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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Boy have I got news.

First of all, I bought two Dr. Seuss books–Oh the Places You’ll Go and And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street–along with another picture book for my nephew and nieces on Tuesday, completely unaware of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. How strange! It must have been my inner avid reader that could just sense this wonderful day and the need to share the best feeling in the world, being wrapped up in a wonderful book, to my beautiful babies as I like to call them. So amazing!

In other news, I’m so excited to share my newest addition:

Isn’t she beautiful?

She is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, and she has been previously loved.

After a wild goose chase involving two returns and 2.1 miles, I wrangled down a battery and it’s been love at first focus since.

So here are some random pictures that I just have to share (sorry to have the redundancy of my bulldog; she’s just very photogenic).

I can’t wait to get in a shoot in the daylight. Stay tuned.

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New Year – New…(fill in the blank)

Here I am, 12:03, January 1st, 2011.

Home. In the PJs, bumming around.

Not the expected situation for most, but here I find myself, almost completely content.

After coming in hot off the holidays and a two and a half week working binge, I find myself just needing a moment. And as timing would have it, New Year’s presents herself to force me to reflect and plan for the future. So as 2010 wrapped up, now six minutes ago, I find that I have accomplished really, what I had set out to do: school, and work. Really, when looked at now, is only two things. Not much to jump for joy over, but what else can I do?

Right now, I feel like school isn’t really doing much for me. I even would go so far as to say it is holding me back. I’m an English major, and don’t get me wrong, I love it, and couldn’t even dream about studying anything else, but at this point in my life, I feel like once I’ve got the diploma (aka a piece of paper) that will be all I have–an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. I won’t have that secret power of job getting skills that they whisper to you as you graduate, and I most likely won’t just fall into some incredible position as an editor of a popular literary journal. I don’t see myself being a teacher, for now at least, and I don’t see the market of creative writers opening up soon. But I guess I can just rack it up to experience. I think school has taught me just enough to know that I know nothing. Awe, shucks.

As for work–well, it’s work. I love everyone I work with, and it really is a fairly good gig.

But here I am again, in a sort of slump, feeling uncreative and unproductive. Frustrated. So I am planning on 2011 bringing a solution to that.

I have found something that always lightens my spirits is 1) English Breakfast hot black tea with honey. It warms the soul. And 2) a good book. Right now, I’m reading This is Not Chick Lit, a collection of short fiction stories. I picked it up, because one of my instructors for a course is published in there, and so far every story I have read is amazing, and really inspiring!

I love the idea of the new year. It brings so much opportunity for progress and accomplishments, and I love the way looking forward to things feels. Even with silly things like the mail; usually it’s just bills, but I love the idea that someone sent a letter, especially for me, days before, and it has finally reached me and I get to see what it is. Silly!

So here’s to keeping those New Year’s Resolutions!

Cheers (if you’re out there).

 

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Ready, set, (holding breath). Anxiety.

I absolutely hate anxiety. I participated in track in high school, and my race running career was short-lived for several reasons.

  1. Let’s face it: I’m not a fast runner. Turns out to be pretty crucial.
  2. That five second interval that one must wait for the gun to fire, to signal the beginning of the race was absolutely overwhelming to me. I can’t stand that type of anticipation!
  3. I’m not athletic. Turns out that is pretty crucial too.

Anyways, to get to my point, I’ve had a fairly successful week in terms of getting some pillows made, and now, I’m just waiting!

I’ve done tons of research involving Etsy and from that I’ve gathered that new sellers need to be patient. So please, will me the power of patience, hehe! So to bide the time until someone finds me and loves my pillows as much as I do…I will continue to gather beautiful fabric, and keep making pillows to my heart’s content.

 

In other developments, I have began to find eco-friendly alternatives in both my fabric choices and the actual pillow inserts. I purchased some Organic fabric, designed by Cloud 9 Fabrics, from no other store than the amazing Fancy Tiger! As for the pillows, I’ve ordered some from an online store that are made from corn, and I’m looking into a bamboo alternative. This is really exciting, because I thought this was more of a long-term goal, and I’m so glad to venture into this area so soon!

I really want to let everyone know how much I appreciate you supporting me. My family and my friends have really been amazing, and I have really been relying on you all for support! I heart you so much!

As for my anxiety, it will hopefully subside soon. It is definitely magnified this week, because of finals! Gag. One more week. One. More. Week. Then I will have ample time to focus on Lilly Ella Collections!

Bless you for being here.

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Looky looky!

So I have successfully listed my first item!

I call it the Sunflower pillow, but you can call it whatever your heart desires :).

So, as promised, I am offering 10% off any purchase for a limited time only. To apply, just enter ireadyourblog in the coupon code box during checkout. The discount will be applied before you submit your payment. Just remember to update the balance before checking out.

Short but sweet.

Here is the link (I know, I put it in almost all my posts) to my shop: lillyellacollections.etsy.com .

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Zippers are to me as Kryptonite is to Superman. So far.

Well, for me, it was a rather difficult and disappointing Thanksgiving break in regards to my advancement for Lilly Ella Collections.

After sorting out a few kinks in my process, I’m back at pushing towards my new deadline I’ve set for myself. By December 25th, I plan on having items listed in my shop– lillyellacollections.etsy.com — and I’m about a third of the way there.

I’ve decided that frustration will not overtake me. Some things I have struggled with are pretty major in regards to the whole outlook for the shop.

First and foremost, the Pfaff and I were instant enemies. Right from the beginning, it was a rough start. I did a few practice stitches after setting up the machine, and everything seemed to be fine–on the surface. I felt comfortable enough to begin sewing on my beautiful fabric I raved about in the previous post, but no sooner than I went about an inch, it began tearing through it faster than I could even realize it was swallowing it down by the bobbin! After fumbling with the bobbin, the needle, the settings, and pretty much everything else I could think of, I was near meltdown mode. I enlisted the help of my sweetheart husband, even though he has no experience with sewing machines, and we tried for about two hours with no avail. Penelope knows exactly how to express how I felt: Eventually I decided that my grandmother (who owns the Pfaff) would know better how to fix it or what was wrong. I returned it. So, I was sewing machine-less again. But only for a day.

My sister-in-law kindly lent me her Brother CS-6000i, which was still in the box brand new. I got the honor of opening it up and making the first stitch. And it works great! I love it so much I’ve added one of my own to my Christmas list, which is very long, by the way, ever since I discovered Etsy.

The beauty herself (and you can pretty much see my entire “studio” aka the kitchen table)! So, to continue on with my sob story of frustration. I’ll make it quick and painless for you, don’t worry. I wouldn’t want to put anyone through the simply infuriating sensation that the next topic has brought upon me. Zippers. Simply said, I pretty much suck at them. In all the sewing lessons of the past, they have never been included. And they should have been. I have really tried, grumbled, ripped seams, tried, grumbled, ripped seams, and tried again. The end product is merely acceptable at this point, and until I can get some more practice, they won’t be included in my designs.

But on the upside, I really did learn at lot in the past week. And I have become reacquainted with the sewing machine, and I have developed a solid design for a 16 X 16 pillow. Now that mostly everything has worked itself out, I feel like I may be pretty much unstoppable.

Look out world.

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Holy inspiration!

So, Friday (yesterday,) I had the day off. I had big plans for yesterday. Big ones. Most didn’t happen. Yes, I did do an online post for my philosophy class, but the 200+ pages that were to be read of Thomas Hardy? Nope. The compelling question essay for ENGL 4580? Nope.

But, I would like to think I did some hardcore researching for Lilly Ella Collections. This research consists of browsing Etsy, and eventually getting distracted by other blogs that branch from their blog. (Blogs are awesome. Mine’s not, yet, anyways…working on it). However random and time-wasting this may seem, I actually benefited greatly from it.

First and foremost, I discovered:

1. Fancy Tiger!

Fancy Tiger is a local craft and fabric shop off Ellsworth and Broadway and in short, is mindblowingly amazing. I love the feel of this shop! Their fabric collection is absolutely amazing, and I just feel so inspired by the whole idea of this shop. Here is a sneak peak of some fabric I got:

I'm in love. Period.

Ryan and I made a quick trip down there, and my only regret is that we didn’t have enough time to spend there! I have a feeling I will become increasingly acquainted with this glorious treasure very soon!

Now for the other benefits of my web-surfing.

2. Wholesale opportunities.

I have looked into some wholesale outlets for organic hand dyed fabrics, because I think there is more of a possibility for profit for Lilly Ella Collections if I buy wholesale. Plus, I found some more mindblowingly  beautiful fabrics. More to come on this later.

Last and not least:

3. Inspiration.

Through my browsing and shopping, I have developed at least three new designs for pillows! Woo Hoo! It is easy to be creative when the mind is introduced to so many creative ideas and places!

All in all, my seemingly unaccomplished day (in terms of un-fun stuff) really transformed into a rewarding day for Lilly Ella Collections.

Now I just need to get my hands on that sewing machine before my mind explodes from all these ideas!

See you soon!

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