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I just took a look at my shop stats for Etsy..

In the past 30 days I've managed to somehow pull in over $600 in Etsy sales alone. 

I'm not even sure how this happened.  I know I've had a lot of custom orders and such.. plus the random necklace sale here and there.. but nothing more than $100 at a time. 

Still.....

I have no clue how to keep this kind of momentum up. I know how fickle and cyclical Etsy is... but if I could even keep up something close as that average.. Life would be much less stressed, I think. 

I'm filling out the app for a Florida show for the spring. Don't know if I'll get in. But if I do, I'm only doing the Ft. Lauderdale one, and not the Miami one... which would give me time to fly back to AZ and see friends and family, before Norman, and Georgia... ( crap... I almost forgot about Norman!).. I really need to make my schedule for next year. 

I'm frustrated.  

Even though I had a bunch of stuff removed from my credit, and have pretty close to everything paid off, my credit score dropped... by quite a bit. Which was kinda the OPPOSITE of what I'm trying to achieve here.  A couple of online financial sources say to wait a couple weeks and that it might bounce back up again...something about buckets and scorecards and comparisons, which made no sense to me and sounded more like they were talking about a soccer match... but I'll wait.  There are still a couple of items that I have no idea what they are or why they're on my credit, so I get to Take On The Man, to prove that they're not mine. When my debit card was hacked a couple of years ago, I think that there is a good possibiity that they got more of my personal info than I had thought. 

In other news.. 

I'm in Maryland.

Pretty sure I am not supposed to be here. 

Currently crashing in the booth of the girl who I am working for... but, it's her new booth.. so.. she doesn't want me sleeping on the beds here. Which...I guess is fine. I've slept on a floor many a time... But I suppose there is the slightly annoyed part of me that is starting to grumble. There are two beds. I have my own bedding, No one is here during the week.  But I am floor sleeping none the less. 

But I won't be able to sleep here during the weekend.. she wants the place to herself and her sister in law. I can dig that too. It's a tiny place. But that means I have to play the game of "where do I sleep tonight", for 3 nights. Plus, pretty sure that I won't be able to crash here during the week after this.. And I have no decent place to work on stock... and in the end...I'm feeling that this isn't worth it. I adore her...I really do...but I think I need to focus on my own shop, and that this was probably a mistake. Especially for only $200 a weekend ( which I am actually grateful for, because hello.. any money is better than no money..), but I'm not hurting for it right now. And I MIGHT be hurting my shop by not being able to focus on it. So... Dilemma. I'll figure it out. One way or the other. I don't want to leave her in the lurch... but I can do better than this for myself in the end. And as much as it sucks...sometimes you do have to put yourself first.
  
I still have a crapton of orders to finish. I should get on that.

Date: 2012-09-13 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captain-snarky.livejournal.com
What, you got cooties or something?
I've had it to the tits with people and their irrational peculiarities. I have my own, granted. But I try not to make anyone else deal with them. I don't want you sleeping in my space, I'm not going to invite you do to so. Not say, "Go ahead, but you can't use the bed, or be there when I'm there, so sleep on the floor or in the woods for all I care, but come work for me anyway".
What?

This sort of shit is why from now on I require certain assurances as to my living arrangements. I'm no longer willing to be at the mercy of someone elses whims or schedule when it comes to where I sleep.
If that means I don't get to be a rennie till I have the means to have my own booth, so be it. It's not worth the fucking of my chi.
Sounds to me like you have plenty on your plate. You don't have to put up with that kind of shit.

Date: 2012-09-13 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meccahi.livejournal.com
I am totally ok with being flexible, and trying to work with people's requirements... but I don't think I realized how many idiosyncrasies I'd have to be dealing with.

And...while I love Maryland...I do need to focus on me, and my shop. I got myself into this situation by wanting to be in Maryland... but this isn't exactly what I signed up for.

Date: 2012-09-13 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captain-snarky.livejournal.com
And you are an infinitely more flexible and tolerant individual than I. I say that with no small degree of envy. Because being a person of many peculiarities, I find myself less flexible than I want to be in certain situations, and wish I could be more so. But I get really easily pissed off. You're generally mellower.

Still, there's being flexible and there's being put upon, and this is definitely the latter.
I feel you though. I've been in the same boat.

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