Building a Lifetime

Someone recently mentioned to me the importance of viewing your life as building toward something. Not just scattered, random events, just living life until you die. But truly meaningful, purposeful living.

I know I tend to forget to live like that. I’m more of a live-in-the-moment kind of girl, which has its merit, but I think that working to bring the two ideas together could create a richer kind of existence.

I want to internalize that, and over the next week I’m going to begin to dwell more on a forward-thinking perspective. I’m going to think more on what is and will be most important to me (which, for me, is God and family) and see how that shapes the way I do things

Sneak Peek: New Dolls!

I’ve been in a desperate dash to the craft fair finish-line this week! I’m pretty sure I’ve never been quite so goal-oriented in my life 🙂 Alex helped me create an action plan, and thanks to a management and production book he’s been listening to, I’m now acquainted with such terms as “throughput” and “bottle-necking” lol. I’m currently trying to maximize throughput by avoiding bottle-necking. Which is fancy-schmancy speak for trying to finish more products by identifying and tweaking your most time consuming steps. I don’t fully understand it, that’s why I said “acquainted” with the terms and not “best friends” with them 🙂

Everyday I have a specific production goal. Yesterday’s goal was to complete 3 dolls (I decided instead to complete 7 doll *bodies* and have them ready for faces, which I can do anywhere).Today’s is to finish all the sock monsters I already have started, and to hopefully begin a few more.

I haven’t had time to take real pictures, but here’s a sneak peek at my dolls, via my phone’s camera:

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They’re babies, not big girls, hence the barely-there hair. Some of them will have dresses, some of them will have diapers. But I plan to make them all a tiny blanket to match their clothes.

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This baby had pigtails, which left her hair all freaky 🙂 I definitely plan to replace them asap!

Craft Fair info (Thompsons Station)

I received my application for the craft fair today! So I have all the info:

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Thompsons Station United Methodist Church 8th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday September 19th 2009 9am-5pm

Arts & Crafts, Food, Bake Sale, Homemade Ice Cream, Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Live Music all day…

1517 Thompson Station Rd. West next to the Williamson County Rescue Squad Building.

For more info call 595-1855 or 794-8113 (I think those are both 615#’s)

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I have so much work to do… hopefully I’ll be accepted, but if not I’ll have a lot of stuff ready for Etsy, so no worries!

[When I typed all this out, I didn’t realize there was info on a website. For anyone who’d also like to apply, while there’s still time, here’s the link to the downloadable form!]

Amendment:

My goal had been to have 3 items on Etsy by tonight, however, I’m planning to participate in a craft fair in a week and a half and I need to have physical inventory available. After the craft fair (Sept. 19th), I will put everything I have left on Etsy.

I’m really excited too! I’ll have to push myself hard to complete everything, but I think I can do it. Primarily I will have handmade toys for sale (sock monsters, dolls, etc.)  as well as other sewn items and some of my paintings.

I’ll post more info about the craft fair later when I have the actual address. I know it’s at a church in Thompson’s Station, and that’s about it 🙂

Sockstravaganza!

It’s been a crazy week! I can’t believe it’s only been 7 days since I last blogged.

target-socks-IMG_2793In the meantime, I found some GREAT socks at target. They’re over-the-knee socks, so I’m able to make the sock monsters longer without worrying about running out of material. And, as it turns out, I’m actually able to get 2 monsters per sock! And because each pair is made of a different material and texture, I’ve been learning a lot about what types of socks work best for different purposes. For example, the more stretchy the sock, the better Dexter is able to hold onto the toy. However, those socks seem more delicate and tend to show their stuffing if overstretched.

I’ve completed 3 monsters so far, and I have 5 more in process. I set myself a goal of having 3 up on Etsy  by Tuesday. I won’t be selling thedex-and-bucky-IMG_2905 first 3, as my baby has already given them much love. In fact, #3, or Bucky, just got spit up on today, so I’ll have the opportunity to see how they handle machine washing. I also won’t sell any from used socks… it’s one thing for my own baby to chew on our clean laundry, it’s another thing entirely to trick someone else’s baby into doing it 🙂

munchie-IMG_2782 Sock monster #2 is Munchie. (Somehow #1 is called Bonkey, for Bunny-Donkey, although I’ve determined that he is, in fact, a donkey.) He was made from a super-cute pair of socks that I HATED to wear.

 

 

bucky-IMG_2783 #3 is Bucky, well… for obvious reasons. He is made from the new batch of socks. My husband, Alex, played a huge role in the brainstorming process for Bucky’s features. So we’re keeping him 🙂 (It will actually be hard to get rid of any of them, each one is so cute and funny!)