MIA because of Frankenstein!

Well, I’ve done it again, always going MIA or in 20 other directions.  I forget I have a blog! Especially when October comes – I’m just getting all my Halloween happenings going!  I suppose this happens to new bloggers or especially those who just don’t consistently blog or if you are like me and just have to get all the holiday activity that you can into your schedule!

  • decorating the house
  • making décor for the store
  • visiting pumpkin patches
  • visiting fall boutiques
  • going to haunted houses
  • Raking and mostly Playing in the leaves!
  • Picking Apples – Making Apple Shakes – YUM!  First time ever – they were a hit!
  • Baking Bread
  • shopping at Michaels, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby
  • Fitting in my Toastmasters Speeches – my favorite speech yet – introducing my Altered Books!
  • And did I mention making décor….oh, yes, yes I did….I can spend countless hours making things!

So writing/blogging has been the last thing on my mind!  I never fail to get updates out!  If you are on Instagram – I’m all about Instagram! A Visual and a quick description – that’s just my perfect preference because like I mentioned, I’m always making things.  I prefer to be “hands-on” right in the action of mixing paint, staining paper, stamping, inking, using a hammer to nail a book shut, twisting wires and wrapping mesh, or weaving a dreamcatcher or beading sequins!  Well, I suppose it’s better to have a short blog post instead of no blog post right?

It’s Fall Time and Holiday time so as a maker I will be MIA as I’m prepping to continue to stock two shops!  Things are going very well and it’s that Holiday season to decorate and give our homes new, fresh décor.  Halloween is a really fun time for me because I love making altered books and tags and cards.  I had a lot of satisfaction making my latest project and it is ALIVE!  – In perfect Monster Mashing style.

So Frank is just one project that has kept me very busy.  I have another book in progress and a bottle and about a handful of cards to finish to go with the décor pieces….you know me….I have to have the coordinating things to go with the rest of the things!  I want them to be the perfect gift combos!  I managed to make around 50 treat tags too – see the creations below – Hope you enjoyed reading and a peek into my creative world. Now I feel like reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!  I always have time for a good book especially a classic!  This book is not available on ETSY – It’s going to the market, but I have a great Zombie Book and Vampire Spellbook in the Etsy Store – at the top of the page “Click Here to Shop Etsy”  and it will take you to the ETSY store!  Note:  I only have one available -never duplicate the handmade creations!

 

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Believe in Time 

It’s been awhile again and I’m going in hundred directions!  I’m happy it’s Friday and a three day weekend,  I just need more three day weekends or how about three weeks off work (that would be my miracle!)  Oh,  day jobs get in the way and it’s frustrating when I’m trying to make my art and build a small business and all the other things that are life’s demands. 

I’m sorry, my intention is not to complain,  it’s to get my  feelings and thoughts out in the open onto a page, to keep my blog active,  I love journaling and haven’t found the time,  so I just decided, it’s a good moment to take my break from work and to release them and realize everything will be OK.  Right?  Tell me it will,  tell me that someone reads my blog?  Tell me that someone follows my Facebook business page?  ….And that’s another page I took a break from for a bit. 

I know I’m a dreamer and sometimes I get impatient and I have to remind myself that building a business takes time and I need to realize my accomplishments… I just don’t have many cheering me on and that’s OK, I’m not looking for praise or sympathy,  I’m just needing one person to say,  “Hey Girl,  it’s going to be O.K. – you are doing great,  you are working hard and your dreams are in process! ” In “Due Time” right?  I just joined Toastmasters and I’m hoping to improve my writing and communication skills,  I just got a mentor and I think she will be a wonderful resource for me to learn from and develop more skills and confidence and PATIENCE with myself,  I am patient with others,  but when it comes to myself I’m a mess!  I demand too much from myself,  I have this ” one woman” business,  but I make things with the mentality of a workforce that would require at least 20 people to accomplish what I want to accomplish,  it’s simply crazy,  I’ve got to slow down. 

Dreamcatchers have been my favorite items to make,  I’m always in a nice relaxed state of mind when I’m making them. Ahhh,  I’m going to be a dreamer and in the (cliché ) lyrics from Journey,  telling myself “Don’t Stop Believing” and Fleetwood Mac,  “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow it will soon be here” hard one to swallow when I still have almost 15 years until retirement..  I need a miracle,  I have a goal to be out if my day job in 5-7 years!  Someone help me reach my Goal!  

Ok,  on a final note of motivational lyrics by Olivia Newton John,  “Have to believe we are magic,  nothing can stand in our way! ” 

DESTINY WILL ARRIVE AND BRING ALL MY DREAMS ALIVE FOR ME! 

My July (One shop opened!)

20160630_164758-1oh my, where do I begin with my July?!  It’s like a blur now, like a whirlwind that came through and left me feeling, like I need to ask, “What just happened?”  July is my most favorite month because it’s the heart of Summer and it’s also my birthday month!  And the fact that it’s just summer makes me really happy.

So I managed to get quite a bit done personally and professionally!  The pic above was a pallet my brother-in-law was going to cut up and throw in the fire!  Can you even imagine that! (haha…) I yelled no, stop I’m going to use that.  So now this sits by our huge pine tree at the camp spot – it looks awesome!

Ok, so we managed to camp quite a few weekends and had a big camping get together over the fourth of July, then it was hustle time for me to get my store (booth) set up in a new store in our hometown!  One of the reasons I closed my Etsy shop so I could focus on inventory and set up for the new shop that opened this month.  First, I need to say  I’m so grateful for my husband and son – especially my husband taking time to go shopping with me to get the fixtures and then load them in the truck and drive home on the freeway with them (which was scary – one piece was very wobbly and we didn’t anticipate getting two pieces – so it had to stand upright on the one and a half hour drive home) -I held my breath a lot…..and we made it without one tumbling out of the truck and being trampled on freeway, I had so many thoughts going through my head on the drive home.  Then my daughter helped us too and the four of us managed to get them from the truck into the store.  They were dang heavy!!!!!  (Below my son models the heaviest piece.)

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20160622_174123So, maybe I should back up a bit with the story.  I got the opportunity to have my handmade items in a new store in my hometown!  Morgan Mercantile opened it’s doors for a preview on July 4th so I was scrambling to get my items set up!  I managed to get it done for the most part. Here’s one fixture with my handmade dreamcatchers, acrylic art bulbs, greeting cards and acrylic mixed-media frames.

20160624_154106-1I anticipated opening my Etsy shop back up the end of July, but I blinked and now it’s August and I’m not open nor will I be for a bit.  I anticipated getting more items made and I had a pretty successful month at the new store (YAY!  No complaining at all) but I had to re-stock a few things and so I haven’t been able to get more made to put back online – between working my full time job, getting this set up and maintained, camping on weekends and other fun summer stuff we like to squeeze in plus just the average day to day stuff that has to be done (dinner, laundry – we still need to eat and smell clean) it’s been a whirlwind.  I managed to “sit” in my yard a couple times to enjoy what I planted – oh, trying to do a garden and yardwork too….it’s a wonder I have a plant living!  I have a few tomato plants – not all of them are doing so well (bummer) and then a few flowers that are perennials (I’m learning these are the best plants since they will come back year after year – at least I hope so) and I’m pretty much giving up on flower baskets – it’s been too hot.  So, in a nutshell, I’ve been really MIA here on my blog!  If you follow and read – thanks so much…this was quite a mouthful/earful!

Oh yes, I also joined Toastmasters International so I anticipate becoming a better communicator/writer/speaker. I think this will help with my blogging abilities as well. I joined in July too!   Me and my bright ideas (and I’m being sarcastic – because I always think “hey, yes I should….I can do that, no problem)  then crashes and looks like a zombie for two days while I recover from the 100 things I’m trying to do and commitments I made! I’m really all or nothing so right now…I’m an “ALL” and in a few days I will be a “Nothing”  As an introvert I have to recharge and lately I have to recharge big time!

I’m kind of screaming inside my head because I love Halloween and I have lots of ideas of things to make, but I know I won’t have the time to get all of them done, but I’ll do the best I can and I’m slowly making progress!  I have to remind myself of all the big steps I took this past year ….for heck’s sakes I started my own business!!!!! That’s a big deal right?  Everything that goes into it.  Ok, I’ve blogged enough to make up for the lag in-between my last post.   Like I mentioned above, I managed to sit for about a minute in my yard and I love the moments when I see butterflies and believe me, these butterflies have been around my yard all summer…..good signs of my Transformation!  Here’s a couple more pics, our camp spot by the river with our doggies!  And from my yard – my cute perennial flower with a sweet butterfly!  Cheers friends until next time!

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Big Time Shop Sale

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Visit my Etsy Shop for unique, eclectic, handcrafted items – décor pieces, greeting cards, mixed media canvas frames, and upcycled art!  use code “Spring” and get 30% off anything!  Anything – No minimum purchase!  This is a “big time” deal!

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Yes I used the word “Big Time” because I’m having a generous sale right now that lasts until 4-23-16.  I had someone already take me up on the offer, because she wanted a heart in my shop, but she didn’t want the gold pieces in it and I am very accommodating for custom orders as long as I have the time to make them!  So I’m making her custom heart!

Also, now is a great time to buy a unique gift for MOM, and in my shop you can get a handmade card while your are there – like a “one stop” shop and I always go the extra mile to put nice finishing touches on my packages so you know you are getting something special.  I’m very new to selling, but I’m not new to making and I’ve had a few people say that doing 30% is a little much when I’m not really making any money in my business yet….well, it might be a little much, but I don’t care!  I love deals and I don’t know who doesn’t!  Sure, I’m not going to be able to have these kind of deals all the time, but for now…I’m doing it!

I also and a little “over the top” generous too because I’m sending a “Pounceback” coupon for 40% off the next purchase and it won’t expire until 2017!  Yep, 2017!  That gets you through Christmas for goodness sake!

I’m all about honesty!  I am very committed to building my business because it’s something I want to do the rest of my life!  I have a day job and I’m nowhere near the point of ditching it and I’m committed in whatever I have to do!

I’m holding on tight to my dreams, time will continue to roll on and I’m not one to wait until retirement to live the second half of my life so I started!  I’m here to learn business and understand what I can do to serve others and provide quality handmade items!

I hope you will give my shop a look!  Thank you, from me and Frankie (he’s the Cat Boss that gets to watch me hustle – and I’m jealous of him!)

>>>>>>>>>>>>Here’s the picture of the custom paper heart in progress! <<<<<<<<<<<

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Cat Facts even about my Frankie

  • Cats can be persistent
  • Cats spend a lot of time sleeping
  • Cats like to snoop
  • Cats have routines
  • Cats spend a lot of time grooming
  • Cats are popular in books, novels, TV commercials, blogs and internet videos!

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  • Things I know about my cat – Frankie! (My Reincarnated Cat!)
  • He has the longest whiskers I’ve ever seen – I think he once was Gandalf the Grey
  • He is intrigued by my scrapbooking – I think he once was an artist
  • He is enamored by my hair – I think he once was a hair stylist
  • He doesn’t like doors to be shut – I think he suffers from Claustrophobia
  •  He knows exactly how to get what he wants – He was (is) a player
  • He likes to sit back and watch or sleep while I work – He used to be a boss
    • Oh wait, he still is a boss – he’s my boss. Yep, I work for my cat, Frankie…
    • Yo, Frankieeeee – I’m just taking a break to write a blog about you boss!

Ok, he’s giving me that glaring eye like the one in the picture, it’s time to get back to my other work!

We are “One of A Kind” – I hustle, he sleeps – but we both work hard to hopefully bring you what you like!  Thanks for stopping by

Meow, Cat Chow, until next time!

~Lori & Frankie

 

 

Got to roll with the CHANGES!

My head is spinning!  But what’s new? it just seems to be my daily routine.  I feel like I’m just barely keeping my head above water, but I’ve gone under a bit too.  I can’t believe it’s mid March already.  I just was checking my Etsy shop, I’ve been busy with administrative tasks, but actually haven’t checked the shop.

So I log in and there’s an ad at the top of the page stating Etsy is going to have a new look and I can edit my page….ugh, not ready for the changes yet.  I just refined a shop banner a month ago.  Then I noticed 43 of my listings expired!  Double Ugh, already? I had until March 16th or something like that….ohhhhh, wait, what the heck… it is March 16, what in the world, when did this happen?  I’m going to blame it on Daylight Savings time…I lost more than an hour, I lost 2 weeks!  I’m just kidding, I really don’t gripe too much about things, I’m not a “blame’ on something else type person!

I just haven’t stayed on top of things.  I have added things into the mix (so I’ve taken on too much lately – I sometime do that and have to stop and think ok, what ALL am I really doing?).  I have quite a few things going on right now besides just the day-to-day stuff…throw in a few “odd ends” my son just got a different car and a different job so that throws our home routine off a bit. My daughter has a birthday next week so I’m getting those plans together and I started attending a gospel doctrine class on Tuesday nights and, and, and…..

I realized I’m really just doing much more than I can handle right now and it takes time for everything!  I signed up for a 5 week business seminar and got a lot out of just today’s lessons…things take “time”.  Take Time.  Ok, much of my time is getting directed to other areas of my life, but that’s ok. It’s ok.  I will have a bit more free time here in about a month….I just got to hang in right now and be patient with the time all my stuff is taking.

I’m trying to reflect now on the few things I have accomplished and cheering myself on for getting some major tasks done!  Woohooo….we got a room revamped!  It was a mess…like the “junk drawer” it was a “junk room” with lots of old toys and just whatever thrown wherever.  The room got entirely de-cluttered!  Everything came out of the room except a daybed and a dresser!  We (my husband and son and I) painted the entire room  and then they helped me put a new desk up!  And now I’m sitting at that new desk and I’ve got plans to make this my business office!  It’s going to be SWEET!!!!  I may just enjoy some naps on that daybed! Won’t that be nice when I can find a day to just nap. Yep, I missed “National Nap Day” too…so that’s also why I’m behind (hehehe)

About my business….well, it’s really slow right now, BUT that’s ok I have enough change going on in my life and I’m going to keep learning biz stuff and I need to get more organized and just take it all day by day.  I don’t have lots of time right now to stress about anything.  Bad stress would just hinder me and this busy-ness is a bit of good stress…it’s like the stress that gets things done!  Pressure stress, but just got to keep in check a bit:)

Life is full of changes and I know that, I’m just feeling slightly behind, but really I’ll be ok and we really don’t “catch-up” in life we just manage day-to-day right?  Who is all caught up on everything?  Ok, maybe you are caught up, but guess what the next day you will have laundry or dishes to do…at least I hope you do!

No pics on this post…it’s just not in me tonight, but that’s ok.  I wanted to post and share my changes and grow my story, it’s going to be fun to look back on this one (my future self knows that she is going to accomplish so much in the next 6 months!)  Yep, changes are good they keep me on my toes!

If you read my post, it may have just been crazy and all over the place, but I feel better…I needed to get this out.  It’s all good!

Colorful Cat

Of course every order I place has to have something “CAT” related in it, or it wouldn’t be my order!  Got some new stamps from Carrabelle Studios , and a new coloring book called “Creative Cats” – I just love the trend of coloring books, coloring was my favorite thing to do as a kid and teen and then I got to color with my kids when they were toddlers and then fast forward to now and yay!!! I’m back to coloring again, and stamping and making.  Once a maker, always a maker!
It may take some time to get my first page colored….someone is jealous that I’m paying more attention to this cat on paper!  The life of creating with cats!  Oh, I have to add Frankie’s disgusted look too!
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Why is this mess all over “MY” table?

Well, off I go, I’ve got lots of coloring and stamping and card making to do OH…and I’ve got this fun loving cat to cuddle and give attention too!  He’s so much nicer than he looks.

Blogger Illiterate

Ok, I finally updated my theme on WordPress, something I’ve wanted to do for several months, but kept thinking I’ll just do it when I “upgrade” to an actual website.  Well, I’m putting off the website now for a bit while I make some decisions!  Since starting a business of turning my crafting hobby of 18 years into a business my head has been spinning out of control!  I’ll save you the blah, blah, blah stuff. Except I got my business license finalized on Monday!  Whew!

Anyway, in keeping with my post title (I can get off track easily!) I’m seriously blogger illiterate – the only things I’ve managed to do since start/re-starting my blog is:

1) create a blog posts (getting more consistent now – yay)

2) Add my Instagram Widget!  Not sure how to add other widgets – facebook and Etsy (store link)

3) And affiliates – just another ball game I have to figure out

4) Today – I managed to change the theme and add my logo and banner!  My banner is not centered and that’s ok – for now, I’m in a rush (again) and I’ll probably tweak with it later.  At least I have more uniformity to my page now – that matches my facebook and etsy shop!

Ok, I know there are lots of tutorials/you tube videos for everything and one of these days I’m going to need to commit some time to learn the tips/tricks of re-fining blogs. For now, I’ve got too many ovens in the fire with wrapping my head around business things so I’m going to table the tutorials for now and get used to my new theme and decide if I like it or not?

I don’t have many followers, but if you have landed on my page a time or two and notice my changes and like the new theme or have suggestions – I’m all ears…or eyes I guess makes more sense.

AND oh, boy…speaking of eyes….the eye strain of managing sites and being online can take a toll ….I think this is why I’m taking things kind of slow.  Since being an “online shop” I’ve had to be “online” much more than I anticipated.  And after working on a computer all day at work and then managing my online biz stuff in the evening for a few more hours well that adds up to about 12+ hours a day between smartphone and laptop. I finally got my laptop a month ago.  I can’t even believe I was trying to do blog posts on a phone – no wonder why my eyes and brain were killing me!  Well, besides the fact that I’m 40 something and not as quick typing/texting and figuring all the tech stuff out!  BTW – can anyone just tell me what is the difference between Categories & Tags when it comes to using things on a blog?  I’m used to “hash tagging” every image of mine on Instagram, but not sure if I need to pick categories on the blog – it just seems redundant.

I’m really appreciative of Bedtime now when my poor eyes can rest from all the eye strain.  Any good tips for taking care of the eyes (besides taking a break from computer!)

Thanks for reading/visiting my page.  I’m pretty excited for my new business ventures and blogging is going to become a wonderful time to share all the ups and downs of Entrepreneurship!