Spend 3 hours flipping a giggling 70 pound 9 year old over in the pool.
It was hot, muggy and kind of hazy today (for Calgary!) so we headed on over to the closest pool and library. AKA: air conditioning.
When we got out there was a thunderstorm coming in and the barometer was dropping fast enough you could FEEL your ears pop. Which meant getting home was much more pleasant than getting there! Score!
In the other news, the Etsy experiment is off to a good start. I started listing beads mid April with the goal of listing 50 items as an experiment (that's $10 bux for the initial budget). So far, I've listed 48 items and 19 have sold. Not too shabby. If I can sell half of what I list, regularly, then that's excellent. Since the majority are items from my older stock or items I was making for fall shows, so far I haven't had to bump up the production or materials... just the photo taking. ack. I have not yet gotten any complaints about shipping prices (knock on wood).
Feel free to take a peek at my Etsy beads: http://tooaquarius.etsy.com
The other thing it's helped is with the culling the bead collection. I've been sifting the bags of beads for what would be sellable on Etsy and pitching older, unsold, gimped items as I go. This fall, prices are getting raised on everything and I do not want to bring older, amateur stock along to show. Simple is fine - I love simple beads - but the amateur stuff or the stuff that hasn't sold in 3 years is not going back.
My displays are starting to come together, the stock is beginning to fall into neater 'lines'. I'm optimistic about it all which is a good spot to be in.