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I love June.

Write Owl Designs is 2 years old!

I spent the first four months of this year as an Oregon licensed tax preparer, specializing in individual and small business taxes.  I performed in a musical.  I worked in a pottery studio.  I was one of five dressers changing 17 actors 160 times per show.

And now I am prepping for the biggest craft fair I have done since I started crafting: the Mississippi Street Fair.  I have until mid-July to finalize my booth design, stock the inventory, and nail down my fall lines.  It will be a hard month ahead, but I am really looking forward to it!

In the meantime, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, writing the second draft of my novel, Staged.  At the end of June, I start classes for CPA certification.

Here’s to summer!


What would you like to see on the blog?

I’ve been overwhelmed by projects and changes and a move, and in the process, I have been reflecting on the past year. There are things that I am proud of, and things I know I should change. I have ideas about blog posts that are related to what I hope to accomplish with my shop, and I am halfway through a business plan.

Here’s the point in the game when I ask you: What have you loved? What would you love to see more of? What am I missing?

Thanks for the support!

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Anniversaries


Happy Birthday, Write Owl Designs!

One year ago I listed my first item in the shop, a postbound notebook.  This year I have sold 19 items through etsy, and 3 items not through etsy, and while that may not seem like much, I have learned lots about owning a business.

I generally consider myself a reasonably organized person in my work life, and an organized mess in my home life.  This year my work life has taken over my home, and the organizational skills have been lacking.  I now recognize the importance of separating my living and working space, which can be a challenge in a small apartment.  Something as simple as painting in the living room instead of my bedroom keeps me from spending the day cruising facebook, rather than working on developing my spring designs.  Sometimes just throwing a blanket over my laundry helps me focus on the work tasks rather than the domestic tasks.

I am notoriously bad at making bigger plans than I have time for.  Now that I’m unemployed, however, the shop gives me something to focus my time and energy on, challenging my organizational, creative, and budgeting skills.  It is a chance to prove to myself that if I can’t find a job, I can make one.

I prefer this blog setup over my old blog, and I hope that by changing to a format that I am more comfortable working with, I will be more motivated to post here.  Please keep my accountable!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me this past year!  As a thank you, you can have 10% off anything in my shop now through Saturday, June 4!  Just type 1YROWL into the coupon code at checkout.

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Anniversaries


Tuesday Treasury: Happy Birthday!

In continuing with my birthday theme this week, I have made a treasury of birthday items by other Etsy sellers. Everybody have a party this week!

‘Happy Birthday!’ by WriteOwl

Write Owl Designs turns ONE on Wednesday, June 1, 2011! Join in the celebration with these birthday treats from other shops. Now through Saturday, June 4, type 1YROWL into the coupon code for 10% off anything in my Write Owl Designs shop!

Owl Turquoise and Green…


Jungle/Zoo/Safari Happy…


Fondant Cupcake Topper …


Set of 24 Cupcake Toppe…


Fun For All Photo Prop …


GIFT TAGS (Pink Polkado…


Elegant Happy Birthday …


Birthday Party Hat 1 2 …


Bottle Cap Images – Buy…


Bookmark Greeting Card-…


Happy Birthday Wooden G…


Happy Birthday Make a W…


Happy Birthday/Girl Cup…


Bithday Party Hats, Fun…


Happy Birthday Cupcake …


Monkey Cupcake Toppers …


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.