Saturday, January 31, 2009

vocabulary building #2

Got a new word for you - addle.
Now, it looked to me to have something to do about arithmetic.
Not! Here's how it's used (thanks, Jana, for the suggestion):
"Perhaps, he thought, bobbing to the surface well before dawn,
the smell had addled them all."

- from The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich.


Writing a Long Range Plan - Part II

Part I of this project talked about Listing your goals, figuring out your Actions, and looking at your Resources.

In Part II, we'll need to Prioritize our goals, and form an Timetable.

First, we need to go through our list of goals and assign each a Priority, either HIGH, MEDIUM or LOW (I found that I needed an in-between "grade," so I included MEDIUM-HIGH and MEDIUM-LOW.)

To help in choosing your Priority level, keep in mind three major criteria:

1- Impact. Ask yourself: to what extent will implementing a specific action improve my business? How great is the immediate impact and what is the possibility of implementing it? The greater the impact of an action, the higher its priority.

2- Feasibility. Actions vary in the amount of time and resources required. Some things can easily be accomplished (like my light box), while others could be called a pipe dream (like adding a room to the house for a new workshop!) Other factors to consider include expertise, monetary restrictions, and changing your routines. The greater the feasilibility, the higher its priority.

3- Urgency. An action may be considered urgent if waiting to implement it would cause further problems, or missing an opportunity (like taking a special class or workshop.) Those actions requiring immediate implementation should be given the highest priority.

For example, let's look at my goal #8 again:

Build a light box and take new pics of my jewelry.
  • 1- Impact = HIGH I will get better photographs, and images are important for online sales. This is also an easy thing to accomplish.
  • 2- Feasibility = MEDIUM/HIGH It's not going to take much expertise or expense. It will just take a lot of time.
  • 3- Urgency = MEDIUM/HIGH. I could actually do this anytime. I have photographs already taken, but additional sales might result from better images.
So I’ll rate the Priority for goal #8 as MEDIUM/HIGH.


Go through your list of goals, and figure out the Priority level for each one. I decided to use a table to do this (see right), because your list can get a bit messy.

And I love making tables.

You can also use a spreadsheet if you want or write it out on paper.


This is a very interesting exercise. Hopefully, you can look at things objectively, and see what you really need to do, as opposed to what you want to do. Right now, money is tight for me, so a lot of things I'd love to do, I'll put off. Things that take time and energy should go to the top of my list.

Since I want to end up with a Timetable for my Long Range Plan, I typed up a one page list of goals and laid out my yearly plan. The year 2009 includes only my HIGH Priority goals. These tasks need to be completed by the end of this year. My MEDIUM HIGH/MEDIUM goals will be for years 2010-2011. MEDIUM/LOW and LOW Priority goals, will get the years 2012 & 2013.

Many of you will complete all your goals for 2009 this year. If you do, I suggest moving on to next year's goals. Since I have only three HIGH priority goals, I think I can do that! When January 2010 rolls around, see how many items you've completed, and move any uncompleted goals from 2009 to 2010. You can also add other goals you didn’t think of, into the mix, or wait until the end of 2013 to start all over again.

This is a lot of fun to look back on, as time goes on. And please tell me if you use this, or have any questions. I'd love to help, if I can!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Etsybloggers Trunk Show

Come see us at Etsy's Virtual Labs!

Etsy Artisan Interview - Islandgirl

I have always been in love with glass, so it was a real treat for me to interview this week's featured artisan. I am just amazed after spending an hour or so, looking at Lynne's website, blog and flickr account. She has created all sorts of objects, from stained glass to lampwork beads, and I am absolutely in LOVE with it all. I bought one of her Christmas tree beads in December; hope I can do it justice next winter.

OK - let me introduce you to the Fireball Beeds Studio, better known to the Etsy community as islandgirl:

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
islandgirl
(note: if you go to Etsy, her banner says Fireball Beeds, but Lynne's Etsy name is registered as islandgirl. Yes, very confusing!)





  • What types of products do you sell?
Mainly lampworked glass beads and some sterling jewellery made by me from my beads… but once in awhile a felted hat sneaks into the store…

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
My favorite item at the moment is my jelly fish pendant. I’m sure there will be loose jellyfish beads floating around on there soon!

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I bought a book on felting little animals in Japanese about 3 years ago… It has great pictures but I’ve never actually tried to make anything from it!
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Just one team so far LEST (Lampwork etc street team) although I’ve thought about joining more.






  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
I started knitting when I was 12. I’ve also woven, spun, blacksmithed, done both stained glass and fusing... actually there are very few mediums that I haven’t tried once! I think I like forging metals the best, although I don’t do that much as I’m still building up the equipment.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
(note: this piece is called Manitou Winds.
It's over the front entry of the 'Manitou Beach Bath House,'
Manitou Beach, SK. Photo by May Bowland.)


I’ve been a full time glass artist for 20 years… I ran a commercial stained glass studio in Saskatchewan from 1988 until 2001 then when I moved here I switched over to mainly lampwork/flamework as my stained glass studio here would make a good dungeon in a medieval castle… complete with a ‘moat’ actually it’s really a river that flows through it whenever it rains.

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?

Yes I own/run a seasonal gallery on the small Island that I live on and I also sell my finished jewellery through 6 to 10 other galleries on the Eastern seaboard and in Canada.

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
I have a photo cube, but in order to take a picture I have to boot the cat… It’s his favorite bed… most of my pictures come complete with cat fur… my tip would be to get a camera that takes good close ups!

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
So far I haven’t found anything that works on Etsy…or any other online venue… for general sales get your work out so that people get to know you… Always charge the same price if your selling something yourself as you do in a gallery!

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
I have a flickr site but it’s not a pro site so isn’t very well organized!

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
"I sell as fireballbeeds and yes beeds are misspelt... on etsy not sure why I signed up as Islandgirl . I think it was because I was a buyer originally and it didn't occur to me to use my 'beed' name... if you google fireballbeads you get a cheap plastic bead site... My gallery is called fireball gallery and studio... if you google fireball gallery you also get a line of Australian sailboats as well as the red mitts that firemen wear.."
(she also has a newer blog, called islandgirlinsights)

  • My turn! What's storybeader's favorite?
Well, it's hard to say, since there's so many I love. I think my favorite style are the landscapes and seascapes. Here are two of my favorites.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Item of the Hour - Storybeader

On ArtFire's homepage!



Valentine's Day Giveaway

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It's a Giveaway! To win, you need to click on over to
Creating from the Heart! and visit with Melissa, before Feb 3rd.
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with hearts, and they are SO cute.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

vocabulary building

I started a new book, The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich, recommended by someone in my book club. It's the same author as my Book Review.

ANYWAY, as I was reading, I came across some words I didn't know, and decided this would be a good topic for a gadget. So, introducing:

DEB'S NEW WORD, on the left hand column.

(update: sorry, this word and definition is gone forever!)

almost wordless wednesday - Aspect Studio

I ran across Mark's AspectStudio ,
as a new friend on blogcatalog about a week ago.
Here's something he posted on Jan 16, 2009.
He's also got an Etsy shop .
Check it out! You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TuLips Talking: AWESOME BLOG AWARD!

What great company I keep! Check it out!
TuLips Talking: AWESOME BLOG AWARD!

Book Review: The Plague of Doves


The Plague of Doves, written last year by Louise Erdrich, weaves together a string of stories narrated by three main characters: Mooshum (a full-bred Ojibwe Indian), Evelina (his granddaughter), and Judge Antone Bazil Coutts (a mixed blood). The individuals take turns revealing tales about themselves and their family members. Erdrich leaves it up to the reader to unravel the truth of their words.

I'm sure you'll get caught up in the storyline like I did. There are many twists and turns along the way, with a surprise or two thrown in. I was stunned each time I came to the end of a chapter, thinking I would miss the "voice" speaking to me. But since the characters all live in the town of Pluto, North Dakota or on the nearby reservation, you keep running into them as the book progresses. The final chapter is aptly told by the president of Pluto's Historical Society, who happens to be the first woman doctor in the town. She has a unique and unforeseen role in everyone's life.

The only drawback I saw with the book is the number of characters you need to keep track of. But that's doable, with a post-it as a bookmark!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Etsybloggers Trunk Sale, Jan 30th

Trunk Sale,
in the Virtual Labs "Gallery" on Etsy.
Come see the diverse designs and products
from the talented and global Etsybloggers team.

Everyone will be announcing special sales

and showing specific items from their shops.
Interact with the artisans.
Join us - we're a HOOT!
Starting at 9PM EST.
Here's the link to the Virtual Labs:

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Featured Etsyblogger: Rose Works Jewelry

This month's Featured Etsyblogger is Ruthie, from Rose Works Jewelry. There is so much to write about this lady, that I will just mention briefly all the different venues she's into, and give you some pics of her jewelry at the end.

First of all, she opened a second Etsy shop called Kindred Spirit Treasures (that's kstreasures) a month ago with her mom. Is that neat or what!?

And you've heard she's a prolific writer? That is SO true! I would be amiss if I didn't mention Ruthie's two blogs (I think she has only two:-) Rose Works Treasury and A Jedi's Musings.

I see RoseWorksTreasury as more of a business blog. She's great at plugging other Etsy artisans, and also writes numerous posts to help us all blog and market our small businesses. Right now, Ruthie and TiLT have been on a quest, telling us about all the different selling venues available to artisans. The two of them have over two dozen sites on their list to explore.
Over at A Jedi's Musings you'll find a more personal approach to her blog, with lots of book reviews.

I think a good way to get to know Ruthie is to check out her Goal For It site ( and I recommend everyone to join and make friends with other goal seekers.) She has both business and personal goals written down, but the one I thought so compelling is "Start and maintain a serial fiction story." I see she's been working on this, and I think everyone needs to go over and cheer her on!






It's not hard to see how supportive and friendly a person Ruthie is. You can even get the chance to hear her live, thanks to Blockhead Rod's radio.



Her show "Thursday Spotlight" is on every week at 9 eastern, where she features a different artisan every week. You need to stop in, and say hi, even if it's just in the chat room.

Here's a collage of some of my favorite pieces of jewelry crafted by Ruthie. You can find them all over at her Etsy site:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Moon of Glass

Elizabeth, owner and operator of Moon of Glass , offers fused glass pendants and earrings, hair accessories and home decor items on her Etsy shop. She has been designing glass art for four years now, and guarantees that your purchases will last a lifetime. I want to invite Elizabeth, and any other bloggers who buy and sell on Etsy, to joined the Etsybloggers in February. Here's a bit more about the woman behind the "moon":
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
Moon of Glass


  • What types of products do you sell?
I sell fused glass jewelry, primarily, but I've begun to branch out into larger, more artistic pieces.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
One of these days art will be full time, but until then, I handle software licensing for a major university.

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today? Ooh, probably this:





  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found out about it from another seller at a craft show. It's been the best thing in the world, and helped me expand my business in ways that I didn't think were possible!
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
I am a member of the Etsy Freethinkers team.







  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Glass! I really love collage work too, but collage ideas don't flow as easily as glass does for me. I love the way glass plays on light, reflects light, and compares and contrasts with other colors and mediums. I love the fact that there are so many different things that can be done with glass! I could work with glass for years before I could ever say that I've tried everything.

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
Like many people, I've struggled with this for a while now! The most important things I have learned are to make sure that you're in macro mode when taking product shots of small items and make sure that the white balance is set correctly. I've found that taking pictures outside on a cloudy day gives me the best results.


  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
I always wear my jewelry, and get tons of compliments. Any time someone notices something I've made that I'm wearing, I hand them a business card!

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
At the moment, Etsy is the primary place I sell. I've sold at a few smaller craft fairs, and hope to branch out into local stores and galleries.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
I've got a blog, and am in the very beginning stages of creating my own website for the larger pieces that I probably won't be selling through Etsy.


  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
It's not very flushed out, but I do use Flickr.


My turn! What's the Storybeader's favorite?

Elizabeth calls this one Relaxing Stripes - I love its color and simple elegance! This is what she says about it,

"I love the emotions that colors can convey. I've chosen three of my favorite relaxing, cool colors in this pendant, laid them next to each other, separated by slivers of white. Then, I layered a piece of clear glass on top to give the piece depth. I've smoothed the back with my grinder, and then attached a sterling silver plated bail."

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

almost wordless wednesday - Tomas

Tomas is a frequent viewer to "Stroll Through Storyland."
This image is from one of his numerous blogs, called candleday
"The depth of the steps we leave in life is defined by our love to others."



Monday, January 19, 2009

Etsybloggers Carnival - Jan. 16th, 2009

Yes, it's mid January already, and I'm thinking about what's going on with the etsyblogger's shops and businesses, and where we are all heading. With that in mind, here are the two themes for the second Carnival this month
1) What are your new year's goals for your blog and/or shop?
-OR-
2) How are you organizing your business for paying taxes?

Here's what the team is saying:




Brigid presents Dun dun DUN . . . TAXES! posted at Grey Eye Designs studio.





Terry Candee presents What Are My Shop Goals In 2009? posted at Bonding Moms & Daughters To Navigate Our Crazy World ..........Oh Yeah AND Crafts!!!.





Kathy Johnston (Cozy) presents In 2009 posted at The Cozy Life.





Five O'Clock Somewhere presents New Year's Resolutions posted at Five O'Clock Somewhere.





Erika presents It's Business posted at TOTE-N-TOTS.





Jennifer Hugon presents 2009 Look Out, Cuz Here I Come! posted at Jennyfur's Sketchbook and Oddities.





Elise presents Blog Carnival -- New Year's Goals for my Shop posted at Betani's Bureau.





mizuhiki presents New Years [BlogCarnival] posted at The Sweet-ness of Life.





Amanda presents EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival Post posted at Demandablog -- Craft Blog for Demandablue at Etsy.





Julie Antinucci presents Blog Carnival: New Year's Blogolution posted at Creative Mines by Julie Antinucci.





maryeb presents Chaos to Calm posted at Colorless Green Ideas.





Roya presents January blog carnival post posted at Royaboya's Beautiful Useable's.





Waxela Sananda presents New Year's Goals posted at SpiritMama Art and Soul.





Lily Wrey presents etsyBloggers Jan 16 Blog Carnival hosted by Storybeader posted at TuLips Talking.





JerseyGirlDesign presents Blog Carnival - January 16th Edition posted at .:JerseyGirlDesign:..





Vanessa presents Designs by Vanessa: New Year's Resolutions posted at Designs by Vanessa.





joeyandaleethea presents the only constant is change posted at J o e y & A l e e t h e a.





MiaRae presents The new year brings new goals for my etsy posted at MiaRae.





Terronda Clarke presents Organize what? Blog Carnival posted at ~Unique Commodities~.





Tanisha presents Our Goals for Miapella posted at Miapella.





Jimena presents Panoptica's back... posted at Panoptica.





MagdaleneJewels presents Carnival Blog: My Goals for 2009 posted at MagdaleneJewels's Blogs.





Patti presents N.........ew Year's shop goals posted at peacoxcreations.





Becky presents More Giveaway Fun: Will you take the Cake? posted at The Fab Miss B.





Carapace presents New Year's Bloggy Resolution Time posted at Cara Makes.





Heather presents EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival: New Year Goals for My Shop posted at Winemakerssister





Rainy presents Happy New Year! posted at RainyDayArt.





cardsbyjenna presents Cards By Jenna: ~New Year, New Goals?~ posted at Cards By Jenna.





HomeMadeOriginals presents Organizing for Taxes posted at Home Made Originals.





Dorothy presents New Year's Goal posted at Dream Mist Crafts.





A Keeper's Jackpot presents Learning from 2008, Growing in 2009 posted at A Keeper's Jackpot.





Jen presents Mama's Magic Goals posted at Mama's Magic





julie marriott presents My Goals For The Shop in 2009 posted at Welcome To My World.





Kathy and Carrie presents January Blog Carnival posted at CalKat The Jewelry Junkie.





craftyjuicebroker presents 2009 New Year?s Resolution? posted at Corner Lot Creations.





La Baleine à Plumes presents January Blog Carnival - My Resolutions for my shop/blog posted at La Baleine à Plumes - Crafts and Musings.





CREATEaTHOUGHT presents 2009 store goals posted at CREATEaTHOUGHT.





Studio Gilead presents Doda's Creative Wanderings: Birthday Post posted at Doda's Creative Wanderings.





Deanna Lack presents Wait, it's 2009? - Carnival posted at You've Got Maille





shellmitchell presents New Year, New Goals posted at Shell Mitchell Accessories and Design.





agoodwitchtoo presents Goals for the New Year posted at The Copper Cauldron.





TiLTcreations presents Etsybloggers Carnival: My Goals...? hmmm? posted at Crafts, kids, home and life.





storybeader presents Etsybloggers Carnival - January 16, 2009 posted at Stroll Through Storyland.





BeadedTail presents Changes... posted at beadedtail.





cindy devine presents Devine Designs Jewelry: Taxes, eeekk! posted at Devine Designs Jewelry.





Melissa Meman presents A Belated Happy 2009 to My Fab Readers and my Bloggy Resolutions.... posted at Pink Zinnias.





Edi presents 5 Easy Tips to Get Your Tax Preparer to Love You :) posted at Memories for Life Scrapbooks.





cupcakedalink presents Cupcakedalink's New Year's Shebang! posted at Cupcakedalink's Etsy Blog!





Stormy Designs presents Stormy Designs in 2009 posted at Stormy Designs.





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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

DIY wind chimes




Ever since I've saw this bangle at a local craft store, I've been wanting to make a wind chime. I decided this would be a fun workshop for me to offer at the Museum this year, but I needed to make a prototype, and learn how to do it myself.



This past Saturday, I sat down to see what I needed and how long it would take. Here's what I discovered:
  • You need to have good dexterity in your hands, but if you can tie knots, you'll do just fine.
  • It will take between 2-4 hours.
  • Materials include a bangle with loops, fishing (or beading) wire, metal tubing and beads.
I drilled a hole straight through one end of the tubing, using a dremel. For my workshop, I plan to have all the holes already cut.












To make the drops, the beads were strung together and tied onto the bangle hoops. I knotted the tubing in between the bead drops, so they would strike each other and make noise. At first I was using just beads, but they didn't make a lot of sound. If you’re making a suncatcher, you can skip the metal tubing, and use glass beads and crystals instead.



I wasn’t able to get a great photo of the finished project - I gave the chimes away as a present. But here’s a pic of it, almost finished.

I think it turned out OK. Any suggestions?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Memories for Life Scrapbooks

Where's the cake and candle? Edi is celebrating an anniversary - one year on Etsy! And she's done a great job, selling her scrapbooks. I can see why. They're all very unique and lots of fun. You can even order a custom made album with a family name. A great wedding gift. Here's more about the woman behind Memories for Life:
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
Memories for Life Scrapbooks

  • What types of products do you sell?
Pre-made albums, custom albums, embellishments, wedding invitations, party favors, anything paper really :)
  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
My Custom Name-Word Albums. They seem to be the most popular item as well :)

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I think I read about it in a scrapbook magazine. I opened an account to become a seller, but bought before I sold.
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?

EtsyBloggers Team and the Iowa Etsy Team





  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?

Local craft shows, shophandmade.com, and I plan to add one more online venue yet this year.






  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Right now most of my pre-made albums are made with chipboard. It makes a great base for the albums. I use TONS of cardstock and am starting to use canvas and fabric.














  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
I am starting to use the manual settings on my camera more and am seeing good results. I still need more practice, but that will come with time :) I use a light box I made myself using foam board. It works well for my products.
  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
I have a flikr, but honestly don't use it often enough to promote it.
  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I am a crafter by day and a machine operator by night. I work in a factory that makes semi transmissions...not much fun, but it pays the bills. That's why I need my creative outlet when I get home :)


  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Don't be afraid to promote yourself. I hand out business cards to EVERYONE! My purse has scrapbook pages on it, so that always gets the ball rolling, then I hand them a card.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
My blog is: http://memoriesforlifescrapbooks.blogspot.com


  • My turn! What's the storybeader's favorite item?
Baby Girl's First Year Scrapbook Photo Album Calendar. This book has so many cute pages in it: calendar and mats, a growth chart in the back, and more! Great for the proud new parents of a baby girl. Of course, there's a similar one for a baby boy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Etsybloggers Carnival - January 16, 2009

The etsybloggers carnival choices this week are:

1) What are your new year's goals for your blog and/or shop
- OR -
2) How are you organizing your business for paying taxes?
A CPA, DIY, not participating, other


Since I'm interested in how business taxes should be done, I thought I'd write about my adventures into the world of taxes.


A friend of mine, who is also a part-time artist, gave me the name of his CPA. When I spoke to her in December, she told me we didn't need to meet in 2008, unless I made a profit. Needless to say, we didn't meet...


Now it's January, and I need to get some of my business papers together. I haven't asked the accountant what she needs, but I have some folders and binders ready:

  • a Quicken generated ledger of expenditures
  • a notebook of expenses with receipts and purchase orders
  • a list of monthly sales reports
  • my checkbook and bank statements
  • printed state sales tax payments (I file electronically)
  • my inventory from 2008

I'm working on my 2009 inventory, and should have that done in a few days.

It will be interesting to find out exactly what the CPA wants. I probably have kept more files that she needs to see. Next year, hopefully, I'll know what needs to be kept, and in what format.


Hope you small business operators have all your papers in one place.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

almost wordless wednesday - Artmixer

From Artmixer, an ACEO acrylic on paper, entitled Spring.
Uploaded to Flickr on Jan. 18th (my birthday!), 2008.

I couldn't help showing you her latest work, which I really love. On her blog, she says, "The piece [below] is called 'Dragon Island'. It may turn into a series, called 'Map Of The World', but I'm not sure. Problem is that everything I make has the potential for a series, no matter how slim."
See her other work, on Etsy HERE

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Writing a Long Range Plan - Part I

Some of the Etsybloggers have been talking about creating their own business plans. This can include a vision statement, profile, strategic plan, long range plan, and economic & cash flow assessments.

This all seems a bit overwhelming, but I thought it was time to start putting things down on paper. I wrote a long-range plan a few years ago at work, and it came out surprisingly well. Using the same format, I will explain here the process I used, give some examples, and you can write your own long-range plan along with me.

The plan I wrote at work was for museum preservation, and it required a list of needs. So for our first step, we will substitute a list of needs with a list of goals. That should be easy enough, but you might want to spend a few days and jot down what you want to accomplish. Now, these goals and accomplishments don't have to be completed all at once. Remember, this is a long range plan - five years is a good time frame.

My list is a bit long, but I have a lot of things I want to do:Our second step is to figure out what Action is required to accomplish your goal. Let’s look at goal #8 from my list: Build a light box and take new pics of my jewelry. Actions would include:

a)set aside money to buy materials
b) purchase materials
c) get some instructions and put the lightbox together
d) photograph my jewelry and edit the images
e) replace my current images online (especially for Etsy) with the new images

That makes five actions needed to finish goal #8.

The third step is to look at the Resources required to accomplish the Action. This might include spending money or getting some help to complete your task. Again, let's look at goal #8:

a) set aside money to buy materials - storybeader's checkbook says I can afford the materials

b) purchase materials - materials will cost about $10

c) get some instructions and put the lightbox together - I already have the instructions, and I can get DH to help me put it together

d) photograph my jewelry and edit the images - this is just going to take time - it should be fun and I can do it myself

e) replace my current images online (for Etsy) with the new images- again, time and effort on my part

The fourth and final step has to do with PRIORITIES. I’ll write about that in another post. So until then, list your Goals, figure out the Actions required, and look at your Resources.
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