Thursday, January 17, 2013

Freedom Box

It's getting closer and closer to the day my daughter will be heading off to college. Her dad and I will be worried about her, of course, but I ought to admit... we are also pretty excited about being empty-nesters!

One thing I plan on doing is creating a Freedom Box for her.
Surely, things would vary greatly depending on the particular child's situation (college, first apartment, marriage, military), but the point is to have something collected for them that will be a help, and maybe even remind them how much they are loved.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blogs About Blogging

Do you ever have one of those days...

I just found a whole gaggle of blog posts that focus on tips, hints, advice, etc regarding blogging. So... you know I had to dive right in and start seeing what stuff I was missing. Half of a pack of Post-it notes later I took a breath and looked up at the 40 or so open tabs. I just clicked the big red X in the corner and freed myself from the whole mess for a few, much needed, minutes of no data input. I went and stood on the back porch in the freezing cold (there's still a tad bit of yesterday's snow on the ground), and watched my chickens scurry over hoping I had brought something out for them.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Square vs. PayPal Here

Both services are available
on the iPhone and Android.
Should we look at the benefits
of a square versus a triangle?
Howdy! I'm looking forward to talking with you about some really cool stuff I found out while looking at my options for accepting card payments in person. Square and fairly new PayPal Here are the only two that kept me reading longer than a minute. There are other options, but for a small business, I can't see any benefit in choosing them, so I'm just going to stick to these two. I've seen quite a few folks pitting Square vs. PPH as a veritable tie with no big differences. They aren't equals in my opinion, at all.

Friday, January 11, 2013

How I came to be here.

Let me tell you... I have this vision.
It keeps growing here and there, spewing out a bit on the sides like foam on the top of a cold glass of soda. I'm doing my best to slurp it up into a manageable mental picture, and the more it settles down and takes shape... the more I'm getting comfortable with it (and starting to really dig it).

I'm pretty happy regardless.
This is a picture of  Jack and I.
He's a great husband and I rely on him
quite a bit to keep me grounded in reality.
My name is Andrea, by the way, and it's quite a pleasure to meet you. I'm just getting started here, but I hope you'll come back often to visit.

I'm here because I love to make things, create things. I want to make useful things. Things that look good, feel good, and work well. I got to thinking, as a housewife, if I could make some extra pocket-money doing that... well, I'd be a pretty happy lady.

So my journey was underway. I was off to find a way I could be creative and maybe help to balance our budget while I was at it. Like most things, I began with learning all I could about my options.