It has been a really busy couple of weeks and, sadly, that meant that I've been neglecting my blog. On a good note, however, it meant that I got a little bit of much needed theater work. Let's see if we can't at least get caught up with a few little bits of happiness from the past couple of weeks.
The air conditioner in my truck has been broken for probably around three months at this point. In the summer. In Florida. Not fun. In fact, it's been pretty miserable. But, the up side is that I've been swimming a little more often when I get home to cool down. I love to swim.
I really appreciate my online friends for sharing links, clicking, and giving a thumbs up for Crowdtap. Thanks to your help, I've earned $11.50 plus donations for Susan G. Komen for the fight against breast cancer. That may not sound like a lot, but every little bit helps and I really do appreciate it.
I tried a couple new recipes that I really liked. Laura over at I Am a Refined Young Lady shared a crock pot recipe from SkinnyTaste.com that I just had to try: Chicken Taco Chili. I love my slow cooker, but hardly ever use it so this was a good excuse to pull it out. I also made skirt steak with chimichurri using fresh parsley from the garden. Yummmmm...
At my framing job, I got to work with a customer on designing a mat and frame for this original artwork that her husband got her for their anniversary. I think I found a new favorite artist. The piece is really beautiful and was a highlight to a rather crummy day.
I finished reading the second Richard Castle (from the TV show Castle) book, Naked Heat, and enjoyed it just as much as the first one. A really fun, tongue-in-cheek read, very much like the TV show. I've moved onto the first book of the Dresden Files: Storm Front. The show was really enjoyable and the books come highly recommended by Scott, too, so I suspect I will like them. I'm very much enjoying just brain candy right now.
So far as the shop goes... I had seven sales in July. That may not sound like a lot to some, but it kind of is for my shop. I put out a call for help to raise some funds so I can buy more soap making supplies and a few friends were able to step up to the plate for me. Not only that, but they also helped me reach the 100 sales milestone in my Etsy shop. To help celebrate, I made some loyalty coupons that will be included in all future orders and I sent out a bunch of free samples with those 7 sales. One of those free samples turned into another order for four of my new herbal sleep pillows. My Wolf Hunter Chain Maille Necklace was included in a beautiful treasury by Mermaiden Creations (her treasuries are always gorgeous, actually). And, on top of all of that, I got more rave reviews about my Warrior Salve from another happy customer: "Got the Warrior Salve last night & put it on this morning: it helps so much!! I love it!!"
Overall, a busy, exhausting couple of weeks with a bunch of good stuff to highlight them.