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A few weeks ago I decided that I would try and get a lot of the “business side” of the business set up before I open my Etsy Shop.  I figured this would help me stay organized and get all the pesky things done, so that I can focus on the “creative side” of the business.  Of course I will still have to do bookkeeping, inventory, and the like once up and running, but the big stuff will be taken care of.

It sounds nerdy and lame, but I am pretty pumped that I got my EIN, I registered under a fictitious name, I opened a business bank account to keep the finances in order, and I received my Sales Tax License.  I have a few other things to do like set up my bookkeeping system, start a facebook page, order shipping supplies, print Business Cards, photograph finished products, and create listings.  Phew that sounds like a lot, but totally doable.

In the meantime, I also worked on a few bags.  I most definitely want to have more ready to list by the time I open, but if not I can always list them later.  I have a big goal.  Sometimes I try to trick myself with my goals.  For instance, my intended date for the Grand Opening is June 1st.  I am going to try with all my might to make that happen.  I pretty much gave myself a month, which to some may seem like a lot of time, but I know what I want to accomplish and what I have to do, and a month isn’t really that much time.  But I knew that if I set the date further on down the road it would give me an excuse to procrastinate and I have procrastinated long enough.  If I don’t make it June 1st, and I sure am going to try, I won’t beat myself.  I’ll just open June 2nd;)

All my self trickery makes me think of that cheesy quote that goes something like this “Reach for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”.  Although when I think about it, stars are farther away than the moon, so you would actually be landing in the clouds, and if clouds are how I imagine them to be(unfortunately they aren’t) that would be a cushy landing.  Not so bad.  I’m rambling.  The point is to dream BIG!

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R.F.5.F. Organization

 Now don’t judge me!  This is my bedroom closet.  I plan on tackling it this weekend and attempting to make it more organized.  I have let it get out of control.  From the photos it doesn’t seem that bad, but in person it makes me anxious.  So something has to be done.

For a while I have been purchasing items I will need when I move out, so that when I do move out I don’t have to buy them all at once.


This is one of the areas I store my stash.  But it is becoming overwhelming, and I fear one day the shelf will snap and I will die a slow death, buried beneath my casserole dishes and Belgian waffle maker!

So this weekend I intend to take down this demon and come back with organizational bliss.  Wish me luck!  What do you have planned for the weekend?

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Granny Squares

There are two types of people in this world, those who love Granny Squares and those who don’t.  I love Granny Squares.  Okay maybe it isn’t so black and white, maybe some people are indifferent to the colorful coziness.  But I think they are so rich and they always remind me of well Grandma’s and Rosanne.

I have been working on this afghan for forever.  I swear it has to be the longest amount of time ever spent crocheting a blanket.  I have been working on this afghan since late 2008, although not consecutively, I would have carpal tunnel by now.

My goal is to have this afghan finished by the time R and I move into our own place.  I want to be out by November, so hopefully this will give me incentive to finish.  I better get crackin’ though because I have 4 or 5 more rows to go!

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Goals Update

I have begun working on my 4 goals before 2013.  I finished a couple bags this weekend.  Two of which my sister A ordered.  I will have photos later.  It sounds silly, but I really love making these bags.  Sometimes it can be stressful, but for the most part when I get in the zone it calms me and even gives me energy.  I am so excited for what is yet to come in this regard.

I also began research into turning my crafts into a small handmade business.  I bought and started reading this book today.

I am almost done.  I appreciate the writing.  It’s quick and witty, making for an enjoyable and informative read.  It provides a lot of useful information for turning your handmade wares into a business.  Plus it doesn’t sugar coat things.  I will continue to refer to it as I embark on my own business journey.

I hope your weekend was rad.  Later.

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Elsie at A Beautiful Mess issued a goal challenge the other day.  Well Elsie, challenge accepted!  If you want a detailed description you can head over to the site, but the gist is to pick four goals that are action oriented, focusing more on the process than the end result, although hopefully the result will be a more enriched life.  As an added bonus you can reward yourself after you accomplish each goal.

So here are my goals that I plan to accomplish before 2013.

1. To further my sewing skills. I have enjoyed creating and crafting handmade bags lately.  I want to hone my skills and advance in my current craft so that the bags I make are kick-ass and  become treasured pieces for those who own them.  I don’t want to put an exact number on it, but I want to make fifteen-twenty bags to sell on Etsy.  I’m not sure how I will reward myself just yet.

2.  To live a kinder life.  I want to live a life that is kind towards animals, people, and the earth.  I want to   eat a more plant based diet for my health, the environment, and the animals we share this earth with.  I want to practice sustainability in my personal life and my handmade goods.  I also want to spread love and kindness to those I interact with.  I think a sweet pair of vegan shoes will make for a lovely reward.

3.  To save more money.  This goal is a little more “responsible adult” than the others, but R and I look forward to having a love nest of our own.  I want to speed it along by saving more green.  Hopefully by continuing to budget we can make it happen.  The reward will be our own place.

4.  I want to learn more about owning and operating a small business.  I plan to read books and ask questions of those who already own their own business.  I want to know what there is to know because I dream of one day being able to support myself by selling my handmade wares.

Here are my goals.  i highly suggest you make your own, because goals are fun and when you accomplish them you feel very accomplished!

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