6.20.2012

in transition


 You know it's pretty bad when your last post reads "hello spring." Especially since it happens to be the first day of summer. Eek!

Not good.

Everyday I visit a handful of blogs and wonder how they manage to post so consistently. I realize that many of those folks commit to their blogs as a job and that's their impetus to keep it going. I wonder how different my own blog would be if I did the same. I always pictured this small piece of the web as my spot to just do what I wish...but I feel a transition coming on. I'm not seeking to make this a moneymaker or anything like that, but I do want to make it more like a place I would visit everyday rather than one I would delete from my Reader...ooohhh, that was mean. Mean, but true...scant posting often results in a delete.

I don't think I would follow myself.

If you've stuck it out this far, perhaps you'd be willing to stick it out a bit farther and tell me what you'd like to see more of here. Whether it's personal or about the shop, it doesn't matter. I think it's time I start taking YOU into consideration. Leave a comment letting me know and I will give something away...something really good. Hint: I don't always use all of my Studio Calico kits and I have a lot of brand spanking new goodies that could use a home. Multiple comments count as multiple entries...don't worry if someone has already stated it. I will close the comments on Monday the 25th at midnight PST and choose a winner Tuesday morning.

Changing the subject ever so slightly...

The shop restock has been slightly delayed due to that adorable fellow up above. We added him to our family at the end of May. It has been almost 30 years since I last had a puppy and OH MY.

OH MY...it is tough. No sleep, constant up and down, constant watching...did I mention no sleep?
Having a puppy is delightful in retrospect. Having a puppy at this very moment is exhausting. I thought I could do it all and as it turns out, I was wrong. I've decided to restock the shop mid-July.
 Later than I expected...but right smack in the middle of summertime. If you've been waiting for stamps, they will all be available. If I get it together sooner, I'll let you know.

till then...wish me luck on my foray into puppy-dom.

43 comments:

KariL said...

With a cute puppy like that, I don't think I would ever get any work done!!!!!! I say enjoy the puppy and don't worry so much about the work...it will always be there and I will buy whenever you do restock...no worries. Happy Summer!

Ellie Augustin said...

Well you know we ALL Love you! And trust you me I COMPLETELY understand how time flies I'm still wondering where the heck June went! I've had SO much to do this month its been insane. Today is the last day of school so that means planning so I don't hear those words of "Ma I'm bored" PLUS trying to finish up some projects that are due.. AHHH YAY to the busy life! As long as you Tweet/blog and let us know the puppy hasn't ate any of you then you know we will be more then happy to wait for you! ((HUGS)) Happy 1st Day of Summer.

Dani Donner said...

Ronin, you are cute!!

I wouldn't mind seeing more pics of him... :)

Dani Donner said...

And more sneak peeks of new products!

Dani Donner said...

And more inspiring work with your cool products!

Joyce L. said...

I love your designs & am always excited to see new things in your shop (especially digital)...so what I'd like to see more of on your blog would be sneak peeks of new stuff that's coming and I'd love to see your crafts, layouts, etc.

Joyce L. said...

I love your designs & am always excited to see new things in your shop (especially digital)...so what I'd like to see more of on your blog would be sneak peeks of new stuff that's coming and I'd love to see your crafts, layouts, etc.

Joyce L. said...

I love your designs & am always excited to see new things in your shop (especially digital)...so what I'd like to see more of on your blog would be sneak peeks of new stuff that's coming and I'd love to see your crafts, layouts, etc.

Lexi said...

First one never wins, but I'll go anyway ;D

I TOTALLY know what you mean about feeling like your blog is blah--not YOUR blog, but that's how I feel about mine! I need and want to be a more consistent blogger and couldn't figure out what was the deal. Of course the time factor, but really..why is it? I have come to the conclusion it's because my blog design, or lack thereof, doesn't reflect me. yay for the epiphany, but I know nothing about blog design so it looks like it will be boring for awhile longer :/
My fav things to read on others blog are about design, the prices, cart spaces and just real life stuff---all things i need to be better about myself!

sbookinshay29 said...

France when you do post I love what I read, how you're posts read & I couldn't love your products more & I'm so excited to hear the stamps'll be back soon!

K said...

Oh-never got to comment first before-the pressure ;). I love your shop and love to see how you use your products. More frequent posting would be really lovely.

Kelly in Canada said...

oh my goodness ronin is a handsome fellow...is he a blue heeler or maybe an australian shepherd? we are contemplating a puppy (or, perhaps i should say, i am contemplating a puppy while my husband somewhat tolerantly listens to my rants) but i know what you mean about the work involved.
as for your blog...i am still here! so, you have at least one dedicated reader. evidently, you have even more as i am not the first to comment! yay, you! i would love to see what you do with some of the wonderful bits and pieces you provide in your shop. and ramblings and rants are always welcome as well. i am sure whatever you decide will be top notch! i need to work on my blog too because i have often thought i would delete as well...

rhonda nickol said...

Ronin is adorable! France I love your products they are a staple in my projects! I would love to see some of your projects on your blog! Can't wait for the July update and please enjoy your summer and your cute puppy!

Kirsten Williamson said...

Good luck with your new puppy! He's so cute, and I love the name Ronin!

I started following your blog because I loved your shop products, so sneak peeks and product photos are always good. Maybe you could recruit some customers to share projects they've created with your products.

Always fun to see little snippets of people's lives and homes, too. Whatever works! Don't do it unless you enjoy it!

Kristin said...

I would love to see lots more product use/sneaks. And just some more of your voice; your personality shines through wonderfully!

Colleen W said...

I always love anything regarding your shop items. I would love to see some of your creations! You're super talented!

Annette said...

I love your blog as it is. I like the real voice you use. I have loved the video tutorials you have with using your digital designs. I can understand those take time, which is something we all lack. But just wanted to thank you for doing that. Something I have thought as I spent over two hours on a post, was "why am I doing this?" For me, I have no shop, no designs. I work full time and then some, so this is truly just a hobby for me, and although it is fun to share, it takes time. I guess I would say remember your purpose, your vision of what you want it to be. Even if it is a here and there blog, I still like it.

Yaritza said...

He's so so cute. I have 4 dogs and 3 cats so I understand.

Scrappin' Girl said...

Such a cute puppy! I have two cuties of my own and they are a lot of work but so worth it! Love your blog posts and would love to hear hints about upcoming products in your store!

Emily Kate said...

Know what I love reading on blogs? Your everyday you! I just love hearing about what people do for fun, craft for themselves, the things they do with their family. It endears me to the blogger when I feel like I know more about them.

Emily Kate said...

Oh I'd love to hear about product ideas and what's coming soon too. I just love your products.

Rachel said...

definitely more pictures of your products in action-would love to see what other people have made with them! good luck with your puppy!!

Nicole said...

Love your blog and I love your products, so I don't mind the lapses between posts. The puppy is adorable. I have a blue heeler and grew up with them. They certainly have plenty of personality to go around. Enjoy your furball!!

Jen Wright said...

I was so excited when I saw an update!! I actually squealed. Lol. I think what I'm learning on my blog is to just share anything and people love that. I always thought it had to be something fantastic to post it but wonderful people have taught me just share my life. I know I love to read about their everyday life. So don't sweat it. When you feel like it, just share your day or heart. We know you're busy with your store and I love your products but we love just you too. Congrats on the new family member. Hugs!!

Sarah p. said...

Your puppy is super cute! The work is worth it though. I really like all your products and am excited for your restock of the shop!

Erica Thomas said...

Yay! Shop restock soon! Your puppy is adorable! I would love to see more product sneak peeks, snaps of your workspace, and home life. The majority of the blogs I follow just post normal everyday things and that is more than enough to keep my attention!

susanne said...

What a cute little guy he is! We just got a puppy memorial day weekend so I know what you mean. He could potty outside so you think things are safe once back inside, but the minute you turn your back...LOL!

I love to read blogs that tell a little about your everyday happenings. But I also love creative inspiration. Maybe you could get guests to post projects/ layouts on the blog to keep your work posting things down as well as add different angle on using your products (which I love BTW)

scrapfin said...

What a cutie...love dogs!
just enjoy this puppy stage!

scrapfin said...

What a cutie!
Enjoy this puppy stage.

*krystyn* said...

I enjoy hearing what you are creating for your shop.

*krystyn* said...

I'd also love to see what you make with your SC kits.

Pics of the puppy are also good!!

Anonymous said...

I love seeing scrapbook layouts and how you use your products. You have such great design and style. ~Julie V.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing scrapbook layouts and how you use your products. You have such great design and style. ~Julie V.

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

Being a doggie-mom myself, I truly understand what you are going through, but it is so worth it. Will be watching for the restock!

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

Being a doggie-mom myself, I truly understand what you are going through, but it is so worth it. Will be watching for the restock!

Summer said...

I will always follow you because I love your products that much! They make my Project Life amazing! I would love to read and see more about your creative space and the different projects that you work on. My theory-the more pictures the better ;-)

Jamie Isaak said...

omg your puppy is SO cute! Idk, I love reading your blog. Maybe some more tutorial type posts with paper crafts and using your awesome stamps? I love them so.

Jamie Isaak said...

I'm not sure if my post went through so if this is a re-post, pardon me. :) Your puppy is sooooo cute! I would love to see pojects you have made with your awesome goods and stamps. I just love your new stamps.

Amanda said...

I would love to see more of your awesome journal cards, perfect for project life. Specifically, 4x6 horizontal and vertical versions!

Anonymous said...

Would love seeing more projects :)

Anonymous said...

I love your designs! I use them for PL and regular scrapbook pages. I'd be interested to see ideas that you and your readers do with your products + all those other lovely products we all adore. Everyday life and inspiration that keeps you going as a small business or just a crafter for yourself works too!!
Karen J

Niki Estes said...

I just found your blog and store. I just love your stamps and would love to see the previously released ones back in stock. :) I don't have any advice for blogging. I've cut way back myself

Niki Estes said...

I just found your blog and store. I just love your products! I would love to see a restock of the previously released stamps so I could get some of them. I don't have any blogging advice. I've cut way back myself.