Friday, September 30, 2011

Interview with Etsy Seller Sweet Summer Baby

Please Welcome Mom and Etsy Seller, Lisa. If you read nothing else read her advice. I'm having it framed! Love it!

1. What is your shop name and what do you sell?
My shop name is SweetSummerBaby. I sell handmade baby items and nursing covers. I live in Florida, so all of my creations have a summery, warm weather kind of feel to them.

2. How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have a 13-month old daughter. She's the light of my life.
 
3. What is your daily schedule like?
I'm up at 6 and checking e-mails and tiding the house. If I'm lucky, I get a little work in before my daughter wakes up. The morning belongs to my daughter, and we spend the time playing or going to storytime at the library or taking walks. Then the afternoon is working time for me. I am lucky to have a neighbor who can come over for a few hours to play with my daughter while I do my "day job." I'm a freelance editor/writer, so I devote the afternoon hours to this work. Then I put my ETSY hat on again after my little one goes down for the night, so I'm usually creating and crafting from 8-12 p.m.

4. What do you like most about being a work-at-home mom? 
I love that I don't have to miss a thing that my daughter does during the day. She's changing and growing so fast but I'm here for it all. Even when I'm working, I can still pop out to see just what is making her giggle or check on her if she sounds really upset. I love being there for her.

5. What is the biggest challenge as a work-at-home mom? 
Prioritizing. There are not enough hours in the day, and I can't seem to find the time to do all that needs to be done. I wind up skipping out on the housework in order to get a little sewing done, but then I'm driven mad by the state of the house.

6. What is your best piece of advice for other moms?
 
My mom had a cross-stitched sampler that hung in her laundry room when I was growing up:
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow,
For babies grow up, we've learned til our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
I take this to mean: Enjoy your kids; they grow up too fast. The rest will get done; it always does.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pam Creates Giveaway!! CLOSED

Pam Creates is here today with a great giveaway for you! Ready to get your crafting started for Halloween! Pam Creates is giving away this adorable Halloween tag and Halloween fibers perfect for your Halloween scrapbook pages or crafts.  


How to Enter:
Open to United States and Canada residents only!
One entry:
Go like Pam Creates on Facebook and leave a comment here after!

Interview with Etsy Seller Kute Klipboards By Amy


 Here is Amy to tell you a little about herself and how she manages working from home.
My name is Amy and my shop name is KuteKlipboardsByAmy.etsy.com. I sell OOAK altered clipboards, binder clips and notepads. I have 3 children, ages 15,12 and 9.
I feel like I'm in the car much of the day. Lol. My kids are in 3 different schools ( elementary, middle and high schools) and they all have different start/end times. I try to work on my etsy shop, promoting it as much as I can, in between running kids around. I also serve on 2 different PTA boards, basketball booster club, and substitute teaching.
I feel like the biggest challenge is simply time management. Some days are definitely more productive than others. I try to get all my PTA business, work and etsy stuff done before my kids come home so I can spend time with them.

Take a look at some of Amy's Kute Klipboards!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1000 Followers!

Oh my! I am having a little celebration and I wanted to THANK all of you. 
Thank you for reading and following!

Thank you for your comments and linking to Inspire Me Monday!

I am so excited to reach 1000 followers this week. 

Thank you! Thank you!
I have been inspired by you. 
Inspired by your links every week.
Inspired by your Etsy shops.

Inspired to keep going and writing and posting and most importantly CRAFTING!
Thank you for stopping by! 
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All about Fall Wreaths

Great Link Up this week!
I just love all the Fall Wreaths that have been around the blog land. Isn't it so much fun to decorate for fall?  Love it. So much inspiration out there!
Here are some amazing fall wreaths linked up for Inspire Me Monday!





Thanks for linking and enjoy these first days of fall!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Inspire Me Monday September 26th


I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and the beginning of Fall.
Here are a few projects linked up last week.

  Potato Prints from Jellyfish Jelly

Blueberry Streusel from Rhinestone Beagle
Can't wait to see what is linked up this week! 
Don't forget to enter the My Memories Giveaway here.



Friday, September 23, 2011

Interview with Etsy Seller Baby Swank


What is your shop name and what do you sell?
My Etsy shop is called Baby Swank & I sell fashionable & eco-friendly products for babies & toddlers such as OOAK handmade baby & toddler bibs, natural skin care products, & crocheted washcloths.


How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I currently have 2 little guys ages 3 & 18 months. My hubbie & I are expecting our third little man this December! I'm so outnumbered!! LOL!


What is your daily schedule like?
My daily schedule is usually the same. I wake up & check my shop, answer emails, & spend a few minutes on social media sites. My kiddos wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, & then we visit Daddy at work. After that we do some school work {we homeschool}, clean the house, & make lunch. After lunch my kids take a nap & I work, work, work while I have quiet time. When they wake up they watch a tv show & have a snack then Dad gets home. After that it's always different. I try to spend as much time as I can with my family, but I do squeeze in a little bit of work here & there if possible. Once the kids are in bed for the night, I spend some time with my man & then work some more until I go to bed too.


What do you like most about being a work at home mom?
I love that I get to spend my day with my kiddos, I can work whenever I have time, & since it's my business, I can run it around my lifestyle. It's very flexible.


What is the biggest challenge as a work at home mom?
My biggest challenge is working too much & putting off other priorities. I'll get so involved in what I'm doing that I forget to do the laundry or forget that I told the kids "only one show"...things like that. I think time management is always a struggle when you work for yourself & especially if you have a family!


What is your best piece of advice for other moms?
If you have a creative business or you're thinking about starting one, my first bit of advice is to have a schedule or routine that works for you & your family. That way you know where you have time for your business among the other important things you need to do in your life. My second bit of advice is to have goals for your business. Start with 3 long term goals & break those down into short term goals. That way you have something to work toward during your work times each day or week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interview with Etsy Seller Sweetly Made (Just for You)


Back to our Moms on Etsy Seller series. Please welcome Emilee from Sweetly Made (Just for You)

What is your shop name and what do you sell?
My shop name is Sweetly Made (Just for you) but I had to shorten it to SweetlyMadeJustForU on Etsy. I sell all sorts of knitting items such as button up headbands, women's hats, Christmas stockings, 12 days of Christmas advent calendar, PDF patterns, knitted children's slippers, It's a girl banner, felt hairclips and more.
How many children do you have an what are there ages?
I have a beautiful 14 month old boy named Elijah. We call him Eli and he is the joy of our lives. He just started walking so he is at the stage where he gets into everything.
What is your daily schedule like?
I definitely believe in keeping a schedule. We wake up at about 7am, eat breakfast and get ready for the day. Eli takes a morning nap at about 9am to about 11am. Then I let him play a little before we eat lunch together. Then we are either off to the Aquarium, library or any other erand we have planned that day. He will take an afternoon nap at about 2 if I'm lucky. I normally will be on the computer during his nap time to catch up on emails, blog posts, etc etc. If he doesn't take an afternoon nap, we will play, read stories, walk around the neighborhood, etc etc. I start making dinner at about 5pm and my hubby comes home. We eat, read stories and Eli goes to bed at about 7 to 7:30pm. I spend the evenings knitting and watching our favorite shows.
What do you like most about being a work at home mom?
I love everything about being a work at home mom. I don't really call it work because I love to knit. I love the freedom and I love that I can spend endless amount of time with my son. I wasn't planning on being home with him so it is a blessing that I get to spend time with him.
What is the biggest challenge?
I think the biggest challenge is balancing my time between being a mother, wife and owner of my Etsy shop/blog.
What is your best piece of advice for other moms?
The best piece of advice is to stick to a schedule. I use a day planner to organize my days/weeks/months. I also write a list of things to get done for the day. If I don't get everything done, I don't sweat it. Do the most important things on your list and have fun crossing those items off once you finished. And, spend as much time with your family as you can.
Emilee
Sweetly Made (Just for you)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Inspire Me Monday and My Memories Suite Giveaway and Discount

As a special treat to my readers today I have a fantastic review, giveaway and discount to tell you all about. My Memories Suite is a digital scrapbooking software that offers a ton of options for customizing scrapbook pages. I made the page below with the software. I have big plans for the software and would love to make a photo book for each of my kids for their next birthdays. This software is so easy and FUN to use!

My Memories Suite is giving away the software to one of my readers. Just go visit My Memories Suite and leave a comment below about one of your favorite kits or layouts on the site
Can't wait to win? My Memories also gave me a discount code for my readers. Use the following code to save 
STMMMS91437

This code provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - $20 value!

Inspire Me Monday!
Now it's time to link up your projects. Here are a few favorites from last week!








Friday, September 16, 2011

CraftProjectIdeas.com



I love receiving packages in the mail! I recently was lucky enough to receive a free package from Craft Project Ideas. Their site is dedicated to kids' arts and crafts projects for preschool children to tweens. 

We couldn't wait to get crafting! Annabelle loves the Melty Beads above. Are fridge is now decorated with a plethora of magnets! This is a great idea from Craft Project Ideas to practice the ABCs with the melty beads. We've made an A and a D so far! So much fun and a great way to keep her busy during Dashiell's naptime.


 What two year old doesn't love make a mess with finger paint? He had so much fun! Thanks!
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