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I was playing around with Picnik today and I made this little card!  I’ve been thinking about doing digital collage style cards to add to my Etsy, what do you think of it?  I’m looking for some feedback!  Also, if you print photo cards/postcards, do you print them from home or do you get them from a printers?  I don’t have a nice printer so I’m looking for a good printer online until I can get a nicer printer for the house.  Who have you used before?  Just popping in to say hello and I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  Tucker and I are going to go to the Magic Bus Cafe in a little bit and I can’t wait for a veggie chili dog!  If you live in or near Minneapolis-I HIGHLY recommend you checking them out.  Cathy is an awesome lady and the dogs are ridiculously delicious!

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I have been trying my best to work on and repeat this mantra to myself.  I don’t remember where I heard it, but ever since we decided to move from Minneapolis to Chicago I’ve been thinking this over and over again.  It’s a scary thing moving away from family and friends and out of your comfort zone.  Chicago is a big place and I’m a small town girl-it’s hard to imagine that we’ll be able to harmoniously mix.  I have a tendency to worry and dwell on what could happen.  I’ve always been a “what if” person and it’s hard to change that when it comes to such a big adjustment.  Every time I start to think about all the bad “what-ifs” I just try to remind and tell myself off all the good that can come from moving out of your comfort zone.  I think about all the opportunities in a big city like Chicago.  I think about all the new crafty friends I will meet and all the new experiences that Tucker and I will have together.  Sigh…Thanks for listening to this little rant of mine.  The time to move is coming up quick and I’m just trying to make it!  Do you remember when you had to go out of your comfort zone?  What helped you get through the hard times?

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I have been thinking more and more lately how much I dislike doing business related tasks.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it is the least appealing aspect of owning your own crafty business.  Unfortunately, it is also an inevitable aspect of owning said crafty business.  Today, while I was searching for some help or some relief or at least something to occupy my mind, I stumbled upon this website called Outright.  I am fairly convinced that it is the greatest online tool EVER for tracking all of your business needs.  All you have to do is sign up and get started for free.  They will upload your bank information (if you have a separate business account-otherwise they think everything is a business expense), paypal information, and more to let you know if you’re making money or not.  They will organize where your money goes-like who you’re paying.  This could be vendors, Etsy bills, etc.  They will also let you plug in and track the who’s and what’s of where your money is coming in.  There is even a tax page that lets you know, based on how much you have made, how much you owe in tax for that quarter!  This was all for free people!  I couldn’t believe it.  If you are like me, which I’m pretty sure most crafty folk are like this, then you will be grateful for this tool.  There is also a Shoebox application that lets you plug in saved receipt information for other things you can write off or declare as income!  Holy guacamole, it’s awesome!  Hope you find this site helpful, I know that I’ll be exploring it more and more this year while I try to affix my business hat!

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I love making messes with my sister on rainy days!  But I don’t like cleaning it up…..

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It’s the end of the week (my work week in Tuesday-Saturday) and I am beat!  I gotta get inspired to work on some things, so here are some great and inspiring things that I’ve seen floating ’round Flickr!

my first redwork. by Laura Hartrich.

Laura Hartrich

Family Tree Commission by kristenaderrick.

kristenaderrick

Little Tiger's Orangey Celebration embroidery close-up by Joey's Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7).

Joey’s Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7)

Tofu Baby Embroidery 12 by sugar-cookie.

sugar-cookie

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I have been loving Comfort Stitching’s patterns for a long time!  They are cute and whimsical and she’s a lovely stitcher.  Check out her shop and her blog where she shows off beautiful pictures of her quilts!  Here are just some of the patterns you can find on her etsy site!  Enjoy!

Little red riding hood - embroidery PATTERN

scoot embroidery pdf
London - embroidery pdf pattern

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New Things in the Shop!

Just popping in real quick to say hello and I hope your weekend is going well!  I’ve been a busy bee getting new things listed in my etsy shop!  Pop on over and check em out!

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