Monday, 18 August 2014

Up and Running

Have you ever heard the term "sunk cost bias?" Basically, it's what happens when a person continues to throw time, money, and effort at a venture that hasn't worked out. Sort of like home renovations that keep spiralling out of control, or a business that is not profitable. People tell themselves, "I've already put so much into it -- if I just put in a little bit more it will turn around!" Instead of doing the rational thing, which would be to walk away and find something that does work, they continue to sink more resources in until they don't have any left.

Well, that's what happened to me with my website. The initial web host that I signed up with turned out to be really problematic -- they couldn't offer me the functionality that I was looking for. Initially I was unwilling to change hosts because I had worked so hard to make my website exactly the way I wanted it. But as I kept trying to find my way around the bugs and problems (and there were many), I realized that I was spending more time troubleshooting than I was actually blogging. Which sort of defeats the purpose!

Finally, a few weeks ago I decided to abandon the whole thing and start over again at Blogger. I customized a new blog and imported all of my content over here. Suffice it to say that I learned more about web design and functionality through this process than I ever thought I'd know. There's a happy ending though. I'm very happy with Blogger as well as my new domain provider, Hover, who made the whole transfer process much easier than I expected. If you ever need a domain name, check them out!

Aside from my web adventures, it's been a busy summer over here. I'm getting ready for Seaway Valley Artisans' Gathering of Artisans coming up on October 18th and 19th. I've been turning out a lot of things, but of course there is always more to do!

I found the most beautiful pack of autumn coloured paper at Michael's and have been making the most beautiful bouquets with it. I especially like the map motif that you can see on the flowers here:

My three new bouquets - the colours are definitely making me ready for fall!

I also thought it might be fun to have something a bit smaller, so I made these origami rose fridge magnets. I have a feeling that they'll be pretty popular!

My husband Philippe came home from work a few weeks ago and told me that they're opening a Michael's just ten minutes down the road. I screamed so loud that I think I hurt his ear drums. I love Michael's! Right now the closest one is more than an hour away. To have one so close by will either make me the most productive maker of paper flowers who ever lived...or bankrupt. (The two are not mutually exclusive.)

As a matter of fact, I have to go there tomorrow. I am making wedding corsages from a bride in North Carolina whose colour is TARDIS blue! I can't wait to figure out how I'm going to make them look. I'll post pictures as soon as I've finished.

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