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The Christmas Star

24 Dec

Christmas Eve seems like the perfect time to share my pictures I took of the Jupiter Saturn Convergence, since it is being called the Christmas star.

I was lucky enough to have clear skies, but it was horribly windy (and hard to take a clear picture even using the tripod), so you get really, really bad pictures.

If you are celebrating, I hope you have a very blessed and safe Christmas.

Calendar

5 Nov

I think I’ve decided on the photos for the 2021 calendar.

January:  Athena in front of the rest of the herd

February: Cinnamon, Stormy(?), Cinquain, Cupid, Tiger, Tansy, Bambi, and Astra

March: Mary with Trace and Quatro

April: Odie and Maybeline

May: Popcorn and the gang

June: one of the bobolinks

July: Purl and Stitch

August: Aurora

September: my windmill

October: Maybeline

November: Reva

December: Penelope

I am certainly hoping that the new calendar brings a better year.

I Need Advice

26 May

With the changes in the world, I really want to get back to promoting and selling my products through my website.

infinity scarf

I keep expanding what I make, but that means I have to deal with shipping.  I can’t find a way to figure shipping that gives me control.

candles and wax melts

Paypal lets me create shipping based on dollar amount or weight.  But it doesn’t let me fluctuate between methods the way I need.

hats and ear band

Right now, my shipping is set for soap sales.

goats milk soap

I can upgrade my account at Weebly to use their shipping calculator, but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problem.

fine art print

My understanding is that Etsy no longer lets you charge shipping.  I thought about using Facebook, but I’m not sure how that works.

note cards

I can add shipping to the cost of the product, but I still can get weird combinations that means people could pay a lot more than they need to for me to ship their items if I have to jack up the price of everything.

feed sack totes

I really don’t want to do that.  I just got a lot of my inventory back from the consignment shop where I had to jack up the prices by twenty percent so they could have their cut.

goat’s milk lotion

It could also leave me stuck paying a large amount of postage and losing money on an order if I don’t add enough to items.

I try to keep my prices reasonable.  I haven’t raised the prices of my soaps since I started making them, and trust me the cost of supplies has gone up.

dish cloths, dryer balls, and coasters

I do allow for people to message me what they want, and then I can figure the price of shipping and send an invoice, which works well, but would most people be okay with that in our world of instant gratification?

hand knit llama wool rugs

What do you think?  Any ideas?