In other news, I'm fresh back from Sew Pro- the convention held in Chicago hosted by Sara of Sew Sweetness and Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics. It was a weekend long event to learn about making sewing (or your creative hobby) into a business. I learned a TON. I knew some bits of it, but when somebody else sticks it in your ear it makes more sense, ya know what I mean? It just DOES. Not only did I learn and relearn, but I met some amazing people -friendships that are unique because these people are my tribe. They understand the need to make (everyday). They know the struggle of trying to make what you "love" your "real job"....like, the kind that provides food and housing.. LOL.
LOL but not LOL.
Now I'm home again and ready to infuse my essential oils into the air while I create my plans for building my Empire. Bahaha
I mean, Martha has to stop syndicating at some point right? Why shouldn't I take over? Then I can invite all you Lovelies onto the show and we can take over the airwaves from the Kardashians while teaching people how to make a tote bag, or a top, or a quilt that doesn't look like it's from 1986... Just fill in the blank Yo!
It sounds good to me.
*Nothing wrong with 1986 ---- that was a great year for me personally.
My newest pattern:
One thing I noticed at Sew Pro is many sewers call themselves "quilters" or "fashion sewers" or "bag makers".....
I could never do that because I would want to abandon my said specialty as quickly as I said it was my specialty.
I like moving around and making different things, sometimes my mood is for quilting--sometimes not.
Do you find yourself specializing in one aspect? What draws you to that? Does fear hold you back from branching out?
One lady who has it all figured out is MimiG Styles. I knew of her before, but after hearing her speak and meeting her, I want everything she does in my pocket. NOW.
She has an amazing story, a huge inventory of DIY tutorials and patterns, and a speaking style that makes a person wish she would talk all day.
I'm completely smitten, and you would be too if you had been there. ;)
Now that I'm working during the week away from home, I'm revisiting the garments I sewed and wearing them to work.
One of my favorite patterns is the Ruby tunic/top/dress (bottom right corner in collage) by Rae Hoekstra. It's super simple to sew but has a timeless sort-of Jackie O look to it when complete. I also love the Cappuccino tunic/dress by Oliver & S (top right corner). Liesl's patterns are brilliant.
I post my clothes on IG more than I blog about them, just for time's sake I suppose.
Another topic repeated frequently at Sew Pro was about sharing personal things on social media.
Some say "share it once in a while, it shows the human side".
The other side said "if you show one picture of your kids, you'll lose likes"....
When I post, I try to be real. I want to have my stuff look good, but I do try and show my pitfalls and humanity too. I show my dog or my kids now and then. Not to be annoying, but to show I'm a Mom, and a working woman in 2016 feeling all the shi* that goes with that. I'm in my "middle" ages struggling with many different hats to wear. Suddenly I'm picturing myself in a Peasant bonnet hat with lace... never mind...
Social Media for me is a place where I go to be inspired by others, and also supported. A validation of sorts, that my need to make things is not selfish----but necessary for self preservation.
What do you think about it?
My mind is brewing many different thoughts.
Calls to action.
But then I think- "Buddha says be still" and I go get a cookie and be still like he says.
1. Finish designing my skull fabric and order a pattern through Sprout patterns. Have you seen this? It's amazing--order ANY pattern-they print out all the pieces for you on the fabric of your choice, mail it to you, and you proceed to cut it out and sew. SO easy! So much time saved! I met a girl who works for the company at Sew Pro this weekend, and she totally sold me.
Photo from Sproutpatterns.com
2. Register to vote early.
A no-brainer for working Moms, I love voting early. It's done, no lines, no waiting...
3. Hair Tude update. (Hair makes a BIG difference in attitude.)
I'm going to get my hair professionally cut. I've realized that I'm just not happy with longerish hair. I'm going back to short.
It's weird to me that people comment in this day and age "oh, how nice you're growing your hair out"... I mean...what? (Insert my confused bitchy face).....
Long hair makes me feel like a soccer Mom, and I'm not willing to go there.
Peace OUT mop head.
*Nothing wrong with being a Soccer Mom unless you look like this: (then we need to talk, because I love you and I want the best for you ..)
4. Read up on current rending topics like this one. This article (and the comments below the article) stung.
How can this honestly be happening in 2016? It's a damn shame people. It's got to shift.
Here's a screen grab from the blog Man Repeller (a fashion blog):
5. (This is actually number one but I wanted to keep it light as long as possible.) Finally... I'm going to try and calm myself with worrying about my kids and school. I have a sensitive kid, aged 8 1/2 and it hurts me so much to see her try and negotiate this tricky world. I'm standing back, trying to give support without rescuing. But it's really reallllllly hard. Love & Logic has helped give me tools, now I have to stay the course.
Why can't everyone just BE NICE? Confidence is the biggest hugest (it's a word) thing for young girls. This is where all the bullshit starts. If a young girl is confident in herself, she has a much better chance of making it in life.
In my un-expert opinion.
I sometimes will read through PBS to help me be rational. Right now all I want to do is fly into the school and ask "WHY WOULD YOU hand out sad face stickers?!!!!" WTF. This isn't a Fortune 500 company. Why is everyone so freaking serious at age 8 and 9? I don't get it. I may be ready to move to Finland.
Read more here about having a relationship with the teacher.
Anywho....I'm sure glad you listened so I don't have to pay for therapy.
This is why I have to sew every day. Even if it's 2 am.
We don't want a crazy Natalie roaming the streets at night okaaaaay?