Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 In Review


What a year this has been, it's definitely had it's ups and downs. Emotionally I'm a bit surprised I'm holding it all together.

Treegold and Beegold both the blog and shop continue to grow. Both blog views and sales in the Etsy Shop continue to go off, (here's crossing our fingers that the post Yule sales decrease isn't too much.) In many ways this is the outlet for my creativity this has given me is the best emotional therapy I could ever have. I've learned about blog design, promotion, blog organization and made some great new friends. I'm sure this will just continue into the next year.

It's things on the home front that have been difficult:

  • This entire year I have either been unemployed or under employed. I'm still trying to get a full time position as a teacher but the year is now half over. 
  • Our roof needs to be replaced and is currently tarped. That won't hold out for much longer. 
  • The transmission went out on our SUV so we're down to just one car and it's a small car.
  • Then there was all the issues with Lil R's schooling. 


The good points are:

  • Everyone now has medical insurance so that isn't a worry and we have food assistance. 
  • I'm hoping we have a large enough tax refund to take care of the roof. 
  • And between selling off extra items like things the kids have out grown and Treegold and Beegold we can fix the car within a few months.
In the next week I'll make a post announcing some of our future plans around here. Right now I just wanted to do a reflection post as we sit at the end of 2012. I'll think about 2013 more tomorrow. 

Happy New Year everyone!


Top 5 Blog Posts of 2012


2012 is coming to a close and I wanted to share what were the most viewed Posts here at Treegold & Beegold for the entirety of 2012. Just click on the image for a link to the original post.

I'm going to later be posting a reflection on our first complete year up and running. Boy has this been a crazy year for us on both a personal and business level.

Blessings,
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Free Printable: Thank You Cards - Teaching about Showing Appreciation


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The gift receiving holidays have just passed and we think it’s really important that our children learn to appreciate and show that appreciation for their gifts.

I created this Thank You card that we can help the munchkins fill out and when they’re bigger that they can fill out for themselves.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I am Not the Super Holiday Mom but I try


Yule Tide Blessings from Treegold and BeegoldNormally you all only see my successes because that’s what I share. You don’t see my million things I try to to and don’t succeed at.

Overall this holiday season I’ve been doing pretty good. Especially since I’ve been getting my butt kicked by orders. Not that I’m really complaining, but I’ve had a lot more orders than I’m used to in a given month. Something like about 50% more than November’s orders which is 8 times more than I was having in the Spring months. Yes that’s a pretty sizeable increase. Though these are good numbers they still are anywhere near quit my job numbers unfortunately.



Besides beings swamped with orders I wanted to share what I have and haven’t completed on my holiday to do list.
  • Felt Winter Scene Countdown Calendar by Treegold and BeegoldI finished the munchkins Countdown Calendar by barely in time. They actually went 5 days with nothing to add to it.
  • I was late shipping out all our out of state gifts. I don’t think they’ll arrive where they need to until Wednesday. Epic Fail there.
  • I only got one handmade gift done for Wee Rose and never got Lil’ R’s completed.
  • I intended to send cookies or other sweets to everyone and yeah that didn’t happen.
  • I intended to sew more side table covers for the living room (mini table toppers basically), none even started.
  • I did sew a Christmas Alphabet book for the kids. It was one of those printed fabric books where you just stitch it together.
  • I did get some sweets made up including these yummy Sugar Coated Pecans.
  • We reorganized the entire office so I no longer have to pass in front of Hubby (while he’s playing games or watching the TV to get to my desk / work area).
  • I got most our holiday cards out but I didn’t resend out cards where we had the address incorrect.
  • I last minute got a gift in the mail for the postal carrier, he does a lot have heavy hauling for us with all the orders I have out and supplies coming in.
  • We did start our Yule Traditions of lighting the Yule Log candle holder but we haven’t been remembering every day.
T-Minus one day and then I’ll have time to breath. Tonight ahead I have a traditional dinner to make, a house to clean, more presents to wrap, and a large brunch to prep for.

While I and many others will be fairly online silent for the next day I hope everything is having a happy Holiday Season, Merry Yule!!



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Yule Reflection Activity




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Today over at The Pagan Village in my Crafty Bee’s column I’m sharing a great family activity to help bring Yule into our everyday lives. It’s our first year trying this out in our home and so far the kids seem really excited about it.

 
I hope you all like it and be sure to share it with any parents you know or even a group could do this together as a group building activity.







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