This past week has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster here in Suzie-ville; some lovely and exciting things have happened, as well as a few of the crappier variety. On the less pleasant side, I had yet another computer fiasco and my dear, sweet life-facilitator is now idling at the mac shop, leaving me to (yes, again!) labour away on a seven-year old laptop. Of course, I realize that as far as catastrophes this one is, well, not one at all. But it is a reminder of just how very dependent I am on a machine. Sort of creepy, actually. But in the 'good things' category, I was interviewed a few months back for an article on Etsy and micromanfacturing, and it ran this in the Life & Style section of this weekend's Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. You can read the online version here.
Probably the most exciting thing for me was the large photo of the divine Ms. Kelly they ran; it has led to many emails and some possibly other exciting media-type goodness, but my suspicious nature doesn't permit me to name it until it's actually taken place. We shall see...
Back to the bad, my poor kitty (pictured here keeping Vampire Bess warm) was coughing unusual coughs last week, so we took him to the vet and found out he has asthma. Who knew?? I don't think I've ever heard of kitty asthma, but they have lungs too, so I guess it's not that weird. But that bad becomes a good because it is treatable and after a few days of his medication, he's wheeze-free.
Good again: I finally made some gift certificates for the shop, which I think are pretty cute. Both digital and paper verisons are available here.
Last in the 'bad' category is that my husband and the three other writers on his TV show were unceremoniously laid off with no warning two months before their job was supposed to end. Merry Christmas, faithful employees! In the words of a dear, French friend of ours in the same field, "C'est juste une maudite gagne de crosseur de poule morte!" But let's turn that frown upside down; now I have a full-time (and exceedingly handsome) elf to assist with all my doll-making needs. He's a very talented sander and varnisher and with his help, I'm getting more done than I dreamed possible.
Here are few of the little ones we've been working on, all decked out in their Christmas colours. I'm not a big fan of bright red or forest green (except when it's in a forest of course) so I've chosen colours inspired by cranberries, champagne and snow (incidentally, also three things I love!)
These ladies and several others will make their debut on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm Eastern/ 2:00 pm Pacific. I'll be back with an official shop update banner in a day or two, once a few of these little darlings have some hair.
A party dress and a bald head in November? Brrr...The dolls say non!