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!

The “Apple” of My Eye

Okay, so I went and did it. I crossed over to the other side today and didn’t even see it coming. It all started out rather innocently actually. As some of you may know, my trusty, 4-year old Dell laptop got “sick” about a week ago with a nasty virus. I, of course, couldn’t live without a computer and Internet access so I was so glad when my sister let me borrow her old Mac laptop. I thought, “Oh boy, this is going to suck but it’s better than not having access at all, right?”

Over the past week, my brother-in-law has been doing as much as he could to get rid of the virus and clean up the old Dell. We’ve had some luck and I’ve been able to go back and forth between the two to get things done here and there. Funny thing was I kept doing Mac-type things on the Dell. I actually found myself liking the darn thing!

So today was my 3 year wedding anniversary and my husband knows that I’ve been seriously considering getting a new laptop so for my gift, he got me a Best Buy gift card so I could pick one out. (Isn’t he wonderful?!?) I got there (with my sister and bro-in-law to help advise me) and was certain that I would walk out with a Sony Viao – the ones I’ve had my eye on even before the Dell got sick.

After about an hour’s worth of seriously considering walking out empty handed, I went over to the Apple aisle and I did it. I bought a MacBook. It didn’t even take much convincing. I’ve crossed over and I don’t think I can come back. I love, love, love my new toy!!!