Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It used to be a hobby!

I've been neglecting my blog!!  And the reason is simply that I have been crazy busy with what used to be my hobby....making rings!  I have been busier and busier and last month I sold over 225 rings!!

It's funny -I never started this part of my business thinking about being successful...rather I've always been creative and I thought I might as well try to sell them since I'm already on Etsy for supplies and vintage...it just made sense.  It used to be that Sundays I would go downstairs to the office where I have my "studio" and I would make some rings (pendants etc) while watching Suze Orman on itunes or listening to Harry Potter (book on CD-Jim Dale's version) on my ipod etc-it was fun and relaxing. But now I'm making them 4 days a week....3 nights after work and on Sundays. That of course doesn't include taking pictures, listing them or preparing orders for our assistant (she does all the packing for our 5 on line shops-thank God for her). 

I'm so happy to make and sell rings!!  I'm not complaining at all! I just have to try to balance it all- 5 online shops, a full time job, all the crazy daily accounting that has to be done here in Japan and I'm trying to have some kind of personal life-this is proving to be stressful at times. I can't even imagine what it would be like if we had kids!

Anyway, now you know why I haven't been blogging as much as before.

In other news....

Here is something I thought would interest you. From now until February 19th in Nagoya you can take this "oden" train. It's once a day and lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. It costs 3,500 yen ($43 USD at today's exchange rate) and that includes beer "nomihodai" (all you can drink beer), a bowl of oden (boiled food you eat with spicy mustard-very popular in winter and quite yummy), some snacks and 1 glass of sake. There is also karaoke. This local train company started this in 2007 as way to attract more customers in the winter season (apparently they have a summer version as well).


Fernando said...

I still visit the blog every week to check for updates :)

I am glad that the rings and everything else is selling and also good you don't forget us the blog fans

FromJapanWithLove said...

Hi Fernando! Thanks for not giving up on me and my blog! I always intend to blog and then it is 3 am and I'm way to sleepy to make any sense so ....suddenly 2 weeks pass and no blog! I will try to do better!

chinamommy said...

I'm still here too- you're on the sidebar of my blog so I can see as soon as you update! WOW, that is amazing about your ring business!! I'm so jealous I haven't found my "Thing" yet..... GOOD FOR YOU!! Hope it stays FUN!

FromJapanWithLove said...

Hi Chinamommy! Thanks for adding me to your blog! I have to say that if someone had told me 3 years ago (never mind many years ago) that I would make rings like this I would have died laughing!! I had no plans to do so....but life is funny!


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