This past month things have started to get busier, Getting ready for the Holidays coming, in terms of planning and preparing items for sale. I have also dipped my toe into designing on Printful a print on demand group that at the moment are in the US but are planning to open a warehouse here in Canada. That makes me happy.
Here is what I have designed so far
I am waiting on a pen display tablet to continue my adventure in designing more clothing items. I want to try my hand at making stickers and some home decor items. Stay tuned on that development.
Short update but still working on basement studio. Now that it is getting cooler I will hopefully turn on the kiln and begin creating glass pieces again. So much to do so little time. The pandemic caused me to get into a massive funk, I turned 65, I really don’t feel it. The weather was hot and muggy, my dog got sick and my bank account depleted. Being on a fixed income can stifle or focus your artistic flow. As of today I will not be buying anything art wise until I sell something so check out the shop and order.
My week started with a trip to IKEA preordered and did the pick up thing. Everything went smoothly it took less time in the pick up than to drive there. Awesome. Picked up a Kallex Bookcase, two door inserts, and an Alex drawer unit. All in black or brown black. In my studio, I have a desk attached to the shelving and want to separate it so the Alex drawer unit will act as the legs on the other side of the desk. Most of my other furniture in my studio is white cabinets so I think it will look good. The Kallex will go upstairs for my office and act as storage and an order mailing center along with another one I have already.
Monday a migraine. Rain and a tornado warning, now seems to be a common occurrence in the Ottawa area since 2018.
Tuesday started to rearrange the office to accommodate the Kallex unit but got sidetracked and rearranged my kitchen cabinet instead…Welcome to my world.
Wednesday, I was working on an order for a card and was cutting out large circles with my Big Shot die cutting machine, it got stuck mid crank and I forced it through but the handle broke the pin right off rendering it useless…so had to go onto amazon and buy a brand new one. When I bought my original one it was under $90.00 today it costs $157. It lasted over 12 years and I use it many times a day so it has served me well. I was lucky i did have a Circle cut out previously and was able to make the card order.
Thursday the new Big Shot was delivered happy crafter again. Also low grade migraine and all morning thought it was Friday. Neighbor was off so we did a few did groceries but stopped off at a big box store. I ended up buying some curtains for my patio door and living room window. I have black out curtains and it is so dark that I wanted to brighten it up a little. However I thought I bought two sets but it was one panel each…oops the other window downstairs will have to wait but it still looks great.
Today is Friday and I have a full blown Migraine again Mother Nature is playing havoc with the weather rain /sunny /rain sunny on Wednesday it was raining and sunny. I have three orders to send out and two returns to Amazon. Will have to wait til tomorrow I guess.
Well hopefully you have a good day, week and month. Wow. I can not believe it is the 21st of August and we are talking about putting kids back in the classroom. I am sorry if shop owners can limit the amount of adults in the store and put directional tape on floors so shopping is done in an orderly fashion why can’t teachers? My question is how do you expect a teacher to house up to thirty kids in a classrooms and police social distancing, mask wearing and touching. When do they disinfect before class, after class, after recess, when a kid goes to the bathroom oh and who disinfects the bathrooms and how many times a day… who is wagering on third wave of covid 19 anyone … anyone?
By the way Bear the dog is doing much better the enlarged liver seems to be slowly subsiding but will know more in a couple of weeks. He needs a grooming but have not wanted to upset him too much while he is doing so well.
Well better get on with it try to go back to sleep and ease the pain, tummy upset and need to take some Gravol to settle it and make me sleepy enough to fall asleep.
This summer has been such an interesting summer dealing with COVID and wearing masks, hand sanitizing and practicing social distancing. More heat warnings, tornado warnings, flood warnings…no idea what else to expect…
As it has been so hot my hair was suffering and dry and long from days in isolation I was watching an ad for Function of Beauty hair care and actually ordered my first selection of shampoo and conditioner. Based on my survey responses the formula that I received is (you)calyptus for dry, sensitive skin and course hair.
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Love the smell and feel of this new shampoo. The bottles also look good and are personalized to you. If there are two people or more in the household personalized bottles helps to ensure using the right one.
What else is going on still working on the Website, Poshmark and Etsy store…takes a lot of concentration and focus some days more than others. Have had two sales in the last few days so things are picking up.
I have also been in the middle of organizing the kitchen. I have accumulated too much stuff. I have doubles of things because I can not find the item so I buy one and then discover I do have it… so a donation box is beside me as I organize. Will show results later.
Well that is it for me today remember use my link if you are purchasing things on Amazon it does help me out. https://amzn.to/2DThzPU also joining my blog you will receive new blogs when they come out.
July has been a month of trying to sort through the mounds of items that need to be posted on the various online shops because we financially had to close down the shop in the ByWard Market. No tourists or visitors, no bus tours, means no sales. So we closed.
It has been challenging…I have cards, jewelry, hats, pins and magnets, ornaments, glass pieces and much much more. Oh and I decided to create a coffee mug with Printful.com to see if that association works.
Without the Shop in the Market I am loosing out on many sales. Lots of local shops are in the same boat so you can help by shopping online locally.
Still working on the stores connected on this blog. Check them out.
We have had an extremely hot summer so far. We have had heat warnings most of July which does not make things very comfortable. Today it is supposed to be over 40C and rain ugh. This is not good for the animals and those who do not have air conditioning, good thing I have.
Books to Read need a book to read click here every order helps me out as well. Right now I am reading
Thanks in advance.
Well better get at it have to keep photographing, listing and building the website. Have a safe and wonderful week.
I like to plan but have a hard time keeping up or other things get in the way. I found a digital planner I love. It is called the Boss Planner. Comes in white or black backgrounds. You can customize it. Hand write or type, add photos, use highlighters, stickers, geometric boxes, circles etc. So many options to create your own unique structured plan.
I use my Boss digital Planner as a general ledger of what I have to do. Then at night I put in what I accomplished and goals for the next day and I can move things around if I did not get an item completed. I keep all my appointments , zoom meetings and shop mailings and deliveries in the planner. It has a budget tracker, reading, plan for success etc. I also included in my purchase the fitness planner which includes goals, habit tracker, water intake, meal planning and grocery list etc.
Well part of my plan today is to set up my new echo dot with clock. My alarm clock is so old that it does not play music it plays static all the time. Most importantly, it takes forever to reset the clock on it when time changes or power goes out even for a second. Time for a change…
I will move the regular echo dot into my office where I can now listen to audio books or music on demand. I have an old clunker of a stereo system but it just takes up so much space. As I am trying to streamline my online work I do need to hang out in my office more.
I also need to package a couple of orders received on Etsy this week. Canada Post service is so slow these days buyers are complaining that their orders are coming so late. Problem is I send out my orders and it is totally out of my hands. Reviews are getting trashed on Etsy sites that is discouraging to some Etsy Sellers. Please check out my shop online. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HandmadebyCAGrenier
Ok now to get on with my day coffee done, plan done now it is action time. Have a great day/week/weekend. Catch ya later
Ok so Ontario is opening up little by little. As of Friday last week hairdressers and other service people have been able to open. However those that have ventured out are noticing that people are not behaving. They are not wearing masks, adhering to social distancing or the ten people rules. They say the highest contractors of the Covid19 virus are young people teens to 25 you know that period where we feel invincible…
Neighbor works for a long term care home and they have had a couple of staff test positive but they did not work with residents. They did have to implement lockdown but are now out of it.
Enough on that I turn 65 this year and have to get myself in that mode of thinking I still feel 50ish in my mind although my body reminds me regularly I am not. I have been retired and creating art, cards and other items. I have supplemented my income through selling in the Artisans Shop in the ByWard Market for the past 4 years however it is closed and will not reopen so my online shops is the only place to find me now. Small business and local business are suffering…so please support us.
My Doctor is offering on phone appointments but I am good as long as my meds are up to date or refillable. My sister in all of this had to have a stent put into her artery going to the heart to encourage better blood flow. She went in for some tests doctor told her she needed the stent right away that it could not wait and took her in immediately. It will be another week before we see if it really helped.
I have become obsessed with Evermerge not a very difficult game but never the less obsessed. Any other Evermergers out there?
I have not even been able to work in the backyard the pollen from the popular trees in neighbors yard piles up and flies everywhere. The effects are not immediate but once inside I start to sneeze, watery eyes and runny nose lasts about half an hour. I am on a daily allergy pill or it would be much worse.
I lost my honeysuckle disappointed for sure so I planted morning glories to cover my balcony trellises that I created to give me some privacy from immediate neighbors.
Well I better get on with my day Check out the online shops.
I was a little bored today so I put on my owl socks and a new series called Broke. I had to do groceries in my mask and gloves. Ordered a prescription to be delivered. Got an order that I need to process (highlight of the day) and still have a crap load of stuff to load into the general store. Hand knitted slippers and under the crocheted category shopping bags, washcloths, hats in three styles messy bun/pony tail hats, beanies and pompom hats ….let me know if you are interested and I can prioritize.
I need to plan my time wisely and it is not working well. Dog and Cat have me up at 5 AM to go out and then feed usually I am up creating listings, or making cards, jewelry etc. now I fall asleep on the couch wake up at 10:30 and feel groggy all day. Need to stop that for sure…
The most exercise I get is going up and down the stairs and taking the dog out to the backyard. He is an older dog so no interest in taking long walks unless I carry him halfway…lol good for me not so great for him.
I did find a live stream by one of my favorites JournalArtista but has to go before it was over. Good to see her back online it has been some time. Live streams I can work and listen and spend time with friends in the art comunity all the same time so that was a bonus too.
Well that is about it chat soon. Sharing is caring… Let me know what your weeks are like. Ontario is talking about opening things up soon but schools are now closed for the year. There will be major restrictions still but at least it will feel less confined. It will also be interesting to see what the new normal will be as the Province and Canada gets back to work.
I was able to go grocery shopping with a neighbor up until last week now he has been exposed to Covid19 in his job because someone was not taking precautions. Now he has to be in isolation for 2 weeks. Come on people if you think you have a fever, cough etc. wear a mask, wash your hands and take all the precautions you can, just saying…
I am 64 years old and have a compromised immune system so I can not really go out and shop because I need to take a bus.
Other than that I am doing well received 3 orders in the last 2 days to prep and mail. That makes me very happy.
New listings in CA’s General Store and many more to come.
Have discovered my old CD library as well so listening to Macy Gray, Sade and some other oldies..
Just a quick check in. How are my peeps doing let me know…
As we all are sitting at home practicing physical or social distancing, I have not stopped working. Building inventory for the shop, reaching out to family members to help out making items to make this truly a general store for you of good quality products and variety.
My cards are my mainstay and another of my best tools is my is a trimmer. I have both a guillotine
and a basic one from Fiskars
A good paper trimmer is essential in card making or scrapbooking clean precise cuts make the project look professional.
It is like my luck went from good to bad overnight. Tuesday I went to put a pod in my Keurig and the point that punctures the bottom of pod for the water flow broke right off.
Wednesday Drama in the shop area and we have some sketchy individuals frequenting the shops around us they started to come into ours and we ask them to leave. Security can not do anything unless they do something but that is just it we don’t want them to do something so we just have to tell them to leave if they persist then security can do something.
Wednesday night came home to a post office notice saying I owed more money for customs charges and that I have to go to the post office to pick it up.
Today I called the dentist office to have them look at a tooth that was driving me crazy and it had to be removed…and I now need a partial plate so I can eat whoopee and a whole bunch of money.
We have now two cases of the covid19 virus in Ottawa that are confirmed. All Schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks instead of one. Testing centers are being set up. Most if not all sports teams are cancelling the season, And so on…
It better turn around soon…oh did I mention tomorrow we have a weather warning Rain will begin late tonight west of Ottawa and move eastward. Across most areas the rain will end early Friday afternoon. Many areas may receive total rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm.
Have a great day…Have you ever has a week from hell like the week I have had?