Etsy Holiday Boot Camp

Today is a beautiful day in New England – it’s warm. It’s sunny and clear. It’s also the 25th of September – and this means a few things.
*It’s fall! Summer – you were great, but I’m ready for the next season. Buh-bye!
*Like it or not, it is 3 months until Christmas. I have a few projects already planned for Christmas, a few more to figure out. (And I’m not a person who does Christmas early – I like to enjoy fall and Thanksgiving. The Monday after Thanksgiving, I’m all about Christmas.)

I have been thinking about my etsy shop ( and how I really would like to put more effort into that and make it work, especially with the onset of cooler weather and such. I received an email from etsy actually about a Holiday Boot Camp and I’m all for it. So, here’s my accountability blog post:

I, Nutmegknitter, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I’ve learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

This should work for my own gifting as well I think.

And while the blog is a really great public space for goal setting, I am still thinking about the specific goals I want to make and meet. I haven’t yet decided if I should just keep it to myself in a notebook or put it out there – either way, it’s out in the universe for good things to happen right?

And as a note to myself / to share if you’re interested –
blog post about online selling tips for the holidays

Wednesday Web Watch

I’ve come across some great links in the blogs lately and thought I would share, and also to remind myself of them. I use google reader and I love that it is so easy to use from the phone (this has saved me from going out of my mind during the Lorax’s tv time).

Bel Kai Designs – My latest window shopping find for jewelry. Her blog gives insight into the pieces she makes. My favorites? The Teal Necklace, the Starfish, Sand-Sea-Sky Necklace… I’m going to save my pennies for one of those!

I made these Apple Brown Betty Muffins from – a dense muffin, would be great with nuts added to it (but I didn’t because *some* people around here don’t like nuts. Not Me – I love them. Anyway, still delicious). Good snack, good breakfast.

I can’t stop playing Pocket Frogs – it’s right up there with Words With Friends – I’m nutmegknitter on both if you want to play or be my neighbor. I am still not sure I completely understand the Frogs game – it’s like the Sims sort of game. The frogs are cute!

I’ve got a rather large project pinned to the bed in my guest bedroom – it worked! It’s so pretty – I wish I could share it with you, but it is under wraps for a while longer. I am working on some baby hats for my etsy shop. The Lorax seems to be back to normal, so we are on an upswing again. And Glee returns!

Tiny Talk Tuesday

On Monday morning we went in to get up the Lorax. As usual, she requested that her daddy read to her – a “Finding Nemo” book where you have to find items in each of the pictures. A few pages in the Lorax asks, “Where’s Nemo’s Mommy?”

Thinking to myself, shooting a look at my husband, eyebrows raised, I am so NOT ready to have this conversation with my 2.5 year old!

We told her this is a book about daddies and the baby. Nemo’s mommy isn’t in the book.

I’m still feeling unsettled about the whole thing. (Note to self: No Time For Flashcards has some good book leads… future reference)

Linking up to Not Before 7 & “Tiny Talk Tuesday”

Fair and Square

We checked out the Guilford Fair this weekend.
We had to do a bit of explaining with this activity, but we got it.

No explanation is needed when it comes to ice cream.

And my knitting won some ribbons!
2nd place in the Children’s Sweater category – the first place / Best in Show piece has a Husky on it. Sure, Go UCONN and all that, but I still think Dachshunds are way cuter!! Especially on that Willie sweater!

I did score a 1st place ribbon on the Malabrigo Dress I knit up last year. The categories are narrow at the fair for the knitting entries, so this went under “Miscellaneous”.

That’s pretty much it for pictures – the Lorax did way better at the fair this year and I expect that next year we will have to give in and let her do some rides, but this year was good. She could walk next to us or be in the stroller. She was interested in checking things out and seeing the animals. Good times!