Monday, February 9, 2009

Buying Things and Such...

Its back to work day today and only two weeks before my first massive event – eek!! This is my second 100% thrifted outfit and I couldn’t be happier - and please excuse my weirdo expression, I just couldn't seem to take a good photo!

9th Feb09


My long weekend was great -my only gripe happened on Friday when I sat down to do some sewing. Everything was going great, my machine was working perfectly until it decided not to any more! Now, I’m one of those people who needs to finish something as soon as I start making it otherwise I tend not to finish it (I’m actually really very bad when it comes to that!!) so you can imagine my annoyance when my machine stopped working again. It’s the tension again as far as I can tell and I tried everything I could think of to fix it – playing with the tension, changing the needle, re-threading the machine, and nothing worked! So I had to take it in again on Saturday and then spent the rest of the weekend wanting to be productive but just twiddling my thumbs instead.

Now, the last two weeks I made a pact with myself that I wasn’t going to spend any money. I really didn’t have clearly defined parameters because when I said that, I think I meant I wouldn’t buy clothes – which I did happen to succeed with by the way! However I did spend money on other bits and pieces. I brought some more fabric, some absolutely beautiful vintage lace, two amazing vintage patterns which I can’t wait to start and the very best buy of all – an Overlocker (or Serger, some of you may call them). I’m so excited about getting it!! I’ve wanted one for the longest time and now I have one. I bought it second hand and its being shipped down from Auckland, it’s a Janome and is probably one of the best, older over lockers you can buy. It’s a 3-4 thread, has differential feed and does some other very cool things which I won’t bore you with.


So, some of you may be wondering why I’m stocking up on fabric, lace and buying things like an over locker and now I’m going to spill the beans and tell you why – ever since I started blogging I’ve had my Etsy shop saved for when I decided I wanted to start my own shop selling my own designs and creations. Its been saved since last year and now I’m finally going to start making things for it to have its grand opening in May this year on my one year blogging anniversary! I’m so very excited and have many a design in my head that I’m working on. I’m not going to give too much away because then it just wouldn’t be a surprise now would it? I often wonder about when I’ll actually get the time to make everything and keep the shop stocked, but at this point I have a few months to get everything ready and finalised for the end of May (which also happens to be my birthday and David and I’s 4 year anniversary – gosh four years?? That’s a long time!!)


I’m sort of in a transitional phase of my life, I do love my job but its most certainly not what I want to be doing for the rest of my life – I plan to stop at the end of this year when V gets back, then go see some of the world and find out exactly what it is I want to do with my life. I think having my very own little shop will hopefully open some doors into revealing what I really want to do – and with that said, I want to know what all of you readers do for a living or what you plan to be in the future. I always find it fascinating what others do during the day to make ends meet, there are so many jobs out there in the world that I probably don’t even know exist and might just love doing. I fell into events, loved it and now its time to move on - did you fall into your job, was it what you envisioned doing as a career? Go on, inspire me!!


XX

Jen

24 comments:

  1. How exciting about your Etsy shop! I think you'll find it really rewarding--- at least I do. I started selling vintage to try to promote, in my own small way, the recycling of clothes and the appreciation of vintage style and construction. The unintended byproduct was how happy I get when customers are happy--- it's like when you go shopping with a friend and pick out something for them that they love. And in your case, if you are making the clothes you are selling it might be even more personally rewarding!

    As for a 'real life' career... well, I'm working on that. I moved about a month ago and the job market here (or everywhere in the U.S.?) is so poor that I'm pretty discouraged. After I graduated from college I went traveling and while that was amazing and I wouldn't trade it, it didn't really help me figure out what I want to do. Hopefully it will for you, but I guess my point is that even if it doesn't, it'll still be the best thing you can do. :)

    Whew, long post! Hope you have a great week :)

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  2. A shop! I'm thrilled! I'll have to start saving up so I can get something when you open.
    I've been trying to come up with a reason to buy a serger for a while, so I'd love to hear what you use yours for.
    I can't believe your sewing machine broke again! That repair man must not know his business. What kind of machine do you have?

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  3. This is so Sophia Loren, if Sophia Loren were a redhead. I'm excited to see what your Etsy shop holds in store!

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  4. Oh aren't you a clever girl! I look forward to the opening of your Etsy shop eagerly! It's good in these times to have a bit of a side hustle going and it will give you a chance to see whether it's a viable career option.

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  5. Adorable outfit, and I can't wait to see your shop!

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  6. I love this outfit - so sweet and demure and the scarf is fab. You really suit blue.

    How exciting you're opening an Etsy shop, it'll be a great creative outlet and challenge :)

    You will love Mad Men!
    <3 xxx

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  7. that's so great about your etsy!!

    && holy cute skirt?!

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  8. Yay for you! Etsy is great, I think you will enjoy selling there!

    To answer your question, I kind of have a crazy career background, so I thought I would share!

    I actually did half a tourism management degree (meetings and events) but quit to move to melbourne from hobart, If I had stayed I may have ended up doing something similar to you!

    When I came to melbourne I studied and became an aerobics instructor and personal trainer - seriously! I did that for five years before leaving my career with injuries and serious burn out and to pursue my love of jewellery and clothing design.

    Since then, for the last two years I have been working from home, selling clothing and accessories wholesale, through etsy, and at an Artist's market here in Melbourne, I'm quite amazed that I can make a proper living from doing this!

    I plan to study more, I think I would like to become a professional jeweller - I do heaps of short courses but I am considering going back to full time study next year.

    Anyway, love your blog, keep up the great work, and good luck!

    xx

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  9. How exciting to be opening an Etsy shop! My birthday is at the end of May also. Ahh, just thinking about May makes me happy - we usually have beautiful weather here then. To me, nothing rivals it. I'm desperately craving beautiful weather right about now :)

    Also, thank you for your kind words regarding the passing of my pup.

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  10. i love that skirt!such a perfect colour...
    Im a sugical nurse, which i planned to be (im a taurus, therefore a planner) just so i could use my qualification to travel...my first and ongoing love..its nice to know i should always have a job!i often sell dresses on trademe, but im too lazy to start up an etsy shop! good on you!

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  11. I really like your thrifted skirt - it's the perfect match for the white cardigan.

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  12. Hi there-wow, brilliant news on the Etsy shop, hope it all goes to plan my dear!

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  13. Fabulous news about your Etsy shop! Can't wait to peruse the goodies.

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  14. Oh, wonderful! I cannot wait to see your shop! Anything with lace sounds like it would be right down my alley!

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  15. I love your scarf and shoes. Good luck on not spending money and your shop!

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  16. You look like a sailor!! Haha. I love it! :)

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  17. An Etsy shop!!!! How exciting!!!!
    Looking forward to the opening.

    And that' such a pretty look, elegante, darling, with the scarf being a great detail.

    xoxo

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  18. hey jen,

    exciting! looking forward to catching up with you if you have the time - i'll pop in and say hi to you girls at work on friday.

    keen to discuss online shops (i'm setting up mine at the moment!) and other exciting stuff over a cup of tea/coffee or perhaps crepes at the farmers market :)

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  19. i adore the way your scarf plays off your skirt! you have such a nice, clean style!

    i'm anxious to see what you add to your shop!

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  20. cute outfit!!! i love how the scarf tied around your neck looks on you. you have such a classic look :)
    xoxo,
    Micaela

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  21. This is so exciting can't wait for you to reveal the results of your inspirations and perspirations ;)

    You are looking very elegant too. Hope the new weeks started well for you dear and that sewing machine FINALLY gets fixed :(

    Luv Eeli xx

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  22. I love the subtle colour co-ordination going on in this outfit.
    Excited about the etsy store!

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  23. I love the color of the shoes and skirt!

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