Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Good News For Florida Scarf!

Check out this ad I found in the back of a catalogue from Switzerland....

Isn't that a riot? They actually advertise Florida real estate in Switzerland.
I think it was a sign, for me, from God.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Making Friends

The handmade community has always been very supportive of itself. It's like, if you're an artisan, then you are automatically my friend, because you get me. With the internet, and so much of our work and business online, this is even more true. Through Etsy, and all the other community sites, it is terribly easy to make friends with artists and crafters worldwide. Aside from our shops most of us have websites or blogs. And our quest for new content leads us new relationships. This is one of my favorite aspects of working online. I can connect with an artist, and her community. Then, hopefully, share her with mine. Recently I did an interview for a fellow Etsian, Roberta of MeDuSa1307.

She is a blogger and jewelry artist.
Here is the link to my interview on her site.
Soon you will see her interview here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This ain't California...

Sure Ain't.
It's Germany. But it doesn't mean they don't skate. And it doesn't mean they weren't catchin' shit for it. In German skating is Rollbrettfahrer, my new favorite word.
This is a film that just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. (I did not go) This film got some sweet reviews, and I hope to catch it myself sometime. I am also recommending that you do the same. Yea, it's a bout skating. But it is also about politics, people trying to be heard, friendship, and the influence of those obnoxious people on the other side of the world. (Americans)
They have an FB page if you're interested. and here's a link to a clip:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

How Bazaar

Those Cheesie Word-Plays Never Get Old
and now that I have your attention...
I am excited to announce Florida Scarf's first Craft Bazaar in Europe!
I must admit that I'm on pins-and-needles to see how it goes. One might think it is a bit silly to sell scarves at the beginning of Spring. But I am mainly using this as an opportunity to meet my new community. Also, as anyone who's familiar knows, my scarves and hoods come in a variety of weights. Although it is so cold here now, it'll be July before we thaw out.
I invite everyone in my area to come and meet me. I invite everyone not in my area to wish me luck.
As usual I will be at the bazaar with scarves and hoods in a variety of colors and styles. They are still One Of A Kind. The pieces will be sold in a price range of $10-$55. There's something for everyone, including kids.
I think this is also an opportunity to give myself a headstart for next fall and winter. I'm offering a promotion for the bazaar in light of this. 
Purchases Made Between 2/13/2012 and 3/11/2012 Will Be Accompanied By A 20% Off Coupon.
Customers can take advantage of this online and in-person.
The coupon may only be used on a future purchase.
It will never expire.
Are you gonna lose your coupon? No Prob. I keep a record of that stuff.
Now that we're all excited pass the buzz on this!
Tell your friends. I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Now that Florida Scarf is all unpacked and ready-to-go I will also begin taking special orders again.
Get in touch with me if you have any questions or requests.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First Shipment Out of Germany

Congratulations to Ms. Jane "First Order Shipping From Germany" Doe. (I didn't get the customer's permission to use her name) I'm really excited for my first sale since the big move across the pond. I kinda thought it would never happen. I don't normally do an individual post about a single sale, but this one is special.
Going to the Post Office tomorrow is going to be another first for me. I hope it goes well. I'm fearing an impatient clerk at the counter who is perterbed by my horrible German skills and ignorance to the working of the German postal system. Although, I am doing my self a disservice by fretting already. So I'll stop. Luckily I am having lunch with a group of Germans and Americans from Post. Hopefully one of them can give me a run-down on how it works. Then I will be able to enter that new environment (where their color is yellow instead of blue) armed with knoweledge! I can't wait for the whole thing to work itself out perfectly.
Afterwards I may celebrate my browsing a local furniture store. It's an odd celebration, I know. But it is very neccessary. My sewing table is currently substituting as a computer desk. And since they are both of equal importance I can't have one. I need two. Go, Go Gadget Amex! 

Monday, February 6, 2012

First Snowboard Trip! Yay!

Good morning Oberjach, Germany!
Phil took this photo as we were stepping off the bus. He thought it looked cool, like there was a rocket and an explosion behind the mountain. I agree.
We had a blast this Saturday. Our snowboard trip was a dream. As I said in the journal, the mountain wasn't very big, but that made it really managable. The runs were wide, and long enough, and the snow was great. A few times we were lucky enough to find ourselves off the trail. We made some fresh tracks of our own. This is something that would be a rare treat at home on the East Coast.
It was freezing. We were really glad to both have down jackets. I, of course, had handwarmers in my gloves and pants pockets. I think the temp was -15 Celcius, not for the faint of heart. Luckily, most of the mountain was covered in T-bars. So we got a workout on the way up and down the trails.
We got a respectable number of runs in before closing the day in typical fashion... at the bar. We needed to reward ourselves for such a successful day. We had a couple of beers and an apple streudel. The bartender was also nice enough to share a local favorite with us. It's a liquor called Enzian. It is made from some local plant with purple flowers. It reminded me of tequila. As much as I love tequila (in moderation) I don't think I'll be enjoying anymore Enzian in the future.
The bus ride home was great. I got to chatting with some folks that were on this same trip. They were giving me the low-down on some killer second-hand and antique shops in my area. I can't wait to check them out.
And on the snowboarding front, we are looking forward to (hopefully) joining another trip in two weeks to Switzerland. Stay tuned :)
To see more pictures of Germany visit our FB photo album.To read more about our weekend visit the journal.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Yea. I'm iced out now. But not like that. Like this...

I love this! It's a commercial/music video for my new watch.
Phil just surprised me with it. He says I've been a real trooper through this move. So he wanted to express his gratitude with something bright, and fun, and me :)
I needed a watch. I don't have a cell phone, and might not at all. I have found myself, quite often, not knowing what time it is. This is my watch:

The box it came in looks like a lego, and doubles as a piggy bank. This is also great because I'm pretty good at saving money :)