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Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Calm After The Storm

Newest merchandise in my shop, sales have been very good, now at 239 as of this morning! (15 sales yesterday)

Had to throw in a pic of my new shop profile pic, me in my goofy my little pony bow, was a hair bow, but converted it into a "brooch" if you will...this is my Easter portrait too...

The last of the minxden pillows I decided to adopt into my own house hold...

But I see they are being put to good use as my hubby sleeps on them for napping adorable is that man of mine? I love watching him sleep.

Whoops, I awoke the mister....ummmm....hey baby, don't mind the camera! Now you can tell this is a married man, nestled in flowery girly sheets, blankies, and chic pillows...nothing sexier than seeing a married man just waking up snuggled in flowered linens, this should totally be in a magazine! Every wife, loves seeing their hubby's feminine sides, my husband is a 350 lbs. 6 foot 4 inch manly farm man raised on steak and potatoes and green beans, but this is a rare sight only I usually see, my big giant teddy bear man, who doesn't mind my extreme girly taste in home decor...he did marry a girly girl after all, which reminds me, our 4 year anniversary is coming up in about 6 weeks! wow! already!

It didn't matter anyway, cause there was another family member in our bed, my Ci-Ci.

Here's Ashes, the old lady kitty doing what she does best... "MEOW-OW-OW!" human translation..."Dad! wake up already! it's time for my afternoon snack!"

What a sleepy kitty I have! geeze, go back to bed then won't cha? (if you are wondering where my third furrbaby, Sabrina is, she was spending her "timeout" in the laundry room for being a naughty kitty earlier.

Well, the huge storm system had come and gone, a tornado went through my town, really scary, but luckily my house is fine, no major damage anywhere that I see this morning, And of course, me and my little family humans and felines both are safe and not injured. That being said, this would be the 2nd night in a row severe weather struck my little town and kept me awake most of the night, so I can see a Sunday's afternoon nap in order. Ci-Ci is already crashed on my flowery upholstered chair, dead to the world, Ashes snoozing comfortably on the back of my desk chair watching me with squinted eyes as I type, Sabrina licking her paw, my hubby wearily driving to work this morning (forgetting his sack lunch), and I am hungry like you wouldn't believe, since I only ate a few bites of food yesterday due to nerves of the tornado outbreak, so it's now time to nourish my weary body with a good hearty breakfast, but I am thinking I won't eat a typical breakfast....I am thinking, something weird! mmmm...haha! have a blessed Sunday, I won't be blogging again for at least a week, since I will be going back to my childhood hometown in Kansas to see family and just relax and breathe!

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Death Of Minxden

I am trying so hard to not cry when typing this....ok too late, Mrs. Waterworks over here....after nearly 3 and a half years of being in business, I chose today as the day I close her doors forever. Maybe it's the recession, maybe my 7 negative feedbacks, or maybe a shift in the market trend, I don't know but after 943 sales and 3 different locations, minxden is now no more. It feels that a part of my soul is now gone too, I put so much hard work into this shop, and for a while there minxden was thriving beautifully, I thought I could easily make it to 1,000 or more sales. I was 57 pillows short of my goal...only 57. In a way, I feel like I have failed. Like dropping dead of a heart attack in the last 50 meters of a 10K race...I was so close to 1,000 sales. I hate failure like no tomorrow. I kept minxden alive as long as I could, and seeing my 2nd etsy shop boom in sales in the past 4 months, that could of contributed to the slow death of minxden. As I take a very long deep breath in my shaky lungs, I know for certain I will have those who negatively critized me and minxden say these 4 dreaded words to my face "I told you so...." I tried so hard to show them different, to prove my negative critics wrong...and I am so damn mad at myself for not making it with this shop...I knew I did something majorly wrong if minxden couldn't last 4 years...what did I do wrong? where did I go wrong? were my prices too high? too low? the fabrics? were they not nice enough? my craftsmanship? was it lacking? did I not advertise like I should have? about 100 questions are going through my mind and I pray that only by the grace of God himself that Minxdenpartdeux, my 2nd etsy shop will do so much sucks to fail once, but to fail twice at the same thing, that won't do in my life. That won't do.
Well with the few pillows I have left, I will simply donate for good causes, and give to loved ones as gifts I guess.

Monday, April 2, 2012

One Hot Day Makes A Very Angry Minx Lynx

Today was so hot out! it reached 91 degrees here, but for my location this time of year, that's unheard of! and of course, my air conditioner is broke! This is what I get for moving into a foreclosed home that hasn't been maintained inside and out for over a year! (it was vacant for like 13 months I think before I moved in) and when that happens, heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical work goes all to sh#t! My plumbing was a complete nightmare last winter, took 3 whole weeks to get it all fixed! thank goodness my heater worked alright, but had quite a mild winter this year, only 2 snows! But now that we have this freak of nature heat wave, my hubs and I had to endure 90 degrees in our house, baking ourselves, our poor kitties and budgies, and 3 days, 15 cold showers, 2 sleepless nights, a tub of ice cream, and 5 lactaid pills later, the friendly cold front from Canada is finally here and it is now 73 in my house. And also made 9 sales today in my etsy jewelry shop, this is nice! sold the pink glittery bow pictured right above as one of the 9 items I sold! yay!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far, I am hopeful the rest of my week will be better...