Did you know the average person only utilizes twenty percent of their closet? Take a moment to analyze your own closet, how many pieces have been pushed to the deep dark crevices in your closet? Are there items you purchased but never actually wore apart from trying them on once? Unfortunately, there are a few of mine which I did not feel confident in but kept with the intention that one day I would. It’s a trap for some and a good motivator for others. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, I’m sure there are a few items laying around that you are willing to get rid of so why not sell them to regain a portion of your money back. I used to think the only people that were successful selling their used clothes were those who had a large following online but honestly there is a buyer out there for everything.
So which platform will give you have a higher success and ease of use, well it varies by the item. For example, collectables sell better on Mercari, but the shipping may be cheaper for the item on Poshmark if the item is over one pound. This is when you would evaluate if you are willing to pay for shipping to attract a buyer faster at a higher price point on Mercari or wait for a buyer on Poshmark with the lower shipping rate. Below is a visual tour through both platforms to see which one is best for you. I’ve also created a cheat sheet to showcase my process of listing different types of items to attract buyers faster.
Interested or recently purchased the Brother PE550D embroidery machine? After purchasing the machine I did as most people do, went to Youtube to teach myself the basics. While yes, there were a few videos available they lacked the teaching aspect; it was more of watch me embroider this item kind of “tutorials”. I crave the basics whenever I try anything new which includes how to thread the machine and most importantly what the heck all the buttons do. Although anyone can read the instruction Manuel to gain this information some people like myself prefer to see it in action as well for a quick reference or simply for a visual. Also let’s be honest, not everyone reads the instruction booklets.
One thing I did really enjoy is the fact that Brother includes a book with every single design that comes downloaded onto the machine making it easy to see what colors you need as well as easing the picking process for what design to make. Watch the tutorial below to see how to thread the machine with the self threader, no licking the thread to try to maneuver it through the needle on this guy. Another cool function is the outline feature, this is where the machine will show the perimeter of the design. This is beneficial to see if the design is straight as well as if it will overlap any other designs etc. Let me know in the comments what else you want to learn/ see me do with this machine.
What you’ll learn from the tutorial… how to thread the machine, choose a design, hoop a onesie, attach the hoop, change the density, change the tension, rotate designs, the cut thread button, and how to raise/lower the needle.
We are in the countdown to Christmas and it seems like time is flying this season. While things are definitely different at least this season tends to make things seem a little better as we settle into baking and decorating the house. The plan was to be out of the tree house before this Christmas but things change so… another tiny house Christmas! Here are some of my top tips for decorating a small space for the holidays. Watch how I decorated the tiny house this year down below (the first video). To see how I decorated it last year watch the video on the very bottom.
Skip the bulky items.
Seek items that are thin or small to store away after the season.
Change little things like pillow shams and photos.
Lights, skip the traditional bulky ones go small.
Bows, are close to my heart every other day but they so easy to pack away too.
Who else has a love hate relationship with the rain? I love it when I’m inside but dread it when I am driving or walking in it. Today is one of those days; the wind is howling, sky is roaring and the rain is pouring. While I sip on some cocoa it is relaxing to gaze out the window and take in the trees knowing that in a few short weeks the mass holidays will take place. It’s a time of mourning which I try not to focus on but it is okay to be sad at the fact that this year will undoubtedly be very different. Knowing that loved ones should stay away is a difficult thing to swallow.
Whether you have a spare moment or a day off to gaze out the window, take time to create a stash of cards to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. Prior to the pandemic it was rare to receive letters via mail but I feel as if it is going back as we abide by the rules of our national leaders. This is why I feel it is the perfect time to start creating birthday, get well, and thank you cards while you are sitting trying to think of something to do. It may be hard to think this but one day you’ll wish you had the time you do now. The following is a basic guideline of what kind of cards to make in bulk. Remember to use an array of styles and colors to fit various personalities. You are not creating preplanned for the year cards but rather spur of the moment ones that would otherwise gravitate you towards the store.
Holiday season is finally upon us! Who else is already watching Christmas movies, making holiday crafts and baking? The weather is finally corresponding to the time of year as well which is a relief. It’s the best time for trying new things and that is why I want to talk about this little guy, or should I say this Chonky boy. Hehe For my first every crochet project where I followed a pattern I learned a lot about not only crochet but also about myself. I am one of those people who feels as if they’ve failed if I do not achieve perfection even if it is the first time I am trying something. This project taught me how to keep going even when things do not look bright. Here is a look into my first attempt at Chonky… yeah he looks more like a fruit basket that sits on the table at Thanksgiving. Before you make assumptions this was not supposed to be his tail… it was for his head/body.
Let’s just say it was a learning curve with all the stitches and somehow this happened. After a lot of laughing, a smidge of anger, I took a deep breath and came to terms with the fact that yes I would rip out the project almost to the beginning but I would not give up until he was finished. I did not care if he looked perfect,. My main goal was to complete the patten with the expectation that he would resemble somewhat of a dinosaur. Did I make mistakes? Heck yeah. When trying something new enlist some help whether that be from a Youtube video, a book, or even a friend to help you navigate through it. Crochet is literally like another language with all the abbreviations it’s a bit overwhelming. I hope this made you laugh and encourages you to try something new this holiday season.
Lost for words, where to begin and more importantly is there an end. As we are living through what will soon be written in the history books of future generations it can feel as if we are in a stand still. I refuse to believe that this time is a halt in progress. Yes, it can be lonely at times as we are away from loved ones to keep them safe. Yes, those who have taken advantage can blur the lines and darken an already stormy day. Frankly it is disgusting so why is the system built to their advantage? Why do we encourage thieves with repercussions being unwritten. You can only blame your upbringing for so much so I refuse to believe that our parents are the ones to blame for the story their descendants decide to write. What kind of story are you painting during this uncertain time? Will you focus on the way the stars sparkle and light up the darkness or will you allow it to consume you at the core. No matter how this year has started everyday is a day to change how your story will be written so remember even if today’s page is dark and grey there is a new one to flip to in the morning. It is perfectly okay to be not okay, everyone paints a smile from time to time. Remember you do not need to be alone either, if you open your eyes and allow them, those who love you are waiting to lift you up.
This past month I have been focusing a lot on happiness. I encourage you to ask yourself what makes you happy: is it dancing around the house in your sweat pants, painting a masterpiece, running, baking, skating, journalling? Create something, try something new, don’t focus on perfection but rather the fact that you are constantly learning and improving. Schedule time for things that make you happy in your planner and make your mental health a priority. Write it in pen, I used to be a pencil person so that it would not mess up my planner, but that has changed since my planner is for me. Plus it helps knowing in the back of my mind that I can slap a sticker onto any rescheduling that must take place. A good way to start is with this coming “holiday” unless you celebrate Day of the Dead, Halloween is really just a made up holiday, however, it is still celebrated by the mass majority.
Some people have decided to go against guidance and still trick or treat. In past years trick or treating has always been a conscious concern for the public as ugly people poison candy and do all sorts of crazy things. Honestly, I am not a fan of halloween, but I do dress up. I’m not a fan of the craziness it brings out in people or the scary aspect either. If you are in love with halloween here are some ideas on how to participate safely this year. Enter or host a zoom dress up contest, make it fun with some fun virtual backgrounds. Watch movies indoors with an intimate group. Have kiddos or simply want to spread a little festive spirit? Try creating a scare package for friends. It can include little activities or really anything you desire. Create a spooky painting, the options are really limitless if you tap into your creativity. I will be creating a simple costume idea starting this Saturday for those who want to dress up during the day for errands or at work. Create your own happiness by planning time for things you enjoy. For me that includes creating a fun planner spread for halloween week (shown below), dressing up at work (coming soon) and spending the evening watching a movie with a treat (tbd). You don’t have to risk your safety to have fun so try one of these ideas and share in the comments if you have more ideas to share.
Picking up a new hobby can be frustrating on not only you but your wallet too. I’ve always been the type to love finding deals in the craft lane as well as throughout daily life. As a fellow crafter, I thought it was time to share with you all some of my tips on saving big while crafting without falling prey to the cheap knock offs.
Dollar Tree can be a craft safe haven if you know what to look for and what to skip out on. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I was bubbly over finding some generic embroidery floss, however, it was extremely poor quality and kept breaking off. It was worth trying because now I know it is not a craft supply to skimp out on.
It’s an usual post day, however, I am feeling a bit fuzzy about what to post these days. To be honest my schedule has shifted a lot and I’m sure many of yours has as well. I never thought my work would be considered essential but yes I have been working throughout all the craziness. Man oh 0man do I have stories for you guys… perhaps once the dust settles I will post a video of all the things that have happened lately while at work. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in some work stories from this pandemic season.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you all about mask making because I am now wearing masks daily to work as rules and regulations require it. As regulatons keep evolving in some places you might have to wear a mask so here are some tips on how to equip yourself. Before diving in, a quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor just a fellow fashionista.
This week I wanted to test myself mentally and I encourage you to do the same if you have been in a slump as well. There is no right or wrong way to do this either, so tweak it as much as you need to. My test was to set two goals and see how I would respond to them knowing that I was making myself accountable by thus throwing the data on the internet. If this is too drastic tell a friend daily or have a weekly log in instead. This is to motivate you as well as myself. I also have provided some resources to check out if your goals are similar to mine.
Spring is coming, which means it is the official season for white shoes. Mine get used all year around but now especially they will be starting to rack up some heavy mileage. So… it’s time to take them out of storage but they do not look as good as you remembered? Before you jet off to the store for a new pair take a moment to revive some life back into them.