Dear Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me:

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The last few weeks have not gone at all as planned. I have so many things I want to work on for Maybe Mountain, and life is just not letting me do that right now. I really want to be updating the blog regularly, adding stuff to the store, and designing new items but a lot has happened that is causing me to use my time and energy elsewhere.

ImageA week ago today, my cat went missing. I was gone for the night and my house mate told me (only when I asked, after I was home) that the cat was outside all night. He never came home. I have two cats but, though it feels wrong to say, Hobie was my favorite. He was my baby, my pal, my comedian. He never let me do anything by my self, he was always there to help me … often to the detriment of the project. He liked to change the sheets, weed in the garden, and wash dishes with me. He reminded me when it was time to go to bed, and when it was time to wake up (because he was bored). He was a pillow hog, and I was not fond of his penchant for bringing snakes in the house, but he was my best buddy. He had such a sense of humor and some of the strangest habits of any cat I’ve owned (and I’ve owned more than a few!). He was only three, and I was looking forward to many more years with his antics. I will even miss stepping on one of his soaking wet toys that he’d thrown in the water dish and then placed in the middle of the hallway… I might even miss finding his toys in the toilet (but probably not).

The other less-than-delightful thing that I found out last week is that my car, which I took in because of what I imagined was a small transmission pan leak, requires almost $7,000 worth of work. It’s a 1998 Subaru Outback, worth around 3k. Well, worth around $300 in it’s current condition… but definitely not a car I’d jump to spend 7k on EVEN IF I HAD THE MONEY. Which, of course, I don’t. We were prepared for up to 4k in repair costs, worst case scenario, but not this. It crossed our minds (me and my partner, Tim) that we should just replace the car with another Outback for $4000 but both my father and the mechanic said that would be a mistake. Either buy a NEW new car, or fix the old one. Don’t upgrade to a car that’s three years newer. They told me that what’s happened to my car can happen to a Subaru at 30,000 miles or 300,000 miles but that it’s a “known issue” so I might end up spending 4k on a new car only to have it go kaput as well. It’s been a rough week.

So I have no car, my cat is missing, and I’m supposed to be moving into my new place this weekend. I don’t want to move away from this house in case Hobie is out there and comes back, but maybe I won’t be going anywhere if I don’t have a vehicle with which to haul stuff across town! 

If it’s not one thing it’s another. This time last year I was still reeling from my divorce and my layoff. Oh life, can’t I at least catch my breath a bit? Hopefully after we settle into the new house I will find my bearings again, and things will go ok for long enough that I can get something done! Stay tuned…

 

Boxes, boxes everywhere

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I desperately wish this were a post to say that I am about to list a bunch of new things on Etsy but, alas, no. I’m getting ready to move. It’s such a pain — often literally! I’m sure many other folks with a craft or sewing room feel my pain when it comes to having to box up all your supplies, which you have only just started to organize after your last move (even if it should all be put away by now), only to unpack them at the new place and realize that for some reason the puzzle won’t go back together again. I’m moving to a smaller (but nicer) house, and I will not have the advantage of a lot of the awesome built-ins and big closets I have now. I am dreading trying to make it all fit. But once that is over with, I have some wonderful new ideas for Maybe Mountain that I will be very eager to start. And OF COURSE my new craft room will be 100% organized just days after I move in. Why wouldn’t it be?  

Oof…

Off to the wild woods…

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I am taking the Mr. for a birthday camping trip this weekend. I kinda wanted to show him one of my favorite spots, somewhere I haven’t taken him yet, but he said he wanted to go back to the place we went last year for his birthday because it’s “our spot” now. Fair enough, birthday boy! It is also sort of a celebration trip because, due to recent events I will not go into, things appear to be looking up for him… and that means things are looking up for the both of us. I’m very excited for him, and so glad to be able to take him on a celebratory birthday camping trip! Photos to follow, I’m sure.

I also really need a vacation for me. I feel like I “shouldn’t” need one, but I do. All the “shouldn’ts” are going to have to take a number. Just getting away from the computer and leaving cell reception will do me much good. Three cheers for birthday camping! I’ll be back staring at my shop stats page and reading about seo again in no time. Blerg.

Ignore that I am in the middle of talking. We 're two happy kids!
Ignore that I am in the middle of talking. We ‘re two happy kids!

No big deal

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I am trying not to be too disappointed that the person who purchased the necklace, giving me my first etsy sale (see previous post), did not mention my free surprise gift at all in the feedback she left (and only left me 4 out of 5 stars but seemed to have no complaints). It’s silly, but i guess i expect people to be as excited to get surprises as I am to give them. I’m trying not to let this bring down my spirits, though. I must persevere and continue to send out surprise items! Yes.

The first order has been shipped!

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It was strange to be a little sad that someone bought this necklace. I mean, the whole point is to sell it so I can have fun making more stuff. But the thing is… I liked this necklace. For me. My precious! MINE!  Oh dear…

But the truth is, I never wear anything I make. People have asked me why I don’t, and I don’t know what to tell them. Partially out of laziness maybe (simply not wearing jewelry at all, except the stuff that never comes off, like my rings), but I think that somehow things I make lose some of their specialness in my eyes. Maybe somewhere in the back of my mind I’m feeling like “Meh, I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it UP CLOSE  for an hour and I broke my nail in half trying to wrap the wire!!” so it becomes old hat…? I’m just theorizing. It’s also true that while I’m working on a piece I tend to see just the flaws, the tiny things that I’m afraid other people will see and tell me I am dumb for not being better at (which is nothing because everything I do is 100% perfect, right?). My mom has told me no one will notice but me — and she is correct that I can be very obsessive about tiny details — but I think it’s important to notice these things.

Moving on to the actual point of this post: I shipped a package! I very much hope the woman who purchased this item does NOT check my blog. At least not until after she gets her package, that is. I put in a surprise gift and it’s just no fair if she peeks on here first. I can’t help but post the pictures now, though. She purchased a necklace, after which I made the earrings to go along with it. ImageImageImage

The “BIG” 10

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I now have 10 items listed on Etsy. I feel like there should be about 50, considering how long it took. I can already tell I’m getting faster at it, but I think at the expense of telling a good story. I am supposed to get BETTER at that, not worse.

First listings are UP!

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I’ve put up my first listings on Etsy. It feels good because I know I’ve sorta been putting it off, in part because I’m scared. In LARGE PART because I’m scared. heh. Don’t even get me started on what I’m scared of. Pick something. Even though it feels good to have listed a few things, I must of course keep reminding myself that the scary things could happen at any time. That’s just how my brain works.

I keep reading that you shouldn’t list tons of stuff at once (“tons” being subjective, I guess). Maybe it’s just supposed to be in proportion to the total number of items you have waiting to be listed. I dunno; I have about 30 items ready to go up, but since that number is pretty low, from what I’ve read, I’m thinking I should list them two or three at a time. Wait a few hours? Wait a few days? If I had 500 items to list, maybe I’d put them up 30 items at a time. It feels weird to have a shop with so few items, and my impulse is to just keep listing until I can’t list anymore so things look more fleshed-out. I’m trying to exercise some restraint here, which is hilarious considering the energy I was putting into procrastinating just a few days ago.