I'm not sure how a 2 and half minute video can take me 2 hours to edit, but it did..lol. Obviously I have a lot to learn about video editing and uploading! No wonder it takes a couple of years to make a movie!
This is a little tour of my booth set up from Springfest 2009 that I attended last week. I am glad I was able to capture how everything looked, it's amazing to think that it was only 2 years ago that I started on this artistic journey. I'm looking forward to what the future brings and so glad you have came along for the ride!
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It's been a good week. I had to take some time off to relax and get myself a little more organized. The relax part worked out good...I feel very well rested and calmer. The organized part, well...not so much. :) I did buy a another rolling cart and a couple more plastic bins as well as an accordion file for my receipts but that's about as far as I got. Well, no that's not true because I did rearrange my furniture again to create a little bigger space for all of my art goodies. I still need to do more around getting my art life in order but it is getting better. Next on the agenda? I need to work on my online class, finishing uploading some more new work (actually I did a ton of new listings this week...stop by my shop and check them out!), and continue to work on a few custom orders I have.
I also decided to do something each week that will get me closer to my goal of going solo as an artist...in another word, leave the corporate world behind and become a self supporting artist. This week, I upped my 40lk contributions by 1%...it may not seem like a lot but if I go out on my own, I won't be able to save as much so I might as well do it while I have the income coming in steadily. I've also been looking at new places to live. I need to find a home closer to town, but still with enough space to fit in an art studio. I'd love to find a place that I could buy but I have no down payment money and I'm not really ready to make that step yet....but if I were, I'd look for a place that is zoned commercial but in a residential area that way I could turn it into a home/studio/workshop area. In the mean time, I've started to purge a few things to make moving easier when I am ready to do that. If I do a little at a time, it will make moving a lot easier when I'm ready to go down that road. I also set up a transfer to a separate account that I am going to use for my rainy day fund...or my escape fund. On top of the amount I'm transferring weekly, I'm going to add to it as I have extra money, which means I need to stop spending as much as I do. I did horrible on that front this week. I went out to dinner way too much over the last 7 days...lol...but it was a good time and I needed the diversions. Enough is enough though. If I'm really serious about breaking away and becoming self employed, I will need to learn to cut way back! Couponing, thrift stores, frugal oogle here I come!
So what ways do you find to cut corners and save for the rainy days?? I'd love to hear your cost cutting tips!