Things you probably didn’t know

The USPS isn’t profitable chiefly because it (unique among federal entities) is required to fund retiree benefits fifty years in advance. Because of this, it relies on overtime instead of additional personnel – fewer eventual retirees. Cutting overtime accomplishes the same thing as cutting post offices but bypasses the requirement for public comment. Ditto shaking […]

Another fairy dragon

The embroidery machine has surpassed the four million stitch mark. That is a pretty good milestone considering most of what I do is computer-assisted conventional sewing with a much lower stitch count. But once in awhile I mix my metaphors, and the butterfly wings on the fairy dragons are probably my favorite. This one’s in […]

Dragon taggin’ day

I’m now up to, I think, three wrong-color shipments. After the next-to-last one, I made myself a reference sheet. And then I shipped a teal dragon instead of a peacock because my brain just went “yep everyone is ordering the latest color” and didn’t even look at the reference sheet. So the time has come […]

My New Years’ resolution…

… is not to start large December post series until I already have all the posts in the queue. Whew. Things heated up in the shop in December, a lot. I had some great plans to not knock myself out restocking, but Etsy now allows non-premium accounts to set “allow restock requests” and, well, if […]

Four art dragons in the shop

I decided to go ahead and list all four of the finished art-doll dragons, and put them on sale for “Smaugust.” (Hey, don’t look at me, I don’t invent these things.) It’s almost two months since any have sold, and I’m afraid the fancier ones are just too pricey. This is a shame because they’re […]

Managing a problem employee (me. It’s me)

As you may have guessed from my all-over-the-map projects, I have a little trouble staying on task. This is fine for hobbies (if I don’t mind having at least three storage tubs full of UFOs) but I need to be a little more efficient if I’m going to do this as a business. So I […]