I've been trying to keep myself on a fairly normal schedule while I'm not working for anyone, but my old work schedule was pretty crazy and it's hard to get out of the habit of working my way through the day.
Right now my typical day looks something like this:
Wake up around 10:30 or 11:00, grab a shower and eat a little something. Check the news, my Etsy site, facebook and then some more news or a humor site. Most days I try to do something around the house right around now too (although I could really be better about this) but it's a good time to do dishes or sweep the floor and think about what I have to do. Then it's time for errands...groceries, prescriptions, this and that. Sometimes it's also a good chance to stop and visit with friends who work in the area, since the early afternoons in South Side are generally slow. Then it's time to go home and start working on anything someone has offered to pay me for, usually attempting to complete it before I stop for lunch. Eventually, lunch. Then either back to the project at hand or on to the next thing. If my paid work is done I work on designs for a while and eventually pick up my second project for the day. Around now it's time for coffee, and time to plan dinner. I've made at least one more pass at the internet by now (news, Etsy, facebook etc.) and after dinner is done I'll settle back in for a night of crafting, usually going to bed around four am. If I'm really committed to finishing a project, I'll stay awake until it's done and then collapse like a puppet with cut strings.
So keeping this schedule, (and allowing time for naps, because I do love a good nap in the middle of the day) I've had an awful lot of time to work on my projects. With a few exceptions, most of my projects take about two hours (bunnies, ornaments, lace cuffs and fingerless gloves each take me the same amount of time give or take...weird, huh?) and I've had a LOT of two hour slices to use over the last few weeks...so I've made a huge number of ornaments.
I've posted many on Etsy (no joy since the first day when I sold two ornaments) but I'm about to post a few newer pieces, and the latest ones are by far my best work to date in this area. After Christmas I'll be creating a bunch of non-holiday pieces in beautiful colors for everyday decorating too.
So without further ado, here are some of my latest pieces. Remember that everything you see is for sale on my Etsy site!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
If you've noticed that all the nifty stuff you want to buy is suddenly gone, never fear! I'm caving to the immense pressure of wanting to make money quickly and have started to work on my very own Etsy.com shop! Later this year (if all goes well) you'll be able to buy direct from my site, but first I need to make sure there are enough people out there who want to buy my work. I'll post the link to the store for you as soon as it's ready and I'll be accepting PayPal (finally, right!)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I've been busy as a bee (a winter bee) making ornaments, and here they are...just in time for you to buy some for your tree! Email your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org and remember to include an order number so I send you the right ornaments. There are discounts for every three you buy and in some cases you can select the ornament color (let me know what you want and I'll see if I can get it!)
Check back in the next day or two for details on how to order these on my Etsy.com site.
These ornaments are glass and range from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" across.
|T 06 - $10|
|T-10 - $15|