Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Kiss The Frog...

I had great fun making my two Kiss The Frog Keychains, and as they were meant to be Valentine romantic, I ended up thinking of my first BIG love!

He was - and is - a person everybody would love to know: bright, intelligent, interesting, fascinating, funny. I met him in a Tai Chi Studio where he was the instructor. (Not his main job though - he was a scientific researcher in the field of chemistry.) I fell in love on Day 1 - and spend the next few months denying it. I just loved (and still love) his way of thinking and seeing the world.

I loved his mental flexibility. I loved his ever-changing nature. I loved his boundless spirit. I loved his pure joy of living life as it is.

As about talking with him: discussing life, Tai Chi and the Universe - well, that was a real delight.

He never showed interest in more than a friendship though. It took me three years to fully accept it...

So I never got to kiss the blue frog.

We first talked about it a few years ago, just after my wedding. He said that I wouldn't have been happy with him. That might have been true.

However, my husband is a real soul mate and three years , many challenges and a baby later we still love each other - so don't you pity me even for a second!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Blue Frogs

With Valentine approaching I'm feeling even more romantic! My husband is generally boycotting all holidays from that type though. I find it a bit sad but already got used to it. I'm normally not likely to receive a present for my birthday, Christmas or St Valentine's Day, but do get surprise gifts in other times! He just doesn't like buying and giving stuff for the sake of it, but enjoys doing it when something suitable comes up.

I do seem to like unique, one of a kind people. My husband is definitely one of them, and so does my first big love. Let me tell you about him - he's a dear friend now. I thought of him while making two of my recent items - the "Kiss The Frog" Keychains.

I think that the association with him came because of the blue frog. I have no clue why it's blue - I bought a whole set of those lampwork beads and 2 of them happened to be blue. I found it awkward at the beginning but then accepted it as a sign for being different.

Both my partner and my first love are unconventional type of persons, but my husband is rather good-looking (well, in my eyes:-) so I wouldn't make the connection with a frog when thinking about him.

My first love, on the contrary, was both ugly and extremely attractive. I can't explain it, but that's how it was. It actually took me more than half a year to notice that his face features were far from what I call handsome. He was - and is - a very friendly, kind and joyful person with a great sense of humor, who has his smile on most of the time. He's also one of the most remarkable people I've ever met.

More Changes

I temporary disabled my DaWanda widget here, because of my rather silly decision to list a few items both on Etsy and DaWanda. However, the listing fees are already paid and I don't feel neither like deleting them, nor like maintaining two different blogs... The doubled items are only 4 so I might be lucky to sell them off soon.

I already started separating my new products into an Etsy and DaWanda pile and my working table got a new feature: three transparent boxes. The first one is for new and unlisted items, and the other two - for each of the shops.

My Etsy shop is still a baby. I registered back in December, but started listing on January 6th, 2009. The Virtual Labs are great. I already attended a few sessions, hoping to have my shop critiqued. It didn't happed but listening to Daniellexo's advice to other sellers gave me many ideas.

I made some changes and then - what a miracle - I had my first sell! It was so unexpected - and so different. Before I realize it, I already had the order AND the money on my PayPal account. It was quite a shock, as I was used to the DaWanda way - you get the order, then need to confirm it, and only after that the buyer receives your details and makes the payment. Well, well, the US and Europe do live life differently...

It was an American client who bought 3 of my items and one of them was my favorite "Angel of Courage" - red jasper wire wrapped angel pendant. I hope that he will bring his new owner something beautiful and positive. I cleansed all items' energy before packing them - they haven't been worn before, but the stones have been handled by different people.

It was the first time I was shipping that far, so I decided to play it safe and pay those 2.05 Euro more for registering the package.

One of my first clients on DaWanda was from Cyprus. She was clever enough to insist on registered mail and apparently knew what she was doing. Some 2-3 weeks later the package still hadn't arrived. Being new to online sales I got extremely worried. When I tracked it, it turned out to have entered the country a whole week earlier! The client went to her local post office and they already had it there - but didn't bother to bring it to her!!!

Well, the US is supposed to have much better post services than Cyprus, but after such an experience you do want to be on the safe side...

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Some Changes

I haven't written here recently and the main reason - as I recently found out - was that I didn't feel at piece with what I was doing! Writing only about my newest creations doesn't seem to be my cup of tea - I just feel silly about it...

I decided to try writing about the two themes I'm really passionate about - angels and working Mums. I'm a "businessMum" myself; right now I'm sitting in front of the computer with my little one on my knees... oh well, she just came off. I'd like to contact other "businessMums" and probably ask them to share their experience - let's see how to organize that.

I'm yet to decide how to tackle the other theme - angels. My idea is to get people share how they feel about divine help. We're often guided in our actions in subtle ways and I doubt that it's all mere coincidence.

My daughter is already walking around with one of my shoes in her hands and that's a sign: "Mummy, let's go out for a walk!"