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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College Graduation Cap Decoration Idea

Just finished this graduation cap topper for my cousin’s upcoming graduation ceremony from CSULB.  I’m actually super happy with how it turned out!  I’ve never been able to use paints decently so I was so scared to mess up.  I really love how the colors worked together as well!

Time to get serious…

Finally getting around to the first (of hopefully many) 2017 post.  Not really going for the whole “New Year, new me” bit, but I have so much in my head that I want to try to tackle.  I don’t even know if it’s all realistically possible, but I can’t honestly feel good going into this year without setting some new goals and knowing I gave it my best shot.  Although choosing to make a major job change last year was crazy and a bit scary, I still feel at peace with my decision and know it was one of the best things I could’ve done for myself.  I don’t think I’ve been this poor since my first job scooping ice cream and singing for tips at Coldstone in high school, and yet, I ended 2016 surrounded by the people and things I love and wouldn’t change it one bit.  I feel mentally and physically healthier and happier, and I’ve given myself the opportunity to get back to doing the things that are exciting and important to me.  As far as crafting, the few projects I completed this past holiday season were more than I was ever able to do in the previous two years.  Even though it was just a tiny step, it felt amazing and so right!  There’s so much work to do and it’s not going to be easy, but I can’t wait to look back on this year and see the triumphs, struggles, and changes that I’m able to push myself through.  Hopefully, some of you will follow along for the ride!

 

 

Back in the groove…

It’s been waaay too long since I’ve posted on here.  There’s always so much going on this time of year, and so much that I want to get done, but there’s never the time!  I’m sure most can relate.  The great thing with working part time however, is it has freed up SOME time to finally get back into crafting.  What’s even better is I now work along fellow crafters so I feel so motivated in my time off.  I’m trying to fit in small quick projects here and there, just to get back in the swing of things.  I feel like going years without making a single thing has really set me back creatively as well as technically.

Anyone who knows me will tell you exactly what an over the top perfectionist I am, especially when it comes to crafting.  One of the hardest things so far has been struggling to regain that muscle memory and get my technique back. I feel like I’m starting from square one again sometimes, but I know I’ll get there!  Going back through my reference books is helping, but it is a little frustrating to not remember many of the things that were once second nature.  I can’t wait to really make this a huge, vital part of my life!

Nighttime Doodles…

Major procrastination happening right now as there are about a million other productive things I should be doing.  Despite what my boyfriend thinks, there isn’t some magical laundry fairy that is going to save me the hassle tonight.  Realized I needed to take a much needed time out from the real world today to let some creativity flow and get a bit of practice in.  Trying to keep myself motivated and inspired to push forward and make my dreams a reality.  I’d be lying if I said the thought of failing doesn’t freak me out, but to imagine never even trying is a much scarier feeling.  All I can do is prepare as best I can, work harder than I’ve ever had to, and never stop believing and KNOWING that I can make it happen!