Never Forget

Today is a day of great day of reflection.  Where were you when the planes hit the twin towers?

I  remember the day vividly.  I had been at my job as an accounting intern for a major retailer in Wisconsin for 9 days and one of my co-workers said “A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center”.   I, who had never been to New York at that point was like “huh?” so I got online and it was everywhere.   We all were online trying to figure out what happened, proceeded to crash the internet at our company and then we had heard about the second plane.   Our heads were spinning not because we feared that somebody we knew or anybody got hurt it was more.  “What the heck is going on?”  I personally didn’t give much thought about the Pentagon and Pennsylvania planes the concern in the Midwest was that they were coming for the Sears Tower in Chicago next; they weren’t.  The damage was done in East and when the towers fell it was like “holy crap”.   They let us leave early from work, I was like “ok but I have to go to school anyway”.  So I called my mom once I got home, she was at the hospital with my sister who was in the process of having her first baby and it wasn’t pretty.  So I had asked do you want me to come to the hospital or should I go to school.  My mom said stay away so I went to school.

I went to my night accounting class and students were mad that we had class.  I was kind of happy for the distraction of journal entries.   My teacher was very matter of fact (he was awesome by the way) “If you want to leave, I understand but I have a syllabus to get through so we must press on”  We did a moment of silence for everyone involved and we pressed on.

12:16am 09/12 my Nephew was born and it was the first step toward moving forward.   A couple of days later after my sister had come home from the hospital there were all of the candle light vigils for everybody involved in the attacks and I remember driving her around so we could check it out in her urban neighborhood.  It was unbelievable.   But, I still didn’t understand the impact of what happened.

Fast forward 4 years to 2005…I FINALLY got to visit New York.   I was in Manhattan a week and got to go to “Ground Zero”.  I was expecting more but all it was was a fence, some pictures with a timeline and very large hole in the ground.   I didn’t understand why they hadn’t done more work.  Why wasn’t this cleaned up yet?  It had been four years.

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Fast forward to 2010.  I meet my husband.   I was excited because he was from New York and had seen the original towers and every year on 9/11 he watches the documentary films about the day.  2010 was the first year I watched them with him and I was slightly devastated.   The news in Wisconsin did this day no justice.  I had no idea how many people put their lives on the line and how many people who were just going to work that day while they were on mass transit or in their cars realized that they would never go home.   How many children lost a parent, maybe both their parents.  How many first respondors came to help so unselfishly and tried to save as many people as they could and many losing their own life in the process.

Fast forward 5 years to 2015.   I am working in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center.   I get off the train in Hoboken NJ.   I walk every day where some of the video was shot in those documentaries.   I look at the new building standing tall and the others that are going up around it and feel a sense of hope, but I also am very sad and truly feel the impact of that day.  I think every day, “Damn that building is big” and try to put the day into perspective and it’s hard.  There area around One World Trade is so built up now it’s pretty Neat to see.  Hard to remember that a lot of those buildings weren’t there when I had visited 11 years earlier.

Pictures from Hoboken, NJ

Picture from the 27th floor of the building where I work in Jersey City, NJ

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Never Forget this day.  Remember where you were, remember to hug your friends and family a little harder today!!!

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New on WarmTidings – the Daisy Collection

Winter is almost here and well I am already thinking Spring.  What doesn’t scream spring more than Daisies?   I have added a new collection to WarmTidings all around Daisies.

  • Wedding invitation

Printable Daisy Wedding Invitation - Grey, White, yellow

  • Thank you Note Postcard

Daisy Photo Thank You Postcard - Grey, White, yellow

Coming Soon

  • Save the date
  • Other items needed for your reception, Table tents, place cards and more.

I am hoping to expand this line of items throughout the WarmTidings designs and expand the business in 2015.

Also expanding the Sample and printing options as I am trying to take them in house to keep the prices really low and the lead times really fast.

Also coming more kids party invitations and party supplies along with printing services

Please please please share my shop with your friends and family.  If they are having a party or gathering I would LOVE to do their invitations!!!

www.etsy.com/Shop/WarmTidings

Also don’t forget to like my Facebook Page The Crafty Organizer for ideas and tips for getting organized and not going crazy throughout the Holiday season and into 2015.

Don’t forget about your holiday cards.  Place your custom orders today.  All digital files only $5 for a one of a kind card that you can get printed wherever you want!!

Christmas/Holiday cards now on Etsy

I also apologize for not doing the 31 days of Christmas this year but with all of my moving (whole other blog post) it wasn’t in the cards this year.  Maybe I will do something in those months that I am basically home bound once it starts snowing.  And…that’s any day now.    If anybody is following the news you saw that Buffalo NY got FEET of snow, not inches.  Luckily for me, although I live in New York,  I am nowhere near there.  The snow can stay away just a bit longer

So for the real reason I am writing a blog post.

I am a little late in getting the Holiday Cards out there but here they are.  You can click on the Picture below to go directly to my Etsy Site.

New for this year if you don’t want to print the cards and address envelopes.  I am happy to do it for you.  I just need your address list either in Word or Excel and I will get them sent out by Mid-December.

I hope you like the designs.  Feedback is always appreciated!!!!

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Watch for more blog posts about my 1,000 Journey.  Yup, that’s still going on, it’s a never ending battle I’m afraid.  Also now that we are hopefully going to be settled, at least for now, I will get some crafting done.  I’m excited to share what I have up my sleeve.

Thanks for stopping by!!

-Stef

From Creative Memories to Panstoria…an Upgrade

I took the plunge today and converted my StoryBook Creator and my Memory Manager to Panstoria’s Artisan and Historian.  The main reason is that because the Creative Memories versions of the software is no longer supported and with the Etsy business, I didn’t want to lose anything.

Also, my digital content needs a bit of re-fresh so I wanted to make sure I had software that would support the new content.

So I took the leap and downloaded the new software.

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Purchase software from Panstoria.com

Historian —–>  http://www.panstoria.com/historian/overview/

Artisan ——->  http://www.panstoria.com/artisan/overview/

After your purchase you will get an email with your Download link and the product key.

Historian,

Here are the steps to get your Memory Manager into Historian (pssst…it’s super easy)

Download the software & go through the install wizard and activate your software.

You can create a new “Vault” but it’s not necessary.

Just navigate on your computer, or external hard drive where you old vault was saved and open it up in Historian and you are ready to go.

Artisan

With Historian you had a to think a little bit but not with Artisan.

Download the software and go through the wizard.  Go through the process to activate your software.

When the software installs it will say.  Hey we see you already have Storybook Creator Do you want to Migrate your content?

CLICK MIGRATE!!

Almost instantaneously it’s done and you can go on your way creating beautiful things.  It’s really that simple!

Please comment if you have any questions.  As always you can find me on Facebook  The Crafty Organizer

Can’t wait to show you my first project using the new software.  Off to Create some more cards, invites, and more.

(pssst check out the Etsy site —————————————->)

-Stef

 

Calling all Photographers…I need your HELP!!!

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

So, I’m not sure if this is okay, but I will try anyway.  I am looking for some photographers that have taken some pictures of weddings, babies and children so that I can use their pictures on my etsy site.  While, I think my husband and I look fabulous, and my son is adorable, we are not a great marketing tool.

For those that haven’t checked it out yet here is my Etsy Site:  www.etsy/shop/WarmTidings.  You can also click ——> there is  a link where it says “I sell on Etsy”

I create a bunch of different invitations for birthdays, birth announcements, and weddings, but clearly you can see the pictures don’t help.

Case in point (Yup that’s me)

Fairy Birthday Invite

So, what’s in it for you.  If I use your picture I will give you free advertising in the listing with all of your information, you can even leave your watermark on the picture, if for some reason it get’s cropped out, I will replace it.

I will also feature all of the photographers that I use on my Facebook page and here on the blog to help build your business.

For local photographers, I am in the New York area so if you are trying to build your business I am happy to help!   My etsy site gets pretty good traffic, but I think it will get even better if I can get some professional pictures on my listings.

Be sure to check out my page.  If you are interested in contributing.  Please send me an email with a link to your website at:  CraftyOrganizer80@gmail.com.

Also please like my Facebook Page!  I’m trying to build up the business and get to 100 likes!

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Thank you in advance for your help!!!!  I can’t wait to see some pictures!!  😀

-Stef

 

1,000 Mile Journey – Week 1 Recap

Hi everybody,

It has been quite the week.  First Week of Work, First time driving to New Jersey by myself.  First time to Cooperstown.  So many first and boy do we have the pictures to prove it.    And the best part was that we unloaded the truck and NOTHING was damaged.  I kind of rock at packing a truck.  If anybody reading this lives in New York and needs help loading a truck.  I am for hire.  🙂

I am a little overwhelmed with the things that have to be done when you move to a new state.  Lesson learned that every state is different so do your research!

I am meeting a ton of new people and the job is awesome.  It’s pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with my career.  Doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited about the opportunity so that’s over half the battle.

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I am overwhelmed with the excitement that I live among mountains and get to look at them every day when I go to work.  I also love that it’s fall, it’s my favorite season and there are a gazillion trees around here so can’t wait to see peak season.

I will keep you updated with organizing tips as we are getting settled along with other lessons learned in this journey.

Sorry this post was a little scatterbrained.  A lot on my mind and a lot that I want to get done before the work week starts again!!

Talk to you all soon!!!

-Stef

Free Photo book Revamped

Hi everybody so sorry that has been a while since I have been crafty.  There has been so much going on, but I have my list of things that I want to post so I should be around a lot more.  I know you are excited!!!!

So I got this free photo book from CVS and I wanted to give it to my Mother-In-Law for her birthday and well it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be  Continue reading

New Save the Date: Now on Etsy

 

I wanted to create something that had the menu board, inspired by the first wedding invite that I did.  Once I got the idea in my head I had to go hunting through my digital embellishments to figure out what I had and what I didn’t.   Turns out that I didn’t have any of it.   So it was time to create.

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Using my friend Google image search I got ideas for the the menu board and the table and chairs.   It was for sure fun to create and it really took me out of my normal template type card.  I hope you like it.

Be sure to LIKE my facebook page The Crafty Organizer to see new items as I create them on Etsy.  More ideas for Weddings, Birthdays, and announcements coming soon.

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Click the pic to go to my etsy site.  Otherwise click on the link to the right “I sell on Etsy”

 

Have a great weekend everybody!!!

-Stef

 

How I bring my designs to life…Etsy life

I wanted to take a quick minute to explain how my invitations for the Etsy site WarmTidings to life.  I’m not always able to get a my laptop the minute I think of something new so I have to “write it down”

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I don’t know if I will ever get away from using paper at some point in my creative process and that’s ok.   I have a number of sketches and if I draw it out then it’s faster for me to create something exciting if I see a “template”.

The biggest hangup I have is when I have a design idea and then once I get to a place where I can write it down I can’t remember what it is.  It’s so frustrating.

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My laptop is always on and I am creating every chance I get.  This will help me keep my site fresh and exciting!

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Now this is dedication, I am creating and fufilling orders while I’m cooking dinner.  If that’s not dedication I don’t know what is.

Latest Etsy site updates:

I created a second set of listings for each of the Wedding invites.  If you want just the digital copy and you are going to get them printed yourself then there is a listing for that.  What’s new is that if you want me to print them for you in sets of 100 then I have a specific listing for that as well.

I am so excited about this venture and I am hoping to really get some momentum!  If you have a minute please go and check out the site WarmTidings and please leave a comment to let me know what you like and don’t like.  What can I do better to be more appealing to customers?

I am creating some more things and will be sharing throughout the weekend and next wee so watch for those. 🙂

Coming up tomorrow a Bistro/Coffee shop Save the Date.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Stef

Managing an Etsy Site…What it takes to make it successful

I am still trying to get my Etsy site up and running.  I have had orders but would love to have orders for some of my higher ticket items.   I don’t want to give them away but at the same time, I don’t want to break the bank for my customers.  I wouldn’t spend a ton on this stuff so I can’t ask my customers to.  At least, not at this point because I am just starting out.

As you have seen in previous posts I am now creating custom wedding invitations.   I have some new examples below.  Be sure to check it out and if you know ANYBODY getting married or getting engaged please forward them to me.  I would be happy to create all of their invitations, place cards, etc.

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Wedding Invitation - Multi Color Chalkboard

Now for a little bit of fun…

I even have a helper helping me create some of these new creations.

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I’m even creating projects in the kitchen while making dinner!!!

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