January 24, 2010

Goals 2010

Here they are, my goals for this year.  I have the specifics saved on a much longer goal sheet, but I don't want you to stop reading midway, so I'm just giving you the important stuff.

In 2010 I Will:

Etsy Store

  1. List 3 new products each month

  2. Comment in forums 2-3 times a week

  3. Find my “niche”

  4. Use Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to promote my shop

Submit finished original project to sewmamasew(dot)com and whipup(dot)net

Submit finished project/ review to patternreview(dot)com

Submit tutorials to whip up and sew mama sew

Enter sewing contests-sew mama sew

Join sew along-pattern review

Use 50% of fabric that I already have before buying more

  1. Personal projects-plan to only use fabric I already have-otherwise, project can wait

  2. Leeandloren projects I can buy fabric, only if I plan to sew that same day

Earn enough to buy designer fabric, home d├ęcor fabric

  1. Be able to afford to buy fabric that’s $9 a yard!!! Ooohhh!!! Bliss!

Save to buy: Laptop, Office Pro, Serger, and Embroidery Machine

  1. Need a Laptop and Office,

  2. Would like a Serger and Embroidery machine

Happy Thoughts!

January 19, 2010

I've been stuck

Do you see the mess on the table?  And the fabric with the pattern piece on it?  this is where I've been all this time.  Trying to cut out a coat pattern.  A plaid coat pattern.  In beautiful wool.  But I've gotten stuck, b/c all I've been able to think about, is, what if I cut it wrong, and I can't get the plaid lines to match?  So, I've been doing all sorts of unnesscesary things. like, picking patterns to make outfits with. 

See this beautiful fabric?  There it sits, and there it stays.

Here we have the start of an adorable mouse family, that has the cutest house...but if you haven't noticed, they don't have ears.  Or faces.  And the bazillon kids I planned on making them are...not quite done, either.  I'm stuck here because I've been allowing myself to think, "No-one is going to buy them anyway."  Which may or may not be true. 

So, what's the solution?   Well, all I've come up with is to just start working.  I've written out goals for this year, and I've just now realised that I didn't make any for the etsy store, so that will have to be adjusted.  I sent those goals to my mom for accountablity, and once I add to them a bit, I'll post them here, for a little more accountablity.  Feel free to comment if I'm heading off course.  Happy Thoughts!

January 10, 2010

Why can't you plan a computer crash?

If you could plan a computer crash, you'd have a backup computer, ready and waiting, you would've gotten all your pictures and most important documents all together and backed up somehow. In short, it wouldn't be a big deal. But two weeks ago, when the computer got a virus, (thanks for nothing Mcaffe) and gave me the blue screen of death, it was a big deal.
In the words of Monty Python, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
I took it in to some guys down the road. They, even thought it was between Christmas and New Year's, got it taken care of in 6 days, which wasn't so bad to me. The Hubby would disagree, but we had lots of other toys to play with, and things around the house to fix, as well as a family birthday party for 7 at our house. Once we got the computer back, along with a disc of clean, safe documents and pictures the guys were able to save, we had to order an operating system, and Microsoft Office. We got Windows 7 OS, and it came within 3 days-Tiger Direct rocks!-but I'm still waiting on Microsoft Office to get here-just because the disclaimer says up to 2 weeks doesn't mean it should actually take 2 weeks! Now, I've been loading software, and hardware back onto the computer, and sorting pictures, and waiting to be able to open my documents and get some other work done. I have, however, gotten the sewing/playroom all but finished. It's so beautiful, I could stay in there forever. There are a set of shelves for myself, a set of pinboards for E and A's artwork to be hung, and a few things that would be better off with some paint. Oh, and I need to get a trashcan. It will be a few days, but I'll post pictures very soon, I can't wait to share this with you! Ah, well, Happy Thoughts!