Thursday, December 27, 2012

New phone

First blog post from my i-flippin'-Phone!

Monday, December 17, 2012

2 More Things I Learned Today

  1. People just assume you've counted their change right. They might check bills, but they don't even look at coins before they put them away.
  2. Even if people normally think you're 17, they'll still call you ma'am if you're behind the register, and refer to you as a lady. (Unless you're a guy, I guess...)

And it seems I've clocked out wrong at least once. When they ask me to stay later than I'm scheduled, apparently I'm supposed to clock out on the shift edit paper, instead of swiping my card. Didn't learn that until today. Oops.

Also I realized today that I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to clock out during break. If I am, no one told me. I just wish I could make it through a day without wondering how many things I've done wrong.

So I think my feet maybe hurt slightly less than they normally do at the end of the day. I'm still just as tired though. I wonder if the Dr Pepper I drink even has any effect on me. I know caffeine sometimes keeps me up at night, but it doesn't feel like it does anything while I'm at work.

In other news, I'm going to try to buy something at work on Wednesday. I need gas, and since I haven't gotten a paycheck yet I'll need my dad's credit card. So after I get off work I might wander around the store and find something to buy. Maybe I can also get some vague idea of the kinds of things we actually sell.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

8 Things I've Learned From a Week of Working in a Craft Store

  1. You can't escape glitter.
  2. Feet were not made to be stood on. In fact, the human body in general was not made for standing.
  3. People care a lot about saving 2 or 3 dollars on something.
  4. People bring back a lot of items they bought yesterday.
  5. Simple math suddenly becomes a lot harder when there's a (potentially annoy-able) customer depending on your ability to count coins both accurately and expeditiously.
  6. Even if you know you can do something, you start second-guessing yourself once you're being paid to do it.
  7. More people than I expected use cash instead of a card. More people use debit than credit. A few use gift cards. Very few use checks.
  8. All customers look the same. Seriously. All the time I see a customer and think I've already seen her come through the line earlier that day.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Make a Pillow Box

Keep an eye out for a follow-up tutorial, for another variation of pillow boxes.

Moonfleet Studio | Pillow Box tutorial

Tutorial time! This is a how-to for making a pillow box. Pillow boxes are, in case you didn't know, boxes that are shaped kind of like pillows. They're good for holding things like small gifts, candy, party favors, gift cards, jewelry, and other small things. Obviously, the things it can hold will depend on how big you make it.

There are tutorials out there with printable templates, but I think it's simpler without having to bother with a printer. Also, without a template, you can make each box whatever dimensions you want.

What you'll need:

  • sturdy paper such as cardstock
    • I actually used scrapbook paper. It's not sturdy like cardstock, so I double-layered it.
    • I also made one out of a toilet paper tube. Less pretty, but still cute, and easier to make.
  • scissors
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • something round to trace, like an embroidery hoop or a CD
  • scoring tool, like an empty ball point pen
  • glue
  • extras:
    • additional (contrasting) cardstock
    • ribbon, stickers, markers, stamps, decorative hole punch, etc.
  • tissue paper and a gift to put inside!