Aarghh, the brand new Etsy shop! And a tiny rant.

aarghh.etsy.com: now how does that sound? ๐Ÿ˜€

So that’s for a good start of 2009! Etsy “Your place to buy and sell all things handmade” is a marketplace for artists/sellers and buyers like Dawanda. Only American based, so everything’s in dollars over there.

I’m gradually adding jewelry to it and I will probably start selling glass beads and murrini (my own, of course) on it too! It’s just we had so little natural light here today that my pictures didn’t really come out well, so for now there’s only 1 necklace up. The rest will follow when I can do a better photoshoot!

And I had a little adventure on Facebook: participating in a discussion! Even expressing my opinion. Oh my! It must have been a first! :-p I don’t usually do that, you see. I’d rather steer away from discussions and stand on the sideline, nodding politely to all the parties while thinking my own thoughts. But not expressing them, oh no!

– Well, it’s on my to-do list of 2009: learn to speak up! I’m 30, for crying out loud! I think I can, right? LOL. Well it’s never too late to learn… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t bother about the specifics -it was on animal abuse which is something I have very strong feelings about, so I had to step in (for once). I doubt it had much effect on the persons concerned but it felt good to give a voice to my thoughts in a constructive manner, not engaging in name-calling and anything. Even if I don’t think they were into reasonable discussions whatsoever and they probably thrive on whatever attention they can get, be it positive or negative. Of course if I had the chance I’d go after them with an axe or so. Yes, that would be lovely! Axe-murder in the morning, tea in the afternoon: who’s with me? People who hold so little respect for animals get the exact same amount of respect from me. Anyway, glad I learned from the experience and happily moving on!

19/1/2009 ETA: Yay! the FB lampworkers community stepped in too, mass-unfriending this person. Which seems right: it’s the least we can do. Pity spaying and neutering isn’t allowed on cat-haters…sure would solve the problem!

21/1/2009: just saw he removed the entire thread (I replied to). Typical! Well, I won’t spill any more words on this sad little bully. But this whole thing did have a positive outcome after all: it brought a group of lampworkers closer!

A hedgehog summer romance

…or did you know your pc can’t live without floppy discs?!

The art market report is ready and wants to be posted so badly, but since it’s going to be published (partly) on another blog as well everything’s got to be synchronized…So I continue testing your patience!

Meanwhile, let’s have some romance to start the week with: two hedgehogs meeting in my garden under the lemon balm and the oregano yesterday evening (you can just about make out the other one under the lemon balm at the right):

I heard a short screech like a little pig outside and went to see what it was, with Assepoes. And there they were…funny little creatures. They really can’t be buggered at all… :-p

And I almost finished my two other summer projects: install a rocking chair in my living room (thus having to rearrange the whole living room, causing me to make a new computer desk, moving the goldsmithing workshop to the kitchen, installing another book case and a cd case…)
Well, it worked! And it’s awesome. Pictures sure will follow (once I cleared the floor of books and music scores…)(ooh: found someone who sewed yummilicious new covers for her “lillberg” couch -the same as my rocking chair! and it has cats! ๐Ÿ˜€ If I ever find time I’d do the same; for now the seats are perfect for me in their off-white covers and embroidered cushions and a cosy sheepskin…)(and Assepoes and Shelley love it and have become total couch potatoes!)

Then of course I had to do something with my computer. It’s been going slower & slower for months and driving me insane. I have been doing all the usual cleaning up; defragmenting, registry cleaning, antivirus and antispyware, but it didn’t make so much of a difference. So last week I went by a computer shop to hear if they could do something. True enough, they could reformat the hard disks so I could start over with a clean slate. Literally. Then I did some websearching and found out I could do this just as well myself.

This weekend I put everything on my external HD, checked and double checked and was ready to do the formatting. But…

Since my Windows XP setup cd is outdated (well d’oh, it’s 4 years old) the newer, updated version wouldn’t allow itself to be overwritten by it. Right. (then wat’s the use of a recovery cd after all?!)
No problem: I configured the BIOS’s booting preferences so it had to accept the cd nonetheless. Nope, wouldn’t work -it took me a bit (see, I’m not all that technical really) until I realized I don’t actually have a cd-rom drive: I do, but it’s external, connected via USB. And because it is USB my BIOS doesn’t know it -drives on USB connections are apparently too novel a phenomenon for my poor old BIOS.
So I searched for BIOS updates and learned they can be found, either for a price or at great risk of killing your system. Hmm…

So I’ve been trying to find a way around that, and found only this solution: install (so buy) an internal cd-rom drive (dvd reader/writer/whatever) and go hunt for floppy disks. They’re needed for booting the pc, the internal cd rom for the set-up of either Win XP again or Ubuntu (belgische site)(I plan on experimenting a bit). So when it comes down to it, your state of the art, newest of new computer still prefers good old floppies to anything else…

I do hope I can find some -found a few dusted ones but not enough of them: you need 6 of them for booting.

It was fun though having to use DOS-commands again. Makes me feel 16 all over again…LOL!

And while I’m at it, I’ll put it some more RAM as well. Look at me being all nerdy! :-p

So I’m going to do some shopping today, and I hope I can find some cheap things, because upgrading your old pc almost costs as much as one of those mini pc’s now… (I’m eyeing the superslim and pretty EEE desktop, but it will be a while before it lands here in Europe…)

And I need my trusty old computer to be strong and happy before the new school year starts…You see, I’m going back to school. Yup, library school. Become a proper librarian now (at least I have my role models: the Librarian and Rupert Giles).

The reason? I lost my job at the KANTL. Probably. The colleague I’m replacing half-time comes back to work nearly full time again, and the chances that I can stay in perhaps another function there are slim…so that’s that.

It made me cranky for a while (I got the news the day after the Art Market, so that was a cold shower!) and I’m still not happy about it -but I’m making it my chance to go back to school full time -starting with one semester- and who knows, I might even graduate someday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

and I’m back!

After a week of being in my studio without being able to do anything in there (ok, I managed to work one afternoon…) due the house being renovated and turned upside down, I’m glad to be back home…

The house certainly is looking sooo much prettier now (& more importantly being way better isolated!) even though there were a few glitches. There’s no front door at the moment. LOL. But that’s being taken care of.

Next week is off to the KANTL for a spell, and then again back to Ronse (where the studio’s at) the week after to paint the new windows. I’m sure I’ll have more time to do some lampworking then!


  • OMG it’s an octopus. And he’s called Davy Jones! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m the very lucky winner of this wicked necklace by Glamasaurus! She’s creates totally cute jewelry which she sells from her site and dawanda. Thank you so much, Andreanna! I’ll be stalking the postman… ๐Ÿ˜‰