Monday, October 18, 2010

My First Blog Post!

O.k. The title is a little misleading. It's not really my first blog post. When I was a technology teacher, I had a number of sites with a number of posts that I helped teachers set up for their classrooms. However, it IS my first post as a "civilian". So, what to write about...

I came to stamping through scrap booking. In the last several years, the former has far outpaced the latter. I often feel compelled to make a card--usually after watching some technique video or seeing a piece of fabric or something that I want to replicate on a card. I've even had ideas come to me in a dream.

As a result of this compulsion, my crafting area is often a disaster. Every time I get it cleaned up, I suddenly have the need to make a card, and next thing you know, everything is out again! It's a sickness I tell you!

I'm going to have to control myself today. I cleaned up the area on Friday. I'm having my stamping group over on Tuesday, so I really don't want to have to clean again. On the other hand, I just found out about a site that may help me sell my cards, so I'm tempted to sit down tonight and go crazy. We'll see which one wins out--my desire to be lazy and not clean twice, or my creative need. Maybe if I could be creative without making a mess, it wouldn't be so hard to decide!

So, that site I mentioned? My daughter, Heather, came across it and showed it to me. It's such a cool idea! They take samples from people who make handmade things--makeup, cards, jewelry, candles, etc., and assemble boxes each month that people can buy. It gets the names of the makers out there, and the buyers get some great products. It's called The Little Black Box. If anyone has ever purchased from there, I'd love to hear what you think. I've spent the morning working on getting the technical stuff together to submit to them. Now I have to see about samples.

I knew I shouldn't have given away so many cards to my family! I'd have about 150 to send on instead of a paltry 20 or so. I guess I could wait until the next submission date, but I'm not sure I want to do that. My manic side prefers to drop everything and work on getting a shipment together. My sensible side wants me to wait. Which brings me back to my original dilemma: lazy and sensible, or creative and manic? Stay tuned...

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