Repurposed with a purpose…

I enjoy repurposing…I can’t stand to let a good piece of clothing or fabric go when I could surely see myself using it for “something” even though I may not quite know what! It ends up resulting in a lot of space being taken up by future “projects” lol. I decided I’d to get one done not too long ago with a pair of pinstriped capri’s. I get a lot of hand me downs, and I frequent area yard and garage sales. But these were really cute and sadly, did not fit me. I had high hopes to fit into them one day, but those hopes did not seem to be materializing any time soon (sigh)…so I had been wanting to make a vendor apron for a while. In my recent gift of fabric from my dear Aunt, there was a cute contrasting yellow fabric I thought would match well…so off I went.

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It’s a pretty basic vendor apron. I have one large pocket, one smaller side pocket. The larger pocket has an inner zipper pocket for cash or secret stash. And then I added the contrasting pen pocket on the outside. I think it came out okay. It was my first one, and I was pretty much winging it with no pattern, just sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing. But overall, I’m happy with it. Repurposed with a purpose. I love giving new life into something that otherwise may have been wasted. =)

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Karma’s coming…

Been trying to get it together for these craft fairs I have coming up, but not much luck. I’ve been busy with so many other things, life, work, kids, husband, baby showers…I really need to get on it. Finding it hard to get inspired even though I’ve been making these cute inspirational message bottles. These are mini karma brut bottles that I drank -it would be a shame to waste the alcohol-lol, and cleaned out. I simply printed inspiration quotes I found online on photo paper, rolled up, tied and stuck them in. There are thirty one messages in each bottle, one for each day of a month. These would make a great little gift! Hope the craft fair shoppers think so too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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New home…

My mom and I have this thing…when we’re at the craft fair we tend to get separation issues when our items sell.  Does this happen to you?  You put a lot of thought, time, work and mostly love into everything you make.  And while thrilled that someone loves it as much as you do, that only means you have to let it go.  We joke about it, but it’s so true – especially when my mom makes those really cute sock animals that she makes.  Anyhow, I did a few project recently for a friend of mine, and this past weekend I got to go to her house (to pick up more projects to work on!) and got to see the new home of the things that I spent many late nights working on at my sewing machine.  Needless to say, they look so different in the environment they were made for, than on my living room floor, haha.  I was thrilled at how lovely everything turned out.  And, on top of that, I got a lot more work out of it.  Between my full time job, my part time job, taking little kira to Karate classes, being a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter’s troop and trying to run a side business – I really need to get moving here.  The holidays are going to be here before you know it, I mean look – it’s already JUNE!

At least I know that it will be going to a lovely new home, as we know all our things do.  It’s nice to see the love you put into something being loved, used and enjoyed by someone else.  After all, what other reason is there?

 

My workspace (aka living room floor): Custom cushion cover, matching dual sided pillows, contrasting orange pillows with piping:

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NEW HOME:

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Custom lined curtains for little girls bedroom:

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Seller stalker…

So recently we did a craft fair and this nice lady came and bought one of my handmade, handsewn bags.  It’s one I was pretty proud of since I hadn’t worked with that particular fabric before.  I guess she had her eye on it, because she came right up to me and picked it off the display and handed me her bills.  Easy transaction…

Anyhow, I asked her if she wanted a bag to put it in, and she politely declined and just slung the bag over her shoulder and off she went. 

After she left, I realized that I had never took a picture of the bag!  Yikes!  How can I put it in my book if I don’t have a picture!  Like a stalker, I followed her around with my phone, pretending to be texting, while trying to catch a decent picture of it.  Haha, that’ll teach me to take pictures of everything before going to a fair!  Oh wells!  It’s always nice to see someone using something you made isn’t it! (mine is the one without the b!tch on it! =)

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The naked doll…

I always have great intentions.  I’m not usually a procrastinator, but man – sometimes there just isnt enough time in the day to get things done.  Anyhow, I had a craft fair coming up.  Just a small one, and I wasnt too worried about inventory.  But I like to get things together, make a few new things if possible.  But every time I sat at my machine to sew, something had to be done.  So I’d get back up and some nights, never return. 

It was the last weekend before the fair, and my last chance to really sew anything new to add to my stock.  So I sat at the machine and got to it. 

Needless to say, within 10 minutes, my 4 year old daughter was sitting next to me. 

“Mommy can I help you?”

“Sorry honey, not right now, mommy has work to do”

“Are you going to sew something mommy?”

“Yes baby, mommy is going to sew”

She then climbs off the chair and disappears, I think that maybe she has gone to keep herself occupied.  As I turn back to my machine, she comes back with her favorite doll, Chloe, who is now naked.

“Mommy, Chloe needs clothes because she’s naked”

“Honey, what happened to her clothes?

“I don’t know, but she’s cold”

So, after 15 minutes of asking my daughter if I could make Chloe something another day – wait, who’s the Mommy here? – I decided it would just be easier if I made Chloe some clothes.  After all, we couldn’t have her hanging around naked now could we?

Soo, I traced Chloe’s body and commenced to make her a dress (which I forgot to take a picture of) and a shorts and shirt, as requested by my toddler.  It took me a lot longer that I had hoped.  My daughter, the budding fashionista didnt like the scraps I was choosing to use to make her outfits, so eventually I had to pull the Mommy card and just tell her, too bad. 

Needless to say, Chloe got her new dress (not pictured) and a new jersey knit top and some spongebob capri pants/shorts.  And by the end of all that, Mommy needed a break. 

At least my daughter was happy, even though 5 minutes after all that work was done, she had moved on to another toy to play with.  And Chloe, with her new outfit, was all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Baby steps…

So I told myself today I would work on crafting, since Dec will be here before you know it and we’ll be getting ready for craft fairs.  So i said I’d complete 3 pairs of baby shoes.  I know, that’s not much considering how simple they are – but between that and watching and keeping my 4 year old occupied, it is quite an accomplishment, and as the title suggests…baby steps.

How cute are these?

I also finished a pair of reconstructed shorts and a zipper pouch!  I’m on my way to craft fair inventory, lol!