Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer weather is finally here

Hello from what is finally sunny Greece. Finally tmeperatures are headed or 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow and no rain in sight. I frankly have gotten sick of the rain. We've had soo much of it that it seems like we're going to start rotting from the moisture.

School is almost over for the testing season to begin. Both of my girls finish high school this year and the youngest must take the national university entrance exams so that the government can place her in a univeristy. Hopefully studying what she wants to study, but the choice is not entirely hers, the govt. has the final say. That's the trade off for a free college education. Someone else makes the final decision. The oldest gets a free ride into the univerity of her choice and the major of her choice because she is medically handicapped. Doesn't seem fair does it? Oh well, she still has to do finals but at least she doesn't the double whamy that her sister has.

I finally made my first sale on Arfire over the weekend. Not a big one but still a sale and hopefully the first of many and the beginning of a change in my luck. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

About three weeks ago I had a traffic accident and the damage to my car is about 2000 euros which I have to pay all of as according to the law the accident was my fault. I reality it wasn't, but when it's car against motorcycle, car loses and is always at fault here. The nutty biked had hit about 120km/hr in a resiential neighborhood when he slammed into the rear passenger side door of my car as I was in the last 2meters of an intersection just 2 blocks from my apartment. Now, nearly the whole passenger side of my little Ford Fiesta has to be replaced. To top it off, he had no insurance or license but he gets away scotfree and I have to pay not only for the damage to my car but to his bike as well. I could scream at the unfairness of it all. It also means that I now have to give up my international driver's license and get a Greek one. So I'm studying like mad because basically the only thing I now about cars is how to drive them, fill them up and change the tires an airfilters and check the oil level. Here you have to know all the workings as well as everything else. I feel like I'm back in school again. I haven't studie so hard since college.

Wish me luck everyone and I'll see you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

It's a wonderful day

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere.
It's a wonderful day here in Patras. The weather is finally looking like it should've looked in April, but, hey, better late than never. We usually have 30-35 degrees Celsius this time of year and it's now hitting about 25 daily and we're still having a lot of rain which is highly unusual.
I made my first sale one one of the newer sites that are starting to give eBay a run for their money. And guess what? THERE ARE NO SELLER'S or FINAL VALUE FEES. The money is ALL mine. It's such a fantastic feeling after paying eBay to have a store, to list the items, and then for selling them. Without all of these expenses I was able to lower the listing prices of the items I list on this site and give the buyer a better deal.
What is this site, you ask. How can they do that, you ask. What's the catch, you ask. This site is ARTFIRE.com and it's totally free to set up a studio as they are called and totally free to list and sell. Artfire can do this because it is linked to a very large gemstone bead and jewelry making supply store, Fancy Findings, and they absorb the costs of the site as a means of advertising and supporting crafters of all types selling their handmade items. There are no catches as far as I can find and the people behind Artfire are a pleasure to deal with and go to great lengths in their customer support.
So, having said all of that, why don't you come and visit my Artfire studio today. You might just find that perfect piece that you've been looking for to match that new outfit.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Really Huge Sale

Giant Bonanza
25% Off ALL jewelry
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and extra 5% off if you spend more than $25
a whopping 30% Off
Saturday, May 9th
1-4pm Pacific
See you there!