Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Life is Like A Video Game-

Life is like a video game

This occurred to me as I was taking a break from obsessing over business licenses and permits by playing Farmville on face book,a silly little game that I have become not only become successful at but obsessed with.

At Farmville I have accomplished, conquered and achieved awards for most of the challenges that have been presented-Sure there have been failures along the way, some task that I was unable to achieve simply because I either didn't have the skills, the means or the friends to accomplish the task at that time, but did that stop me from playing these games? No, I continued on, achieving greater measures of success.

I am currently in the process of trying to master all plants- each time you harvest a plant you get a mastery point – when you get the required mastery points for each of the three mastery levels you get a star , when you get all three stars you have Mastered that plant and receive a mastery sign with a picture of the plant you have mastered-and for some darn reason I want those signs.

Let me tell you those mastery signs are not easy to get- it takes time, dedication and persistence, but it can be done. Sometimes I get side tracked from my goal by helping out friends with there co-ops,stopping just to chat, harvesting trees,collecting from animals,or raising a new building in the community, but I always go back to it- concentrating on my goal in order to achieve the ultimate prize... a virtual mastery sign.

It then occurred to me that these are the very skills I need to succeed not only in creating my own successful business, but in life – if I take the time- dedicate myself to my goals and be persistent, no matter what obstacles are thrown in my path- I will achieve success.

As long as I remember to take it one plot, I mean one step at a time I will get there.Be persistent even when I get sidetracked, accept that there are things I may not be ready to accomplish or may never be a able to accomplish,know that some goals will take longer than I expect them to– Stop to take the time to connect with friends, give back to the community, tend to the things in my life that can't tend to themselves, Work hard and and most of all enjoy the process, then and only then  will I be successful.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Creating a crafty career-Getting Started

Since I am I am trying to make real money on this crafty adventure and want to be taken seriously as a professional crafter then I need to take some necessary,  boring and scary steps. So I am gonna try to act like a real grown up, put on my big girl costume and apply for the necessary licenses and permits to become a legal and viable business. Here is the list of licenses and permits I have found needed in my area to run a business legally.

  •  business licenses, county, city and state
  • fictitious business name
  • resale license
  • business checking account
so over the next few weeks I will be applying for the above licenses, permits and opening a business checking account.-  this for me is going to be the most difficult hurtle- I'd much rather be crafting


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Creating a crafty career- My journey of making money and earning a living with crafts

Have you ever wanted to make money with your crafts? Felt that you had more to offer the world?Wanted to share not only your handcrafted creations but pass on your crafting skills?

Then you are no different from me, For years I have wanted to make money with my crafts- other people do it, so why can't I? I am reasonably intelligent, I have a wealth of crafting knowledge and skills that  I would love to share,I have spent years cultivating and perfected many crafting techniques-and  I have been designing my own crafts since the age of 8- You would think I have everything I need to succeed in the business world of crafts,right?

So why am I not doing it? What is holding me back??  The simplest answer is me- I lack the confidence to put my self out there, I mean really put my self out there for the world to see- 

I invite all of you to follow me on my journey through the business world of crafts, Over the next few months I am going to try many different techniques to get my crafts and my knowledge of crafts out there in a quest to earn a living- not just make some money, but enough money to actually live on.

I am going to try different money making techniques using my crafts and skills and post it here-I will let you know what works and what fails, -I will reveal the pros and cons of it all the different techniques and what I have learned along the way

It's gonna get pretty bumpy and it may not be pretty but here I go...


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tea Tree oil Soap

Tea tree oil is excellent for treating acne, I have used it for some time now to treat acne I get on my chest and arms and was looking for a soap that would help with my condition when it hit me, Tea tree oil soap and since I already had everything I needed, I made my own. I used 4 ounces of  melt and pour glycerin soap with 1 Tablespoon of tea tree oil, color and pearl powder was optional but I like my soap to have color:

the largest bar was cast from a recycle computer mouse package, I loved the shape as soon as I saw it and threw it in with my soap making supplies, It is the perfect size and shape for your hand

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Silhoutte tree with mini tutorial

When I started this blog I knew I wanted  some props to help with photography,
I decided to make some and came up with this when I discovered 1/4" fun foam

Come to think of it this tree would be awesome for Halloween,
I just might have to make some polymer clay ornaments to go with it

To make your own you will need:
one sheet 1/4" fun foam ( I purchased mine at Michael's )
craft knife
the pattern

trace pattern onto funfoam using a sharp craft knife cut out

the finished tree is 8 inches high and is 6 inches at the widest point

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sea Turtle necklace

Polymer clay sea turtle with pearls and glass beads

Friday, September 25, 2009

Button bracelet

created with buttons, polymer clay spacer bar, magnetic clasp and beading thread

this is the back so you can see it's construction done with a needle and beading thread