October 30, 2012

holiday sales event and etsy gift cards

single autumn fall leaf golden yellow and red on sidewalk photo by Jennifer Kistler copyright 2012
The last couple weeks found me going on a pumpkin patch field trip with my younger son (thankful that day was beautiful!), listening to the rain pouring down, enjoying the ever-changing colors of autumn, watching my older son sing in choir at his first middle school concert, having a great birthday (thank you to my family!), and finally joining Pinterest (oh, wow... more on my adventures in Pinterest later).

This week (among other things) I am preparing to vend at a local sales event. Since I haven't done much in-person selling of my jewelry, I don't have a fancy booth set-up, but I am hoping to put together a little signage, perhaps some enlargements of jewelry photos that can stand up and be seen across the room. Thankfully, this event is indoors and I'll just be setting up a table. Local readers, mark your calendar (and bring your cash!), the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is this coming weekend, November 3 10am to 5pm at West Hills Community Church (1650 Brush College Rd NW in Salem Oregon). Though it feels like it's just fall, Christmas is not that far off, so get a start on your shopping here!

fall trees stormy sky with rainbow nature photograph by Jennifer Kistler copyright 2012
my view one day last week (fall trees with stormy skies and a rainbow)

For customers everywhere, I want to share that I now also accept Etsy's Direct Checkout. This is a feature that Etsy created earlier this year, which means if you don't want to go through PayPal, you can use Direct Checkout instead and just enter your credit card.

But that's not all! Etsy has just come out with gift cards, and because I accept Etsy's Direct Checkout, you can use Etsy gift cards in my online shop! They would make a great gift for someone you know who likes to shop Etsy, or if you would like to buy them something from my shop but aren't sure what they'd like (be sure to direct them to my shop when you give the card if that is your intent). Note that Etsy gift cards may only be purchased in the United States, though they can be given to and redeemed by someone outside the U. S. (but only at Etsy shops in the U. S. that accept Direct Checkout). Items from shops that accept Etsy gift cards are clearly marked. (see example below) People have been asking Etsy for gift cards for a while now, so this is pretty exciting!

That's it for today... and because I just can't resist, I'll leave you with one more photo of an autumn tree.

fall autumn tree golden yellow leaves photo copyright Jennifer Kistler 2012
autumn in my neighborhood

October 19, 2012

mixed signs (and mixed feelings) of autumn

decorative gourd in my son's hands
cute little gourd
I went on my younger son's pumpkin patch field trip this week. After the recent pouring rain, we were so thankful to have a lovely, sunny day for it! He got to pick a pumpkin and a decorative gourd. Does anyone else think this gourd looks like something that should have its fuse lit and be thrown to explode? That occurred to me as I walked by it in the kitchen, had to laugh. Of course they did other stuff, like go down the slide on the hay pyramid, and play in the hay maze and hay fort, which is why I think the kids really like the pumpkin patch! Hardly anyone else was there besides his class, which was even better.

My older son is in middle school now, and no longer gets field trips to pumpkin patches. It's bittersweet to watch your kids get older! Just when you're enjoying one stage, they move on to another. I hadn't even heard of pumpkin patches like these when I was a kid, so going with their school classes has been a treat. We may actually have to see how much a nice pumpkin costs at the local stores so he can pick one, too. Personally, I have wanted a blue one for a few years now!

my son in the pumpkin patch
picking the perfect pumpkin
It's a strange time of year, when it can rain an inch or more one day, and be lovely the next. Trees are turning and pumpkins are popping up everywhere, but my strawberry plants are still bearing the odd berry (and particularly big ones compared to the early summer berries!), and the roses are still blooming. Outside our front door are these roses, which managed to survive the recent downpours although the whole (very long) stem is seriously drooping. I almost pruned it off last week because I knew it would get knocked over by the rain, but now I'm so glad I didn't!

light pink rose blossoms photo by Jennifer Kistler 2012
roses in autumn

October 15, 2012

this week...

first colors of autumn neighborhood trees photo by Jennifer Kistler
first fall colors
I didn't manage to finish any other blog posts, was feeling a bit under the weather for most of one week, and then been catching up on things around here since then. But this one I could totally do.

The last couple weeks found me...

discovering photos I didn't know existed (someone likes to put stuff from the secondary cameras and phones into computer folders I rarely get into), and finding some that I had wondered where they were

noticing that the midday shadows are long and the light is different as the sun moves lower in the sky

changing the bottom bed sheet to flannel (ahhh, so cozy and comfy)

learning about early pioneer life in the Northwest on a field trip (love going on school field trips with my kids!) Sooo thankful for modern conveniences

making an account of my own on Roblox because my younger son loves teaching me games he likes

reliving good memories as I made a couple scrapbook layouts (on the computer, so fun and no mess!)

digital scrapbook layout: Mother's Day at Silver Falls 2012

identifying yet another computer program I want to learn (Adobe Illustrator; it has been ages since I used a vector graphics program, and this is nothing like it!)

watching the rain fall

enjoying what felt like a mini-staycation one day while the kids were at school, which may become a weekly habit, as my husband now works most of the weekends

seeing the first winter birds arrive

fall colors on tree across the street photo by Jennifer Kistler
tree across the street yesterday

digital scrapbook layout includes these products: Persimmon collection (background paper and "Family" word art) from Scrap Girls, Roughed Up Photo Mats in Grove (photo mat, color adjusted) from Designer Digitals. No, I don't get anything from them for the mention, I just enjoy using their stuff so much I want to share it with you!