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Spring 2018 Chalkboard and Fitbit Anniversary

Spring 2018 Chalkboard Calendar

It is not out of the ordinary that I don’t get around to sharing my previous season’s chalkboard until fairly late, BUT usually I have taken the picture and already moved on to the next board by the time I post it. This time around, I still haven’t even erased the spring board, and I feel super guilty about it. I’m gonna have to use my phone (going through pictures I’ve taken) to try and remember all the things that have happened so far this summer.

One thing that I will have to share on the Summer chalkboard is that I just had my 5 year Fitbit Anniversary. On the evening of my anniversary I had 19, 976, 371 steps. That averages to 10,945 steps per day, and almost 4 million steps a year.
Fitbit anniversary

I posted to my blog on previous anniversaries, like here, and I have been averaging almost 4 million steps per year.

I am so glad I found fitbit and I love my One. As I’ve said over and over and over again, I always wanted to be able to track 10K steps per day. Since the late 90s I would get a pedometer here or there, always the old school click, click, click type, and they were bad. I would think they worked, but then I’d get home and realize that I had only walked 2K steps the whole day. I was certain that the 10K steps per day idea was only for people who are runners, not the average person, like it’s aimed at. Then Fitbit comes into my life, and lo and behold it tracks actual steps AND while getting 10K steps a day isn’t always easy, it is totally feasible. I don’t know how or why I’ve been able to stick with it for 5 years, but I am so grateful for this tool.

That being said, I’m about to get negative with Fitbit because they discontinued my device last year without any announcement, and I’m devastated.

Hello, fitbit

I’m not exactly sure why the bracelet type pedometers have really taken off, but they have, and so companies are ready to take in as much money off of the trend as possible. My device, the One, was a clip on, that I wear discretely clipped to the center of my bra. Some people just wear it on a waistband or hold it in their pocket. I just don’t like the idea of having to wear a bracelet all the time and even though reviews show the bracelets to be very accurate against the One. I just don’t understand how my arm movements won’t get tracked as steps. My mom says her steps ARE NOT tracked on a bracelet if she is walking with a shopping cart at the grocery store, so I’m guessing there are plenty of other circumstances that are similar.ย  The One is rechargeable and holds that charge for about 10 days. It can be used to track sleep, and counts flights of stairs.

Meanwhile, the clip type fitbit that they kept on the market, the Zip, is half the price of the One. Let me just tell you from experience, DO NOT BUY THE Fitbit ZIP! It only takes batteries, so you have to replace them regularly. It doesn’t automatically sync to your devices either. We bought one for our mom and it was the worst. I think it died and had to be replaced 2 or 3 times before we just decided to upgrade her to the Flex. The zip does not count flights of stairs, and neither does the Flex, so the One was really a great product. People have complained many times online about their discontinuing the One, but they just shut down the threads and refuse to respond other than to say that they have made up their mind. That being said, when I looked up the link for the One, it redirected me to the zip automatically, BUT it looks like they are still selling the One in Europe. I wonder if it was more popular there? I keep hoping that maybe if this bracelet fad kinda dies down a bit they will realize they need to have at least one quality clip pedometer to their brand and the Zip is NOT it. Fitbit has SEVEN different bracelet trackers and only the one clip. What a bummer.

Rant over.

More 10 year Etsy Anniversary Celebrations

As I said before, my Etsyversary party is not over yet!

Day 22! Some of you may remember this from last year. I didn't intend for this to be today's #robayre100days but then time slipped away as I played with it. When I originally designed it, I didn't know quite what to do with it, but when I began #The100Day

I’m offering this letter writing paper as a free download through the rest of the month! Insert party emojis here, wooooo! I originally created this stationery in 2015, using watercolor lines in what is becoming my signature stationery style, and added a dotted writing line, but I never knew quite what to do with it because the image area bleeds off the edge of the paper. When I was creating my to-do list for #the100dayproject I added it. I’ve finally tackled the file, and now it is available for download! Get it now for free while you can because I will add it to my shop after the month is over.

Robayre Watercolor Lines Stationery Set

This letter writing paper is set up with 2 vertical sheets on an 8.5×11″ horizontal paper, and the image bleeds off the edge. If you are printing from home on 8.5×11″, make sure your settings are set to print atย  landscape, 100% (actual size), best or high quality printing, centered, and print to the edge of the paper. You could also print it out on larger papers and crop it down or print it reduced for super mini stationery papers, cute! Print it back to back for double sided stationery. Once it is printed, cut it in half for two 5.5×8.5″ sheets.

watercolor cut down sample
Let me know if you download it and use it, I’d love to see pics of it in use (#robayre), or if anyone tries printing it out on different types of papers, etc.

This is the part where I get all legal on you: This stationery was created and copyrighted by Robyn Wells in 2016. This stationery is for personal use only and may not be reproduced, transferred or sold and profited from in any way. Make good choices, be good people, follow the golden rule. Thank you very much

The download is hosted on Google Drive, so you may need to be logged into google, not sure. Download here: https://goo.gl/ENkbMn

As I promised, the party has not ended. I'm still celebrating my 10 year #etsyversary and it's time for another giveaway, only this time everyone wins! I'm offering a free printable stationery over on my blog today (link in my profile). Get it now while i

Discount and Giveaway Announcement

robayre.etsy.com is still celebrating 10 years!

The party isn't over yet! It's so late (for me at least ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ด) but I finally listed two of the quilted journals in my shop. I have also created a coupon code for 10% off of everything in my shop for the month of May, 2016. Just enter ROBAYRE10YE

For the month of May, please use the code ROBAYRE10YEARS at checkout for an additional 10% off.

I've decided that I'm going to do a few things to celebrate my #etsyversary. To start out, I've been sewing up a storm and so Tomorrow (May 1st) I'm going to do a #giveaway of one of these quilted book covers with mini journals inside. I'll post a "giveaw

Today I gathered up all the entries from instagram and the blog post and drew Natalie of Cellowingnut on instagram for the quilted fauxdori giveaway. Congratulations Natalie! Thank you so-so much to everyone who entered, and to all the friends who shared and posted about it. It made me feel so special. The party isn’t over, and I have a few more things to look forward to this month while I celebrate my etsy shop’s 10 year anniversary.

I’ve also added a few more of these quilted doris to my shop, click image for link

and the following have already sold

10 Years on Etsy!

I remembered in addition to the opening shop date on Etsy shop pages, there was a place on Etsy’s profile page that states when you started on Etsy. Yesterday I decided to double check and see when I first created my etsy account, and boy am I glad that I did! Turns out it was the very next day, October 8th, TODAY!

v2 etsy banner2
My first Etsy Shop Banner

In celebration of being on ETSY for 10 YEARS, I’ve decided to take a little walk down Etsy Memory Lane. Picture it, the Summer of 2005. I was most definitely listening to some Weezer and Jack Johnson. I was also obsessed with the internet (still am) and hearing a buzz all over the craft blogosphere (read, LiveJournal) about this website Etsy. It was a brand new e-commerce site, similar to ebay, but where you could sell your handmade items. I IMMEDIATELY wanted to to sign up, but was also afraid. I was also unsure if this was a legit thing, or some sort of scam. I mean, I’d have to enter my credit card information online, eeeeep! If you signed up right away (if I remember correctly) there was an introductory period where you could list items for free. It took me a few months to realize this was sticking around and was for real. I created my account on October 8th and my account was something like #4885, meaning I was in the first 5,000 people to create an etsy account. Years later I was VERY PROUD of that fact and that my shop profile url page had that number in it. While our account numbers are no longer associated with etsy accounts, I was and still am OLD SCHOOL!

I knew that if I wanted to start selling I should probably test out the waters first as a buyer and see how transactions go. My first purchase was this pendent by artist Jenny Vorwaller whom I followed on flickr at the time. I still love the necklace but only wear it rarely now because I’m afraid that it was starting to wear down the colors.

I actually don’t remember what my first listing was, but I had a variety of items in my shop from the get go. Stationery sets, original artwork and quilted framed yoyo pieces. All items that are still in my shop (in some form or another) to this very day! I’m very proud to say when you go back to my first sales, 1. my first sale was a piece of artwork (this mailart postcard to be specific) and 2.ย  that I never went through that awkward phase where I was selling random things that weren’t representative of myself or my shop. More often than not when you go to shops you’ll find that they started out selling things that look nothing like what they evolved into. Maybe that means I haven’t grown? I hope not. What HAS CHANGED a lot over those years is Etsy. It has gone from this tiny community to this BIG deal that went Public earlier this year. With the introduction of Facebook Memories this year I have been SHOCKED to see how many times I mentioned that I was on Etsy’s front page, literally a dozen or more times. If you had asked me before seeing those memories, I would have said I probably got on the front page once or twice. The front page used to be first items picked by Etsy administrators, then curated Treasuries by Etsy users and now it’s just customized by each user, showing items from your favorites and shops and items they think you would like. I miss the days of chat rooms, where administrators would come in and give one on one critiques to shops.

September 2015 Shop banner update
My recently updated Shop Banner and Info Graphic

I remember the first year when I averaged a sale a week, followed by 2 sales and then 3 sales a week. In recent years I’ve let my shop slide a little bit, meanwhile Etsy was making major changes to how shops and items are found via SEO. In the last month or two I have really been digging back in and trying to dust things off and make updates. Not only are there about 1.5 MILLION active shops, the quality and caliber of items on Etsy is amazing now too. I remember getting compliments on my photography by Etsy admin back in the day. Now? I compare my pictures to other etsy shops and I can see why my shop is lost in the sea. If I was just finding out about Etsy now, I think I would be wayyyyy too intimidated to even try. I am so thankful that I was there in the beginning when we were all just trying to figure things out together.

Etsy opened a BIG HUGE door to me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am forever thankful for the opportunity Etsy offered me. Before Etsy I made items to sell, but was too shy to even dream of doing a craft show. Having an online shop allowed me to share my things safely until I could grow enough courage to take things publicly and in person. It introduced me to people I consider dear friends today. It has also opened the door to wholesale and consignment too. It was because of Etsy I was offered opportunities to sell my items at events, in stores on the opposite side of the world, to be featured on HUGE websites and even have my product on cable TV!

My actual shop anniversary date is not until May 1st, 2006, so I’m sure I will be back again with another post then, and hopefully even some fun sales and events leading up to the date. Meanwhile, feel free to check out my shop now. See anything you like?

Fitbit One Year Anniversary

Hello, fitbit

It is my fitbit one year anniversary!

Some days getting that 10,000 step smiley face is absolute torture!

Some days it is my saving grace.

I will be honest I have had some days I didn’t get my 10,000 steps in. I’m thinking it was probably around 6 days, and over 365 days that’s not bad! At 3 MILLION 967 THOUSAND and 584 steps over a year that averages to 10,870 steps every day, so I more than made up for those few days that I didn’t make 10,000.

I do wish that it had more of a positive effect on my waistline, but it’s something I work on that through my food choices all the time.

In the time I got my fitbit they have EXPLODED in popularity. I went from having 3 contacts on the friend page to having 20, many have told me it was because of my fitbit talk that got them interested in getting their own.

My feet or back used to hurt walking just to our downtown, now walking all over town and back is no longer an issue.

Today is my #OneYearAnniversary of when I got my #fitbit. #10,000 steps every day, still going strong.ย ย  8.11 fitbit one year

Here are a couple articles that you might be interested in reading about pedometer/trackers

Time Magazine Kathleen Parker: Count Me Out

New Yorker article David Sedaris Stepping Out, Living the Fitbit Life

My #fitbit said #woot! 15,000+ steps today

10,000 steps is great and I’m so proud of myself, but occasionally I think I really should aim higher. Obviously I have plenty of “over” days as my average is near 11,000 steps, but I am afraid that I won’t stick to it and it will cause the whole thing to fall apart and I don’t want to mess with a good thing. I feel like since “They” says that the average person should get 10,000 steps that’s what I work towards. Maybe I need to do some research and see what is recommended for someone wanting to lose weight.