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Trying For More eBay Sales

  • Posted on January 26, 2005 at 10:21 pm

Wow, I guess I neglected to mention trying my hand at selling on eBay for the first time the other week. I have to admit, they kinda bribed me into doing it. They offered three free listings (including the Gallery extra, for a total of $0.60 per item) for first time sellers. So, I figured, what the heck, I have nothing to lose! I listed a pair of earrings, which didn’t sell, didn’t even get a single hit, but that doesn’t surprise me terribly because the jewelry market on eBay is totally flooded. I listed a highly collectible Longaberger cross stitch ornament kit, which has gone for upwards of $20, but only sold for my opening price of $5.95, but I wasn’t terribly disappointed because I had gotten it for free. 🙂 And finally, I listed a matching, handmade kit of needlework tools – a two-piece dololly, two large marking pins and two small marking pins. And it sold well! I listed it for $9.95 and it ended at nearly $18.00. Not too shabby.

So, I was sitting here tonight, looking at my pile of old stitching stuff that I’ve been trying to trade for a while and decided that I pretty much had nothing to lose in listing a couple of things. They’ve already been long paid for, so if they manage to sell, anything I get is just gravy. I listed two older booklets and an older kit and will see how things do. Selling in threes seems to work so far, so if sometime this week I get at least one bid on at least one item I just listed, maybe I’ll list three more. If I don’t add too many “extras” into the listing, it’s not terribly expensive, so I might as well sell it to someone who will make use of it, right?

Counting Our Blessings

  • Posted on January 25, 2005 at 10:52 pm

We got some more snow last night, an inch or so. Enough that Terry went out again with the snowblower to make sure the driveway was clear. Those bad (in a good way) neighbors of ours across the street where kind enough to snowblow our driveway after Terry left yesterday morning, once they had finished their own, just for good measure. They were so quick that I heard something while I was in the shower and by the time I got out, they were nearly done. It’s nice to have good neighbors.

And that made me realize that no matter how bad some of our neighbors may seem, we actually have it pretty good. We have the wonderful guys across the street, the quiet couple around our age with the two little ones to our left and the family to the right. As much as they seem to be nouveau riche rednecks, they really have been better over the past year than previously. With the exception of the golf ball they drove through the siding on the side of our shed facing them. And the couple other assorted golf balls of theirs that Terry has encountered while mowing the grass through the year. But that’s a relatively minor grumble. No rumbling of a cherry picker for hours upon hours as they string up half a million lights and that infernal plastic Santa and reindeer taking flight between the trees for Christmas. In fact, I don’t think they had any lights on at all this year. Perhaps that fine that we assume went along with the arrest for threatening the detective down the road hit a little harder than we thought. Oh, and there’s the gaping huge hole in their backyard that was probably intended to be the start of a swimming pool last spring. But hey, at least that overgrown, weedy cesspool isn’t on our property, right?

Yep. A big part of the workbook I’m going through this year is about learning to acknowledge the blessings in life. And once you really start to look for them, you realize that we all have quite a few things to be thankful for, no matter what our current situation. That’s proving to be a real eye-opener for me and is helping me to change my attitude.

Still a Slacker

  • Posted on January 23, 2005 at 12:45 pm

Yep, looks like I’m still a slacker with a stale blog. I will truly have to figure out some way to remedy that. Maybe I can mail into it or something.

Not like life hasn’t provided any material, though. We had some snow on Thursday that no one expected to accumulate, but it did (we received 2″ or 3″ at home), so the roads were terrible and people were driving strangely, as usual. It’s funny how people don’t seem to remember from year to year how this whole driving in snow thing works.

This weekend, a nor’easter came through. We received 8″ to 10″ during the bulk of the snowfall yesterday, but by the time we went to bed, it was starting to snow again, so we had another inch or two overnight. That much snow is not too fun to shovel, even for someone only pushing 30. Good thing we have that giant snowblower on the front of the tractor; that thing is a real life saver (probably literally, too). We were out there for well over an hour cleaning our driveway and then going over to help a neighbor who had nothing but a shovel. Terry has a big heart.

Today is incredibly windy, so the yard looks like a white desertscape. It’s beautiful, but I’m afraid I’m not going out in that when it’s so frigid. The wind chills have the air temperature near zero. Unfortunately, unless they rescheduled it, that means we won’t be attending the memorial service for the cofounder of the company that we work for. She passed away suddenly on Thursday morning.

So, there you are, this week’s excitement. I finished stitching this month’s JCS SAL ornament on Wednesday night. I have one side hemstitched now, too, with the other to go before I can sew up the seam and stuff it for true completion. I think I’d like to do that before the end of the month. I’ve been stitching on another ornament which is the second one of my personal little mission to stitch all of the ornaments in this year’s JCS ornament issue that I like. Oh yeah, and I made lemon poppy muffins in the morning and 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies, fudge and a cake last night after shoveling.

So after all of that procrastination yesterday (quite effective, I might add), today has to be devoted to graphics design. I’m hoping that by starting first thing out of bed this morning, with dance music coming through the headphones, I’ll be able to get into a rhythm.

Starting With a Fresh Slate

  • Posted on January 17, 2005 at 6:19 pm

Well, I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up with my blog, now have I? But it’s not on my list of new year’s resolutions! 😀

But seriously, I will try again to find something meaningful to say, at least a couple of times a week. No one likes a stale blog… and stale mine has become.

Let’s see, what news do I have? I took a run at eBay’s offering last weekend of 3 free listings for new buyers and put some things out. 1 auction didn’t sell at all. 1 auction had 1 bidder. 1 auction had several bidders and went for nearly double the starting price. Interesting how I was able to span the whole range of possible outcomes with just 3 auctions.

And, in other breaking news, I stitched two Christmas ornaments this weekend. Yes, that’s Christmas ornaments. And there are two more in progress, with one kitted up just last night to be stitched this week. These two were special, though. While visiting with friends of ours the other weekend, I asked one of them to go through my old 2002 Just Cross Stitch special ornament issue and pick an ornament or two that really appealed to her. I told her that I would make them up for her before the next Christmas, when they’re aiming to have an actual, real live, large, decorated Christmas tree in their house for what may well be the first time since they moved in a few years ago. Needless to say, I was happy to enable them with some ornaments to help decorate. 😉 She ended up picking 4 different designs and told me to surprise her with whichever one I decided to stitch for them. One?!? Come on, now. You know me. I couldn’t stop at just one. I’m determined to do all 4, and with 2 under my belt already (1 of them completely finished and ready to hang), I think I’m comfortable with the prospect of finishing the other 2.

Saturday Morning

  • Posted on January 8, 2005 at 11:08 am

Oh what a beautiful morning… NOT! 😉 It is not looking very nice out there in the world today. Gray, dreary, presumably cold, raining. Blech!

Oh well, it’s actually a good thing, since everything I need to do this weekend requires me to be parked in front of a computer, pretty much. How exciting! I hope that others out there in the ether have a more promising weekend than I! 🙂

Resolutions and a Stitching Finish

  • Posted on January 5, 2005 at 12:25 am

My first stitching finish of 2005, the first of many, is the Pansy ornament from Amaryllis Artworks as published in the Just Cross Stitch 2004 Special Christmas Issue.

And progress on my resolutions to date is… well… it’s challenging. Especially the first one. Especially when I’m playing a game. 😀 I’ll keep working on it!

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