Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Answers & Hilton Apple Fest
Because I'm pretty sure I don't have enough to do at the moment, I've started revamping my Pine Tree Designs website. I received some junk mail from a company that offers easy-to-use software and hosting for the same price I'm paying per month right now. I've only gotten part-way through the home page. But that's why I've been lagging in posting the new pieces to my old site. Of course a nice goal to have would be to get the new site up and fully functional in time for these fall craft shows. But seeing as how the first one is a week from tomorrow - not gonna happen.
Speaking of craft shows, I'll be working for MJ, at the Hilton Apple Fest this weekend, both days, 10-5. It's her biggest show of the year, she says, so I know I'll be busy. We'll be in Booth #282 - stop by to say hello and see (and buy!) her beautiful painted glassware.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Craft Company No. 6
What was on my list yesterday was stopping at Urban Essentials, a new store on University Avenue. I'd seen it when driving to the Clothesline Art Show a couple of weeks ago. I thought it might be a place to approach about selling my stuff. It turned out to be less unique than I thought it would be. Small place, soup to nuts, nothing special.
That's when I decided there was no time like the present to visit Craft Company No. 6, just down the road. I am going to contact them about selling my framed art. I'm very nervous. But I have nothing to lose, so why not?
My very favorites pieces in the place are Sticks Furniture and Art Objects. They just blew me away.
They also had a collection of marquetry boxes that were all quilt patterns. I have a similar jewelry box that I bought eons ago at a craft show - and a pin too. They were fantastic too.
After Craft Company No. 6, I went to XpedX to buy a couple of reams of white cardstock. From craft store to paper warehouse. Yeah, I know. I almost hyperventilated.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I've had to forego the large wood card rack I've been using and go with several smaller wire racks. I knew this time would come - when Simon is no longer available to help Steve lug it around for me. His new job hours are 1:00-11:00 so I knew I could bully him into taking it to the venue for set-up but I had no idea how I was going to get the darn thing into Steve's vehicle at the end of the show since Simon would be working. The two of them kind of struggle with it so I know I'd be of no help. The good news is I have been given enough wire racks that I have an immediate alternative available. The really good news is I'll never have to hear Simon bitch about that heavy card rack again.
I took Friday afternoon off and have today off as well. In fact I'm meeting a former vendor from the Fairport gift store I was in, today at 11:30 to pick up two more card racks she's giving me. One is an acrylic tiered rack that should be perfect for my Adhesive Note Pads.
I didn't get as much crafting done this weekend as I would have liked but I did do a bunch of Pine Tree Designs related stuff. Dad and I worked on the aforementioned screen. I finished up a bunch of framed pieces and Steve and Reggi went with me out to Creative Presence so I could deliver them.
The non PTD stuff: grocery shopping and catching up on the week's mail and various paperwork.
I have next weekend as a three-day weekend with only a couple of obligations on Saturday so I should be able to get more work done. I'm sure I'll be fine but I bet everyone stresses before shows - do I have enough product available??
I'm thinking next year I might schedule every Monday in August and September as vacation days. I feel like I worked year round on new creations but I guess no matter what, there's always crunch time before shows.
Monday, September 11, 2006
"Good question," noted the Rabbi. "We save them up and send them back to the candle makers, and every now and then they send us a free box of candles."
"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in his obnoxious way:
"What about all these bread-wafer purchases? What do you do with the crumbs?"
"Ah, yes," replied the Rabbi, realising that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. "We collect them and send them back to the manufacturers, and every now and then they send us a free box of bread-wafers."
"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all Rabbi. "Well, Rabbi," he went on, "what do you do with all the leftover foreskins from the circumcisions you perform?"
"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the Rabbi. "What we do is save all the foreskins and send them to the Tax office, and about once a year they send us a complete dick."
Friday, September 08, 2006
Pretty much every design for cards or framed art piece will have matching adhesive notes available. These green ones are awaiting the Swarovski crystals in the center of the flowers - they should arrive today, I think. I have a good supply of the clear crystals, which are cool - they pick up whatever color paper they are paired with - but I also ordered them in 4 colors for these cards and note pads. I'm not normally a glitzy kind of girl but they add just the right amount of specialness to things, I think.
Back to Johnny Depp for a second - if you've seen any of the Pirate movies, be sure to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Bonus Material. It's all about the making of the movie - special effects, make-up, bloopers - the whole deal. We're in the middle of it now and it's excellent. (Mom - have you seen this? It's totally up your alley. If you haven't seen it, I'd be happy to drop it off. Wait - you have a DVD player, don't you? How come I can't remember??)
I'm taking this afternoon off - to craft - and get a break from work. After my massage. It's amazing how that hour washes the week off me. I don't like to fall asleep - why pay good money to sleep through a massage? - but I definitely go to my "happy place" - completely zoned out. It's a skill. Thank you.
The New York State sales tax audit began this week. The guy (and his trainee) are both very nice and easy to work with but man, is it involved. I found out how little I know about the big picture of our operation. I mean, I know my piece really well and I know other pieces kinda sorta, but not the details. I spent a moment feeling inadequate, then decided I can't know everything - we all have our own jobs we specialize in. So I'm getting the right people who know their own pieces involved.
It's quite different than I remember the previous audit years ago, even though I wasn't involved in that one. That person was with us for weeks - in and out - but weeks. This guy was here this week for 3 days, getting to know our operation. Next we'll communicate by email for a couple of months, he said, then he'll come back. It's been the same with our other audits. There used to be a big crunch to get everything they request done while they are with us. Now it's okay to email them the rest. I love that.
Meanwhile I feel like I haven't done diddly on my "real work" this week, so that's stressful. It's stressful watching the unanswered email pile up.
There's other work stuff going on but I'll spare you the details. Everyone is overworked and stressed - it's not just me.
But today is Friday. It's breakfast day at work. I'm working with another woman on repotting several of the lobby plants this morning. Our company is celebrating it's 35th anniversary this year and we're having a big open house, boot camp and family picnic later this month. So we thought we'd pitch in and help the building dude by sprucing up some of the plants with new pots and soil.
Massage. Crafting. Maybe pizza for dinner - maybe out for dinner, if Steve feels so inclined.
That's a good day.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
I Got the Blues
In the movie department, Steve and I have been whipping through the movies in the last few weeks. We are currently Netflix dvd-less, a first! We watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which I think concludes our Johnny Depp Film Festival for a while. Great movie. It was better than the second, though I enjoyed that one too. We also recently watched Ed Wood, a movie I had no interest in until I "discovered" Johnny Depp a few months ago. I guess it was good, not great. (Sorry, Mary!) I did love Edward Scissorhands as Mary promised I would! This is the first Tim Burton movie I've enjoyed, by the way - just not my thing usually. And I loved Finding Neverland too!
This weekend we also watched Ray, which was excellent. We also watched The Recruit recently because I wanted to see Colin Farrell in something else after seeing him in Miami Vice. It was enjoyable.
Our movie watching will taper off greatly once the new TV season starts. I told Steve we should think about which new series we want to watch because each year we don't start watching anything new because we don't want to watch any more television than we do. Then we start hearing good things about shows and start watching, having missed the first half dozen episodes. I think we're going to give Shark a try - and Studio 60 too, both pretty much based on the casts.
Whew! I'm "linked" out!