Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Planes and boats and pains

I recently read an article on Etsy's blog (here) about delivery delays for parcels going to the USA from the UK...eek! Due to security issues, some mail going across the Atlantic is going what my mum refers to as 'the pretty way' (i.e. the slower way) - by steam boat, instead of by plane. Steam boat! Much as this brings images to my mind of glamorous old-time steam voyages, it means some things may take longer to get to USA buyers. What a pain!
Obviously, the security measures are important, but I can't control them.
That said, I haven't been notified of any delays from buyers in the States - which is why I had assumed the issue was already resolved.
EDIT: To the best of my knowledge, only heavier parcels are being effected and most mail to the USA should arrive within the normal time-frame of 10 to 12 days.

Thank you to everyone who helped make my last month with my Etsy shop Treacle Toffee a success. I've now deactivated the last few items. For the time being, my original Etsy shop scatterboxoriginals will continue trading, while I review my options.
A shop update for JumpUp should be coming soon!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Resolutions resolved

Happy New Year!
I can barely believe it's 2011 already. Christmas always seem to fly by when it finally arrives. Thankfully the snow let up enough for me to get to see my family for Christmas, and there was just enough lying on the ground for me to feel like I was arriving in Christmas Land as my train travelled further north, the whiteness in the landscape increasing. I took a few photos through the train window - I love trying to capture those perfect moments of composition, those temporary scenes you only see while travelling. It's hard to capture the compositions before they fly by, but I'm pleased with these ones:


Anyway, it's time for the annual new year's resolutions post (a tradition dating back to, oh, two thousand and ten...) Last year I resolved to go for a walk every day, take a step towards moving into a nicer home, to eat more healthily and to be braver.
I didn't keep up the daily walks, unfortunately - illness and procrastination eventually chipped away at that until the daily walks became more like weekly walks. BUT, I did get fitter, increasing my walks to about 5 miles at a time, without much struggle.
Resolution number two is officially achieved - I am now in a nicer, bigger place. I love my new flat (aside from those little annoying things that come with pretty much any home)
Am I eating more healthily...hmm, hard to say. I've lost weight, so that's something (although I regained about a third of the 16lbs that I lost over one week of lazy snacking at my sister's house over Christmas!) I think that resolution is semi-achieved.
Am I braver? Hmm I knew this would be a toughie because it's vague, but I think I'm slowly getting braver at making choices in what I want to do...

Which brings me to 2011. This year, I resolve...
1) To keep up my swimming and make the most out of it, hopefully with a view to increasing my fitness as well as losing my holiday weight, if not a little more. I think a target of at least three swims a week is reasonable.
2) Work some more on my Illustration portfolio until I have 20 strong images (it's what I did my degree in, after all, and I let that fizzle out on the backburner these past few years which I have been regretting)
3) Put more energy into my JumpUp shop - I'm really pleased to have been on Etsy's homepage twice in December and also featured in the Etsy Finds email, it has been a bit of a boost for me and I think it's a sign that JumpUp is worth working on more. I aim to make enough from JumpUp to cover my business bank account fees for the full year by the time I turn 29 in May.

So that's the plan for 2011. What's yours?