The Decision That Almost Crashed My Business

So this week we did one of these…


It all started with Jeremiah approaching his off-season for grass cutting.  We knew he would have to find some sort of work during the winter months.  We thought he found the work to help us through the winter.  His first day of employment came and went and was a few short hours of training.  Then came his second day of training.  You see, the job Jeremiah had was a night shift starting from 11PM to 3AM.  On his second day he worked from 11PM to 7AM.  He had to turn-around, come home, nap for 4 hours, and then continue cutting grass.

The whole time he naps I don’t have access to the bedroom, where my office is located.  Do you see where I’m going with this?

If he didn’t have to cut grass, he would be sleeping from 8AM to about 4PM… and I still wouldn’t have access to the computer all day long.  Can you now guess where I’m going with this?

And here’s our facepalm moment.  We quickly realized that if Jeremiah sleeps all day to work all night, that it would kill my business until Spring.  I wouldn’t be able to get anything accomplished and the whole house would be off-balance.  No playing inside (stomping and trying to sleep = no sleep), lots of couch sitting and movie watching and spending whole days in our PJ’s.

We realized that we would be doing a complete 180 from what we have accomplished so far.  And we knew we can’t survive on part-time hours alone, my business still needed to operate and we couldn’t hold off until Spring.  So we decided that Jeremiah had to quit.  We decided to wait until his grass season is over until he tries to find a day position.  And we hope he does.  Meanwhile, I’ve been pumping out new designs left and right to help pick up the slack while we fight the 5 months of finding-employment-battle.  We’re estimating this battle to begin in October and last through March.

Here’s a self-promotional plug of some of the new designs I’ve come up with;

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You can find both of these items in my etsy shop.


So what’s going on with you guys?  Any facepalm’s lately?  Or am I the only one doing a facepalm?

Face palm image from here.

A Word From Our Sponsors – August 2013

Since I’m no longer publishing the monthly reports, I still wanted to give a shout out to those who have sponsored us last month.  And this lovely shout out is all about Paige from

Paige is a DIY’er who shows us glimpses of her home and their latest decorating and remodeling projects.  This month she took an antique dresser and turned it from used to polished!

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Might I add, that we’ve been looking for a dress like this to turn into a TV stand.  I’m so jealous that she got such a great deal on it!

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Head on over to Livelygreendoor to see more of this polished furniture make-over!

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