Saturday, January 29, 2011

New French General in!

I have a limited number of Pom Pom de Paris, by French General, for Moda, pre-cuts, in my shop. Layer4 cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs. Thanks for looking, Elaine

Friday, January 28, 2011

The new family

In true farmer fashion, a wee bit of old screen, hay bale twine and just a tad bit of assist from Mr.Sweetums, we now have a cat/skunk/other critters proof, chicklet run! We are now up to 6 babies with 7 eggs left. Thanks for checking them, off to work for me!!

Yippeee...spring is coming!

Check out my front you see it?

There, in the dormant flower little black bantam hen. She had 13 eggs in it, and is determined to be the mom of the year.

I'll share another pic tomorrow. I wasn't sure what to do with her, so I grabbed a dog carrier, turned labor room, and put her, pot and all, in the cage. Of course there is hay laid down, a water jug and plenty of food for the chooklets. I checked on her later in the day and found a wee baby wandering around, below the pot. I lifted her out and put her in the cage and moved each egg in, where she promptly moved them beneath her.

So far, we have 4 babies! I think my grandmother would be proud.
***Disclaimer: the porcelain bedpan seen under the porch swing is an actual water bath for the birds in the summer...some nurses have sick senses of humor***

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Now I'm irritated

Ya'll know I have an etsy shop, I'm sure I bore you to tears with that. Anyhoo, I have been selling out of it, online, for a while now. I have met some really nice ladies, all over the world. I have enjoyed it alot. What irritates me is my post office....ah hell, the whole postal system irritates me today. And I'll be sharing that little tidbit with you now.

You ever check out the fabric sales/shops on etsy, ebay or otherwise? You ever look at the postal prices? Quite a few will even admit, or better yet, proclaim to fit up to 8 yards in a flat rate envelope. Yeah, me too. Remember the postal commercial....IF IT FITS, IT SHIPS!

Well, I have received alot of those envelopes myself....and love it! I can't believe I can receive that much in an envelope! My little neighboring town has a post office and I would much rather go there. Nicer people, for real.

When I sell online, I found I can also print my postage online, if it's flat rate. What a more having the little man run to the post office everyday. Just pop that envelope in an egg basket and hang it off the mail box and the carrier picks it up.....right?

I sold 4 yards of fabric to a nice lady in the US and popped it into a flat rate and told the hubs to pop it out for me. He did. 2 days later, I receive the same envelope back, all beat to hell, with the paper label written on $4.40 owed. We looked at it a few hours and the hubs decided that would be the exact cost of a medium flat rate box, added to my already paid for label. Now, you might ask yourself, where is my happy face? Gone. So, like any sane person, I opened the package and popped it into another envelope and mailed it ANYWHERE BUT MY POST OFFICE WHERE THE CLERKS ARE CONSTIPATED!!!! Then I went back to Paypal, where I am now out the $4.75 postage, and applied for a refund on the computer generated stamp.

This is where the good part starts: It will take up to 15 days for a postal refund. Wow. So 2 days later, I get an email from Paypal....guess what? It appears that I mailed a priority flat rate to that address and they will not refund my postage. You see, when you computer generate a stamp and you're cheap like me, you print it out on a regular piece of paper, cut it down and tape it on the package. This stamp has a did the NEW stamp the hubs paid for. Hmm, I guess the post office machines don't know how to read bar codes.

So, my question is: does the post office REALLY know what they are doing?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Spring is coming, wahoo!

Hey ya'll...what is new with you? Since I went back to work, it's been busy, busy! Mon thru Fri, from before dawn to after dusk, driving back and forthj (35 miles one way), fixing dinner when I get in,  because I do enjoy cooking and my husband doesn't. Laundry on the weekends, cleaning know, the things we all do. I guess since I haven't worked for several months, it's kicking my behind a bunch, lol!
15.5" long x 13" wide x 5" tall.

In the meantime, I have decided to drag out my UFO's and either DO THEM or lose them. 1) is a needlepoint of a rose bouquet on a soft pink background. I did the background, the roses were already done, and had intended it for an old lady footstool because I think they are cool and I have always wanted one. So I did it! Yep, just jumped in and did it. I am so glad I did, I love it! Very first-timer-on-a-footstool but I will always treasure it. Did I mention that I had actually done the needlepoint @ 16 years ago! I just needed a wee bit of a push to tack it down!

Now, what's next for my list....we shall see tomorrow. Have a great night, Elaine