Sunday, February 8, 2009

Economy, etc.

I do wonder how come I've had more sales this month than I ever had, at a time when the economy is supposed to be so terrible. Maybe all the relisting I've done has helped after all.

Speaking of economy, I just realized that economizing has helped me lose 10 lbs. without even really trying. I got my dog in June, and I stopped going to the gym because I was walking him a lot and he was a pup and couldn't be home alone too much. No more need for a gym membership... I walk him 5 miles or so a day, every day, even in those horrible midwest winter days at -30*. Thank goodness I have a tough, outdoor-loving dog. He's such a trooper. He rolls in the snow even when it's that cold. It's still too hot for him! So no more gym membership needed. I do pushups and situps at home and that helps round everything out.

Then turns out Mr. Pup is intolerant of most kibble foods, so I cook for him. Then, I cook more healthy foods for me, too. So I save money by not going out, and I get healthier food. Hurray for a slow economy!!!

Speaking of that, I posted an ad or about needing meat for my dog (freezerburnt was ok). One lady donated SEVENTEEN LBS! A grocery bag full of tenderloin, 2" thick cuts of pork, bags and packages of chicken breasts, beef liver, sheesh. She said they were past their expiration in the freezer and she didn't want to feed them to her family. Wow. Some were a month past the date, but come on, they were frozen. And well-wrapped. And two lbs. of tenderloin. Wow. I love freecycle.

I sold 8 pairs of underwear in the last week, along with a corset, and a t-shirt. It's making my day.

I finally listed my skirt made from the band concert t of The Cure, which is shown above. You can buy it here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cold days and slacking off

Here's my new skirt I made last weekend. BUY HERE. It's retro 80s, rainbow, boho, little bit of everything cute, flowery Care Bear happiness. It's a size large, but it fits me and I'm a small. It stretches a lot to accomodate a large though.

There are some things you make and it's kinda like, eh. Then there are those things you make and they make you happy in return. This did it for me, because I loved the Care Bears when I was growing up. My neighbors, my brothers, and I had a Care Bear club in Billy K's treehouse in the cul-de-sac. My mom made our CareBears. I had a Love-A-Lot bear, but it had curly yellow fur instead of pink. The good intention was there, though ;0)

It's so cold here in the Mid-West. I have to keep my bedroom door closed because Marley the crazy cat feels the irresistible urge to pee on my bed if I leave it open.

I try to leave the heat down to 60* most of the time, to save money on electricity (I have electric heat and my last bill was $181 for my little condo), but when I do that and close the bedroom, the bedroom temp is about 52*. Umm, too cold for me.

So, I used my little PayPal account I have from selling my ETSY stuff, and I got this space heater from It looks great, it's cheap, and from the reviews, it seems very powerful. I might even turn the heat down even more if this thing works well. It's on a thermostat, so it turns off when the room is the right temperature. Hopefully it will be cheaper than my main heater and hopefully it won't cause power surges or blown fuses or whatever it is that causes my lights to go out when I'm in the shower with a space heater on in the bathroom (I know, so safe, right? but it's not in the shower WITH me...)

I sold my flames corset, today, which is great.

I have to list a skirt I made, too. It's a Cure skirt (the band). It's pink, red, and black, and it's free drawstring waisted. I made it last weekend, too, so I should have listed it then, but, hey, been lazy...

That's all for now...