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I’m a Winner

This week has been all about being a winner. It’s turned out so much better than I expected. Let me delineate the ways:

  1. In the top two most exciting things to happen to me this week, I actually won something. You may have noticed my prolific blogging about the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway. I entered a pile of contests. I really wanted to win. And I did. Thanks so much to Tea Party Girl, I won a teapot, warmer, and looseleaf tea to test out in my new teapot. This is an awesome contest to win because I’ve really been dreaming about getting a teapot for ages without actually getting around to buying one. Plus, I have a stockpile of tea in my kitchen that is sadly neglected, and now it won’t be! Head on over to Tea Party Girl’s website to learn more about tea, tea parties, and to bask in the good feelings posts like this can give you:

    I also treat this blog as a place for you to come for a mini-break in the course of your day, reminding you of beauty, balance, elegance, and all that a daily tea tradition can represent.

    You deserve it.

    You deserve it not from being perfect or working too hard. You deserve it because you are worth taking care of. Your Creator thinks so, your loved ones think so, and it’s not selfishness but wisdom to discover what nurtures you. If tea breaks, parties, and brew are part of that, I want to show you how to make your teatime as beautiful and simple as possible.

    I am all for self-care. We do deserve it.

  2. Also in my top two most exciting things to happen to me this week, I made my first Etsy sale to a stranger! I’ve sold a couple items to friends, which is fantastic, but it’s an entirely different kind of fantastic to sell to someone who has no obligation to like you or to pretend to like what you make. So, thanks to my first buyer whom I don’t know. That sale really made my day.
  3. On my way to the post office today, to ship off my wristlet to it’s new home, I ran into one of my former supervisors. It was pleasant to see him (I don’t see many supervisors over the summer) and I found out that one of my reports is being used as a training aid (and not in the “what not to do” sense.) So that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
  4. I had a meeting with my advisor this week that I expected to not be so great, but was actually quite enjoyable. That was cool.
  5. I cleaned my office. A clean office is so much nicer than a messy one. And having my desk clean makes me think, with all the other goodness that’s been going on this week, I may actually get some work on my dissertation done. Let’s hope the good fortune continues.

Oh, but of course since I sold one of my wristlets, I felt compelled to make a new one. It’s almost done, and it makes me think of a breezy summer day. I’ll probably post about it soon. Stay tuned.

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Featured in an Etsy Treasury

One of my Etsy items is being featured in a treasury! It’s a treasury for new Etsy sellers, and there’s some pretty cool items in there. I suggest you check out what Etsy’s new shops have to offer.

Some of my new discoveries through the treasury include Lavender Patch, who has some lovely handmade patchwork items, including a beautiful quilt, and Pamela Michelle, a graphic designer who has some very cool prints and pendants.

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Self-Awareness Through Sewing

Bag

I just finished this tote bag I’ve been working on for a couple days, and the process, I’ve learned something about myself. I get all excited about whatever I’m making, and by the time I’m finished, I want to keep it. This becomes a problem, because I really don’t need that many bags. So with a twinge of sadness, I’ve released it into the wild.

Make that two things I’ve learned. I also learned that I really enjoy adding pockets and snaps and flaps and all sorts of fanciness.

Suck It Up, Cupcake
And finally, after I posted the bag, I noticed someone else had recently posted a new item, and it was hilarious. Four note cards, lovingly imprinted with the message, “suck it up cupcake.” I feel like I need these.

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Edge of Summer

Edge of Summer

This is a picture of my first Etsy purchase. It shipped on Monday, and I’m pretty excited about it arriving. I purchased it from Anti Genre, who has quite a few lovely things in her shop, several of which I’d like to purchase in the near future. This particular piece is called Edge of Summer Pendant (Vineland II), which I think is a perfectly fitting name. The pendant reminds me of being outside in the garden, and of watermelon. Mmm… nice things to be remembering!

Addendum 7/11/07: The pendant arrived at my mom’s house today. She was surprised, because she thought I was shopping for me. And I would happily own this pendant myself, but I’m more happy that it’s hers. I think she likes it. Who doesn’t like a surprise present in the mail?