Ho Hum

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post so I thought I’d pop in for a minute to say hi!

Here in Indy we got over a foot of snow in about a 24 hour period which caused my “day job” office to close on Wednesday. It was a nice surprise and we took full advantage of the snow day and hibernated all day.

I’m back to work today although I would much rather be drowning in all the paper goodness at home. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to work on creating new things and I think I’m in major need of a mental health/crafting day. With the holidays, planner orders, Brady’s birthday party and so on, it’s been a never ending slew of events and things to plan/work on.

I did recently purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements for the baby Mac (MacBook, that is) and I’m looking forward to learning it and finally putting some pages together for Brady. He’s got a ton of pictures – none of which have been scrapbooked. (Bad mommy!) I’ve never worked with digital scrapbooking – I’ve always done the old school traditional books but with time at such a premium, I figured that by the time I get set up, complete a page, and put everything up, I could have a digital page done. That and when Brady goes to bed, I can take the laptop with me and work to my hearts content and still be able to stay close to him!

Ahhh…multi-tasking. And I thought I was good at it before but as a mommy I find that I just keep learning to do it better!

A Keepsake Couture Giveaway on iLashGirls.com

Happy Monday!

Leigh Anne and Sherra from iLashGirls.com contacted me through Etsy recently and asked if I would be interested in taking part in a blog giveaway. Their website is “a gathering place for women by women.” One look at their site and I knew I had to do it!

So…check out the post here. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment at the bottom of their blog post for Keepsake Couture by midnight PST, Friday, January 9th. Three (yes, three!) winners will be chosen at random on Saturday, January 10th.

Good luck!

We’re On The Front Page of Etsy!

Yesterday, on Jan. 2, Amy from The Peach was kind enough to tell me that I was on the front page. I got her message just in time to see it live on the front page and take a screen shot of it. Check it out!

Front Page

Year End Wrap Up

January 2nd of every year is always the busiest for me as I try to wrap up all book keeping activities for the previous year.

Wrapping up 2007 last year was a little rocky – I has just started KC and still trying to figure out what I needed/wanted to track and how to best do it. It was then that I decided to make a new, all-encompassing worksheet that divied everything up by categories (as selected by me and some by my tax preparer) to track all my spending from craft supplies, shipping supplies, shipping costs, etc. It is one big worksheet!

So today I”ve spend the day wrapping up the numbers for 2008. Some conclusions I’ve come to so far are:

  • I nearly doubled my anticipated expenses for the year. Wow – this is not good. (But there’s a good explanation for this – see below.)
  • Of my total yearly dollars spent, over 55% of it was dedicated to technology type items, i.e. my trusty old Dell had crashed in the spring and I had to get a new computer…and another one…and a new printer. Not to mention the software I needed to get going. (See, I told you I had a good explanation!) This total alone nearly explains why my expense budget nearly doubled.
  • The other larger percentages weren’t all that large – 11.13% on craft supplies (patterned paper, card stock, chipboard, spirals, etc.) The third largest category was shipping costs which came in at 6.38%

I’ve decided that for the upcoming year, I’ll go by the budget I had set for 2008 and I don’t think I’ll have a problem sticking to it, given that I don’t have anymore computer problems.

I’m excited because over the past 1.5 years I’ve acquired so much stuff and I’m looking forward to actually USING those things instead of shopping for more, which should help out tremendously with overall costs!

Happy accounting to all!

A Treasury Feature from Sassa Lynne

I got a nice convo on Etsy from Myfawny to let me know that she’s featured one of the KC planners in her last treasury blog post of 2008! Thanks Myfawny! Check out the blog post here!

Sassa Lynne Blog