Monday, June 25, 2012

All work and little play

work, work, work

There's so much to be said for do-it-yourself projects.
Mostly that if you don't make a budget and actually stick to it you'll end up costing yourself more time and money than if you hired out the work in the first place.  But so far we've kept it right on the money.  We will go over, but that's mostly because figuring out the cost of a drop ceiling (and all the bits and bobs that go with it) plus the lighting was really difficult thanks to unhelpful store employees and incomplete hardware kits with missing prices.  We ended up estimating it, but still came up short.  In any case we'll still be doing damn good compared to most people who attempt this stuff for the the first time.

So I feel like we can brag about it.

Primer and paint! Remember kids: get a primer that will "seal" new drywall so when you put on your paint it won't suck it all up making more work for you and costing more paint!

Optimus PRIMER!

There's my awesome other half laying down the DriCore sub-floor.  When I look at how far the rooms have come to where they are now...let's just say I can't believe we did it all ourselves.


I wouldn't compare it to building a house from the ground up like the pioneers but it reminds me of how we can all do these things if we just take the time to read, learn, and take the time to do it right the first time.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Peeking Out

So sorry for the long delay between postings.
For those who don't know I'm due in August with our first baby!  Which means A LOT has been going on over in my neck of the woods.  I do have pictures to upload of the basement remodel progress as well as some other odds and ends of quilting projects :)
But as you can imagine blogging has been the last thing on my mind as we prepare for our new arrival in the next month and a half!

I can assure you though once we get my new sewing room done and things moved down there I will try my hardest to post picture of the nursery and all the other little things I've been meaning to do for a while.

Till then my Etsy shop will be on maternity leave from now until November 1st.  I'm seriously considering the fact that this may be my last season for personalized ornaments.  Mostly because I believe I've reached the peak of what I can physically produce and earn from my shop thru custom orders.  In other words even if I add new ornaments to the shop there are only so many hours in the day in which I can take and produce personalized ornaments.  Not to mention I am unable to wholesale my ornaments due to their being custom and personalized and it makes it nearly impossible to do any local craft shows.  So there could be some big changes happening with the shop as well.

There are also inklings of other shop ideas, ideas that involve more use of my sewing machine which I'm feeling more excited about each day.  Still doing the research and gauging the potential before I take the leap.  If it works out I may move away from the seasonal ornament business altogether.

As I've said before knowing when to let go and get out while you're ahead is the best business advice I've allowed myself to follow.
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