Friday, October 31, 2008

Check me out!  I am the featured seller on Elizabear Designs Blog!


OK, so some (including my sister) hate that I love clogs.  I am not a stiletto wearing lady at all.  I'll take a comfort shoe any day.  So these clogs, which I have had for a couple of years now, are my favorites.

They are a little on the heavy side, but they are very stable and I can literally stand in them (and have) all day.

I think they are cute, and for me, they go with almost everything I like to wear everyday - jeans, simple shirts.

If you have never tried a pair, I highly recommend them.

I also love crocheting this time of year!  I have to finish up a baby blanket for my niece who is due any day now!  My incentive is that once I am done, I can experiment with new scarf ideas inmy favorite color - purple!!

I can't wait until it is chilly enough to wear a scarf!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What I love most about Halloween

If it wasn't so freakin' hot over here, you would actually think it is Fall.  Jack o' lanterns, fake cob webs, trick or treat candy, scary movies on the tv, it's all there.  I can't believe that this day light savings time will be it forever too!

No more "springing ahead" or "falling back".  
Well, as if all of this would matter, I'll be stuck in class tomorrow night.  Sam will be at home dishing out candy to pranksters and punks.

In a way though, tomorrow is like a treat for me.  You see, the class I am taking tomorrow is the LAST class I need to tak in order to finish my degree.  It is called Business Seminar, we do a group project or something like that.  I guess I will find out all about it tomorrow.  It is nice to know I am only a few months away!!  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sam's Birthday and More Milestones

October is usually one of those transition months for me. It is proving to be this October as well. I notified my day job that I would be moving to San Diego in January. Sam was offered a wonderful position there and is already working from home for this new company. He seems to like his job, although there is much new trailblazing he is needing to do in this organization.

Sam has been hounding me to work on my resume and get to looking for a new job. I will, but I am still a full-time student, part-time worker and part-time small business owner. Is it just me, or is all the time gone? I feel like there is just not enough time to get things done. I will be graduating this January with my Business Degree. I am very excited about that. What I am not looking forward to is scouring San Diego for a new job.

Enough about that...

Sam turned 38 on Monday! Yes, he is getting to be an old man. We spent the day together (except for school), we had a nice lunch of Chinese from a local place. We watched a great movie, Son of Rambow - you have to see it!!

I just realized that I had a milestone on Etsy - 500 sales, now, I am approaching 600 (just 2 sales away)! Time flies hu?

I am starting a thread today in the ETSY forums called Team SASsy Pep Rally. It is something I am doing to help combat the negative thinking that can come so easily in these economic times. Check it out:

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Milestone - 500 transactions on Etsy!

I wanted to acknowledge that I finally reached my goal of 500 transactions on Etsy as a seller. That means that I have sold 500 items from my shop, Urban Bead. I originally had planned to meet this goal by December 2008.

It came early! I thought I would do so many things, like BLOG about it, tell my loyal customers about it, give away a free prize, etc, but it all happened so fast! Just today, I reached my 555th transaction.

I've been busy.

School is as difficult as it ever is, I am taking business finance, e-commerce, and my final project this semester. But, hey it's my last semester!

I have also told my employer that I will be leaving in December. My husband was offered a great career opportunity and it is taking us to San Diego, CA. I am excited, but also nervous. The good news is, I will still be able to run Urban Bead, since it is not a brick and mortar store! haha!

My next goal is to meet 777 transactions. 777 is my lucky number! With any luck for my memory I will be able to have much fanfare for my customers about that one! I am giving myself until February to meet that goal. I think I can do it too!


Monday, February 18, 2008

So many ideas and not so much time!

I am sitting here thinking to myself that I could have spent my time more wisely. My hubby was away with his brother and niece sledding in the local mountains. The phone didn't ring at all, I had finished all of my assignments. A perfect day to work on new stuff! But no. I instead took a nap in the sunshine, worked on the little baby blanket I am crocheting for Sam's niece Corissa and ate Cheez-its with reckless abandon. haha! Maybe tomorrow will be more productive!

Buy two and get one free sale going on now!! All of my resin pendants are on sale - buy two at regular price and get one of equal value free!

Monday, January 21, 2008

So much to do

Got back from my trip last night. Costa Rica is the land of my dreams. I would love living there - and would move, if I could. Raw nature and beauty, no artificial sweetners if you know what I mean.

I returned from my trip determined to get back to some form of raw-ness. I loved everything about the Caribean coast, I especially loved the food. Everything was fresh, tasty, unprocessed. I felt so healthy there- we both did! My husband and I said we would give organic / unprocessed foods a good try. Both committing to making our food - using good ingredients, locally grown if possible. Life is too short to not be picky about our food!

As my first quest, I made a loaf of whole wheat bread. It was nice knowing exactly what every ingredient is and being able to control what my food is made of. Oh, and before I forget, it is delicious!! We had a warm slice of my bread, with a little butter - yum!

New projects I am working on in the studio are rings! I decided to give adjustible rings a try and see how they work.

Thanks for looking! xoxo

Friday, January 4, 2008

Far between...

For the most part, I thought this would be a good place to talk about projects I am working on. Things that I like and that influence ideas might also find their way here as well.

However, there may not be much room left for getting things off my chest.

We'll see how this goes.

How about an intro? My name is Monica, I live in Southern California with my husband, a cat and a dog. I own a business named Urban Bead. I sell jewelry and art pendants that I make myself. I also sell vintage beads and findings. You can visit my store: to see what I am talking about.
In addition to this, I also have a day-job, I work part-time as a program manager for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles. Although I love the organization dearly, I look forward to the day when Urban Bead is such a success, I can leave my day job and do what I really love full-time. Speaking of time - I am also a full time student at a local liberal-arts college. I am going to B school, finishing up my last year - cheers to that!
I hope that my blog enables me to interact more with my customers and make friends with peeps who have an interest in crafting, jewelry, art, ETSY, etc.
Thanks for looking!