No new craft news to report so instead I’ll tell you a story that pretty much sums me up as a person.
10 or 15 years ago I signed up for one of those free credit report websites so I could check my FICO score. (710 back then, now it’s probably like… idk, 4?) I totally forgot to end my free trial before they started charging me monthly fees, so when I saw the charge on my bank statement I tried to log on and cancel. Couldn’t get in. I hadn’t repeated any of my other passwords, couldn’t remember the new one, and couldn’t reset it because it wasn’t accepting my answers to the security questions. I called customer service and the rep pulled up my info. After explaining my issue to her, she was quiet for a moment.
“I can’t tell you what your answers are, but I can tell you they’re all exactly the same.”
“…did I answer everything ‘Tony Danza?'”
Yes. That’s what I did.
I had to do up 6 months worth of financial records, and I’m going to try to keep up with that.
^ That is the WTF part.
I’m terrible with that kind of stuff. The only reason I can balance my checkbook is that I have no checkbook! I don’t even have credit cards (anymore) so all I need to keep track of is on my online banking and Paypal account. I get email reminders (that send me alerts on my phone) to pay rent, electricity and cable while everything else just sends an email to let me know they took the money already. I barely have to think.
None of that lends itself to responsible spending or, dare I say it? “Saving.”
Oh, oh my. I think I just jizzed in my pants.
Anyway, since my boyfriend is being turned into an accountant I figure I should get my shit together at least a little before he grows up enough to judge me. Also… if he’s going to be an accountant when he grows up (23 now, I’ve been sewing since he was in diapers) then at least I’ll have someone to help me keep my shit together, right? I just have to get it together in the first place or I’m gonna feel like one of those stupid bitches that can’t do anything without a man’s help. >_<
The way I’m figuring it, I’d like to someday have a brick-and-mortar shop. Just a little one. Just my own stuff and maybe some local indie designers but I don’t want a co-op. That’s for dirty hippies.
Anyway, I don’t think I’ve done my sales tax stuff for a few months and in Sept I actually sold things to a person in AZ (almost never happens, which means I almost never need to collect and hand over sales tax) so I should really get that done. Tonight, hopefully. After all, I’ve got all the records!
This is the first thing I ever sold from my first Etsy shop!
I made a lot of plastic headbands with ribbons folded and glued to make cat ears. I still think the idea is pretty clever, but the execution… not so much. Maybe I’ll have another go eventually.
I have worked with beads and wire.
I used to make beaded crowns.
I know full well how long this must have taken.
I know that the strap is ugly and doesn’t match.
I think that there are beads in places there shouldn’t be.
I notice places where the work looks sloppy.
I think that $286.85 USD is entirely too much to pay for something like this.
I do, however, applaud the sellers for not underpricing. And wish they’d do more of this type of work. That shit is worth the $750.