"Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~Albert Einstein

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Making the Switch

I have been an avid firefox user for quite some time but lately i've been having a few technical issues with it that I haven't been able to correct. Even by reinstalling so i decided to look into and try out some other browsers. Right now I'm using Flock (2.5 Beta) It's also powered by Mozilla and works very similarly, though it has add-ons that allow you to see whats happening on facebook or twitter (and others) while you're browsing. So we'll see how it goes.

In other news I've had to put the lacy gloves on hold. I found out that the cashmere blend yarn I've been using (love) has been discontinued. So the search is on for a comparable yarn. I already have a couple ideas, may just have to buy a couple different skeins and swatch in pattern. In the mean time I am reworking a neapolitan version of the Bee My Honey hat. I know I'm bad about updating but look for pictures soon!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

SEO for Etsy

I've been reading a fair amount lately on marketing, advertising and other things to help build my {tiny} business. I love my Etsy shop, truthfully I just love Etsy. I love all it has to offer as well as the standard to which it is run. Not to say that other sites in the same category are bad or not doing it right. They all have their own method, I simply prefer Etsy's method. Since opening my shop I can't tell you how valuable the emails are, especially to new sellers. I've spent this afternoon reading about SEO (search engine optimization - makes it easier for google, yahoo and other search engines to find you). I knew some about SEO previously but I hadn't realized the steps Etsy had taken to allow it's members to take full advantage of it. Tonight and tomorrow I plan to finish up tweaking in my shop. If you are interested here is the Etsy article on SEO.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Aloe Vera Transplant

A few years ago bought a silly little aloe plant. I was really buying it because i liked the decorative little pot it was in. This poor aloe plant has been through so much, it's been ignored, shoved onto the shelf in the garage, sunburned, over watered and just all around uncared for. But it has not giving up life yet. It has managed to survive through (what i thought to be) numerous "deaths" while actually sprouting 4 baby aloes in the mean time. They are all still crowded into a pot really only barely big enough for one. So today is the day I decided to take pity on that poor tortured aloe by transplanting it's babies and giving it a good dose of fresh soil. Who knows maybe we will end up selling a troop of aloe in a few years.

Here is a picture of it a couple years ago the first time I took pity on it and let it out of the 3 inch pot it came in and into a 6 inch pot. (Don't be fooled by that huge ceramic pot, the real pot is just set in there, dad thought it would look nice.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rain and Lace

Working on these couple of projects is becoming frustrating. Possibly because of the perfectionist in me, the little critic in my head that is always most critical of the creative works I allow to come out of me. I find myself continuously frogging and starting over. As a result I feel that I can't effectively empty my soul of this creative energy, it's starting to run rampant and become destructive.

In other news I did finish the lace hand warmers I was working on. It is has been raining almost everyday here. I love rain, but it makes me quiet and thoughtful. Then I get a fair amount of static from friends about it, I can't help it if I'm an ambivert. I also decided to give ArtFire a try. I have only ever known Etsy until now, I would like to try artfire on and see how it feels, how it flows and where it takes me. I will most likely keep both however I am not completely sure I will be able to maintain both in the long run. However I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
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