Monday, August 04, 2014

A friend visiting

Tonight I'm gathering up a friend at the airport who is staying 2(!) weeks with me. I'm guessing it will be a lot of "Look at this" and "You need to taste this" the coming days. First line of business is my friend's birthday tomorrow and I have lots of things in store. My hope is that I during these two weeks get hired so me and my friend can celebrate that too together.

I might therefore be a bit silent here for the first half of August but now you know why.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy birthday Harry Potter

Crazy really but today our beloved Harry Potter turn 34 (born 31 of July 1980). I would like to think that the wizard world is thriving and that Harry is having a great life with no dark threats on the horizon.

I just hope I don't forget to give a bit of a shout out later on to Hermione (19th of September 1979) and Snape (birthday 9th of January and death 2nd of May) which are my favourite characters.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Projects update: June & July

When I do things that is a bit bigger I call them projects, it can be everything from organising an event to rearranging my kitchen. It's good for both having a good overview of what needs to be done and for evaluating when it's finished. Below are some of the ones I've been working on lately and their status.

Last update: May | April | March | February | January

I had the project update for June in the pipeline but I never got around to publishing it so instead this is for both June and July. In June it was a mostly dreary summer weather wise which made it impossible for me to photograph my creations properly but I've tried to photograph some things during July. I have mostly put my time into trying to find a job, so far no luck though. The photo exhibition is finally under way after being very up in the air the last couple of months so that feels good. I am hoping to sort things out in the basement soon but it's a bit of an uphill to go there since it just makes me sad to see the smoke damaged stuff but sooner or later that needs to be taken care of anyway.




♥ NEW: photo exhibition
A photo exhibition this year too! 23rd of August is the day and so far a bit over 10 people have signed up to exhibit.
0/4 done

♥ Selling/giving away
This is going slow but steady.

♥ Finding the perfect job (or a job at all)
Suggestions are appreciated in whatever, I am getting desperate.
0/1 done

♥ Taking care of things in basement
Haven't done much on this, need to go through stuff in my basement now when I've gotten stuff back. I hope to dare to do this soon. I've given up on the cleaning company because clearly they do not want to help me, I will see what I can do myself with the things in basement. I truly hope my box with Christmas ornaments can be cleaned and thus saved. I will also see what I can sell.
3/4 done 

Project Panzi hospital
I read an article about the survivors of sexual violence that Panzi have taken care of and that the hospital need an industrial washing machine so through deviantART I'm trying to collect money, by selling donated prints. You can see more here. So far only collected $6.46. This might get included in the book project, one of the books might support Panzi.
0/1 done

♥ Children's books project

Two books are in the pipeline, I haven't done much since the work lies with the authors at the moment, need to book an appointment with the printing company again though. About project: I've slowly gotten more and more disturbed that 90% of the main characters are boys in books and that if there is a girl she's wimpy and frankly not independent and cool and dare to do things. So, I started my own project where I hope to organise and make 5 children's books with girl leads. I got some people interested and planning on a meeting with a printing company soon.
0/4 done

On hold

♥ Friendship project - on hold
3 (of 4) still needs to be photographed and shipped to their owners. I've just put the box with the bracelets in a safe place so now I can't find it. It might have been moved to the studio.
3/4 done

♥ Earring project Z - on hold
Haven't had the time to work on this. This was mostly to inspire myself, I'm being plenty of inspired lately without it. Parts: make, photograph and put up on Etsy and deviantART.
1/4 done 

♥ Closet project - on hold

I still need to make the holes in the lids though, unsure what tools to use - an awl

3.5/4 done

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Etsy shop: wrapping option to coasters

Slowly I am adding wrapping option to the things in my shop Caja Creations. I first started with the OOAK earrings and today I added wrapping to coasters. It cost 15 sek (2.2 usd) extra and then you get the whole thing wrapped and with a tag which means you don't have to do anything else than write on the tag before giving it to the recipient. If you feel you have a horrible hand writing or just can't bother with writing on the tag then you can always write in "note to seller" what it should say and I do it for you.

How you choose with gift wrapping: on the OOAK earrings there is a drop down menu called "Gift wrapping?" where you pick with or without gift wrapping and on coasters you pick under "How many" if you want it with or without gift wrapping. No need to add another listing, you do it right then and there before you add your item to the cart - a piece of cake.

Example of coaster wrappings

Friday, June 06, 2014

Etsy shop update! 4 new OOAK earrings

Now to be fair there really are only three which you can buy since my cousin bought one of them just an hour after I put them up for sale, haha! Anyway, three one-of-a-kind earrings looking for new homes.
For sale here.
For sale here.
SOLD to my cousin.
For sale here.

Today: The Swedish National Day

As the title says, today it's National Day in Sweden but really no one truly jumps up and down in National Day fever here. The only thing that comes to mind that makes this day special is that some municipalities have a special event for new citizens. I started mine by selling off a bookshelf and I'm not expecting it to be any fancier than that.

If you want to know a bit more about the Swedish National Day you can read my blog post from a year ago: 6th of June - the day of Sweden's freshly baked National Day.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Ted talk: Your body language shapes who you are

I wrote a blog post not long ago about the difference in space taking depending on gender. Now I've just finished watching an amazing Ted Talk with Amy Cuddy on body language and high vs. low posture and how that affect our cortisol (stress hormone) and testosterone.

This is what it says on Ted website:
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
So I wanted to share this 20 min video with you, maybe I won't be the only one trying out the Wonder Woman pose the next couple of weeks. ;)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The world of Extreme Couponing

I've been watching "Extreme Couponing" a couple of times and two things strike me:
1. how can the stores be ok with this? Some customers even earn money when shopping, that can't be good for profit.
2. why do they just pile everything up and not give to charity? Seem very greedy to me.

A few weeks ago it was a small family who planned on buying for around 1000 dollars (and pay nothing) and give to charity plus give their whole stock which was worth around 21 000 dollars. That gave me back a little faith in humanity. Usually though the families in this show just stock it all and it can be like 100+ deodorants and soups and stuff you really don't need that much of. One woman said she went shopping every week - why, when you already have stuff to survive world war 3! Another said that when stuff are closing in on end date she either give away or SELL the goods (that she's gotten for free or almost free).

The whole thing just seem greedy to me. I can understand if it's a big family and they actually go through the stuff but one woman had half a room with just toilet paper - why? I don't understand, it seem like the beginning of becoming a hoarder.

I have much more understanding for the few who said they donate some of the stuff they buy, so far I remember two who went on a shopping trip solely to give it all to charity. That seem like the logical thing to do, the nicest thing to do. Who needs like 200 boxes of cereal? Why not keep let's say 20 and donate 180 to charity.

And really it's crazy the amount people buy of everything, 60 packages of tictacs for example or 127 packages of bacon.

What baffles me most though is that the stores just accept this, in one episode the store manager even made an override on the system since the limit of coupon lines had been reached. In Sweden it's always a max limit on items that are discounted, usually it's two so this wouldn't work here. Also, coupons don't really exist anymore here anyway.

I can totally understand the use of the couponing (though not the 60 hours one woman put on it a week) if you're poor but then wouldn't it be better if you got a job? I don't know. What I do know is that more people who do extreme couponing should give more of their stock to charity instead of letting it sit on shelves forever.

Disclaimer: this is my view on couponing after seeing around 5 episodes of "Extreme couponing", this may not apply to all who uses this extreme strategy to shopping.


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