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I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season! Take Care!!
Great ideas at the last minute don’t always pay off immediately. This is something I have learned over the course of my year long small business adventure. On November 20th 2005 I officially decided to look into creating an “online business” for the crafts I have enjoyed producing. I got a overwhelming response from family and friends when I would present my crafted items. People began inquiring about how they could get some of the same items made for them to give out. The it hit me… Sell your crafts online!!
I had my doubts and I honestly had no knowledge about how to do it properly but I dove right in and now, one year later I am doing very well! Last year at about this time I was coming up with ideas about things to sell, I was making things up and trying to get myself out there. I didn’t turn a substantial profit until about two weeks ago at a craft show. With the help of Crickets business classes and the QFLEA I have learned so much and I am actually getting somewhere with my business!
I know there are many other entrepreneurs out there who are wanting to get an online business going and my only words of advice are: Go for it, but understand that it takes time and persistence. Your presence on the net will take a while to get established and learning the ropes also takes some time. You will only get as much as you are willing to give and it will not be easy!
I am glad I got myself in to this, it has been a rewarding and very enriching experience! I look forward to more growth and learning and I hope one day I’ll be able to open up a physical shop in addition to my website. I also want to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to my success!
Holiday Shopping just keeps getting easier and easier every year with the constant advancements in internet commerce! I know some people are still reluctant about shopping online but organizations like PayPal and Google Checkout are taking great strides to make the shopping experience safer and easier for the consumer.
Tonight I managed to buy 5 Christmas gifts for under $120 in less than an hour online. “Black Friday” is not even here yet and I am getting most of my large holiday gifts purchased and on their way here in my sweat pants and cow slippers. What could be better??
I used froogle.com to search for the specific items I needed. I got to compare prices, item specifics, shipping info and I didn’t even need to dig out my wallet/ credit cards to complete the purchase because I used Google Checkout and PayPal to send my secure payments.
I personally love to get all my stressful shopping done online and way in advance so that when I do decide to venture out into the holiday crowds I can actually enjoy the festivities of the holiday season and not be totally stressed out about finding exactly what I am looking for. I don’t have to wait in long lines for stores to open up a 6am, I don’t have to physically fight other women for that last item on the shelf and best of all I don’t have to rush around shopping like a mad women! All I have to do is keep checking my mail for the packages that I have ordered, when they arrive I’ll wrap them and then I just wait till I can give them to my loved ones!
How far have you gotten on your holiday shopping? Do you prefer to start shopping prior to “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving) or do you wait to the very last minute? I know some people are firm believers that the best sales are on Christmas eve. Others think that if you simply just start shopping in advance you will get the best deals before the holiday madness. Where do you fall into the mix? How do you plan to get you holiday shopping done?
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Some family came to visit us this last week before the craziness of the holidays sets in. Nathan and I took them on a train ride to the Grand Canyon and had a blast. We were invited to attend the Grand Canyons “Sunset Limited” inaugural run awhile back and we had such a great time that we decided we should share the fun with others. We boarded the train at 10am and arrived at the canyon about 2 hours later. On the train we enjoyed snacks, drinks, live entertainment and the scenery. When we arrived at the canyon we got to enjoy the canyon, take pictures and shop.
We boarded the train at about 3pm enjoyed more snacks, drinks and entertainment and got off board about about 7pm. We got to see the wonderful holiday lights and festivities of “The Polar Express” train ride that was about to take off and it was a great way to get into the spirit of things right before the holidays. Grand Canyon Railway – The Official Site
I also had my first craft show of the holiday season this last weekend and it turned out pretty well! My Lifesaver Trains are still my biggest seller despite all the gift baskets and holiday decor I have added to my inventory throughout the last year. People are just now starting to realize that the holidays are literally just around the corner and sales are really rolling in. I am putting together some coffee/ chocolate themed gift sets and am also making up some Blooming Bulb Gifts for people to enjoy throughout the winter months.
Remember there is only about a month left till Christmas so get that shopping done ASAP! I hope you all are having a great week. Enjoy Thanksgiving and reach out to someone this week.
“To the world you are only one person, but don’t ever forget that to one person you are the world!”
Many people around me are sick of always hearing about the bad things in life. We are all just seeking good news and are longing to make a difference in the lives around us.
Do you believe that reaching out to one person can make a difference? I do! The kindness you extend to that one person could literally change their life. If your actions can help that one person maybe that one person will see how good it felt to be cared about and they will want to “pay it forward”. That is what I believe and want to happen. Don’t you see this concept could literally spread like wild fire? I am writing this blog entry because I am hoping others will agree with me and want to take part in spreading good will all year.
Their is so much we can do to “take care of people”. My partner and I are making care packages for soldiers right now (https://www.treatsfortroops.com). I am also knitting hats for them. I enjoy writing letters (that I send via snail mail) to my friends and family. I believe my letters are a great way to reach out and say “I still think and care about you” and they offer the “human connection” that so many people are longing for.
I read this essay today by a diner waitress. She has found a way that she can make a difference in the lives of her customers. You can read about it in her article: Peace Begins with One Person – “Can one act of friendliness start to generate peace? I believe it can. Peace begins with one person but spreads like warmed syrup.” -Ivory Harlow
I would love to know more about how others are making a difference.. Please feel free to post comments below about what you want to do, or already do that touches the lives of others..
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“Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the
moment it is an impossibility and you go through the
tortures of the damned.
Once you have met it and lived through it you find that
forever after you are freer than you were before.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt, humanitarian
I came across a great blog idea that is similar to “pictures say 1000 words”, Its called “Wordless Wednesday”. You just create a blog entry on that day with a photo (or many) that basically speak for themselves. Here is my contribution:
We are experimenting with different foods now that we have our weekly basket of fresh vegetables and fruits from the Flagstaff CSA. This week we got Arugula (which looks like spinach but tastes zestier), Mustard Greens (these greens really have the spicy mustard taste), yummy Pomegranate, some sweet potatoes, garlic, a salad mixture and some onions. We are really enjoying being a part of the local CSA. It’s nice to know where your food comes from and to be supporting our community farmers.
We learned this summer that some foods may seem weird but they are often very good. We were turned on to lemon cucumbers (they are juicy, great for snacking and yummier that regular cucumbers), we made pickles out
of these really strange spiky cucumbers and we love “cinnamon pickles” (they are cucumbers pickled with pear, cinnamon and some other good things and make for a sweet treat).
The challenge is finding recipes or ways to prepare the foods we have never had before. That was the case this week with the Arugula. I went online and searched for recipes and found a perfect one @ www.recipezarr.com. I didn’t want to reprint the recipe since it is not mine and I didn’t ask for permission to reprint it. If you are interested in trying the recipe visit here: For The Arugula & Chicken with Pasta Recipe.
I did however take pictures throughout the preparation to make your mouth water! The dish turned out really well and I recommend trying it if you have Arugula on hand! Now I just need to find a mustard greens recipe!
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help you create the fact.”
-William James, 19th Century psychologist
Ever had wax drip onto your carpet clothes or furniture? Today I had a red candle burning in the bedroom while I was off doing stuff in another room. I know, every candle says “do not burn unattended” and what do I do? I left it burning unattended and red wax dripped all the way down my dresser and into a big puddle on my carpet!
Lucky for me I know how to get wax out of material and I thought I would share it with you here!
After a wax disaster it is often best to allow the waxy mess to dry before you attempt to clean it up. If you try to wipe it up it will often smear and become more mashed into the material it has dripped on. On hard surfaces the wax will simply scrape off easier when dry and on material surfaces the wax can be ironed up after it drys.
Here is how to get wax off your carpet, furniture clothes or any other material surface:
Allow the wax mess to dry.
Get some old shirts, scrap cloth or paper towels.Get your iron plugged in and ready.
Place the cloth or paper towel over the dried wax mess.
Put the hot iron on top of the cloth and apply pressure as if you were ironing it.
As the wax heats up it will soak into/ bond to the cloth.
You will need to check the cloth constantly for signs that the wax is soaking through.
When you can see the wax soaking through the cloth you need to apply a new cloth. The more mess the more cloths you will need to remove it.
Be patient, keep changing cloths and ironing till all the mess is gone!