One Step Closer…

I’ve been in such great spirits lately since summer break is here.  Even though as adults, we no longer get the break from school that the kids get, there’s just a different vibe in the air when this time of year comes around.  Maybe it’s the relaxed, carefree mood everyone is in because it’s vacation time.  Maybe it’s the amazing weather.  Whatever the reason, it’s got me feeling pretty excited to be productive!

I had the day off yesterday, so I figured I’d sit down and try to get some of the important components done that will help me get ready for selling.  One of the biggest things I’d been lagging on is getting spreadsheets organized.  Creating an organization system to monitor and track all of the important information is absolutely crucial!  I had previously done research on the types of information that should be tracked, as well as tried to find examples of formats that I liked.  Even with all of the researching, it still felt overwhelming to map it all out.  I always felt like I would forget something and mess up all my charts.  That’s a big reason why I kept putting it off.

I soon realized, I didn’t want to hassle with it.  However, I felt as though I couldn’t move forward to the next step without tackling it ASAP.  Anyone who knows me, knows I can’t stand to tackle any job without getting organized and having a plan of action.  I’ll never be one of those people who can just “wing it” for very long.  I found a great Etsy seller through Pinterest, who sells some great Excel spreadsheets to help get everything in the right places!  I was so excited that it had everything I could think of and more!  What’s even better, is the design of the charts are so easy to understand and are exactly how I want.  If you’re not familiar with spreadsheets, or you’re not quite sure what info goes where, there is an instruction guide that comes along with your purchase.

You can check out the Paper + Spark Etsy shop here.

After getting all of the spreadsheets for tracking sales and raw materials and such, I also wanted to tackle a product development worksheet for new designs.  It took awhile to get the layout how I wanted, but I think I was able to get all of the necessary info on there that I will need.

Although it’s a slow process,  I get so excited with each step I complete.  It makes me feel as though I’m getting on the right track to get things done, and get closer to where I want to be!

Stay tuned!

Nik

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Inspiration in an Unlikely Place…

After living in southern California my whole life, I’m a little embarrassed to admit there are so many places and attractions I have yet to explore – including my own city.  In fact, the list of places I have been is probably a billion times shorter.  Well, after 30 years, I FINALLY made it out to the OC Fair last weekend.  I know, I must be kidding right? Sadly, no.  My previous attempt to make it out years ago was a flop, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on all of the legit fair food plastered all over social media every summer. I mean, where else can you walk around munching on a giant turkey leg and stuffing your face with bacon covered everything?
To my surprise, there was an entire building dedicated to various arts and crafts!  I just love seeing what amazing things people create as well as being surrounded by others who share an appreciation for it.  I was so excited when I came across the area dedicated to hand knit and hand crocheted items.  There were all sorts of people sitting around trying out knitting and crocheting and it was like I had wandered into a some crafter’s paradise.  I rarely get a chance to work or be around others who love this kind of thing so I always get a joy seeing others like me.  It’s great to see kids enjoying themselves because it makes me feel reassured that these crafts aren’t dying out anytime soon.  It also proves it’s no longer just a “granny” hobby.

I was so excited to learn this group was more than just random.  It was a Knots of Love booth.  If you haven’t heard of them, they are a group dedicated to donating handmade hats and blankets to patients.  Please click the link above to visit their site to learn more as I am not a part of their organization.  This is something super important to me and have always wanted to do.  Not only would it give me an opportunity to have an outlet (after all, you can only make so much for yourself and your family), but also to spread a bit of love and happiness to let others know that they are cared about.  I never really researched specific groups to participate in, or how exactly to go about donating, etc.  On top of that, there was no way I ever had any free time to actually make the items to donate.  I’m so excited that I now have the time to actively pursue helping by donating my goods to such a great cause!  So, I grabbed one of their pamphlets and I’m ready to get working on some items (and hopefully post some of the progress along the way).  Stay tuned!