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Quilting and Tough Economic Times

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In tough ecomomic times, butter and eggs were a source of income for many families. Butter and egg money, made from the excess milk from the family’s cows and eggs that could not be consumed, were sold to buy fabric to make children clothes. The scrap pieces of material were sewn together to make extra bedding and balnkets for the cold winter months, pinics, and extra pallets for guests.

This ecomony has impacted us all and I fear the worst is still yet to come, and although we are seeing Americans tighten their belts, and cutback on wasteful spending, women are going back to traditional homemaking. Besides, who wants to pay $4 for a cup of coffee when you can brew your own pot, and have friends over to catch up while creating something beautiful?

The time I used to spend at the spa (deep sigh, tear slowly trickles down the corner of my eye) and weekend getaways with the girls are now spent sitting in my home, and creating hand made items to beautify it.

Although, times have not gotten so tough that I need to buy a cow and purchase some egg laying hens, I do have to tighten my belt and spend wisely on the items that I need. I am starting at t-shirt quilt for my son when he goes off to college, taking his old t-shirts to make it into a quilt of all his past activities, so that he will have a daily remainder of a well spent child hood. This saves me money on fabric , new bedding for his college dorm room, as well as recycling the old t-shirts. I will be sure to share a final picture of the project once it is finished.

Now, tell me what are you doing in these tough times to make a difference in your family’s income?

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Ways to use a Virtual Assistant

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DATABASE MANAGEMENT
• entering business card data into a database
• sending an introductory letter to new prospect leads
• sending scheduled marketing pieces to clients and prospects
DESKTOP PUBLISHING
• designing and printing brochures and business cards
• creating flyers, price lists, and other marketing documents

INTERNET SERVICES
• maintaining a newsletter subscription database
• posting announcements and newsletter issues to the list
• editing or uploading new information to a website

PRESENTATIONS
• preparing PowerPoint slides from sketches of diagrams and charts

RESEARCH
• monitoring periodicals and clipping articles of interest
• visiting the library to copy specific articles

SECRETARIAL SERVICES
• scheduling or rescheduling appointments
• tracking birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates
• sending out the appropriate cards or gifts for special events
• managing lists of necessary office supplies and ordering refills

WORD PROCESSING
• typing handwritten notes from a meeting or seminar
• typing letters, printing on stationery, addressing, and mailing
• proofreading, editing, and checking spelling / grammar
• laying out larger documents

Start Networking

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Recently I added Facebook to my social networking channels to see who else I could connect with before the dreaded high school reunion.

It has been amazing the number of classmates that I lost touch with or people, who were once critical in my every day, that I had not spoken to in years, were happy to see my face. Which begs two questions, how important were they, and why did I loose touch?

We loose touch for the simple reasons that we move on, we have changes in our lives, or ‘those people” no longer fit in our plans. Do we simply close the door and move on, or do you find that many years later, “those people” still have the same view of you? if their view is still the same, then maybe what we were moving on from wasn’t “those poeple” but ourselves.

This month, I challenge you to reconnect with something you lost touch with, whether it be an old hobby, and old friend, or an old classmate. Because, in the end, what really matters is what you did when you are here, and not neccessarily what you did when you were there.

Connect today, and make a difference in your tommorrow.

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