“Everything is Figureoutable”
That has to be one of my all-time absolute favorite quotes (by Marie Forleo, business mentor and coach to entrepreneurs all over the globe). It resonates so much for me because “figuring things out” has been my own personal mission many times throughout my life.
On Sundays, I typically don’t do anything business related. We do things as a family, I tackle home projects, or just relax and recharge. Yesterday, we worked on some minor household projects and I also started cleaning out my closet. At one point, my husband had brought out several pillows I’ve been meaning to “do something with” for quite some time. They were tearing and looked terrible, but I knew I could make them new again – just a matter of making the time. So yesterday became “refurbish throw pillows” day.
While cleaning out my closet, I found a basket of a bunch of sweaters I had purchased from a second-hand store to be used at some point to make stuff. I had upcycled a couple already into newborn hats, but still had several in the pile untouched. I then decided that I would use what I had and recover those pillows. The only thing was, I wanted something neutral so that all the pillows would coordinate or at least be able to dress them up differently but still go well together. I decided to cover two of them with extra fabric I had from when I made a curtain for my studio and use a sweater for the third. These took me a few hours, since it was my first time trying it, but I love how they turned out. I taught myself a new technique too, while making these – a gather stitch. You just gotta love Google. The brown trim is a strip of rosette fabric and those are the pillows for which I used my extra fabric. The one with the gather stitch decorated edge was the sweater I used. The fabric for the gathered stitch was a rayon, which, I initially thought the fraying would look “shabby-chic,” but I think I may get tired of finding little frayed pieces of fabric everything. If I did that again, it wouldn’t be with rayon. I could have melted the edges a bit over a candle though, which would have eliminated the fraying, or if I had a surge machine, I could have used that along the edges of the rayon first as well. Live and learn.
As I was sewing (with my $15 sewing machine I purchased literally 12 years ago), Alexandra was asking questions. Both girls sat and were just so interested in what I was doing. I told them, “if there is one thing you learn from me, learn this – everything is figureoutable.” I proceeded to tell them that I taught myself how to do many things over the years, from the time I was a child and taught myself to swim after only one lesson (sink or swim, right?), cook, how to ice skate, how to use a camera, how to run a business, to crochet, to sew….so many things over the years and because I truly live by the fact that everything truly is figureoutable. If there is something you want to learn how to do – if you want to know bad enough, you’ll take the time and practice over and over and over. That being said, the next thing to figure out on my life to-do is how to play acoustic guitar. Before that though, and in the very near future, I plan to try making some mittens. If anyone has some old sweaters they are planning to trash, I may be interested in having them.
In other news, I’m looking forward to my Christmas promotion sessions this week. Last week we ended up getting dumped with snow and cold, which put a damper on things, but that’s where I am thankful for having a studio. Although, outdoors is still my favorite.
Also new is I started teaching CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – yup, had to look that one up, not something I easily remember) for Kindergarten and 1st grade. In short, Catholic teachings. Last week was my first day and I think I won the kids over with lunchbox s’more bars (if you’re on Pinterest HERE’S THE LINK). If you’re not on Pinterest, get in touch and I’ll send you the recipe or I can share it in a future post with a few other recipes I’ve been meaning to share as well. For this week they loved the idea of cocoa pebble rice krispies (add in some peanut butter and it’s like eating a reese’s peanut butter cup – YUM!).
Well, I suppose – I best get back to working on a little project for my upcoming Christmas promo. I have no idea how it will turn out but you’ll likely see it on here in a future blog post. Also, I need to finish up a special project that will be a very personalized gift for my mom for Christmas using images from her beauty session with me and my kids (images from that session to come to the blog too).
In closing, is there anything you would love learn to learn how to do? I was thinking as I was working on my pillows yesterday that it would be kinda fun to get some ladies together that are interested in learning something new (that I know how to do), or to get our scrapbooks up to par (which is something I mentioned last Spring that would have been a great project for winter). If this interests you, get in touch! If there’s enough interest, I’ll work on getting something put together.
Have a wonderful week!
P.S. If you’re bored this evening, the Central Dakota Concert is at the Zeeland school tonight at 7:00 p.m.. Several schools get together to perform – should be a great program!
P.P.S. I am offering my Christmas Card Mini-Session Promotion through the end of this month, so if you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll still have time to get your cards sent out!