Friday, August 10, 2007

all business

Just in time for back-to-school, I've finished up some notebooks suitable for sale, and they're currently available on my etsy shop! Also newsworthy for me is that Angie of the Creating Place is carrying my notebooks on consignment. I told Honey I was going to make us millionaires, one notebook at a time, & he humored me like a good husband. Honestly, though, I am still wondering if people will buy them. I mean, I think they're totally cute, but underneath it all, they're still just composition notebooks & anyone can make their own if they were so inclined.

They're all made with high-quality scrapbook paper, and I've done away with the glue gun, so no more glue globs! Needless to say, construction has improved about a thousand percent since my giveaway.

I'm currently "testing" a mini, and after being tossed about in my purse, it's still in perfect shape. I think I love the minis best ~ they're the perfect size to throw in my purse to keep track of all those thoughts that would be lost if not written down right that very second.

In other news, Adam is in the (very) early stages of attempting to buy into the company he works for. We met with Trevor at Wells Fargo yesterday to get some loan information, and Adam's going to meet with his boss Chuck to get some concrete numbers as all discussion thus far have been hypothetical.

The SBA loan dictates that Honey acquire one shop in its entirety, not buy shares of the whole company, which is what he would prefer. Chuck owns 2 print shops & 1 sign shop, so Adam would likely take over the print shop in the valley. I'm trying to be optimistic about this new endeavor, but we're not talking small change here. We're talking $300,000. To people who just borrowed approximately $220,000 for their house a year ago. Holy anxiety. If we were actually approved for that kind of money, everything would be on the line, including our house because Wells Fargo would have a 2nd mortgage.

I love seeing Honey so excited about something, though. It's like he's a whole new person. A person who is secure with himself & his abilities to achieve something great in life. He hasn't once said "I can't do this", and for Honey, that's HUGE! He, like me, gets frustrated easier than most & if something doesn't come easily to him, he tends to give up rather than keep trying. Luckily for him, he's good at most things he tries.

Logically, I don't see how we could possibly do this because we have zero cash for the down payment, but I have an odd feeling that this is going to happen.


Angie said...

Hi Tracy, I just found your blog a short while ago and I wanted to say how much I like it.
Good luck on your journals and Etsy.


Jerusalem said...

I love the journals (of course I do!) and I am so excited to hear about Adam's work stuff. Keep us posted!

Nancy said...

Tracy, what wonderful news! Your Etsy shop, your adorable journals, and your interest in buying into the shop. I guess it has been a while since we've chatted. Adam loves his job; this is a perfect opportunity for him. I know your journals will be a big hit! We all need a place to get our ducks in a row! mom