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Wysiwigs.etsy.com - Interesting & Unusual Gifts (hold the weird, please)
There are a gazillion sellers on the Internet, have you noticed that? Maybe you're wondering why I chose to add to the problem - I'm afraid I couldn't help it. My creative monster is officially out of the closet (see explanation by way of a rambling monologue below).
It's nice to be able to buy handmade touches to put in your home or give for a gift; it's awfully hard to find them though. I'd rather have a root canal than go to the mall. I'm tired of stores that hire bubbleheaded individuals that know nothing about the things in the store, and really don't care either. Why should they? It's not THEIR stuff. I like trying to find that special and unique something to give as a gift to be cherished - who wants to get 5 of the same item in as many colors for a shower gift? On the other hand, there are some mighty strange things out there when you try to find something that's a little different.
I've found a wonderful site to set up my shop - Etsy - it's a special place for "all things handmade". One of the best things about Etsy; you're buying directly from the person that made it (and you'd better believe WE care!) Wysiwigs, pronounced "whizzywigs" is an acronym and stands for, "What you see is what I've got :o) <-- smile" and was a good fit for me AND my shop. With my creativity now unleashed and pinging all over everywhere, I think I have covered nearly all the bases as far as occasions and individuals (wedding, baby shower, birthdays, home decor, housewarming, old, young, holidays, and just because - that one's my favorite! :o)
As I have all but created myself into a corner on my mad benders, I hope you'll come visit me at my shop. I haven't found a way to curb my creativity yet, but I did find a wonderful group of women known as "FAM" - Fabulous Artistic Moms, who are similarly afflicted. I am signing off here and going to publish this page, which I have hopefully done correctly (and do I know? Nope.) I have added a technological disclaimer below, in the event that perusing this lens causes a headache...
I need to go and be a grownup now, so I'm going to try to focus here by reciting my daily litany:
I will not start another piece
I will not start another piece
I will not start -
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh I just had the BEST idea...
Perhaps a Word of Caution Here
DISCLAIMER - Click at Your Own Risk (Techno-Twit is at it again)
There is life after dial up, but it sure isn't the same. Opening and maintaining an online shop caused us to rethink our internet connection. Until I joined Etsy, I didn't do much with the net other than check my email every day and there was time to go have lunch as I waited for it to load. It took far too long attempting to set up a shop, and I do not wait worth a flip (of course it could also be the 9 million other things glaring at me from my "ToDo List" that played a part). The transition from dial up to high speed was supposed to be easy (oh wait, it was :o) The problem was me; technologically I was still puttering away on a 2hp motorscooter and heading straight up the on ramp to the Audubon...
I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing here, maybe I should just go ahead and say that now. I don't mean I landed on Squidoo by accident; that's deliberate. What I mean is, just about the time I feel like I have a pretty good handle on things technologically speaking, I hit a key and POOF! Everything I've typed is now in Japanese. Hmmm. Or maybe it's, hit the little x right up there in the corner you click to close only to find it meant delete this time. Well now, wasn't that just special? and so what if you actually remembered to save it sister...it's GONE! Aside from the jargon which is everywhere, are the options; yes I know I need to promote my shop but WHERE? How? I'll never figure it all out; best to take the Nike approach and "Just do it"...
So bear with me and be patient - I'm working on it. We've learned so many new things over the past couple of months, important things like dashboards exist in a number of other places besides the inside of your car; it is not necessary to say "excuse me" after you blog; threads are for more than sewing; there are nice people left on this planet; Google is a verb; and hey, I don't even ask "for what?" anymore when hearing the word for-um.
UPDATE: Somewhere in the month of June, I lost my tiny mind. How, you ask? I decided to build a website for our pending non-profit. Now I'm sure someone will ask how on earth I knew how to build a website (to which I would reply, "I didn't".) I am, however, learning how to accomplish this daunting task - one repentable word at a time...
Curious? It's at EpicFarms.com
Editor's Note: The site is under construction; I'm up to 20 or so pages - I think - but I fear that the disclaimer and construction notes will remain plastered on the home page until somewhere around doomsday (whereupon it won't exactly matter then, will it? :o)
Where Else Am I Again? - or - HELP! I'm all over everywhere!!
- Come and Visit My Etsy Shop :o)
Please visit my shop on Etsy for an eclectic selection of items available for purchase. Make your next gift purchase a wonderful and truly unique (but not scary :o) surprise! ~~Wysiwigs stands for: "What you see is what I've got :o)"
I don't really know WHAT I'm doing on here...other than it seemed a good idea at the time (temporary insanity perhaps?)
- Epic Farms (our 501c3)
Look ~ I have now gone completely over the edge and done an entire website! I'm still working on it, but this is our private operating foundation. Any revenue from this lens and most of what is earned on Etsy goes here... Welcome to Epic Farms where
- Visit our Equine Etsy Shop
For more unique (without the scary, of course :o) gifts that are all horse related. 100% of the sales proceeds are donated back to the farm in support of the equine residents - pretty cool huh?
- MY HORSE BLOG: Equine Epiphanies...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Post: Sensitivity Training [Yours] It is a constant source of amazement to me how much horses can be like people. Rina is what you would call "tender headed" (if she were a person); she is quick to complain if I pull too hard o
OR- Jen's Creative ADHD Monster Is OUT!
My creative monster is officially out of the closet. It wasn't my fault, well not really. In a manner of speaking, the blame rests entirely on the fact that I've had cancer. You see I was an art major in high school - pencil sketches were "my thing". Of course such things were only for fun and not a responsible choice for a career (starving artists and all that). So when I became a responsible grownup, I closed the door on my creative self, and although I've done some crafting over the years it was completely under control.
I'm sure you noticed the tense there; was, as in past, as in not anymore. I work in a school system. Generally this allows some time during the summer to learn something new which was then used for gifts (my justification, if you will). Over the years, I've learned to crochet, make candles, do calligraphy, make jewelry, scrapbook, and make candy, among other things. Everything was going well, right up until last year.
I had reconstructive surgery last summer. Being fairly young at diagnosis (40) and active, I opted for reconstructive microsurgery using straight tissue (so I could keep my muscles where they belonged, thank you very much). The only downside to this decision was a much longer recovery time, which meant I would definitely need something to do...
I had seen some craft pages dedicated to the art of teabag folding a.k.a. kaleidoscope origami and was intrigued. This seemed an excellent way to pass the time during my recovery and would mesh well with my other crafts as gifts so I decided to give it a try. The closest I can come to a coherent explanation (and specific details remain unclear to this day) would be to offer a kind of analogy - I cracked the door to the closet holding my creative monster, just a little. The results were most unexpected; the door blew completely off the hinges, squashed me flat, and now my creative monster is on the loose.
I am still me (I think), but now I find myself possessed by creative benders that trigger a whirlwind of activity in a kind of mad scientist mode where I run around muttering to myself incessantly. I don't understand what happened, not really (it was kind of sudden) but I am now constantly overwhelmed with the need to create things, all OVER the place. I've started sketching again, and I was scared when I started. It had been so long, what if I lost it? What if I just couldn't do it anymore? But cancer has made me realize that life can be much shorter than we expect, so don't waste any of it - ever. So here I am, my creative monster running amok, "masterpieces" all but piled to the ceiling - and knowing that if I create anything else we're going to have to MOVE :o)
UPDATE: As of September 2008 I have officially proven my hypothesis regarding the existance of AADHD (Artistic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by adding watercolor painting to my repertory. Why? I really couldn't say, actually. Well, except that it was something I always wanted to try. Kind of like Pysanka; I always thought that was so cool. Hmmm, I do have some eggs in the refrigerator I wonder how hard that would be to do...
Some of my favorite places to be...
- CHECK OUT DONNA DAVID'S AWESOME ARTWORK!
Donna's unique textures and gorgeous metallic tones make her paintings truly stand out in a crowd. As soon as I can swing it, I'm having one, or two...
- ANNIE HOWE'S KEEPSAKES
Fabulous scrabble pendants, photo charms, mini albums and more. Annie's shop is definitely worth a visit :o)
- SHOP FOR GORGEOUS HANDMADE JEWELRY WITH LITTLE STUDIO JEWELS
Meghann generously donated her proceeds for the month of December 2008 to our Not-for-Profit Foundation, Epic Farms, Inc. and has opted to continue donating to us. Her site features some wonderfully unique jewelery and awesome photographic art. Check
- SHOP FOR HANDMADE SOAPS AT BROOKS EARTH FARM
Absolutely scrumptious soaps; and yes, I have some (how do you think I knew they were so good?? :o)
A huge collection of shops, shopkeepers, and shoppers; which - being a girl and all - I just LOVE :o)