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

Labor Day Weekend

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I hope everyone had a nice break over the weekend. I do sympathize with those that had to work. I spent many years working in retail and never had a three day weekend. Anyhow, this was a great weekend of … Continue reading

Bikram Yoga, Yes? No?

I have some serious back issues and tried “hot” yoga a while back.  I noticed a serious difference in the way my body felt after the first two times. Then they had problems with the temperature-it was going over the “normal” temp of 105 F and 40% humidity. This was bad and made me feel like I was going to die.  I didn’t go back.

Well, it is a year later and the yoga studio is about a year older which means they have probably worked out the kinks in the temperature. And so, I am thinking I should give it another try. I have a few concerns. My friend that accompanied me noticed her skin seemed to have aged. I don’t need my skin aging any faster than it already does. The other concern is that it is expensive!  I guess I shouldn’t cry about the cost though. After all, can you put a price on your health?

Here are the poses. I guess I could do them in my living room to save money...

Here are the poses. I guess I could do them in my living room to save money…

Have a happy Wednesday! ~lauraj

Garage Sale Days of Summer

I absolutely love to garage sale! Sometimes you find squat but other times you can come out feeling like you won the lottery.  I love those moments.  The last big garage sale day I found a pretty green glass pot, a Homer Laughlin teapot, a glass soap dish, some pretty doilies, a side table, two glass lamps and a boogie board for $30.00. I totally felt like I won the lottery! The lamps and the side table were the best – $2.00 for both lamps and $5.00 for the side table. The side table came with a couple of little baskets too. Such a score! The little table was claimed by my youngest and he now has a Pokemon /candy/star wars theme going on with it. For now I’m okay with that, he has everything displayed artfully.

The teapot was such a pretty find and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

The teapot

The teapot

The windchime

The windchime

I sent this teapot to my mom as a birthday gift and I included a little succulent to plant in the top. I know this will love lovely in her garden.

Thanks for stopping by ~ lauraj

MuuMuu Monday – Part 2.

First off I would like to say sorry I am so bad at blogging. I think I tried to do a post everyday and that was a bit much for me and my busy lifestyle. Then a high school graduation happened, then a long road trip, then keeping up my eBay store and on and on. I know, I know, everyone is busy. I just think I needed to figure out how to recharge and keep from burning out. So, I have decided that for now I am not going to try to post just to post. There. I feel better now. On to the next thing, because I have not stopped upcycling, redoing and crafting…

Part 2 of my muumuu upcycle. So wayyyyy back when I first started writing I posted about a muumuu I found at the thrift shop. I still have tons of fabric left over and I had some jeans that I no longer felt comfortable wearing in public so I thought I would try my hand at embroidery and patching them. I love how they turned out! And it was so easy to do. Just a little time consuming. The bird was probably the toughest because of the shape. This was a two evening project in front of the tv. easy peasy.

The Muumuu

The Muumuu

Close up of fabric from muumuu

Close up of fabric from muumuu

Holey jeans

Holey jeans

And for the finished look- taa-dah!!!

Finished

Finished

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Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day! I don’t know about you but I am so happy to enjoy a day dedicated to what has ultimately helped me become a better person. My kids teach me something new each day and I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to help guide them and teach them the most important lesson in life. To love. I am blessed to be a mother of two wonderful boys. As I enjoy my time today I wish everyone a blessed day. Without mothers where would any of us be?

Happy Mothers Day! ~lauraj

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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.

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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