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To look forward to.

With a productive day off of work, I wrap up my day (by 10:30 p.m.? Can it really be?) feeling super accomplished, inspired, and anxious.

With some cleaning done and a sewing project started, see the preview below, I feel like I can really take a step towards my resolutions.

Custom pocket to fit my new, beautiful wallet from Fancy Tiger (the clothing boutique).

For 2011, I have many commitments I want to make, and keep:

Get healthy. This is almost a too obvious considering the usual resolutions, but my not only is concerning working out, but also eating healthier. This means more cooking, an adventure in itself for me. Stay tuned for kitchen endeavors.

Get creative. Today I read a ton of artistic and creative blogs, and my mind is spinning about the projects I want to get accomplished this year. Not only for Lilly Ella Collections, but for my self. After an exhaustive month (it really was only a month?) working solely towards my store, and not feeling 100% confident about it at this moment, I have realized how important it is to use creative energy to give back to yourself and loved ones. It is really rewarding.

Become involved. There are so many good causes out there, and I have really want to devote some of my time to them! More to come on this later.

Learn new crafts. I cannot wait to see how this turns out. SO exciting/scary! Knitting? Here I come.

Be ecofriendly. This is something I’m really passionate about, and I want to devote myself to Earth-friendly options, from cleaning products, to clothing, to the way I live my life.

Cease to waste my free time. Curse you, reality t.v.! Today I nearly spent the entire day with the tube off, and it felt great! I got so much accomplished, and I don’t really care that I missed those shows. I can’t believe how much of my time is spent in front of the television. It’s time to get out and do something!

Get my college degree! Last semester. The home stretch. Deep breath.

I feel like this is a solid list, and if I can stick to it, this could be the best year yet.

What do you have planned this year?

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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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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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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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