Bags at a New Store

To everyone who live  outside of Peterborough and was jealous that they could just walk into a store and purchase one of my bags you are in luck! If you live in the Greater Toronto Area (or anywhere close to there really) my bags will now be available to you!

As of right now my bags are available at The Coal Miner’s Daughter a small boutique in the Mervish Village near Bloor and Bathurst. Also, a special treat since I’m interning for them right now if you come in on a Tuesday or a Sunday you can talk directly to me about the products if you have any ideas or specific orders.

Here’s some directions so you don’t get lost trying to find it (I did)

Take the subway up to Bloor and Bathurst and when you come out of the subway station turn Right and walk along the street for a block until you see the HUGE sign for honest Ed’s. Cross the street and walk up beside honest Ed’s for a block and turn right again. The store is along this street close to the restaurant with the patio. It’s the one with the mannequins in the window and you walk up a set of stairs. There should be a rack of clothes on the stairs. The sign’s not very big so don’t feel bad if you miss it.

That’s all for now!

Jacqueline

New Favorite Etsy Shop

 

Octopus Cigarette Case, Steampunk

Steampunk Octopus Cigarette Case from Cosmic Firefly

 

Hey blog people

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this blog but I headed back to school in September and since then I’ve been running around stressed out of my mind to keep up with my schoolwork, let alone this blog. Anyways I was cruising around Etsy while I was updating my prices and I discovered my new Favorite shop.

I’m not sure if I mentioned earlier but I have an extreme love of all things Victorian or Steampunk and this shop’s Steampunk accessory offerings have blown me away. I am now lusting after Octopus embossed flasks and cigarette cases (for my business cards) as well as cog and gear necklaces and spyglass pendants.

So go check out http://cosmicfirefly.etsy.com and prepare to drool all you steampunk fans.



Renaissance Treasury

Renaissance Corset by Sarlume

I made my first ever Treasury on Etsy today and I think it turned out really well. The whole thing is themed around Renaissance Fairs and has lots of flowers, leather, corsets, masks and organic looking jewelry.

Check it out and tell me what you think

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c7153d992bb6d9155f445c4/renaissance-fair

Jacqueline

A Huge New Order

Last night I received the single largest order I’ve EVER gotten for my bags. My friend’s sister wanted going away gifts for the girls she works for at her pool and so she bought seven bags from me! She took two with her and asked me to make the rest by the 28th because I hadn’t realized my stock was so low and all I had left were the ones that weren’t selling as well.
This means for the next three days I have to buckle down and get at least two done per day. I don’t think this will be a problem I just need to get off the computer and get started.
I’m really excited about this it’s a really nice end to my summer and gives me a little extra cash before I go off to school next Tuesday.
Well I’d better get to work!

Jacqueline

My Phone Fear Cont’d

So earlier I discussed my fear of calling others on the phone. Since that post I have done some highly detailed (okay not really that detailed) research and have determined that I am not alone in my weird fear. All the people I talked to about it that were my age seemed to, at least partially share my odd uneasiness about calling others on the phone.

Now this tells me something. Perhaps it’s an odd side effect of our generation. Think about it, we use technology to communicate every day. We e-mail, text, facebook and instant message each other almost constantly every day. However, when it comes time to call each other to make plans we say oh I’ll do it later or I’ll e-mail them instead. Perhaps we are hiding behind technology to shield us from the possibility of rejection. When we are told no by someone over e-mail it doesn’t seem to sting as much because it is less personal. We don’t hear that person’s rude tone of voice so their cold brush off doesn’t seem as bad. When we talk to people through the internet we are bolder, we say things we would never say on the phone or in person because it is less real for us.

We are using this as a way to avoid rejection and confrontation. My sister’s friend was dumped via text message recently. In my opinion that’s just cold, the person who did that really lacked balls and compassion. But am I really any better than that sleazy guy. I’ve broken plans with friends over text message and facebook. All because I lacked the confidence to stand up to their disappointment over the phone.

Well, I have now decided that the phone no longer has the power to make me nervous. From now on I will call up people without hesitation. To make sure I fulfill this I have taken a job doing one of the things I fear most. TELEMARKETING. Gasp, shock, horror! I know what you are saying to yourself. How could I become one of the most hated people in the world just to get over my fear? Well it’s not just for fear control, I also need more money for my tuition and my father just happens to work in telecom (I know right my father sells phone services yet I’m afraid of them, how pathetic). So he’s paying me commission for every business phone line that I contract for Bell Canada.

So now I have been calling up random strangers for four days. I’ve had several people hang up on me, several people tell me that they don’t trust me or the company I represent and the first day before I made every call a sheen of sweat covered my forehead. My hands shook. My voice quavered. But now I think I have finally gotten over my fear. (and I’ve made some money too)

Jacqueline