drinkies in a long time, and my indulgence was quite minimal.)
Ever heard of a Beer-rita? Mmmmm, if I hadn't had to to work today, I would have had more than a few sips! It's a beer margarita. I repeat, mmmmmm. One of my friends made sure to bring the pitcher on our walk so we did not run low. I love my friends :-) Exercise AND drinkies, what else do you need?
It was a fun night, and all the kids had a great time too. Lots of great costumes, lots of fun, I just love Halloween in my friend's neighborhood!
I was a good girl and came home very early as I did have to work today. Sure glad I did, as we were running all day at work, and I'm beat now!
New this week on my Etsy Site: Beginner knitting pattern for a cute hat, monogramed Bridal party handkerchiefs for brides and gramas.
This weekend I plan to take some better pics of the hankies that I've added to my Etsy site, and work on some other things. Keep an eye out :-)