Keeping Accounts

Before I begin, I’d like to make it 100% clear that I am not an accountant and have no experience of keeping accounts other than for my own personal use.

What information YOU need to keep in your accounts will vary, depending on your type of business, what level of income you have and what country you are in, among other things. If you’re in doubt as to what records you need to be keeping, you should probably seek advice from someone who knows.

But, for me, I’m in the UK, below the VAT threshold and simply need something to record my pattern sales, so that I can declare the income to the tax man at the end of the year.  If that sounds like you (or you simply want to keep household accounts), and you have access to Microsoft Excel then you may like to read on :)  Please note, I am running Office 2013 – it should open in older versions but I haven’t tested it.  Feel free to let me know via my Facebook page :)

Okay, so this is the Excel file I have designed for my accounts:

Accounts-Basic-Ready-to-Edit – you may need to click enable editing, depending on your security settings.

It consists of two Worksheets.

The first sheet, “Data Entry”, consists of 7 columns.

Date – enter the date of the transaction you are recording

Description – enter a brief description of the transaction (e.g. pattern sale, yarn purchase, web hosting, etc.)

Money In – enter the value of an incoming transaction

Money Out  – there are four columns dedicated to outgoing transactions.

Fees/Ads and Discounts – PayPal fees, advertising costs, coupons redeemed
Consumables
– paper, yarn, pens, printer ink 
Web Costs
– hosting, mobile data charges
Equipment
 – PC, printer, camera

These headings are fully customisable (they could just as easily read utilities, insurance, groceries and car if you are monitoring your personal accounts) Simply click in the cell and edit the contents.  Just remember that these last 4 columns are outgoings and will be treated as such within the calculations of the Worksheet.

While we are looking at customisation, you may also notice that you can change the logo for one of your own and edit the header to contain your Company Name and Address or personal info.  The information you enter in the middle of the header will be automatically copied onto the “Summary of Accounts” sheet.

Once you have done this, you are ready to make your first data entry.  I’ve added one as a sample so simply click in the cell that reads 28/8/2014 to begin.  This may say 8/28/14 if you use US date format on your PC.

Type today’s date then use the TAB key on your keyboard to move to the next cell.  Keep doing this, filling in the relevant information (don’t forget to delete the sample income if your entry is an outgoing).  At the end, simply click ‘enter’ to start entering the next transaction.

Okay, so you’ve got the hang of data entry now, yes?  I hope so :)  Let’s take a look at the “Summary of Accounts” sheet.  You can reach this by clicking the Hyperlink in the header (top right) or by using the built in Excel Sheet Tabs at the bottom of the Workbook.

In here you will see a running total of your income, outgoings (in whatever headings you entered them) and your net income.  You don’t need to edit any of the values in here…they will update automatically whenever you enter data in the other sheet.

You may also notice that the header information has updated (assuming you customised the other sheet, that is).  If you plan on printing it out later, you might like to change the logo on this page while your here ;)

All done?  Okie dokie!  To return to the “Data Entry” sheet click the Hyperlink in the header (top right) or use the built in Excel sheet tabs at the bottom of the Workbook.

I think that’s about all there is to keeping your accounts with this file.  Don’t forget to save when you exit ;)  If you have any questions, comments or would like to see something else included don’t forget you can reach me on Facebook.  I’d love to hear if it worked for you :)

Too Yarn Cute e-Magazine

Join me today to find out about my submission in the e-magazine, grab a discount code and (best of all) be in with a chance to win a free copy ♥

This week has been such a busy one with the release of two new love and friendship patterns.  So busy, in fact, that I’ve hardly had time to tell you about my submission to the Too Yarn Cute e-Magazine.

The theme of the magazine this time is Quick and Easy Patterns and Back2School.  I hope that my submission fills both those categories :)

Let me introduce the Crochet Cupcake Apple Cozy (or Cosy depending on your choice of spelling). Who said cupcakes aren’t healthy, eh!?!  ;)

Magazine Apple Cozy

Magazine Apple Cosy

These are perfect for protecting fruit in a school lunch box and great for taking a snack to work but they are also just a lot of fun to brighten up the fruit bowl in the house – they are guaranteed to raise a smile.  If you’re thinking in advance, they even make great stocking fillers, back to school gifts, craft fayre table fillers or PTA fundraisers.

This issue of the magazine contains over 20 patterns, articles and featured designers – all this for less than the price of some individual patterns!!

Better still, if you use the code 08tcd10 to get an additional 10% off any purchase at http://tooyarncute.contentshelf.com/shop – you might even like to check out the special subscription offer while you’re there :)

BUT, if that’s not enough to tempt you, how would you like to win a copy of the magazine?

To enter, all you have to do is complete the email address section in the form below and choose a whole number between 1 and 250.  It’s as easy as that :)

Mobile entrants may find this link more accessible.

Entry will close at 8pm (GMT) on Monday 11th August 2014 and the entrant with the lowest unique number chosen will win.  If no such entrant exists, a random draw will be made using all entrants.

The prize is administered by (and delivered by) Too Yarn Cute eMagazine.

This promotion is, in no way, sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

BE LUCKY ♥

Lock For Lovespoon UK

Lock For Lovespoon (as seen on right hand spoon)

Lovespoon with Lock

This lock is designed to go with the Lovespoon Pattern which you can find here.  The lock symbolises security and looking after each other.

YOU WILL NEED around 20 m DK yarn, an appropriate sized hook, a stitch marker and a needle for weaving in ends.  You will also need some offcuts of yarn to stuff the lock.

GAUGE is variable depending on yarn chosen – you should select a similar yarn to that used for the spoon.  If you aim for 4sts and 4 rows of UK dc to 2.5 cm (1”) you should achieve a lock of approximately 5 cm (2″) length and 2.5 cm (1″) width.

ABBREVIATIONS

This pattern is written in UK terms.  The US version is available here.

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd – round
ss – slip stitch

Lock Base

Commence, at base, with a foundation of 6ch.

Rnd 1:        3dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each of next 3ch, 3dc in final ch, rotate, 1dc in each of the 3 un-worked loops of foundation ch, ss to first dc to join – 12sts.

Rnd 2:        1ch, 1dc in back loop of each st around, do not join – 12sts.
Rnd 3:        1dc in each st around – 12sts.
Rnd 4:        1dc in each st around – 12sts.

Work 1dc in next st, ss in next st and fasten off.  Stuff gently with a little matching yarn and close the opening (retaining the shape).  Neaten ends.

Proceed to Lock Hanger.

Lock Hanger

Commence with a foundation of 11ch.

Row 1:        (Starting in 2nd ch from hook) ss in each ch to end, turn – 10sts.
Row 2:        1ch (pulled tightly), ss in back loop of each st to end, turn – 10sts.
Row 3:       1ch (pulled tightly), ss in front loop of each st to end, turn – 10sts.

Fasten off leaving a 30 cm (12”) tail.  Bring last row and foundation ch together.  Close by stitching though both back loops and corresponding foundation ch from one end to the other.

Stitch one end to the top of the lock at one outer edge.  Weave the tail through the top of the Lock Base to the other end.  Pass the handle around the lower right tail of the handle, just above the spoon bowl and stitch firmly to the other outer edge.

If desired you may embroider a keyhole in black yarn.

Lock Close Up

 

 

Lock For Lovespoon US

Lock For Lovespoon (as seen on right hand spoon)

Lovespoon with Lock

This lock is designed to go with the Lovespoon Pattern which you can find here.  The lock symbolizes security and looking after each other.

YOU WILL NEED around 20 m DK yarn, an appropriate sized hook, a stitch marker and a needle for weaving in ends.  You will also need some offcuts of yarn to stuff the lock.

GAUGE is variable depending on yarn chosen – you should select a similar yarn to that used for the spoon.  If you aim for 4sts and 4 rows of UK dc to 2.5 cm (1”) you should achieve a lock of approximately 5 cm (2″) length and 2.5 cm (1″) width.

ABBREVIATIONS

This pattern is written in US terms. The UK version is available here.

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd – round
sl st – slip stitch

Lock Base

Commence, at base, with a foundation of 6ch.

Rnd 1:        3sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each of next 3ch, 3sc in final ch, rotate, 1sc in each of the 3 un-worked loops of foundation ch, sl st to first sc to join – 12sts.

Rnd 2:        1ch, 1sc in back loop of each st around, do not join – 12sts.
Rnd 3:        1sc in each st around – 12sts.
Rnd 4:        1sc in each st around – 12sts.

Work 1sc in next st, sl st in next st and fasten off.  Stuff gently with a little matching yarn and close the opening (retaining the shape).  Neaten ends.

Proceed to Lock Hanger.

Lock Hanger

Commence with a foundation of 11ch.

Row 1:        (Starting in 2nd ch from hook) sl st in each ch to end, turn – 10sts.
Row 2:        1ch (pulled tightly), sl st in back loop of each st to end, turn – 10sts.
Row 3:       1ch (pulled tightly), sl st in front loop of each st to end, turn – 10sts.

Fasten off leaving a 30 cm (12”) tail.  Bring last row and foundation ch together.  Close by stitching though both back loops and corresponding foundation ch from one end to the other.

Stitch one end to the top of the lock at one outer edge.  Weave the tail through the top of the Lock Base to the other end.  Pass the handle around the lower right tail of the handle, just above the spoon bowl and stitch firmly to the other outer edge.

If desired you may embroider a keyhole in black yarn.

Lock Close Up

 

 

Love and Friendship

I have two new patterns to share with you today – both with a theme of love and friendship ♥

The first is a Welsh Lovespoon (or love spoon).

Welsh Lovespoon

The Welsh Lovespoon is traditionally a wooden spoon, decoratively carved, as a gift of romantic intent.  Today, they are given for wedding and anniversary presents, to celebrate the arrival of a new baby or simply as a symbol of friendship and caring.

The earliest know Welsh Lovespoon dates back to 1667 and can be found at St Fagan’s National History Museum, near Cardiff (just down the road from where I live).

The style I have chosen to recreate, according to tradition, symbolises two people coming together forever, in everlasting love and friendship – this is shown by the twisted stem and Celtic knot-work.

Other symbols that were carved into the wood include the lock for security and binding, the horseshoe for luck, the cross for faith and small cages filled with wooden balls to represent a number of children.  You can read more about these beautiful symbols of love and friendship here.

The second is a Friendship Necklace

Friendship Necklace

I’m sure many of you will remember making knotted bracelets and necklaces from embroidery floss.  It was this type of necklace that I originally wanted to create – something that could be tied on and worn as a constant reminder of friendship.

I started out with embroidery cotton and one simple size in mind.  But, the pattern proved to be so much fun to make, I added a full range of suggested sizes.

The friendship necklace is a perfect ‘small’ gift for a friend.  It is quick and easy to make and you’ll never run out of colour choices with the wide range of embroidery thread available.

This one also has some hidden meaning – the single leaf at each end symbolises happiness – when tied, they are together, though apart!

I do hope you like them both <3

As a thank you to EVERYONE who has supported me, both my love and friendship patterns are listed at an introductory price of £1 (until midnight tomorrow) ♥  Also, for a limited time, you can also try to win a copy over on Facebook – Good luck x

Blog

What is a blog?

According to this,blog

it’s a personal website or webpage on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc on a regular basis.

By that definition, this isn’t actually a blog ;)  Despite my best intentions, my posts are far from regular – they come in fits and starts and usually more frequent around special occasions or during term time, when my mini helpers are out of the way.

So, if it isn’t a blog, what is it?  I would say it’s a collection of posts about things I like, things I’ve done and things I want to do – it’s a mish-mash of ideas, works in progress, small successes  and (hopefully) smaller disasters.

But, most of all it’s my online home.  The hub of Thomasina Cummings Designs.  It’s where I come to share my news and to have a permanent record of events (well, as permanent as the hosting company see fit).

So, welcome to my home <3  I hope you’ll come back often, stop for a chat and click a few buttons to show your appreciation :)

Who knows, with your tender love and care, maybe one day it’ll become a real blog ;)

Play Dough

School holidays are upon us so I’m desperately looking for ideas to keep the little ones amused :)  Well, I’m not going to get much crocheting done otherwise, am I ;)

First on the list is play dough.  There are a ton of recipes out there – some you cook, some you don’t, some with cream of tartar, some without…you get the idea.

Here’s the one I made.  Yes, my boys have hot pink, glittery play dough :P

Homemade Play Dough

YOU WILL NEED

2 cups of flour
2 cups of warm water
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of corn flour
3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (or 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of glitter
A few drops of food colouring
A few drops of almond essence (the vinegar can be a bit stinky when the dough is fresh but it puts my kids off eating it!!!)

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and give them a good stir to make sure there are no lumps.

Place over a medium hob and keep stirring.  After a short time, the mixture will thicken and the dough will start to form.  Keep stirring until the mixture forms a solid ball that you can roll around the pan.

TAKE CARE removing it from the pan – it will be hot.

Have fun kneading the warm dough before giving it to the children.  It truly is the best bit!

Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Scarlet’s Corner Giveaway last week.
The winners have now been selected and congratulations go to:

Chellsea Leanne Hernandez 
Mj Davis Humphrey 
Rhonda Newman 
Natasha Hudgins 
Jacqueline Solgat Maxman 
Bettina Petty 
Sandi Turk 
Kelsey Unrau 
Robin Clinton 
Martha Avans 
Joy Ludtke 
Sheila Martin 
Katie S (100percent_sk8@……)
Heather Smallwood 
Katy Bindels 
Brandie Yost 
Cindy Peters Jaedike 
Diane Schweinhagen 
Marcia Williams 
Megan Nicole Whited 
Kim Jones 
Debbie McLeod 
Patti Adler
Tina Wright 
Janet Robertson 
Lesley Johnston 
Nausheen Abbas 
Joyce Halstead 
Vanessa Garza-Rodriguez
Valerie Blankenship 
Alecia Flaherty 
Jenny Fanning 
Danielle Woods-Drown
Amanda Nicole Rose-Monroe 
Danyel Pink
Addie-Sherell Haywood 
Joy Ludtke 
Angie Waterhouse 
Emma Spalding 
Bonnijean Marlowe Marley 
Katie Leigh 
Carmel Feaser 
Diane Woodall 
Andrea Logan 
Sara Ford 
Nicole Eckert

You can check which of the prizes have been allocated by checking the individual pictures in the album.  You have 48 hours to contact the vendor who donated the prize so, if you see someone you know on the list, give them a nudge :)

New Releases

Good Morning Everyone :)

Today is the day a lot of people have been eagerly awaiting – the release of three brand new patterns – all based on the Crochet Stitch Challenge that you uploaded stitches ,and voted for, at the start of the month :)

I would like to send huge thanks to everyone who took part, and made the challenge possible.  For anyone who uploaded a stitch for voting, your new patterns will be heading your way throughout the day :)

Now, Silverdragon Crafts and Critters was a cheeky monkey and released her pattern while I was sleeping so her amazing Stone Angel is already live – the Angel lovey and Doll patterns, as well as the pattern pack, are now available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.  You can find all the links you need, as well as a rather generous introductory 25% discount code, in this post on her Facebook page.

angel and doll

My (Thomasina Cummings Designs) Summer Combo was also released a few minutes ago on Ravelry :)  and Samantha’s generosity has rubbed off on me – for today and this weekend only, you can also save 25% on my pattern with the code Summer2014 :)

Summer Dress

If you uploaded a stitch and you haven’t received your free copy from me yet, do let me know – I emailed them out just a little before I set up the pattern for sale on Ravelry so you’d be the first to get it ;)

And, last, but certainly not least, I spotted a few seconds ago that Crystalized Designs‘ new pattern Sweet Tee has also been released – woohoo.  I’ve fallen in love with everything about this top – it just looks so comfortable to wear – perfect for every occasion :)

Sweet Tee

Well, it’s not even 8 o’clock here in the UK and I’ve released a new pattern, sent of a bunch of freebies and blogged about it all!  I think this is possibly the most productive I’ve been, at this time of morning, in a long time ;)

Once again, a HUGE thanks to everyone who uploaded stitches for us to create with, all the testers involved in the individual tests and mostly to Crystal and Samantha for being so much fun to work with – you have both been amazing ♥

 

 

Dragons, Critters and Angels

It’s all myth and magic over here at Thomasina Cummings Designs today.  Fortunately, the chance to win some free copies of the soon-to-be-released pattern, by Silverdragon Crafts and Critters, is anything but a fantasy ;)

When I asked for collaborators in the Crochet Stitch Giveaway Game just four weeks ago, I could never have anticipated the imaginative designs that would come out of such a simple stitch, in such a short amount of time.

Yesterday, I told you about Sweet Tee from Crystalized Designs and my own Summer Combo. Today, I bring you news of the third and final pattern of the game and, oh boy, will you be excited!

Samantha has designed the most exquisite stone angel lovey/security blanket and matching amigurumi angel doll.  Get a load of those wings!!!

Angel Lovey and Doll

Her choice of colours is just perfect for the stone effect and the stitch is used so wonderfully to give texture exactly where it is needed – the hair is the ultimate crowning glory!

So, if you’ve been following progress this month, and wishing you’d uploaded a stitch so you could get a copy of all the wonderful patterns, fear not.  Samantha is offering 5 lucky winners the chance to own this gorgeous pattern collection before the official release on the 25th July.  Head on over to Silverdragon Crafts and Critters to enter now.