Friday, April 1, 2016

Journal Workshop monthly Challenge.

I had great hopes to complete the monthly challenge.  But I still see UFOs everywhere.

We moved into our new home  4 months ago and I still have boxes to get unpacked and stuff to put away.

The sewing/crafting area is still incomplete.  Sigh!   There is so much stuff  still everywhere despite my best efforts.

This month was the busiest month I have ever had.  Sewing jobs kept coming in and I still have 3 jobs  yet to complete.  

I searching for my supplies I did locate of lot of items and put them into their proper place.  When I found all the different zippers I also found a dress that I had laid out and cut out and I thought oh I can finish this..... but the reality is  it was only the back of the dress...  who,, what... how did it get separated from the rest of the dress... I put it in UFO bin of incomplete clothing...

 Four skirts were shortened....  I have to work on my hand stitching.  I JUST VALUE A WELL DONE HEM.   Three dress had zippers replaced.....    4 pants shorten..... 1 pant waist enlarged.
1 pairs of pants with holes in the crotch  repaired....2 swimsuit cover ups completed.  I also got a dress made for myself but I feel like I need to redo some of it.  I should not rush job items that i do just for my self.  I am my own advertisement.

I am in the process of making my first swimsuit  so i started something new!

 So today when I get off work.  I will finish setting up the sewing studio.   Hopefully I am not playing a practical joke on my self.  

Enjoy the day!  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I am going to give it a try.

Everyone loves your work..... You do just a great job.......Its great that you love sewing I could not do it..  These are the things that are said to me over time.

I have been doing alteration for friends and family since the age  of 14.  Somewhere around age 25 I expanded  my alteration business to outside my comfort range. The name of the business was to be " Sew Perfect for Every Body" .  Take your clothing and customize them to fit perfect for you.

 Over the  years I have express my desire to some who have had this type of business and all I would get is discouragement.  The horrors of the customer who does not know what they really want and the trials of getting paid what the jobs are really worth.   Result is that I have never attempt to actually have  the business I dreamed of and I remain taking in jobs from friends and family.

Outside of the take this in its too big. Or let this out it must have shrunk. Occasionally I take a job because it"s a challenge and I always am looking for challenges.  Then there are time when the job is refuse because its a something I cannot do. That is when I test myself and conquer that challenge by purchasing something in a thrift store and then do what was requested of me. If successful than I can accept these type of jobs.   It is enjoyable for me.

I have decided to give the business a try.  However I will not accept jobs to create and dress for someone.  All the horrors the other seamstress complained about were the jobs of making a dress and the customer changing their mind about the style of the dress mid fitting and the infamous wedding dress once finish bride complains and does not want to pay to the work.  Even with a contract some cases ended in court.

So my business will be a customization of clothing to fit the client.   I will create some flyer's and post them in laundromats within a 5 to 10 mile radius of where I live.   Try to get some new business.

I have created a price list after taking the time to research the going prices from tailors, cleaners, and stores that offer alterations on clothes purchases at their stores.   My prices are not too low and not too high as least that is how I feel about it.

Anyhow this weekend the sewing space will be set up and I can get my new flyer's out in the area where i live and we will see if this will work.

If it does not then I will consider my second dream job teaching others to sew.   Or creating my own line of clothing and have a runway show.  That sounds like fun.

Once I start getting jobs in I will have a lot more to post of repairs and fittings  hopefully this will be a lot of profitable fun.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Monthly Challenge.... Inspiration Cards

Good Day,

A Cowork recently asked my why i start my emails and other internal messages with Good day.

I have been doing that for YEARS... i really do know when i started doing this but it makes me feel good to start my messages with Good day.  Maybe by saying it so much it will actually be a good day.

The monthly challenge  in the Journal workshop was inspiration cards.

I want to inspire and be inspired and try to keep that ourlook so creating these cards will be a help.

While having dinner with my sister and her family they start conversation by telling about Roses and Thorns.  The good part of the day are the Roses of course and the bad part of the day are Thorns. 

Celebrate What make the day beautiful!  I really like this card 

Endure the trouble the may happen.  Well i guess it should say that will happen because there is alway some kind of trouble we face every day.  With the right attitude we make it through. 

Thrive.... when i close my eye and think on the word thrive.. BLOOM, DEVELOPE, FLOURISH, GROW, PROSPER, SHINE, ADVANCE, INCREASE, PROGRESS, RISE, RADIATE.
It is hard to put that all on a card so be prepared to see more cards with these words.  

Determination.  Ever see a plant grow through ashpalt in a parking lot.  That is what i mean by determination. 

Turmoil Resistant...  Ha !   At work we had a conversation about the different between resistant and proof.  The cell phone is to be water resistant not waterproof.  Downtime for the first time this year!   So with that conversation in mind I thought what do we all want to be  ...  Trouble free or Turmoil proof  when all we can hope for is be to Turmoil Resistant.

Right now these cards on are my cube wall.  Great conversation starters.  Love it. 

Have a great day everyone. 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Mood Board

A Mood Board is a type of collage consisting of images text and sample of objects in a composition.
Graphic, Interior, Industrial, Fashion Designers, Photographers and other Creative Aftist use this to illustrat the style they wish to pursue.

January's challenges at Jennibellie workshop was creating a Mood Board that shows what you want for 2016.

I am a person who is easily distacted.  Anyone who knows me knows I can be talking about something and if a pretty butterfly flies by I am like  look at the beautiful colors.  I have gotten better with time but it still happens from time to time.  I created a mood board to participate in the January challenge.

I created the mood board on the cover of my multi-media paper book and It is finish for the moment.

I printed pictures from the 1970 of east livery where I grew up.  Both my parents were alive and my youngest sister was born so this time period I had a complete family.

Everyone in this picture has red ruby slippers "There is no place like home."  I love returning to the east liberty part of town.  It is hard to see the work love so I  have to get a new white gel pen and make the work pop!

The Brass Rail my dad would get the family fish sandwiches from there.  So as I find the right fish stickers it will be place somewhere in this area.

Sometimes you are so busy taking care of business you forget to Dream.  Some of my best creative ideas come to me in a dream.

The Dancing yellow dress.  Ever put on a dress and feel wonderful and happy and pretty that you just have to dance.

When I take time for me I create, by drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting writing.  So this is a reminder to take some me time.

I love owls these are saying " IT'S OWL GOOD!"  lol!

As time goes on I know I will add to it which is the main reason it is on the cover.


 I have to add this to the mood board.  A reminder to be inspired and inspire  other of live the life they love.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Beyond Mesaure

My mother taught me to sew my clothes because I was bigger then the average girl.  Please note the word I used was bigger not taller.  This is what I heard from family and friends " wow you are getting big"  At the age of 11 or 12  big means fat not tall.  

When looking at picture of myself at that young age when I was getting bigger it turns out I was quite slim. My Uncle called my lean bean, because I was long and lankey. He was the only one who go the measurment correct and described me in a way that I preferred to big. 

Before going into High School I stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and when I graduated high schooL I grew another .75 inches taller.  I tell people I am 5 foot 9 inches tall.  I love being tall  I am not a fan of being big. 

My sister stands 5 foot4 inches tall and she remembers as she was growing being told she was big.  I guess my family does not use pharses like " my how you have grown" and instead use phrases such as  "Wow you are getting big!" I have two lovey nicees one who is tall and the other not.  Actually it is funny that the younger is taller.   The eldest child is the seamtress in training.  She has to alter her clothing to fit her better and she loves sewing and creating  fashion.   She had a fashion show and she designed the clothing for her fashion show.  She plans to have another fashion show.  

What i find great about her doing this is that she just wants her friends to be apart of the fashion show she is not greatly concern with if and potential model is overweight or slim.  To her she just wants the clothes to look beautiful on whomever wear them. 

I hope this is the thought of future designers as they graduate high school and set out to make their mark on the fashion world. 

It was just by chance that I happened upon this site.  New York Univeristy  Costume studies has a wonder virtual tour that I just wanted to share with anyone  I hope you take a look at it. 

There are some beautiful actress who are full figure and wear some outstanding fashions I hope the stores start to carry these clothes for those of us who cannot afford to spend 300.00 on a pair of jeans.  In the meantime  I will strive to make fashionable clothes for women who meet my description  5 foot 9 inces tall size 20 top ,size 22 pants.

Have a great day!  

Monday, January 18, 2016

Get Healthy

I do not make resolutions for the year.  So please note this is not a resolution.

I have been making my own planners  well last year was the first planner that I made. Since I made the planner I used it 9 months out of the year which is so much better than when I purchase a planner.

Pintrest was a great resource for this idea and style.  So I decided that I will be making the planner for this year.

 A part of the planners  for this year are goals that I have for myself and family.

I , We need to be healthier.

I need to continue to learn and refine my skills

I need to enbrace and fulfill and refine my spritiual ministry

I need to keep in touch with my friends on regular bases.

So my planner will be the tool i need to achieve all these things.

of course i lost my planner the second week of this year only to find in in the bag that I was carrying for that whole time.   sigh  I am and will always be a work in process.

I will plan my post better and include pictures.

Thanks for your kindness.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vendors show

Usually when I am off from work for a week there is a lot of sewing involved.  Unfortunately for me that did not happen.  I have an opportunity to be in a vendor show on July 11th  it is something that I have been talking about for a while now but in actuality I have done very little work to get it done.

I plan to speak with the host of the show next week and hopefully  I can confirm thing with her and then get my mind moving!

It is a goal to do 5 shows within a year.    I really need to get this first one done!    Words of encouragement are needed.