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!

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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!

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. 🙂