National Scrapbook Day

As national scrapbook day winds down, I find myself reflecting on my scrapbook beginnings. Like most crafters, I started out with scrapbooking, but the reason I started is probably very different.

The exact day was December 3, 2004. The problem was that for the past week I was in an increasingly amount of pain. It started on a Monday as a little patch of numbness on my right forearm and right ear. A week later, I went for an MRI. My doctor walked, put both hands on my shoulders.

“You have MS.”

I was still in school; all alone. I called my parents, who were hundreds of miles away. I tried calling my friends, but they were in class or working.

I eventually got a hold of an old acquaintance. I walked to her dorm room and it was the best thing that I could have done. She didn’t let me sit there and cry. She distracted me. She introduced me to one of her hobbies: scrapbooking. I have been hooked every since.

I am now sitting in her living room, almost a decade later, babysitting her two children. As I watch her children sleeping, I can’t help but wonder how my life would be different if she wasn’t there for me that day. I realize could sit here and play out the scenarios, but it won’t make a difference. All I know is that I am so happy with my life and in plan enjoying what it has to offer.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Nikki
The Crafty Accountant

One Year Anniversary

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As of today, it has been one year since I started this Crafty Accounting journey. I know everyone says this, but the time has really flown by.  While this is a small venture, I have been able to learn a few useful things along the way:

  • You must love what you are doing:  There is a lot of work involved, no matter what the size of your business. If aren’t truely passionate about what you producing, then it’s not worth it.

 

  • Not every customer will be happy: No matter how hard you try, at one point you will have an unhappy customer.  This was a very hard lesson for me and I was practically devastated when it happened.  The important thing is that you take it as a learning opportunity and give them the best customer service. You can quickly turn the experience into a positive one.

 

  • You are representing more than yourself: When you have on Etsy, you are apart of a greater community of artists, craftsmen, and other business owners.  The lovely part about Etsy is that it gives people all over the world an opportunity to buy unique items, but one bad experience and it could tarnish the represents of yourself and the Etsy community.

 

  • You will never have enough time for everything (at once):  At my full time job, I have pictures of some of the pieces I created and a little journal to store ideas that come up throughout the day.  I will get excited about getting in my crafty room and losing myself it a swirl of paper, inks, and stamps.  The real world hits and then by the time I have a chance to get into the craft room, it’s an hour past bedtime.  I’ve learned that I have a ton of ideas and just not enough time to do it all at once and that is okay.  Sure, I may have wanted to get a couple more cards created for a holiday, but there is always next year!

I know there is so much more for me to learn, but I look forward to the challenge.  As I reflect on what I have accomplish this year, I want to  thank you to all my friends and family that have helped me along the way.  I could not have done it without their love and support.

 

The Craft Zone

In an ideal world, I would be queen of all things crafty. I would tune in my inner Martha Stewart and have a craft room that makes a diamond look like those necklaces from my pretty, pretty princess game. Don’t get me wrong, I love my home and the little nook I’ve created for my crafting obsession, but a girl can dream of having a grand craft room filled with every crafting tool and supplies ever created.

My craft space is small, but using a few storage solutions, I was able to turn it into the cozy and joyous area where I spend my nights creating beautiful pieces.  Before I walk you through my crafting zone, I will give you fair warning: my crafty room is always in a state of organized chaos.  Technically, I know where everything is located, so it can’t really be too bad. :-)

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Here is a stamp shelf I got on Craigslist. I was responding to an ad for rubber stamps from an older woman that had just had a grandchild and wanted to give up some of her hobbies. The shelf was hand crafted by her husband. I was purchasing the stamps right when I started The Crafty Accountant; and when I kept commenting how excited I was for these stamps and why I was buying them from her, she gave me the shelf because she “knew they were going to a good home.”  I felt to so blessed to receive such a nice gift from a stranger that ended up donated money in her honor to The Children’s Miracle Network.

 

 

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This shelving unit is from IKEA. At first, I thought it was going to be too big for the space, but it really turned out beautifully and gives me so many storage options. The nice thing about this particular shelving unit is that you customize it in so many different ways, including attaching a desk to it. As you can see, I already have a few doors, drawers, and baskets. This particular shelve is part of the Expedit series and you can learn more about it here.

 

 

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Time to see where the magic happens! This was another IKEA find that I purchased about two years before I turned my office into my craft room. While it is not the most ideal work area, it does the job. The only issue I have with it is that it has a small work area and I don’t know about you other crafty ladies, but I am a sprawler! I love having visuals of my supplies and some of my inspiration. Usually this means that it ends up sprawled on the floor; thankfully I can always close the office door if the “organized war zone” gets to be too much.

 

 

Magentic board

 

The thing I love most about my desk is the magnetic board I put above it. Another IKEA purchase (sense a pattern yet?); I attempted to decorate it using paint.  It didn’t turn out quite as planned, but it was a good learning opportunity.  I found a variety of baskets and holders, mainly from The Container Store, to hold my supplies.  I don’t believe the sell the white baskets you are seeing in my office, but you can see a sample of some of the other ones they offer at this link.

 

Now that you’ve seen my space, tell me about yours!  What storage solutions do you have for your hobby?  Have any other small space solutions?

The Crafty Accountant