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What a Mess! Time to Get Organized!

Do you ever find you spend way too much time looking for stuff when you need to work on something? You have to put it all away so that if someone is coming over, the place isn’t such a mess? And then you can’t find anything when you need it?

Well, I was thinking I needed to organize my bear supplies so I didn’t have to shove them in all kinds of hidey holes in the event someone was coming over. The problem is that I make bears nearly year round, having huge spurts of business, and then slow downs. So if I put it all away, the next thing I know I’ve got a bunch more bear orders. Then I’m searching for everything all over again. It’s not my income. Even though it’s a business. It’s just something I love to do. But I don’t like how it makes my house look like a wreck–well, in the family room where I live. The rest of the house is neat.

But I want the family room to look that way too.

Before organizing bear supplies

Before organizing bear supplies

Organizing embroidery threads by color

Organizing embroidery threads by color

Bear Making Tools

Bear Making Tools

Bear tags, ribbons for the tags, and cards for the final shipping of the bears.

Bear tags, ribbons for the tags, and cards for the final shipping of the bears. Oh, and the puppies thinking it was time to eat.

More bear making supplies

More bear making supplies

Treasure Chest for Steampunk and Dragon Bears and Wizard Bears

Treasure Chest for Steampunk and Dragon Bears and Wizard Bears

Suede for bear paws

Suede for bear paws

Boxes with some of the bear supplies, and my wolf and jaguar books above them.

Boxes with some of the bear supplies, and my wolf and jaguar books above them.

After getting organized. I still have the bears in a plastic tub that I'm working from. I might get another box so that even they can be hidden away.

After getting organized. I still have the bears in a plastic tub that I’m working from. I might get another box so that even they can be hidden away.

Closed box when sitting on my coffee table as I'm working on bears, much neater

Closed box when sitting on my coffee table as I’m working on bears, much neater

The other design

The other design

I already had all the plastic boxes I fit inside the boxes, only I had to organize them because I had everything mixed with everything else and spent tons of time always trying to find what I needed.

Now I can better see if I’m running out of some materials. Otherwise, I’d think I had tons of something, and lots of orders, and wait, what? No eyeballs? So this should help me with inventory control also. 🙂

I still have fur to cut out, but at least for all the other bear making supplies, this will keep them better organized, and dust free too!

Do you need to be better organized?

These were on sale at Michaels and were only about $8 per box for the bigger ones, less for the smaller ones. So I’m thrilled.

Have a great day!

Now that I’m organized, I need to get back to writing and work on two bears that are waiting for me in that plastic tub!

🙂 <3

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Puppies in Macro Photography

Max sleeping on Tanner's neck

Max sleeping on Tanner’s neck

I’m certain Tanner has eyes. I’ve seen them on occasion, but rarely. Yesterday I pulled his hair back, trying to get a picture of it. And by the way, I do try to brush out his whiskers, but he’s still JAWS when it comes to the brush getting near his nose. The hairs are unruly curls, but that makes Tanner, Tanner.

Okay, I’m BEHIND on word count on She-Wolf, but that’s because I spent ALL day yesterday working on taxes. Really, I need to be better organized. Then my daughter mentioned that if I had energy efficient improvements made to the house–like a new water heater and the windows, (which truly have been great–no ice on the INSIDE of windows), and that means finding all the receipts. In the future, I need to really be better organized.

🙂 <3 Okay, working some on word count, and then back to taxes!

Have a lovely tax-free Sunday!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Are You a Multi-Tasker?

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I am. Okay, today, I’ve got to start proofing the final copy of SEAL Wolf Hunting. Don’t you love this cover? Besides the guy, I LOVE the wolf. Since I write about wolves, as  in werewolves, but they’re so human and so wolf-like that it seems sacrilegious to call them werewolves–as in a horror version of them, I love to see a beautiful wolf on the cover taking up center stage too. Why? Because the man is not just a man, but a wolf. I love this time with the book–it’s nearly done–just checking to make sure there are no other mistakes, but there are so few, that it’s a time for me to have that one last read that’s more for pleasure than anything, before you get it!

So that’s one of my number one priorities. I also want to continue to work on bears. I finished two last night. I finished making a 3rd, but still need to embroider the paws. 🙂

Plum large bear (393x640)

Plum bear with plum faux suede paws, 19″

Purple Bear (557x640)

Purple Bear with faux suede paws, 10 1/2″

 

And I want to get my word count in on She-Wolf. 2500 words a day. I need to be at 8500 today. I’m at 7200 right now. So moving right along. Usually when I get in edits, I have to quit everything and concentrate on only the edits. Then I’m playing a horrible game of catch up. So I’m trying to work on my blogs, word count, then proofing, then bears so I don’t get behind on anything. 🙂

It’s kind of like playing an RPG, role-playing game. I’m playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for my break time at night once I have all my other stuff done. Yesterday, besides word count, I was critiquing 10 chapters of a critique partner’s book, and while I was playing the game, I was finishing up the bears. Now, I also have to constantly stop to take puppies out, to play with them, cuddle with them, train them, feed them. So I do have other stuff going on. But in the RPG–there’s always a decision to make. Do I concentrate on the Big Boss, the guy with all the strength that is really, really hard to kill, and then work on his minions after he’s dead? Or do I tackle everyone at once? Then once the little guys are dead, I can use all my strength against the big guy?

Well, oftentimes I’ll go after the big guy while the little guys are beating at me too. And when I’m working on my projects, often I’ll tackle the one that needs to be done first–just all day long for every day that it takes to get it done. Then my stack of things to do goes down a little before it goes up a lot again.

So this is kind of a new experiment for me. Working on all things–having a goal for each, and getting each of them done, and not just working on one big project. I think it’s working, so far, because I think when I do just one major thing, I tend to take breaks anyway, and I don’t get as much done. Time will tell.

I want to get half of the proof book done today, and the other half tomorrow. That’s my goal. I need to start sewing up the other bears–4 of them, so another goal. And word count on She-Wolf.

Other than that, that’s it! 🙂

When you have jobs to tackle, do you go after the tough ones first, or the little ones until you’re ready to tackle the big one? I do that with first line edits. The simple stuff first. Then I tackle the bigger issues. 🙂 When I see a page of issues, I want to reduce the number quickly. Then it doesn’t seem like so much.

Have a terrific Friday and hope all your issues are little ones. The Big Bosses can be a real chore to deal with.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
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Back to the Bears…

No, not bear shifters. But I’ve got to get ten bear orders out. Soooo, the last time I was making them, Max was about five months old, and really good about it. Did I mention that Max and Tanner are real lap puppies? Their breed is known for that.

But when I tried to have them on my lap, it didn’t work. When I sew, I have to use the pedal, and so I’m jarring the puppies up and down. And it makes it hard for me. There’s no room on my sewing chair to have one lie beside me. So I have to devise a better plan.

I put a towel on a chair and had them lying on it while I was sewing at the machine. Max is listening to the men working on putting screening on my roof fans that had none. But otherwise, he curled up with Tanner and was sleeping while I sewed up some of the bears.

The Sewing Room

The Sewing Room

Then the men needed to see me to show me where they fixed everything. And after that, I started stuffing bears. So I moved the chair to the “stuffing room,” so I could begin working on some of them while I caught up on emails.

The Stuffing Room

The Stuffing Room

Then I moved them to the couch where I jointed some of the bears. No picture of that, but sometimes they were lying on their bedding on the couch, and then sometimes Max would crawl back into my lap. Did I mention they were lap puppies?

No bears done, just a bunch in progress.

Off to write. I have to write 2500 words a day to get to where I need to be. 🙂 I was doing a lot of research yesterday, and finally decided that my heroine would be a forester. Nice wolfish occupation.

Have a great day!! It’s FOGGY here today.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

 

 

Bears and Books!

Way before I was writing books, well, I was writing children’s books, I was making teddy bears that won awards and have been featured in magazines and newspapers. When the Internet came into existence, I scrambled to get a website because the time of going to craft shows had to be expanded. I wanted to reach out across the world. And so I did!

I’ve sold all over the US, Canada, France, Belgium, Australia, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Russia! This tells me that teddy bears are loved universally!!!!

I make them from scratch and personalize them when needed. I did embroidery work since I was young, and this was a way for me to still do it (my family had enough embroidered pictures that they were definitely glad when I had another outlet for my handwork)!

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These four bears are off to Australia. There’s one more, but her sweater didn’t come in on time. The two mohair bears, Isla and Thomas are new twins. 🙂

I’m working on a Campbell bear and he’s nearly done. Picture tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day! Only 5200 words left on Jaguar Pride and I’m excited to finish it. It won’t be all the way finished, as I’ll have to edit it. But that’s the really fun part. 🙂 Making the story truly come to life.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
www.terryspear.com