Monday, August 22, 2016

Blessings....

Feeling a bit better and getting some Halloween cards done. I'm so excited, they're simple cards, but they are fun and original. They have already been posted to the Etsy store.  Not sure when I'll be back in business, right now I'm just trying to get back to healthy. Little baby steps. For those of you who are in the creative world and find yourself chronically ill, there is hope. I have found solace in my creativity. 



In creating art for myself and for others I have found healing in my heart, a healing of the soul. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

A time out... for a while...

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Most of you know of my medical struggles over the past year. Well, I suffered a setback on Thursday morning. Nothing life threatening, but enough to put me in bed for almost five days now. I tried to do something yesterday and was faced the the reality of my body isn't just ready for it. So right now I am going to have to take a step back from Altered Whimseys blogging, along with the Etsy store which will NOT be opening today. I don't want to go offering something I cannot fulfill, and right now I am unable to do so for reasons beyond my control. Thank you for your support through this endeavor. Right now I have to concentrate on healing, and taking care of me. 

Love,
Kimberly Rae

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Preview.... 5 Days Away from the Grand Opening...



Hi all... it's been a crazy week, I can finally drive now, got the clearance from the Dr. yesterday so YAY.  What I'm so excited about now is the grand opening for my Etsy store is just FIVE DAYS AWAY!!! I have been working hard, and Altered Whimseys Cards and Gifts is coming together quite nicely. It is my mission to be an all inclusive small business, being able to offer my customers cards with topics that haven't been 'mainstream' in the card industry until just recently. I will be offering LGBTQ wedding and transition cards, as well as a few Pride themed cards come next June. I will also have on hand Yule, Samhain, and Solstice cards for my Pagan and Wiccan customers. Of course I will have the mainstream Christmas and Birthday cards, along with a selection of Halloween cards. In September of 2017 I will have a line of Islamic Ramadan EID cards. After the big rush this Fall, I will be offering the opportunity of custom cards and sets. Most of my greeting cards will come in sets of four, it's more economical and saves on shipping. Right now my shipping area is confined to the states and FPO and APO's. 

I am not only making cards, this year I will also have a selection of Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner place cards for your table in sets of 8 & 12. Mind you all of this is not all coming out at once, it's just a one woman production right now who not only makes the product, but I do the PR, blogging, and business end. Financially I have a goal of saving money for mine and my husband's 20th wedding anniversary (in early May, I will have Mother's Day cards, however a limited selection due to shipping time and production as I will be gone) for which we are planning on Hawaii. I also have to replenish my creative tools and goods so I can create said cards. I am not allied with any home based business, this is all ME. So support small businesses....(wink wink)


Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Frolic... the Virtual Fun of the Becky Higgins Project Life App....

I have sung it's praises earlier, and since I am still in the recovery phase and cannot drive (hopefully will get the 'go' next Tuesday) I am going to share my experiences with another online.... well sort of, crafting 'store'. Many of us are familiar with Becky Higgins' project life kits what not only feature her designs, but the designs of many others such as Heidi Swapp and Amy Tangerine. Well Becky has kicked it up a notch for us app users and ladies on the go, the Project Life app. The Project Life app allows you to use the page outlines the correlate with her physical pocket page outlines. It also has endless 'page' inserts from the same designers of her Project Life physical kit allowing you to create pages to post anywhere and also gives you the opportunity to print them, either 8x8 or 12x12 by signing up for an account. The prices are reasonable and you get quality prints of your layouts. Here is an example of mine using the 'Brave Patient' inserts.


It is currently available for Apple iOs systems as well as in Google Play Android. Have fun!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Yes, we are pushing the date back....

Due to a little setback in the recovery department (Open heart surgery on July 7th) I am pushing the opening date of the Etsy store back two weeks. I had one good day of creativity and I thought I was ready to conquer the world of paper crafting. Well, two weeks out of OR.... NOT. I'm little Miss Go 1000 MPH with my hair on fire. So, I must follow Dr.'s orders, everyone's orders and rest.