Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Haiku

How I love Friday.
The great promise of freedom
gives hope to my soul.
I really enjoy Fridays. It means that I'm about to get two whole days to create my dreams and clean my house.

Unfortunately this week the old day job is taking over my weekend, but it pays the bills.

What's your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

Fragile Earth is home.

Will we destroy such beauty?
Only time will tell.

This photo was taken by the Apollo 17 crew in 2001. I'm always in awe when I see pictures of the Earth from space. Notice the barren dessert on the north & south ends of the African continent? Hopefully changes from industrial and emerging nations will keep the spread of desert at bay.

There's a rather chilling article and slide show on MSN about what the US could look like in 2100. They mention that what will happen in our climate for the next 20 to 30 years is already determined and irreversible.

Personally, I drive a car that gets on average 30 mpg, even though it's 12 years old. I don't drive aggressively....I coast to stop lights, and basically coast between hitting the gas & brakes.

I also don't buy bottled water. At home, I use the water from the fridge filter. At work, I have my own sports bottle that I fill with water from the company-provided ozone filter station. I recycle my plastic jugs and bags. I shop with reusable shopping bags made from recycled plastic bottles that I bought at Whole Foods Market.

I turn the water off while brushing my teeth. When washing dishes by hand, I don't fill the whole sink with water...I rinse them first, then wash each one with soap/water mix from a bowl while the water is off. Then I rinse them all at once at the end.

I unplug electronics that are use infrequently, and the often used electronics are plugged into a surge protector. Trent at The Simple Dollar has some great articles on why this is important.

On the side at Etsy, I'm making more digital products that people can print themselves, which saves on packaging waste and shipping pollution.

I think being green is also very economical. Wasting water and electricity costs me more with higher utility bills. Wasting less is good for everyone, including your pocketbook and the earth.

Are you doing anything special for Earth Day? What are you doing to help the planet? What do you do to conserve, reduce waste, reuse, and recycle?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dream, Hope, Believe Treasury

Please visit my latest treasury on Etsy here

Hope you feel inspired :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Poetry on Twitter

I just found the coolest thing on Twitter. Search for "#haiku" and see all the neat poems people write.

If you've never heard of a Haiku, it's a Japense form of poetry. No rhyme is required, but the first line must have 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables. It's say as much as possible in as few words as possible, kinda like Twitter.

Here's my latest, inspired by my Aloha Hawaii digital collage.

Crashing waves on sand.

Tropical sun shines warmly.

Hibiscus grows wild.

- K.

Friday, April 10, 2009

My Second Blog Feature

I'm proud to say that I've gotten my second ever blog feature! It's by Kayla of The Eclectic Element.

Kayla has a very inspirational background and outlook on life. Please visit, and follow, her blog to see a little more about me and her great critique of my shop. Read her crtique well, there's some things that anyone can learn from, not just sellers on Etsy.

Also visit her Etsy shop TheEclecticElement for some beautiful pieces at really great prices. My favorite is her Sunflower Chaos bracelet, pictured below. Doesn't Kayla have some mad photography skills?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Identity Theft

Ohh the horror. The tragedy.

Someone has taken your identity. Cloned you. Using your picture everywhere.

Following your every move. Menancingly shadowing your day.

Pretending to be just like you. Trying your clothes on.

Watch it doesn't happen to you this Easter.

Monday, April 6, 2009

April First Monday Madness

I'm a member of the Etsy Texas Crafters Team, and today is the first Monday of the month. That means there's crazy deals on discounts, free shippin, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) and others. These sales and special offers are only available from 12:01 am Monday, April 6th to 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 7th, Central Time (that's 1:01am Monday to 1:00am Tuesday, Etsy Time).

The full list of participating shops is here on the Etsy forum here

In my shop, all of my digital downloads including scrapbooking alphabets , scrabble-tile pendant designs, pocket mirror art, and printable stationery are only $1.00. I've got something for everyone, including feminine letters, beautiful bright mandalas, Army Wife & Brat graphics, and some stationery to keep in touch with the lady of your life.....your Mom.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Grace Your Front Door

These are some of the cutest, most adorable spring decor items I've found on all of Etsy. And they're made by a fellow Texan. Go have a looksee at KnockKnocking's beautiful year-round wreaths.

Isn't the attention to detail phenominal?? I love the blue, yellow, and white color scheme. It almost makes laundry seem enjoyable.

She seems to share my same issues with very high number of views without actually selling an item. If I had a penny for every view and heart I had....well that would be a lot of pennies.