Happy New Year, yes I know it’s March

2 months of 2014 have already passed me by, where they went ~ I have no idea.  It’s really kind of sad.  Time just flying by…I’ve been so busy with my 9-5 job and it’s really been affecting my home life as well as any hopes of sewing on the side.  I still have my part time work that I cram in too.  It’s been just crazy the past 6 months with no slow down in sight.  But, if you really want something, you’ve got to do it.

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I very well can’t be “be upset by results I don’t have with work I haven’t done”.   I just really need to get it together.  I’m determined.  It’s already the 3rd month of the year.

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Pretty pink…

Pink is not usually my thing. But I was given this simple paisley looking print fabric and I had this pink tank top on hand. The goal was to make two dresses this day, but well…yah. Even though it was just a simple tube dress, I was – as usual – just dragging my behind. I don’t know what my problem is lately, seriously! Anyway, the second dress I want to make is out of this awesome stretchy striped fabric, so gotta figure that one out.
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Anyhow, as I said, it was all very simple. I love using everything, so I get the long tanks – this way I can make two dresses out of them. I cut the tank top in half. I turn the bottom half around and use that as a tube dress or top, and the top piece as a tank dress or top.
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Then it was just a matter of cutting the skirt part, I cut the diagonal cause I like my skirts to flare out a little rather than be fitted and straight at the bottom..(I ended up cutting a deeper diagonal than pictured, I always start off so conservatively lol..such a chicken)
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Then it was just finishing the top and bottom hems, and sewing elastic to the top – and attaching it to the cut side of the tube. I then insert elastic into the already hemmed part of the tank. (Turned the bottom of the tank to the top and slid elastic into the original hem and hand sewed the hole closed). Voila!
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Now I just have to get to all those projects and ideas I have piled up there on the side. And imagine, those are only the things that didnt fit into my sewing cabinet there! Yikes. Too many ideas and so little time (energy!). Until me and my sewing machine meet again…

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Will be posted soon and reclassified into the FOR SALE category once I get my photo shoot done!

Asian inspired and fun zipper pouches for sale!…

I just posted these really cute zipper pouches in the Etsy shop. I honestly just needed to get a couple of small things done, because really, getting small things done helps to motivate for the bigger projects I’ve got on the back burner – don’t you agree? You gotta have the little achievements that help get you stoked to move onward to the big ones. I’ve been putting off a bunch of things, but I’ve really gotta get it together. I’m almost committing myself to a catalog/product photo shoot in June, and I’ve hardly got any “product” to shoot! I’ve got the photog, just still confirming the model. But I thought to myself, if I went so far as to commit the photographer and the model, that would kind of force me to get my $*#$^ together, and at least have a target date. Lol, kind of @ss backwards, but hey, whatever works. It’s been a challenge to say the least getting my head in the game. But it’s getting there!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152269642/zipper-pouch-makeup-bag-cute-asian

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Motivation…

It’s funny how I keep thinking I have so many things I want to do, but yet when it comes down to the time to do it, I sit and stare and think and…sit and stare and think, repeat.  In the end, nothing gets done, and then I feel guilty at having let precious time pass by without having gotten anything done.  I like to tell myself it’s because I have so many ideas that I can’t focus, when really, I think I’m just lazy.  If I could just get myself to do more doing, instead of thinking about doing… “I sit and stare at all this fabric and still can’t get motivated to sew something…”

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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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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…

Karma in a bottle…

On my tumblr blog (thekirakollection.tumblr.com) I wrote about this awesome alcoholic beverage, Karma.  I love it.  Anyhow, my dear friend had a bday today turning the young age of 32 (which is the best age EVER, ahem) – and so little Kira and I decided to use the bottles I’d saved to create her Karma in a Bottle.  I’ve had this idea for a while (which is why I was saving all the bottles) but never got around to doing it, and what perfect excuse to do so!  I cut off all the extra label info I didnt want and just left the simplicity of the word, KARMA.

So I went and gathered and printed colorful, meaningful quotes or sayingsImage

I then proceeded to individually roll them up and tie them with a tiny ribbon and bow, and I put them into the bottle:

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32 of them to be exact.  At the end, the bottle was filled with lovely little notes for her to open up an enjoy. 

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It turned out lovely and I can’t wait to make more and put in my shop!  Good Karma to all – remember, Karma’s only a bitch if you are!

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