When WordPress gives you the side eye

When you try to update your “About Page” but WordPress is all like:

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And you realize that all of your saved draft posts are gone.

And all of your saved media is gone.

And you can’t access anything from your blog because everything seems to have been erased.

 

AND THEN you realize you weren’t actually logged in. Which explains most things, but doesn’t explain why you can click into things without it being like, “Hey! You need to log in to do that!”

Yep.

The Organic Collection is back!

I’m happy to announce that The Tragic Whale Organic is making it’s way back into the shop! There’s just a few bags to choose from right now- large makeup bags and a couple of pencil cases- but now that I’ve dug out my organic cotton thread I’m basically unstoppable.

I make all the Organic Collection bags using GOTS certified organic cotton fabric AND thread. More organic materials means lower impact on the environment.

Here’s a couple of the new bags:

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Find these and the rest of the collection here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?ref=hdr_shop_menu&search_query=organic+collection

It’s the Summer Sale!

Hello! And welcome to The Tragic Whale‘s sort-of-annual summer sale! This year, please enjoy

$5 off when you spend $25 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER5OFF25

$10 off when you spend $50 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER10OFF50

$25 off when you spend $100 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER25OFF100

Sale goes until Thursday, June 23rd at Midnight!

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And there’s nearly 100 new items in stock!

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Enter coupon code at checkout. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer valid online only.

 

2015 in Review

“AH HA HA HA HA HA!”- Me, after realizing I haven’t blogged since June. Whoops! My bad.

2015 was a crazy year! I started out working for myself and running my own small business full time. It was incredible! I worked on structuring my days, balancing blog posts with sewing projects, hunting down craft fairs to apply for, and developing and introducing new products. It was a whirlwind of learning and adventure.

Then, over the summer, several very important things happened:

1) I joined the Windsor Farmers’ Market!

2) I got a part time job! Because after 6 months of business-ing it on my own, I realized that if I still wanted to eat I would need an alternate source of income. At first I was like, “Yep. This is what failure tastes like.” But then I was like, “Ooh, caught myself in time. No shame in restructuring my life to continue doing what I love!” (Which, in case you forgot, is sewing and watching Documentaries all day.)

3) I parted ways with a boy who wasn’t right for me.

All these things paved the way for some other things that happened in the Fall:

1) I signed on for the Windsor Winter Market, and participated in Windsor’s Autumn Moon Festival and the Legion’s (/Lisa’s) annual craft fair!

2) I was offered a supervisor position at work!

3) I started dating my person. And my Mom’s, “When you know, you know,” phrase now makes sense.

I sometimes forget that things don’t just magically “work” because I try for them. And that it’s ok for me to reassess people and situations in my life and scale back from them, or let go entirely. I couldn’t float myself on my business last year, but I still more than doubled profits compared to 2014. I’m in a nurturing relationship with a guy who’s equally my partner in crime and my best friend. And while I missed a couple Farmers’ Markets due to scheduling conflicts at work, I’m finding my new balance between my “outside” work responsibilities and my “inside”/working from home responsibilities.

AND my Mom ENCOURAGED me to play with my potatoes on Christmas! “Don’t you want to make some little snowmen or something?” she said.

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(photo credit: Jordan)

Happy and healthy New Year, everyone!

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)

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3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?

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Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!

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DIY Ant-Be-Gone

My apartment is part of a very old house and, as with all old houses, it has it’s share of bugs and critters crawling around. Namely, sugar ants. Don’t get me wrong, I love sugar ants. They are the cutest ants around and they’re too small to see all their creepy ant features. But I don’t want them in my house.

Last summer when they heavily infiltrated my kitchen (I opened the window ONE TIME and they swarmed), I found a super easy recipe to get rid of them. Borax and jam.

You will need:

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– jam
– spoon and bowl for mixing
– something to put it in (I used a candle lid)

Let’s get started!

1) Spoon some Borax into your bowl.

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2) Spoon some jam into your bowl. I like Smuckers because it’s good for, like, a year and a half. This is the jar I got last year, and I’ll probably use it next year. That’s kind of gross but I’m not eating it- it’s just for ants. I don’t measure, but it’s about a 1 spoon Borax  to 3 spoons jam ration.

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3) Mix it really well!

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Then spoon it into the candle lid. Last year I used a frosting lid.

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(I tried to bend the side down and broke it. Oops.)

Whatever you use, make sure it’s shallow and the ants can get into it. Place where you see ants.

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The great thing about Borax is it doesn’t kill the ants immediately. They have a snack, bring some home, share it with the colony, and THEN they start to die. If you place it near their front door, they’ll actually collect their dead friends so you don’t have to clean them up! Fascinating creatures.

Good luck getting rid of your ants! If you have any other methods, please share them with me :)

Wednesday Whale Love

Just when I think I’ve loved every whale thing ModCloth has to offer, they surprise me and stock more!

This dress has been living in y shopping cart for a few days already. There’s no doubt I’ll be adding it to my collection, it’s just a matter of when.

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THIS BAG THROUGH. I haven’t bought a bag in years (since I can make my own), but this bag? THIS BAG? I want this bag.

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For a long time, I wasn’t comfortable wearing anything that left my arms completely naked. But lately, I’m all about showing off my whale shoulder tattoos so I need some more tank tops. And this one would pair perfectly with my shoulders :D

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope it’s a beautiful day wherever you are!



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