Saturday, September 26, 2009

New everything...evenutally.

I'm starting off with a new bank account.
I'm now with chase, but my other bank accounts with Bank of America are overdrawn.
I don't plan on touching the $100.00 that' is in my Chase account right now.
I want to start over with a blank slate, plus they are giving me incentive for using pin-less transactions.
I've been with Bank of America, and I just want to start new.

I just need to pay down the amount I owe to BOA & close my accounts there.

New apartment.
New budgets.
A promotion.
New bank account.
New way of living. Smarter.

I'm watching Coming to America. It's quite funny.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


If I am smart with my money, in november I will be able to get that bloke that I love so much his xbox with some extras & still purchase my sewing machine & some thread.

this is a little irrelevant.

Ok well,
I've decided since we're starting over with a new apartment.
I'm getting a promotion
I'm starting all over with a new bank account
& me and my other half are starting to work things out, as you know the first baby puts a strain on a relationship,
I think it's time for me to change the way I look & think about myself.

  1. I need to slow down on the coffee, I think I drink this magical elixer about 5 times a day.
  2. I need to replace my coffee intake with WATER.
  3. I should stop eating the crappy food at my work (I work at McDonald's)
  4. My new apartments have a work out facility, I'm shy about working out, but I'll zone other people out with music or something.
  5. I need to stop worrying that He will leave me for someone else because I don't look like I used to.
I realized, I don't act the same as I did because I don't feel the same as I did a year ago.
Last year, I was more confident & less jealous.
Now I'm the complete opposite and I think he's going to leave me for someone who isn't decorated with stretch marks.

I took a break, (this has been edited at 7:43 PM), He was on break & my blogging is kind of private.
Anyway I told him I realized why I am so different from last year which is the cause of reason #5 & the realization before my break.
I don't treat myself well, not as well as I used to.
Now that there's a workout facility, I don't have to worry about a gym membership or a babysitter, I can just go & work out for an hour 5 times a week when ever He is home & isn't doing anything.

I've also been doing some budgeting. In total I am in debt $1,100 between 2 credit cards. This is a huge deal to me because I only make 8.85 an hour with an average of 45 hours per check, with my phone bill, electricity bill, rent, cable/internet & miscellaneous things like gas I'm scraping up change for my credit card bills if I don't plan a month ahead.
I do this by underestimating how much my check will be & plan off of that. It usually works to my advantage.
It's not like I live lavishly, far from it actually. The last thing I bought for myself was a brush.
Before that, work pants & before that? Underwear.
I guess not being able to reward myself a little has taken a toll on my confidence.
I tell you what, I never want to go on maternity leave until I can afford 2 months of bills.
That will not be for awhile.

Oh & also I want to quit smoking. He & I spend a lot of money on cigarettes. We share packs and go through a pack every 2 days, so about 4 packs a week.
Cigarettes here in Washington are almost $7, rounded up.
That's about $28 a week, multiply that by 4
and we spend $112 on cigarettes a month.
That's more than our cell phone bill.

What else do I feel like writing about. Let's do goals
  1. Be a size 5 in 5 months (my birthday is in February, I want to look good for my 21st!), I'm a 7ishh-9. Ever since I had Sylas I have been wearing leggings & sweats so I don't know what size I am . That's not unrealistic is it?
  2. Have zero balances on my credit cards in 6 months.
  3. I'm 20 & don't own a car, I don't even have my license, so in March I plan to have that accomplished, even though it will probably be a bucket, but oh well.
    Damn, that's pathetic.
  4. Establish some kind of customer base with my purses.
  5. Feel good about myself.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

i feel like poo.
that's all.

Monday, September 14, 2009

shoot me in the face & kick me.

That's how I feel at the moment.
HUGE migraine. Stupid period. Sorry if that was too much info.

I'm so tired & I have a lot of cleaning to do because our landlord is going to do a walk-through with potential tenants when we move out.

Have you ever been so tired your forehead muscles hurt?

I need to tweak my budget some how so that I can order my machine & thread.

Had a company picnic today, I am beat.
That's all, gotta start cleaning, night.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm not patient.

I decided when I have a spare 130 or so dollars, I'm going to go ahead & buy some thread and my Janome.
I figure this way I'll get used to my new friend & learn to do all types of tricks and such.
Maybe even make sample bags out of clothes that I don't wear anymore or even alter some of my maternity clothes so that they are no long maternity clothes.
That's what I call up-cycling.

Also, this might help me avoid any frustrations I might come across when I start a project with an annoying little task that has to be done with it.

On another note, just got back from work and still trying to wind down.
I'm off to play Farm Town on Facebook now. Night.

It ain't cheap!

So in the two months that I decided I wanted to pick up sewing as a hobby, I realized no matter what hobby you pick up it's not cheap, especially crafts.
I'm impatient and I want to just pick up a machine & go but woe as me, I don't have the funds.
I got bored one night and added up all the costs, not including fabric, everything I need to get sewing from the machine, to storage, accessories & a table.
This came to a sum of about 300.00.
This would be easy if I didn't have to pay rent, gas or any other bill.

This will be my christmas present to myself because again, I got bored and figured out my funds until my son's 1st birthday.
It'll all pay for itself once I discover the joys of making home goods & decor HA HA.

I browsed around sites and found a list of things that would be of great help to me on this crafting adventure.
She also has a lot of free tutorials & tips that I have found to be really helpful & easy to understand.

oh me,

I've got a horrible tummy ache and I believe coffee & hot dogs aren't making it any better.

I think when I get more comfortable with sewing I'll move on to clothing, starting with myself just so that i don't make a fool of myself. I thought about children's clothing because compared to women they all have the same basic shape. my new land lord found out i am making hand bags and wants me to custom make her maternity clothes!!!!!
Anyway, I haven't given her an answer about that yet, maybe I can tell her I'll tailor them to fit her.
She describes her self as "short and fat" and they don't make maternity clothes for that.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Steady as she goes

Hello! My name is Hang. I have a tumblr account & I planned on blogging about my journey through starting a purse line with a possibility of clothing, maybe children's clothing.
I found tumblr to be fun, but a little bit too...clique'y [I am pretty sure I did that wrong].
It was mostly people posting photography of people, fashion or odd findings, insults, or just random babble you would expect from a 16 year old.
I believe this will better suit me, so that I can connect with seasoned crafters and maybe learn some more things as I go along my journey.
This blog will be slow going, but I will be updating as much as I can with anything that someone who is new(er) to the art of sewing will find helpful.
Well, that was my introduction. Here is what I would like to share.

In the spring of 2010, I will be "launching" my first 2 collections of purses. I believe I will be focusing on elements of nature, clutches & slouchy bags.
I have had my eyes opened up to a whole new world of terms, fabrics, stitches, needles, sewing machines and such.
My thoughts on sewing aren't in black & white anymore, and that makes me excited.
I have yet to even purchase a sewing machine.

I read reviews like crazy.
My first choice was a 60 stitch computerized Brother capable of monograms & other fancy tricks for $169.00 at Wal-Mart. It recieved a 4.8 rating.
Then I heard about Janome, it's user-friendliness and longevity.
I looked at the retailers and my jaw dropped. Can you say expensive.
This is where Ebay came into the picture, I found a refurbished Janome 16774 for $119.00/free s/h.
If this isn't available when I have the funds to purchase it, my back-up is the Janome 2139 for $119.00/free s/h.
I hear they are both very good sturdy-everyday-handbag tough machines so I cannot go wrong.
I've fallen in love with just about all of Amy Butler's fabrics.
I just recently discovered Anna Maria Horner.
I have yet to discover more fabrics & lessons.

Good luck to me.
Good night to you.