For the Crafters: Destashing my Craft Books into my Shop

Unlike with January, where it is seen by many as the beginning of the new year and a time to make resolutions for the year, since moving to the ranch over 16 years ago now, my new year has shifted to calving season. There is just something about seeing baby calves born and running around the meadow that just inspires and motivates me to create and stick to resolutions for the year. I think it has something to do with all that young energy.

With the drop of that first calf, I found myself in the mood to declutter some of the “junk” around here. I decided to start with my craft stash and went through my craft corner, closet, drawers, and suitcases. Yes, this crafting junk has found its way into every  nook and cranny of our home.

I think some of this decision was based on my Etsy shop and what items did I want to create for it as I am still searching for my “niche” products. So while going through my library of crafting books, I found several that I had purchased over the years that I will never use again or will not be doing. Many of these are finding their way into my shop right now. Many more of them will be added as I make a final decision on them.

So here is the list for the interested:

For the Crafter

I made the Craft Journal for Makers & Designers for the crafter that wants a detailed records of their projects. They come in a hardbound, spiral bound, and printable versions. They were created to be versatile with plenty of space for all types of craft projects, including sewing, crocheting, knitting, woodworking, jewelry, beading, embroidery, or any other types of crafts you do.

For the Crocheter: Crochet Patterns

I have several of my own crochet patterns waiting in the wings for me to type up and place in my Etsy shop. I hope to have that done by the end of this year. Crossing my fingers.

For the Cross Stitcher: Cross Stitch Patterns

These are the few that are left as many were grabbed shortly after their release into my shop. There will be more cross stitch patterns added to my shop as I have a ton of them that I’ve collected in my 30 years of cross stitching. Many of them I still haven’t convinced myself to part with, but I’m getting close. 😀

For the Handmade Card & Journal Crafter

During my “I want to create handmade cards, journals, and scrapbook because they look awesome” phase in life, I bought these lovely books. Only later did I realize I had no real desire to spend my time making handmade cards, creating journals I would never use, or scrapbooking a photo book I would never look at. Although recently I did find some awesome information in these books for my artist daughter, including some valuable information on art journaling Journal Revolution and creating an art journal that she loves in the Making Journals by Hand.

For the Sewist: Sewing Patterns

I bought several sewing pattern before I had kids with the intention of sewing my own clothes or quilts. Only I had kids and some of the patterns that I bought no longer fit me. So it’s time to find some sewist whose interested in them. Neither of the clothing patterns have ever been used. And for the interested, yes, I am sewing my own clothes. I just use different patterns. 😀

For the DIY Organic Cosmetics Creator

I bought these with the intention of creating my own beauty products. Great idea, huh. Not really in my case. I don’t use face creams, body lotions, or hair rinses. Not that that is all that is in these books. They have so much great information and awesome recipes for those interested in skin and hair care.


I hope you crafters found something that you like, but if not, that’s ok. I will be adding more patterns to my shop. Also, I’m working my way through my stash of crafting goods. Some of that stash will find it’s way into my shop as I decide what I will be using, what I won’t be using, and what I’m ready to part with. I really want these items that I love to go to someone who will love and use them. 😀

Wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman

My Inner Creative is so Excited!

Hello everyone! I hope your week has been a great one.

I know that I’ve been busy. And yes, that is something that I say often, but it’s true. This week has been lots of working behind the scenes of running my business.

Does anyone else find that there is so much more to running a business then what they took into account when they first started, or is that just me?

Anywhoo, I started out the week doing one of my favorite things, branding and packaging. I know it sounds weird, but my inner graphic designer is having a field day designing logos, banners, care labels, hang tags, thank you cards, and even packaging.

A few of the things that I created.

While I don’t have a picture of my shop packaging, mostly because I didn’t think to take pictures of the last order I sent out, I’m loving the idea of creating something that is both fun and eco-friendly to open. I like the idea of not having plastic and stuff that will most likely be thrown in the garbage, but I also like the idea of each purchase being a gift that you open.

Because who doesn’t like getting gifts? I know I do. I think it speaks to my inner child. 😀

An inner creative child that was so excited by the arrival of the pretty blue tissue paper and new shipping boxes last week to add to the pretty blue bubble mailers, white and blue baker’s twine, outdoorsy washi tape, beautiful wax seal, pale blue ribbon, and the cabin rubber stamp I bought last year. I barely restrained her from using it all in one package. LOL

After my inner graphic designer ran out of things to design and my inner child got tired and went to take a nap, my inner business person decided to show up Thursday and help me with the more practical side of business.

We started by creating an updated version of my inventory management system so that it works better for me. Last years version was too basic and not as helpful as I needed it to be. While it was a great place to start, it really needed to be updated with all the materials I’ve purchased over the years and would like to use to create items for my shop.

I thought about buying one, and came very close, but all the ones I looked at either didn’t have pictures of what they were selling in their bundles so I wasn’t sure what I would be buying or their templates didn’t have things I really wanted to have in my template. So I started to make one.

Other than pulling out all my inventory and making sure it is all up-to-date, the sales and material inventory section of my spreadsheets is done. This afternoon, I’m moving on to working on my shop inventory (actual physical products) and my service inventory.

What have you all been up to lately?

Wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman

Sale on Sewing Patterns in my Shop!

This post is more for those who like to sew. Or if you know someone who likes to sew and might be interested, share this post with them. For one week only (July 14th thru 21st), I’m offering 15% off on all my sewing patterns and when you purchase $35 or more (not just patterns but anything in my shop), you get free shipping on your order.

Now on to this extra exciting post. Mwwhawhahaha!

With my stash busting in 2020, I decided that it was time to go through my sewing patterns to see what I still wanted or didn’t. This wasn’t too hard as the bulk of them reside in two gallon sized ziplock bags. I’m not much for sewing.

This first one I bought about 16 years ago when I was working at BYU. I needed black pants for work and these looked comfortable, nice, and they were in a style I liked. I never got around to making them though. Now the size is too small. 😦

I bought this skirt pattern at a garage sale when I was a teen. It might be from the 1970s but the skirt was just what I was looking for at the time. I’ve since outgrown the pattern. 😦

These next ones were given to me by a friend who no longer needed them for her daughters and thought I might like to make them for my girls someday. Someday came sooner than I liked and sadly, my girls weren’t interested in any of them and while I think they are absolutely adorable, my volumptous body would never fit into them and I’m not skilled enough to resize them.

(And yes, I’m aware that volumptous should be spelled voluptuous, but it’s no fun using a real word. 😀 )

For the moment, these are all the sewing patterns I’m willing to part with.

Wishing you all the very best!

Stephannie Beman