Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Going in a different direction for my sanity

For those of you who are following me - I have been winding down my shop. Not making any new items...but I miss the ability to offer something so functional and helpful to people! So, I think I have come up with an idea that will keep my sanity!
SO here is where I am at this point!

After coming up with the fabric cash envelope idea back in 2008 - I have made hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of sets for people!
I started out using designer fabrics but after a few years I started making more one of a kind sets.
This is where my heart is at this point.
So many have taken the fabric cash envelope idea and started their own shops.
Etsy is saturated with the same old thing.
 And to think back in 2008, I was the only one selling these!

In order to keep my sanity - I am going to focus on making one of a kind sets.
I am going through my stash and finding things I made throughout the years so I will be posting some designer sets along the way.
But - I am going to focus on using my creativity and make these one of a kind, unique sets for those who would like something a little different.
I am trying to keep my prices as low as I can because the pricing has gotten out of hand on Etsy. These sets should be somewhat affordable since we are talking about budgeting! I want you to have something stylish but affordable!

Friday, June 19, 2015

It has been a good run!


I am beginning to wind down with my current shop - Saving Money in Style.
I am happy to have created this cottage industry and provide hundreds and hundreds of folks with cash envelopes.
Plus it created over 20 or so similar shops on Etsy over the years. 
Many folks took my idea (in a respectful way by coming up with variations of the idea)
and were able to make money for themselves and help others with cash budgeting. Yay!
Others, unfortunately copied my idea, my descriptions, my fabrics... and then lowered my price by a dollar or so to attract customers.
 As upsetting as that is, it is life and it is all in God's hands.
I have been doing this since 2008 and although I feel like it is my "baby" I really need to move on to other creative endeavors!
I would appreciate your thought and prayers as I start a new journey.
I will be back here from time to time to update my progress. Thank you to all who have supported me and continued to follow me even though I am not a social media girl.
Love and hugs,
cathy :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Custom Listing

Cute custom listing for a customer in Texas.
She picked out her envelope colors as well as her zipper colors!

taking some time off :( for hand rest

Just posted in my Shop Announcement in my Saving Money in Style shop!


I will be going through my stash of already made goodies and listing new items while I am healing  so stay tuned!

I am really bummed but I have no choice. My hand and fingers were cramping and the pain is just too intense. to continue.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Trying out a new Pouch for Cash Budgeting...

This little wool pouch will hold paper and coins. It has 4 category tabs. I like to use something this size when I an running out and only need 2 or 3 of my budget categories like Clothing, Entertainment and Nails/Hair. I just throw the coins in the bottom and then transfer everything over to my larger set when I get home. Kind of fun to have a cute little pouch for just a few items!
Email me and let me know what you think! I would be glad to make one for you!

Behind the Scenes - working on a few sets in betweeen orders!

Just a sneak peek at a few of the sets that I am working on when I take a break from sewing my orders!
The one on the left is a red and gray carrier with gray envelopes: 2 of each envelope shown.
The one in the middle shows the six envelope in turquoise/yellow and gray with the turquoise damask carrier.
The set on the right top will be 6 Velcro envelopes (or zipper) if you request it (!) I love my new arrow fabric.
And the set on the bottom right will be 6 zipper pouches in my new Japanese linen fabric. Way cute.
If you are interested in any of these sets - just email me and I will give you a price and estimate on time frame for completion!

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