Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tiny blog hiatus

My Facebook splash page!

It's been a while! This is probably one of the longest times I've gone without posting anything on my blog... and I have to admit its kind of a bummer, because I miss you guys! Unfortunately, I'm going to have to go on a mini blogging hiatus; my target date will be a return on March 19, 2011. You guys know I'm swamped, so I'll spare you the details. I will still be active on my facebook, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep my shop open during this time (I need the $$$!) It's just that blogging requires a little something more :) Please take a mini vacation with me until then... and if you get lonely hop on over to my FB! I promise that when I come back, I will be doing a really fun giveaway as a reward, and I'll probably have a tutorial or two available as a reward for your patience! Until then, have a happy end of February/ beginning of March!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I know Valentine's Day is over (or almost over) for most everybody, but here's my belated present to you! A new wallpaper featuring my newest animal design... little raccoons! Go to flickr or photobucket to download for free, and enjoy my loves!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Square credit card reader

Speaking of ipods....Although I haven't tried to sell my berrysprite stuff at any other venue besides etsy, I would really like to sell at craft fairs someday. Accepting credit cards is a big issue for sellers; if you don't accept credit cards, often you miss out on a lot of sales. However, if you do accept credit cards, sometimes it's hard to get a reliable card reader, and you may end up in a worst case scenario where you have to phone in every credit transaction. The horror!

Luckily I found out about Square...If you guys have an ipod touch or an iphone and you do a lot of craft fairs, I would highly recommend you looking into this little credit card reader! The company and card reader were featured in Time Magazine last year as one of the 50 best inventions of 2010, and I just recently got my own. I know that many people use propay or other credit card services for their crafty businesses, but I was really attracted to Square because: 1. the card reader is free, 2. there is no monthly plan/ charges, no setup fee, no contract and no hidden fees. 3. I have an ipod touch!!!

I found it easy to sign up on their website, and I got my card reader in about 2 weeks. Although I haven't done a test run yet, from the reviews I've read it seems to work spot on all the time! If you are interested in a Square, I would recommend that you also look into wireless internet service for your ipod/ipod touch... that way you can be sure you always have the ability to take credit cards!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Teal Bearpod Cozy

For those of you who have been following my progress on my thesis (I know there are like one or two of you!) This weekend I worked on my citations for Chapters 1-4 and I should be able to edit and send them to my adviser by the end of the week... Huzzazles!

In the meantime, I've been working on things in waves because I've been so busy... I've found that it's much easier to make things en masse, particularly because whenever I make anything I have to get all my supplies together and I generally make a big mess (so there's nothing like making only one type of big mess!) Anyway, I made a BUNCH of ipod cozies the other week and I've been slowly putting them into my shop... many of them are already sold out (sorry for the late notice!) I've featured them on my blog before but I wanted to do it again because I'm debuting this new color.... teal green (he's not quite finished yet though)! Usually, I make these cozies out of pastel cottons, but I saw this teal and knew it would make an awesome cozy. Pics of the teal one to my FB later this week!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Messy apartment... always!

In my imaginary house, everything is nicely put away and organized, just like I see in lovely magazines and on the blogs of other crafty people. However, this is how most of my things are organized in real life(i.e., they are not organized at all!) As for my closet... is it surprising that it's full of more yarn/ fabric than actual clothes? I'm too embarrassed to show you guys under my bed and in the trunk of my car, so this is all you get to see for now! Someday, I'll have a huge room all to myself, and all my crafty goodness will be well organized but for now this is it.

I see a belt, pouches, thread, a plate, ribbon, tape and lace!

Side note: I'm going to be kinda quiet this weekend/ week; I'm finishing up Chapters 1-4 of my thesis to send to my advisor.... she WILL get it by the end of the week! (Still got Chapter 5, Intro, Conclusion and Bibliography left).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!

Narcissus flowers... they smell so good!

Chinese New Year falls on February 3rd this year, so this weekend there were festivities in Chinatown! Usually, the city closes down a few streets and there are demonstrations and mini parades of Chinese Lions... Unfortunately we missed the lion dances! Luckily, many malls in Hawai`i do Lion Dances throughout the month of Chinese New Year, so we'll probably have the chance to feed the lion money and get good luck for the rest of the year!

It seemed a little less busy this year but maybe that was because we went at an off hour. It was alright though, because at the Cultural Plaza there were lots of food stalls and vendors, including this little tent which was selling glass charms. All in all it was loads of fun!

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