{New Release} Printable Online Password Tracker!

While Friday was the official release of my Printable Password Tracker, I ended up running out of time to write the blog post for it. I guess that is what I get when I get side tracked by interesting tidbits of research . I know, bad me and that addictive pinning site that sucked me in with its cute pictures.

Anywhoo! Friday, I added an new printable to my Etsy store.  The Printable Password Tracker is basically a printable tracker for websites, usernames, and passwords that you can put in your planner. For those of you who don’t like writing out your usernames and passwords, something I’m not too comfortable with either, you could always write a question or hint to jog your memory instead of the usernames and passwords.

Buy the Printable Password Tracker (Printable PDF) for $2.95 at ETSY now!

The Online Tool Tracker is a PDF that comes in 4 sizes: Letter, Half, A4, and A5. So it can hopefully fit into your planner or BUJO easily. For those who don’t know what a BUJO is, it’s a bullet journal.

Wishing you all the very Best this week!

Stephannie Beman

My Printable Project Planner

I got so excited, that I ended up releasing my Printable Project Planner a week early. My bad. *hangs head in shame, but can’t hide the small smile*

Ok, so I’m not sorry! I’m having a lot of fun creating printable planner inserts that I can customize to fit my needs…and yours.

Yep! I admit that I love my simple, blank printable planner inserts over using the store bought ones or even the pre-dated 2019 Planner that I created. What can I say, I found printing out what I need for that month, week, or day while skipping the rest better fits my needs and lifestyle.

So without further ado, I present you with the Project Planner…

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What Customers have to say:

“It’s a great tool. I’ve been using these planners for three years now, and it’s helped me stay organized. I’ve also enjoyed the fact that I can track down my progress, so on days where I feel like I haven’t done much, I can look over the planner and see how much I’ve accomplished over the year. It keeps me motivated.

“I still have the ones I used for the past couple of years. It’s nice to go over them from time to time and see what I’ve done. After a while, I’ve noticed how I can best pace out my projects because I can see where the project started and where it ended. It helps me plan out future projects since I have a better idea of my natural work schedule.

“I didn’t even realize how much writing down what I was doing each day helped me stay on top of things and figure out my own pattern for working on books.”

~Ruth Ann Nordin

Buy the Project Planner (Printable PDF) for $4.95 at ETSY now!

Wishing you all the best,
Stephannie Beman

 

Guess What I Did…

Hey Sweet Peas! I hope you all have been having as much fun as I have lately.

The last few months I’ve been mostly absent from the Internet, hopping on occasionally to check emails, see what friends are up to, and reading articles on subjects I find interesting. However, I spent most of my time with my family, evaluating what I want in life, and the goals I want to work toward. I made a dent in my to-read pile and I’m hoping to have a reading list post ready for the end of this month. I also made some writing related decisions about what I’m going to do with the Lost Heir Series, and those major story choices might allow me to finish the whole damn thing before the end of the year, but I’ll talk a little more about that at a later date when I have a better idea of how much time I can devote to writing.

I also spent many long, relaxing moments, despite some hard times with my health, designing and creating all sorts of handcrafted goodies. Now I’ve been a closet crafter since I was a 10. It’s a secret, guilty pleasure that I never thought anyone would be interested in until I started bringing my crocheting with me and people started asking me if I sold my work and where they could find it, or if I taught lessons because they always wanted to learn to crochet or cross-stitch. When I shared some of my projects here and on Facebook, they were well received by many of you, and there were even a few requests to purchase some of the items.

“United in Marriage” project I’ve been working on for the last 4 months. I’m cross-stitching it on linen.

I’ve always loved creating items inspired by the beauty and quality of the homesteading spirit that is very much apart of my life here on the Ranch. But my home is only so big and there are so many things I can create before it starts pouring out of the closets. Which is why I’m careful about the projects I choose. This year I threw aside caution and decided to take the plunge. I started crafting whatever drew me, despite not having a recipient for most of it. And then, last week,

I dove into the deep end of the pool and decided it was time to share some of my creations with the world by opening…

Stephannie Beman’s Shop on Etsy!

Yep! I’ve opened an Etsy Shop and it’s actually named Stephannie Beman’s Shop.

I know, it’s not that creative of a name, but after much deliberation I decided to sell everything under my own name rather than something catchy like Shop in the Woods, Homestead Treasures, Steph’s Creative Corner, The Enchanted Homestead, or even Cozy Cottage Crafts. I did it because:

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Blank Weekly Planner (Printable PDF) $4.95

1) I didn’t want to trap myself into a specific niche because my shop name implied certain types of crafts and then later deciding that I wanted to sell something different so I have to create another shop for it. Seen it happen all the time.

2) It made more sense to use my name than creating another business under a different name when I use my name for freelance graphic design and indie publishing.

3) I’m the boss of my shop and I have no intention of transferring or selling my shop to someone else, although I might let my Little Ones (who are almost as tall as I am BTW) make some crafty goodies to sell in my shop, I will stay the boss. 😛

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2019 Writer’s Planner Bound Planner $13.99 or Printable PDF Planner $8.99

My goals as a handmade crafter are much the same as my goals as a writer. I want to enjoy what I’m designing and creating. I want to work at my pace and within my time frame without pushing myself to create more things faster and lose the time I have with my family. I want to work on projects that interested me, regardless if it’s popular with ‘customers’. I want to create quality projects using nice materials even if it costs me more to do so.

Now I have plans to add more items to my shop, but for the moment there are the printable planners and printable planner inserts I created, both blank and dated, with more on their way. I also have a crochet pattern I created for my placemats, and I’m currently writing up more of my designs from my crafting journal to add to my shop.

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Crocheted Cotton Table Placemat (PDF Pattern) $3.95

Eventually, I’ll be adding physical inventory to my shop, such as scarves, hoods, beanies, shawls, afghans, fingerless gloves, placemats, etc. I’m debating creating a custom craft service where I will make things at the customers request and specifications, and I have a friend who has kindly agreed to be my test subject this next month. We are just waiting for the yarn for her project. This will allow me to figure out how I want to package and ship my goods to a customer.

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Waiting On Tracker (Printable PDF) $1.95

I want to create a professional look for my finished products and the packaging that I will send them in. So I did a little more research on packaging, Etsy, and product photography in preparation of opening the craft shop. I made a few choices on the look of my logo, shop branding, the packaging material for the physical items I will be selling, the look of my business cards, and the labels I will be attaching to my crafts.

I decided to have most of it printed using a professional service because my printer doesn’t like cardstock and it would just look better. So while I’m waiting for my orders to arrive, I’m working on taking better photos and creating more items to add.

Wishing you all the very best,

Stephannie Beman

NEW RELEASE! 2019 Writer’s Planner

It’s that time again! Yay!

Wondering what the Hell I’m talking about. Well it’s the time of year where I release next years planner!

Cover Image Designed by Stephannie Beman with Cover Image by Sadudee Sittichoke from Dreamstime.com

Well, I’m actually a little late announcing the release of my 2019 Writer’s Planner. Even though I uploaded it at the end of September and created a page for it, after four failed attempts to write this post and finally deciding to delete it in a not so adult fit of anger, I decided to grow up a bit and stop procrastinating. Besides, it’s snowing today and I have no excuse not to write this post now. LOL

First off, for those who know they want the planner but aren’t interested in the rest of the post, you may Purchase the 2019 Writer’s Planner at LULU for $13.99. For those who want to know if they can purchase it at Amazon, the answer is no for various reasons. Maybe one day.

Sidenote: While this planner was created for writers, it can actually be used for anyone who plans their projects and activities more by week than day.

Next, let me introduce you to the 2019 Writer’s Planner which is a yearly and weekly planner that allows you to see what appointments you have for the week, keep track of those pesky tasks that you need to make sure you have done daily, and make a to-do list of projects and/or tasks you need to work on but have no specific time or day when it needs to get it done. There are also several sections for projects that you maybe working on at any given moment.

Peek inside the 2019 Writer’s Planner:
Yearly Planning Sheet where you can have a yearly overview of the projects you plan to accomplish for the year

Yearly To-Do List for things you plan to accomplish for the year. There is also one near the back to help with next years planning.

2019-At-A-Glance gives you a place to record birthdays, appointments, upcoming projects, client work, or deadlines.

Monthly Calendars with projects & Goals sheet to record information, plan projects, or write down projects and goals you want to complete that month.

Weekly Calendars with sections for appointments, weekly tracker for goals or word counts, and the week’s projects and goals you want to accomplish.

Project Planner for brainstorming and planning your writing projects, writing lists, and more.

Waiting For section to track of the purchases or submissions you are waiting on.

And there you go, the 2019 Writer’s Planner.

Purchase the 2019 Writer’s Planner at LULU
for $13.99

2019 Writer’s Planner Product Details

Author: Stephannie Beman
Published: September 14, 2018
Language: English
Pages: 198
Binding: Coil
Interior Ink: Black & White
Weight: 1.36 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): 8.5 wide x 11 tall

{WIP} A Tale of 2 Light Houses

Last year, we took a vacation to visit my Grandma’s house in Washington after we finished haying. We had a wonderful time exploring the forests, beaches, and small towns around the area.

While there, my grandma took us to a little tourist trap town on the coast, I can’t even remember the name now. But what I do remember is the yarn and needlecraft store we ran across. Now, if you don’t know this about me, I’m an avid crafter on top of being a writer, and this was a store that I refused to bypass by without going inside. As hubby and girls found a rock store a few doors down, I basically had all the time I wanted to explore inside.

Jennings Yarn and Needlecraft is a unique yarn shop specializing in quality natural fibers and designer yarns.  Our yarn collection features wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, angora, silk and cotton, along with many novelty yarns.  We feature yarns from Trendsetter Yarns, Prism, Lang, Berroco, Malabrigo, Lana Grossa, and Noro, to name a few.

We also carry cross stitch and needlepoint from Dimensions, DMC, Elizabeth Bradley, Thea Gouverneur, Stitch n Zip, Textile Heritage and others.

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Once inside, I really didn’t want to leave. It’s been a very long time since I was in a craft store with shelves upon shelves of my preferred crafting mediums. Fabric, thread, and patterns for cross-stitching and embroidering, and yarns and various tools for crocheting.

Now it was almost as hard not to buy a carload of materials for all the different projects I suddenly wanted to do as it is for me to go into a bookstore and not come out with more books then I could possible read in a year.

Now, I did restrain myself from going on a shopping spree, but only because I had a choice between bringing home our girls or a crafting stash that I couldn’t possible finish in my lifetime. I chose to bring home our girls because they are irreplaceable.

If I do decide in the future that I want to purchase anything from Jenning’s Yarn and Needlecrafts I can always order it over the phone as they don’t have an online shop. Or I could purchase it online from the several retailers who do have online shops.

I did, however, splurge on two counted cross-stitch kits of lighthouses for the bathroom. I did one several years ago that I gave to my mom that has the same look to it and that I still have the pattern to so I plan to stitch it up again. I started the first on around the first of December and I finished the second one around the end of June this year.

Here’s what they look like without the frame.

I did buy a double frame from Walmart during our monthly trip there that I thought would compliment the design,  but since I now plan to add the third lighthouse to the series, I’m going to take it back and get the three single frames. At least that is the plan at the moment. It’s prone to change if I find something better. 😀

When I get them framed and hung, I will post a picture of the finished project.

I wish you all the very best in August,

Stephannie Beman

 

Baby Beanie Yarn (Let the Fun Begin)

Two weeks ago I mentioned raiding the yarn store, and yes, I’m still imagining smelly, fur clad Vikings parking their longboats outside the doors of the craft store and rushing through the store with their swords and axes drawn, and all the customers screaming terror. I just hope they don’t set the place on fire before they leave. I’m kinda a fan of Herrschners and Joann’s (outside links). I’d hate not to have either because of a bunch of pillaging Vikings. LOL

Anyways, last week the box of yarn for the infant beanies arrived in the mail. Eeekk!

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Aren’t they beautiful colors for baby hats? The only colors missing are the light and medium mauve yarn Miss T has taken for the girl hats she wanted to make, and the mango and gold yarn Miss K took to make some hats of her own.

Sorry, for those who don’t understand my excitement. Just imagine getting a box of things you really like. It could be books, clothes, stationary, shoes, etc. For me, I’ve always gotten excited when I receive books, crafts, office supplies, or a new laptop in the mail. I know it sounds weird, and possibly some of you are thinking “How sad”, but these are things I buy that take me to my happy place, but they aren’t the only way I get there.  😀

Yes, I just went there. Sorry. 😦 Not! 🙂

Anyhoo, going back to why I just splurged on a ton of yarn. My eldest daughter, Miss T, has a community project assignment for school coming up, and she decided she either  wanted to donate baby beanies for the hospital or sell beanies to earn money for the food bank. Now, while I love her ambition, doing both is a big job so I had to curb her just a tiny bit and told her to choose one project. And if she still feels like doing the other later I would be more than happy to let her.

She decided to make baby beanies for the hospital, which was probably inspired by the birth of her niece, Miss N, a few months back, and told me that she had a few stipulations to go along with that choice. Alright, let the negotiations begin! Mwhahaha….

Stipulation #1: I was in no way allowed to help her with the project. She had to do it herself, because if I helped it would be cheating.

No cheating? Hey, I can respect that! Stipulation accepted.

Stipulation #2: She wanted to use my  Boye Knitting Looms (outside link) they bought me for Christmas rather then use her limited skills at crocheting because it would be easier and she could make more hats.

I’m sure the hospital will not turn down more hats for babies. I also agree that using the loom knit would be easier than crocheting beanies, because loom knitting is far easier for her to work in the round then if I taught her to crochet in the round with her limited knowledge. She’s still a beginner. Stipulation accepted.

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These are the knitting looms I’m using.

Stipulation #3: She wanted to pay for the yarn herself. She would do extra chores to help pay for it sooner.

More chores? Cleaner house? I have no problem with that. Stipulation accepted!

Stipulation #4: She did not want that scratchy yarn I use (She’s talking about the Super Saver Red Heart Yarn I used for some lap blankets.), because she didn’t think that babies would like it against their skin. She wanted the soft yarn I used for the Heart Scarf and her Beanies.

I whole heartedly agree! And this is the reason that I had to get more yarn. The yarn I have is already slotted for other projects and some of it–like the Lion Brand Treasures Yarn I used for the Ocean Waves Scarf which is a blend of 70% acrylic and 30% wool–is not suitable for baby beanies. Stipulation accepted.

Negotiation ended.

Well, dammit. I was really looking forward to debating the merits of her taking full responsibility for her community service project, but since I agreed to all her stipulations, I guess I don’t have to. Oh well, maybe on her next  great idea I’ll have the chance to work on my negating skills, until then I better get back to work on my next crocheting project. I think you guys are going to love it. 😀

Wishing you all the best,

Stephannie Beman

Yarn Raids & Beanie Maddness

Just typing that title makes me think if Vikings raiding a village. Only without the awesome longboats, swords and axes, screaming terror of the villagers, or pretty fire. Damn! Where’s all the fun in raiding without all that? LOL

Anywhoo, today I raided the my favorite Online craft store (outside link), in order to take advantage of their sales price and my 10% off coupon. Only after did I realize that at the rate I’m going lately, I will soon be that Lady. Not the crazy cat lady, although I’ve been working on that one for years. My barn cats just don’t stick around long enough to become a large herd. I’m talking about the crazy yarn lady.

Not sure if you ever met one, but you would remember if you had. She’s the one with yarn squeezed into every nook and cranny of her home. She’s the one who has to pull out her yarn stash anytime someone compliments her on her latest project and tell the unsuspecting victim…er, guest about all the other projects she has planned. She’s one whose yarn stash fill an entire room (outside link) and whose kids can be found napping on it. She’s the one who has it displayed in some creative way, like in a hutch with glass doors (outside link).

So I haven’t quite earned the Crazy Yarn Lady title, but I’m working on it, and today’s raid brings me one step closer. Mwhahahaha!

Here’s my current yarn stash dumped into a pile on the bed. Isn’t it beautiful?

Really though, today’s raid on the craft store had little to do with me or my crafting obsession of late. Actually, very little of what I bought will go toward any of my future projects.

Has anyone else noticed how complicated school has gotten compared to when we were in school, or is it just me? I know someone out there is wondering how buying yarn and school relate? Stick with me for a minute and this whole post will make perfect sense. I think?

I’ve noticed that as my oldest daughter moves up the grades, I find myself running more and more to the store for things like gym clothes and shoes with white soles, notebooks, school supplies I didn’t have to buy before, tri-fold presentation boards (twice, because the first one was too small), nice clothes for choir/band that she will never wear again, the occasional poster board, and today it was yarn.

I bought a massive amount of yarn in all these beautiful colors because my eldest has to do some service project for her community (more details are supposed to be coming my way soon from the teacher) and the project my daughter decided would be the best to do was…. *drum roll* loom knitted baby beanies for the local hospital.

After speaking with her teacher yesterday to make sure she was good with the project, I bought enough yarn to keep my daughters and me busy for a few months at least. 😀

So what inspired my daughter to create beanies?

Well it all started when I pulled out the knitting loom they bought me for Christmas and decided to practice the different knitting stitches in the book they got me. I choose the simplest item I could think of to create, the beanie.

I used some leftover yarn from projects that were done in the past and tried out each size loom. These were my first tries. My favorite stitch is the red one.

Small Child Beanie, Baby Beanie, and Adult Beanie

Small Child (top left), Baby (bottom left), and Adult (right)

My daughter loved them so much that she had me make her one in her school colors and then decided that she wanted to learn how to make them. As much as she has been enjoying crocheting things lately, I think she finds Loom Knitting easier and I don’t blame her one bit. It is easy.

My Eldest Daughter wanted to show off the loom knitted hat I made her. I don’t believe she’s taken it off since Monday.

The yarn should arrive next week and I’ll post pictures of all the lovely colors we picked for the babies when it gets here.

Wishing you all the very Best!

Stephannie Beman