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New Year goals and trellis bags

Half way through 2016 I started setting up SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound). I set up my dream life, 5 year goals, annual, quarterly, monthly and daily goals. I have to say it has worked really well so far. It has given me the clarity I needed to see where my small teeny-tiny business is headed.  So for this new year, I have some ambitious goals that I plan to work towards each day both in my professional and personal lives. Do you set goals each year and has it worked for you?

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Some of the incredible habits I have installed in this last year is journaling, daily planning, and  5 mins of french learning each day. I do not start my day without it and it definitely has helped me accomplish a lot during busy times and keep up with all the errands and activities.

To start of this new year on a productive note, I have these beauties available on the store. I am absolutely in love with Trellis patterns and spotlight has them in these bright and vivid colors. Check them out in my madeit and etsy stores now!!

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Here is the link to this bag listed in the madeit and etsy store!
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Here is the link to the bag listed on the madeit and etsy stores!
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Here are the links listed to the bag on the madeit and etsy store

Have a very crafty weekend

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Sewing ventures

Thanks giving and more bags!

There are so many things to be thankful for, including this opportunity for me to be able to make a difference, to create new beautiful things, to use my life to the fullest potential, and to be able to serve as many people as possible. (Yes, I have been reading too many entrepreneurial and self improvement books lately! ;)).

This Small Business Saturday, support handmade products and small businesses. Try giving some handmade items these holidays to your family.

I am in the process of stocking my store for loads and loads of tote bags. These handmade bags make great presents and can be used as grocery bags, knitting project bags, beach bags, and gym bags. Here are some of the latest creations. To view them all visit my online store at Etsy and Madeit!!

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Owl bag (MADE TO ORDER)
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Peacock tote
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Geometric floral tote
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Fall Colors Tote
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Owl Bag
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Painting print tote

Check these out today!! Thank you for saying no to plastic!

Have a great crafty weekend.

 

 

Sewing ventures

Sew happy!

We have moved and are now living in the land down under. I continue to knit and crochet, albeit  infrequently, I have found a new love. Sewing!! I always wanted to learn sewing.

My mother, a sewing expert, has been an inspiration. I wanted to start of with basic sewing skills. so I got a relatively inexpensive IKEA sewing machine SY. It has been pretty useful so far and I hope that it continues to work well. But I am loving the process of sewing and have decided to start my online store in Australia on madeit.com.au.

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The whole process of starting this store with cloth and market bags is about my passion about being more ecofriendly by reducing the use of plastic from the environment. Living in the US, I realized that I generally used so many single use plastic bags and disposables that it was very wasteful. A perfect example of this was, milk chugs being double bagged as they hold the weight, just to be able to carry it a few steps to the car and from the car to your kitchen.  In 4 of 7 Australian states and in 17 of 50 states in the US, so far there is a fee on single use plastic bags at the grocery stores. Even with these regulations in place, over 10 million new bags are used each day in Australia. The cost of these bags add up to about $100 million a year, which is added to your grocery bills.

Reusable and re-purposed bags will be able to save you $$$ and the environment and is the future shopping. Fabric bags can be folded up and carried with you to the store, come in a variety of colors and sizes. You don’t need to have a plastic bag containing a lot of plastic bags in your house. Get rid of the clutter and start using renewable cloth bags. Its time to be less wasteful.

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At this store, you can find a lot of cloth fabric bags. I am also repurposing old fabric into bags. You can fit in a lot more items into each bags. It WILL be possible to make one trip from the car to your house. The handles are sturdy enough to hold a lot more weight than a single use plastic bag.

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This is the only investment you need to make and you can help reduce a lot of plastic and help handmade businesses.

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Have a great weekend!!