Saturday, July 4, 2009

Your Comments on My Etsy Blog

Hi Terri and Amanda
I just wanted to say thank you for both adding to this. I feel the same way about it...I don't feel the need to bad mouth ANYONE. Takes too much energy...and your right Terri...I shouldn't have read that
I would love to hear other perspectives as well...and hey...if you all want to add a photo of something you have up in your shops to this blog...PLEASE DO!! I would love to be able to share with others all the wonderful things people are making these days!!
Thanks again...keep those comments coming everyone...and hey...
go and do what you love....

Friday, July 3, 2009

Etsy...or Not to Etsy...that is the question.

Ok...I have been having quite the dilemma...I have my new store on Etsy...and I love Etsy...we have had another store on Etsy for just about a year now...and I have always enjoyed it...I love making and creating....brainstorming...the whole thing.

So now with the new Etsy store that I started on June 18... I have been doing the whole forum chat thing on not just Etsy but a few others that I have found...and I enjoy. get the picture. There are a few others that I really like as well. So doing that to get the name of the store out there...and then doing the whole Twitter thing...and yes...added it to my today, I went into the usual Etsy forums and there is a thread that says something about..."Have you all seen this scathing article about Etsy??" So I admit...I read it. I typically don't get into the whole...which is better thing....who is better...blah blah blah. But today...I broke down...I read the stupid article. Don't get me wrong...the person who wrote it seemed very intelligent...the article itself was was...well it was well written...but mean spirited. THAT IS MY OPINION....ok...please don't send me email or blog that I am out of line to say that. She had her I have mine...ok...enough said.


So here is the point...ya...I have one...this reporter...writer...whatever....she actually made me second guess myself. I am a Libra....this isn't good! I can't be second guessing myself.... I have enough issues with second guessing myself throughout the day, like, which shorts to down...Twitter first...or do Facebook you can see...I have enough to ponder...let alone some nitwit writing about something she was very onesided on and letting it actually effect me.

Here is what I would like from all of you readers....which do you prefer?? Etsy, Artfire, ShopHandmade, or 1000 stores? Or is there more that I don't know of yet. Andddd is it better to have your own website...and an online venue such as mentioned above....or just the venue...or the website??? I want to see what the differences are....No I do not plan on leaving Etsy....I really like it the site...the people....the buyers....the sellers...but what is there that people seem to think they are missing? Why all the drama?

I think this reminds me of when my girls were small...."she got the bigger piece"...or the "hers is better" line. Anyone know what I mean? Why can't everyone just get along....we aren't (we =Etsians) bad mouthing other sites...that I know of...and I am not bashing or bad mouthing any of the others mentioned...please don't mis-understand...I just want to know...why all the hullaballooo???

Ok...enough now...go and do what you love...

Twilight series

Hi, my name is Taylor. I am Christine's youngest daughter and I am going to be blogging for her today. It's my turn to blog today because mom is out in the living room making a new necklace...pretty cool...she came up with a new idea. This one has a light rosey colored stone with those little seed beads. It looks cool is sure to knock your socks off!!!
SO, I am going to be blogging about the Twilight series. I want to start off with one thing, that is this...I think that these books are great and I can honestly say that I have read each of the books in the Twilight series about six times because I love them so much. Maybe you will like them as much as I have but you will never know if you don't try.
This novels danger-factor skyrockets as the excitement of secret love and hushed affection morphs into a terrifying race to stay alive. Twilight is the number 1 New York times bestseller by Stephanie Meyer. Some teens would call this novel the best book of the year, and others would call it the worst book of the year. My opinion would have to be that twilight is the best book of the DECADE!
Twilight is mostly centered around characters such as Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen. While Bella (her preferable name) is human, Edward is a vampire. His siblings, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, Emmett, Carlisle, and Esme are also vampires. Many of these vampires have special powers. Edward is a mind reader, Alice can see the future, and Jasper can control emotions. They all try(and most of the time succeed) to keep Bella protected. Bella and Edward are both unconditionally and irrevocably in love with each other, and can't live without each other.
As the books continue, new disasters and problems come along. Each of the books in the Twilight series somehow seem to end in a peaceful way.
Thank you,

Names of the books:
1st- Twilight
2nd- New Moon
3rd- Eclipse
4th- Breaking Dawn

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The House of Night Series

Hello, my name is Rebecca, I am Christine's daughter. I am blogging for her tonight, because she is busy working on this REALLY pretty bracelet that she was inspired by The House of Night Series.
The House of Night series is a new series of books that is sweeping today's youth nation. I believe that this series will have as big of an impact on the youth as the Twilight series did.
These books are similar in some ways to the Twilight series. One of the biggest similarities is the fact that they are both based on the belief of vampires ( or vampyres) as P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast write it.
The House of Night books are written by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. This is a mother/daughter production, and it is written in a way that appeals greatly to teenagers. The books are based mainly around Zoey Redbird, and her close circle of friends at the House of Night.
Zoey Redbird and her friends face many challenges together but somehow always overcome them. They each have very unique abilities, and each character captivates you from the first description of them. This series also shows the reader how growing and changing can be difficult, but it's not always bad.
These books get a grasp on you from the start, and are hard to pull yourself away from after you pick them up. I would highly recommend these books to anyone and everyone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Names of books
1st- Marked
2nd- Betrayed
3rd- Chosen
4th- Untamed
5th- Haunted

Monday, June 29, 2009

Peach Crisp....The Amish Way

This is a favorite of our family. We go way back with the Amish and the Pennsylvania Dutch...this is a and yummy recipe that can be made in small batches...or huge batches. Easy for kids and adults...and quick enough to make large amounts for Church groups or company picnics or family outings. to make it larger or smaller...just add to the basic recipe

Peach Crisp

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flower
1 large can of peaches or 2-3 small (this too is a preference thing)

Preheat oven to 350 peaches and pour off the juice. After all the juice is out, well almost all you won't be able to get all of it out...dump peaches into a 13x9 glass dish. Set this aside.
In a large bowl put in the butter (softened) add the sugar and the flour. Now kinda dig in and just mix it all up. Get the kids to help too. This is fun. Just keep mushing it around until it turns into the consistency of lumpy dirt. It will hold together when you pinch it softly.
Now...just start to sprinkle this all over the peaches...just keep putting it everywhere there is peaches showing...get the edges too. It won't cover all of the peaches...but just keep going until your out of the mixture.

Now put this in the oven uncovered for 45-60 minutes. Keep watching it around the 45 minute mark. You want the top to start getting brown all over it. The more brown the better. That is when it is done....
Remove from can cool it a bit and then serve it over ice cream. Or eat it cold.
We eat this for breakfast the next morning...IT IS SOOOO YUMMY! And see? I told you it was easy.

So now...go do what you love!