Saturday, August 09, 2014

My Latest Obsession: Learning to Sew

This summer, I am learning how to make bags. So far, I have made a bunch of zipper pouches. A few weeks ago, I made little reversible messenger bags.

I followed a pattern designed by Amber at Crazy Little Projects  What I love about this pattern is that Amber says it's the first time she has designed a pattern on her own. She provided a PDF of the pattern, and it was fun to try someone else's original design.

These were super-easy to make.

I made this one for my six-year-old daughter. Even though the bag is reversible, she decided she only wants to use the cat side, and so she picked a vintage button from her grandmother’s collection to use as a closure.

Messenger Bag for my daughter Ava


Monday, July 21, 2014

Career Building: 3 Things to Do This Week:
Find a Good Boss During Your Next Job Search

Figuring out if a potential boss's management style jives with
your working style is important, and with these tips from
experts, just might be doable before you begin the job.
If you are in the middle of your career and thinking about finding a new job, this week’s tips are for you. For this job search, you are no longer looking for your first job, the job that gets your professional life started, the one that provides money for your car payment. This time, you are looking for a job that will let you give back to your profession.

You have read the job descriptions, tailored your cover letter, and sweated over whether you feel like the perfect candidate for them. This time, take a little time to ensure the relationship is more mutual. That the job you are interviewing for is the right job for you—not just the job you think is right for you based on what you read on paper. Below are three things to consider when you search:

Will this boss help your career?

The Muse challenges you to ask about management style and to check out the boss when you interview. Career coach Michael Seaver recommends straight-up choosing a boss instead of the job. He writes, “By focusing on who your boss will be above most other criteria (e.g. total compensation, responsibility, advancement opportunities, location) changes how you pursue jobs and how happy you’ll be once you select one.”

Ask a potential boss questions.

For this search, you not trying to get your foot in the door as much as you are looking for a place where you can do good work. You already established your career. This time when you interview, prepare your own list of criteria for evaluating an office and its manger. Ask a potential boss about their professional background and to take in the office d├ęcor.

Conduct your own "reference-check" 

In some situations, David Reese recommends checking references of managers. He admits this might be appropriate for only senior management, but conducting a stealth reference check might also work. Do you know anyone who is or has worked for this manager? The idea of trying to figure out whether you will have chemistry with a future manager is an important one, especially if this job search is not just a job-changer, but a career-changer.

Managers are looking for people who will help achieve their goals. You want to find a job where helping a manager will also help you boost your career, too.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New office supplies for summer: yoobi!

Target is now selling yoobi school supplies, vibrant fun colors that are perfect for summer and for stating college this fall.



Yoobi means “one for you, one for me.”

For every item purchased, one item will be donated to a U.S. classroom in need.


I’m not sure exactly what a classroom needs with a fuzzy pencil case...


...but who can resist?

I picked up some things for my cousin who is starting college in the fall. These puzzle pieces include push pins, paper clips, and binder clips:


I have been using these notebooks this summer for my research notes:


This colorful supply kit is perfect for a backpack:



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