Friday, April 19, 2013

I LOVE What I Do!

I’m back to sewing and designing again, and I am estatic about each new day. My view of the present is almost overshadowed by the wonderful future I see ahead. Since I’ve been putting the word out that my services are available to the San Antonio community for alterarions, wardrobe editing, fashion re-use and image counseling, I’ve received a Texas size welcome. To that end I say, “Thank you.”
Today I’ve just a little time to adjust my small studio for better output.
Things are messy, and I haven’t been following my carnal rule of, “Everything in its place, and a place for everything.” So with a little time between work orders, things will be put right and business can then flow smoothly. Some things I found that I’ll keep on display.

One of my early cloth dolls, made so many as gifts for girlfriend's over the years.
Stumbled across this book in the library, and behold one of my quilts was featured in it, so of course I had to purchase me a copy.  

"For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.   Pro. 2:6

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sewing is FUN

There is a small group of young ladies at my church I teach sewing to once a week, and they are having a ball. Here are a few pictures of first projects.

First project a stuffed pincushion embellished with buttons

Hannah modeling the first skirt she made (she's made a second skirt on her own).

"Be consistent and do everything with love."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What's Old is New

Got an order on yesterday from a customer who had bought a haircare item I marketed over five years ago, while still living in Detroit. The item “Topaz” a new style shower cap,  its a great shower cap for those who wear their hair in locs or braided hairstyles and need secure coverage while showering.  She stated, she’s owned her shower cap for about 4 years and wanted a new one, even though the original is still perfectly good. Because my website was down, she tracked me through Facebook, my daughter’s webpage, and  “three other degrees of separation” techniques to get her order to me. Well I’m sewing and designing again and filling her order was a definite pleasure. “Topaz” my shower cap design was the sister design of “CASEY” formally known as, “L.B. Soc”....for locs/braids and more., titled the Original Locs/Braids Hair Snood. Momentum was lost on marketing my products after losing  a 5 year trademark battle with a retail giant (take a wild guess), who claimed my product name would make people think of them instead of African-American hair care products. It took awhile but I’m over it, and I’m BACK.  If you want a great shower cap or a hair snood, send me an email----I’m ready to supply.

“Live with intention. Play with abandon.”
-Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey, American Poet

Monday, April 8, 2013

"My new Brown Knit Skirt from a Man's Sweater"

I've been wanting a nice long chocolate brown knit skirt for some time, and I just could not find one. Great brown skirts are hard to come by, so when I saw this extra large men's sweater in the finest knit and just the right deep shade of chocolate brown, I also saw a skirt.  There was not much waste, and I got a finished skirt for under $5 and a few hours of enjoyable sewing. Below are just a few of the outfits I've been able to create with my new skirt.

"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple."   Pro. 30:22

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Tweeking" is a good thing.

By repostitioning the collar detail on this top, it went from something nice hanging in the closet to a great buy and a wardrobe staple. I’ve got six to change, so here’s a before look of the style.
Original style

The look after changing the collar detail
As I've said before some of the best clothing you need is already in your closet, so make friends with a professional tailor or seamstress and let them work their skills to make you look good and save you money.

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."                 Eccl. 1:9

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"The Three Faces of Me"

You just wake up one day and look around and wonder just who you are and what you are trying to do----well, that’s me today. I’m starting new with my sewing business in a new place (San Antonio, TX), somewhere I really don’t have a foundation of customers. Mind you, I’ve been in San Antonio for just over 2 years, and have been working (I mean really work’n) for a local retailer. The pay was good, advancement was quick and steady, but the PASSION was not there. So what do I do, I stop and look at myself for the real ME. I am a working lady, who doesn’t mind hustling, but I see it took me almost three years to see that what I WAS doing WAS my PASSION. I’m looking back to look forward, check out the photo’s.  I look at fashion and determine style focuses everyday, and have just noticed how my own interpretation of fashion, to project an original personal style has been so varied.

Just cut my "locs" of 30 years, so I would fit in on the job!
A transition look, just loving the natural texture of my hair.
Today, feeling at ease as I  embrace my TRUE self.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give an expected end.      Jer. 29:11