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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Enjoy life…

I’ve come a long way in life.  And as everyone else, I’ve had my share of ups and downs, rights and wrongs, woulda’s, shoulda’s, coulda’s, mistakes, misfortune, etc. etc.  But looking back, and as cliche as it is, there are no regrets in…or for my past.  I chose the paths I took, and along those paths I learned many things about life, others, and most importantly, myself.  What more can you ask of life?  Life is what you make of it, and you only have one chance to make it worth it.  I stand now where my life choices have brought me…I can slow down the whirling day and the constant and never-ending grind…and I can appreciate it.  Appreciate life, appreciate what it has given me, and appreciate myself for having always done my best, no matter what it was.  If I was sneaking out of the house after the parents went to sleep, I did my best.  If it was taking me 10 years to get my 2 year degree, I did my best.  If I’m laying on the couch, vegging out because I don’t feel like doing a damn thing, you can bet your ass I’m doing the best vegging I can!  In everything I do, I try to remember that I can’t give any more than my best…and I can’t give any less than that either.

I know sometimes I complain, about being too busy…but really ~ it’s better than being NOTHING AT ALL.  Life is short.

“There is no way to happiness…happiness is the way”

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what makes you happy?

So this weekend, my family and I headed to the beach, something my daughter loves to do.  It’s funny that I live in Hawaii, but I don’t like the beach.  It’s not so much the beach I don’t like, but the water, and the sand (haha, which make up the whole beach!).  So I usually make camp in the shade of a tree somewhere and watch everyone else swim and play.

This trip to the beach, I had a moment.  For a split second, I felt like I had a moment to myself.  As I was laying under the tree, reading my book, I happened to look up and really see what beauty was around me.  It’s funny that I was on the chapter that says: “what is happiness”.  I mean, it was really a nice day.  And for a moment I was lost in the day, without another thought in the world.  Of course, the moment quickly passed, but that quick moment was so nice.

What is happiness?

There is a lot of beauty in Hawaii, much of which you just pass by without even a second glance.  I’ve really started trying to slow down and really see some of it…

Palm trees anyone?

A flower spotted on my walk to work...

Everyone really needs to slow down.  Take a moment, have a moment, share a moment.