Hello my lovelies!Â Yes, I’ve been neglecting my blog this week, haven’t I?Â You see, I have more family woes, I’m about to go on holiday for three weeks, I have more dogs to update the Brambleberry site* with, it’s both the Great Greyhound Gathering AND my older son’s birthday on Saturday, and in addition to all of that, I’ve been trying to re-float my Etsy shop.
I won’t go into the family stuff.
The holiday is worrying me a little because I always get stressed before going on holiday.Â I worry about what to take, what I’ll forget, the travelling .. all kinds of stuff.Â And also because of my two comfortable pairs of walking sandals, one has been chewed by Sid, and the other has turned into a pair of frogs.
Yes, that’s right.Â I’m sure you’ve had frog shoes at some point yourself – suddenly, while you’re walking along minding your own business, you hear something funny.Â It goesÂ ‘gribbit, gribbit, gribbit’ and it’s coming from your feet.Â Â When shoes wear out, sometimes a little hole appears somewhere and air gets into – or maybe out of – the sole.Â Not only is it mildly embarrassing, but they’re never quite as comfy ever again. Needless to say, the shops no longer have summer sandals in (let alone summer sandals in my size, which is Extremely Wide with Incipient Bunions. It’s all autumn stuff.
So, the Etsy shop.Â I donated a few pieces of jewellery to an online auction in aid of a greyhound with a seriously bad leg fracture (external fixators, the whole works) and was asked if I wanted to be a part of a craft showcase, and what was my shop name please?Â Well, I’d let my Etsy shop slide, but here was a good opportunity to revive it with free advertising, so I went ahead and opened it up again, and started making jewellery again, and all the photography and listing etc involved just ran away with my time.Â It is soothing though, during a time of family troubles, and I do love making things like those fancy dog tag collars up there.
I don’t just do dog jewellery, of course.Â There’s earrings and bracelets too, and tassels to be added soon.
Today I’m taking part in A Sort of Fairytale’s online link party ‘Shopping Therapy Thursday’. If you have an Etsy shop, or even if you just love pretty and unusual things, mostly handcrafted with love, then do pop along and see who’s there – or even join in yourself!
I’ll be back to blogging properly again soon, I promise! I’m taking a computer away with me, so hopefully you’ll get some lovely pictures of the Italian countryside – and no doubt a few oddities too! I always seem to find them.
* The dogs aren’t up yet, but sometime over the next few days they will be!