Monday, January 04, 2010

Welcome 2010, SSCS Gifts and 2009 Recap

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I truly did. DH and I had lots of Mr. E time, took a mini vacation to celebrate 11 years of being a couple and 3,100 days of being married and are easing back into the daily routine. Here are a few of of my highlights from the holidays.

Granny Loz was my SSCS partner. She sent me this gorgeous table runner.
It will be going on my studio table later today.
She also included a wonderful covered journal (I'm already using it for tracking yarn projects), a cute bottle tote and a small mat folded up like an envelope. Thank you, Granny Loz!
The Tuesday before Christmas my DIL and I took Mr. E for his first professional photo session at Picture People. Here are scans of two of the photos we purchased from them. I call this one his "Resume Photo" - anyone want to hire a precocious 9-month-old?
This close-up of him is to-die-for. Mommy chose this one to be done as a 10 x 13 inch photo with a black mat and frame. The photo is simply stunning.
We were lucky that mommy, daddy and Mr. E spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with us. On Christmas morning we had breakfast before opening any gifts. I call this photo "Got Presents?"
"Oh . . . there's presents in here!"
Our mini vacation took us to southern CT for some relaxing and casino time.
Here I am in the whirlpool tub with lots and lots of bubbles.

2009 Recap
In 2007 I started tracking how much time I spend creating and how much money I spend on creative tools (fabric, yarn, thread, etc). Yesterday I completed my 2009 spreadsheet and here are is a recap:

2009 Total Hours: 473.75 hours, an avg. of 39.48 hours a month or an avg. of 1.3 hours a day. My most productive month was October with 50.25 hours, least productive was January with 26.5 hours. My busiest day of the month was the 24th with a little over 2 hours a day spent creating. My slowest day of the month is the 9th with less than 30 minutes a day spent creating.

2009 Money Spent: $1,906.59, an avg. of $158.88 a month. That's not bad considering I work at a fabric and craft store. Of course, if I didn't have an employee discount the value would be higher.

2010 Ahead
I don't make resolutions. I go with the flow. However, today and tomorrow are holiday clean-up days and reorganizing. I'll be back tomorrow with an update on that process.

Sweet P


Mary Grace McNamara said...

I'll hire him! What a handsome little guy you have there!

Your relaxing time looks pretty darn relaxing in that tub with all those bubbles! Good for you for getting away for a little while with your husband!

Happy New Year!


Chookyblue...... said...

beaitful gifts from Lorraine..........thanks for being part of the SSCS once again.........

gorgeous little man..........

Elaine Adair said...

How interesting to note the TIME you spent, not just the $. I tend to work in short spurts at times, but am almost always looking, thinking, planning, etc. Hard to determine what is 'working' vs. what is just enjoying.

Norm? I think somewhere I read that the 'norm' quilter spent around $1800/yr.

Happy New Year to you. Thanks for dropping by my site recently. 8-)))