A Lovely New Clutch

Lookie what I got in the mail today!

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Bessie, from thelaughingmouse, is the creator of this beautiful clutch and I am in loooove with it! When Bessie contacted me recently about possibly doing a trade, I jumped on it! I checked out her shop but took forever deciding on which fabulous item in her shop I wanted! There were, like, 5 things that I just kept going back and forth to and finally decided on this. I’m actually using it to house my MacBook and it’s perfect! It’s so stylish that you would never guess that there was a laptop hiding away in there!

Bessie wrote about her trade (a Blue Paisley 2009 Planner & matching gift set) on her blog – check it out here. And while you’re at, check out her Etsy shop too at the link above!

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Getting Back on Track

Just wanted to pop in for a quick update!

The day job is still stressful but now for a more positive reason. Without going into great detail, there have been some changes in staffing that has really helped to make the work environment so much more positive! It’s sad but I have to say that I actually like my job again! I am still stressed but now more because of all the work we have ahead of us and the energy it takes and not so much because of one person that’s bringing down the whole team. So yay!

As for my “fun” job, I’m getting back on track with Etsy business which is always nice. I’ve realized that I’m sticking to somewhat of a schedule nowadays. Brady is usually in bed by 8:30 p.m. and thank goodness for wireless internet and the baby Mac so I can get some work done upstairs. It’s typically right before our bed time that I go to the shop and do another posting or relisting, check out the blog, and answer emails, etc.

I read one of those “Quit Your Day Job” interviews on Etsy (can’t remember which artist it was) and one thing say said was how important it was to continuously create new items. This really struck me because I’m great at relisting, but not so much with creating new things. I get on a kick some days and get a whole bunch of new things created and then the spurt goes away. I was thinking about my buying habits and I realized that if a place like The Gap (one of my favorite stores!) always had the same thing each time I came to the store, I would probably stop going there after a while. I realized my customers probably feel the same way – stop by the shop, see the same things, and go on to the next who may have listed some new things.

So…I’m determined to list 3-5 new things each month. I started this month and I’ve noticed that my number of hearts have steadily increased since. Not only that, creating new things has me always thinking about the shop in the back of my head and everywhere I look now it seems I see inspiration for a new product.

That’s all for now – hope to post a new “Take 5” interview soon!

New Product – Notebook/Stationery Gift Set

Check out one of the new products in the shop!

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The set includes a medium notebook, 3 blank flat notecards, 3 envelopes, 3 stickers/envelope seals, and last but not least 2 binder clips. All the items have matching patterned paper – this one in Amy Butler.

I loved putting this set together! There is another one in the shop in another pattern but I’m looking forward to putting more sets together.

Get yours here!

Stress + Jack

The Jack Johnson variety, that is…not Jack + Coke.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been stressed. A little bit of everything has come into play but the good thing is it’s not been over anything that really matters like health or family. So why stress then? Well, it’s about my day job (damn day jobs!) and it’s been big enough the past few weeks that it’s actually gotten me down.

But tonight was different. My parents were kind enough to take the baby and the hubby and I could get some R & R time to ourselves. I opted to go upstairs, sprawl out on the bed with various magazines, my trusty Nintendo DS, and the MacBook.

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The best part of all – a little Jack goes along way. I popped that CD in and just let the good vibes flow. After about an hour, I felt like myself again!