Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year.......Again (In Pictures)!

I meant to do this before the month got away from me! I know, too late, right---it's almost gone??? LOL!!!! Anyhow.....

 Well on behalf of my Family and I we just wanted to wish you, my Sewing Friend an AMAZING 2015!!!

May it be Filled with loving moments .....

Or those Cool or  "Wanna Be" Cool moments---LOL.....

...Full of Fun and Silly Moments....

Or Moments of Closeness with Those you Love!!!....

...Just Hanging Out....

...Or Hanging Solo....

No matter what moments you may have, may you always feel the Love and Peace of God, the Warmth and Appreciation of those closest to you, a Sense of Purpose and Fulfillment Within, Joy in Helping Others, and the Excitement that comes with doing what means most to you (SEWING INCLUDED ((wink)). 
May 2015 be an  Amazing Year for You!!!
Much Love, The Baylor's XOXOXO

Thursday, January 8, 2015

When No One Sees

I was recently struck by a story that aired a few years back about an Autistic kid who did the unthinkable when giving the opportunity. Somehow I missed this story but it's a GOOD one! It's the story of Jason Mcelwain and instead of spoiling the story for you take a look at this short video for yourself.....

After I cheered and even shed a tear of happiness for him there was something about his story that really stood out that actually wasn't really focused on.  The thing I found most fascinating about Jason is what he did when probably no one had seen him or was watching. Everyone knew of his passion for basketball but it wasn't his passion alone that gave him those 6- 3 pointers. Passion won't give you ANYTHING without dedication, effort and follow-thru! So in my mind I picture him practicing in the gym for hours when there wasn't a soul in sight. Maybe even thinking about how some said his autism would limit him but ignoring the voices and steadily practicing. I think of every initial missed shot but with time and "grit" those became less and less and more and more baskets were made.

The same thing holds true to US sewers! That's right, YOU included!!! It's so easy to think that the things we do and the striving to be good won't matter and isn't making a real difference. And when you've been frustrated up to your eyeballs like I've been in the past it's easy to let discouragement creep in. This was especially the case when I first started sewing over 10 years ago. Those were some rough earlier years! LOL!  Let's just say my craftsmanship and fitting abilities at times weren't always the best. I may have had raw talent/ability but it was talent that most definitely needed developing and the refinement! I wonder what would have happened if I'd thrown in the towel when it was rough? How bout for you as well?

I think we can all "take a page from Jason's book". Unexpected opportunities are always a possibility. Who knows what can happen. The only question that looms is Will you be ready???

I'm reminded that more often then not great people aren't necessarily the smartest or most talented. They're just the one's who hang in there when others throw in the towel and most importantly.....know how to put in the hard work when no one sees!!!

Ok, well let's get to it! I'm feeling inspired how bout you?!!!! We've (that's right WE) have some BIG sewing projects & goals to accomplish this 2015! Let's go where we've never gone before, try new things and challenge ourselves! I'm working on my goals for the first quarter now! Almost done! Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I SURVIVED One Year of Self-Employment & 2014 Re-Cap

Wow.....December has come and is almost gone and I failed to highlight an important date. On December 1st of 2013 I embarked on the adventure of becoming self-employed. I SURVIVED........and more importantly I'm thriving and I'm just in awe about it! I have to admit it was probably one of the hardest and scariest things I've done. I worked in Research science for 15 years and to step away from that and opt for self-employment instead of taking on another job was pretty gutsy. But I honestly felt like it was something God led me to do and I've come to learn that when He leads He provides. And he never skipped a beat in taking care of me and my family even when I wondered where or when the  opportunities or finances would come. And the times I was second guessing myself (and even Him) I always felt that nudge from Him to keep on going. It was like He was "shaking his pom-poms" for me and cheering me on.  I'm so grateful for that! I honestly believe that everyone has a God given purpose and you don't start feeling ALIVE until you discover what that is. I've been guilty of letting fear hold me back but am glad to be pushing through. Hey, when you've got the Creator of the Sun, Moon & Stars backing you, you feel a PEACE and CONFIDENCE like none other. Trust me there are times I struggle and want to revert to fretting but I KNOW everything's going to be ok! I'm happy to now be living out my Dream!  I'm also so grateful for my supportive Hubby and daughter who endured my late nights in the sewing studio and 6 day work weeks. They were always there to lend a hand with projects, give me their opinions and serve as models. I'm honored they believe in me and my DREAMS!!!

Ok, now since I got all the mushy stuff out the way I must admit 2014 was a good year. Although I've been a small business owner since 2006, committing to do it full time was a change of speed. I definitely had to work on my confidence and I learned that I had more skills then I thought. I took on some really cool client work and was challenged to do things I'd never done before.

I know you guys will probably read a TON of blog 2014 re-caps so I'll keep mine short.....

- For starters I logged 1862 sewing hours to contribute to my 10,000 Hours of Sewing challenge making that 5,936 since I began my challenge in 2010. I credited myself 3,000 hours at that start so that gives me 8936 leaving me 1064. Wow, is all I can say. I'll talk more about this in a later post.

Here are just a few highlights from this year (there are blog posts about all of these in case you want more info)...

Sewed/Tailored/Engineered a 40+ yard Wedding Gown for a client. Trust me as indicated in my blog post this was no small feat! This dress tested my skills to the max. I KNOW God helped walk me through this project!!!

......and a Lace Knit jumpsuit for my bride to wear to her reception!

Made Men's pants......and pants that were worn at Dragoncon I might add! I love costume work!

I always love to sew matching Mother/Daughter Mother's Day outfits!

I love our churches annual Father/Daughter Banquet in which I made my daughter's dress and Hubby's tie!

I made an 8 piece wardrobe for a client. Here's some of the pieces. I have one pic of my client in a top & legging I made her but don't have it handy. The wardrobe turned out great!!!!

Learned a new technique---how to properly place and sew in Swarovski crystal rhinestones

I taught several Burda Style webinars this year! This was GREAT since I LOVE to teach sewing! I always get such good feedback from the attendees! I love to learn and love to teach what I learn. It's a real treat!

I learned how to do menswear alterations! Alterations like taking in the shoulder, blade, sideseam and shortening or lengthening the arm.  I'm happy to add this to my skill set!

Speaking of menswear, I still have the opportunity of working with my mentor the super talented, Master Tailor Mr. Jim, aka Gentleman Jim! His expertise and skill is increasingly helping me to become a better sewer/tailor.

I also began working with my draping teacher to learn how to drape!

My MAJOR fail project was this white knit blazer I made to wear with this Easter dress I also made. I should have made the inner facing wider so I could tack it down to the interior of the coat to prevent the lapel from rolling on me. Lesson learned for next time!!!

I read alot of GREAT books this year that helped push me in my personal life and with my sewing. This was one such book. My word for 2014 was "Courage"--- very befitting for the year!

I put 150 yards (I think that's right) of fabric from my stash for sale at a local fabric shop. I'm certain by years end I'd gained about 50 yards in new fabric! LOL!

I was so consumed with sewing for others that I didn't sew a ton for myself. But this has to be my favorite dress I made this year!

.....this one is my second favorite. Plus I like my new highlights!

2014 was definitely a GREAT year! I appreciate all the triumps and even my failures because I learned from them. 2015 will be EVEN BETTER!!! Thanks for joining me on this ride!!! XOXOX

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sewing Jots and Tittles 12.29.14

.....Because it's been WAY too long and we need to catch up! Time for me to empty out the space between my ears.....

Sewing, Fashions and Such

 Nothing like going to a local High School football game and spotting the Double sided orange and blue capes you made a few years back! Remember THESE! What a pleasant surprise and proud moment :)

 (I adore colorful prints.....

(.....and that's all there is too it!!!) 

 (Simplicity has changed up it's sewing pattern catalog. They're listening patterns by fabric type. Interesting....

 (....another example...)

 (....they even added a knit section! Yay, a section for my favorite thing to sew!!!)

 (2 patterns I CAN'T WAIT to sew! Love the black & gray jegging fabric)

 (Picked up this purple, black and white zebra print cotton sateen. You know bold prints don't scare me!)

 (I'm loving this burgundy and black lace! Just waiting to get invited to a swanky event!)

 (I've tested several of these over the years and finally found one that I like!!!)

(Sophia was sewing on Sophia the First!!! That just tickled me!!! She's sending the right message to all of the young girls!! Hee-hee)

 (Sewed a pleather pink jumpsuit for a client and couldn't have done so without a leather foot and leather needles.)

 (Had to have these cool buttons for a future wool coat)

 (My favorite type of ruler)

(Had the pleasure of meeting Trish who just so happens to follow both mine and Mr. Jim's blog! What an honor. She was such a sweetheart!!!)


 (Really?!?!?! Did someone really think selling a Nicholas Spark book at an Elementary School Book Fair was a good idea??? (scratching my head) LOL)

(My daugher and her lil' brother---aka Brownie. He's about the cutest Syrian/ Teddy Bear Hamster!!! When people ask me how many kids I have it's funny when his name ends up in the mix! LOL!)

(And they say Hamster's are bad climbers. They're right!!!! but doesn't stop Brownie from doing it! Always funny to watch.  I have no idea why he'd rather climb up to his water platform instead of just crawl through the tube LOL!)

 (Someone tell me why does a Hamster treat have to look like doughnuts and cookies??? They don't care!!! LOL!)

 (Our church really goes all out for Operation Christmas child!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I believe those are several thousand boxes collected and ready to be shipped out!!!)

 (Only in the south can you rent the rims on your car SMH and LOL!!!)

 (Finally went wireless!!!! It's about time)

(Saw Jersey Boys and LOVED IT!!! It was SO GOOD!!! This ending scene took the cake. Bet you can't watch and not dance! LOL!  I'd love to see the musical!!!)

 (This is what happens when your 7 year old loves to write and leave messages all over the place. The fridge and food related one's are always the funniest)

 (At PF Chiang's out of town--- I pulled back a propped up menu to reveal a surprise. Hubby was discreetly watching a Major football championship game while enjoying the meal with the family.......
 (.....he's so CLASSY! Kept it out of sight! LOL! Hey, I know a thing or two about having an obsession (ahem,... sewing, clears throat). I encouraged him to watch on!!! LOL!!!)

 (My inspiration picture for my highlights)

 (We now have a Planet Fitness so I'm back on my workout grind. Brings me together with two things of my favorite things---an elliptical machine and Joyce Meyer!!!)

 (Daughter feeding one of Great Grandma's cows)

(I MUST find this movie and watch it! The cinematography is beautiful. I'll endure the subtitles! It's worth it!!!)

(LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song!!! It warms my heart!!! )

(When your In-Laws retire and become professional caterers Christmas dinner is a Heavenly experience. I do mean HEAVENLY!!!! I nearly lost my mind it was so good! LOL!)


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