Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just Enough Time for a Quick Update

It seems like it has been forever since I have been able to post. They discharged dad from the hospital this past Wednesday so I have been staying with my parents since then to help mom take care of him. He is really doing very well considering the type of surgery that he had and all of his pathology reports came back clear. As of right now he is cancer free and we found out Monday that he will not need any radiation or chemo follow-up. We have been so very blessed through out this whole experience and have had so many answered prayers. I want to thank all of you who have sent your well wishes and who have kept him and my mom in your prayers, you don't know how much that means to me. I pray that he will continue to recover without any further complications.
Unfortunately, mom and pops aren't very computer savvy and I have no internet access while I am staying with them. I came home last night so that I could take care of some things that I just couldn't postpone or reschedule but will be going back later this evening. My friend has been keeping an eye on the shop and will be letting me know if and when any orders are placed. So we are technically still open for business but new item listings have been postponed until I can get a little more free time. Looks like I will be missing out on another Christmas shopping season but that's ok. Family always comes first. Hope that all is well with you and yours. Have a great Thanksgiving. I will post again as soon as I get a chance.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What's Up

Well we got some good news. Dad's pathology report came back totally clear which means they were able to get all of the cancer during the surgery. The lymph nodes and everything were negative. God is good. As for the shop and blog and all of that I am trying to work on new pieces for a show at the end of the month. I will be going to stay with my mom and dad for a few days so I will be away from the shop without any internet access until I get back home so I plan to put the shop in vacation mode. I will be able to take some of my jewelry making supplies and tools and work on some wire wrapped pieces. Hopefully when I return home I will have a few new pieces ready to post in the shop. I have been working on some new etched designs and playing around with some enamels so I am pretty excited to share those. So just bear with me for the next couple of days until I can get mom and dad settled at home and make sure that they are comfortable enough to be alone. Please continue to send your good thoughts and lots of prayers their way. He still has a lot of healing and rehab to do yet. Thanks for all of the well wishes and for keeping us in your thoughts. Talk to you all soon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Have Gotten a Little Bit Off Track

Good Morning Everyone,
Just wanted to make a quick post to apologize for not being able to keep up with the giveaways and featured artists segments. I have gotten a little off track with the blog posts recently. They moved my dad's surgery up by almost a week so I have been at the hospital almost all day every day with the exception of yesterday and today. I haven't had the time or the access to the web to keep things going on schedule and I apologize. Hopefully things will return to "normal" soon. Dad is doing really well with his recovery so we are hoping he will get to go home soon. Thanks to everyone for all of their well wishes and prayers. They truly do mean a lot to me. Well gotta run. Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Winner of the Little Girls Reversible Red Pinafor Dress from ArtsyCrafty

Thank you so much to all who entered in the giveaway for the adorable little girls pinafore dress from Artsycrafty. I really appreciate all of your support and participation. If we continue to have good participation then we can continue to have great items donated for giveaways so keep it up guys you all are the greatest.
So without further ado, the winner is.......  

Bombtastic Belle  !!!!

Congratulations.  Judy the owner of Artsy Crafty will be in touch with you soon via the contact info that you provided in order to get your ship to information. I hope that you will be pleased with the dress. Thank you so much for your participation. Congratulations once again.

***As always the winner was determined using the list randomizer at I will be more than happy to provide a copy of the randomized list to anyone who wishes to see it. Just let me know and I can send it to you via an email attachment. Thanks***

Monday, November 2, 2009

Meandering Mondays: How to Make Your Purchases on Etsy --Step-by-Step Instructions

Check out step by step
If you have recently made a purchase from a merchant on Etsy and you received a reminder email stating that you haven't paid for the purchase please do not be offended. Often new members to the Etsy community (and sometimes even us Etsy veterans) don't realize that their transaction is not complete until they reach the Etsy screen with a large green check mark beside the caption ' Paid using Paypal'  for items from each merchant they have chosen to purchase from. (You can see an example of this screen at the link in step 5 below).

You can go back to the check out for your item when logged in to Etsy, click on the grey 'your Etsy' tab at the top of the screen when you log into to your Etsy account and click on 'purchases', in blue, at the top left corner.

After you filled in your address you see an option with 'pay now with Paypal' That's the button you should click for both credit card or Paypal account payments (even if you don't have a Paypal account you still have to click on the 'pay now with Paypal' button because Paypal is also the company who processes all credit card transactions for the Etsy site). See it here:

This takes you to Paypal. You'll see a screen where you can choose your payment method. If there's currently no money in your Paypal account, or you do not have a Paypal account, you can also choose to use your credit card in the bottom part of the screen:

If you have a Paypal account, you click  'login' on the right hand of the screen as seen here:
when you click on 'Login' you will go to this screen,
Now click on the orange button that says 'Pay $XX Now' and the amount of your transaction will be deducted from your Paypal account.

If you don not have a Paypal account then you should have clicked on the 'continue' option (in blue) on the left hand of the screen seen in Step 3:
That will take you to this screen:
Here you will enter all of your credit card and ship to information then click on the orange button at the bottom that says 'Review order and Continue'.

After you click on either the orange 'Pay $XX Now' button when using a Paypal account OR the orange 'Review order and Continue' button when using a Credit Card, you should be redirected back to Etsy to this screen:
Here you should see a large green check mark beside the caption 'Paid using Paypal' if you see the check mark and caption then your transaction has been completed successfully and payment has been sent to the seller. If you do not see the green check and the caption then no money has been sent to the seller and your items are not paid for yet. If you are still having trouble contact the shop owner that you are trying to purchase from for additional help in finalizing your payment. I am sure they would be more than glad to assist you.

A version of this was recently posted in the forums on Etsy in response to the number of non-paying buyers. (I did take the liberty of making a few changes to make certain points a little easier to understand) In the majority of cases, the buyers aren't intentionally not paying for their purchases but rather they are unsure of how to follow through with the Etsy checkout system to completion and payment finalization, particularly in the case of customers who are brand new to the Etsy community. I want to thank Kinchi for posting this for us in the forums as well as Starrydesigns for the great screen shots. I hope this will help others to get a working knowledge of how the Etsy process works. I know that it is a lot of steps but after you have successfully completed a couple of transactions you will have it down pat.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope it is of some help to someone. If you are a shop owner who knows people who are interested in your items but they are uncomfortable with the Etsy procedures please feel free to share this with them.