getting up early + fabric scraps

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When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.  And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.   

Joe Namath

Thanks for all of the kind, uplifting comments yesterday.  I had a good day yesterday.  I did those things that make me happy: got some order in my house, read a lot of books to my kids, made things with them, exercised, let the big girls stay up and talk and talk my ear off on my bed...  It was wonderful.

So much of life is perception, isn't it?  We mentally choose which direction to let our mind go in and alas, we become what we routinely think about most.

 

For me, getting up early plays a huge part into my day and attitude.  If I get up early, I can start the day with what I want and need.  I can prepare things, review my day, and ease into it before I am being needed.  I can fill my cup in my timing.  I can start the day empowered.

Getting up early is a sign to all of those in this household that mama is trying to make the most of her day and life.  It's the only way I do what I do and do it happily + healthfully.  It's funny, because getting up early is all based on your perception as well.  Years ago I thought getting up early at 6am before the kids were up was sacrificing to make time for me.  Now, motivated by my husband who rises early, the two of us are up between 4:30 and 5am most mornings.  It's now routine.

 If I sleep in until 5:30 or 6am I feel like I'm scrambling to take care of things I wanted to do that morning.  And so I start my morning feeling behind and racing.

What about you?  Do you rise early or go to bed late?  When do you make time to fill your cup?

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Now that I've gotten that out of my system, here is something really simple I love to do to add new life to old things around my house: add scraps of fabric.

You know those bins you have of special bits and pieces of fabric?  Cut them into strips and look for little places in your home that need some happiness.

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I added scraps of fabric to our dining room for fall.  Little strips tied around gourds...

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And some tied around the S + P shakers.  You can switch out your fabric scraps to go along with holidays and seasons as well.

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Just cut or tear strips or use pinking shear to create the zig zag affect.   Tie a double knot around whatever object you're dressing up and snip off the extra fabric.

IMG_2789 You can expose the tied knot or turn it around to show off the fabric flush to the object (like what I've done with our kitchen canister).  I prefer hiding the knot.

 

Hope you can try using up some of that scrap fabric to add a touch of "new life" to old things in your home.

 

And... make the most of your morning. ;)

 

Morning is when the wick is lit. A flame ignited, the day delighted with heat and light, we start the fight for something more than before.

Jeb Dickerson

the sleepy time gal