Friday, April 22, 2011

a few of my favorite websites:
-tells you the availability of your site's name on all the important sites
-beauty. creativity. truths.
-most know of this site. tune into "french cafe radio" so soothing!
-the woman I wish I were. hilarious and touching. five stars!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oh, and go see The King's Speech . Just go. Its incredible. Nominated for an Oscar and such. I love Colin Firth.


I'm in a lot of debt. I've gotten out of a lot of debt, but I still have a lot to get through. I was pretty stupid right out of high school, got a lot of credit cards, a lot of student loans, and ignored them all. Hence, the $40,000 of debt i accrued as a 21 year old.

On the bright side, the last payment of my debt consolidation loan is February 11th. This has been 5 years in the making, and I made it. I MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to be so happy about it, and I guess I am, but I am also reserved, as I know there is still more to pay off. I have one large card to still work on, and student loans, but after that, (approx. 2 years from now) I will be done. DONE!!! I have learned so much these last 6 years, and I know I will still learn much more in regards to finance.

I have this to say to young people: Dont bite off more than you can chew, dont live beyond your means. Save. Save. Save. Dont charge it. I know its so much easier said than done, but just be smart (which is what I thought I was doing) and dont go into debt too fast. Its not worth it. I promise :)

***if anyone wants the link for my debt management program : Genesis Financial they were incredible and so helpful time and time again.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

first show results

I made a profit today!

Last year at my first show of the season, I only made $1. So comparatively, the results of this first show are stellar! :) I didnt sell all my product by any means, but a little success should be celebrated right?

Thank you everyone for your encouragement, support, and feedback. Its all very much appreciated!
Here are some pics from the show:

Come see me at one of these upcoming shows!:

Nov. 13th - Tallmadge Alliance Church, Tallmadge, OH
Nov. 20th - Candy Cane Junction Show, Akron, OH
Dec. 4th - Woodridge High School Bazaar, Peninsula, OH

Didnt get to use the credit card app yet, but there are still 3 to go!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

busy busy busy!

Upcoming Shows:

Nov. 6th - Stow United Methodist Church in Stow, OH
Nov. 13th - Tallmadge Alliance Church, Tallmadge, OH
Nov. 20th - Candy Cane Junction Show, Akron, OH
Dec. 4th - Woodridge High School Bazaar, Peninsula, OH (HS Alma mater!)

I'm pumped!!!!! Stop by and say hey....

OH and also HUGE news: I can now accept ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS at my show, thanks to my iphone and the NEW SQUARE DEVICE, its all instant, with a receipt emailed right to you!

I've been getting ready for craft show season, and sewing so much I'm afraid my sewing machine might explode and start smoking or something!

Items recently sewn/made:
Cloth boxes/bins
Cloth fold-over bags
Crochet pouches
Pillows, pillows, and more pillows
Crocheted scarves/hats
Up-cycled necklaces (new hardware, antique pendents)

I'll post pics sometime when I'm not needing to go to sleep before working a 14 hr day... :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

cake baking

I made my first wedding cake this summer. I've never gone to school for baking or anything, but I watch Ace of Cakes religiously, and am pretty good at looking at something, and re-creating it, so I thought I would give it a try!

Here is the creating process in pictures:

Thin coating of buttercream frosting.

Next, rolling out the fondant.

One with fondant, one without.

One with fondant, one without.

Covered in fondant, wrapped, and ready for transport!

Final result:

What do you think? Not bad for a first try I'd say!