Shop Update

editing photos

Hello! I am sorry I haven’t put up any new posts in about two weeks. I have been rather busy trying to get everything ready to re-launch my Etsy shop. February was the last target date but my under estimation of the amount of time it takes to do the product photography and editing has pushed that time out.

I am currently working through the product photography edits for the last two bins in my inventory. So for the first time, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once I re-open the store, I will definitely have to try out different processes to try to streamline this part of the process.

As a one-person shop owner and creator, I am definitely learning that my affection lies with creating my products and playing around with new techniques. The administrative aspect is necessary but not my favorite thing to do.

We are also using a new database to keep track of my inventory, as well as, works-in-progress so that has added another administrative project to my plate. Once the store is open, it will really help me so I know these additional steps will be worth the results.

I just wanted to check in to say hello and that I haven’t forgotten to blog just focusing my energies on editing photos for the shop. I will be sure to announce the re-opening soon. Thanks for sticking with me through this process.

Have a wonderful day!

Appreciating my workspace

I have had my craft desk for many years now. I bought it at IKEA and my husband raised it’s height so I can work standing up or sitting. It’s large and has great shelves on each side. I tend to fill the desktop with more than I should but that is for a later discussion.

My laptop is just the right size and doesn’t fight for valuable crafting space. I even placed my electronic Big Shot die cutting machine on one end of my table.

My recent edition is this fun and absolutely gorgeous RGB keyboard I bought from my son. Yup, I said my son. He won it in an online competition and was going to sell it on eBay. So guess who snatched it up? Yup, yours truly. It coordinates with everything else and makes me happy. So on the occassion I feel like sitting way back in my chair to type, I just slide this beauty on my lap and type a way. It’s the little things. It really is.

I have been uping my game when it comes to gratitude and I make it a point every day to pause when I enter my craft room, refrain from self-criticizing my need to clean and just appreciate the beautiful space I am blessed to with to create in every day. It’s easy to get caught up in the race, and forget the many blessings before us. I am trying to change that and you know, I have started to notice a difference in my attitude for the rest of the day when I do this.

I better get back to work. I just thought I would share my new practice and show off my pretty little keyboard!! 😉😉

Happy Black History Month!

Michael’s Black History haul

It’s Black History Month (BHM) and as always I scan retailers for products featuring black people. I stopped by my local Michael’s and Target to see what I could find.

Unfortunately, I missed some of the items at Michael’s because they ran out of stock. (insert eye roll) I could go on for a bit about the fact that they only sell these products for roughly 4 weeks out of the whole year and that they should provide ample so that they don’t “run out” so quickly, but I won’t.

This year, I picked up two t-shirts, stickers I can use in my planners, and a couple of small fabric rolls. I was pleasantly surprised with the canvas and paint sets. I snagged two. I will paint them and display them in my craft room.

Crayola even got in on the action and ran a batch of markers, crayons and colored pencils that more reflect skin tones. I picked up the pencils but might head back for the markers too.

Unfortunately, my local Target didn’t have anything. Either I missed them or they didn’t stock up on the t-shirts. So that was a miss.

I plan on also absorbing as many specials this month on TV. PBS usually runs quality educational shows and specials in celebration of Black History Month.

And naturally, I have selected several books to read for BHM so I will have my nose buried in some books for the entire month.

Happy Black History Month!

Coloring is Good for You

Just do it!

I often hear people question the reasons that I color in coloring books. I think that often times, we tend to assign age groups to activities. It is common to hear people say that coloring books are for kids. But now we know better. The fact that we distinguish between coloring and adult coloring. Why don’t we just use the one word to anyone engaging in the activity of coloring. It turns out that many of the activities we assign to children are ones that have significant health benefits for adults. So before you snub the activity read on.

I will link a few articles here that talk more in-depth about the health benefits of coloring. But I think it’s so important that we all take time to relax and let down our guard and participate in something tactile, like coloring. It has proven to be a great stress reliever and helps improve focus and helps promote sleep. I don’t know about you, but as I have aged, I am more stressed, struggle with focus, and getting a full night’s sleep.

It is such a simple act of using a colored pencil to add color to a page. I really enjoy taking a picture before I begin and then after to see how the image ‘comes to life’. Don’t get caught up in doing it right. There are no rules. Just dedicate a little time each day or several days a week to healing your mind. So I challenge you to put yourself first, go find a coloring book online, order it, and just play.

Here are a few links to back me up:

Health Benefits of Coloring for Adults

7 Benefits of Coloring for Adults and Why You Should Join the Adult Coloring Craze

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