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Hellooo Holidays! Etsy Sale!

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Just a quick post to let you know that there’s a little sale going on in my etsy shop! 15% off everything with the code: HOLIDAY15. I have so many new pouches, totes, coin purses, and gift card holders- perfect for gift giving! And something brand new, I’ve now opened my shop to international shipping! I’ve wanted to do that for a while but was just nervous. I’ve never shipped overseas but ya just gotta go for it, right?

The code is good until end of the day today (November 30th)!

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Exciting news everybody! Katy over from Made By Katy nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! It’s always such a good feeling to be recognized by your peers for your work and I thank Katy very much for thinking of me!

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Here’s how the award works!

Award Guidelines:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

2. Display the award logo in a blog entry

3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do

4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself OR 3 things that inspire you.

5. Nominate other blogger friends for the award.

I was browsing Katy’s blog one day and saw her post about making her own wedding dress! To me, this is one of the coolest sewing accomplishments. And my first “hidden fact” (which isn’t actually hidden at all.)

1. It is my ultimate sewing goal to make my own wedding dress. I actually plan on making two (one ceremony and one party) if I ever get married haha

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2. I hated my boyfriend when I first met him. We did a group project together in college and Drew thought he would be the project manager. He didn’t seem to know that I take a lot of pride in my projects. I guess he liked my stubbornness because after the project was over, he wouldn’t leave me alone. We’ve been together almost 4 years now.

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3. I take Halloween very seriously. It is my all time favorite holiday because, duh, sewing costumes of course. I already have the next two years planned out for Drew and I. He may refuse to take pictures with me but I’m happy he actually dresses up now.

4. I love working. I love being busy and having a goal to achieve.

5. My sister and I are complete opposites. I am very “tomboy” and outdoorsy and she is the princess in the family. She is my best friend, and while we are two years apart in age, people think we are twins. This photo was from our prom (her senior, my junior) and this sums us up pretty well. Her nails done, bright pink dress and me with a beehive wearing polka dots. The second photo from her wedding, yes she wore a tiara.

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Inspiring Blogger Award- Trish Stitched

6. My favorite movies are Almost Famous and The Nightmare Before Christmas. (I’m slightly obsessed with Tim Burton)

7. I want to create an empire. I know that’s a really bold statement but I am working towards my future and see my sewing as something that can take me places. I want to inspire people- not only to learn to sew and make beautiful things themselves- but to love handmade items and buy from people who create with their hands and appreciate the art they produce. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a community that believes in the handmade movement (seamstresses need to stick together you know!) but I want to grow that community and minimize the idea of mass producing products. Handmade is such a beautiful word and I want to be part of those that praise its meaning.

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I’m nominating:

1. Jane, from Jane Makes. She just finished making her own shoes (AMAZING!) and she did this really wonderful project called Morsebags Challenge, which I encourage you to check out and join in if you have the opportunity.

2. Hannah from Palindrome Dry Goods. She has beautiful photography and her apparel projects are stunning. She has an etsy site as well, filled with great handmade makes!

3. Laura from Laurasaurus. This girl has been with me for a while and she always has a sweet comment to say! I love her wardrobe and she does a great job of mixing work wear with fun, beautiful pieces.

Thanks for inspiring me ladies!

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Our First Marathon

I want to start this post by saying this has absolutely nothing to do with sewing, but I am so proud of what my Dad and I accomplished this weekend, I want to share it! We ran our first full marathon!

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In October, my dad and I ran our third half marathon. We had gotten to the point where we were comfortable with the distance, and knew we could handle 13.1 miles and at the end of the race, he said “you know what we have to do next”. I knew what he was going to say because I was thinking the same thing. We had to try a full marathon.

I read a few articles online and all suggested training for about a year before attempting a marathon, so I didn’t start thinking about training until my dad mentioned there was a marathon in April in New Jersey. APRIL?!? As in, 5 months, April!? So I started freaking out. (pictured below are some of our training runs)

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I found a training schedule by Hal Higdon that fit into our time and experience level and we started to train. It was 18 weeks of cold, difficult running but yesterday, we finished our first marathon.

The race was down the shore, running through different towns and winding up on the boardwalk. It was a great course, and the spectators were FANTASTIC. The races that we have run in the past were no where near as intense or large as this race was so the whole day was an experience- we even had to get in a corral to start!

The first half went well and we stuck with about a 8:40 pace. We started slowing down at mile 17 and had to walk/run from mile 20 on. This was by far the hardest thing I have ever done. It took every single ounce of energy to cross the finish line. I’m not sure what our finishing time was but I think it was under 4 hours 10 minutes. (we started when the time was at about 8 minutes)

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We crossed and I immediately started crying. To finish a goal so big was so emotional and I couldn’t believe what we had just accomplished! My mom, sister, brother and law and my boyfriend Drew where there cheering us on, which made the day even better.

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I never thought I would be a runner. I’ve never done track or cross country and didn’t start running until about 4 years ago. My dad used to participate in triathlons when he was my age but stopped years ago (and never got to do a marathon) so this was something really special for us to do together.

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We don’t have any more marathons “planned” yet (although I think there will be more to come) but our next half marathon is in a few weeks. And yes, I will be one of those people with the 26.2 bumper sticker on the back of my car. I’ve earned it!!

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Saddle Bag

I’ve been wanting to make an everyday bag for myself for awhile and really wanted to take my favorite style bag (crossbody) and push my skills a little.

On my trip to California over the summer I picked up this beautiful pleather and paired it with a remnant from Joann’s. I wanted to explore some new bag techniques and bought pieces to make adjustable straps.

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The bag went together pretty well, and I immediately fell in love with it. It is the perfect size for me to carry around all day, every day. The inside pocket fits my phone, and while this doesn’t carry my full wallet, I can fit my sunglass case and my coin purse/money holder with room for little things to throw in (like my business card holder).

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I quickly thought about how I could create this bag to sell, and one of the reasons I held off showing it was because I’ve spent so much time and energy trying to make this bag work to produce. Around the time I was making this, Girl Charlee came out with their line of vegan leather. I thought this would be perfect for the bag so I bought a yard and cut into it as soon as I got it. This leather needed thick interfacing to give it the shape the vinyl did but it wasn’t ironing well to the fabric. After giving up on getting the interfacing to stick, I realized the vegan leather stretched too much for this bag. So I wasted a yard of beautiful fabric. Lesson learned – so I thought.

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I bought three different vinyls from another online fabric store and began the process again. I actually finished the bag and was pleased with it- until I took a step back and looked at it. The vinyl was too stiff (without interfacing!) and the bag wasn’t laying properly. I AM SO FRUSTRATED WITH MAKING THIS BAG HAPPEN. I don’t know if I have to find a specific vinyl or look into different pleathers. I refuse to sew with real leather because 1. The cost and 2. I don’t like using animal products.

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So this bag is on the back burner for now. I’ll return to it soon, I just need some time away. So even though it isn’t ready to put in my etsy shop, I wanted to share it because I’m so proud of it!

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Band of Florals Tee #selfishsewingweek

What a difference a week can make! These past few days have been a glorious mix of sun and higher temps (and yes, at this point, 50 degrees is AMAZING).

Monday morning I opened the window in my studio and haven’t shut it since. It made me want to clean. So I started with my fabric stash, of course. I began pulling out all the fabrics I wanted to work with for some new clothes this spring. Which led me to think about what to make with those fabrics-which then led to opening up pattern books and picking pieces out. I quit cleaning pretty early on to make this adorable top.

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I can’t stop stalking pinterest and this top has been on my mind for some time. I love the simple band of floral at the top and definitely wanted to recreate it. I made a boxy top a few weeks ago that I never posted so I had a pattern for this and after some Franken-cutting, the pattern was perfect.

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I still have a million yards of this grey left over from Mood so whenever I can put it to use, I do. I picked up the floral at a large garage sale so I don’t know exactly what it is but the print is cute.

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The biggest issue I had with this top was where the band should fall. I didn’t want it in the center of my torso because that would make me look way too short. I started with it a few inches below my chest but it looked strange so I moved it up. I wish I did the band on the front alone because I’m not thrilled with the look on the back.

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This top is so comfortable. And I didn’t even have to hem it. Win-Win. Happy Spring!

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Little Red Scooter

This blog has been a little quiet lately, and I just wanted to share why. Monday morning my grandpa passed away, or Poppy, as I like to call him. Poppy was battling cancer for years and required blood transfusions almost every week. We knew his time was coming soon but even when you know someone is going to pass, it is still a shock when they do.

Growing up, I spent most of my time with my grandparents since both my parents had full time jobs. I would be with them after school and almost everyday in summer, so they were pretty much my second set of parents.

Years ago, when Razor scooters were the popular toy, I wasn't allowed to have one because of how "dangerous" they were (apparently they could cut off your fingers). I wanted a scooter so bad and when Poppy heard, he decided to make me one. The memories that my grandparent's gave me are priceless but that scooter is one of the greatest gifts I've ever been given.

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This post has nothing to do with sewing, but I wanted to share a project of Poppy's that means a lot to me.

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Seamstress Gift Guide

With the holidays fast approaching, I've been making my own wish list (and dropping hints to my boyfriend) so I thought I would share some of my favorite gift ideas- perfect for the beginner seamstress or the veteran sewer.

For the Studio:

Utility Cart

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I have been wanting this cart for months now. I imagine it filled with projects and fabrics, rolling it all around my sewing room. The color, the mobility, the size; everything about this cart is perfect. Any seamstress would be happy to have a place for their projects as pretty as this.

Mini Dress Form

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Granted she won't be able to use this to make clothing, but it will look super cute in her studio. You could always get a full size dress form- but this is a big purchase so let her pick it out.

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Ruler Bracelet

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This adorable bracelet is the perfect accessory for a seamstress. Let her show off her hobby outside the workshop.

Pattern Envelope Clutch

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Think she would love another bag in her life? She will probably make this one her new favorite. She can use it for her sewing tools, her makeup or her cell and wallet for date night.  

Stocking Stuffers

Sewing Coffee Cup

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Nothing is better than sitting at a sewing machine with a cup of coffee. This is the perfect mug for any sewing lover.

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Pincushion Ring

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I love this little ring from etsy – pretty and practical!

Gift Card Holder

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And if you are really at a loss of what to get, a gift card to a fabric or craft store is always a good idea. But if you are going with a little piece of plastic, put it in something pretty – like a handmade gift card holder!

I love getting the perfect gift and hopefully these ideas help you cross your favorite seamstress off your list!

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A Change In The Wind

Things in my little life have been all over the place lately and it has taken a few weeks to settle the dust.

Last thursday was my last day working at Anthropologie. It was a decision that took weeks to come to but it was necessary. I had been feeling incredibly unmotivated and very frustrated with management and decided that it was my time to leave. I love the people I worked with so it was incredibly sad to say goodbye but now I will get time to refocus on my sewing and making my dreams a reality.

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 As you might have seen, it has been quiet around here with sewing projects. Just a little sneak peak as to whats coming up, here's a list of projects on my sewing table…ok they are in piles on the floor until I get a proper sewing table…but anyway,

  • my halloween costume
  • anorak jacket
  • new clutches
  • new totes
  • mini skirt

My list…right now. This is probably going to grow but for now, these are project that are started or almost compete.

And in other news, I finished my third half marathon yesterday! My dad and I ran the Shades of Death Half Marathon and finished under 2 hours! Drew ran the Devil's Run, which was 6.66 miles WITHOUT TRAINING and won first in his age group!

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My dad and I are now thinking about doing a full marathon but it wouldn't be for at least a year. I hear that's a lot of mental prep and a lot more training than I'm used to. I'll be resting for about a week before jumping right back into running!

Lots of life changes coming up, but everything is exciting and I'm really looking forward to the future.

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Dream a Big Dream

I had a bit of a rough day today, mentally. I've been being really hard on myself  lately and I know I shouldn't be but that doesn't stop me. I started a blog to show off my crafts but I want this to be a place for me to get my thoughts out when I'm just not ready to talk to anyone else.

Yesterday I posted the top of the dress that I was going to enter in an online contest. Today I finished the dress and as soon as I started on the skirt, I knew it was going to be a disaster. When I spend a day and a half working on a project that doesn't work out, it starts a downward spiral. I got to thinking about where I am in my life and I'm just not as far as I would like to be. So while half the day was spent finishing the dress, the other half was sitting on the floor just thinking.

I'm scared of the future.

 

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I found a box of glitter letters from two years ago.

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I started taking letters out to see what words I could make.

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There were only two words that came to mind.

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No matter how scared, nervous, anxious I am about the future, my passion will keep me going. If no one ever reads this little blog,  if I never sell another bag, I won't stop doing what I love. I won't give up because this  what I want to do with the rest of my life. I've been reading a lot of stories about entrepreneurs starting up and their struggles and it just makes me hope that one day, I'll be sharing my stories of struggle with someone who needs to hear that the hard times will pass.

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