Sunday, November 22, 2009


Last night I got enough orders on Etsy to bump me up to 2001 sales! That's pretty exciting. To celebrate, I blew a few bucks on this little dollie, Cookie, and her faery costume.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Big 2000

I'm closing in on 2,000 Etsy sales! Maybe this weekend the numbers will jump. :D

Both of my kids will be home for Thanksgiving beginning Tuesday night. I can't wait! This year I'm going to let Publix make the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy. I'm going to make a pumpkin cake with maple cream cheese frosting instead of the usual pumpkin pie. And of course, the side dishes everyone has to have: Sweet Potato Casserole with cranberries and marshmallows on top, plus the green bean casserole. My daughter jokes that the main reason she's coming home is for the sweet potato casserole. At least I think she's joking...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Back in Stock: Ocean Rain

First, let me mention that from now through the end of the holidays, all of my Soap Trios and Soap Bonanzas come with a free mini lip balm!

Back in stock with a new look, Ocean Rain Handmade Soap (also available in my Etsy shop). I made it blue with green swirls and I like this look much better. It smells so fresh and crisp and clean.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Crocheted Water Bottle Holder

My daughter went to a 3 day music festival this past weekend in North Florida. She had so much fun, and told me about a crocheted water bottle holder she'd seen there but didn't buy. So I decided to surprise her and make one for her. I'm going to send this up to USF tomorrow. I love this colorful variegated yarn.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Finished Reading

I finished reading "Wolf Hall" last night and wow! That is some book. The usual comparisons of Cromwell to More are biased toward More being the kind, gentle cleric, but this book turns it all around. I really loved it. If you adore the Tudor era and the whole Anne Boleyn drama, you'd love this book. I just packed it up and mailed it to my aunt and cousin in England, who put dibs on it after I'd finished reading it!

Both of our kids were home from college this weekend and I was sooo happy to get to spend family time with them. I always overdo it on the gourmet-type cooking and everyone gets French Toast or something equally fussy every morning for breakfast. We watched movies together and just had a relaxing time. It's always so hard when they get in their cars and drive back to school.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Playing in Poser

This is why I spent several days re-downloading everything for Poser. I made a couple of fun renders with Sadie Fae today. I think she is too freaking cute!

My copy of "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel finally arrived the other day and I've been reading it at night. I'm restraining myself not to just gobble up the whole book in one sitting -- hard to do since it's 500+ pages anyway. But I want to savor this. It's beautifully written.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Reinstalling Programs

Argh, I realized this weekend that I still hadn't re-installed Poser on my new computer. This is a huge program with a lot of content, so it's not a trivial matter. Then I discovered that somehow I had lost the backup copy of my most recent upgrade and went through hundreds of backup DVD's to no avail. And the DVD with all my content from Daz3D was corrupted.

So I spent roughly 48 hours downloading stuff from my account at Daz, getting my stuff back. It's incredibly slow and tedious. And now I'm working with an older version of Poser, one that was fine for a long time but I got spoiled by the upgrade to Poser 7 and now I'm back to Poser 6. Sniff. I may have to spend moolah now to upgrade to Poser 8. Some day.

It was so much fun seeing the little tiny kids come around trick or treating. We must have had at least 200 kids come around in packs with moms and dads and even costumed dogs! I'd bought $40 worth of candy at WalMart and gave away everything except 2 Heath bars I hoarded for myself.