Tuesday, August 30, 2011



Developments . . .

Here's my first version of a self padded and elasticized cover. I really like how it fits. Is there anyone out there who would be willing to test drive this cover? You can keep it when we're done; I just need you to use it quite a bit in the next week and give me feedback. The first taker gets it!

New bolt of Joel dewberry yumminess

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Brady's incredible raspberry jam makes everything taste even better!

Thanks for sharing, Brady.


And here's Owen! Handsome, huh!


I remembered to take pictures of our picnic with jen and kids this week! Here's Anna: isn't she beautiful!

Suzie and Matt and such

I just realized I totally forgot to take any pictures while Suzie and Matt where here! Darn it! You'll just have to believe me that we had a lovely, lazy visit: went to two movies on Saturday, played games at Erin's house, slept in, and took little walks with the dog and the kids. Their car was packed full, so we didn't even attempt to do any yard saling on Saturday; Zan will be here next weekend and I'm wondering if she'll want to do any yard saling.

Did you know google has a calendar?! It's great! I just set up my new, revised v 1.1 schedule which now includes less nap time and more time to enjoy dinner with family and friends.

I'm recommitting myself this week to working all of the hours I've scheduled. It amazes me how easily the days slip by so quickly, filled with family and friends. Finding balance is always a challenge for me; I think that this new schedule better accommodates time with others as long as I just watch the clock and get back to work when it's scheduled.

Just so this post isn't too boring, here's an old picture you might get a kick out of: this is my graduation from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree back in 1993. Along with me and the girls, my mom, brother David, and sisters Kristine (glasses) and Sarah are also in the picture.
At the time there were only 10 children among us; now there are 22 plus 5 8/9 grandbabies! Go Hogans!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Opening Order with Moda Fabric: Wahoo!!

The Moda sales rep is coming to my house this morning to set up a wholesale account for me and to take my opening order (a mere $750 minimum). Here are a few of the pretty fabrics I'm ordering. Have I mentioned that I really like fabric?

My next account to set up will be with Michael Miller: I've go to get me some of that Sandi Henderson goodness!

Better go hop in the shower so I don't scare the poor rep right out of his wits!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fruits of my labor

Yesterday I had a little moment of panic when I realized that I'd have to sew ironing board covers for at least 6 hours a day 5 days a week every week of the year to support myself and so far this week I had hardly sewn at all. Luckily Erin talked me through it and reminded me that right now I need to spend more time building up channels for selling and testing new products and that I've got my severance pay to get me through from now to then. Ahhhh, I felt much better--the joy of having a wise and wonderful grown daughter living nearby.

I want to remember to relax and have faith that I'll have everything I need. I don't have to do more than I can and that's comforting.

All that said, I still set a goal of completing 20 ironing board covers today in preparation for Oh, Sweet Sadie in two weeks and I'm delighted to say I did it with several interruptions to eat ice cream (this is becoming a daily event--okay twice today: breakfast and dinner) and think about taxes (self-employment tax is crazy high) and read about taxes (with a home business I can deduct part of my interest and some other home expenses) and think about houses (should I keep mine or move to a smaller place or move in with Erin and Nathan while I build my business) and walk Ursa--twice--and talk to Joellyn and Mom and Sarah and Becca and Erin and order some fabric and refill some prescriptions. I made it and it feels good. Very good.

Tomorrow I'd better think about ice cream, or rather less about ice cream. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

And the first magically transforming Halloween pillowcase treat bag sells!

I just think it's so fun when I sell the first of any item. :) What a rush to know someone out there likes what I made.

On another note, I met Jen Foxley and Anna and Owen at the park for lunch today and FORGOT to take a picture! Dang it! They are all so darn cute! I loved getting to sit on the ground under a shade tree and hear all about what Jen's up to and to tell her about my ideas. And the best part was watching Anna go up and down the swirly slide while Owen did the bear crawl on the bark since he refuses to walk. In fact we had such a good time we are making a standing date: every Tuesday at noon as long as the weather holds we'll picnic at the park. And I'll remember to take a picture next time so you can enjoy them, too.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I love fabric. I mean I REALLY love fabric. Here's a stack of fabric I bought this morning to make lanyards. Aren't they fun!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Job Jitters

It's kind of funny and definitely unexpected, but I've got the new job jitters tonight! Because I've had family visitors ever since I lost my job, I haven't actually had a real work day yet of working for myself. As I was walking home from Erin's after watching The King's Speech, I realized I felt some butterflies in my stomach about being solely responsible for my success. It feels just a mite overwhelming (or to answer Julia Stile's younger sister in 10 Things I hate about You, I could just say whelming since they mean the same thing).

Anyway, I'm going to take it as a good sign that I feel jittery about starting a new job and go jump in bed for what I hope will be a good rest. First thing on the agenda tomorrow: make a list of done and nearly done things I can post on etsy, prioritize the list, and get started in order. I will also begin clearing out Zan's room upstairs to get it ready to rent. Let me know if you know anyone looking for a room to rent in the lovely Daybreak community. Cindy (was Rhodes) Carroll, my friend and current renter, can vouch for it here. :) And I can vouch for her, too: it's a joy having her around.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Check it out!

Here's my fancy schmancy business plan, made all by myself! Cool, huh!

And here it is in readable format:

I will sell the following quantities each month:
  • Wholesale ironing board covers (IBCs): 125
  • Custom IBCs to hotels, etc: 100
  • Retail IBCs on Etsy: 50
  • Retail IB pads on Etsy (compelledtocraft.etsy.com): 20 (there's not enough profit in the pads to sell them wholesale; I just offer them as a service on Etsy)
  • Vintage resale on Etsy (imavintage.etsy.com), KSL, Craig's list, Ebay: $500 worth (values vary) (this is to support my garage saling habit without overfilling my house, garage, life!)
  • Lanyards: 100
  • Various household decor on still-to-be-stocked Etsy (househomemade.etsy.com): $1000 worth (values vary)

And here are the hours I'll work:
  • Monday through Friday: 7am to noon and 4pm to 8pm, except Wednesday date-night with Levi when I won't work in the afternoon ). I've always wanted a quiet afternoon for lunch with friends, a siesta, grocery shopping, errands, a movie.
  • Saturday: garage saling 6:30 am to 11:00 and posting vintage items for sale from 4pm to 8pm

This is what I'm starting with and will adapt as I'd like. That's the joy of being my own boss! Wahoo!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cousins waiting for trax . . .

. . . after filling up at taco bell. Lots of cousins!
PS: the man is not a cousin or an auntie or a sister or a daughter, although after seeing all of the fun we were having I'm sure he wishes he were!

Ivy scrunches her nose and makes the cutest little snorting sounds!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Vocational Musings

So this new opportunity to be self-employed has really got me thinking about what I want to do and how I want to do it; about what's important to me and what's not important; about how I want to feel and about what I don't want to feel. I've realized that I tend to look back on my life with embarrassment and self-criticism rather than appreciating what I've learned from each experience, especially the tough experiences and the mistakes.

I've been thinking that I'd like to record the coming journey in an open public forum, to hear myself say aloud, "this is what I'm thinking and doing and I refuse to feel embarrassed about it today or ever." I give myself permission, in fact I give myself the directive to make lots of mistakes so I can learn lots and lots of things to make my life better and happier. I expect to do some dumb things and I expect to have some hard times. I know I get depressed and wallow in self-pity. I also know I always pick myself up, remember god loves me and I can love me too, and move forward again. God is taking me places I didn't have the guts to take myself and I'm pretty excited for the trip. :)

So here's my declaration:
I'm building a business for myself, doing what I love the most: making things. I'm putting love and good intent into every item I make, whether it's the first of the 10,000th. I'm partnering with a non-profit that serves African women. I'm living the life god wants for me because he is smarter than I am.

Enough rambling for tonight. As Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, every one."

Life is good.

Ivy likes olives and chicken. I like ivy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cousins and an aunt (or is she a niece or a mother or a daughter?): a real Mormon family

Erin, Ivy, and Daniel meet for the first time and immediately sense a family bond, in fact Daniel is comfortable enough with his cousin Erin to eat her shirt.

All Fired Up
Okay, I think I'm pretty funny. I decided my first post after being laid off should say something about getting fired. :) You'll just have to bear with me.

So here's what I've done today, besides celebrating Levi's first ever poop in the potty (bonus of being self-employed: I could run right over to admire said event), getting the oil changed and tires rotated, and feeling just the tiniest bit adrift: Magical Halloween Pillowcase that turns into a Trick or Treat bag!

I've got my first one posted in my etsy shop, compelledtocraft.etsy.com, with plans for more to come. Do you like it?