Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Is the longest day of the year.
Santa dear old Santa
Never will appear.
How many days 'till Christmas?
It's mighty hard to count
So this little candy ribbon
Will tell you the exact amount.
Untie a candy every night
While the sandman casts his spell
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell!"
This little countdown calendar is something that my grandmother gave to me when I was a small child. I don't know if she made or bought it, but it is something that I've always cherished. Of course when I was little, I loved the idea of getting a candy every day and thinking about Christmas day getting closer. . . but I had no idea of what I was missing.
As an adult, and a lover of tradition, I really would like to hang this treasure up and have my boys "countdown" the days. . . but I just can't. It is very important to us that the boys really understand why Christmas is so exciting. And, even though it's sometimes hard for me to grasp, we want to dwell on what really happened that night. So this year we are using a little Advent Calendar that they brought home from Sunday School last week. I'll be sharing what we are doing each day to show you how easy it is, and to keep us accountable the following this through with our boys. Tonight is simply to read Luke 1:26-32 of Mary's encounter with the angel. :) I'm also hoping to teach them the words to O Holy Night so that we can sing it together. .
I would love to hear what you all are doing with your families to count down the to birth of Christ this year!
First verse of O Holy Night (so powerful!!!!)
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night, Of our dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world, in sin and error pining.
'Til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh, night divine! Oh, night when Christ was born!
Oh, night divine! Oh, night, Oh night divine!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I will still be sewing, but just not on such a large scale. Sewing has really become such an outlet of creativity for me. I can't imagine ever stopping now. I also am loving the idea of getting together with other ladies to sew and learn from each other. More to come on that. . :)
But for now I am just going to be finishing up my remaining Etsy orders, prepare for some shows that are coming up, begin packing up my studio, and then embracing for this new chapter in my life. whoohoo.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Maybe the Lord is reminding me of His faithfulness today. He carried us through that awful time, and He will continue to carry us now.
We all have so much going on right now. Here's what I'm clinging onto right now:
"For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. . . " 2 Corinthians 4:15-17
and, as always:
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5-16-18
Please let me know if there's any way that I can be praying for you this week. :)
Friday, September 18, 2009
The #1 motivator for me right now is getting ready for my studio opening party happening on the 9th of October! Lots of bags to make, and I've got to finish decorating this place! Start marking your calendars, and I'll be posting more information about the opening in the coming weeks.
Have a great day everyone!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Here are some pics of the new place, though. And remember that it is still a work in progress! For those of you in Riverside, I'm going to try to have an opening sometime at the end of September, begining of October. Or you can just come by to visit anytime between 9 and 2!
My awesome cutting table and fabric (along with a load of stuff under it that doesn't have a home yet! )
The view from that awesome vintage couch!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Here is a glimpse of what's to come: http://weybrightphotography.blogspot.com/2009/08/rejoicebagscom.html
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
There is a lot going on here right now. . . . big things are coming. . . . . :) Have a great day!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So this is pretty much what happened last week. I had this ultimate plan of how to get all of my bags done for the show, how to still get schooling done and recooperate from it all and get back to business this week. Well, needless to say, that plan did not work out. And you know what, life goes on. I am learning that sometimes I just have to let some things go, and ask God to grant me the grace to keep going. He is so faithful! And honestly, I have to remember that my husband and children ALWAYS come before Rejoice! Bags.
Moral: when things get bonkers, scale back and get back to what you know God's word says. If you're a woman, you make sure that your family is taken care of, and then the business stuff falls into place. Man, I really need to tape this to my head so that I remember it more often!
Someone suggested an awesome book to me this week called Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney. Let me know if you have read it and what you thought about it. . . .
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
New photos and styles will be up on my website in the coming days, but I couldn't wait to share one with you! This is a cross-body bag that has an adjustable strap, which means it can also be a shoulder bag. A personal favorite of mine because of its adaptability. :) More info on this bag is coming soon!
And make sure to check out this incredible photographer's website: www.weybrightphotography.com
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So what is it?! The Lord has provided some industrial space for me to move Rejoice! Bags into! I am in total disbelief that this is happening, but in May Rejoice! Bags will no longer be run out of my home studio. This means so much: I will be able to hire people to help me, which means more bags, which means bigger business! So I write all this with the realization that this is still all tentative until I actually move in. In the meantime, I will continue to trust the Lord and know that He always has my best interests in mind. :)
Friday, March 13, 2009
I used to have a card table sitting practically in the middle of the room just for my Janome sewing machine to sit on. My husband and I just found this little folding table a few weeks ago that fits perfectly as a return off my Juki table, and is a great size for the Janome. Now I can just turn to the side when I need to sew something more delicate. :)
To be honest with you, it's still not really where I want it to be. But I definitely feel that I am better utilizing the space that I have now. So here's a little tour.
When I am sitting at my Juki, this is the closet to my left. I removed the closet doors shortly after this room became my studio so the room would feel more open and I could have more space. Because I work mostly with upholtery fabrics, I have these giant rolls to deal with. So for the time being, this is where they live.
This is the left side of the closet where I store lighter weight cottons on bolts. I also have some hanging on hangers, but that is only because I haven't taken the time to put that all on to bolts as well. FYI Joanns will give you used cardboard bolts for free if you ask. . . :) This is also where I wrap packages for mailing.
And this is my cutting area. Lord willing, someday I will have my ideal table to cut on, but for now this one works just fine. :)
There are other things that I want to share, but I'll wait for another time. :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So I started last night by just getting rid of a lot of fabric off of those shelves, and put it either onto cardboard bolts or rolls. I realized that I had forgotten about a lot of stuff that I have, and also that I really won't ever use some of it.
My new idea is to box up some of that fabric in Rubbermaids and then stick swatches of the contained fabric on the side and/or lid. That way I won't have to rummage through the box if i ever need something. :)
So check back in to see my progress. My goal is to get the rest of this cleaned up tonight, and then post up some "after" pics tomorrow!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Isn't it amazing that I was sewing these bags, and I was hardly coherent?! God is good!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Being a new business owner is never easy, but being a new business owner and a new designer is really hard! Here are a couple of lessons that I have learned so far:
~Never buy fabric from a local fabric store
~Never buy purse hardware from a local craft store
~Carpeting is not the best choice in a sewing studio
Okay, well those are just a few of the many, many lessons, but here is a huge one I learned this past Saturday:
~If you see a bolt of fabric that you like in Los Angeles, BUY THE WHOLE BOLT/ROLL!!!!!!!!
See that adorable green hobo bag in the photo above? There is a huge possibility that I will never be able to sew one of those again simply because I only bought 1 yard of the fabric to "try." When I went back to buy more of it, the entire bolt was gone, and the shop owner is unable to order any more of it. I am so sad, but now also totally paranoid! My next trip to LA, I could just come back with 10 rolls of fabric, who knows!!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Arts Walk, March 5th, 2009
I am so excited to participate in next month's Art Walk, which takes place in some of Riverside's most historic buildings downtown. My bags will be shown in the Life Arts Building (pictured above) in Studio 24. My computer is giving me problems tonight, so I am unable to upload pictures of the actual studio, but those will be coming soon! So for now, just plan on coming down on March 5th between 6pm and 9pm. Directions and more details will be posted in the coming weeks!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
One unexpected result: I have had several lovely women contact me with very similar testimonies as to what God has done in their lives over the past year! It is amazing to me how the Lord works in all of our lives, and how He uses people that we don't even know to encourage us and affirm the work that He is doing in our lives. What an amazing God we have! To quote from Milton Vincent's A Gospel Primer for Christians:
"My God is immense beyond imagination. He measured the entire universe with merely the span of His hand. He is unimaginably awesome in all of His perfections, absolutely righteous, holy and just in all of His ways. He has also been unbelievable good and merciful to me as the Creator and Sustainer of my life. Every breath, every heartbeat, every function of every organ in my body is a gift from Him."
So not only is networking important for the growth of Rejoice! Bags, it is also an awesome tool that the Lord is using to connect me to sisters in the Lord all over the world!
Monday, January 26, 2009
While researching internet sales in the last couple of months, over and over again I have read about how important the photography is. The problem was that I needed the right photographer to portray the look I wanted for my bags. Then along came Matt. He is a friend of mine from our high school youth group and is now a professional photographer. The look of his photos is very urban and chic, I was totally impressed. You can check out his photos at weybrightphotography.com I know you'll love his work as much as I do!
You'll be able to see the new photos of my bags in coming weeks, but for now have fun checking out the ones on Matt's website! :)
Monday, January 5, 2009
This pile may not look like much to you, but it is a huge accomplishment for me that I could have never done without the help of my new helper, Lindsey! Disguised in that pile are actually seven bags just waiting to be sewn together. I have just recently realized how much easier my sewing can be when everything is cut out and interfaced before the sewing begins, but I really hated all the cutting and ironing that had to be done in order to do that. Then lo and behold, Lindsey came over and we tackled it together! So thank you, thank you, Lindsey, and I look forward to your coming over again very soon. :)