Friday, September 25, 2009

Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown

So... Yesterday didn't quite turn out as planned. At 11:00, my garage door opened (and scared me to death) and in walked DH.

He said he'd been feeling better until he walked into the climate controlled building at work -- he instantly started coughing and getting congested again, so he came home. It's a shame buildings only do recycled air any more and don't have windows you can actually open for some fresh stuff. I think that's what helped DD and I stay healthy. The weather here has been gorgeous during the day, in the mid-70s, so I opened every single window in the house all day, every day. Flush out those germies!!

In any case, it was the first in a long list of things that didn't go as planned, and I am a creature of habit so it made for a very stressful day for me. Ah well, them's the breaks!


DD and I are trying to think of a name for her new business so I can get it set up online. I've decided NOT to use Etsy (their fees are a little steep for a kid's shop - .20 to list each item and 3.5% commission on every item sold PLUS they unlist your item if it doesn't sell after a certain amount of time and you have to pay the listing fee to put it back up again. On a $2.00 item, this pretty much kills the profit), and am most likely going with an online place called Artfire. I like how it looks (very professional), and the fees are far more reasonable, IMHO. There are NO fees if you only have 12 items listed, and it's a flat fee of $12/mo otherwise). Also, they allow you to link to blogs, twitter, etc., where Etsy does not. AND, you can even sell ad space on your page via Project Wonderful and keep the revenue. I just really think it's a far better deal.

Sorry to go on and on, but you can tell I was really excited to find Artfire when I was so unhappy about Etsy's fees, lol.

Anyway, the point is we're trying to think of a shop name and would love input. It may not end up being ONLY beading -- she's already thinking of other stuff she could create and sell, so we don't want it to say "Beading" or "Beads" or whatever.

She thought of "Imagination Creations" but it doesn't *quite* sound right.

Anyone have any ideas?


Isn't it amazing how you can pop right out of bed when you're worried about something? The last few mornings, I've had to drag my rear out of bed, but this a.m.? I woke up and realized the cat wasn't bothering me to feed her... all I could picture was the cat lying dead somewhere so I leaped up and started looking.

I found her, locked into a room she'd gone in last night and then fallen asleep. What surprised me most, though, was that she wasn't crying, just sitting patiently at the door until I let her out. She's a VERY vocal cat, so that was just plain odd. Of course, the moment I opened the door, she started giving me the business all the way down to the kitchen until I fed her! *G*


We whacked down the milkweed yesterday -- the seedpods were starting to open, and I just don't need any more plants there. Unfortunately, there were still some Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars eating, so we relocated them down the street where there was more milkweed growing in the wild. I really love those pillars -- so fuzzy and cute (photo from


Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? Here our plans are sealing the driveway and chopping wood by hand (DH has apparently opted out of getting a wood-splitter).



Maria Zannini said...

Oh how cool! A real business!

Hard to think of names not knowing exactly what DD plans to sell, but... off the top of my head there's:

Imagine Nation
Fancy That
Basket Case
Distinctively DD

Good luck!

jmberrygirl said...

Great that you're helping DD with this venture! She's going to learn so much! I like the idea Maria Zannini suggested, "Fancy That." My weekend plans include a writing workshop at noon tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

OH how exciting for DD! Love hearing about creative kids and it's great you found that other site. Hope you will give us the link since Im always for cute stuff!

Hmmm tons of laundry, have to go to laundromat, another fun adventure. I have my parents' dog for the weekend so up to 3 dogs and 2 cats 1 tortoise lol all girls lol. Other than that just want to get in some reading!

Brandy said...

I like imagination something, but maybe ImagaineThat! or KidKraft ? I'm sure she's going to love running her own business. And Artfire sounds like a perfect fit!
Sorry to hear your hubs is still sick.

I hope y'all have a good day!

Dru said...

I like Maria's suggestion of "Fancy That".

No plans for the weekend...oh wait, perhaps I'll go into the city and pick up some fabric to finish my quilt project.

Tori Lennox said...

That pillar looks like a mutant dog! LOL!