Today is the day. My daughter is starting her first semester at the University of Calgary next week and so we spent this week ringing in the new year with my family in Calgary and setting her up at my folk’s place (yay! cheap rent with the grandparents). And then today I leave her here and head back home to Swift Current.
I realize this is one of those Good Things as a parent. Your kid made it! They’re moving out for productive reasons!
On the other hand, this has been my gig for just about 19 years straight so we’ll excuse me if I wander around lost for a bit right?
Last week I hit 1500 sales in my bead shop (yay!) but more importantly my not-so-small one turned 14. We made brownies together since she likes those far more than cake and she has really taken an interest in baking and cooking the last year or so.
My birthday is next month and I want the standard ice cream cake thank you very much!
April 2008 marked the second full year my blog-web site combo has run! The site averages just about 600 hits a day with 120 unique visits. There are more than 40 pages and 120 blog posts now. There have been nearly 200 comments on my posts and Akismet tells me that it has munched 8,890 spam items since I installed it.
The most common entry pages are my free tutorials. The web shop has more than 80 items (though some seem to regularly, gratifyingly go out of stock!) with a few being added each week.
The site got a redesign and new gadgets added this year. I streamlined some parts and added the widgets for the web shop and contact pages. There are a few new freebie tutorials in the works and I am slowly fleshing out my gallery section. I started using Flickr to keep a record of what is happening with my art over time, added my polymer clay blogroll to my sidebar on the blog front page.
Overall I’ve learned an awful lot just by the exercise of running this place – improving my photography, my technique, focusing on the core parts of a project, social networking and on and on. Here’s hoping that year #3 is just as gratifying as the first two.