Well, well, well. So much to talk about, so little time. Since getting past the flu, I’ve been working non-stop on filling orders for bears that are due. But, for every two orders I fill, I take up working on another bear, a different bear from my previous designs. I have to keep selling bears, but from now on, no more made to order bears. Sadly, I won’t be doing anymore custom orders either, least not for a couple of months. I have to get caught up AND continue bringing the funds in so I can stay afloat. So, if you see a bear on Etsy for sale, then it’s a ready to go bear. Not a made to order little guy. I really enjoyed the bunny and look forward to doing other animals and such soon.
My mom has taken to Etsy. Being retired, she feels there isn’t much more for her to do. She made me a blanket for Christmas, the year before whipping them up for all sorts of people and charities. I suggested she start selling them for a sense of purpose, for something to do. It was frightening to watch her spend much of her time discussing the last episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” I showed her the ropes, helped her get her shop up, and now she has two items for sale. I took some photographs for her and even posed in one! She’s going to be focusing only on crocheted blankets at the moment, but they really are nice, soothing, and tender. Check out HER shop!
I love my little studio apartment. For $500 a month, it includes everything. I couldn’t ask for a better deal. Electric, internet, and water. For a poor man like me, it’s quite the luxury. Private entrance, a little balcony, a great view, and I’m only a mile and a half from everything I need. Grocery store and post office. I don’t have a kitchen, but I do have my trusty crock-pot that I’ll be cooking out of again. I found this awesome website: crockplot365.blogspot.com. I’m sure many of you have heard of it already, for the author seems rather famous! And with some delicious recipes! SO! I’m truly looking forward to spending my days finding creative ways to cook with ONLY a crock-pot thanks to that website.
While many people are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, it’s a touch bittersweet for me. Last year I was living alone in the middle of the woods…..waiting patiently for my partner to show up. I spent some many days working up a teddy bear for him, a gift, the only thing I could afford to do. Some Fisherman’s Wool and a set of needles. On Valentine’s Day, it was realized he wasn’t going to come. He didn’t say it matter of fact, but the distance in his voice was even more unbearable than the physical distance that challenged us. On the 16th of February, with a broken heart, and realizing I was now abandoned out in the middle of nowhere, I had to find a way to feed myself, and get back into society. I had $2 in my bank account, and with $1.20 I opened up my shop on Etsy and sold his teddy bear.
So, here it is a year later, my first year anniversary on Etsy and I celebrate not the romanticism of Valentine’s, but rather the marking of the birth of my little teddy bear. I can’t imagine what would have happened to me had I not risked spending my last $2 on a website I had never heard of before. But, needless to say, I’m glad I did.
So, to celebrate, I’ll spend the next couple of blogs writing about where the bear came from, how to make one of your own (yes! I finished writing the pattern! You can buy it in my shop!), and where I hope the bear to take me and little Mario.
Ok, it’s just shy of 9am. Time to get busy. I’ve got orders to fill!