342 up and 342 down

As a reward (hmm, or maybe a punishment) for losing my first 15 pounds, I attempted one of the main set of "stairs", as they are referred to in my city.  These are supposed to be one of the easiest at 248 stairs!  At this stage, as my lungs are making me feel like I smoked a pack of cigarettes, and my legs are still shaking, not sure I'll be moving on from these any time soon.

My goal before getting there was to make it up and back down 2 times.  But by 1 1/2 I had to stop.   Still pretty good I'd say for a pure beginner of anything to do with exercise.

It was a gorgeous day, and there was some great views from the top and midway up as well.

This is the view from the bottom - you can see about 1/4 way up.


Stumbleupon - ABC

STUMBLEUPON.  Our Friend. Our Enemy.
I hope this will help to make life easier for those that want to use stumble for some of their favourite sites!

In General - the Steps/terminology involved in Stumbling (A, B, C)
A.  Discover (webpage that has never been stumbled before)
B.  Review (write comments and use tags to describe a page that has already been discovered)
C.  Like (an item that has already been discovered)

***Note - the new toolbar should be used by everyone know.  If you haven't upgraded yet, do that first!  Go to Stumbleupon.com there should be a link there to get it.

This is the new tool bar:

Sometimes you need to add icons to this toolbar (ie the "price tag" if you want to add tags in this way.  (this method is not described here, but it can be used as an alternative)
 To add items go to tools at the far right, a drop down menu will appear when you click.  Go to tool bar options.  This menu will appear.

Under controls you can add or remove whatever you would like (ie the TAG).  You can also go to the search and tagging tab to add an explore bar to use for tagging.  Play around with it, until you get it how you want!
So you come to a site you like, but hasn't been stumbled yet.  This is what you do.  Simple as ABC

A.    Discover NEW page
1. Click Thumbs up on tool bar
2. Choose YES - safe for work
3. Pick topic (from drop down list - ***DO NOT pick from the topics provided in the list in blue it will not categorize the page properly!****
You could put in tags and comments at this time, but in order to make sure it "sticks" we won't do this yet.  See Part B
4. Click "Add Review"

B.  Review item – ( item that has already been discovered)
1. Click "Info" on tool bar (*note if it hasn’t been discovered yet this will got to page not available screen – so start with A above)
2. Write in comment
3. Add 4 tags under “your tags” (the first tag will be the topic/category you previously picked...you can add four more)
4. Save

Double check that you did things correctly***This is important to ensure you are doing things correctly***
1. go to webpage
2. Click Info on tool bar
3. You should be able to read your comment under the name of the page...see below

C. Like item - Item has already been discovered, and you don't want to make a comment.
1. Click Info on tool bar
2. Click "Stumble this button (Blcak button at top left)
3. Click "Thumbs up" icon

I hope this helps!  Try it out before List day, on a random item and see if this way works for you!

One more tip...its important not to just do one site all the time.  That is considered SPAMMY.  So do different sites occassionaly, or you will get this page :(  And you will have to come back later to finish.

Outdoor skating

I have some new listings...check them out at my store...  Lexiekinprints.etsy.com 

And I just had to share.  Today was our first time taking our little girl skating.  She is 2 1/2.  So much fun! Even if it was just for a little bit. 
Its an outdoor rink, over looking a small body of water.  This was our first time here.  We will be back for sure.
We used bob skates ( 2 blades that strap onto her boot) for her to start.  It was good, because she had more fun being able to stand on her own.  But we think we are going to get regular skates for her, for next time and she how she makes out.  Many more falls I am sure.  All a part of the learning curve. 

Store Supplies

One direction I'd like to expand on in my store is supplies for other etsy and other online stores.

As of right now I have just a few listings, but if I get some positive feedback I will continue on this track.

I can add logos or your own pictures to various items.  Just send me a message if your interested. 

Here are some custom listings.... they can be found here 

This is currently listed for a 2x2 sticker, but the size can easily be changed for your needs

This is currently listed for a 2x2 sticker but the size can easily be changed for your needs

This is a sample of a gift certificate, but I can work with you to do something custom for your store

Goals for 2012

For my business, these are my goals for 2012

1.  Manage my "etsy and promotional time" better
  • My plan - use some new charts I made up to help keep organized with PFteam events
  • Take scheduled days off from PFTeam threads, and longer breaks if I just need some more me/home time.
2.  Make facebook page
  • Check - done.  Come on over...I need fans!  facebook

3. Back up all of my computer files.
  • This should be number 1, but I know me, it won't happen right away.

4. Have 80 items in my shop by the end of the year
  • Make various types, try to plan ahead for upcoming holidays.

5.   Have 40 Sales
  • Last year I had 12 sales, so this is asking a lot I know, so I won't be overly dissapointed if I don't reach that number

6.  Complete my website
  • I haven't done anything with it really.
  • I forgot about it, and it automatically renewed by mistake...ughh...so since it cost nearly $100, I better make the most out of it.  
  • If after this year it is not useful, I will likely cancel it.  Its here... http://www.lexiekinprints.com/ and needs lots of work, I shouldn't even post the link, but maybe it will get me working on it so I'm not embarassed by it anymore.  

Happy New year!

Treasure Hunt!

Its Treasure hunting time!

If you want to join in, go over to etsy, and start looking for the treasure chests.  When you find one, you'll get a code to a super deal at one of the particpating stores.

How do you find them, you say.  Well you could surf around etsy looking at treasuries, comments in team groups, or searching random shops, but I can give you a big heads up.

In each of these stores below you will find one!  And better yet, if you look in their shop announcements I bet they will give you a hint where to find it.

1. Trinkets N Whatnots - www.galla15.etsy.com
Handmade Button, Crystal and Pearl Jewelry

2. Sewinggranny -
Sewn items - baby, kitchen, home decor, holiday

3. CalliopeAZCreations -
Handmade Jewelry, Medicine Stones, Decorated Feathers

4. jQ jewelry designs -
Gemstone Jewelry that is Classic ... with an Edge

5. KrystalsJewelry -
Intricate Handmade Jewelry of all styles for all tastes

6. rooee -
Quilts & quilted things, cloth dolls, fabric postcards

Fine Art Note Cards and Prints

Colorful and Unique Sterling silver , Gold fill Jewelry with Genuine Gemstones and/or Polymer Clay

Crystal Tumblestones, Natural Gemtone Jewellery & Decoupage Cards plus a bit of Vintage Jewellery

10. Symbolic Imports -
Handmade Bath & Body - Lip balms, Sugar Scrubs, Handmade Soaps, Perfumes & more!

11. Beautifulswagstore -
hair accessories, dog toys, baby gift sets, home decor, gift wrapping

12. Bijibijoux-
Handmade jewelry/ beads/ supplies -

13. Newcreationz -
Fine art and photography craft

14. BountyOfBeads -
Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charm Sets and Trinity Brass Findings
Jewelry Making Supplies

15. Fair Lady Boutique -
A Beading Boutique with vintage beads + components, Czech glass, gemstones, and custom made bead mixes

16. HollysFollyGlass -
Fine and fun Lampwork Glass Beads by artist Holly Dare.

17. Glitterbird Glass -
Home decor and jewelry made from beautiful fused glass.

18. CrochetedbyCharlene -
Beautiful crocheted afghans, accessories, and much more.

19. Camillescloset-
Handmade jewelery items.

20. Prittify -
Handmade Jewelry, Modern, Altered Art, Steampunk

21. Crystalphotography -
Fine Art Photography Prints and Greeting Cards

22. iaFlowerPower -
Whimsical Crocheted and Knitted Baby Hats and more

23. Gabby's Quilts -
Handcrafted Quilts, Tablerunners, Wallhangings and Embroidered Gifts

24. CNJ Ceramics -
Contemporary Clay Jewelry and Home Decor

25. LostLemonade -
Body Care Products made to cleanse, moisturize and soothe

26. RomanticThoughts -
Handcrafted Jewelry, PreMade Scrapbook Pages, Vintage Items and More

27. Ooh Leela! -
Handmade dish towels and trendy accessories

28. KatersAcres -
Polymer Clay Creations, Trinkets, & Treasures with a Whimsical Feel

29. Magda -
custom clothing, accessories and supplies

30. Ugly Duckling Beads -
Handmade glass beads, digital collage sheets, tutorials, and jewelry

31. BellaTheBead -
Handcrafted jewelry and supplies with vintage soul

32.IdeasBloom -
Handcrafted decorative wreaths

33. Greenhouse Glassworks -
Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Home Decor, and Handmade Cards and Tags

34. Five Supplies -
All the supplies you need to create

35. TheMayFlower Fashions -
Fun & Stylish Fashion Designs for Women

36. Something Wyrd-
Handcrafted jewelry and beaded charms

37. iluvmarin -
Greeting cards, scrapbooks, cupcake toppers, & festive banners

38. Lexilouflowers -
Hair Accessories, Feather headbands, and Hair ties

39. Mt Baldy Glassworks
fused glass jewelry and home decore

40. LexiekinPrints -
Personalized, customized and Printable Invitations, tags, cards and more!

41. Turtlexiii-
Sterling Silver Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls, Gemstones & more.

42. IsabellesAttic-
aprons, accessories, baby items and more

43. AshlynDesign -
Artisan handmade lampwork beads, metal charms, and finished jewelry

44. eveyinorbitshop -
Mixed media art, original aceo and zines.

45. Suzie Tenzer -
Original fine art paintings and prints

46. LindaB -
Artisan crafted beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Jewish jewelry and accessories, wire beaded kippot

47. DellCoveSpices -
hand mixed spices, magnetic spice kits, cocktail sugars & margarita salts, organic popcorn, popcorn toppings & other treats

48. OverTheMoonGifts -
personalized gifts, accessories, and home decor

49. craftycreations81 -
Peacock feather items, wedding items and items for newborns/children

50. nan gates designs -
Fabric handbags, totes and accessories

51. ProdigyCrafts -
Crocheted Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

52. Cigarboxbeads -
beadweaving, beadwork, jewelry

53. VintageByRachel -
Romantic,Vintage style handmade jewelry

54. potsdamelf -
crazy handmade ceramics, paintings, and jewlery 

A big list eh?  Very exciting for anyone wanting to do some Christmas shopping! (I know it seems early to my American friends, but up here in Canada, thanksgiving is over so once Halloween is done - the next holiday is Christmas!)

Once you find it - you can follow their instructions, and in most cases, you can use that code for ANY item in their store, for the month of November! Amazing deals, that only you will know about if you find the treasure hunt.

Just because I love my followers, I'm going to take you right to my treasure chest.  Its found in this listing!

Click here to find the treasure chest!

So have fun searching for the prize, and let me know if you end up using the coupon codes to help you save some cash!

Monkey time!

What a great night Halloween was.  My little monkey had a great time.    Here she is!

On another note - watched the Little Couple last night.  I just love them.  Last night was particulary touching because they were going through the process of IVF with a surrogate.  I won't give it away in case you didn't see it, but it was definetly a roller coaster of a show.

It hits close to home because we too, used IVF (although not with a surrogate) to get pregnant.  It brought back a lot of memories of that time in out lives, and how stressful it was.   Reminds me just how truly blessed we are to have been given out little girl.