Sunday, May 15, 2011

15) Start my own business - besquare 06/26/10

I gotta thank Martha for the inspiration and Shim+Sons for showing me that it could actually work. I had made a pinboard for myself and had been asked by several friends to please, please make them one for their birthday. After numerous compliments and several requests I decided that mine were different enough and went ahead and decided to sell them at the Farmer's Market along with our yummy honey! I already had all the materials lying around and was already paying a table fee for the honey so there wasn't anything to lose!

photo credit: Len Knudsen

I sold one the very first day and all of my honey. And then it went in spurts. But always the compliments on how nice they were. And so pretty. And I want one, but I should think about it. Lots of the people who came and started at them week after week did eventually buy them. But Farmer's Markets are not where people buy pretty things. They come to buy things grown in dirt! Or that their children beg for (the tutu lady had a great summer!). But I did sell all but 2 of the ones I had made at the beginning of the summer. I wasn't frustrated or discouraged.

photo credit: Len Knudsen

photo credit: Len Knudsen

Hanna, Jen, Joel & I had all decided to do a craft fair together in Nelson in November. I made lots of bulletin boards because I had signed up for the Farmer's Market Winter Fair the following weekend too. I made extra pins. I made lots of fabric flowers (because they're pretty).

photo credit: Len Knudsen

In Nelson, I sold all but three bulletin boards. Our tables were crowded, and often I had too many people at the table to talk too. Wow. So much for making enough for the next weekend! So I spent the next week making more. And writing report cards. Nelson people appreciate handmade!

photo credit: Len Knudsen

The Farmer's Market Winter Market went good. Not gangbusters like Nelson, but still worth my while. I had honey with me and of course that sold out and made it worth my while. But I sold over half of what I brought down, so I'm glad I made more boards. And I was also relieved to have a few boards on hand for Christmas and birthday presents.

I'll still bring them to the market with me when I have honey. And I will definitely do the Nelson market again. I might even try to do one of their Market Fest evenings especially if Hanna or Jen want to set up with me. When I don't have honey and want a change of scenery I'll probably head over to Creston and see what I sell at their Farmer's Market.

I often wear the flowers I made in my hair to work. It has paid off! One of my co-workers wants me to bring some in because she'd like to buy a few!

I have to decided if I want to get into Etsy or not. I should probably throw a few things up there since I do have an empty Etsy store just sitting there...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

2) Use my degree - 10/13/10 - present

One of the main reasons that I didn't move to Vancouver with Blair was because I had been quasi-promised a chance at a short-term teaching contract. The librarian that I had filled in extensively for last winter and spring had booked a trip to Australia for a month and asked for me to be her replacement. Nothing was confirmed but I knew that that much teaching time couldn't be passed up! So we decided that I would stay here at least until after our trip to Hawaii, work as a TTOC (substitute) and then we'd see how tough it was and make a new plan for 2011. Thankfully I did get the confirmation call and started the contract at the end of September.

A week into the contract, the principal told me to apply for the 0.4 French Immersion Kindergarten position that was opening up. The current teacher had found a full time contract closer to her home. This of course would change all of our plans, but having a consistent pay cheque no matter how small would help us out so much this year. So I applied. And was offered the position soley based on my resume and French letter of intent. No interview. Apparently I was the only qualified applicant. Unfortunately, I didn't feel qualified! But if the principal thought I was capable then maybe I was! He had witnessed me teaching many times in the past 8 months and knew my abilities in French.

So that's what I've been up to since mid-October. And I still got to go to Hawaii for 5 weeks. There are 2 months left in school year. We just planted some seeds, we have a mother's day field trip coming up, a trip to the Creston wildlife center and the local trout hatchery. Outside play time is finally optional. My students can respond to many basic questions in French and can even pose some of their own! They understand simple and some complex instructions. They are getting better at raising their hands and walking quietly in the hallway. We are playing more and having more fun now that the end is near and I feel more relaxed. We are still learning our French letter sounds and they can usually tell me which letter to write as we sound out words together. Math is math. Centers are awesome. Crafts are difficult because of the language barrier and the time limit but when we do them they are awesome! My kids make me smile.

I'm even going to apply for a job for next year. I may only apply for jobs at this school. I'm not on the recall list so I'm not sure what will happen. But I know that there will be 5 or 6 postings here. I want around a 0.4 again, but would sure prefer it to be 2 days instead of 4 mornings. The main reason I want a contract is because I need to qualify for maternity leave a second time around. Why not get paid to have a baby by the government!?!

So I finally used my degree in a concrete, real pay cheque way, and I haven't died!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

... ing

reading | about chicken coops and wishing for a second that we still had both lots!
listening to | golden silence!
eating | nothing! all the baking is gone until Hanna comes
watching | 18 to life on netflix
planning | tackling the mess in the garage and the weedy mess in L's garden
feeling | ambitious
anticipating | what our summer will look like and where it will be
drinking | warm tea
loving | my amazing husband and my hilarious son!

Today Micah was whining about bugs and came in shrieking that a bug had come to close to him and was being "too buggy."