Category Archives: Behind the scenes

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Hello Ebay!

Life has been so strange lately.  Have you ever had that feeling that things are about to change but you don’t know how?  I had that feeling a few months ago, and boy have things changed since then.

I used to sell a lot of my products, mostly Suncatcher Craft Eyes, on Amazon.  That changed recently when Amazon changed some of their policies.  It is no longer worth it for me to send products in to Amazon’s warehouse and have them sell and ship them for me.  It was costing me twice what it would cost on my own website or even Ebay.  So I switched to merchant fulfilled, which means my products are still on Amazon, but I’m shipping them myself.  More on that in this video:

To cover the lost income from Amazon, I started selling on Ebay, both my own products and vintage items.  It’s been a journey and a really fun one at that!  I’ve learned a lot over the last couple months, and I want to share some tips and tricks for selling on Ebay, so my new hobby is making videos while I list on Ebay.  Most of these have information I wish I’d known when I started.

Of course my Suncatcher Craft Eyes  website is still going strong, and so is Etsy.  I can’t wait to see what this new journey brings!

Take care, stay warm, and let’s hope this snow lets up sometime soon!

Michelle

Closer to goal and lots of giveaways!

Getting closer to my goal of $1600 for the GoFundMe campaign.  Thank you all so much.  There have been 20 donations so far!  Please consider checking out the campaign.  I’m offering some nice thank you gifts.  This GoFundMe is to help me stock up on craft eyes for the holiday season so that I can fill all orders that come in.

You can read/watch a video on my GoFundMe about why I need to do this campaign.  Basically some of my family members needed extra help from me over the past year, so now I don’t have the personal funds to put into my business.  Plus summer is my slow season, so there wasn’t a lot of extra business income to buy stock.  Kind of a perfect storm of sorts.  Once I get through this month and pay for this stock, things should be back to normal again.  Thank you for all your support.  Sharing this campaign on your social media helps a lot too.

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There are lots of giveaways on the Suncatcher Craft Eyes Facebook page, some today and then more on Tuesday.  To enter, comment on the Facebook page posts.

Why I don’t mow my lawn anymore

I used to mow my lawn at least once a week.  It was really pretty.  Then I decided that functionality is better than pretty.  Now my lawn is full of wild birds flying around looking for bugs and bees buzzing from flower to flower.  I don’t have to worry about watering it because the ground is shaded and stays fairly moist.  It has wild chamomile, plantain, and dandelion.  I give my chickens 2 big buckets full of it a day.  This fall I’ll be cutting it down and making haystacks to use for my chickens this winter.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

This week’s orders & Steven King

These are a few of the Suncatcher Craft Eyes orders that shipped this week:

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Follow me on Instagram to see more.

When I was out running errands yesterday, I stopped at a red light and looked over to see this:

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Yes, I was in Bangor, Maine (what Steven King calls Derry in his books).  This is a Steven King tour van that takes people around to all the famous places in his books.

Homestead-wise this week I’m playing with the vintage scythe I got to cut my lawn and field.  It’s so much fun to use.  I’m also taking extra special care of my chickens since temperatures are getting into the 90s this week.  There’s watermelon in the freezer that I’ll be giving them later as a nice cold treat.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Making cream cheese & freezing eggs

My oldest son has moved out of the house to his own apartment, and I finally have the house to myself.  This comes after having my friend and her family living with me for 6 months.  I am so ready to be alone, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

This week I experimented with making my own cream cheese.  I was reading a recipe that seemed almost identical to making yogurt.  Since I make yogurt in my programmable rice cooker, how hard could it be to make cream cheese?  Not hard at all it turns out:

All of the recipes I read said that the leftover liquid would be whey.  Maybe it’s because I’m using cream from my local dairy, but the liquid I got is more like creme fraiche, which is fine with me!

On the chicken front, my oldest chickens are almost 1-1/2 years old.  That means they should be moulting soon.  When chickens moult they either slow down or stop laying altogether.  Since this is the first time these chickens will be moulting, I have no idea if they will keep laying or stop completely, or how long they will moult.  It could be a month, it could be 3 months.  That’s why I’m freezing eggs now in case there aren’t enough once they moult.  I have an herb freezing tray that I’m using to freeze raw eggs for baking.  Today I started frying eggs to freeze.  I’m flash freezing them and then putting them in freezer bags with parchment paper in between.

Suncatcher Craft Eyes updates soon!

It’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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Fibromyalgia, which affects more than 12 million Americans, is a musculoskeletal syndrome that may cause some or all of the following: widespread pain, tender points, incapacitating fatigue, anxiety, depression, migraines/chronic headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, insomnia, hypersensitivity to cold/hot, swelling, fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus), difficulty remembering, numbness, stiffness, decreased energy, noise, light and odor sensitivity and skin sensitivity.

I guess you could say my business began because of fibromyalgia. Because I couldn’t work and because I had to rest so much, I took up my old hobby of crocheting.  I tried to make money for my family with my hobby, and after some time of crocheting hats and scarves and dolls, Suncatcher Craft Eyes was born.

Long story short, my doctor thought I had fibromyalgia for about 5 years.  I had chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia,fibro fog, and eventually anxiety and depression because of all the other symptoms.  Then thankfully I got a CT scan which showed a bad disk in my lower back.  Turns out that disk was causing all my problems.  I’m one of the lucky ones.  After surgery all of my symptoms went away.

My heart goes out to everyone with fibromyalgia.  It’s a difficult illness to have in more ways than one.

New Orpington Chicks

I just picked up a new batch of 10 Orpington chicks from a local breeder.  This is the same breeder that sold me my lavender Orpingtons last year.  I got 3 more lavenders and 7 blacks.  They’re so cute I couldn’t resist taking video of them.

I want to do a video a day.  It’s so interesting to watch them grow and see their progress.

My 30-Second Haircut for Long Layers

Some orders shipping today

These are some orders I’m shipping out today.  Loving this new camera.  Hopefully someday I’ll figure out how to take video with it 🙂

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Frosted and glitter craft eyes.

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Glitter turquoise craft eyes.

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Glitter craft eyes.

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Red glitter cat craft eyes.

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Sleepy hot pink craft eyes.

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Glitter bright blue craft eyes.

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Glow-in-the-dark green cat craft eyes.

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Shimmer sky blue craft eyes.

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Glow-in-the-dark orange and green craft eyes.

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Some pussywillows I found while walking my dog.  This was most of them.  I left some so I could find the tree again.  Hopefully there will be more!

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Hope you’re having a wonderful spring.