Wait, what?

I actually stayed on budget for my trip to NYC last weekend, so I’m seriously pleased with myself.

This means that I can afford to do things like pay the bills, buy groceries, and clothe my son for the coming school year.

I now have an embroidery machine, which joins my screen printing machine in the land of How Do I Use It? for the moment. Well, actually the machine itself seems pretty simple. It’s just that I don’t want to use the (copyright protected) designs that come with the machine, I want to use my own designs. Unfortunately, I have to make up my own designs for that to work. And to make up my own designs I have to have the proper software. I found some free embroidery design software and installed it. I am now trying to read the manual, which was written in Argentina and is therefore a little sketchy with the English language. I’m hopeful, though. I don’t usually use vector-based design tools but I’m not entirely stupid so I should be able to figure out (or look up) what I’m supposed to be doing.

My son is coming home tomorrow, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be even less productive (if that’s possible) for a while.

However, my visit went really well in New York. Not to get super personal, but I was visiting my best friend… who I used to date. And who I hadn’t seen in over 2 years. But things weren’t awkward or weird, and it was a really fun time. I told you that to tell you this: we’re going to be visiting each other as often as we can now that we know it’s cool so I need to start making more money so I can afford it. Also, and this is only a possibility for further down the road, I may eventually want to move out there. And I’d need to have a pretty big cushion to feel secure making a move like that.

I’m hoping that the ability to add original graphic prints and embroidery to my garments will help to increase the value enough to pay for what I spent on the equipment at least.

Ah, to have money in the bank!

My tax refund was deposited into my bank account yesterday, so I have been spending it hand over fist. On such frivolities as shipping supplies, new glasses (woot they should be ready in a week and I’ll be able to see again!) and cute red $9 flats I can wear to work.

Like I said last week, I need to figure out what I should be investing in business-wise and actually invest in it. I was at Joann’s this afternoon buying fabric and trying to look around at what I need and what I don’t need. That can be really tough. I didn’t really find anything that struck me as good equipment or organizational stuff or whatever. I got fabric. I got zippers. I got elastic. I got out.

I’ll probably go to Hobby Lobby on Monday or Tuesday and look at their decorative stuff that I might be able to use for photoshoots or display purposes. Maybe Goodwill and Salvation Army, too.

I need to stop being so cheap.

One of the problems I face with my business is that I make clothes. Clothes that have to be modeled. I am my only model. I am way too small to be modeling clothes that I market to fuller figured girls.

So I need new models. I’m pretty sure I can convince my friends the twins to help me out some. (Especially since at least one of them likes my work.) They’re a little shorter than me but have actual figures which I think would be comforting to Lolitas that also have actual figures. Unlike me. I also know some plus sized ladies in the community, and will hopefully be able to purchase a nice little table and chairs for my patio so there’s a set for a photo shoot… Hell I’d love to have some of the little ones if they want to come play, too. And I would pay in sandwiches and product, lol.

I just got my state tax refund and am expecting my federal one on this coming Friday. So if I can figure out exactly what it is that I want to invest in, I need to start doing it.