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Saturday, February 28, 2009


During the busy-ness of the holidays, I thought often of all the things I would accomplish during the post-holiday "down time" of January and February. Boy, was I wrong!

February 2009, despite being only 28 days in length, proved to be a month with a veritable lifetime's worth of ups and downs. It started and ended with birthdays - my daughter's on February 4, mine on February 27. In between we had illnesses, deaths and my older daughter's jaw surgery.

The story is too long to tell, but in the end, my newly minted 9 year old is getting her birthday wish of a "friend" party tomorrow, long delayed, but better late than never, and yesterday I got my birthday wish of a few hours of blessed silence, and a year's worth of gratitude for our good health and well-being.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Today was errand day...I went to:

WalgreensTheMallCostcoHomeforlunch and Kroger.

I still have to go to the bank.

...catching my breath...

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I've been done in by the paper monster and so busy with "life" stuff that I haven't had time to craft, list or even keep up with my blog.

I can sum up today's fun in 4 short terms: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), taxes, spreadsheets, filing.

In doing all that I unearthed some business, either unfinished or needs to get started: Senior pictures, cap and gown, college applications fees, graduation party.

For my younger daughter: swim meet tomorrow, 9th birthday next week, party sometime after that but before the 23rd of February.

As for my older daughter: the 23rd is surgery day. She is having orthognathic jaw surgery. They need to close her open bite and will make a slight adjustment in the alignment of her upper jaw - it's hard to see unless you know what you are looking for but her upper jaw is just slightly canted. They (at the surgeon's office) said she would be in the hospital for one night but home from school for 10 days to 2 weeks.

Forgot to mention, I am the treasurer for the high school band booster group, which is a worthwhile thing to do but also a time hog.

Where does crafting fit in? I'm trying to figure that out!

Thank the gods my dear 5 year old son has no extracurriculars to speak of... yet.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lessons Learned

Ever start something for one reason and have it become about something else entirely?

I recently posted an entry about the inauguration that was controversial in nature. I had read a number comments and posts on the web with a recurring theme concerning the nature of race and politics (specifically, the future of racism and politics), and felt the need to write a commentary which was rather critical of that sentiment. In my desire not to cause anyone any hard feelings, I published a portion of a sentence, verbatim, from another blog without properly citing it. At the time I composed the post I felt that the subject matter was a tad incendiary in nature (as race and politics often are) and so made the judgment call to not link or cite the quote (which was an iteration of many just like it). Well, I was wrong. The author of the quote saw it and called me on my error. I apologized in the comments section, quickly changed the post to properly cite the author -- and then, after giving it some thought, opted to delete the post altogether (I did re-save it as a draft so it is not lost forever, but unless there is some kind of popular demand to see it, I will not republish it).

This is how a post about one thing became a lesson on something else. This incident was almost certainly designed to teach me something. What is primary here, however, is not the basics of citation, which in itself is important, but that the journey through life is not predictable and it is ultimately up to us to decide whether or not the risks we take in publishing an opinion are worth incurring the emnity of someone who might take issue with what was written. For me, at this time, in this blog, it was not. I say this because based on the comment I received, it wasn't so much that I pulled the quote at all, an act which, again, was wrong in itself, but that in that person's opinion, I had taken it out of context and portrayed the author in a negative light.

And so, the second lesson is the nature of posts in a blog that I designed to discuss and promote my creative life. Although I enjoy politics and try very hard to discuss it with others without making it about the other person, it clearly does not have a place here. Or does it? I invite your comments.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Six Random Things

I was tagged by Yesterday's Glitter to tell six random things about myself. Well, here goes:

1. I went to the National Spelling Bee in 1985 and came in 103rd place. The word I missed? "Knurl." I was only 14 and had never heard of such a thing.

2. My blood type is B+.

3. I am terrified of flying, severe storms and cockroaches.

4. I was once bitten by a squirrel. I now view squirrels as cute but somewhat freaky.

5. I can't clean or do anything mundane without listening to music.

6. I have a talent for efficiency. I can look at any task and automatically figure out the fastest way to do it, with the exception of thinking up 6 random things about myself.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

2 Weeks on Twitter...What I've Learned

Sometime around the holidays I thought I would give Twitter a whirl because I heard it was great for generating sales. Twitter is a free "micro blog" that gives you 140 characters to answer the question, "What are you doing?" People post anything from "yawn" to links to interesting news stories, blogs and Youtube clips. Etsy people (including myself) are discovering its value in promoting their shops, blogs and items. I've found some great shops and follow people I would never have gotten to know otherwise. After just two weeks, I learned one big "don't" along with a few "do's" for Etsy people:

When I first joined, I followed people from Etsy and quickly realized the biggest "don't" of Twitter: Don't incessantly promote! At best it is boring, and at worst it is irritating. After a few days of wading through promo posts to try to find other, more interesting tweets, and finding none, I no longer hesitate to unfollow people.

Here are a few do's: Do answer questions. Do engage people. Do offer content, not just products or self-promotion. Tell them "great job" if they are excited about an accomplishment, to have fun if they are going to dinner. If you know the answer to a question, post it. Thank them for posting a helpful or interesting link. Post helpful or interesting links yourself.

In just two short weeks, I've had people tell me they like my jewelry because they visited my profile. If someone is interested, they will do just that, visit your profile. How do I know this? Because I do it! People want to get to know you. Going a little farther, I would recommend putting links to your blog, Flickr, Facebook, etc. along with a touch of personal information in your profile on Etsy. They will read it and check out links (again, I know this because I do it).

As for Twitter, I do promote my items, but try to keep it occasional, not more than 2 or 3 at a time. I'm still very new, but I am curious to see if Twitter will help generate sales. I'll let you know if it does!

(You can follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CLKcreative)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Philosopher Cat

The Philosopher Cat
Originally uploaded by CLKcreative
My cat has taken to watching shadows as opposed to looking at the birds out of the window right behind him. When he does this, I often think of Plato and the "cave allegory" in his Republic. To the cat, it seems the mere shadow of a bird, is still a bird.


From CLK's Garden