Jun 29, 2010

something old....something new........

Hello there!
Things may have seemed all quiet here on the western front, but let me assure you there has been much stirring under the surface.

Well, first thing's first. I'm sure you've noticed the new blog layout. I am still working on connecting all the dots and figuring out how to tweak all the code to get it to do what I want (...grr...sigh...), but rest assured that it will not always be so disjointed. I am working on it when I can steal a few minutes away to submerge my brain in code-speak. This is so very out-of-character for me as my perfectionistic qualities usually will not allow me to put anything out there in public that is not 100% complete and as I like it. What can I say, I'm stepping out and stretching boundaries............

Speaking of stretching.....I am working on an extra special project this week that is giving me flashbacks to my glory days. Once upon a time, I worked as a cake decorator on the side. I even made my own wedding cake! But, I don't often make this crafty aspect of myself known, so you can imagine my surprise when I received a phone call from someone in the church office a few months ago asking if I would consider making a wedding cake for someone. Oh my goodness! I haven't made any "official" cakes in a very long time, though I do occasionally go all out on a birthday party or two. I took a few days to consider it (read: pray intensely about whether I should attempt such a thing after so long a hiatus from the skills) and felt like I should say yes and accept the provision God was supplying from this unexpected opportunity.
SO...here I am now in the middle of a massively nerve-racking undertaking (I mean, this is someone's once-in-a-lifetime day we're talking about here!) and I have to tell you I am having so much FUN! There are so many creative and innovative designs for wedding cakes out there it's truly amazing. Here are a few I've found that I really like (the bride's color is aqua or teal):
I love the alternating color in this one

and the simplicity of this one. I will probably do something like this.

or like this one (minus the polka dots)
gorgeous and elegant


I have a MOPS friend (that stands for Mothers of PreSchoolers for those of you who are wondering) who is an absolutely AMAZING photographer and I just love to look through all the photos she has on her gorgeous blog. Wow! When you have a second, check it out for yourself. Avayah Photography.

Be prepared to ooooo and aahhhhh a lot! ...I prefer to ooo and aahhh with a delicious cup of tea in hand, but that's my personal preference :)

You can look forward to pictures at the end of the week. (though they will be nothing like Karen's as I am not yet accomplished enough to understand the inner-most workings of my new camera......YET!)

p.s. I still can't believe that I had the wherewithall almost 15 years ago to make MY OWN wedding cake! I'm either absolutely off my rocker insane or the more likely explanation is that I sincerely believe that "can't" means "won't".  I will look for the photos of that one and post them if I can.

Jun 21, 2010

delayed.....again

Hi there,

Well, as you might have guessed, my plan for the project-a-week has not been activated as of yet. I have had the best intentions, but life is cruising right by at mach 5 and I've not really had any spare time to settle down into a workable routine.

I have decided to begin this plan starting the first week of July with new stamps. I've had a couple ideas swirling about in my head, so I'll be setting aside time to get them down on paper and vinyl then.

This is the way of things sometimes for a mompreneur. Don't worry. I will get there. It's all a work in progress :)

Jun 4, 2010

Project-A-Week decision..........

Hi there!
It's been a little while since I posted about Noah's inspirational idea of challenging yourself to be creative daily with the Project-A-Day notion. I've been pondering how I could make something like this work with my busy life as a wife, mother and mompreneur taking into account the amount of time I could realistically devote to it and my what I know about my personality.

I've decided to make mine a Project-A-Week {instead of daily}. I have 4 main sections...or types of items...in the shop so I had the idea to assign each section to a specific week each month and spend time that week creating something new for that particular section. Here's what I've got planned:


week 1:  Stamps  {I will use this week every month to develop new stamp ideas, carve and list new stamps...at least a minimum of one stamp each week}



week 2:  Longjohns Paperie  {this week will be used to develop my line of paper products and paper related items with the goal being to list at least one new item at the end of the week}



week 3:  Jewelry  {this one should be fairly straight forward and somewhat obvious}



week 4:  Yarn Works and any extras  {...I think you're getting the idea....}




and then in the months where there are 5 weeks I will either take the week off or use it to focus on refining the shop, my branding, packaging or maybe even right here on the blog :)

I am excited to have this new challenge in place. I'll be kicking it off starting next week with the Paperie. I think it will help me stay focused on creating and listing and building the business. It reminds me of a verse in the Bible that says "people without a vision perish". Businesses without a vision for their future will perish or shrivel up and fade away.

So, what are you doing to challenge yourself? Leave me a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear all about it!

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