Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Youtube too!?

Possibly the only thing I am addicted to as much as Etsy is Youtube. I can get lost for hours there and have no idea what I did before Youtube existed. I was just watching some Etsy marketing videos, clicked on the next one I wanted to watch and kablam!!! No video...Youtube is down for maintenance. OK, not quite kablam!!! It wasn't exactly that dramatic, but it sure feels like it. OK...fine, fine! I get it. They want to keep it running well, but couldn't they just call me first and ask when I wouldn't be watching? Thank goodness Etsy and Youtube didn't do that on the same day! I might have had to read a book or go for a walk or something. Just kidding, of course. I actually do love reading and just flew through James Patterson's "Sail" in a few hours the other day...it was THAT good!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Etsy Withdrawl and Profound Revelations

I turned on my computer this morning with the intent to do the usual...check my email, catch up with friends and family on Facebook, read a few blogs and of course...browse Etsy. But OMG...there is a note that says Etsy is down for maintenance and to enjoy some videos in the meantime. No Etsy for a few hours!? So I'm thinking, "What do I do? Will I make it!? Will I survive!? OMG!!! It's OK, you CAN do this." So I close my eyes, concentrate on breathing...he he hoo...he he hoo...and decide, what the heck I'll watch the Etsy videos.

Boy, am I glad I did. Etsy has a wonderful series called "Handmade Portraits", which is a series of video portraits of various Etsy sellers. The type of art and craft they create differs greatly, but they all have this amazing sense of creative spirit. I was particularly moved by a video featuring James Peters of armorguitars.etsy.com. He talked about how he does spend a lot of time in his workshop and that he has always been a doer and has no intention of retiring anytime soon. Something that he said was a profound revelation for me, "If you enjoy what you do, you really never have to work a day in your life." I just love his philosophy! I don't play or collect guitars, but if I did, he is exactly the guy I would want to buy from.


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