Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents Day shoe sale

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Grease Monkey is an add on for (firefox) It's a dream come true

     I spent the better part of the day on Monday listing items in my Vintage Etsy shop I mean I spent at least 10 hours. I took the pictures, edited the pictures and Listed the items. I listed my last entry at 7 p.m. and man I felt like I had just run a marathon.  It crossed my mind throughout the day why was it again I wanted to be self employed.
     I caught the word greasemonkey on twitter that day and wondered what in the world that was. I pulled it up and read a little bit of it and thought it sounded good, so why not.   I found the site, hit the green button to download it and waited and waited for something, maybe a miracle to happen. No such luck. I looked at Etsy a few times on Tuesday wondering what this download actually did if anything, but i was really to tired from the marathon the day before to  look into it.  I determined it didn't do anything, what a joke I thought. Oh, I also hoped I didn't download a nasty virus that would take all my information and crash my beloved computer. Being the trusting person I am I quickly dismissed that thought and went on with my day.
     While laying in bed tuesday night I thought to myself greasemonkey must do something positive, This husband wouldn't have spent time and energy on nothing for his wife, would he.     
     It's now Wednesday and a big snow storm was expected today, I emphasize WAS expected. So I thought I would have to cancel my plans and stay home and work online and hopefully figure this greasemonkey thing out. But the snow didn't come and my errands wouldn't wait. When I got home and finnally was able to do some work on line I took the time to check it out, what was it this thing this husband created for his wife.  After just a few minutes of reading I saw it, there it was the answer to greasemonkey, I have to open and download the scripts in the etsyhacks page both of these downloads together make up greasemonkey. The first box is the greasemonkey scrifts, click on each add on like copy listing, item zoom, edit this item, buyer info, forum wrangler there is  39 in all. Could this be true, my dream coming true.  Most of the scripts are things I wish Etsy had to make listing, editing and selling easier. Wal-la someone thought of it already and created this wonderful marvelous add on.
      One of the scripts is downloading all 5 photo's at once when listing, I found it takes awhile to load but probably not any longer as doing them all individually and this way I can get up and throw in a load of laundry  or check on the dogs or check on dinner ........etc.
     So tomorrow after I get home from visiting my mother I will try out all of the little perks that come with this greasemonkey. I am so excited i'm not sure i'll be able to sleep tonight. Oh, well if not I can always go to work when ever I want, that's one of the reason i love being self-employed.
    This add on is for FIREFOX only right now, but the creator did come up with bookmarklets for IE users that may help.
    I hope this information helps in understanding the process, and as always if you have a questions i'm right here to try to help out.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I'm having a SALE on dresses in my vintage ETSY shop. 40% off all dresses in store now.
Sale is over when you no longer see the sign in my shop.
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My Sacred space

     About 13 years ago now a friend of mine offered me a few plants from her perennial garden that she was thinning out. The were called everlastings, which means they can be dried for dried flower arrangements. I jumped at the chance but at that time the only gardening I did was a vegetable garden. So they sat in a pail for a few days while I decided what I was going to do with them.  I wanted to create a French Cottage Garden with grassy paths that you could stroll down, A low maintenance garden sort of speak. But how would I do that or where would it go. I directed my husband to till up a piece of ground about10' by 8 feet in a triangle shape.
      Right behind those yellow flowers are the plants that were first planted to create my perennial garden, known to me and you now as my sacred space. (I  had a physic come to my home a few year ago, I'll have to tell you more about that in another post). 
     Some of the plants that were given to me were Bee Balm, Autumn Joy Sedum, Columbine, Thistle, Black Eyed Susan, and others I still don't know the names of.
     We have about 25 acres of land so I went up the hill one day and dug up some beautiful ferns to plant. In some ways that was a mistake but I'll take care of that problem at a later date. I need to plant them in a shady spot. (who knew)
     My daughters boyfriend dug me this garden pond with a waterfall in the corner, it was a great gift that I appreciate greatly.  My husband hauled the rocks off the hill with his tractor and wagon and I laided the rocks, OK he helped a little. 
I have spent many hours sitting next to this water feature and meditating to the gentle sounds of nature.
     In the hot weather I am greeted by a family of snakes sun bathing on the hot rocks. I have learned to look for them before I enter the garden to save myself from being startled out of my flip flops.  My husband has tried to relocate them but they keep finding their way back to me. I don't blame them and decided they could stay after all the garden was big enough for all of us.
     Each spring I head out to the garden to see what is peeking it's head up through the soil. And it is such a surprise to me where there wasn't a plant last year now there is.
     I realise Dallias are not perenials but I do make exceptions now and again. They are so beautiful and a joy to see pop up as a late bloomer. 
     I have made mistakes however with my planting decisions. Like planting chocolate mint, chinese lanterns, and lemon balm.  I believe they would take over the world after a few years if people don't keep them in check.  
     I wanted to create a space where I could go and feel surrounded with beauty and inspiration. So hence my sacred space was created. I have tried to design the the garden so from the first signs of spring to the frost on the ground in October there is a flower in bloom.  I have planted herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes. I also dry them to add into my soaps for scent and as an exfoliate.
     My garden gets bigger every season because I hate to through my plants away and haven't found anyone as enthusiastic as I am about gardening to take them. So each year I have to break new ground for them to live in.  
    My husband planted this tractor seat so I could sit and look out over my sacred space and dream and wonder about lifes little surprises. And to find answers to the bigger questions in life that trouble me from time to time. 
     My thoughts go to this place alot this time of year, the anticipation to get my hands in the dirt and create a space, where I can find, even for a short time some  peace and serenity.