Sunday, May 24, 2015

Etsy shop reopened and ready to take orders

I reopened my Etsy shop the other day. I thought that people were waiting for us to unveil our Eddie shuttle with a hook. Well, the sales have been underwhelming. I expected to receive more orders than what I have gotten.

I guess it's a good thing because Shawn has been busy at work and this is giving him a much needed break. He has been so busy lately that I worry about him. He isn't a young man any more and can't stay awake as long as he used to. I try to let him sleep as much as he can.

I've been keeping busy making chain maille. I've really begun to enjoy the craft. I have purchased a lot of supplies for it. I even got a sample of most of the sizes and made a chart of each one for future use. I will be able to tell what sizes I need for projects.

Eclipse will be home in 3 days. I can't believe he's been gone for 11 days already. I miss my little guy and can't wait to see him again. I have been following his progress on Instagram and here are the photos that have been taken of him.

First day at training
First walk in training
Sitting in the sun
Eclipse learning to "leave it"
Eclipse and his best friend Murphy the Newfie.
Eclipse in his 'spot'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dog training and a new craft for me.

So much has been going on.

We have been really busy. We have put our Etsy shop on hold so we can get some orders finished and out.

Eclipse is at Puppy Boot Camp. He is there for two weeks and will be trained in obedience, some agility, and some manners. I am so excited for him, but can't wait to get him home. He left on May 13th and I don't get him home until the 27th. They work extensively. I will get a course in his training when I pick him up. The trainer said that he's a little hard headed but very smart. Well, I knew that. They are really having fun with him and also said he's fun to play with. That makes me smile. I really miss him and am counting down the days until he's home.

When he gets home, they will come and do several home visits to make sure he's doing the right things and that I am also. Plus he gets a lifetime of training from them. This all is necessary for him to be my service dog.

Oh yea, I forgot, Eclipse has been upgraded from ESA to Service Dog. He is so in tune with my stress and alerts me to stressful situations. He also alerts me to situations where I will be anxious. I didn't train him,  he just instinctively knows what to do. He bonded with me immediately.

Yesterday we got to witness one of our "kids" begin his life as a married man. It was so sweet. We are so happy for the couple and can't wait to witness their future. Nate and Naina came home because the groom is a great friend of his. Olivia was my date because Shawn had to work.

I have learned a new craft that I really love. I've been doing chain maille. OMG it is so much fun. I took a free lesson at my bead society meeting last Tuesday and I am in love. I made a pair of earrings and a bracelet.

I want to learn how to make this without marking up the colored rings. I am still learning that. I have already ordered supplies to make some more jewelry. I bought a book on Chain Maille years ago and even bought some tools to make my own jump rings. I can't wait to try this again.