5.03.2012

Cleaning House

krista smith
krista smith
krista smith

Starting sometime in the next week, I'm going to start phasing out my Etsy shop.  My new store is getting closer and closer to being ready to launch.  It is a welcomed change, and will hopefully free up a lot of my time to pursue new projects.  This past month, I started to work with Angie from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps...A new venture to push my current designs (and some exclusive ones) into rubber.  I am excited!!  I will also be at CHA in July, so if anyone is going, too...be sure to stop by our booth (#918).  I'd love to meet you in person!! :)

I am entering into an exciting time for my business.  It has really begun to take shape and feel like this is my 9 to 5 :).  I am so thrilled and, at the same time, humbled.  I know the only reason it has been successful is because of God blessing me...and you guys faithfully buying my new designs.  I am still blown away at the response for each new release.  Just when I think it can't possibly get any better, I get a sweet email filled with attachments of my designs colored to the nines!  I love those messages:)...I love your coloring and creativity.  It is a constant source to inspiration and joy! So, thanks girls!

And besides working on the new projects and new artwork...I'm hoping for a couple days of total house overhaul:).  Like-- major cleaning/re-arranging/organizing!  My desk over the last month has slowly sunk to new all time lows:)...WAAAAAYYYYY low, under stacks of paper and scraps and embellishments and artwork.  In fact, the blob formally known as my desk has started to crawl across the living room floor.  It is spreading in all directions, my friends.  I'm fearful I could lose one of my kids in it;).  So...at some point over the next few weeks, I hope to have new photos of a perfectly amazing craft/work area:).  Neatly stacked and sweetly decorated.  

I began the up hill climb this morning.  I guess it has to get worse before it gets better.  My living room looks like a double whammy tornado-hurricane hit it...but I'm hopeful it'll make a turn for the better tomorrow!

So, stay posted for some Etsy shop-ending deals....you know, the kind that clear a store out as it closes;).  And hopefully I won't get sucked into the blob of mess and perish before I can open up the new shop!! LOL...No seriously.  Come looking for me if I'm not around for a couple days:)!

xx

41 comments:

  1. wow! You are one industrious lil' bee! Congrats on the successes - all well deserved! Eager to see what your new shop will be... sorry, I'm not a 'digi-gal' or whatever they're called, but i still think you make beautiful art/stamps!! ;o)

    (Love the rhino head... try not to trip over the miss and impale yo'self!)lol
    xoxo
    Mel ;o)

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  2. It can be done!!!! My art room was all over the house as we redid it and I purged like crazy!!! It feels awesome!! I'm excited to see what the new chapter in your life brings, I'm sure it will be wonderful for all of us!!!!
    Many hugs!!
    Teri

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  3. Hi sweetie, such fabulous news about working with little darlings! So excited for you! And me as I cant wait to get my mitts on the rubba!! Woo hoo! I love your little corner of creativity, all the mess as you say shows us all how much of a busy bee you are. I cant wait for your new shop to open, it will save you some time hopefully, I really dont know how you do it all, really?
    I dont envy you the job of organizing, I am so not that kinda gal! Lol good luck with that!
    Love and hugs
    Kat
    Ps, toothache is much better now :-)

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  4. Yay! How exciting! I cannot wait to see your art in rubber. Whoop! Whoop! Be careful in "The Blob". I should go clean my craft room too. Cheers to you.

    Kim

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  5. I am so excited for all your success! You are amazing, Momma!! You know I am HUGE fan, and I just LOVE how well you are doing. ♥ Are you closing your digi shop though?? I really hope not, I LOVE your digi's and have been practicing coloring the ones I have bought... I am not that great at it yet, but I love trying! hehe

    Much love & hugs!
    ~Maria-Isabel

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  6. I love the rhino on the wall i want one!!! Im so excited for your new store launch!!

    Steph at http://mycreativebrightside.blogspot.com

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  7. Such exciting news!! Can't wait for the new shop to open - and along with it, lots of new releases (I hope!!!) and great news that you'll be in rubba again!! Fingers crossed shipping to the UK won't be too expensive so I don't have to miss out on the 'exclusives'!! If you ever need an 'agent' in the UK, you know I've always been a massive fan ;-) Lots of hugs and wishing you all the luck in the world for your new ventures (although I'm sure you won't need it!!) Marie xx

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  8. Sounds awesome Krista! You deserve all the success you have and your right, all good things come from God! You are truely blessed. I will be on pins and needles waiting for you to clean out your etsy store!!!

    Hugs, enjoy this time!
    Rina Fashionista

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  9. i'm so excited for you! (and can't wait to see your new work space) with all you have going on, i think you need the whole family room :)
    becca

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  10. I'm super excited for you about the new shop! Congrats! As for the tornado that hit your house, it ran through mine, too. I'm doing an organizational overhaul in my craft room. I keep thinking it'd make it less overwhelming if I took a few things out of the room at a time, just to organize those things away from the rest of the craziness. What that means is that now my bedroom and living room have stacks of crafty stuff sitting around, waiting for my attention! I wish us both good luck in getting it done! I have friends coming to stay with me in two weeks, so I'm feeling the crunch to get it finished and cleaned up.

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  11. Does this mean you wont be offering digis in your Etsy shop anymore and just doing rubber stamps? I sure hope I am reading this wrong...I am in love with your digis.
    Peggy...atigger12@aol.com

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  12. Congrats on the new venture and your new website coming soon...can't wait to see it! You definitely deserve it with all the hard work you put into your beautiful work! Loved reading your post too...made me crack up! Nice desk! :)

    Hugs,
    xx Tracey xx

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  13. Good luck getting your desk sorted, I gave up, but I can close the door, lol.
    I'm so glad you're bringing rubber stamps our, I don't o digi (except yours) I much prefer to stamp, you'll def have a customer in me. Hopefully you'll get a uk stockist??? (I'm sure you will)

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  14. My keyboard locked,
    Good luck in everything, you images are truly amazing
    Hugs, Becky x

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  15. ahhhhhh, its so nice to see a crafty space I can relate to ;) mine is just like that!!! ....all the time!! romfl!! I need to tidy too so will have to make an effort now you have and super yey for the new shop!!!!!! man that will give you sooo much time back hun, can't wait for it to happen for you
    Huge hugs Lou xxx

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  16. I for one cannot WAIT for your stamps to come out in RUBBER. I don't do digi, purely because when I colour it smudges and I just love stamping, so this is EXCELLENT news Krista. Let us know please where we can purchase them from. YAY!!!! hugs Sharon

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  17. Wow, sounds like exciting times! You deserve it as your designs are beautiful. They really are! You are a very talented lady! I love using them on my cards! Thanks for bringing them to us! Laura x

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  18. Krista I hope you are not still knee deep in housework! I hate the craft clearout and rearrange it always takes HOURS..... As for the rest of the house oh dear lol it looks at me and I look at it, thats as far as it goes!. Congrats on your stamps becoming rubber too, and I am so excited to see the new store!!! I am so thrilled your business is working for you, you are super talented and I thankyou for sharing that with us all. Joey xxx

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  19. Good luck with the mass clear out, i recently put my house on the market to sell and had to tidy the house, my crafting had to be sorted out too. It does get worse before it gets better but well worth it in the end! I am going to be checking out your store now like crazy with the promise of a sale i am already hooked on your images and i adore them so much. I wish i had stuck with my love of drawing in my younger years and draw pleaseure from your beautifull images in the hope that i can do them justice when colouring them!!! Be strong there is light at the end of the tidying!!!
    Sonia xxx

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  20. Are you still going to be offering your images as digis? i am not very good with stamps and love the fact you can resize digi pics x

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  21. All the best with the tidying - the little basket with paperwork is my little (not so little) to do when I've finished my MCC course - hopefully it won't grow between now & then. My email inbox is growing........& I have nowhere near as much to do as you do! Take care midst it all.
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

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  22. Can't wait to see your new shop! I know I'm fairly new to your designs but I love them, so will keep popping by Etsy until it disappears, but never fear I'll be popping by your new shop often I can tell you! Good luck with the tidying. Zo xx

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  23. I am excited for you and your new ventures..hope all goes well and will continue to follow ya!..I hope that you will still have digis available I do love them..good luck

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  24. Good luck with the tidy up...mines still on my to do list. I have your beautiful art works in both rubber and digi. I do hope however that we will still be able to get your digis. I like to re-size and I guess I'm impatient I don't like to wait for the post to get all the way here to Australia. Can't wait to see the new shop. Best wishes

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  25. Krista, congratulations on your new business adventure. Im so excited for you. Ive started a saturated canary smash book that features some of your very first rubber stamps and then some digis and now how great to be able to add new rubber. If anyone deserves the success its you girl. And about that house, we say here in texas. "Git Er Done"
    Love u
    Gab

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  26. Yeah! I am sooo happy for you, all of that talent needs to be out there for everyone to enjoy. Hugs

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  27. This all sounds very exciting for you Krista. I only recently found you images on Etsy and your blog and have bought my very first one which I hope to colour up really soon. I really do wish you well and I look forward to watching your new business venture,
    Jane x

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  28. lol Krista your blob sounds just like mine, spreading across my living room by the day. Look forward to seeing your new shop x

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  29. Looking forward to your Etsy shop!! (:

    preparingmyselffortheworld.blogspot.com

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  30. Hi. I love your designs but as a UK based customer I hope the stamps will be available for us. The charges that some companies make for postage often makes it far too expensive to purchase from the US. Karen.

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  31. I am so excited about your rubber stamps, I will now have a collection of digis and rubber stamps from Saturated Canary......congratulations on this new adventure, I'm sure you will do excellent =0)

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  32. You might want to duct tape bicycle flags to each kid's waist. That way you won't lose them until the piles get at least six feet high. Luck with the cleaning, you may even inspire some of us that need to do it.

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  33. I realy love your digis, thanks Krista

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  34. Hi Krista,
    I Pray you will have a very huge success with the latest venture, I am certain it will be everything you aspire to. As to the cleaning, yea I have been there and I am again feeling like an overhaul is due.....NOW.
    I must say, I am upset that you won't have the digistamps any longer though. For me they are perfect as I often use your images in various sizes. I would even be prepared to pay a bit more for your digi's if you would keep them.
    Anyway sweetheart, you have to do what if right for you and I fully understand that. Be happy.
    Hugs Linda x

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  35. Hey Krista

    Many congratulations on your new venture - you've worked so hard for it and you thoroughly deserve all the success that comes your way.

    I adore your digi stamps and find myself using them at every single opportunity I get - just finished a card with Party Hardy - she's awesome!

    Can't wait to see the new shop and hope your clean up goes well - I was amazed at how much stuff I found that I'd completely forgotten about when I had a little clean!

    Take care lovely lady.

    Toodle pip

    Hazel x

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  36. Wherever you go you know all us Krista-girls will follow! Glad to hear about your new project, but I really hope that we'll still be able to buy digital images as shipping costs to the UK are way too high. I've just had a fabby idea for two new designs - how about a Marilyn Monroe in the white dress and an Audrey Hepburn in the Breakfast at Tiffanys outfit???? Have a great weekend Krista, Jo x

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  37. Woohoo! An early congrats on the shop launch! Change is so refreshing, isn't it? Can't wait to see your revamped desk area!

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  38. Good luck in you new adventure. I have been stamping for over 20 years and have too many. I have completely changed over to digital images for many reasons. They are less costly and a whole lot easier to store. So as much as I hope your images in stamps go over phenomenally, I hope you can keep us digi people happy too. Absolutely love and adore your images and your art, you are an inspiring young woman.

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  39. Ahhh congratulations!! You SOOO deserve every piece of success you have earned you talented talented lady!
    I absolutely love each and every one of your designs and couldn't be happier for you :)
    Laura xx

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  40. Wishing you all the best. You are an amazing artist and I LURVEeeee your designs. So pleased they are going to rubber. I definitely want lots xxx
    Hugs
    Debbie xxx

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  41. Almost a hobby for me. I do it regularly.

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