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

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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

I love Treasuries!

It’s always so nice to find out that I’ve been featured in a treasury! And I appreciate it when the curators take the time to let me know! So I was trolling through all the Treasuries and found not only the two that I was notified about, but another one!

Thanks to prolifique for this great little treasury:

Prolifique Treasury

Thanks to althena12 for this great little treasury:

Althena12 Treasury

Thanks to flameonglass for this great little treasury:

FlameOnGlass Treasury

Happy New Year to all! I’m off from my day job today but working like mad on creating new planners and getting them listed in time for the new year!

Happy Christmas!

So Christmas has now come and gone and the new year will be here before we know it so Happy Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa was good to each of you. My family and I really enjoyed our entire last week. The hubby and I took off work starting on 12/24 and was off the remainder of the week. There was lots of turkey baking and turkey eating and there’s nothing better than those leftovers!

Brady celebrated his first Christmas which was probably far more exciting for us. He got a number of things but his big “Santa” gift was a little Kawasaki four wheeler that is a one-button operation and goes 2 mph. It is so funny watching him be such a big boy! Somehow, he’s learned how to get on and off of a little psuedo-motorcyle which just baffles me. At first, he was a bit hesitant to do anything with it and after about a day, he’s your regular, everyday Evil Knievel! Sometimes he’ll just cruise along as cool as can be, then there are times that he likes to stand up on the side rails where his feet go and ride standing up. Just cracks me up but at the same time I’m screaming to my husband, “Babe, be careful! Slow him down! I don’t want him to crack his head open!”

As for KC (Keepsake Couture) business, I have slacked a little bit on it due to the holidays. I need to finish up some new planners and get them listed in time for the new year. I have to confess, though, that I’m so hooked on doing all this digital stuff that it has really taken me away from the current projects I have with KC. I got the Adobe Creative Suite recently and have been dabbling a bit with Illustrator and Photoshop and it is addictive. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do something with all this “dabbling” and add some new things to the shop!

Happy, happy New Year to all and thank you for a wonderful year!

I Want to Quit My Day Job!

I’m sure this is every crafter’s dream, is it not?

Now, don’t get me wrong – I love what I do for a living. I’m actually using the degrees I worked hard to attain and I have a job that I like. Also, I get to have a personal life with this job which is not how it’s always been. I used to be on email by 6:30 a.m., in the office by 8:00 a.m., then home about 7:00 p.m. only to get back on the computer about 9:30 p.m. At this job, I actually get to go home at 5:00 p.m. and not have to worry about it until the next morning. Simply put – it is fabulous! I get to go home and spend time with the fam and work on KC stuff.

But that’s simply not good enough. It would be amazing to be able to stay home, do this full time and make a decent living out of it. I stayed home last year for about 3 months before the baby was born and had the opportunity to work on Keepsake full time and I really enjoyed it. The down side was that I hated to spend any money because I felt that I wasn’t bringing enough in.

This has been a good year for KC – my  best to date. I think the fact that I’ve really honed in on what I want the product line to be has helped so much with finances. I’m not going paper-happy and buying everything that I like. Instead, I look at everything twice and make sure that I have a project in mind before splurging. (There is no doubt that paper is my weakness!)

So…with finances is double check, I’m looking forward to someday quitting my day job! Hopefully next year I’ll be able to come out with my own designs adorning some fabulous notebooks and be able to go from there.

First things first – I need to school up on some Photoshop and Illustrator! I would appreciate any tips you would care to share. 🙂

I’m still here!

Oh my goodness (head hanging low). I’m so ashamed of my extremely long absence! All is well but it has just been very busy lately.

As you know, my son came into the world in January and he has kept me and my husband very busy. And any time that we have for ourselves, well, we just end up spending it on lovin’ on the little guyanyway.

So Keepsake Couture and the blog took a weensy break for the late summer and most of the fall. This time last year was when I started the company and shortly thereafter started the blog and what a difference a year can make! Being at home and pregnant last year gave me so much creative time and that is probably what I miss the most. This year, I’m back at a full-time job then home to love on the baby which has really limited my time to spend on crafting.

The season started off with a craft fair at Fishers High School – the only one I do all season and it went really well. It was the right crowd and I felt like my products really fit in well overall. The nice thing was whatever didn’t sell went up on my Etsy shop giving it some new items just in time for the holidays.

Then came (and went) Black Friday and I had our first ever holiday sale which discounted all items by 10%. I was really happy with the number of orders during the sale and will definitely plan on doing it again next year.

So here we are looking at Christmas in just two weeks. Can you believe it?!? I haven’t even sent my Christmas cards yet so that’s the project for the free time that I get here and there.

But I do promise to be back more often on the blog. The only difference will be the number of pictures that I’ll be able to put in the postings – I’m in need of Photoshop for my Mac. Thank you so much for checking back frequently and staying in step with me! I appreciate you!