Little by little…

…the new studio space is getting there.

Jewelry corner of the new studio

I’ve got a bit more unpacking to do, but I’m already loving the space so much! It’s positively luxurious. Truly amazing what having sufficient storage/bins/shelves will do for your workspace.

Painting corner of the new studio

So now that I’m all moved, I’ve got a dedicated table for working with resins, metal and polymer clays, an area that is only for beading/wire wrapping, (my daughter’s old computer desk) and the awesomesauce left-over-from-the-movies bench that Captain Sexypants made me, which I am using for metalsmithing and fabricating (pounding the hell out of things, cutting, whatever) since it’s super sturdy and also not a huge deal if it gets scorched or marred. I’ve also acquired a nice high potting bench that can be utilized for all manner of different things (like my tabletop easel), the new/old drafting table is finally set up and did I mention, there are bins for all the art supplies?

Even the fiber stash has a gorgeous new home! And I can have fresh flowers at my workspace if I want, because there are NO BAD KITTIES lurking to eat tulips or knock over bead bins. No, this is a Cat Free Zone, though the dog is welcome.

It’s really, really great.

You know what else is great? Having my dining room back. We’ve been eating at the table more, having more family dinnertimes, and it really doesn’t suck that the house looks a lot neater due to that space being completely uncluttered and open again. My stress level about general house tidiness has diminished exponentially.

No sooner did I get myself mostly caught up on orders (you final One Word folks, your goodies go out on Monday) but it became tax time. Which is when I started to learn about all the things I did wrong in 2011. Like, not bookkeeping. So in light of that, I have one thing to say.

If you are running a small, creative business (and I do mean small, no matter how small) it is important to learn how to keep a set of books. Don’t say, “Oh my first year it’s no big deal, I won’t make enough money to have it matter anyhow.” because that will be wrong and you will find yourself with taxes looming and crappy records to work with.

Fortunately, the nice folks at Handmadeology have figured out some spreadsheets designed for artists and crafters, just to make that a lot easier for you to do.

You can buy the “Handmade Bookeeping Complete” package on their Etsy store, and they have a ton of other tools for very reasonable prices that will help you run a tighter ship.

I seriously can’t recommend this enough.

Because as fun as owning a creative business and making art is, it’s a lot MORE fun when you’re on top of this stuff.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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