Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Sad Star Trek News

Majel Barrett Rodenberry died today at 76 of leukemia. I was very sad to read about this. I have always loved her characterization of the formidable, but sexy Lwaxana Troi. I've found her voice as the computer comforting, even if she is ticking off an auto-destruct sequence. I did read that she is the computer voice on the new Star Trek movie scheduled for a May 2009 release. So it will be bittersweet to watch that movie when it comes out.

Farewell Mrs. Rodenberry, may you rest amoung the stars.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lack of Progress

Okay, I'm swamped and I don't know when I'm going to get the newsletter done. I have 2 custom coats to get out by the end of the week; I need to put the strap on the new handbag; my son's birthday is Saturday. My daughter's birthday is Christmas. We're going to Northern Virginia to let the Grandma's see their babies for the weekend.


And I have to watch a 4 yo and 7 mo tomorrow and Friday all day. I have to teach on Thursday at the homeschool center from 10 until 2. So here's what I'm gonna do:

I 'm going to promise to have the newsletter and giveaway done by 12/24. I need to have the handbag finished and photographed for the newsletter.

Just a reminder that this month is my one year anniversary on Etsy. So go take advantage my Anniversary Sale - lots of great stuff in the Clearance section that I need to get rid of to make room for new stuff.

Also, I'm working on a new banner, let me know your thoughts:

New banner tags:

Oh yeah, and I'm still working on this robe. 4 nights a week and one full weekend day for the past 3.5 months.

Okay, I gotta go and get back to work. No sleeping for me :(

Monday, December 15, 2008


Right now, Blossoming Tree is hosting the last few days of their 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Go right now!

Also, later today, probably very late, I will be choosing this month's Giveaway Winner, go here to sign up!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

First Sale on Artfire

Yay! I made my first sale on Artfire yesterday. My Asian Lantern bag has found a new home. I'm so excited :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

401K - Y?

Yeah, you know what I mean. I don't have a 401k and neither does my husband. Y? you ask? Because in my former non-homeschooling/crafting life, I was a Human Resources Generalist with a specialty in Benefits. That means I was the person who gave you all your options, enrolled you, played with your paycheck, gave you 100 forms to fill out, and if you wanted to change anything later I couldn't let you legally.

What I learned in Generalist school was that a 401k account was designed to let the Average Joe (the plumber - hahaha, I kill me!) invest in his future by putting aside small portions of his paycheck. That way Joe could possibly retire before he worked himself to death. HR people are always told to push this on the employee; it's for their benefit; hey, the company is even chipping in to boost your account, etc.

What they don't emphasize is the INVEST part, which means your money is subject to the ups and downs of Wall Street - as many of you who have such an account have found out. This is not a good thing if you aren't inclined to stock market analysis. You don't know how to "diversify" and nobody teaches you.

I also feel a person isn't adequately informed BEFORE they decide to open said account how difficult it is to get that money back. A lovely young lady in Kevin's office is finding out all about that right now. That's right, trying to get out while there's still money TO get out. Nope, can't do that - hardship, house downpayment, college tuition clause and all. OOOO! And don't forget the penalty fees. What?! You didn't know how hard it was going to be and the weeks it would take. You were told all of that before you signed on the dotted line. Oh, maybe you weren't; well you were supposed to read every word in the information packet you were given. What's that? You couldn't read the paragraphs at the bottom of each page typed in 4pt subscript. Hmmmm, oh well.

401K-Y - if you haven't, don't. Stuffing the money under your mattress or buried in a coffee can is a much better idea. We'll talk more about disclaimers soon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Extra Large Man Bag

I just finished a custom size Man Bag! I think it came out really nice and you can view the photos here. It's a great commuter bag and is sized for the large screen laptop.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Anniversary Sale!

It's been one year since I started my Etsy store. To celebrate, I'm having an Anniversary Sale! Go to my Etsy store and read about the sale in the shop announcement. It's a great way to get your holiday shopping done :)

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