Friday, December 26, 2008

How many HATS in 2008? You be the judge ...

As we near the end of 2008, I equate my successes by the number of hats I have worn during the year. To do this, I, as did Susan – the heroine in Snakes in Paha Sapa – will perform an annual reflection of the previous year’s events. This year is no different in that regard, however, I now have an avenue in which to reflect my ramblings and acquisitions to the whole cyberspace world —> my blog.

I’m not a blog-master by any stretch of the imagination, nevertheless, I am getting the hang of it one click at a time. I count that as one of my accomplishments of 2008. I think I will enjoy the creative expression that will come with having a blog, if only I remember I have one. My memory isn’t what it used to be. That’s why I’m counting on all of you to remind me by regularly posting comments. Why just last week I was combing my house from top to bottom looking for something I’d received in the mail but forgot where I stashed it, only to discover halfway through my search I couldn’t remember what it was I was looking for. Oh well, I did find it eventually but in the most peculiar place. Onto counting my hats ...

With my creative hat this past year, *deep breath* ... I made a thousand or so polymer clay beads, hundreds of cell phone charms, many ceiling fan/lamp pulls, several beaded pens, a handful of stitch markers, couple of lopsided polymer clay canes, a few bookmarks, two heart key rings, and a beaded letter opener with beads made by me. I was the artistic visionary, shipping and receiving department, supply scout, accounting estimator, inventory control, listing agent, and the marketing director. I currently have nearly 700 items listed out there somewhere – the 209 Swarovski crystal listings alone made my fingers bleed!

One of my goals was to join with the greatest Etsy’s PC Street Team, so I put my best foot forward and was accepted into the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of (PCAGOE) group. I continue to have a wonderful group of friends with Laughing Muse Jewelry Artisans (LMJA) on Etsy, and Tranquil Beading Oasis (TBO) on eBay.

As for my “day” job, I managed to work a semi-full flying working schedule as a Flight Attendant. Then along with day-trading once or twice a week, I continue to write my novels and create new passionate storylines. This next year I will focus on writing (perhaps even publishing) my first non-fiction book to add to my previous titles.

I’ve had a couple of medical mishaps this year, very different from years gone by. I’ve never really had any major health issues in my life which makes this year a red-letter date in my history book. 2009 will be the continuation of what I’ve learned about keeping myself outta the doctor’s view. No New Year’s resolution here, as I was not going to wait until 2009 to begin my education on recovery.

The dogs got groomed by me many more times than they would have liked, not to mention, my taxi service for the many trips to the Vet. I hired a contractor to remodel the front half of my house, leaving the back half to annoy me next year. I stepped up my recycling efforts and purchased an additional kitchen trash can just for those items. And ... I put my supervisor cap on and made Doug (the boyfriend of 16 years) take them to the recycling center.

I’ve made many new friends this year, reacquainted myself with past acquaintances, and have cherished every minute with those friends who are steadfast in my everyday life.

I’ve worn many hats this year, and done many things, I’m just not sure I was successful at any of them. My house needs dusting ... can anyone help me out there? :)

Cyndie ... wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2009 with many hats of your own!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone!
Have a wonderful day full of smiles and surprises!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Here is my current Treasury!

Currently #2 on page 1 of hotness...

I'm featured in this blog...

Good Morning everyone! I had to actually turn on the heater here in L.A. today. We may just get a frosty Christmas for tomorrow. :)

I got a very nice email from Debbie at Craftymoose on Etsy telling me that I am featured in her blog. There are so many great shops that came before me featured here too. When you get a moment, please check them and her shop out. Thank you to her for her nice words, and everyone have a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Here it is December 13th 2008 already!

Good Morning everyone!

I'm spending the day playing catch up, reading emails and making notes/lists for future promotions and such. I can't believe how time is flying by. Soon, it will be time for the Valentine's Day rush. :)

I wanted to let you know of my recent review feature from my PCAGOE Clay group's newsletter on Etsy. It was an honor to be recognized.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful time this holiday season, and may you receive your heart's desire gift. Be passionate about your goals, and you can achieve anything. I'm living proof of that.

Happy Holidays! Cyndie

Monday, December 8, 2008

Etsy Treasurys

I am promoting other Etsy sellers here in my latest Etsy Treasury. The one on the left made it to Page 3 of hotness...

Here are a few other treasurys I've designed for other Etsy sellers.
The cute critter Just Hangin' ornaments made it to Page 1 of hotness...

I have two items in the Show Me treasury that was from my LMJA group.