Saturday, May 23, 2015

BurdaStyle Featured Member Project


Today I am excited to the 10th power.  Responding to my messages brings me so much joy.  It encourages me to strive harder at making others inspired enough to want to pull out whatever form of craftiness they desire and start a project.

This morning I want to say Thank you to When I opened my Burdastyle member page to respond to messages, I found a very different message.  All of my messages are special, but there was one that caught my eye that I just had to share with you.

Burdastyle's online fashion editor TyMarie, has chosen one of my projects to be featured this week on's homepage.  I feel very honored, humbled, and pleased to share this moment with you. (excitement abounds)

Thank you TyMarie for choosing my project as Featured Member of The Week.

Thank you for joining me today,  Until next time,

Lots of Love

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Entries For Sewing Pattern Review 2015 Contest


A few days back I said I would be entering into the Sewing Pattern Review 2015 Wardrobe Contest.  Well, I did.  I felt the pinch of the last minute "Rush" bug coming down on me like a falling anvil from the sky.  I was still kind of confused on how to put the photos together for the gallery view, but I do have my entries in.  Not really sure if that will affect anything because this is my second contest and I'm sure these processes change all the time.

I want to share my entries with you before the contest voting starts and tell you a little about my process of making this collection,

First, I will explain how things came together.  In my review of my collection, I state that my son was my big helper in deciding which direction to take.  I was kind of wild in my thought process and wanted my collection to favor the Hamptons, but my son suggested that I was a laid-back mom.  He said that I was full of color and life and that my collection should reflect that.  So the theme for my wardrobe is Bohemian.  The name of this wardrobe is Bohemian Sunset.

I really didn't have any idea of what a Bohemian wardrobe would look like or entail and since Google is my best friend, I began with a few quick searches of Bohemian clothing.  I knew I had to dig deep for ideas because my mind will seemingly take me to a places that wasn't safe for my collection.

During my searches, I realized that Bohemian dressing has been around since the 1960s.  Mostly everything that I saw looked like everyday clotheing from the 60s and 70s.  I noticed that it wasn't so much about the detail in the clothing, but more about the types of fabric that is used to make Boho what it is.  It also has a lot to do with the person and their personal style, too.  Boho can be about lots of colors, patterns, or there can be moments of sterile whites and creams.  I found a million items labeled Boho.  I picked a few that matched my taste and went from there.

I have entered my garment pieces into the contest and if I don't win anything there, I have definately one a wardrobe that I will wear for a long time.  I love the colors and all the pieces that I made.  Since I didn't get the opportuntiy to post all the pictures in the contest, I have composited a quit video to show you the rest of them.

I want to give a very warm and loving shout out to the lady who you hear singing in my video.  This young lady has struck my heart and will stay with me for a very long time.  I love hearing her sing and as you all know, from time to time I will find something that interests me and just have a fit if I can't share it with you.  Her name is V. Bozeman.  Some of you may remember her from the season opening of "Empire".  Not only is she a beautiful young lady, but she has the voice of an angel.  Click her name for the link to her site.

Thank you all for joining me today and Please,,,Go vote!!!!  Have a great weekend.  Until next time,

Lot of  Love

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Mother's Love, Words of Inspiration To Encourage


I am cutting things down to the wire with this contest, but I haven't forgotten one of the most important days in a year.  This past May 10th was Mother's Day.  I didn't get a chance to say Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Moms in the world, but I hope I will be able to make up for that with today's post.

So, it might be coming a little late, but Happy Mother's Day.  There are not enough words to express the gratitude that I have for you.  For all the sleepless night, warm meals, hugs, and kisses, I want to share some of the love that my Mom gives to me, with you to show just a portion of my appreciation for all that you do.

After talking with my Mom over this past year,  I've asked her to do an inspiration page to give some hope.  She has conceded and I clap my hands with joy.  When I talk with her those moments take me back to when I was a child.  The love that I felt when I was in her arms, hearing her voice were so soothing. So, from time to time you will see a post from her that will be so spiritual for me and I hope you will enjoy her as much as I do.  She keeps me going.  To her, I say, I love you more today than I did yesterday, I will love you more tomorrow than I did today, I will love you into eternity.  To all of my readers, My Mom.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pattern Review Contest FinallyStarted


When I last posted, I was kind of in a rush to get started on my contest entries for the 2015 Wardrobe Contest for Sewing Pattern Review.  I wasn't sure that I would be able to make all of my projects in time for entry, but I seem to be coming along just about on schedule.

PR suggests that you make a story board to kind of keep you on track with your ideas.  So, I started trying to put things in order for myself and some where along the line I think I got side tracked with getting my projects done until I ended up with 1 extra piece.  I'm in a slight dilemma because the rules wants----4 tops, 3 pants, and 2 reviewer's choice items.

The idea for my wardrobe came together out of a random question.  I asked myself out loud what would be my theme or what colors would I used and my son blurted out, "Do something Bohemian!"  Needless to say, I wasn't keen on that idea because I wanted something a little more structured with clean lines.  After thinking about it for a few minutes my son went into detail as to why he thought Bohemian was,,, Me.  He told me to look at myself.  So, I did.  Then he proceeded to ask me a series of questions that really made sense.
1- What do you want most from your clothes?
2- What do you want them to say?
3- How will you wear them?
4- Will they be a 1 hit wonder or something that you will want to wear more than once?

Wow, I hadn't thought about that.  Well, no time like the present.  I venture to say that I was well aware that I wanted functionality and long term wear out of whatever it was that I was making.  I began looking through my fabric stash while my son started perusing the patterns.  When we both met at the cutting table I found that we matched fabric and patterns to the 9s.  He reads me like a book.  We look at the patterns and compare them to the fabric, but there was a missing piece.  I felt I needed a piece of fabric that would make my collection cohesive and bring things into focus.  Guess what?  Fabric Mart here I come!

I found this beautiful double border Ikat Challis at Fabric Mart.  It seems that no matter what I'm doing Fabric Mart is my go to store for the strange and unusual fabric.
At the time, I wasn't sure of what to make with it, but it seemed to fit his idea of Bohemian flare.  So, I went with it.  I also got my hands on the most beautiful wool gauze.
This gauze looked so good on their page and I had passed it over several time before, but this time I wasn't going to leave it behind.  I grabbed my yardage quickly.  Look at those sequins running through it and it's wool.  Love it!!

But continuing my stroll though fabric central (Fabric Mart)  I found a Tootsie Roll orange Twill Challis.
I thought to myself,,, this is a plan coming together!  With all the prom festivities and hurriedness out of the way, I could really do my Spring/ Summer wardrobe freely, but I could also feel the "crunch" of time kicking in.

Here is a shot of my "Story Board".  I made several, but this is the one for the actual pieces that I will be making or have made thus far and will be modeling.

                                   Bohemian Sunset

and here's the extra piece

Ok, That just about does it for this one.  Please join me as I begin posting my Individual items in the next coming days.  I'll be preparing for the final looks.

Thank you for being a part of my stressful push, Until next time..

Lots of Love