Full Moon, January 2012

I watched the moon rise tonight on my way home.  Immense and yellow in the clear, darkening sky.  The weather has been so strange for so long, I have no intuitive sense of the season.  There should be snow on the ground.  It should be colder.  It feels like late November, not mid-January.

We discovered that we have not had a working shopping cart on the Double Spiral Designs page.  No wonder there haven’t been any online sales since we opened the shop last year.  Since we fixed it, we’re starting to sell, and that feels really good.

Ah…Double Spiral Designs.  Yes, that’s where I’ve been since my last post.  I was making jewelry, then selling jewelry, and making and selling more.  T and I did 5 craft fair venues in 4 weeks.  We were more successful than we’d anticipated and that felt good.

Our booth has grown and changed a little from this picture, but it’s primarily the same.

This year I have fallen in love with vending.  Frankly, I’d been afraid of it.  Putting my work out there, wondering if it people were going to like it, if it was good enough was completely paralyzing.  But, people do like it, and I discovered I love everything about vending (okay, maybe not the schlepping and setting up, breaking down and shlepping some more), but the part in between is fun.  Lots and lots of fun.  So, as I get my show schedule ready for next year, stay tuned.

I was looking at my desk before.

I’m amazed when I look at it.  Not the disorder…it’s sort of an organized chaos….but the fact that it’s real.  I have hammers and an anvil, spools of wire, different types of pliers.  There’s a dremel and a torch.  And of course, beads, beads and more beads.  I can’t believe that I’m doing this, for real.  I’m working as an artisan and making money at it.  And even though our investment in the business was much more time than money, the fact that we turned a (minimal) profit in our first year…well…that’s just amazing to me.

But this blog isn’t all about the business (although a lot of the last few months have been about that for me).

Morgan is still with us.  I really don’t remember how much I posted about her illness, but she was one sick kitty.  Her diagnosis is Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  It means her gut gets inflamed and no one knows why.  She was on a monthly steroid shot, but that left her with too many ups and downs, so she’s now on a daily dose of Prednisone.  At seventeen and a half, I’m just grateful for every day she’s with us.

I really want to blog more.  I need to be writing and documenting my life as it unfolds.  So, if you’re still here, still hanging around, a comment or two would be nice.

More later….

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