Monday, August 29, 2011

Exciting News

A friend has hooked me up with a shop in Texas who has agreed to take some of my items to sell.  I have a good feeling about this and think this may open doors to other places.  I have been going through my items and those that aren't listed in either online shop I am taking to her.  I really don't know how much she wants so I am going with a lot and what she doesn't want I will bring home and list in my zibbet shop.  I am taking some of my business cards as well.  I figure it won't hurt and maybe someone who likes my stuff will place a custom order.
I just finished signing and laminating some photos that I am going to take too.  I need to decide how much to charge for them.  Hard to say really.  I know what it costs me and the time to a certain extent but, not sure I should use that formula to price them.  I will figure it out before Friday.
Plan on taking some of my cards.  I need to make some Fall cards.  Lots to do and think about before Friday.

More Rambling Thoughts

I am still working on my shop inventory.  I have discovered I have some items I have not put in either of my shops.  So, tomorrow will be spent shooting, tagging and listing them.  Some of them will look great with your new Fall wardrobe.  So check tomorrow to see what goodies I have listed.
As hot as it is here, it is hard to think about Fall being around the corner.  With temps of 113 and higher, all I want to wear are shorts and tees.  Of course in Louisiana, that could also be the case in the middle of Winter.  Well, maybe not the 113 temps, but definitely shorts and tees.  I have photos of my niece and nephews riding bikes Christmas day in shorts and tees.
I am hoping for a mild Winter.  It costs a small fortune to heat my house even with me keeping the thermostat at around 67.  I am hot nature so that is really not an issue.  I turn it even lower at night when I am sleeping.  I can't sleep if I am hot.
Heading to bed to read some.  I am reading How To Pray When You Don't Know What To Pray .  I think that is the title, if not I will correct it tomorrow.  It has some good thoughts but there are a few that has made me go "huh?".  I wish I could ask Bro. Wayne what he thinks about some of the ideas.  I love Bro. Bill, but I am not as comfortable asking him questions.  The couple of times I have asked, he really didn't have an answer.  I don't know if he didn't really understand my question or if I didn't understand his answer.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just In Time For Fall!

Charm Bracelet

Pretty In Pink Bracelet In My Shop

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inventory Oh Joy Joy!

I am slowly but surely going through each item I have made and listing  it on my inventory document and attaching a tag with item # and price to each item to correspond with info on the document.  I should have been doing this all along.  Then it wouldn't be such a pain.  I am doing this now because I am in hopes of putting some items in a shop in Texas (I live in Louisiana).  I also am still hoping my friend will come out and take some to sell when his group (The Southern Plainsmen) is on the road.  I know he is super busy trying to find 2 new singers. I need to nudge him again so he won't forget me.
It is still super hot and dry here even after the rain we had earlier in the week.  It could rain day and night for several days before the ground and lake would get enough.
I am working on the mini cards for Sampler's Market.  I want to finish them soon so I can concentrate on making some for my shop.
It's hard to believe this year is almost over.  This has been a stressful year for me in so many ways.  My nephew moved out and in with his girlfriend.  They had a baby boy on May 12th.  Layton Jordan weighed 10 #'s 8 oz.  And ofcourse I think he is beautiful.  I haven't got to see him lately and that saddens me.  I love babies.
Having my closest friend die has really been hard on me.  It still seems so unreal.  I keep expecting her to send me a funny e mail.  You know the kind that makes you laugh out loud even after you have send it on to someone else when you think about it.  Or have her call and say "Pay Attention!" which she would do when she was about to deliver some news or ask a question that she really needed me to answer.  We had so much fun as teenagers going to a movie or just running over to Natchitoches to eat at our favorite restaurant.  Back when we were both able to get around without any problem we would got to Chinese restaurant that this great waitress.  She knew us and even though she never wrote our orders down she always got them right.  Not many like her anymore.  That place is no longer a restaurant.  But, we found another one that we frequented a lot.  Mama, Effie, Evelyn and I went often until Mama could no longer get around.  After she died, the three of us went a few times.  I haven't been in a while.  John and I would go sometimes when we needed to get out of the house before he and Angie met.
The last few years have dealt me some pretty hard blows but God has been with me through it all.  I know that nothing that has happened is a surprise to Him  even though I scratch my head and try to make sense of some of it.  Guess when I get to Heaven it will all make sense and if not it won't matter anymore.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

More Ear Candy

More Ear Candy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More treats for your earlobes!

Your earlobes will love these earrings!

Fun Read

I just (last night) finished reading The Penny Tree by Holly Kennedy.  It is a fun read about Annie Hillman, a mom with 2 boys who is separated from her husband.  Someone takes out an ad in the local paper asking if anyone has seen this woman.  The story goes on telling how for 5 weeks there is a new ad every Monday.  The ad is placed on the front page and news reporters and other papers get involved.  Read the book to see who the mysterious ad placer is.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thank You Lord For The Rain!

It finally came a good rain after over a month of no rain.  It came too late to save my rose bush but, I am still thankful for every drop I got today.  The wind got pretty strong which always makes me nervous since the tornado back in April.

Liz's patio umbrella ended up in the pool and my neighbor's swing landed in her pool.  Nothing that serious for me.  I was afraid the trees that are leaning would come crashing down.  So far they are hanging on. 

New Earrings In My Zibbet Shop!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Check Out This Fun Shop

More Fun Earrings In My Zibbet Shop!

New Item In My Zibbet Shop!

Check out these fun new earrings.  Just in time for Labor Day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Intentions

I went to bed last night planning on getting up running this morning.  That is I was going to completely clean and organize my office.  Let me just say it didn't go like I planned.  I guess my AD was working over time because I kept getting distracted.  I have managed to throw somethings away and move some items into the spare bedroom.  I am glad I went in there because I found my grabber that I had been looking for since I don't know when.  I also have found evidence of mice.  Ugh!  Guess the dry weather is bringing everything in looking for water.
I can't remember the last time we had a good soaking rain.  My yard is dead and my beautiful yellow rose bush is fried.
Makes me want to cry.  I can't afford to replace it anytime soon.
Guess I will check a couple of things out then go work on my mini cards for the Swap Market.

New Item In My Zibbet Shop!

New Give Away

Never too early to win Christmas tags!  Good Luck!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Moving Slow

I have cut the paper for the mini cards.  Now, I need to fold them and decide what stamps or die cuts I want to use.  But, that will have to wait until later.  It is late and church in the morning.

New Item In My Zibbet Shop!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Spoke Too Soon!!!

The background is still not right.  The sound you hear is me banging my head on the desk!

Still Learning

My motto is "Learn something new everyday because when you stop learning you stop growing.  Well, learning how to put my own background has taken me several days and hours of trial and error.  I am still not 100% happy with it, but that will come in time I guess.  I just hope when I get ready to change the background I will remember a little of what I did.

I need to get busy on making the mini cards for sampler market. It shouldn't take me too long.  It is just a matter of sitting down and doing them.

It is so hot today.  My weather thing says it is 104.  That is not just hot but, HOT!!!   It acted like it was going to really come a good rain yesterday evening.  It rained hard for a few minutes then stopped.  Now, it is muggy.  Ugh!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


After not having a sale since July 2nd I got a sale for 2 items.  The buyer is a friend from my childhood.  I think we met in 3rd or 4th grade.  Anyway, I am just so happy to see that my shop is still getting sales.
I have been doing Climb to Fame and other events to get more likes.  But, I am stopping for now because FB has decided they don't like it and if they catch you, they will shut you down and in essence kill your business page.  So, I am back to working on getting fans other ways.
I have joined SamplerVillage and have agreed to send 25 mini Thanksgiving/Christmas themed mini cards for the give away.  I am not real sure how this works but, I will give it a go this time.  If it gets me sales good, if not, lesson learned and I will move on.
The weather is here is unbearably hot.  We went through a brief shower on the way to church last night.  Got to the church and there was no rain and when I got home there was no rain.  Everything has died and the yard crunches when you walk on it.
Praying for rain to refresh the land.  The lake level is dangerously low and considering it is the main source of drinking water in this area that is scary.  They are telling people not to waste water by washing vehicles or watering their yards.
Pray for rain.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Praying When You Don't Know What To Ask For

I have a dear friend who is dealing with breast cancer and chemo.  That is enough to test your faith and endurance.  But, even before the diagnosis of her cancer, her 8 year old little boy was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He had surgery, radiation and chemo.  After a long stretch of trips to Dallas Children Hospital he was pronounce "cancer free".  We gave him a huge "No Mo' Chemo Partaaaaaaayyyy".  Then at a routine MRI a new tumor was found.  He under went another surgery.  This time the tumor was too large for them to get it all.  He went back later for a gamma knife procedure which went well.  He was put in case study that DCH was working on.  His mom gave him the chemo by mouth every day.  He went back for an MRI.  The results were devastating.  The MRI showed 3 new tumors.  The chemo is not working and the doctors told her to stop giving it to him.  They told her they didn't know what more they could do for him.  But, they put in a call to St. Jude's.
St. Jude's as a study they are doing.  They have no documents or anything to go by.  They can't tell the family what the drug might do to him good or bad.  The family had earlier decided to try some "Natural Remedies".  Now, they are back to second guessing what they should do.  People can say "Well, if it was me or my kid, I would. . ."  But, bottom line is NO YOU DON'T KNOW!  Until it is your child, you can't answer that question!  And I pray you never have to answer that question.
We had special prayer for them at church this morning.  What can you pray in a situation like this?  I pray for peace in their hearts what ever decision they make.  I know they are seeking God's guidance in this and I pray they will let people who love them support them whatever decision they make.
This morning was the first time I witnessed the little boy actually break down and sob.  I grabbed him and held him tight.  I didn't want to let go and I am not related to him other than through Jesus' shed blood.  I have told his mom to call me 1 or 1 meaning AM or PM.  Until today I had never said that to him.  I hope they know I mean it.

Confused and Frustrated!!!

I have been trying for days to "customize" my blog with my own background.  I am doing what the video says and get an "error" code every time.  So frustrating!  But, what is weird is that while in chat last night, two different people came and looked at my blog and told me it has a blue background with raindrops.  What makes it weird is all I see is a plain white background.  If you read this, please leave me a comment as to what YOU see!  Thanks.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Love this choker!

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Bracelet!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Check out this fun new bracelet!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Item In My Zibbet Shop!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gaing FB Fans

I have been playing Toot your own Horn and Climb to Fame on FB to gain more fans.  I have gotten over 100 i just 3 days, 3 hours in total.  All you have to do is sign in on your personal account and post your FB fan pages name.  Mine is @LilPenny's Jewelry & Art Box.
Then you like everyone who posts their fan page name.  It is a great way to get noticed by a lot of new people.  Check it out.  If we get enough new people we will play again tonight.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back To School Coupon

Use Back2School50 to get a whopping 50% off everything in my etsy shop!  Hurry before your favorite items are gone.  Many OOAK items.