I went into the studio to scan it and discovered that the ancient HP computer that is hooked up to the scanner/printer and also to our dye sublimation printer had given up the ghost, bit the dust, gone the way of the dodo bird, kicked the bucket, oh yes, it was dead.
In all fairness, it really is old, and we knew it would have to be replaced, we were just holding out as long as we could, times being tight and all, they have this recession on you know! So I'm grateful that the ole gal made it through the holidays for us, and she gave us her best all these years. Luckily there is an electronics store nearby that's going out of business, she we'll go take a look tomorrow and see what they have. Dan is the computer guy and he has a good idea what he wants for the studio.
I have a check coming for the illustrations I just did for the Llewellyn Magical Almanac which should get us a good machine. Easy come, easy go, right? But I learned something from Raven Grimassi years ago, and it still holds true. You know how sometimes you get an extra $300.00 from out of the blue and you're all excited because you have extra money, and then your car breaks down and what does it cost to fix it? Yep, $300.00! So we can either get mad and say, "Oh, man the universe took my extra $300.00!" Or, we can say, "Thank goodness the universe provided the extra money I needed to fix my car!" Well, that's how I choose to look at it. The computer broke right at the same time I have money on the way, an electronics store is having a going out of business sale, and this year the government is allowing larger deductions for small businesses office equipment, all things considered, I feel pretty fortunate. Thanks Raven!
So all this being said, the Etsy shop is on vacation mode for a short time because while we do have some stock of prints and dye sublimation products made up, we often print items to order. We will re-open the shop shortly with a partial inventory, that is only what we actually have on hand. As soon as the computer is replaced, we have pulled our old files off the old hard drive and transferred them onto the new computer and all the programs re-installed, etc. We'll have everything up and running. This should be before the end of the month. So please bear with us as we sort out our technical difficulties!