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!

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!

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!

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!

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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. 🙂