2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sunday Surprise: Cooling the Flames

More cool items from the Etsy DTeam:

‘Cooling the flames’ by lizbethsgarden

A collection of items from the Etsy D-Listers

Oven Mitt, Red Hot…


Handmade Pottery Ce…


Set of 6 Coasters -…


This Ain’t My F…


Homemade Play Dough…


Red and Black Beade…


Crochet Cabled Pump…


Owl Ornament in Gre…


Ceramic Keepsake Bo…


Long Tassel Chain E…


Rustic rectangle ea…


Original Painting, …


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

This Week’s Reading

The Tale of Hawthorn House — Susan Wittig Albert
The Tale of Briar Bank — Susan Wittig Albert
The Baby Planner — Josie Brown
By Starlight — Dorothy Garlock
Little Girl Gone — Drusilla Campbell
The Hunt Ball — Rita Mae Brown
The Unfinished Garden — Barbara Claypole White

Merry Christmas for me & my family

I had a lovely Christmas. I hope all of you who celebrate did, too. If you didn’t, I am holding you in my thoughts.

For me, the true meaning of Christmas comes at the end of the Christmas Eve church service, when the lights are dimmed, and each person lights their candle from the person next to them. The whole sanctuary gradually fills with a lovely, flickering light, as the congregation sings softly of a magical night long ago and far away. In that moment, we are all one, one worshipful body of people, momentarily letting our cares and worries slip away. Then the music fades away, the candles are extinguished, and we all go out into the cold to go home and wait for the excitement of Christmas morning.


This Week’s Reading plus bonus Mini Book Review

The Tale of Hill Top Farm — Susan Wittig Albert
Where We Belong — Emily Giffin
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. — Nichole Berner
A Teeny Bit of Trouble — Michael West
The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood — Susan Wittig Albert

I do enjoy Susan Wittig Albert’s work very much. She always has so much more in her books than just the mystery — herbal knowledge & criminal law procedures (China Bayles books), attention to historical detail (Dahlia books, Beatrix Potter books), that it makes the books a joy to read.

Working Wednesday: Poem: Dialogue

Note: This poem is a work in progress.

Do you know who I am?
I am looking for you
Or can you see only a part of me
I confess I cannot see beyond your beauty
Look past the smile
Perhaps I could see you
See me for who I am
If I could see me.

Can you only see a part of me,
I confess I cannot see beyond your beauty
The part you want to see?
Self-examination is not my fort
See me for who I am
If I could see me
Passionate and loving
The world would be my oyster

The part you want to see
Self-examination is not my fort
Does not define me
Why ask me questions I cannot answer
Passionate and loving
The world would be my oyster
I am more than you ever expected
If I knew what to say

Do not define me Why ask me questions I cannot answer
Look past the smile
Perhaps I could see you
I am more than you ever expected
If I knew what to say
Do you know who I am?
I am looking for you.

Tuesday Treasure: Chocolate Cherry Beaded Tassel

Looking at this tassel always makes me hungry: the colors of thread and beads remind me of nothing so much as chocolate covered cherries. Yum!

Tiered Red Beaded Tassel (Chocolate Cherries) {Click the image to view the Etsy listing}

Saturday Surprise: Shimmery Greens

Lovely, shimmery greens from the Etsy DTeam! {If you click the image below, you will go to the Etsy Treasury. If you could do that, I would appreciate it. Lots of visits to the treasury increase the chance of making the Etsy Front Page, which would be really, really cool.}

‘Shimmery Greens’ by lizbethsgarden

Lovely green gifts with a shimmer from the Etsy DTeam!



Green Christmas orn…


Sideways Cross Stre…


Beaded choker with …


Crochet Striped Slo…


Fine Art Photograph…


green Foxalope doll…


Pocket Tissue Pouch…


Knitting Project Ba…


Cloth Napkins, Crac…


Green hoop earrings…


Mint Green Sunflowe…


15 Coque Tail Feath…


Vintage Star Shaped…


Antiqued Copper and…


Lampwork Glass Gree…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Updating Blog and Twitter

Lizbeth's BlogI have been busy updating my pictures on social media. Yesterday I changed the photos on the welcome page of the blog. Today I uploaded a header photo on my Twitter profile. Check out the changes and let me know what you think in the comments!

Business Goals

Goal CalendarIf you’ve been reading my blog a while, you may recall that I set goals for my business early this year, and posted monthly updates to keep myself on track. Or, at least that’s what I was doing, up until June. After June, life got in the way, and I stopped regularly tracking my goals and updating here on the blog. Coincidentally (or not), July is when my sales in my shop really fell off and haven’t recovered since.

A new year is almost upon us, and I am preparing my goals for next year. This year, I have a written plan, and I have a tracking spreadsheet set up. I plan on updating my spreadsheet every month, and making sure I am on track to meet my goals.

I’ll probably still write a few blog updates, though.

So what are my goals for 2013? Mainly, I want to see an increase in numbers of unique visitors, and an increase in my views to sales conversion rate, leading to an increase in sales. So I have a lot of goals designed to increase traffic to my Etsy shop.

I also want to be working on larger and more complicated tassels to show at art shows and the regional state fair. So look for updates on those in the new year. I also plan to introduce new potpourri lines, shoe tassels, napkin rings and holders, and baby shower garlands (yes, those are still in progress!). And look for more engraved metal, artwork, and collages, too.

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