Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Update

Are you doing anything fun for Earth Day?

I am. Sort of.

You remember this post don't you, from way back, where I laid out some wishes and un-wishes regarding potential money-making schemes? And you had so many good ideas and a ton of words of encouragement? You remember. Ya, that was a while ago now.

[Me and my beloved TP rolls, 21 Apr 2011]

So I'm celebrating Earth Day by filling YOU in on the things I've been doing to try to make money from the bloggin' and the craftin'. Yay, party. Note the use of the word "try". I haven't made any actual real honest-to-goodness cash yet. But that's not stopping this little engine. NO.

And, yes, I'm still terrified by it all... Nevertheless, here are the baby-steps I've taken towards that sly and elusive goal: money.
  • First, I've submitted a few article ideas to magazines. I've done that a few times now with mixed results. I've experienced both rejection and acceptance. I expected the rejection. Part of growing and learning and all. It's okay. I know of rejection. I can take it. But I'm super-happy to report that one of my ideas has been accepted! Yip yipee! Which encourages me to just keep trying. Oh, and I will definitely let you know when the article comes out. But that'll take some time.
  • Second, I am writing and self-publishing a crafty ebook... It's true. Bet you're wondering how that's going eh? Um...well...slow as snails to be perfectly honest. But it IS going. And I actually manage to burst forth with little squeals of delight at times. Eep! My hope is that the book will be done by October. That's m' goal.
  • Third, I'm creating some designs for sale. I have a few in the works. I'll be selling them from here (most likely).

So that's that... What say you? Thoughts?

I'm definitely still learning to balance all these various projects. And the blog. And my family of course. Thank you so much for your patience while I learn to negotiate my way through it all.

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Finally, I just want to let you know that my family and I will be going overseas for the next 10 days. I've NEVER been overseas! It's kinda of a big deal. I am a teensy bit excited... So I'll be taking a bloggy break and spending these next 10 days with my little family. It'll be a real, gadget-free-vacation. Is that even possible?

Well you have a quiet, low-impact Earth Day, won't you? I think I'm gonna go recycle some junk mail or something... Have a wonderful Easter! And I'll be back here on Monday, the 2nd of May 2011, refreshed and ready to go. Until then, you take good care of yourself, OK?

P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me on Babble Blogs 2011 by the way. You are just the sweetest!


  1. Oh cool I'm the first to comment.(See doesn't happen much now because you're so famous and all :)) Hey just wanted to say that it sounds like that you're heading in the right direction or should I say directions. Good on you for trying all these ideas and I just know something good is going to come out of all your hard work for you. It is so hard to juggle everything though isn't it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and I'm excited on your behalf for your first overseas trip!! Do tell us where you've been when you get back!!

  2. Interesting post..hmm..well i am feeling so good to know about your ebook,it will be a great edition..wish you lots of success dear..
    & then talking about the blog break..we will miss you during these days..have an awesome vacation & enjoy with your family..take good care
    p.s you have won my blog's first giveaway,kindly send me your address before going out :)

  3. You have big pland Michele and I bet they will work out fabulously! Good luck!

  4. I am happy to hear this and wish you the best in this venture!! I have no doubts you'd be successful!
    Have fun on your trip and bring lots of pictures and memories!!

  5. Good for you!!!! Congratulations on all of your endeavors and have a totally awesome vacation!!!

  6. You have been busy! I am excited for all the fun things you are up to. Enjoy your vacation!

  7. The magazines and e-books are exciting but overseas for 10 days!! Yahoo!! I've been fortunate enough to have been 3 times and I would love to go again. I hope you love it too! Enjoy!

  8. Very exciting all around! Can't wait for the ebook and the article. Whoo! You are gonna be published!!!!

    Have the best best time, I am looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing the overseas-inspired crafts you bring to the table, er, blog when you get home.

  9. I can't wait to see what Magazine your project will be published in.

    Your post reminded me a lot of what Diane from Crafty Pod has been writing about. If you don't read her site, you might want to check it out. Lately she has been writing a lot about making money from crafting. Here's a direct link:

    Hope you have a good time on your trip!

  10. Great to see that today, Earthday, isn't something you celebrate one day out of the year! It should be celebrated everyday as we only have one beautiful planet!

  11. I was just wondering yesterday what you had decided to do..... so an update was great.... have a wonderful trip overseas... and looking forward to reading you when you get back...

  12. Have a great time on your trip!!!

  13. Have a wonderful trip!

    And yay!! on the money-making progress. I can't wait to see your article. :)

  14. Have a fantastic trip!!! I am cheering for you and your ebook. I know it will be fab. I can't wait to write tell everybody about it on my blog when it's ready to SELL and you become all I(the more)famous and that....ahhhh, I knew her when.....

  15. Alexie said:

    Have a great and wonderful vacay with the fam. You are not allowed to even think about the blog, ok?!

    And, I hope you don't have a jillion messages to read when you get back. Cuz that would be stressful, too. (Oh, wait. This very message constitutes one of a jillion such messages. Dangit)

  16. I like your submitting ideas of articles to magazines as I have done this myself with a great result. It was a crochet pattern for a major magazine and I was amazed at how great the process was...kudos to you with all your ideas.

    btw your blog is great! I will have to visit again.

  17. just thought i'd let you know i'd linked you up :)

  18. Oooh, Michele, so many good things coming your way! Rejection really scares me. Really! You go girl. And you go overseas girl. Have a lovely, happy time!

  19. Terrific news about the eBook and publishing plans! I'll watch for your eBook with interest this fall! Have you taken Sister Diane's eBook publishing class? I'm taking her class in June. Enjoy your holiday!

  20. feet are doing a Michael Flatley in anticipation of your ebook, I can't wait to see it!


  21. I hope you are having a fantastic trip, Michele. I can't wait to hear about it. Congratulations on the magazine submission... you must be thrilled! I can't wait to hear more about this ebook you speak of.


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