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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Time…

It’s so hard to get motivated sometimes…like the daily grind just really grinds you up and spits you out.  I have so many ideas and wants and goals, but at the end of the day…I can still be content with not getting to any of it, and laying in bed with my little Kira.  (Albeit, she is quite the reason why I get so tired in the first place).

I have a full time job, which thankfully, I enjoy.  Not many people I know can say that.  I also have a part time job, which I don’t enjoy quite as much and really think of it as a chore…but it brings in a little extra money for the family which is always good.  I’m a Daisy Girl Scout troop leader to eight kindergarten girls.  Coming up with activities, lessons, and badge earning interest is a lot of work for these little ones!  And I have my own small business, and even though yes, my Etsy shop sold it’s last item listed a few weeks ago…business has been steady locally and that has been keeping me busy.

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(sad empty Etsy shop) www.thekirakollection.etsy.com

It makes me kind of sad though when something like my Etsy shop, and sewing things in general – when even that gets to be something like a chore.  It’s different when you make things, post things, and people buy it…than when people order custom things from you.  It’s more pressure to me.  But all in all, I do so enjoy the time I spend with my sewing machine and most especially finishing a project on my list. 

If only I could find the time and energy to get motivated into actually putting more effort into it, so that it can be more than I’d hoped.  I mean, the extra money is always good – but I love getting emails from the customers.  That’s the best part.

How do you balance life?  Aside from all the above, I have a family to love and care for, a home to tend to, and hey…what about me?!!  Lol. 

How time flies…

Giving = Getting

The mark of the New Year has come and gone.  Celebrations done, kisses given, champagne is gone, fireworks have burst their final hurrah…

It’s tradition and a given that most of us will have created some kind of new years resolution.  It’s funny that you would need the new year to make such life changing changes in your life, but if it works, then all the best to you – whatever works.

Laundry on the Line posted a great blog on paying it forward, and I wanted to share it with you.  I’ve always believed that everything you do has a chain reaction that could compound in ways you’ll never know.  The smile you give to someone passing, the change you give to someone asking, the door you help hold open for someone coming, etc.  These small gestures can be passed along. 

Giving the best in your life results in your getting.  You get satisfaction in knowing that by putting your best self out there – you can expect good things back.  I work for a non-profit who help people with mental and physical disabilities.  It’s amazing how much I’ve learned from them on appreciating life and being the best we can be.  Giving = Getting. 

Taken on my walk home

http://laundryontheline.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/starting-the-year-with-giving/