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Etsy

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Following on from the disappointing sales of the WI craft fair, I’ve finally got around to finishing the creation of my Etsy store. For those of you who don’t know, Etsy is an online community for selling craft and handmade items, rather like a virtual version of traditional craft fairs.

Making a shop on Etsy was something I had been planning to do in the likely event that I wouldn’t sell out all of my stock. So today I’ve been busy photographing all of my items in artistic ways – it’s so difficult to get things just at the right light and angle so they look as gorgeous on the internet as they do in real life. You have to think of ways to make up for the fact that buyers can’t touch them.

After endless trials with the camera and software that didn’t want to work, I got to the last stage of choosing the best ones, and uploading them – all ready to go. To have a look at my fantabulous creations and get your tactile senses tingling, go to Abigail’s Secrets on Etsy.

Frustration

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Different events are drawing near, and time seems to be running out. I’ve got my first craft fair coming up this Saturday in my village, but I’m already triple booked for that day – what to do!? I’m currently debating whether or not to enlist some parental help in getting my stall sorted, whilst simultaneously working in two other places at once. In addition, my pile of decorations, though looking beautiful and fairly substantial, are still not finished. I’ve been frantically hand-stitching for a whole day and I still have to attach all of the ribbons to hang them with. Looks like my next day off is going to consist of me being locked in a room by myself until they’re all done!

I’ve finally started to bite the bullet on collecting bungee jump sponsorships off people too. I hate asking people for money, and it’s been stopping me for quite a while. However, now that there’s less than a month to go, and given how much I’m dreading the jump, the back of my mind has started shouting at me to make it all worthwhile. Last night I descended on my lovely work colleagues and badgered them all into giving me their autographs…”£100? Yes, just sign here please…”

Things are also starting to become increasingly real. I have my vaccinations booked for tomorrow, thankfully only the one, and all my medications sorted for the year. And I don’t have to take anti-malarials in Bangalore! I’m so glad that I won’t be constantly itching for a year (the tablets don’t agree with me). Though the travel nurse assured me that if I was to go anywhere north of Hyderabad, or into Goa, I must get some. So, basically, I should be taking them anyway, as I intend to go to all those places.

Most of the weekend was spent trawling price comparison sites and deal-finders, and I was ready to book yesterday – I even got so far as ringing the flight agency – only to be told my flights had disappeared (apparently). 😦  Time to start looking again.