Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Anyone Can Cook

Janel has still not contacted me about her winning necklace. Janel, if you're out there, please do send me an email at strandsofbeads@yahoo.com with your address. I'll be more than happy to send you the necklace! If I don't hear from you, I've decided that the necklace will become a second prize for the next giveaway. I'm not sure when this will be held yet. The Short One's birthday is coming up in a few months, so maybe then, if not sooner.

I finally decided on one item to buy for the Husband for Christmas - a copy of the Pixar film "Ratatouille". We're big Pixar fans in this house. Even before the Short One arrived, we happily toddled off to see the latest Pixar film on our own. The fact that the most recent one was about French cuisine (sort of) makes it even better (you may recall that the Husband loves to cook). Unfortunately, the H already knows he's getting this for Christmas, so I still have to come up with something that will actually be a surprise, but at least it's a start. How are all of you coming along with your Christmas shopping (if you celebrate Christmas)?

I had a good night with the metal clay last night. I made the components for two full necklaces - they're in the kiln now, as I write this. With the temperature dropping at night, it's getting harder and harder to work outside. My kiln is in the garage which is detached and unheated. Because I don't want metal clay dust floating around the house, I do any pre-fire finishing of the pieces at my, er, that is, the Husband's workbench in the garage. I think I need to bite the bullet and invest in a space heater. It just seems so ironic, given how much heat the kiln itself generates when it's running. Oh, well.

Oh, also, I have a spot on the Etsy Showcase tomorrow. Since the shop is so new, I've been debating what to do about holiday specials and such. I've decided to run a couple limited specials before Christmas. In particular, I am discounting the fortune cookie beads by 30% as a Showcase special. The discount will only be valid during the Showcase from midnight (EST) through 11:59pm tomorrow, November 28th.

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