Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Someone will be…..“murdered”

In a few weeks, I’ll be one year older. Christoph wanted to throw me a birthday party and right away I started thinking of themes.

Once I figured it out, the conversation went like this:

Stacy: “I’ve decided what kind of birthday party I want to have”
Christoph: “What do you mean?”
Stacy: “Murder Mystery theme party!!!!!”
Christoph: (silence)
Stacy: “What you don’t like that idea?”
Christoph: “Why can’t your birthday party theme just be …..‘your birthday’.”
Stacy: “Are you kidding me? No way.”

Murder Mystery Party! I’ve never been to one of these so we ordered a kit online and I’ve been planning or plotting away. In all honesty, I don’t really care that it’s my birthday party, in fact I didn’t even bother putting that on the invitations.

I just LOVE any excuse for getting my friends together for a fun evening. Looking forward to it.

Invitation Kit:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cuteness Explosion at Workshop SF

I’m a huge fan of the classes offered at Workshop SF…..after I took Sewing 101 with Kelly I made a wearable dress (results not typical). So when I saw that they were offering a Screen and Sew Pet Pillow class I was all over it. The concept involves two of my favorite things: Ginger and Sewing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Diving In Head First

In keeping with my New Years Resolutions, I’ve really been trying to get Hello Cupcake off the ground. When I started the business a little over 2 years ago (2 years! time flies!!) I really didn’t do any research.

In my normal fashion I dove right in and have been figuring it out as I went along. As reckless as that was, surprisingly things have gone fairly smooth. There have been a little hiccups along the way…a delinquency note here and there from the State Board of Equalization. Who knew I had to file sales tax for my business back in January? I thought that happened when I filed my regular taxes.

Anyway, in the spirit of getting the business up and running at a bigger scale I’m reading a book that I would recommend. It’s really informative, helpful and put together well. I especially like the interviews of current crafters and artists.

On a side note, Christoph and I had a talk last night about my business and we set a goal for the biz. Not just any goal but a HUGE goal!!!! One day I’ll let the cat out of the bag but for now I’ll just keep it to myself.

Check out the book!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Good and Mixed

It has been a cool, rainy weekend in San Francisco…..perfect for baking. On Saturday I got together with my friend Elizabeth aka, my camera gal and we shot the video for my recipe submission for the Real Women of Philadelphia competition.

If you recall, I am making Mini Banana Philly Cream Cheese French Toast Casseroles. Thanks to my learning lesson(s) from my run through a few weeks ago everything turned out great!

You can check out my video on YouTube and let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Price of the Economy

These days most people have been affected by the economy in one way or another. Maybe you’ve lost your job or know someone who has. Maybe you’ve had your hours reduced, were asked to take unpaid days off or maybe you didn’t receive that expected raise or bonus this year. Whatever the case, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I have severely adjusted the way I spend my money the past 12 months.

I have gone about cutting my spending in two ways:

Bye, bye new clothing
I stopped unnecessary clothing shopping. So much so that Bloomingdales knocked me down a level on my credit card. Goodbye free gift wrap. I will really miss you. I’ve had a (negative)$16.00 credit to the store on my card since January, I have a $25 gift card at the moment and a coupon for spend $100 get $25 off. Will power? Like you can’t believe!

I will say that I don’t think my style has gone down. I’ve gotten good at “shopping my closet”. Coming up with new ways to pair existing items

Smarter Food Shopping
I’ve also become extremely aware of my food shopping habits. I used to show up at the grocery story and buy whatever looked good, sounded good or I felt like throwing together at the moment. I probably stopped at the store 2 times per week and spent around $40 at each visit. Did you know that the average food stamp recipient has just $4 per day to spend on food?

Now-a-days, everything is planned out. I look forward to the supermarket ads that come in my mailbox every Tuesday. I plan my weekly meals based on what’s on sale and of course nutrition. I grocery shop once a week and keep the bill under $40 total. I look at the ads, starting with the protein then plan the sides to go with it all based on what’s on sale.

This week, I was able to put together a complete thanksgiving dinner and my total bill…….$15.79 and this included extras that didn’t go into the cost of the dinner (milk and a can of soup). So all in all, this meal probably cost $11.50 and will be enough for several days and several different turkey dinner, sandwich, casserole variations.

Just some food for thought.

The End Result

Friday, April 2, 2010

And the finalists are…

The designs have been narrowed down and I’ve done a test print to see how each of the cards look off the computer screen and in real life. They all look really cute. All have very different vibes but I don’t really know which is my favorite. I look forward to taking some better pictures and actually adding these to my ETSY shop.