Etsy on the way!

Disclaimer: I’m writing this in hopes that it will be to chronicle a journey, but I think it might just be to get a few thoughts out of my head.  Either way it serves some purpose. 
I am starting an Etsy shop to sell reusable paper towels, seen here in a very popular post.  I’m excited, nervous, anxious and a little bit intimidated.  The to do list is growing; order shipping materials, set up the shop, write a bunch of “stuff” for said shop, order supplies and the lists goes on.  I’m sure there are a few things I haven’t even considered.  Then of course the fun part, make the inventory.  I think that is going to be the most challenging part for me.  Not making the inventory necessarily, but trying to make sure I have fun and don’t get burned out.  For me the best way to accomplish this is to be systematic about the process.  I spent a few hours this past weekend just cutting terry cloth into squares, then moved on to some cotton prints.  Once those are finished I’ll move on to the next step.  One thing at a time right?  I think if I can keep myself from moving in to many directions at once I’ll be good.  *sigh*
So those were the thoughts out of my head.  Here is the chronicle.  So far I have ordered additional “pretty” fabric that is specifically slated for inventory.  If I know when the fabric shows its suppose to be for something specific I wont be so tempted to make something else. There are pretty floral, wild abstracts, and dainty damasks.  In addition, I ordered snaps in some other colors.  White is nice but a girl needs more sometimes!    I buy thread almost impulsively so I think I might be good there, nah…need to make a trip out next time its on sale.  The shop is about 20% set up on line, so obviously there is more work to be done there.  My targeted “start up” inventory is well over half way cut out.  The flat rate pre-paid shipping envelopes are on their way.   I need to figure out what I need to do, if anything, to make use of the tracking numbers.  This leaves a lot to be done yet but I feel good about my progress.  Me 1, catastrophic meltdown 0.  

Update 17Sep2012, its here! Update 08Jun13, oh my it was so much work.  Its on a long term vacation.

Genius!

I had the pleasure this week of enjoying a cup of coffee with a girlfriend from college.   While  we were catching up I eyeballed her purse and said “that is so cute and I love the brooch on the handle”.   When I She said she got the purse here at Target.  Then I asked if the broach came with it and she said “no the handle was too long so I pinned it”. Being a short girl as myself I think this is a genius idea!  Instead of tying a knot, or stitching a hem of sorts  she used a brooch to pin up the extra length. 

Not the best picture but you get the idea.

Popcorn Spice Up

Well – hot outside, means movies inside.  You cant do movie without popcorn!  When my husband is gone sometimes I will even eat popcorn for dinner, yes for dinner.  I love to spice it up a bit too, so I thought I would share.  Its a sweet, spicy, smoky kind of thing.

1 Tbspn of sugar
1/2 tspn cumin
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
1/4 tspn chipolte pepper

Mix together and sprinkle of over buttered popcorn.  Yummy.