How’d your first post-layoff week go, you ask?
Aw, how kind of you to check in!
- I remembered on Monday that Mother’s Day was in ONE WEEK 😬(use. a. freaking. calendar.)
- promptly made/posted a small handful of Mother’s Day cards / gifts 🙃(yipes)
- was invited to join a South Coast Women’s Collaborative meeting 🥰 (meeep)
- donated April’s Etsy earnings to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund 🙌(yay)
- set up May’s donations (15%) for Forever Paws Animal Shelter 😻(woot)
- overslept every day til Thursday 😴(grrrr)
- SIX Etsy orders made / shipped / delivered (!)
- TWO previous commissions finished (!!)
- THREE new commissions requested (!!!)
OMG THAT DIDN’T ENTIRELY SUCK.
Seriously, it was fun. Especially the commissions.
AND — hah! — I also FINALLY figured out how to use my Cricut that I bought months ago! #BusinessExpense
Stickers have been my biggest seller on Etsy (by far), but til now, I’ve been cutting out every. single. one. by hand.
My cousin’s been telling me to get a Cricut since … last summer? So this year I finally did — and it’s been sitting on its own little shelf in the corner of my “office” since then.
On Saturday, I actually took the time to figure it out.
And as was my expectation, it was frustrating as heck. I spent a decent chunk of the afternoon trying (and failing) to get it to work.
But a few hours (and a half-bag of stress-eaten Doritos) later, I did in fact figure it out.
(CRICUT NOTE: It really does help if you read the darn instructions. I was dead-set on printing the stickers on my nice printer *first,* and *then* cutting them on the Cricut —
I assumed the Cricut’s “Print Then Cut” setting involved printing on the Cricut itself. (???)
IT DOESN’T. It sends the design to your OWN printer, THEN lines it up ~automatically~ to cut on the Cricut.
Which is SOOOOO much easier than me sitting there with literally a ruler trying to hand-measure how to line up my pre-printed stickers so the Cricut would cut where I wanted it to. **facepalm**)
[Once I stopped and actually READ the instructions, it was amazing how straightforward it was.]
And, shocker, it’ll save me SO much time going forward.
Once I got it to work, I ended up spending the rest of the night designing sticker sheets to test out lol. They’ll probably be making their way to Etsy soon!
It’s gonna take me a while to get into a rhythm of things fully — I’ve complained at length about my lack of time-management skills. (shiny. things. everywhere.)
But not terrible for Week 1.
This is what I love to do.
And I freaking get to do it!