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Paper Victory

Art, Crafts

Last week, my husband connected me with a new customer; over the weekend, we worked together to get the order packed and ready for delivery on Monday. When the customer’s co-worker saw what he’d ordered, they also made a purchase, so this week has been filled with packing and paper and simple arts applied to the packaging.

When I first started selling my crafts, I wasn’t very mindful about it. I treated it like a wham-bam-thank-you-mam project rather than a real business. To me it seemed it should be a very simple process where I make things, people buy them. The end. There are a few steps missing there, though… like:

  • how will an item ship? Especially if customer’s payment doesn’t hit my bank until
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    after the item is supposed to be shipped {a hurdle I created being newlywed and new to budgeting for a household}?
  • how will I package the item in an aesthetically pleasing manner?
  • how will I afford packaging and shipping when my business isn’t exactly thriving yet?

All of these questions and more had to be considered… and well, I sped right past them. I was excited to be creative. To use my talents to make others smile and — in some circumstances — perhaps use my creativity to be of active service to them.

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This year, I’ve worked to step back from the very messy ‘progress’ [can we really even call it that?] I’ve made in the past. I wanted to refresh my business and be more intentional with it in areas I hadn’t been before. One of the first steps was finding a packaging option for my products — these 2 orders are the first I’ve had since deciding on the wrapper.

I chose Kraft paper as my chief tool and I’m delighted with the results. Paper is so simple, basic, delightfully rustic in appearance and probably taken for granted — yet I’ve come to view it as a truly valuable resource. A hemp cord bow tied the envelopes shut, polishing the look.

Do you have any small victories to share this week? I’d love to read about them — comment below!

If you’d like to purchase some jewelry or hairpins for Christmas, now is the time to get your orders in early!!

Thank you for reading!

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100 Days

Lifestyle, Personal

Starting in late August, my 100 days began…

Y’all: “100 days of what exactly?”
Me: “Uhm… yes.”

It’s not exactly ‘defined’, and that’s been part of it’s importance thus far. So I thought I’d share a glimpse behind the scenes.

Life is encouraged to be fast paced. We all try to appear busy… but the problem there is that ‘busy’ isn’t as attractive as we may have been led to believe. And in the end, we may find that the achievement is less enthralling than the pursuit of it. Or we make the other mistake of rushing to add as much as possible [to our schedules, work loads, skill sets] in hopes that quantity will maximize quality. In attempts to appease and impress others, or perhaps live up to some lofty standard that, if we’re honest, is a bit loftier than we’d prefer. Some of us use our talents to create a smokescreen in efforts to deflect societal and peer pressures.

So I took a mental step back from everything I was doing in a day. I wanted to take time to give each item some critical focus — especially art, which I’m practicing in my bullet journal. Some things will go away forever. Others will be identified as fun hobbies. And still others will hold a place within my mission.

Essentially — I guess it’s 100 days to honestly explore my own lifestyle and values. It’s been enlightening thus far, and I encourage everyone to go on a similar adventure.

Thanks for reading!

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What I’ve Learned: Bullet Journaling

Art

Some time ago, I started bullet journaling — I chronicled some of my first bujo in a post entitled Simple Bullet Journal. That was a few years ago now, and having started another new journal, I decided to share what I’ve learned.

 

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A list page including books, music, shows, and things I’d like to learn.

“Do You” — take some time to honestly evaluate your specific situation and planner / journal needs. This may take trying a few different methods with a bullet journal or planner to figure out — if something doesn’t work one month, change it the next. Here are a few questions to ask yourself — my own answers are in italics as examples.

  • What type / style of planning do I prefer? Time-blocking my days is too constricting, I like a fast and loose format that is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to work with. 
  • What will draw me in and keep me coming back to the planner / what keeps it from becoming a chore? Fun activities perfectly designed for me…
  • What do you do with your time? I work from home as an artist / blogger and home maker.
  • How might your plans affect others living with you? It’s just my spouse and I with our pets — no children.
  • Additional factors? We don’t have a vehicle and use public transit — bus transfers often make what would be a brief trip to the grocer a 4 hour wait-n-trek.
  • What makes for a hectic day? Any day I make a trip requiring transfers between buses. My day is practically gone the moment I leave the house.

Using the answers to these questions and any others you may choose to ask yourself, you should be able to identify your top priorities for a bullet journal. My priorities are as follows:

  1. Have pages showing each month’s holidays, plans, birthdays and anniversaries.
  2. Include space for me to list daily or weekly activities. It’s not important that I have a ‘to-do list’ page, as we’ll discuss below.
  3. Lots of blank space for me to brain dump, journal, or practice whatever I’m

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    Here, I can see each month at a glance.

    learning presently [right now, I’m having fun with art, learning more about colored pencils… the art activities are what keep me coming back to the book].

To-Done
Usually, in the time it takes [for me] to create a to-do list, everything on it is to-done. So when it comes to creating lists of this nature, I maintain them as follows:

  • Daily / Weekly / Monthly chores are listed on a piece of Sketchbook paper currently mounted on our fridge. We have a few chores to do every day, which are listed at the top. The second row includes our chores throughout the week, listing them the exact day they’re to be done. Lastly, some chores are only done once or twice monthly. There’s a specific day of the week for it the final week of the month.
  • Long and short-term, one-time goals are written onto an index card kept close at hand as a reminder of what to do when I’m bored.
  • Everything else – goes into the bullet journal after careful consideration.

 

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I chose to include some art in my own journal.

Miss Use — take proper precaution when utilizing any bullet journal or planner. In previous bullet journals, I tried to do it all… I had the index page(s), the year at a glance, a key, the entire month mapped out in such a way I could list out my daily to-do-list, I had trackers for literally every good habit I was supposed to have… And. I. Failed. So miserably. I failed because the upkeep of the journal itself took time away from the very activities it was supposed to aid me in finding time for. So I’ll leave you with these final tips:

 

  1. Don’t plan the entire year in advance. If you map out the entire notebook, there will

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    Here, you can see that I’ve mapped a whole month out as 4 weeks. I write the week’s activities into it’s bar and I can paper clip any longer-term to-do lists here as well.

    be less room for things like my activity pages or in your case, perhaps notes from an important staff meeting. Which smoothly sails us into #2…

  2. …it’s okay if you run out of room in your first bullet journal before the year is done. If you choose to keep them, just label them super carefully. There are some things you may need to transfer from one to the other, but I promise, if you’re careful, those things should be few, and easily portable. I suggest index cards or post-its and some paper-clips.
  3. Take it one month at a time. Use the pages following each month as activity pages or for notes until a new month starts. This way, you’re not stuck with the exact same trackers on repeat after deciding against some of your New Year’s Resolutions.

So, what has your experience been with bullet journaling? Are you trying anything new in the coming months? Do you have a favorite spread style or bullet journaling related youtube?

Thank you for reading!

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