Saturday, February 20, 2010

Picture taking

Most of the work on my shop I do in the evening after my kids go to sleep. I design jewelry, pack sold orders, communicate on and of Etsy and plan out tomorrows after the sunset and only one thing I have to do during the daytime - take pictures. I need natural light for that and so my kids are forced to share their mommy with her passion:) Since they like to do everything that I do very often they want to take pictures too. They bring their v-tech cameras and we start shooting together:) Moments like this make working from home all worth it!

White snowman? Never!

It was snowing in Dallas again last week. This time the snow poured. It was amazing! The kids and I went outside and played. Actually, the kids played, I brought a stool, knitting needles, yarn and knit a scarf that sold over night and was made to order. Knitting in full winter ammunition is quite a challenge:)

When I finished we built a snowman and then... painted it with kids watercolors! I remember doing it when I was a kid, back then kids paints weren't washable and I recall ruining my jacket. Our snowman came out fully decorated and quite sturdy as we thought but the skies kept bombarding with snow and it fell apart in a matter of hours. Now we are well in 50's and snow is long gone probably until next winter.


It's sad for me to realize that there are much more things that I can make for my daughter then I can make for my son. I can't make a necklace or a bow for him and I see Marco's disappointment every time I pull out a handmade hair clip for his sister. Yesterday, after making all these bows for Bella I was determined to come up with something for my son and I did. I found his latest drawing of a lizard and sewed my version of it out of green felt. As soon as I took a needle in my hands I understood how much I missed stitching, I had a blast making this insanely cute creepy crawler! Marco played with his lizard all morning and I think today Bella felt jealous, because she asked me to stitch a doll that looks like one of her doodled princesses. One more project is lined up:)

Oops, I did it too!

I made hair bows!!! Oh no, I am not going to sell them, they are meant for my sweet little Bella. Last night I made a first batch of them and I thing I got hooked. If my daughter will not have a bow for every outfit by the end of upcoming week I will be greatly surprised:) I still have to buy more ribbon though, since I used most of the fancy 4 feet spools up - I did not realize that this amount is only enough for 2 minuscule bows. I can't wait to dance with that glue gun again...

3 months

I am a week late for my monthly report. Hey, could be much worse:) As the business speeds up all the other areas of life also seem to be on the run. Some people say that busy is good, but for me busy always means trouble. I seem to have a tendency of loosing control over the amount of projects and responsibilities I take on and eventually can't tell Monday from Saturday, weeks and months blend together in the attempt to complete everything I have scheduled for myself. Maybe this month I will try to take one day at the time and breath...

This month was very creative. I am still to write about all the craft and art projects I had completed this month apart from coming up with new interesting trendy designs for my shop. I discovered golden toned metal for myself; after taking on a custom order bracelet, I fully fell in love with this exciting thing. I made several adorable tiny cluster necklaces that seem to be a hit. They are also very affordable, only $15, combine that with free shipping!

Ideas are overwhelming me now that I know that I have only two months to get my shop full and organized before I go on vacation to Riga. I am not sure yet how it is going to work, but looks like my hubby will have to complete training in packing and shipping since that would be the only thing that I can't do being on another continent. I am leaving for 3 months at the end of April... challenging time for my shop, but I am sure that it will work out.