Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Crafty Business

Hello! This whole week has been absolutely freezing here in Illinois. The current temperature is -10 degrees (NOT including the windchill!). It's been snowing quite a lot as well and nearly 10 inches are covering the ground. I figure: If it's going to be cold, at least it should snow! I'm happy that I don't have to do much around here. It's much more pleasant looking out at the snow from a comfortable home than being anywhere else.

In other news, I've been making great strides with my business, Shoebox21 Designs. Since I'm officially starting it up again, I've been busy setting up a business account with my bank, promoting some of my items on other sites (i.e. Crobbies, ShopHandmade), and still working on my own site as well. It's coming along slowly but surely. I'm hoping that I'll have most of everything completed before school begins. I hope to list my designs on Etsy as well, but I'm a little hesitant since there's a listing fee (and unfortunately, money doesn't grow on trees).

Check out my online shops when you get the chance! Let me know what you think!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy (late) New Year

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and New Year! Luckily for me, though, I still have two more weeks until I have to go back to class. I've been spending my time off by relaxing with family and friends, as well as doing some sight seeing. Last week I visited the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. The weather was beautiful and I took some rather stunning photographs of pieces of blown glass that were integrated into the landscape and photos of the landscape itself. Aren't these Chihuly sculptures pretty?

Now I'm currently visiting family in Illinois. It's wonderful seeing my parents. My mom also loves to craft, so I'm sure that we'll be doing lots of it for the next two weeks!