By popular demand, the shop is opened for the holidays! You can find us at http://www.tattooedgeek.com/. Several new candles have been added with more to come soon. Solid fragrances, fragrance oils, lip balms and pocket mirrors are being added throughout the coming week. The Etsy shop remains closed for now. I was reluctant to change the shop location from Etsy to Big Cartel, but I have to say I am really loving the design freedom Big Cartel offers. I still absolutely love Etsy. But from a shop owners perspective with Etsy it always seems like "Etsy" comes first, with Big Cartel my shop comes first -if that makes any sense. Check it out and you'll understand what I mean. Your purchases still go through paypal and are subject to all of the protection paypal offers. The holiday candles will be available through New Years. Any outstanding Etsy business will of course be honored. I'm still catching up so wholesale orders are on hold until after the new year. As always, please feel free to contact me at anytime about anything.
Not only did our shop move, we moved too. We got the keys to the new place 3 days before Mike's surgery. With Mike not well and surgery looming, moving wasn't exactly on our agenda at the time. With all of the doctor co pays, missed work and the online shop closure (after several screwed up orders I had to close the online shop until things settled down) we had a moving budget of exactly; zero! Plus, Mike was soon tied up healing from his neck dissection and thyroidectomy. The actual physical "move" was left to the kids and I. We spent the next two weeks moving like the band of white trash Gypsies that we are; we loaded all of our belongings into dozens of black garbage bags and piled up the minivan (cause we're classy like that!) It took about three thousand round trips but we got it done. It was during that hectic chaos that I realized how truly blessed I am. The children worked their butts off helping me move. It's not right to expect people so young to do so much, but they did it without even so much as a whimper. I probably would have ended up in the loony bin if it wasn't for them. Thankfully we walked away from the toxic house that we were living in, which by the way still sits empty. Since moving I found out that the family before us also left that house due to health concerns. Our landlord knew about the mold and the problems it caused and never informed us, bastard! That will never happen again. We went to the local building inspector and gave him a copy of the air quality report. The building inspector issued a citation so the landlord would have to have the house properly and professionally cleaned up. No more sick families-woohoo!
There was one little unfortunate mishap during the move. On a late Sunday night moving spree we hit a deer with the van. Actually the deer hit us I swear. After hitting us the deer ran away fine. Our van on the other hand was a different story. That deer left our van a mess -he left us a mess too! It had to be one of the worst experiences of my life. I never hit an animal before, it's been hard to shake off emotionally and financially. I'm pretty sure there's over a thousand dollars worth of damage. Fiberglass and Styrofoam do not hold up well against a 200lbs+ deer. I'm not kidding when I say that behind my broken fiberglass bumper was a big block of black Styrofoam. How is Styrofoam suppose to protect people? Dodge sucks.
Cancer update: Mike has his radiation appointments this coming week. He'll get a shot on Tuesday, a shot on Wednesday and a radioactive iodine pill on Thursday. On December 23 he'll have a full body scan, he should be completely cancer free. By Christmas we'll most likely be able to put all of this behind us -fingers crossed.