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Blog Ring Archive / Re: Summer Ring 6/2/14 to 6/15/14
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:16:19 AM »
Here is my post:

It has been a while since I have done one, that was fun and took me a while, but I think I'm getting the hang of it again.

I have commented on all other posts listed as well. Have a lovely day! :D

Blog Ring Archive / Re: Summer 2014 ring authentic sign up
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:36:39 PM »
I am in, and will post whenever folks decide it is most convenient for them.  :)

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:04:40 AM »
Good Morning,

I just wanted to pop in and say Hello, and share a little of what's been happening here in the Mighty Idy.

First, my physical issues are making it impossible for me to keep the Brick and Mortar Store open on any kind of regular schedule, so we will be closing the location this month and trying again at a later date.  I am very upset about this prospect.

Second, my physical issues are in the forefront and I may require surgery, I am not happy.  This will force me to be down for almost three months and unable to do much except drool.  (Spinal Surgery, if you were curious - I have a myriad of little things that once combined become a big thing and it is almost impossible for me to walk for more than a few feet without going completely numb - bursitis, sciatica, arthritis, spondyliothesis etc... yea, me).

Third, Hostgator, my website's Host server thingy has gone all crazy, and I have to re-do my entire website. It still shows up and still looks OK, but some features are not working and trouble shooting with the techs takes a very long time, I spent almost four hours on a chat yesterday trying to fix some of the problems.  Solution, shut it down and do it gain. Alas and woe is I.

I also wanted to say, that although the new site is not up and running I do like the direction it is taking and some of the changes here are nice.  Good work!

I hope every one is well and making pretty things and making sales and such.  Have a grand day.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Spelling
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:48:37 AM »
The correct spelling of Chain Mail is "Mail", according to Webster's dictionary and my American Heritage Dictionary of the American Language.

The word actually comes from the French and means "mesh" or "to stitch".  It isn't Chainmaille either, it is mail (alternate spelling maile - one l), which refers to Mesh or netting.  Many people feel that Chain Mail is redundant.  You mail to make chain or other articles from rings of metal, sometimes welded or not.

Blue Buddha Boutique has a link or small blurb somewhere on their site about a petition to have the dictionary spell it "Chainmaille".

I spell it Chain Maille (or chainmaille for meta tags etc), as a way to separate it from Chain Letters or other Junk Mail.

Wiki link for fun -

Anyway you spell it, it is always beautiful.

Site Support / Re: Widget
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:34:18 AM »
I see that there is someone other than myself experiencing  this strange code with the shop widgets.

Warning: getimagesize() [function.getimagesize]: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home/artists/public_html/ajax/window_shop_ajax.php on line 56


(Danger, Will Robinson)

my blog url:

I will publish and see if it rights itself.

General Discussion / Re: Clean site
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:24:39 PM »
Alerted via e-mail that a sneak preview of the site was up.  It looks terrific so far, and I have new items to post as well.  That's  bonus. 
Keep up the good work, it is really coming along nicely. :D

Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Needlework / Re: Muffatees and Scarves
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:00:33 AM »
What's a muffatee?  Good luck with selling the knitting. Love that red.   I can relate to your difficulties selling jewelry.  That is one of the reasons I am moving to the art/jewelry crossover.

A muffatee is a Victorian Wrist Warmer.  Sometimes they were made by cutting the feet off worn socks (a trick girls still use today).  Bob Cratchet wore them, and if you remember your Beatrix Potter, Benjamen's Bunny Mother knit them for a living.

They are usually a knitted tube with a slit / hole for a thumb, fingerless, they rest just above or below the knuckle, keeping your hands warm but leaving fingers free for tasks.  The Holiday one's are just tubes with a pretty little ruffle at the end.  Here is a pair I knit for myself several years ago, I still wear them on occasion.

Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Needlework / Re: Muffatees and Scarves
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:57:59 AM »
Your file is too large. The maximum attachment size allowed is 1000 KB.

There is no attachment you nutty thread.... I give up.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:43:50 AM »
As artists, what is it that you look for in a B&M when you look into possibly displaying with the shop?

Location?  Display?  Interior?

I am at a loss.  Still excited, and fully expecting to have zero business the first six-months, what I did not expect was the non-interest in participating or displaying in the store, I don't know what I am doing wrong, must be something.

Most of the problem is economics, people don't want to pay for a space, and as fates would have it I have had several personal emergencies that have eaten a great deal of the finances I had set aside.  Of course the instant I get something going I find I have two very serious medical conditions, 1. Peripheral Neuropathy, and a complication from an old accident, I have lost four permanent teeth, and cannot wear the denture they have provided because my mouth "rejects" it, I get Acirbitic (sp?) Ulcers along the gum line and interior of my mouth.  So I am sure that inspires lots of confidence in people, looking at some toothless hag attempt to garner their favor.  Yeah, that doesn't work so good.

Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Needlework / Muffatees and Scarves
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:10:59 AM »
So I got brave and listed several hand-knit items for sale.  With the inundation of jewelry, I think I'll give up on that, just too much of it and I get lost in the sea.

Holiday Muffatees, I changed the pattern a little to be more sleeve-like, but still warm and cozy and I also posted the knit scarf that was featured in the blog Knit-A-Long, "Camouflage".

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:40:20 AM »
Good Morning,  I would like to apologize for my lack of participation of late.  This morning I find myself with a couple of extra minutes and I wanted to say Hello.

The store has been failing, I am disappointed, and will more than likely close for good in January.  I have tried to entice and encourage vendors to participate, no one is interested.  I can't even get folks to sign up for the Market in October.  Alas.

I hope all are doing well and enjoying some sales.  The Holidays are upon soon and hopefully all will be prosperous this year.  Have a wonderful day.

HAF Blog / Re: Looking for Contributors
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:32:04 AM »
I have been so busy, I actually "hired" someone to post and write my blog for me.

I do have a post coming, I just have to find photos and the link I want to share.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:28:32 AM »
Hi there,

Debbi, the new grandbaby is adorable.

Congratulations to those that have had sales, and to Larissa, what a coup with the Sporting Company, I hope that worked out to your advantage.

Pam,it sounds like you're busier than I am but feeling better about things.

Little Shop has been open for about a month, we have had one lookie-loo the next door neighbor that lives in the building next to the shop, came in and cruised around because he would like to move into the building I am in.  Great sir. Have to think about reorganizing and a promotion or two.

We have three artists, and a couple of people asking about info.  I have also had four teeth pulled while trying to get the store up and running. It has been a bit hectic.

Have a wonderful and creative day.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:03:23 AM »
Good Morning,

I am finding after the first week at the shop that I am exhausted.  It is hard sitting there all day with nothing to do but stare at the walls.  I bring projects with me to work on, and read towards the end of the day, but it is pretty boring and retail on a Tuesday is kinda dead.

I took a video of the interior of the shop last week, since then things have changed and I imagine it will be like a revolving door around there for a while, artists coming and going etc... Artists on Display  feel free to turn down the sound I babble through the whole thing, sorry.

I hope all are having fun and enjoying themselves, making things and making sales.  I am off to raid the home page and some shops for the last blog ring post that I missed.  Have a grand day.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: July 17, 2013, 08:02:57 AM »
Good Morning every one,

Happy Birthday Monika (Late wishes, I know).

Yesterday I officially opened the store, not a Grand but a Soft opening, no one showed, but I didn't expect them to, retail on a Tuesday is not exactly lively.  First Day Blues: I left my cell phone at the store, had to close early because of a household emergency (Water Co. working on lines, high pressure blow out knocked the toilet off it's wax O-ring setting oh boy!), tripped on the way out of the store, (the first step is a doozy), and injured my leg, it hurts really badly, but there is no outer sign of scrapes or bruising, don' know what I did, but it smarts something fierce!

The official web site is up Little Shop of Artists, we have a Facebook fan page and that's about it right now.

Today I will be demonstrating a Chain Maille weave in the shop and hopefully retrieving my cellphone, with the video I took of the current set up.  Have a wonderful and creative day!  I am off to go to work, oh OK, go sit the store, I mean.

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