I am sitting here trying to figure out what to write about. I don't want to complain because I am thankful that I have made it this far but I am sooooo ready to be done. Now to be fair I have to say that I haven't been this far along in a pregnancy for a long time, and so it is hard to adjust to not being able to get up, but instead roll out of a sitting position. LOL...
I haven' t done anything creative at all this week for myself, except check out blogs of people that I love and pop in every once and awhile on twopeasinabucket to see the gallery. I haven't lost my creativity/inspiration, I just don't have the time to be creative right now, or at least not for my own personal scrapbooks or cards.
Yesterday I got the call from the hospital and my c-section is scheduled. I am honestly terrified of it but I am hoping that I don't have to have an emergency one and that scheduled ones are a lot more smoother than my previous two emergency ones. I also am so excited to be able to be this close to my actual due date which means if the baby does come early there would be a really short stay in the NICU or special care nursery. That to me is well worth the wait!! I can't imagine actually have a child come home with me after I deliver her/him but I am getting so close to that happening that it is both wonderful and scary all at once. But I wouldn't trade this for anything. I know that my last posts have been all about babies and birth but this is one way that I can share what I am going through and all the thousands of thoughts about it that I can't seem to get outta my head...like tonight I woke at midnight looking for our cellphones because I just had to make sure that they were charged so that we could get in touch with each other. And of course I haven't been able to get back to sleep no matter how hard I have tried so I decided to do my blog post now. Maybe I can get some sleep after this is no longer on my mind.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I love making cards! At least while I am unable to get into my space and really work on scrapbooking. But sometimes while I am busy with orders and creating things to sell I am not able to be as creative as I want to be for my own personal items. And then sometimes I make something that I absolutely love 100%... and I stared to make a card this week that fits the category of it's too cute to send out! Well I wasn't really going to make cards/gifts this yr. Mostly because I just didn't feel like it but instead call and tell everyone happy mothers day. But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to change it back to my normal tradition of sending cards and gifts. But that is hard to do when all you stash is on a level of the house that's off limits. And I had some supplies upstairs from making save the date cards postcards.
But I decided to have the guys bring up some supplies into the livingroom so that I could make a few personal cards. I didn't want all my supplies but I wanted to use some of the things that I have had in my stash for awhile that hadn't been used.
So here is one of the 2 cards that I made. My camera batteries weren't charged so I had to take a quick photo so that I could upload it for my blog entry. I love this card so much that it still is sitting on my side table. I guess you can say I made it for myself...Happy mother's day to me...lol!
Supplies: MME pp, bazzill cs, MM kid's trim ribbon, BG buttons, Hero Arts stamps, Fiskars scalloped border punches, TH distress inks (broken china, shabby shutters, and spiced marmalade).
Posted by Tracy Ross at 4:34 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Today was amazing! I got a huge order done, mailed and out of the way. I also had to deal with an issue that I saw arising...have you ever started a project on the wrong foot and then regretted or felt like you needed to start over because you might be getting taken advantage of? I did...I had taken an order and designed two cards and worked hard on the designs all before getting any payment (my fault!) and then after being told I love this card!! I bought some of the supplies because the retail store stated that they couldn't hold it for me. Now I didn't go out and purchase hundreds of $$ worth of product but I surely spent my own $$.
So I wasn't too bothered by a request to show another design of a card when I thought things were set in stone...nope that didn't bother me as much as being told by the customer that she wouldn't pay for something that she hadn't seen! Huh...I was working on something and hadn't gotten one single cent!...I had been communicating all the details, supplied photos of my work and then on top of that worked my tush off to get this order started all while not taking other orders and don't forget I didn't get $$ for my time! And all I stated to her was that I could email her an example of cards that I had done previously that were similar to what she was asking for.
So I attempted to communicate that I am a business and I was going to have to get payment before I moved forward with any more work...The same as any business that is making customized cards. They have an example, you see what you like and order yours and then you pay and receive a proof after that. I am not upset by this although I do now have 25 yards of gold ribbon and some other gold items that I can' t see myself using at all in the near future...but I have learned a lesson. One that I had learned before but now I'm going to follow 100%...non-customized examples, and at least a down payment before work is started! But the good part is that is just as this order began to go south, I got a call from a person I have made cards for tons of times and she wants me to do cards for her daughter's wedding, the save the dates, the invitations, shower and thank you cards. I am talking about a nice little piece of $$! I made sure to discuss payment/receive a down payment and set up dates to meet to go over proofs. I like when business is conducted this way! It just makes me feel better but then again this order was from a returning customer and she has always been pretty amazing to work with.
I can't wait until tomorrow...ok later on this morning because it is 3am! I am going to a local scrapbook store for a few hours to do a make and take. I have no plans on sending any $$ because I have an order of products on it's way from ebay. Some items that have been on wishlist now for over a year and finally I am going to get them. It's not that I didn't have the money for it, I just couldn't get them for a reasonable price including shipping so I waited. I tend to do that a lot. Especially if it is something scrapbook related.
I have also planned to start looking for a 2 seat stroller. I have been thinking about it but then realized that maybe I need to start actually looking for one. I might have to have my hubby start checking garage sales.
Here is a quick pic of one of the two gold cards that I created. It is very traditional in it's feel but that is what she was looking for.