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Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 332-November 28, 2014

It's the day after Thanksgiving. Most of the people I know are hitting the Black Friday sales. Not me. I hate crowds. I really don't see myself fighting people over a sale. I don't need anything that bad. 

I am spending my Black Friday posting about my crafts and my MK business. Maybe I will get some sales. If I get the order with MK to reach my goal of $87 then that will get me where I want to be but if I get them with my crafts I will use that money to get me to my goal. 

All I need to sell is 3 Satin Hands Sets to get me to my goal. Should not be that hard. I am going to pick a winner today on my goody bag drawing. I was hoping for 10 but I only got 5. Still better than nothin so not bad. They are still leads. Then when I get paid Friday I will mail them out. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 331-November 27, 2014

It is Thanksgiving and we spent most of it with family. I did work on the bookmarks but only have about a quarter of them done. Over all it was a good day with the occasional fighting between my step kids. 

I am really looking forward to this new year coming. I am going to look this week for a place to set up my crafts next Saturday and sell my crafts. I'll write the website info for my MK business on the back of my craft business cards. 

I am sitting here watching a movie while the kids and hubby are sleeping. It is actually quiet right now. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day 330-November 26, 2014

Just a few more hours and I get to start my three day weekend and my crafting marathon. I am still working on some things with MK but I am concentrating more on my crafts. I still have a ton of little things bagged up to give out as samples and thinking about setting up somewhere this weekend to hand things out and set up my table with what I have made on it to make some extra money. I just have to get everything out and tag my business card to it with the price on the back. I have to take stock of what I have and see about getting some more canvas as well as seeing what I can make with the scrap pieces that I have.

I am feeling really motivated and will have my girls stuffing the cards into baggies to add to my sample set. I will also make some awareness ribbons to put in there and also make some little lapel pins and key fobs. I still have to get the material cut for the coffee cozies but trying to decide if I have enough material left for that. I love the idea but don't know exactly what I have left. I am going to search today online and make my list of plastic canvas and sewn items to see what I can make and what I want to add to my inventory. I am thinking about getting some fleece and making the no sew blankets but looking at making some stuffed monsters and seeing how that fairs out.

I am also adding centerpieces and party favors to my list of items and will still customize the occasional order if need be. I can't put items on my website that have things that are copyrighted but I have been known to make them for gifts. I am getting really excited about my plans for this business. I will also make items that will be featured items around each holiday. I will have ornament sets and door hangings as well as wreaths for all of the holidays and military items and patriotic items for 4th of July and Veterans day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 329-November 25, 2014

It is still early in the week and I didn't get much done last night. I was spending time with my kids and grandbaby while hubby was fishing. I did post on Facebook last night about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials but also posted about the goody bags. I now have 5 of the 10 that are claimed. Then I will start booking you and two meetings to look at the newest catalog and check out a couple of products. But I will wait until December 1st to do the bookings.

I am feeling really tired and my head is hurting but I will be working on the bookmarks this evening. They don't really take that long to make either. I have been really trying to figure out how to do the coffee cozies but I need to stop stressing about it until I get to them. I don't think I will embroider anything on them. Just make the solid colors. I do want to go to one of the local quilting shops and take a couple of bags and get scraps to make quilts to sell. I can get a bag full (as much as I can fill in it) for $3. That is not a bad deal.

I have been thinking about this for a long time and have decided for sure this is what I want to do. I want to have my own storefront for sure. Maybe, someday turn it into a direct sales business when I get a lot better at making things but I really do want to have a storefront. I will start with the flea market booth and build from there. Every item that I sell from here out will go into my paypal account that I only use as a savings account to get more material with and then only use what I have to. I will be making no sew blankets and baby blankets and such. I will be embroider little things on the panels. I will get my daughters' baby blankets to measure the panels to see how large my grandmother did them to see what I need. I am really getting excited about this but it might take me more than the 365 days to get there but I will keep up this blog to see how long it takes me to be my own boss.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 328-November 24, 2014

I did get to work on the bookmarks yesterday but I think I might can finish them either tonight or tomorrow night. I decided to do them stripe colors. They are already looking pretty good. Then I will start on the coffee cozies for the teachers.

I also started posting about sample goody bags and will put them together tonight. I posted on Facebook that the first 10 people to message me their contact info of address, phone number and email not only gets the goody bags but gets in a drawing for a free gift. I will mail the gift out with the goody bag. That should be fun. I can use the Ziploc bags to get the things together and then get the padded envelopes to mail them and move everything from the Ziploc bags to the envelopes. I only had it posted a couple of hours and already had 4 people respond and the funny thing is that one of them is a man. I told him that this was for Mary Kay and he said that he understood and that he would love to enter. I am not turning away a potential customer. I am going to post again today and then Tuesday and then Wednesday and start inviting people to the Black Friday event that I have set up on Facebook. I am still only $87 away from my goal and I hope that this gets me there.

After Thanksgiving I am going to start getting my crafts in order and getting things going to build up an inventory.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 327-November 23, 2014

Working on my crafts today and working on my sample bags for my MK business. From here out is full in business as much as I can. 

Day 326-November 22, 2014

Spent the day with family and watching football. Didn't work on much but will do the bookmarks today. Trying to decide if I want to do multicolored bookmarks with tassels or solid color and multicolored tassels. We plan on watching movies today and I can work on it while watching the movies. I'm also going to make sample bags and post that the first 10 people that send me their contact info in private message gets the bags. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Day 325-November 21, 2014

Here it is, Friday. I am tired and exhausted and ready for the weekend. We still have our son here with us until next weekend so we are happy for now. It is going to be depressing when we have to let him go back to base but he will be back for Christmas.

I am working on the bookmarks still and planning out how to do the coffee cozies. I have emailed my upline about what to do to get sales for my MK business and just waiting to hear back. I am planning out my Black Friday sale. I will have the orders mailed to me and then I will send them out. I have to post on FB too. I have the flyer that my upline sent me so that will help. I have it set up where if they place an order with me on my website that it will email me the order stating what they ordered and then tells them that I will contact them with their total so that I can give them the discount.

I am also going to work on some other things with my craft business to get things put up for me to open up my storefront at the flea market. My goal is to open up at the flea market by Spring so that even if I can't get one of the booths inside I can get one of the booths out back and not freeze my butt off. I will have the bookmarks finished this weekend and get the coffee cozies started. I have to get my sewing machine threaded up first though.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 324-November 20, 2014

I have decided that I am going to still do MK but start making more items to sell for my LBE business and get enough things to set up at the flea market. I can put my MK info on the back of the business cards I have a serve two purposes instead of one. I am also looking at new patterns for sewing and for plastic canvas and thinking about how to go about revamping my Pink Lady Project.

PLP was originally going to be putting together gift bags for breast cancer patients but then I got to thinking that there are so many people all together that need help and could use a little cheering up. I have decided to do a PLP Facebook page and get some PL Ambassadors to help organize the same things in their areas. I am also going to look at quilt patterns that are quick and easy and make things like coffee cozies to sell and post that for every item sold will go to making things for veterans, cancer patients and more. I need some crafty momma's to help me on it too. I am going to post in some of the craft groups on Facebook and Cafemom and anywhere else I can. I really want to get this started.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 323-November 19, 2014

Didn't do much last night because of bowling league. I will be working on the book marks tonight and decided that I will just make them multi colored and make them all the same. I am not putting words on them and then putting tassels on the bottom. Then I will start my coffee cozies. I might hand sew them instead of the machine but I don't know yet. I might even get fleece to make them with. I am going to looking at patterns for hats to crochet and sew and see what I can come up with. I want to add more things to my website but need to get these Christmas gifts done first.

I didn't post yesterday about MK but will do that today. I am thinking about different ideas. I can't really do any discounts seeing that I don't have my full $225 in orders in yet to get my discount. I only need $87 to get to my goal. But I need it before the end of the month. I am just so tired and can't come up with any ideas.

I am thinking about making some makeup bags as well as the coffee cozies. I am going to make a list of things I want to make to sell as well as looking at some items to post from MK to get some orders. I am going to message a couple of people and see if they will do a catalog party for me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day 322-November 18, 2014

My son left today to pick up his girlfriend to bring her to meet us. He made it there safe. Tonight we have bowling league but will be working on the bookmarks while watching my show and winding down. I have been posting to get some craft orders and some Mary Kay orders. I have slacked off because of my son being home but still have been doing a little. I  also going to post about another boot camp. Hopefully I can get that started up. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 321-November 17, 2014

Woke up this morning to my son walking through the house. Feels good having him home. I will probably post a little here and there today about MK and my crafts. I am wanting to sell some ornament sets but need to get a picture to post with it. I have been so nervous about his visit because it has been so long since we have seen him but it was actually funny last night. He was talking to us and joking and saying some really off the wall things and had us cracking up.

Tonight we have cornhole at the church but I will try to get a little done on the MK and posting about the ornament sets.

Day 320-November 16, 2014

Hubby and I spent the majority of the day driving the 5 hours round trip to pick up our son from the airport. It was wonderful. Finally having him home and he is such a trip. The Army has made him grow up a lot! I am very proud of the man he has become. So, as you see, I didn't get anything done yesterday and probably will not work on much until Wednesday. We have games at the church tonight and then bowling tomorrow night. I am still deciding what patterns for the bookmarks to use.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 319-November 15, 2014

Well the fabric bookmarks won't work. So I cut 40 pieces of plastic canvas and now have to decide what to put on them. I will get clear bags and put candy in with it and pencils and such. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 318-November 14, 2014

Finally Friday! I didn't get anything done last night but spend time with my hubby and kids. Tonight I will start the embroidery but have to cut the interfacing first. I want to get all of those done first. I will also put some of the pieces (the extra) up to make a blanket or something later. Once I get all of the embroidery done I can get them sewn shut and get started on the coffee cozies. I plan to work on that most of the weekend until time to leave to get my stepson from the airport. Going to be a busy weekend.

I have decided that I am going to make two baby blankets. One for my granddaughter and one for the upcoming baby. I just have to get the material. I am also going to sit this weekend and plan out the week coming up for my MK business. I really want to get things going in full swing but just have to figure out how to get there. I am still $87 from my goal and then I start making 50% profit. Since everyone pays up front I will make my money as soon as the order is placed.

I am trying to figure out how to get myself set up somewhere. I have to do my business cards tonight. I will put them on the back of my LBE business cards until I can get more ink and business cards for my printer and then I will make my own. I am also going to make a sign with my info for my car window but also one to put my cling on to put in the back window that is removable when hubby is driving the car.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 317-November 13, 2014

Today is Thursday and I have been looking online for patterns to embroider on the bookmarks that I am making. I am going to cut the batting material to put in the center of it to make it look kind of quilted. I am going to pin the material together and then start the embroidery and then sew them closed. I am also making four coffee cozies for the teachers. Each of my girls have 2 teachers each. But I am only making the bookmarks for the homerooms. I have looked at zombie designs to put on the ones for the boys and then some "girly" designs for the ones for the girls. I am looking at things to embroider on the coffee cozies now.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 316-November 12, 2014

It is Wednesday and we are half way through the week. I had my MK conference call last night and got a few ideas but I took my day planner and wrote down some of the things I need to do and broke them up into a seven day plan where each day concentrates on one certain aspect of the business. Maybe that will help keep me organized and I can also plan my to-do list around that aspect and maybe get more done. Hope it works.

I didn't work on the bookmarks last night like I was going to. I got home from work and my hubby invited me to go with him to the church to play cornhole and I really needed some time out. It was really fun but the men at the church were picking on me saying that I could not play as good as a man...that is...until I beat It was relaxing and when I came home I was able to sit and concentrate on what I needed to do and that was get organized.

I had another customer order come in and will deliver that one tomorrow. I am getting closer and closer to my $225 goal. I just have to figure out a way to get there...soon. I emailed my upline and waiting still to hear back on some of the things. We did talk about a few things last night on the call but still looking for ideas. I am thinking of doing a Turkey Trot to get some orders. I think I will post about that later on today on FB and see where it goes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 315-November 11, 2014

Tuesday morning and I am feeling a little better and more positive. I delivered one order to my hostess from the catalog party and then I have one more that I have to deliver tomorrow. I still only need $87 in orders to get to my goal of $225. I can do this but I just have to figure out how. I am thinking about talking to some people about meeting up for coffee here in a could of weeks and bringing my kit to let them test things on their hands and go from there. I still have to go thought my patterns to look for ornament sets and start cutting them. I also have to get started on the bookmarks for the kids' classes. I have so much to do.

I think tonight I will get out the embroidery thread and hoop and get started on the embroidery. I will put things on there like "Imagine", "Adventure", and things like that on the bookmarks. Just something simple.

I emailed my upline for ideas to do a fundraiser for my pink lady bags to give to cancer patients. Just waiting on a response. We have a conference call tonight and I will ask about it then too. I really want to do well with MK and really want to be able to quit my job. It is not just that I want to be at home with the kids but I love spending time with hubby while the kids are at school. I know that after the first of the year I am going to have a week's paid vacation and am going to start planning that out this week as well. I want to do something like a Pink Lady Lunch and do mini sessions during lunch breaks and while I am there with them I can talk them into doing a catalog show.

I love MK and my crafts. I am also thinking about getting more items made and then going to the flea market. But I have decided that since I don't have my business cards yet for MK I will put my info for MK on the back of the business cards for my LBE business. That way I can get more out of it. When I get more ink for my printer and get the business cards to print on I will be printing on both sides of the business cards and make dual cards.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day 314-November 10, 2014

Monday morning and I am still tired from the weekend. We had my daughter's birthday party Saturday and then her birthday was yesterday so I didn't do much of anything as far as my business goes. I did post a 24/24/24 event on Facebook to get 24 orders for $24 in 24 hours. I will work on that some tonight too. I also need to work on the kids' Christmas gifts for their classes. I don't have all I need for the hand warmers so they are becoming bookmarks and hopefully will turn out well. I just have to do some embroidery on them to make them look a little better. It will be good I hope.

As far as my MK business goes, I will be posting online about getting to my goal of $87 in orders to get me to my $225 goal. Then things will be better because for every order I get I can order inventory for cash and carry items. I just hope that things go well. I really need this in order to get to being a sahm. I am so tired of struggling. When income tax comes in I will be spending some of it getting inventory and getting me a carry all bag for them. I want to start doing vendor shows but need to plan them out more so that I can. I will also be making more items to sell with my craft business. I am going to do both. That should double my chances of getting where I need to be.

I know I will get there but might take me more than the 365 days to do it. We will see.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 313-November 9, 2014

Today my little girl turned 9. He is growing up so much. I have spent the weekend with my family and relaxing. Tomorrow it is back to the hard core Mary Kay. I have created an event for a 24/24/24 which is 24 orders for $24 in 24 hours. I did the event on Facebook and Hope it works. All I need is $87 and I am at my goal. Also will be looking at new goals tomorrow and how to get there. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day 312-November 8, 2014

I talked to my upline yesterday and found out I am only $87 from getting my 50% discount. I just want to get there. I'm still thinking about posting a channel on YouTube for my Mary Kay and my craft business. I am exhausted. Spent the entire night up talking to hubby. Didn't go to bed until 4am and back up at 8am. Have my daughters birthday party today. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 311-November 7, 2014

Finally Friday!!! And payday!!! We are having my daughter's birthday party this weekend and then her birthday is Sunday. So, she starts running a fever this morning. Poor baby can't catch a break. And daddy is the one there with her. She is going to be 9 on Sunday and still wants mommy when she is sick but where am I? At work. I hate this. This is why I want to be a sahm.

I have been posting more about Mary Kay and even offered a free gift for doing a catalog party and no one is biting. I don't know what I am going to do. I still have to get $312 in orders to even start making money. How is that possible? I can't get anyone to book pampering sessions even offering my home to do it. I don't know what to do. I am also working on my crafts again.

It being close to the holidays I am going to get some holiday things done after the bookmarks for the kids. I have to dig out my business cards and work on some ribbon pins and lapel pins to give out too. I need to start giving out more of the things I have in the car. I am also going to finally make the signs for both Mary Kay and LBE to get things going. Maybe something will come of it.

I am tired of stressing out all the time. I will work day and night and not sleep if I have to so that I can get away from here. That is what I need to do. I will go through some things this weekend and see what would be something good to make as far as the ornament sets. I know hubby is tired of me being stressed all the time. He would rather me do my craft business. I think I can do both but I am not comfortable doing parties so I will stick to my online stuff and see where that goes. I will also be posting things around town to get orders.

I will get with my upline for ideas.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day 310-November 6, 2014

I am so tired and stressed and my depression is peaking its evil little head. I just want to be at home in bed with the covers over my head. I have been trying to get orders with my MK and having no luck. I was talking to hubby last night and while he is supporting me being with MK he still wants me to do my craft business. And that would be fine but I have nowhere to work where it will not disturb everyone else in the house. I can do my plastic canvas and that not bother anyone but my sewing machine is loud. I need my own office/craft room. I want to do my crafts but I like feeling like I am a part of something. I am just tired all together. I am over getting fussed at because of something someone else does. I am tired of not even making it paycheck to paycheck. Hubby got a job offer but has not been able to start the job yet so it is still leaving just me. Everything lies on my shoulders and I can't deal with. it. I want things too. I am tired of having to be the responsible one and having to put my dreams on the back burner so that he can live his. I told him last night I didn't know what to do. I told him that I didn't want to work for someone else the rest of my life but that I was just going to give up. I told him I would stop selling MK if I didn't get anymore orders by the end of the month. I told him that I would quit my craft business too if I didn't get any orders. I can't do this anymore. I want to be a sahm but that is not an option for me. It would be if he were working full time (even still umpiring with it) but that is not going to happen. I am the one yet again that has to give up everything to take care of my responsibilities. When will it be my turn to be happy? What did I do to make God hate me so much that I have to live this crappy life? I love hubby and my kids but I can't do this anymore.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 309-November 5, 2014

It is Wednesday and I am already over this week. I need to get something going soon to get out of here. I don't know how much longer I can bite my tongue and keep to myself. I got off work yesterday and my blood pressure was up so high I was sick to my stomach and my head was pounding. I didn't tell hubby what was going on but he could tell something was up. He got me laughing and talking about other things until my blood pressure was down. I love that man. Then he told me to give him until the end of the year or at least until Christmas before I quit and we would go from there. He wants be to be able to be at home and not deal with things anymore.

I have been looking at the hand warmers and will start those back today. I will also be texting and messaging everyone I can think of telling them that this is my goal and that I really need their help. I have several people that are interested in being models so that will work for me too I hope. I can get them to do catalog parties and book pampering sessions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 308-November 4, 2014

I am fighting a migraine today but the thing is that it didn't start until I got to work. I am so over this place and can't get out of here fast enough. Good news though. Hubby got a job offer last night that is $18 an hour and will work around his baseball. If all goes well, I should be able to quit my job soon. Lord, I hope so. I can't take the judgment and being made fun of anymore at this job. It is horrible. I thought when I was hired in full time after my 90 days that this was a good job but it has slowly turned out that I was wrong. I go home wanting to cry. That is not the kind of job I want for myself.

I am still working my Mary Kay and have decided to get models for a portfolio and that will get me leads.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Day 307-November 3, 2014

Here it is, Monday, and the beginning of the month. I have a goal of getting $450 for the month. I am not going to stop until I get there. I have been talking to my upline about things to do this month to get there. I have done my $35000 list and these are the thing on it.

  1. Book 2 catalog shows
  2. Book 1 pampering session
  3. Email Director about doing a portfolio
  4. Ask friends to be models
  5. Study my beauty book for upcoming booking
  6. Post on my fan page
I have until the end of today to complete these tasks. Should not be too hard. I try to put things on there that I know I need to do but try not to overwhelm myself. I have to print my November calendar out from my Director and then tonight I will sit down and plan out my month and what I need to do. I have four weeks this month and that leaves me needing $112.50 in orders each week. If I do one catalog party each week that should do it. Now just to get them to book it. I will also shoot to do the things that my Director has set for me on the calendar on top of what I plan. It will be a busy month but I can do this. I just have to stay positive and go from there.

I really need this change in my life right now. I am tired of struggling and it is getting worse at my day job. I am really not happy there. My plan is still to be out of here by the end of the year but if it takes longer I will deal.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day 306-November 2, 2014

Happy Sunday. This week I am working on bookings. If I get the bookings I can get the orders. I got my first booking. I am also going to try to get a couple of catalog parties going. Maybe I can get something going. I am not going to stress. I submitted my first order yesterday so that is a good start. I am about to do my daily $35000 list. I am only putting a few items on it so that I don't get overwhelmed. If I am not at work I will be all about Mary Kay. I am also talking to my upline about Black Friday sales. I am going to talk to my BFF to see what she is doing and working on things for myself. 

I am also thinking about posting daily on a YouTube channel that I will call Mary Kay Momma. I will talk about products and sales and talk about the opportunity and maybe get my name out there more. I have my fan page up and will post the videos to it as well. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day 305-November 1, 2014

Okay. Kids racked up last night and I handed out about 2 dozen goody bags. The kids racked up with candy. I submitted my first order that was $103 before tax. Still have to submit my order for the satin hands set Friday. Then I have $312 and I start making profit. I am talking to my upline to get ideas.