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Are You Up For A Challenge?

19 Feb

I just love that I posted about my future schedule not to long ago and here I am mixing up my own schedule to make things work out 😛 Anyways!! So I had a long way past due thought last night and I couldn’t get it out of my head so I decided to write about it and give you a challenge to step up and do it yourself!!

I am all about having priorities, keeping them in mind, sticking with them, and then when it comes time to – reprioritizing them! I had an AH HA moment which I seem to have on a quarterly basis (haha that’s sad) that made me take a step back and say, “Wait a minute – I’m not moving forward here – what am I doing wrong?”

You could say that my schedule these days has seemed a bit packed but to be completely honest I love being busy! As long as the busy that I’m being is making me happy, I see no harm in it. Sometimes I get busy helping other people and realize that I’m losing myself and my priorities in the process. This tends to happen more often that I’d like it to but I have such a big heart and have a hard time saying no – I chalk it up to life lessons. These things are holding me back.

As most of you know, Brian and I have been house shopping!! Which is on my 30 things to do before I’m 30 list so BOOOYAH it’s happening 😉 haha. This has been taking up a lot of our nights and weekends but I’m so giddy and excited about it – I DON’T CARE! Obviously this is a new priority in my life and I’m loving it.

Other things on the other hand have seem to gotten off track to where I want to be. One of my goals was to notch this blog up and really  make it the dream blog I always hoped it would be. As most of you, I’ve been slacking in that department but I haven’t stopped trying! The effort is still there!

The saddest part is I’ve put my Etsy Shop aside. I’m actually embarrassed I’m even saying this because it’s the ONE HUGE MAJOR GOAL I really want to achieve. I want my shop to be my full time job – I want to wake up every morning and know that being creative has gotten me there and I’m going to keep doing it until I run out of it 😉

I was reading a post the other day about selling items to shops, wholesale orders, and their experiences. It was like a punch in the face that I’m not doing what I want to be doing. What’s stopping me from working my tail off at my shop to do this? Oh right, all these other things that I’ve been making time for that I shouldn’t be.

As I’m writing this I am shaking my head but also so darn proud of myself for seeing it so clearly and knowing exactly what I need to do in order to fix it.

So I’ve decided to start a trend. I want everyone to make a list of their priorities in life – what’s most important to you and what do you want to spend a majority of your time daily doing – down to the not so important but you still want to keep it up. Now make a list of your goals where you want your priorities to be in five years. Think about your future and really plan on what you think are reasonable (maybe a little unreasonably but not totally) goals that you could see yourself doing.

Now figure out what it’s going to take to get from your current priority list to your five year plan. Start looking at what you are doing on a daily basis that’s holding you back from that.

Are you able to cut back on that? Is there a way out? If not, stick with it but remember that in five years you don’t want that thing to be a priority anymore. In order to get rid of the things that are keeping you from your goals you need to MAKE them go away yourself. Find a solution – even if its a long term solution – that could really make a difference in your life.

Let’s make this a movement to do what you want to do – after all it is your life!!

Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know some of your goals and what you hope to stop doing and start doing these next few years! I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

J

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Wasted Space Not So Wasted Anymore!

8 Jan

Emma’s closet has been only used for storage since she was born. We have a big chest of drawers for her and since her clothes are so tiny I would just fold them up and put them in there. We also had the changing table drawers for sheets and blankets so there was really never a need to hang up her clothes.

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This resulted in using the closet to put things she wasn’t using in! For a while I’ve wanted to do something differently and I finally got the kick in the butt to change things up around here 🙂

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Emma’s closet has this nook inside of it that I’ve been dying to make a little reading spot out of! So while I was giving the closet a useful makeover I decided to make this part a little place to hide out for Emma.

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On one side she has her spot to sit and read with her books.

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The other side is her stuffed animal pile and puzzles on top of the shelf. Sometimes she’ll crawl into the pile of animals and hide out!

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The rest of her closet got organized and is finally be used for it’s main purpose!! For the past few mornings she’s had a blast picking out her outfits not that she can see them all!

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When it gets quiet around here I know just where to find her!

 

Now I need to make a special spot for me to go hide and get things done 😉 I wonder if Emma would let me work on my blogging in my closet?

 

Love Always,

J

 

Christmas At 3

1 Jan

This year Emma had 5 different Christmases!! That’s what happens when you have a huge family and you live close to all of them 🙂 We actually missed out on one family Christmas this year so there could have been six! Whew. So instead of splitting them all up into different posts I’ll just give you the quick peak at a few of them.

 

 

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Little miss too excited to wait two minutes for me to get a pick before she saw all the presents! She was so excited!

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This year we let her play with each toy after she opened it. Needless to say it took from 9am-4pm the first day!

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Emma’s dressy outfit 🙂

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By Round 3 of Christmas she was a professional at opening presents!

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Brian and I enjoying watching her open presents instead of having to help her like last year 😉

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Chick Fil A treats for Christmas this year! I had to share mine of course 😉

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A beautiful mist of snow just in time for Christmas this year.

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Now it’s time to say goodbye to December and hello to the new year!

I hope you all had wonderful holiday’s this year and I am looking forward to a new year of blogging here! What are you looking forward to this year?

Love Always,

J

Christmas Tree Shopping!

17 Dec

There is nothing better than Christmas shopping with a little one.

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We had a blast finding the perfect one!

Usually we get Hot Chocolate or Caramel Apple Cider while we are Christmas Tree shopping but this year it was nice and warm!! I think Emma enjoyed the warm weather.

Do you have any tree shopping traditions? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

J

What Are You Doing!?

14 Dec

Today I am doing finishing touches to make sure I’m all prepped for my show tomorrow!

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These are pieces of wood I spray painted with chalkboard paint to make price signs for the show. I love how bright they are and how they stand out. I also love that I don’t have to tag price EACH item I’ve made. I’ve tried many different ways to tag price my items and realized that all of them take WAY to long and I could have made more items for my show instead of wasting time tagging each and every single thing.

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These are the kinds of tags I was trying to use. I had to write out each tag and use string to tie to each item. It was exhausting and frustrating. Another kind i used were sticky price tags which I hated. They either leave sticky messes on your items or they fall off and are nowhere to be found which result in a, “how much is this!?”

After going through all that I realized I didn’t mind people asking me how much things were. It actually seemed to be the conversation starter and gave me a chance to explain the process of making my items and that I do custom orders as well. After that I tried to come up with a different way to price my items – which resulted in the chalkboard paint boards. Now my prices are easy to be seen but if someone really wanted to talk to me or ask me my prices I was ready and available 🙂

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and let me know or share a link to show me what you are doing!

 

Love Always,

J

Pepe Le Pew!

12 Dec

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It’s not exactly what it sounds like. I was talking to my mom the other day about how I’m not so peppy anymore and the entire time I was talking she said she couldn’t think of anything but Pepe Le Pew..

I had a moment of clarification this weekend while my high school best friend was in town. I used to be easily excited, the first person to jump up and down for joy with good news, and always smiling. I miss that person I used to be. Then I looked at my mom and said, “My peppy went le pew..”

Who knows exactly when I lost it but one thing is for sure that I’m determined to get it back! How am I going to do that? Here’s how:

  • I am going to do sweet things for my husband and child for no reason. My favorite thing to do was make others smile and surprise them in some way – so I’m going to start doing that again!!
  • Lately when something awesome happens to me I tell my husband and my mom and that’s it. Who doesn’t love good news!? So now I am going to start telling all my friends as well and have them tell me when good things happen to them. Talking about good things instead of bad things is just what we all need.
  • Spending a little more time in the morning making myself look good is something I loved. It made me feel like I could tackle the rest of the day because I was proud of myself to start out with.
  • Not feeling guilty about doing what I want to is something that started when I became a Mom. I am the kind of person who always puts everyone before myself but repeatedly Brian tells me to put myself first. He’s right – so I am going to follow through with it and do a few things for myself. I have a feeling that’s going to be a major self-esteem booster!

We all need a little Pep in our life, and a little less Pepe Le Pew 😉

Love Always,

J

Crafty Business!

5 Dec

As you all know – I love to be crafty, but what you might not know – I love to see other people be crafty! So today I decided I would show you a little bit of what I’m working on in hopes to inspire you to show ME what you are working on! Be crafty with me today!!!

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So today I’m making crocheted necklaces. You might have seen the sneak peak of Emma sporting my first attempt:

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She said she was a dragon princess and ran off to play – needless to say that necklace came back with a little pizza sauce and dog slobber on it. I don’t think anyone will be using this necklace but her 😉 thank goodness I made more!!

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Now for the part about you! I’d love to see what my readers are making and what better way to get to know you than for you to comment below with a link to your blog post about what you are crafting today!? So bring it on readers!! Let’s start a crafty revolution!

Love Always,

J

P.S. I found this tutorial off pinterest (of course) and since she explains it WAY better than me – I’ll just let you run off to her site and check it out if you are interested in trying to make a necklace like this: Tampa Bay Crochet

Old Jeans into Skinny Jeans!

4 Dec

Welcome to my pile of jeans that need a little TLC! They may have gotten into this pile for various reasons – they don’t fit, they aren’t in style anymore, they got taken in to get hemmed and the lady made them too short and they are now high waters (frustrated voice there), or I haven’t worn them in a few years.

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Why did I hang onto them? Honestly – because I don’t know how to get rid of things and thought I could make SOMETHING out of it one day..

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Welcome to that day! My sister sent me a pin from pinterest about how this girl made her not so cool jeans into skinny jeans. It took me about two seconds to try on all of the jeans that were in my “I don’t know what the heck to do with these” pile 🙂

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Then the magic happened! First I put them on inside out, pulled the sides tight and pinned them so that they would be form fitting. If you’d rather not pin yourself in your jeans you can try using chalk to mark the line.

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Then I took them off and ran them through the sewing machine. Be sure that you have a thick needle for this (mine is an 8 for jeans) or your sewing machine is going to take a toll and you might bend or break your needle.

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Before you do anything else, be sure to flip them right side out and try them on. It’s going to feel weird having that extra flap of fabric but this is the only way that you’ll know if it fits you right before you finish them off and can’t undo it!

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If it’s not how you wanted, rip out the seams and try again! If it is take really nice sharp scissors and cut along the link of your seam without hitting your stitching.

Then you can iron the edges down or let it wash and dry into shape. I like to wear mine around and break them in for the day 😉

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What do you think? Actually – it’s probably best you don’t tell me what you think – because after doing this whole thing I realized I hate the way I look in skinny jeans.. oh well!

Love Always,

J

Practice Makes Perfect!

3 Dec

This weekend I decided to do a trial set up for the show on the 15th. Since I’ll be going from having three tables to one, I had to figure out how to get as much stock as I could in one confined space! It took editing some things, a ton of rearranging, and not putting everything on my table.

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Above is my last set up, below is cramming everything onto one table without it being overwhelming! That was definitely the hardest part. Knowing what to put on your table (what you think you’ll sell) and what not to is impossible. Not putting something out that might have sold if it was seen may cost you, but you’ll never know!

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At this event – I’m excited to show off all the new colors that I didn’t have the previous year, while still trying to keep the favorite ones available 😉

 

Also new – is the cup cozies! I’m hoping this are a hit, especially since it’s at coffee shop. A few things I’ve slowed down on making are burp cloths and taggies. As much as a love these things, they aren’t getting as much attention as I thought they would and to be completely honest – I’d rather be in my living room watching Emma play while I crochet then in the studio without her!

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Don’t get me wrong! I’ll be in there sewing and working like I usually do, just not as much if these crocheted things keep selling like they are! Oh and to talk about what’s selling – these things are:

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These cork key chains are flying out of my hands like hot cakes! I’ve gotten a lot of people asking which ones I have and to be completely honest – up until now – I had no idea!! I spent this weekend sorting through all of them so I now have a list if anyone is looking for a specific one.

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It took longer than I thought it would, but I have a feeling it will be beneficial in the long run if someone is searching for a specific winery that went with a special moment to remember.

 

Well enough about me – what did you do this weekend?

Oh and don’t forget! If you missed out on getting a Young House Love book signed – I have one up for grabs 🙂

Love Always,

J

Unexpected Storage

28 Nov

This week I was rearranging my kitchen and cleaning it out of things we don’t use anymore. Is it just me – or do I do this about every three months or so? Anywho, I came across this container of popcorn that we got – minus the popcorn that is. I can’t believe that I held on to for a while because I liked the way it looked – but I’m so glad I did 🙂

I never had a purpose for it or really a reason to keep it but I love how pretty and shiny it is! Even better now that it’s winter time again so it goes along with the theme of the weather 🙂 After looking around the house for a while I decided where I wanted to put it.

Most of the time when I’m finding a home for a new place I like to replace it with someone older that isn’t serving it’s purpose anymore, or could use a little TLC. I found just the spot I needed to fix!

My yarn basket gets pulled out every time I’m doing a few projects at once. Since I have show coming up on the 15th, I have been multi-tasking with my list of things to finish up. This basket is obviously getting a little too much love because it’s overflowing and not so pretty anymore!

I decided I could easily fit my yarn in the new bucket with no problem. After filling it up I realized I had extra room on the top to put whatever current project I’m working on and still close the lid! Extra space is definitely key for me to keep things organized. If I limit myself – mess happens fast!

Then I put it right where I do my crocheting, next to the couch but enough out of the way that it isn’t bombarding my space. So while it looks like a decorative tin of goodies – it’s really my project stash of goodies!

I love free ways to store items!
Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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