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1/26/2013: Frustration    Saturday, January 26, 2013

I spent the entire day yesterday working on the website I started on 1&1. I finally got all the photos, descriptions, and prices loaded on the sales page. Then I went on to the settings for the online store and that's when I found there was no inventory control integrated in the software! I called the help line and asked what people do if they sell a one-of-a-kind item and he said, "Well, I guess you would have to go on the site really quick and manually delete the item." Grrrrrrr! I have to admit, this isn't something I thought of checking beforehand.

1/20/2013: Treasures!    Saturday, January 26, 2013

We all have treasures in our lives. People we love. Beloved items from our childhood. For me, some of the most treasured items I have belonged to those I have loved in my life. I lost my mom 9 years ago on 1/24/2004. She is never far from my thoughts, but this time of year always makes me yearn to pick up the phone and talk to her or run to WV for a much needed Mom hug. My mom was the kindest woman I have ever known. She would, quite literally, give you the shirt off her back. As with every mother-daughter relationship, ours was sometimes testy.

1/18/2013: Good Morning!    Saturday, January 26, 2013

I received my photography "studio in a box" yesterday. I have it set up in the spare bedroom, away from the glare of the morning sun in my studio. I haven't received the props yet...the "shoulder boards" for the necklaces, so I'm practicing taking photos of some vintage pottery pieces I have picked up along the way. I am a sucker for old things. Things that have been loved by others and find their way into my hands makes me wonder whose hands held them originally. Were they gifts from an admirer or a school child eager to honor her mom on her birthday?

1/17/2013: Coffee!    Saturday, January 26, 2013

There is a group of ladies who have met for coffee for the last 20+ years...every Thursday morning...same little coffee house. They started meeting as friends with children the same ages, and even though the coffee house has changed owners at least three times, and their children have just about all left home for college or travels or jobs or marriage, these wonderful women continue to meet every week to share and laugh and support each other. I was truly blessed back in 2002 when I had my little needlework shop and would stop in for a coffee a couple times per week.

1/16/2013: Another Order!    Saturday, January 26, 2013

I have been polishing the website, moved the blog, ordered more supplies, and I'm learning about my new camera. I was so excited yesterday when I got another enthusiastic response and an order for two necklaces! It is very satisfying to know people like my work and I am even more encouraged that I can make a go of this latest endeavor.

1/15/2013: Deep Freeze!    Saturday, January 26, 2013

When I first wake up, I have a peek at the news and weather on my iPad. It's my "first cup of coffee". So imagine my dismay when AccuWeather said the temperature is -23 out there. Twenty-three degrees BELOW zero! Ok, I know it's January and I know it's the Rockies, but can someone please tell me why Mr. Virgo and I are not on a beach somewhere in Mexico? This is always the time of year when I wish I was anywhere but here. It's dark and cold and miserable. Mr. Virgo keeps telling me my dissatisfaction with winter is created by my state of mind.

1/14/2013: Online Selling Platforms    Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ahhhhh, what to choose? Selling on my own website is clean, but how do you get out there without spending money on advertising? You can set up a store on your Facebook page, but I can't figure out if I have to set it up on my personal page or if I can set it up on my business page. Every time I try to connect to the Ecwid app, it wants to redirect me to my personal page. there are so many options for selling online, it's mind boggling. I've reactivated my PayPal account, so that part is out of the way.

1/12/2013: Website    Saturday, January 26, 2013

I worked all day creating a website. I have a 30 day free trial so it's worth looking at. There are many venues in which one can make their presence known on the Internet. I already have a Facebook page and this blog. I also have a place mark on Etsy so I can get a store going there if I want. And now I see it is possible to put a shopping card on your FB page and sell there. Different pricing structures. Fees for this and that. Who's to know? I Googled and hundreds of thousands of results popped up. My computer froze and I had to reboot. What's a girl to do?

1/6/2013: Senioritis    Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mr. Virgo and I have "senioritis". We're in between the work-a-day world of earning and the retirement years of enjoying the fruits of our labor. It's worse than high school! At this age, you want to just go outside and play. You want to have milk and cookies and a nice nap. Mr. Virgo has a coupled of years on me and he works long, stressful hours so he is more than ready for the change. that is one of the reasons I've changed my course. I'd like tot pave the way and create something we can do together that would be lucrative.

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