Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ordering a Tiffany Layne Fashion Up-cycled Skirt...

If you are interested in custom ordering an up-cycled skirt...
follow these steps:
1.  Send me a waistband that you like from any sweatpants, yoga pants, knit shorts, drawstring skirt, etc.  Basically any stretchy/drawstring waistband.  I will use this to build your skirt.
2.  Let me know the length that you would like.
To do this...measure from the top of your waistband to the point that you would like your skirt to end.  It can be a mini, mid, or maxi skirt.  Or, just measure the length of a skirt that you love.
3.  Send any other t-shirts that you would like used in your skirt. (optional)
4.  Let me know if you have a preference for colors used.  (optional)

You can either send a check with your waistband...or I can list it on Etsy and you can purchase it that way.  Right now, my prices are:
Maxi $45
Mid $35
Mini $25
Mid is anything below the knee...Mini is anything above the knee.
When you send me your "waistband", I will make your skirt and mail it back to you for the price listed above.  If you are local, and don't need your skirt mailed, deduct $5 from your skirt price.

Otherwise...keep checking my Etsy shop!

Is that everything?  I hope I covered it all.
Oh...contact me for address information and to discuss details.
tiffanylayne (at) embarqmail (dot) com
Don't forget...profits will be given away to those in need.

PS...I'm working on a funky little up-cycled t-shirt at the moment.
I'll keep you posted.
Now that business is taken care of...
kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy the last week of summer vacation!

Love!  Tiffany

"There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams".  The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Balanced Day

 Since my last post, A Journey, I have been rudely awakened to all the areas in my life that I am totally a classic North American Suburban.
 We have all we want and more.
We have too much and we're totally used to it.
I'm enlightened by two things.
1.  I am aware of my situation.
2.  I want to change.
 Hoping and praying for the time to put towards my sewing
so that I can earn money to give away.

Here is a little list I came up with to have a more
Balanced Day...
This is my goal for Monday-Friday.
I have 15 hours in a day.
I figure I can spend my time this way:

5 hours...homeschool
30 min...with God (plus check-ins all day!)
30 min...with Sweetie (catching up)
30 min...exercise
1 hour...clean/organize
1 hour...sew
1 hour...kitchen (cooking, cleaning, food prep)
1 hour...read

That totals 10 1/2 hours.
I still have 4 1/2 hours!!!
Now...of course this will get eaten up with all the kids activities
and homeschool activities and drive time.
But, when you think about how many hours we actually get in a day,
there should be no reason that we can't divide it up and get the important stuff done.
It seems crazy to have to add in 30 minutes with my Sweetie...
but, seriously, we could go days without communicating.
Rush rush here and there.
 August readings...
So...even though we probably totally look like a spoiled
North American family...
I figure, you've got to start somewhere.
We will continue to serve and give.
God is good.

Love!  Tiffany

"Give freely and spontaneously.  Don't have a stingy heart.  The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God's, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures.  There are always going to be poor and needy people among you.  So I command you:  Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors".
Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (the message bible)

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Journey...

I am on a journey.
A journey to not become the typical North American suburban family.
You know the one.
They've got the large 2-story house (mortgage + a second), 2 car loans, cabin (mortgage), 2 boats (loans), kids in every sport, so busy that there's no time for relationship, money spread so thin that the stress is intense, kids are entitled and expecting large quantities of gifts for:
Christmas, birthdays, New Years, Valentines Day, St Patricks Day, The First Saturday of the Month (haha), kids that only want to hold and stare at their latest Apple product.
I could go on and on...we've been there done that.

In 2007, we read all the Dave Ramsey books, and then
attended Financial Peace University.
Life changing.
It put us on a path to get rid of debt.
When you get rid of debt, you get to give your money away.
We're getting there.

In the last couple of years, other things have started to transpire.
I've been on a mission to get rid of our "stuff".
Easier said than done.
This "stuff" seems to multiply.
It just keeps coming back and we keep trying to get rid of it.

This summer, I felt a huge need to have the kids and I "serve".
Which literally means:
To perform duties or services (for another person or an organization).
My goal is that we would all do it with a happy heart.
That we would show up and do what needs to be done.
That we would leave our place of service nicer than when we arrived.
We are all so used to serving ourselves!
I can't even believe it when I step back and look at our lives.
This is a whole new concept...
one that I don't want my kids leaving our house without knowing.

We've been serving at CROSS Food Shelf in Rogers MN
once a week all summer.
It's been a journey.  And I love it.
 This is a picture of the kids packing up snack bags for kids in need.

The other part of this journey that I wanted to address was my little sewing business.
I love to sew.
I love to sell what I sew.
I wasn't loving taking money from friends and others.
To be honest...I didn't need the money.
I started to lose motivation.
I now have my motivation back!
I am changing my little business so that ALL profits are given away.
I will be sewing for charity.
I will post pictures on my
Tiffany Layne Fashion Facebook page.
I will also be listing these items on Etsy.
If you've purchased from me in the last year...that money will be given away too.

So far...top on my list of organizations to give to are:
CROSS Food Shelf (daily helping local families in need!)
Compassion (would like to sponsor 2 more kids)

I have a couple of others that I am looking into, and will mention those at a later date.

Now...I just need to get my book keeping in order.
I'm going to set some goals for the next 4 months.
I'd like to be ready to roll with this come Jan 1, 2014.
Thanks for reading.
Please offer comments and/or suggestions!
I am looking forward to this journey.

Take care all...chat soon!

Love!  Tiffany

"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart.  The spirit should not grow old".
Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard