A Story of Scraps and Self-Care

As you know, I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety. Depression isn’t about feeling sad; it makes me feel lethargic and drained. I don’t have the desires, the joys, etc. that generally motivate someone to embrace life. On the other hand, anxiety breeds worries over major and minor, real or preserved issues that drain me…

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A new dress and a new opportunity

Recently I responded to an open call for writers for a sewing magazine. That led to my work being published in the July/August issue of Sysiden, a Danish sewing magazine managed by pattern designer Maria of MariaDenmark Patterns. Each issue has a pattern that is the main focus. This issue was about a jumpsuit including…

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Family, food, and fabrications (a book list)

2018 was a strange year for me. It changed my world view. I left teaching to be a stay at home mom. I stopped working on my M.Edu. I lost my father. And of course, USA and world news were insane. I did spend my limited down time exploring new ideas. I wanted to share…

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Thinking v. Doing

I’ve been thinking about sewing. I’ve been drawing, reading, and experimenting. I haven’t been sewing. Honestly, it’s been good. While in Brazil, I read two textbooks about fashion design and fashion illustration. They were quick reads and filled with exercises and assignments. While I didn’t do all the homework, I enjoyed the space and time…

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Ipatinga, Brazil

I’m in Brazil! Twenty days of family bonding, traveling around and grandmas/aunties/cousins. My boys are so excited to play with our extended family. Getting ready was crazy but fun. I used Seamwork’s Design Your Wardrobe course and Cardigan Empire’s resources to organize my travel clothes in my new size! There’s so much inspiration here and…

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A new chapter begins…soon.

It is official: I am becoming a stay at home mom after this semester teaching. I am looking forward to focusing on my family and self-care. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. -Lucille Ball Of course, self-care includes sewing…

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Playing with “Make 9” for 2018

Thank goodness for the new interest in Plus size fashion. It has been very inspiring for me! I am excited about 2018, though sewing hasn’t been a priority lately. I have found the #2018make9 on Instagram sheer fun. So I’m tossing my list in. It is heavy on Deer and Doe as I’ve been buying,…

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An end of year moment

So I haven’t posted in ages, but the end of year stress as a teacher/Grad Student/Mom-o-3 has led to a little stress relief shopping that I thought I would share. While shopping, I created this cute little collage to keep me focused (mostly worked…) I have been loving seeing Ashley Graham everywhere lately as she is…

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