Monday, September 27, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along for 9/28/10

That time again already...

Tuesday Tag-Along

Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #106 - Knit One Max Too! Congratulations!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Made My Day

After a pretty bad day, I signed into our Etsy account and noticed that we got a convo from the lovely customer that had just purchased the crystal star necklace shown below. She was letting me know that she received it. She also left us some really great feedback. It really made my day today and put a much needed smile on my face, and I wanted to share it with you.
Customer says:

I have to admit that when I bought this it was an impulse buy, and I kinda regretted it 15 min later. However when it came today and I opened it and saw how the light came through the star and the color of the mood beads all regrets disappeared and I fell in love with it. Shipping was super fast as well. Much thanks to justByou!

I'm so glad that she received it so quickly! I sent it out on Tuesday, so it only took two days! This is great. I know sometimes that shopping online isn't quite as satisfactory as buying in person, because you don't get your purchase right away. There's a waiting period. On the other hand, receiving your package in the mail is pretty fun! I know I love to get mail (and by mail, I mean the stuff that's NOT the bills!). I'm really happy that the necklace arrived quickly and that she was happy with her purchase. The crystal star mood necklace and the crystal moon mood necklace are really popular. I haven't gotten to make another star one yet, but the crystal moon one is still available in our shop! Check it out below. =)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Newest Items Relisted

After some photo-editing, I listed some items in our shop that had been previously sold! Yay! Now I have to get to work on the NEW items that don't even have pictures yet...But here are a few of the items just relisted:

Dragonfly Car Charm
Dragonfly Cell Phone Charm
My Three Hearts Car Charm

It seemed to be the summer of dragonflies. We sold lots of the dragonfly items (only one car charm through Etsy, but lots in person). So, I figured we should put the dragonflies back up in our Etsy shop as soon as possible. =) Hope you'll stop by and take a peek at the new pictures!

And...This just sold!

I'll be making a new one to list in our shop again too. Hopefully I can get those pictures done by the end of the day. I'm really trying to get at least one brand new item up this week...So stay tuned!


Tuesday Tag-Along for 9/21/10

I haven't participated in a blog hop for a very long time, so here's my favorite one...Tuesday Tag-Along!

Tuesday Tag-Along

Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #106 - Knit One Max Too! Congratulations!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

What have you been up to lately?

I know, I know. I've been MIA lately! I haven't been blogging, and I've barely been near the computer at all! Call it my unofficial vacation. I needed a break, I guess. The summer months have really worn me out. And the back-to-school stuff has been a whirlwind to keep up with too.

But besides all of that, I've been up to some other things lately that have kept me super-busy. With back-to-school events come those many, many school kick-off fundraisers. All parents/guardians know about those, right? Those catalogs full of overpriced items and gift-wrapping paper that we don't really want to buy, much less sell to others...What a nightmare! Well, we made it through my son's elementary fundraiser - barely.

My daughter's is still in the process. Our family's budget is really tight right now, like so many other families out there. She's in the 8th grade, so there are even more costs that will arise this year for her (besides graduation expenses and all of that, we'll have to worry about the 8th grade special field trips too!) At the end of the school year, the honor roll takes a trip to Disneyland. And then there's the Washington, D.C./New York opportunity as well. We have the chance to raise the money for these trips with some fundraisers that the school offers, along with any fundraising efforts we come up with on our own. My daughter will be working hard with many fundraisers offered by the school, but we're also going to be putting lots of time into our own efforts, much like we did for her summer school classes. While brainstorming, my daughter and I asked my mom for some help.

So here's what we've been up to lately...
My mom came up to Northern California from Southern California to visit for about a week. She taught me how to make some chocolates!!! It's so much fun. I'm in no way talented like she is, but I tried. These were the first chocolates I made. My daughter and I are going to put together boxes of chocolates to sell to friends, family and neighbors during the holiday season.
I learned how to make chocolate creams...Flavors were strawberry (most favorite), apricot, chocolate fudge, coconut-vanilla, and triple berry. They came out all right, but I still need lots of practice. My mom is such the chocolatier - so fast and efficient. I took my time --- but you can't be too slow when working with chocolate! I found that out too, and I should've taken a picture for you to see that (pretty funny stuff). =)
I have such an appreciation for chocolate-makers. It's not easy! It's a true art form. Really.


I also learned how to make chocolate suckers. Here is one that I think is cute. I had to stick to really simple ones, because I'm NO expert! But I think it came out OK.
So my daughter and I will be busy practicing the art of chocolate-making during the next few weeks in hopes that we perfect it just enough to do a small fundraiser for the holidays. I'll be letting you know how it all goes.
We won't be selling on Etsy, because we're not expert enough for that. BUT, if you need a chocolate fix, I've got just the Etsy shop for you to visit! My friend Penny is back in action on Etsy after her summer vacation. She just reopened her shop and her awesome gourmet chocolates have all been listed! Check it out at this link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PernillasSS
And - she's just added some cute new Halloween chocolates that you've GOT to see!!!

Other than that, we took another trip to the beach! Yes, with so much going on, we needed a family retreat. We hopped in the car for Labor Day weekend and headed out to see some waves. Here are
a few pictures of serenity by the sea...

We're working on pictures for our Etsy shop. Doing some time-consuming photo-editing, taking new pictures, working on some new items. So be sure to stay tuned for more info on that coming up!

Thank you all for following my blog and remaining loyal!
I hope you're all doing well. I appreciate all my followers and readers. What have you been up to lately? You can leave me some comments and share what you've been doing for the past few weeks that I haven't been blogging! Have you been stressed out like me? Super-busy with back-to-school stuff too? Learning new things? Let me know! Or, leave a comment just to say hi. =)