Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Beginnings

For the last few years I have been fortunate to stay at home with my children and watch a few kids here and there for extra income.  This last month or so I have not had any kids to watch so money has been tighter then normal.  These last few days I have been wondering what in the world do I need to do.  This has been the first time since I worked for my dad 20 plus years ago that I have not been making any money and I am fully dependent on my husband.  It's been a hard place for me to be.  I have never been a big spender.  I have never loved shopping so much that I just have to have new things all the time, but it is nice to be able to go purchase something here and there and not have to worry.

This last week I have been wondering what I should be doing.  I felt like I did not have a direction in which to go.  Sure I have my Etsy account and I like making things, but selling them on Etsy has been another quandry.  It's hard to get those sells when there are so many other great shops out there.

Recently we had a missions conference and I kept thinking, I wish I had a way to give more to missions outreach.  So I guess I am going to keep going with the Etsy account for awhile but just let God know that from any sells I make, I give him half of the sales to go toward our church's missions program.  The other half will hopefully be used for investing back into new and creative things to make.

If this doesn't work, then God has another purpose for me.  Until then...  Give God all the Glory!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Whimsical Flower Garland

One of my favorite things to do is find an idea and some how recreate it to make it mine.
I'll often look at a pattern and think I like this part of it or that but not the whole thing. 
Taking pieces of an idea and implementing them into a new idea is a lot of fun for me!
I wish I had more time to do it, but I try and find things now that don't require a lot of time.

Try finding something you love and add it to new pattern.
Mixing up old patterns make it fresh and unique and people love it!
At least I do!

I decided to take two different flowers and alternate them using different colors.
The possibilities are endless as you can use one color, make different size flowers or like I did in this case, make a beautiful garland that can be used for girls/ladies of all ages!

How do you revive your craft projects?