Use it up . . .

Passionately taking the old and worn to create fresh, new textiles for you and your home. We upcycle materials normally considered to be cast offs and create practical, everyday items that make your home a pleasant place to be.

 

Rag Rugs in Literature

The carpet was beautiful, just beautiful.  The many different colored strips of cloth all blended into the prettiest carpet they had ever seen. They could pick out pieces of faded red that had been cast-off flannel petticoats, and a dull blue that was Ma’s old wool wrapper, discarded when it finally fell all to pieces.  The carpet was thick and soft and bright and it covered the bare boards of the floor from corner to corner, with only a space left clear by the hearth, for fear of flying sparks.

~ Mist on the Mountain by Jane Flory


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Hey there Friends!! Today I'm going to tell you a little about a super fun and exciting thing that I have going on for the month of July.  It's called Camp Reset and it's being hosted by @theresetgirl.  Cori is an amazing, beautiful lady who has been a big influence and encouragement in my life for the last nine months, or so.  #TRGcampreset is all about digging into a month long 'camp' experience on self-care and let me just say, it is going to be a-MAY-zing!! I'm still waiting for my new planner to arrive, but here's a peek at the printables I've been prepping.  I hope you'll pop over to Cori's profile, click the link and scroll for the Camp Reset post.  Follow that to join us for a fantastic camp in July!!
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 #ipreview @preview.appThe first textile art that I learned was crochet.  It will always be my first love in the crafts of textiles, even if other things push it aside for a while.  The dainty, lacy motifs and trims created with cotton thread have always been a fascination for me.  It was actually these kinds of things that fueled my desire to learn to crochet.  And now they serve another purpose.  Examples coming soon!
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#calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition #creativeentrepreneur #ladyboss #mompreneur #wahm #womenwhohustle #therisingtidesociety #handmadecraft #handmadebusiness #handmadelife #handmadeisbetter #handmadehome #handmadehomegoods #handmadehomedecor #handmadegoods #handmadeshop #crochet #threadcrochet #crochetmotif #crochetmotifs #ipreview @preview.appThings can be a bit crazy around here, just like in any other family.  My husband being self employed, me running a biz on the side, and dealing with an adult who is mentally handicapped adds some other dimensions to the mix, though.  Once in a while my husband will surprise me with some flowers like these shrub roses from a neighbor's fence row, just to let me know that he's thinking of me.  I much prefer blooms like these to fancier store bouquets, so it's a lovely lift to my spirits when he remembers that and brings me some.
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#mompreneur #communityovercompetition #theeverydaygirl #wahm #womenwhohustle #solopreneur #womeninbiz #therisingtidesociety #handsandhustle #createeveryday #creativepreneur #flowersofig #flowerlove #flowerpic #flowerlover #flowergift #yellowrose #yellowroses #cottagestyledecor #cottagestylehome #ipreview @preview.appHey there!  I've taken some time, recently, to sit down and think about what it means to be #theimperfectboss, time to evaluate and make adjustments where necessary.
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I came to a realization about the story behind Shepherd's Song Creations, which all of you should know by now, and probably none of you do, and it was not comfortable, let me tell you. ----------
To realize that I have a purpose that is part of God's plan, and that I'm not fulfilling it has been pretty humiliating. ----------
So, I need to make some changes, and the biggest one of those changes starts today, by introducing you to Stretch, as we call him.  This guy is my eldest, and he has a mental disability that leaves him functioning at the level of a 4 to 6 year old.
But he can weave!!
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And he is really the reason for Shepherd's Song Creations.  Because God's mercies are new every morning.  And they are wonderful.  And I see it every time this guy works at the loom.  Please hop over to the blog at http://bit.ly/bowlfullofcherries  or click the link in my profile to read the post of How Weaving Entered Our Life which is the start to our story.
Thanks!!
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#ontheblog #linkinprofile #craftsposure #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #makersmovemen #createeveryday #creativepreneur #handmadebusiness #communityovercompetition #therisingtidesociety #mompreneur #ipreview @preview.appI'm dropping into the very end of #theimperfectboss campaign for this month, organized by  @ashley.beaudin + @imperfectbosses, (all about sharing what makes us awesome)  but I'm okay with that.  Because I'm not stressing about life, these days, and I'm embracing the most wonderful, amazing part of who I am. ~ Mom ~  To me that means committed, persevering, giving, and most of all loving.
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I took a break from social media for most of the month of April to refresh that part of me because I recognized that things were becoming unbalanced.  And that just was Not a good thing.
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Now I'm back, with a new energy, to follow through on the commitment to this business, and a better sense of how to do that and maintain balance in the day to day.
Will it all be perfect?  No!  But it will be more of me and my strengths, which will make it all better than it was.
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 #ipreview @preview.appI worked in my garden for a little while, today.  It felt so good to be out in the fresh air and 'sorta' sunshine and take a break from the hustle and juggle.  I can hardly wait until this lovely lilac is blooming again.  The only thing on it right now is the leaf buds, but when it blooms, this view of the mountain over the top of it is just gorgeous!
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 #thejuggleisreal  #wahm #womenwhohustle #ladyboss #savvybusinessowner #femaleentrepreneurs #womeninbiz #calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition #creativeentrepreneur #mompreneur #mycreativebiz #solopreneur #creativebusiness #createcultivate #therisingtidesociety #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #createeveryday #creativepreneur #livecreatively #creativelifehappylife #our_everyday_moments #handmadebusiness #handmadelife #handmadeisbetter #handmadeshop #handmadehome #ipreview @preview.appA bit of reality, here.  This is the current view of my desk.  The birthday marathon is finally over, (4 birthdays plus our wedding anniversary all in 3 weeks!! 😱). I had to take a break but now I'm back to work on all the projects that were on slow or no during those three weeks.  What is your space looking like today?
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 #thejuggleisreal #wahm #womenwhohustle #ladyboss #savvybusinessowner #femaleentrepreneurs #womeninbiz #calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition #creativeentrepreneur #mompreneur #mycreativebiz #solopreneur #creativebusiness #createcultivate #therisingtidesociety #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #createeveryday #handmadecrochet #crochetlove #crochetlife #crochetlovers #workspacewednesday #handmadeshop #ipreview @preview.appWe are celebrating handmade, this week.  Does anyone else suffer the disintegrating sock syndrome?  I mean, seariously!  I buy socks for my boys and three weeks later they are in shreds!  Enter the handknit sock, because #handmadeisbetter.  Not only do they feel luscious on the feet, but they last longer, too!  I am using Knit Picks Stroll in the Train Station colorway to make these for one of said boys.  How about you?  Have you ever worn handknit socks?  How do you think they compare to store bought?
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. #mybeautifulmess #creativelifehappylife #dailyparenting #our_everyday_moments #ig_motherhood #handmadebusiness #handmadelife #handmadegoods #handmadeshop #thejuggleisreal #wahm #womenwhohustle #ladyboss #femaleentrepreneurs #womeninbiz #handmadehome #calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition #creativeentrepreneur #mompreneur #mycreativebiz #solopreneur #creativebusiness #therisingtidesociety #createcultivate #ipreview @preview.appRewarding myself with these virtual flowers, today.  It feels good to have so many things checked off my list.  And what's more, to have made progress in putting routines in place so things run more smoothly on a regular basis.
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It really is important to celebrate the wins, no matter how small they may seem.
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