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1000Markets Sold to Bonanza

Just a quick post to let my 1000Market customers know that another online marketplace, Bonanza (formerly Bonanzle), has purchased 1000Markets.  I am unfamilar with Bonanza, but I am assured the transition will be easy to accomplish on my side and my new shop on Bonanza will be open by the end of the month. 

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What I do When I'm not Creating Jewelry

For the first 6-7 years of marriage, when someone would call in the evening and ask my husband what I was doing he'd say "not sure, but I think she's knittin'."

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Don't Rain on My Parade

Those of us selling our handmade work online have to do our own marketing.  In a sea of worldwide competition it often seems like I'm barely treading water.  Getting noticed often means a lot of networking and in some cases advertising.  None of that is really what we artists and crafters want to do.  We want to just have time to dream and create. 

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A Day of Wine, Chocolate, Flowers and Art

Last Saturday I participated in the Opulent Art Show held in sunny Sequim, WA.  Sequim is better known as the lavender capital of the world, but for those that don't live in the greater northern Olympic Peninsula area: we're also a hot bed of creativity.  Amazing artists of all ilks live and create here.  How can one not be inspired with all the natural beauty that surrounds us, from the sea to the snow-capped mountains?

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Anticipation the Day Before a Show

Honey from the Bee Artisan Jewelry booth.

Tomorrow I'll be hopefully standing for hours meeting new fans and remembering pieces the returning fans purchased before.  The anticipation of an art show is a mixture of excitement with a good measur

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Nature Waits for No One

The vestiges of summer blooms still brighten a corner or two.

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Wine Country Holiday Inspires

Sonoma Valley and its wineries are one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the Fall.  The day time temperatures are much more comfortable than they were in the summer and the vineyards are turning to crimson and gold.  Inspiration is everywhere!

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County Fairs are for Connecting with Your Community

Our recent county fair sort of drove the point home that we're still not one of the Clallam masses.  We've had folks look at us a little funny when they hear we don't own a tractor.  We're getting the feeling that to really be considered a local (or one of them) one has to own one.  It doesn't

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Feeling Nostalgic for the Beach

With the Gulf Oil Spill chill hovering over all of us still and the end of summer nearing, I can't help but be a little nostalgic for those hot gritty sunburn kind of beach trips of yore.  Adults and kids just all seem to have the perfect time.  It didn't seem to matter i

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White Clouds and Colorful Sunrises

White Clouds

High flying fleet of billowy boats,

Quietly cruising celestial seas.

Windblown wads in whimsical shapes,

Gracefully riding the heavenly breeze.

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