Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making a return

Earlier this year, I made the difficult decision of temporarily closing my etsy store. While I knew it was the right choice because of a rough combination of school, family drama and relationship issues, I missed selling and the etsy community as a whole.

Things began to spiral and what was meant to be a month absence quickly became a six month absence and before I knew it, my store became lost. 

Well, it's time to come back. Things in my personal life are looking much better, I quit my job (which was a big source of the drama) and now I have time to focus on the store and give my customers the attention they deserve.

In addition to nurturing my store back to health, I also have plans to kick start this team.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time. Transitions are never fun but usually rewarding in the end and I know this will be no different.

See you next year!

Whitney

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On feeling unmotivated

Hey dears!

I just updated the etsy page but I felt like coming here too.

Have any of you ever felt unmotivated? I closed my shop down in the beginning of January to update it after being cleaned out during the holidays and I've found that I've had a harder time than normal to get re-fired up about it.

I find that during the winter months, I become less and less motivated to do anything beyond the usual work and school. When the Spring and Summer are here, I feel antsy and ready to take on the world. Once the days start to get shorter, by the time it's 5:00, I'm ready to curl into bed with a book and just plan hide out.

Does anyone else feel this way or maybe it's just a "me" thing?

I'm definitely here to stay and this team is high on the list of things I feel good about. While I may not have motivation for my own shop at the moment, I don't foresee losing motivation about this anytime soon.

With all of that being said, it is approaching my favorite time of the year. The opening of Farmer's market. I know, I know, it's not until April but I need something to look forward to with snow on the ground.


If any of you are intersted in being a vendor this year, you can find more information here


I'll be back soon.


Whitney

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!


Hi everyone!

I feel like this has been the spot that I give the least attention to. As the "captain" of this team, I often struggle with guilt,  like I could be doing a little bit more, be a little bit more available or make sure that I'm in touch with your needs, questions and just overall be a good resource.

That's why, when I sat down to make a list of things I want to work on for the new year (definitely not goals or resolutions but just things that I'm going to make an honest attempt at), this team was right there at the top of the list.

Etsy is something I believe in, this community is something I'm invested in and I really believe that by communicating,  working with and learning from each other and just giving it an honest attempt, this team can be a fundamental part in success.

So, the first step in doing this is putting myself out there. I know I say it a thousand times over but I want to reassure you that I am 100% here as a resource to you. If you have any questions, comments, ideas or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I promise to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If I don't know the answer, I will try to track down someone that does.

You can email me (onbeyondzebra89@gmail.com), contact me through etsy, get me on facebook (facebook.com/whitneyholland), send me smoke signals, I don't care. Just do not hesitate to be in touch with me. 

Let's get the new year started off right and make this the best year for both our own shops and the team as a whole.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome to NaNoWriMo!


Bet you didn't know that November is National Novel Writing Month, did you? Well, it is.

An eleven-year tradition with 127,000 participants this year, the insane and uplifting contest known as NaNoWriMo is brought to you by the Office Of Letters and Light, a 501(c)3 charity headquartered in Oakland.

The purpose? To get people writing novels. Yes, you too! 50,000 words in 30 days is all it takes. Your novel doesn't have to be witty, or ready to publish, or even good. In fact, the point of NaNoWriMo isn't to write well, it's just to write. So if you decide after ten days and 18,000 words that you don't want your story to be about a young scholar in the Victorian era, you can have him wake up in the 23rd century and go off to his job as an interstellar fighter pilot in the war with the aliens. No, really.

Wrimos are directed to write. Just write. If you run through your plot in four days instead of four weeks, the OLL website has a Random Plot Element generator to give you a new idea. "Write a llama, a tub of Red Vines, and a trip to Tahiti into your next chapter." *snaps to attention* Yes, Ma'am! If you realize in chapter 19 that you need a character you killed off in chapter 4, there's an "adoption center" where you can find a suitable replacement. Or heck, it's NaNoWriMo for heavens' sake, just bring him back from the dead with an unsubtle plot twist!

Come to think of it, NaNoWriMo is a little like a soap opera in that way. It's all about quantity, not quality. No offense to readers who like soap operas. (Personally I find them frustratingly addicting, but since I got rid of my TV they aren't a problem for me now. Unlike Mah-Jongg.)

At any rate, I have been roped into the insanity this year, so I will be posting on my blog and I will try to get on here and update you as well. If you want to join the party, we're having write-ins all over the county this month. I will be hosting two at the Sylvan Way library, on the 15th and 22nd, both Mondays, from 6-8 in the evening. Bring your laptop and your free spirit, people, we're gonna be novelling!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Clothing Swap

Hey ladies! Are you looking at some unwanted items in your closet, wishing for something new? Not willing to shell out big bucks to update your wardrobe right now?

Come to the Clothing Swap/Fundraiser at the Kitsap YWCA on October 17th. We're going to have lots of gals there, trading fashionable clothes and accessories that don't fit their style any more. Dresses, skirts, blouses, pants, suits, coats, shoes, jewelry, purses, all of the above and more.

We'll have snacks and maybe even some music (if I can make that happen). So look through your closet today, invite a couple friends, and join us for a fun afternoon finding your newest look!

Everything that doesn't get adopted will go into the YWCA's professional clothing closet, or for more casual items will go to another charity organization.

Short version:
What - Clothing Swap and Fundraiser
Where - Kitsap YWCA, 905 Pacific Ave. Bremerton
When - Sunday 10/17 from 2-6 pm.
Who - EVERYBODY!!
Why - to benefit the YWCA's Professional Clothing Closet and the ALIVE shelter

Note: Please only bring clothes and accessories that you'd be willing to give or lend to a friend. Make sure everything is mended and clean; not worn or torn.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Update

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to stop in and give you an update on some team info as well as info about a Christmas Bazaar in Port Orchard.

First things first, I sent a team update into Etsy on September 3rd but was told that they are changing the way the team page is structured and now, instead of having to email them everytime I need to add a new team to the list, pretty soon it will work where I can go in and edit the info myself. I'm just not sure when this will be happening for sure because according to their email, they are in the process of still testing this process.

I just wanted to let you know incase you have NOT been added to the list just yet. I'm on top of it, I promise. Even if it doesn't always look like it :) 

Now, I received some info in the mail yesterday about the Christmas Bazaar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles here in Port Orchard. I had a table at this bazaar last year and the experience was great.

The dates are December 3rd and 4th (Friday and Saturday) and the price is $25 for BOTH days. 

If you are interested, contact Michelle Manicci 
phone: 360-876-2800
email: auntieMinWa@wavecable.com


Ok, I think that's everything. 

As always, feel free to contact me at any time with questions!

Whitney

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Learn to make this necklace


I had the good luck to drop my card at my local JoAnn's store right before their jewelry teacher decided to move on. So they gave me a call and after a lengthy interview, hired me to teach jewelry making classes!

The first project we're doing is the "Ribbon and Chain Necklace," and the first class will be this upcoming Tuesday from 1-4 pm. If you're interested, call the store at 360.692.1300 or go in to the store on Silverdale Way for deets or to sign up.

Going forward I'm putting my schedule on my personal blog so you can see what's going on for two or three weeks at a time. (Oh btw, I'm working on getting my site up; the blog came first but I'm still fighting with the rest.) Hope to see you some time!