Sunday, March 30, 2008


It seems like the very best items that I make are requests directly from my customers. These magnets are one example. I received a message asking for glass magnets made from a vintage map of the California coastline.

Not being able to locate a vintage map of any coastline, I turned to the Etsy forums where Sherry Truitt ( saved me! She said she had an atlas from 1936 and she would send me the page of California!

My customer was THRILLED and she absolutely loved the aesthetic of the map...a day later and we had the gorgeous magnets in this picture. They are almost 2" in diameter and go all the way from Mexico to Oregon. Of course, they are backed by a super strong neodymium magnet. ☺

This was definitely a situation where it was very handy to have both a supply shop as well as my main shop. She was able to go to my supply shop and see all the pieces of glass I have available to make these magnets with. She picked her favorite, I laid them out on the map to get approval of the position of them, and voila!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

I Have Turned to the Dark Side

Or so some say. I opened a shop on Etsy back in September ( It was originally meant to give me an outlet for selling my photography cards. However, once I listed a few pictures I kept seeing things sitting around my desk that I made and saying, "Oh, I could list THIS!" and "Oh! I could put THESE on there,
too!!" Soon I had a ton of things listed in my little shop and the photographs definitely took a back seat to everything else. They're still back there.

Most recently I opened a second shop for selling supplies ( I had gotten so many inquiries asking about where I found the materials to make my items but I didn't want to reveal my sources. I tried listing the supplies in my main shop, but I didn't like the aesthetic of it. So, shop number two was born. And boy, did that baby grow quickly! In just five short weeks I have sold over 340 items.

A lot of people say that it's "selling out" or "joining the dark side of Etsy" and they may be right. However, I'm enjoying it so much! I love connecting with people, providing outstanding customer service, and packing up every one's orders. I just love it! Now, if I could only do this full time I would be on top of the world!!

Friday, March 28, 2008


Yes, I have one of those sickening, mushy, lovey dovey love stories that single people hate. I hated them too when I was single. I think I still do hate them. Hmm, I have said “hate” three times and I’m talking about love!

We met in 2003 when we were both attending Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. It wasn’t love at first sight, but love followed shortly after. We were married in an amazing outdoor ceremony on October 2, 2005. This is the man who has my entire heart devoted to him and who always will. He is the man with whom I am meant to be as long as we both shall live…or for as long as he’ll have me.
But this blog isnt about that.

It’s about everything. It will give you a somewhat edited peek into my life, my personality, what I love and what I don’t. Hopefully I will be motivated to update it once in a while. Until then…

A Breath of Fresh Air

I am making a sincere attempt to have a blog. In the world of blogs I feel lost, like I should be participating. So, I’m going to try. Although this is a weak start, I will soon be bringing you pictures and stories from my life as an amateur entrepreneur. That’s the best way I can describe myself and the main subject of this blog.

I think the problem I had before was that I had three blogs going at the same time and I NEVER wanted to update anything because then I had to do it three times! I get bored easily and this was something that did not appeal to me. So Im starting over and hopefully this clean start will give me the desire to include my thoughts and images of the world around me.