Yeah, I sure could use some chocolate right now. But I went to the gym today so I'd rather not ruin it, all that hard work. And trust me because it was so hard I crave a small piece of chocolate to cheer me up.
Okay. So. I am probably the last person you would expect to post info, let alone a tip, about being frugal. After all, I am known to let her rip when shopping. But, I was thinking the other day, the last day I went shopping. I was thinking about how much money I spent and how little I got in return. And I was thinking about how big my beady little eyes grew when the cashier announced the total. It was double what I expected. As usual I didn't make a scene but I did wonder what in the world was I doing. Again.
What I was doing was shopping, something I try to avoid since frankly I am not good at letting go and leaving it on the shelf. Later I thought about it and came up with this. Before I check out, put half my stuff back. Then I won't be nearly as surprised or disappointed.
So Frugality Tip # 1 is Divide by 2.
If you're anything like me, you'll be glad you did!
So I've been designing my first line of custom name clear polymer rubber stamps. My first priority is to make them cute. This is actually my second design and I like it a lot better than the first, if only because it just works better for a stamp design. It's rounder and the face is a better focal point. Now that I have the design my next step is to actually make the stamp and if all goes well then I will list it in my etsy store.
This is a sticker I designed to be used as a label. Just a cute way to say thank you. It's a doily with pale colors and a touch of girly flair, plus I usually try to keep my line work pretty simple. There's always someone to thank so I thought why not send a simple but pretty thank you with an added dose of "pretty happy you did that!" I guess this one is especially designed for a person who would like to
customize their thank you with a personal or business name.
This is my take on handmade. Okay. Make it cute. Make it funny. Make it subtle but seen. So I designed what I call a flower face since the eyes are flowers. Then I let the handmade speak for itself. This one is from a sticker set and is designed for crafty crafters who sell handmade goods.
This is my first custom name stamp. It is a clear (polymer) rubber stamp that can be personalized with the buyer's name. I think it's a cute way to personalize cards, writing, journals. You know like stamping your name at the end of each post entry. This image is supposed to depict how the stamp would look on a piece of fancy paper. Of course I left a few parts colored in white for effect and it looks way better in my graphics program. Web colors 101 I guess.
There is a great explosion of people selling handmade products on the web. The most popular venue for selling handmade is Etsy.com . So I opened my Scribbling Club Shop on Etsy this past June. I have started off by selling custom stickers and labels. More about that later. Right now I'm working on my main fare which are custom clear rubber stamps. This stamp, featuring the "handmade" logo, is one of my first rubber stamp products.
Okay, so I've decided on the names for my writing and drawing categories. For drawing, I will use scribbling because my Etsy shop is named Scribbling Club and that is mostly what I'm selling... art plus stickers and custom rubber stamps. For my off topic writing I will use scribble because when I think of the word scribble, well I think of words. So there you have it and now I have some scribbling to do.