Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back to Work

So, today I decided to go back to 'work'.  I got two outfits listed on my FB shop, and spoke with a customer about another custom order.

I keep saying that organization is my worst enemy in business, but I think my worst enemy is actually procrastination!   I managed to get down to the studio early enough to finish up my boo boo from yesterday (turned out really nice I might add!) but once I came up to put it on the computer, I had a ton of trouble getting myself back down to work some more.  I already have two more Back to School dresses cut out, just a few hours and they will both be finished.

Then, I also managed to get one up on the website that has been finished forever, but did not like the pictures of it.  Still don't like the pictures, but it is now listed.

This is the Cars outfit.
A total of Nine appliques.  It isn't exactly what I had envisioned, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

So, now I just have to finish dinner, and get back down to work on the other two BTS dresses.  Motivation...where are you?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anniversary time!

In a few weeks we will be having our thirty fourth anniversary.  While I really wanted to go to Disney, it doesn't seem like that is in the cards (especially since we are going in September for a week!)

So I am looking at something special to do next year.  But then again, we don't have a lot of luck with the biggie

For our 25th, we were going to take a two new babies instead!

For our 30th, we were thinking of a big a new grand baby instead!

For our 35th, I was thinking in terms of a Disney cruise with a vow renewal ceremony on board...I wonder if there is going to be an 'instead' for that one?

(of course, the man in question did say he would take me to McDonald's and a dollar movie afterwards if I really wanted to!)


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Not a victim!

Yesterday and today I have had a killer of a migraine.  I mean the kind I probably should have gone to the hospital with...numbness on the right side, unable to move or speak.  Of course today's wasn't as bad and didn't last as long, but it did take half my day.

I know that the migraine is partially due to the neck issues I have and the fact that I may need surgery again soon.  The neck pain is sometimes so bad, I would love to have a migraine to take my mind off it...almost.

This afternoon I decided I am not going to be a 'victim' any more.  I'm tired of the pain in my neck keeping me from getting things done I want to do.  I spend every afternoon in pain.  So, today started my first day of refusing to give in to the pain.

I walked on the Treadclimber for a quarter of a mile.  Not a lot I know, but I kept going until the pain in my hips was too much to ignore and then slowed down.  When it was over I had walked for a little over a quarter mile (.28) and I am not hurting right now.

So, my goal is to find a way to do the things I want to do without hurting my neck.  I guess some research on ergonomics is in order.  And to be more active...I mean I have a trip to Disney in just 68 days.  I need to be able to walk all day!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Technology update...sort of

Since I last spoke about my silly little printer problem...great things have happened.  After weeks of not having a printer, I broke down and .... C A L L E D the company.  I know, I know...anyway, they were very helpful.  It seems my model of printer does this all the time.  So, they sent me a new one...FREE of charge.  All I had to do was 1-give them a credit card to hold $89.00  and 2- send the defective one back.

So, I can now print out anything I want to...if I had paper!  See, the girls discovered Paper Dolls... I no longer have paper to call my own.

And my software woes are a bit better now.  I have given up on the free program!  It is so counter-intuitive it is driving me crazy!  I have started using the other free trial ..Embird.  I love it!  I watched two short video tutorials and can make it do what I want...add names for personalization to designs I have purchased.  So easy.  Well, easy compared to what I was working on!

I think if I had to I could actually merger two purchased designs into one.  No actual designing on my end...but I can now personalize things for other people.  Of course, now I have to purchase the full software package at $150.... but I guess it is a matter of getting what you pay for!

Now if I can just get my computer issues worked out a bit better...this flat screen hooked up to a laptop is starting to get old really quick!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I Pod...anyone?

A little over two years ago, I had this great idea.  Since we were going on a trip to Disney, I thought Miss B should have a nice small I Pod to listen to during the long car ride.  Valentine's Day, she received a cute pink Ipod Shuffle with her name engraved on it.

That I Pod disappeared before we ever made it to Disney.  True, it has turned up a couple of times since then, but only once since the trip.

Fast Forward to this Valentine's Day.  I asked her if she would like a new I Pod for this trip.  She was all excited...couldn't WAIT to see what she got...a nice lime green I Pod with no engraving...she was beyond happy.  Her I Pod has been her constant companion since February.

We decided to get Mr D an I Pod  for Easter.  Same reason.  Another trip to Disney.  His was a cute blue engraving.  It disappeared during our trip to Savannah.

(Now, in all fairness, I have to say I thought the hotel staff had taken it.  We left a bag on the bed that had the earphones in it, and when the I Pod disappeared, I was sure it was in the same bag.  Of course the hotel denied ever seeing it...even though the knew what color it was)

Because we used that I Pod as a reward system for Mr D, we really needed it, so Hubby found a white one at a pawn shop for $20.  Then, on Friday, the kids were getting some stuff out of the car and guess what they found...a cute blue I Pod...

Yesterday, the kids were playing in Mr D's room and guess what they found...that RIGHT!  A Pink I Pod with Miss B's name engraved on it!

So, now we have 4 I Pods for 2 kids.  (Not including Mom's)  I think my kids have too much electronics!