Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winds are HOWLING .......

The howling winds of today, January 16th, has presented itself, as many days do, as a multi-faceted gem.  Flashing from one facet to another depending on the light that bounces off from it.  Coming from a gem, that would be cool, but coming from a day, that I am trying to stay focused.... equals NUTS!  Yup, today is crazy nuts, at least for me.

  It started out with my presence on FaceBook... answering, responding, sharing... then to a project of research for current prices of Essential Oils and Amber Vials to hold them.  This project has been an on going effort that gets interrupted and way laid constantly.  I really need a computer that I can take out to the quiet of my studio, where I can keep the lights down low, and hide in a shadowed corner, where no one will know where I am.

  So far today I have been deep in my research, then jerked up with a visitor, come early to our little shop.  We jump for customers, and did so today, but even with our quick efforts, we couldn't get into view of the potential customer, and drove out as we stood in the drive way trying to get their attention.  We dejectedly walked back into the house.  I tried to get back onto my task, when an incoming call pulled my attention.
  It's cold in this corner of the house, far away from the radiant wood stove.  My right hand is numb... I call it mouse hand, and this time of year I get 'Mouse Hand' every day.  I need a heated mouse!  I know they are out there, I just have to find one.  Any suggestions?

  OK so here I sit, writing this Blog, when I should be working on my Essential Oil research.  Where did that come in?  Well the mail came and we got a card from the Township folks that are trying to promote the small businesses in the Township.  What a fabulous and pro active idea! Jerry (hubby) checked their brand new site =
  I personally applaud this sort of action, and it comes welcomed and none too soon in my book. On this site it leads folks here to our Blogspot, not our web page, facebook page, or Etsy Shop.  Thinking this is the case, I needed to update my Blog!  Thus another distraction from my focus track for the day...
  So I leave you with this info and jump back to my original intent for this snowy, windy, blustery day, here in the Jordan River Valley.  Thanks for your visit here.  Follow me if you've a mind to, or comment.  I love comments.  Yup another distraction, but a very much welcomed one.  Peace Be  Linda  ~❤~

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I am Closing my Art Fire Shop....

It has taken me 4 years to test the waters of Art Fire.  With a positive increase in sales in my Etsy shop and a dismal performance on Art Fire for 2012, it all adds up to putting my efforts where the sales are.  So as of January 26, 2013 my presence on Art Fire will downgrad to 'patron'
  Yes, it is sad to let my little shop go there.  The Art Fire staff are good people, always striving to make the site better and more attractive.  Four years is a long time to see enough sales to warrant the monthly fee.  
  It's not like I haven't tried in my promotions and encouragement to people to shop there.  Maybe it's the Amazon payment required at check out, but they recently added Paypal last year and that didn't help either.  
  So I will be putting all my efforts into my Etsy shop and begin to look for another venue to rest my sign board.  If anyone reading this blog has any recommendations, I'd appreciate hearing about them. 
  Right now if you want to see what I have left in my Art Fire Shop head on over there and take a peek.  I am offering a 25% OFF discount on all my earrings.  Soon they will appear in my Etsy Shop at regular pricing.  So now is a good time to take advantage of buying gifts for yourself or future birthdays of friends and family.  
                 (The above sterling earrings are currently offered for $30.00... regularly priced at $40.00)
                                               Click here to take a last look at my Art Fire Shop

  If you really want to stay connected with me daily, then you need to 'Like' my fan page on Face Book.  I post there every morning about the goings on at our Jordan Valley Studio, our little Brick and Mortar ~ Sacred Sparks, and of course Homestead Happenings.  where ~ " It's ALWAYS something!"   Click here to Click here to go to my Face Book Page

I'll see you soon somewhere. Give me a shout and we can connect.  Be back soon.... Linda