Invisible Illness Week

Once again, I am letting my readers know about a the ministry that I support and the awareness they bring each year through Invisible Illness Week. This year’s theme is “I am just one..”

I hope you will take a moment to check the website and review the podcasts and videos.

This year the week starts on the 8th and runs to the 14th…check it out here


Thrifting for Hobby Supplies

One of the things I that I love about thrifting is that when I pick up a hobby I can supply it with low-cost goods.  For example, I can pick up scrapbook paper, pens, stickers and other paper goods for less than a dollar. It allows the pocket-book to have room for the more expensive items that I would like to have.

This past week I was able to pick up an item for less than a 3rd of its original price. I was able to find a washi storage unit for $2.99 (it generally is around $20 at retail stores).

So, if you are looking to add to your supplies or pick up a new hobby…check the thrift store first. You may end up with more supplies than you think at a fraction of the cost.



In my previous post I mentioned that my Etsy story JJDouglasPaperCo was up and running again.  For more than one reason, I needed to get this store producing income to pay down a large tax bill and for me to carry through with something I have wanted to venture into for my future.

I want to work from home, in my jammies, with my dog at my feet!

As far as I can tell, I am a normal person, with no college education who makes a decent wage working for someone who gets to go on vacations more often than I do! It is a small step towards creating multiple streams of income.   First step, GOALS!

Do you have goals? You gotta have goals! I am not going to share all my secrets here but suffice to say I do have some good reading material to get me started. For my creative business, I’ve been working with the book Craft Inc Business Planner by Meg Mateo Llasco.  {Hehe, love planners!} Plus dozens of bloggers that I will highlight in the future with a linky love list later this month. My ultimate goal for my etsy store is to learn all I can about marketing/branding, customer service, dedication to a product and small business ownership.  Oh, and pay that damn tax bill.

Right now, the store has about 20 or so items of paper related items, craft supplies and planner related supplies. I have plenty of items stashed in my inventory box for at least ten new product listings each week.

So, check it out! You’ll love the customer service 😉



Expatriot of the Fast lane

Well, Summer is almost gone {who am I kidding, it’ll be in the 80’s until October!}. My summer hiatus is over and it’s time to get back into the swing of things here at the Keep. I’ve been working on some new postings and centering my focus for the blog. Cuz that is what the experts say…gotta have focus and….oh, shiny. Yea, I have the focus of a gnat but I will give it whirl and see where it lands me.

Last year the focus was on Stewardship of the home, heart and community…it was, trust me. I know that I’ve jumped around for many years with this blog and really appreciate those who have stuck around…I think there are two of you. Ha! Anyway, this year it is all about the journey and re-purposing. As I said in previous posts, I didn’t want my illness to be the center of my blog but it does have it’s impact on it, greatly. Thus the summer hiatus due to the weather/monsoon season taking a great toll on my health. Since I know this, I have had to devise plans to help keep this Keep rolling with new and fresh content. I trully look forward to what is to come for the blog and I hope you do to!!

The blog will have new monthly  updates from my Etsy store front {JJDouglasPaperCo}, thrifting/re-purposing, unboxing of monthly subscriptions {for craft fans & beauty fans}, fun tutorials, health update and product reviews! Are you excited??


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