Now open!

My Etsy store is now open! Check it out at

I’ll be uploading cards and gifts as I make them, so keep checking the shop… There will also be a link and thumbnails of featured items on my craft blog.

A special thank you to everyone who’s encouraged me and supported this endeavor! I would not have gone out on this branch if it wasn’t for you.

Andrea, Wednesday 30 July 2008 at 7:07 pm Two comments


I don’t put too much credence in personality tests, but they’re fun. When I last took the test (in college), I was an ENFJ, now I’m an INFJ, having more noticeably changed from Extroverted to Introverted (the other letters stand for iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging).

Some noteworthy INFJs include:

  • Chaucer
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Billy Crystal
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here’s more of what my answers to some questions seem to say about me…

You Are An INFJ
The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision – no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you truly see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships as long as they are improving and changing. You can’t stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy… as long as you are working toward a dream you support.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable
What’s Your Personality Type?

Andrea, Tuesday 29 July 2008 at 2:21 pm No comments

5 seconds of fame

One of my cards was seen on a TV show! Get the full story here.

Andrea, Thursday 24 July 2008 at 1:12 pm No comments

Summer pix

Here’s a visual teaser for some of the fun photos I posted on Natalie’s blog. Bret showed me how to put photos inside posts on this site, if they’re photos already online…

And, while I’m at it, here’s the RooksPaperScissors image that Bret came up with, and I’ll also share a photo of one of my cards that will be for sale on Etsy:

These photos and more are up on my craft blog:

Andrea, Wednesday 16 July 2008 at 6:56 pm No comments

I suffer from this sometimes...

( from )

Update: There are some weird comics on that site, but this one just made Andrea and me laugh out loud…

Bret, Tuesday 15 July 2008 at 11:38 pm No comments

Etsy favorites

In case you’re wondering what’s so great about Etsy, check out my “favorites,” which can be found at It’s a good place to start, because it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the wonderful handmade items on Etsy. Also, this is the link to my upcoming store (I’m still moving toward an Aug. 1 grand opening). Plus, you now have access to a list of things you know I like … in case, you know, you want to buy me something … say, for my 30th birthday (Aug. 18) ... .

Andrea, Thursday 10 July 2008 at 4:50 pm No comments

Thanks, Bret!

Bret finished drawing and perfecting the image for Rooks Paper Scissors. I love his sketch style, so it made sense to ask him to create my logo. Once it’s made into a rubber stamp, I can finish the sets of cards I’ve been making to sell on Etsy.

Other things topping my Etsy-launch to-do list include:

  • build inventory (I’ve got more than a dozen sets of cards ready to sell)
  • photograph inventory (I get to display up to five photos per item)
  • write descriptions of each item
  • finalize my store policies and welcome page
  • create a store banner image
  • set up PayPal account
  • upload inventory
  • announce my grand opening!

Andrea, Thursday 03 July 2008 at 06:03 am One comment