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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

We've finally had "some" snow here in Kamloops so it's beginning to look more "Christmasy"  here but man, I could sure do without the Arctic Outflow wind we have over BC right now. It drops the temperature a good 10 degrees lower than it actually is (they don't call it Wind Chill for nothing) Brrrr..... Makes you extra thankful to have a warm house to live in, that's for sure!

In honour of the upcoming holiday I've also added some "Christmas" flavour to my blog with a new template from Scrappin' Blogs  What do you think? The hardest part was deciding which background to choose! Knowing me, I'm sure I'll try out a few more in the coming months. LOL!

Now, I really should get back to working on re-organizing my studio. It should be done by now, but my son was home sick from school all last week and I didn't get around to doing much of that. I did manage to get a second table in there (who doesn't need more workspace) and now I just have to decide if I want to move my sewing table in too - but that means I have to move one of my shelves out. I can do that but there would be a lot more work involved!! LOL I do like the idea of having my work area confined to the same room though i.e. I can leave things in progress and just close the door if necessary. My son was excited to see the extra table in the studio too - now he has a craft spot too! Yes, like his older sister before him, I've turned my son into a crafter - yeah! Just doing my part to keep the craft industry going!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CRAFT SHOW UPDATE, ETC...

I did my one and only craft show for the year a week ago Sunday and it went well considering the economy right now. I'm not planning to do any more shows this year as I'm really needing a break after dealing with my husband's health crisis over the Summer. I'm happy to report that he's continuing to do really well and he's been back at work full-time now. When you live with a chronic illness (25+ years) you never know what the future holds but we are SO grateful to still have him here with us and thank God for the many blessings we've received, this year especially.

As for me, I suppose my immune system was really rundown after the stress of the Summer and the move and everything. Right after my son started Kindergarten in September I got a cold. I then caught another one at the beginning of October (my son too) and I was sick for the entire month! So much for getting any work done! Here it is mid-November and I've still got a lingering little cough that comes and goes. Ugh, I've never been sick for this long in my life and it really put a damper on my creativity, I can tell you. So, lesson learned the hard way, I've decided to take it easy for the rest of the year and just get re-organized and take my time working on all the ideas I want to make for next year.

Every year since I started doing craft shows (14+ years now) I've taken a notebook with me so I could write down my impressions of each show before, during and afterwards. Even if I'm busy I still try to make a point of writing things down. This has proven to be an invaluable tool for my business. It allows me to review the show once I get home so I can go over it and remember "what worked" and "what didn't." I also comment on my set up and how the display worked for me and my customers, any comments I hear, any requests I get or items people are looking for that I don't have. I write down things about my booth location, who was around me selling (often you will have the same sellers around your space year after year so it's good to remind yourself what they had so you don't compete). I write down what I liked and didn't like about the show in general and how things could be improved. I also write down things I don't want to sell (other people have similar stuff) and also, I write ideas for things that I do want to sell next time that I didn't see at the show.

There were quite a few things I wanted to make this year but I just didn't get around to it or I started them and I just didn't get them finished in time. I had two items that no one was selling that I "know" would have gone like hot cakes - if I'd finished them in time! Well, I've got a good leg up on next years sales!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Making a list...or rather, make that list! LOL

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I'm kind of obsessed with list making and organizing things. I'm really not sure where that comes from, since according to my older sister, Debbie, I was a real slob when I was younger (well,not really, she was just a whole lot "fussier" than me, that's all LOL). I really do like things to be organized though, mainly so I know exactly "what" I have and "where" it's located. It's been challenging keeping organized since we've moved around quite a bit and each time we move I need to pack and unpack and reorganize again. It's a great way to "re-visit" your stuff though! It was providence really that my very first job in the corporate world involved working in a departmental file room of a large municipality - it was a big job with lots and lots of files to keep track of but I loved it!

An example of one of the lists I keep is a database I created that lists every movie my husband and I own (all 680 of them at last count). It's not just an alphabetical listing, but includes whether it's VHS or DVD and if it's original or taped from tv. Then, of course, they are shelved alphabetically and according to type as well so you can find what you are looking for easily.

Of course, since I'm a craftaholic, you can appreciate that after 15+ years of operating a business at home I've accumulated a "few" craft supplies - I won't embarass myself telling you exactly how many craft supplies I do have, lets just say it's "A WHOLE LOT". So in order to keep track of it all I have a database which list all the supplies I've bought, what I paid for them (per item), where I bought them from and how many of each (that reminds me, I need to do another inventory soon). I also have a database for all my sewing patterns (wow, do I really own 348 sewing patterns?) and painting/craft books. I have a spreadsheet type list for giftware I have created that shows how many of each item I have, the price of each item and how many I've sold. It automatically calculates the total value of stock on hand as well as the value of stock sold too, etc. I take this list shows and it helps me keep track of how many things I brought with me, their prices, etc. The "list" of lists goes on and on!

My most extensive craft list would have to be my cross stitch database that I created to keep track of all the cross stitch magazines and books I own. Cross stitch is really the first craft I became obsessed with about 28 years ago now and I still love it. Since that obsession began, I've bought magazines and books over the years with designs I'd love to make. Honestly, I know I'll probably never live long enough to make them all but...who cares! LOL My cross stitch database is the most detailed list as it not only lists each magazine or book but the patterns in each with details about each pattern. This way, if I needed a pattern with say, a heart in it, I can search using "heart" and it would tell me every magazine or book I have that has patterns with a heart in it! That way I don't have to search through as many magazines/books! Not that I don't enjoy looking through all my books, but I tend to get caught up in looking at all the designs and not keeping on track about what I was looking for in the first place. It's not a bad thing really, but a time waster that's ok when you have the time but not very helpful when you're supposed to be doing something else! LOL

C'est la vie (That's life!)

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

Monday, November 8, 2010

FREE SHIPPING TO USA & CANADA !

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that we're offering FREE SHIPPING TO THE USA & CANADA for the entire month of November in our Artfire studio! Please drop in and check it out. We'll be adding some new items weekly.

Favourite Things Gift Studio

or shop with our Rapid Cart link:




Cheryl

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

We've finally had "some" snow here in Kamloops so it's beginning to look more "Christmasy"  here but man, I could sure do without the Arctic Outflow wind we have over BC right now. It drops the temperature a good 10 degrees lower than it actually is (they don't call it Wind Chill for nothing) Brrrr..... Makes you extra thankful to have a warm house to live in, that's for sure!

In honour of the upcoming holiday I've also added some "Christmas" flavour to my blog with a new template from Scrappin' Blogs  What do you think? The hardest part was deciding which background to choose! Knowing me, I'm sure I'll try out a few more in the coming months. LOL!

Now, I really should get back to working on re-organizing my studio. It should be done by now, but my son was home sick from school all last week and I didn't get around to doing much of that. I did manage to get a second table in there (who doesn't need more workspace) and now I just have to decide if I want to move my sewing table in too - but that means I have to move one of my shelves out. I can do that but there would be a lot more work involved!! LOL I do like the idea of having my work area confined to the same room though i.e. I can leave things in progress and just close the door if necessary. My son was excited to see the extra table in the studio too - now he has a craft spot too! Yes, like his older sister before him, I've turned my son into a crafter - yeah! Just doing my part to keep the craft industry going!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

CRAFT SHOW UPDATE, ETC...

I did my one and only craft show for the year a week ago Sunday and it went well considering the economy right now. I'm not planning to do any more shows this year as I'm really needing a break after dealing with my husband's health crisis over the Summer. I'm happy to report that he's continuing to do really well and he's been back at work full-time now. When you live with a chronic illness (25+ years) you never know what the future holds but we are SO grateful to still have him here with us and thank God for the many blessings we've received, this year especially.

As for me, I suppose my immune system was really rundown after the stress of the Summer and the move and everything. Right after my son started Kindergarten in September I got a cold. I then caught another one at the beginning of October (my son too) and I was sick for the entire month! So much for getting any work done! Here it is mid-November and I've still got a lingering little cough that comes and goes. Ugh, I've never been sick for this long in my life and it really put a damper on my creativity, I can tell you. So, lesson learned the hard way, I've decided to take it easy for the rest of the year and just get re-organized and take my time working on all the ideas I want to make for next year.

Every year since I started doing craft shows (14+ years now) I've taken a notebook with me so I could write down my impressions of each show before, during and afterwards. Even if I'm busy I still try to make a point of writing things down. This has proven to be an invaluable tool for my business. It allows me to review the show once I get home so I can go over it and remember "what worked" and "what didn't." I also comment on my set up and how the display worked for me and my customers, any comments I hear, any requests I get or items people are looking for that I don't have. I write down things about my booth location, who was around me selling (often you will have the same sellers around your space year after year so it's good to remind yourself what they had so you don't compete). I write down what I liked and didn't like about the show in general and how things could be improved. I also write down things I don't want to sell (other people have similar stuff) and also, I write ideas for things that I do want to sell next time that I didn't see at the show.

There were quite a few things I wanted to make this year but I just didn't get around to it or I started them and I just didn't get them finished in time. I had two items that no one was selling that I "know" would have gone like hot cakes - if I'd finished them in time! Well, I've got a good leg up on next years sales!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

Making a list...or rather, make that list! LOL

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I'm kind of obsessed with list making and organizing things. I'm really not sure where that comes from, since according to my older sister, Debbie, I was a real slob when I was younger (well,not really, she was just a whole lot "fussier" than me, that's all LOL). I really do like things to be organized though, mainly so I know exactly "what" I have and "where" it's located. It's been challenging keeping organized since we've moved around quite a bit and each time we move I need to pack and unpack and reorganize again. It's a great way to "re-visit" your stuff though! It was providence really that my very first job in the corporate world involved working in a departmental file room of a large municipality - it was a big job with lots and lots of files to keep track of but I loved it!

An example of one of the lists I keep is a database I created that lists every movie my husband and I own (all 680 of them at last count). It's not just an alphabetical listing, but includes whether it's VHS or DVD and if it's original or taped from tv. Then, of course, they are shelved alphabetically and according to type as well so you can find what you are looking for easily.

Of course, since I'm a craftaholic, you can appreciate that after 15+ years of operating a business at home I've accumulated a "few" craft supplies - I won't embarass myself telling you exactly how many craft supplies I do have, lets just say it's "A WHOLE LOT". So in order to keep track of it all I have a database which list all the supplies I've bought, what I paid for them (per item), where I bought them from and how many of each (that reminds me, I need to do another inventory soon). I also have a database for all my sewing patterns (wow, do I really own 348 sewing patterns?) and painting/craft books. I have a spreadsheet type list for giftware I have created that shows how many of each item I have, the price of each item and how many I've sold. It automatically calculates the total value of stock on hand as well as the value of stock sold too, etc. I take this list shows and it helps me keep track of how many things I brought with me, their prices, etc. The "list" of lists goes on and on!

My most extensive craft list would have to be my cross stitch database that I created to keep track of all the cross stitch magazines and books I own. Cross stitch is really the first craft I became obsessed with about 28 years ago now and I still love it. Since that obsession began, I've bought magazines and books over the years with designs I'd love to make. Honestly, I know I'll probably never live long enough to make them all but...who cares! LOL My cross stitch database is the most detailed list as it not only lists each magazine or book but the patterns in each with details about each pattern. This way, if I needed a pattern with say, a heart in it, I can search using "heart" and it would tell me every magazine or book I have that has patterns with a heart in it! That way I don't have to search through as many magazines/books! Not that I don't enjoy looking through all my books, but I tend to get caught up in looking at all the designs and not keeping on track about what I was looking for in the first place. It's not a bad thing really, but a time waster that's ok when you have the time but not very helpful when you're supposed to be doing something else! LOL

C'est la vie (That's life!)

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl

FREE SHIPPING TO USA & CANADA !

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that we're offering FREE SHIPPING TO THE USA & CANADA for the entire month of November in our Artfire studio! Please drop in and check it out. We'll be adding some new items weekly.

Favourite Things Gift Studio

or shop with our Rapid Cart link:




Cheryl