Commitments & The Square

I have decided to take my craftiness to the next level. I am going to sell some of my handmade and thirfted items at Holiday Bazaars this year. I have gone online and ordered the Square reader. It says it should be here in 7-10 days. I set up my tax and banking information and then became super giddy thinking about taking my first credit card sale. Then I woke up this morning…

The realization of how huge a commitment this is hit me. I need to make patterns, choose fabric, cut fabric, sew, label, sand, paint, and order business cards. Whew. Now I feel a little overwhelmed!

I just need to remind myself that everything doesn’t have to be perfect. I am hoping that the Square reader works well. It was super easy to set up. I put my county tax rate in and it automatically adds it to the cost of my items. I put my checking account in and that is where the money will get deposited, (in 1-2 days). Even the fees are easy. You can pay monthly or pay 2.75% of every transaction, not bad!

I am pretty excited and nervous to find out how this adventure will go. I keep telling myself not to be afraid, to make the jump. Reminding myself that I have nothing to lose. And so here goes the commitment. Phew. Scary!

Thanks for listening.

~laura j


Freecycle Fabric & Findings

First, I apologize for not posting. Pinterest changed the way they share links and I have yet to adapt. I have about 5 posts “pending” me correctly linking them. Sigh. Oh well, brain exercise is good for me.

On to the Freecycle news! A few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of Betty’s fabric castaways. Oh how giddy I was! Most of it was holiday print but still, free is free! Betty said her mother had passed on and she was cleaning out her fabric stash. She said she would keep my number and call me when she had more.

Betty called me yesterday and I met up with her. She had a bag of zippers and lace bindings. Spools of thread and sewing machine needles. Of course a box of fabric was waiting for me. This time full of knits, cotton prints and velour. I am so excited! The funny thing is that I was having a bad day yesterday. I started sketching out some tote bag designs and she called. Perfect timing! What a wonderful way to turn my day around.


Do you Freecycle? Anyone else get something amazing on Freecycle? I saw a post requesting a serger. I think if you could get one of those for free, well, THAT would be amazing!

Have a blessed day ~lauraj

The Muumuu Project – Part 1

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was filled with The Sound of Music, literally. My youngest watched The Sound of Music with me and sang “My Favorite Things” all weekend long. Such a great movie! My son asked if anyone had ever redone the movie and I looked at him with shock. I don’t think anyone could redo this movie, ever. They should just re-release it in theaters every ten years or so.

On Friday I said I would be sharing an upcyle of a huge muumuu I bought. I am going to have to share in two posts. The original project needed something extra that I did not have on hand so a trip to JoAnne fabrics is on the roster for today. I did manage to get something else made out of the dress. I am super excited about how it turned out…

A clutch! I love a little clutch instead of a big purse for times when I am just running into the store or am out at a market. I like to keep my essential cards, some change and a lip balm in mine. I have enough material left over to make another one.

Here is the before:

The Muumuu

The Muumuu

Here is the after:

Have a great Monday ~ lauraj