Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mother's Day is Coming and You Know What that Means......

That's right, MATCHING Mother/Daughter outfits!!!! HA! I was so preoccupied with preparing to fly out and shoot my BurdaStyle course that I made absolutely NOTHING for my daughter and I to wear for Easter! And if you've been following my blog for some time you know I ALWAYS make us Easter outfits. Well I'm not letting that happen for Mother's Day. I'm working on the plans now and will be executing asap. Here are the patterns---so far that is, you know I'm subject to change. Anyhow I feel like wearing something bright! I'm fabric hunting now. Will keep you posted. Any other Ladies (or Men sewing for Ladies) getting their Mother Day sewing plans together???




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What it was like filming for BurdaStyle (in pictures)!

I can't believe it's been over a week since I was in CO to film my Pants Fitting BurdaStyle Course.  Wow, did the time come and go! There was lots of planning and preparation and I'm glad it all worked out great! A few months ago I was asked to develop a pants fitting course to film. I've produced 6 webinars through BurdaStyle so it's cool they asked me to do something a step above those.  Developing the course was really neat and did take lots of work. I had to create the overall structure of the course along with demos, supplemental information, etc. And that was just the start because I had to organize all that and get the related supplies together. All in all I'm proud of what I was able to do.I created enough material so we could spend 3- 8 hour days filming. I have modules ranging from body analysis to flat pattern alterations and crotch reconstruction. I'm amazed at how much material was generated. I'm amazed I was actually able to talk that much. Filming 3- 8 hours days while standing and talking is highly involved. I have alot of respect for those who work in broadcasting and film---on either side of the camera. I have to admit that towards the end my lips were probably done. They started to get a little spastic which I didn't even think was possible. Lip spasms are real! LOL! Anyhow, here's pics of my 3 days of adventure on set! I'm thankful for this experience. Thankful for BurdaStyle for having me and believing in my talent and so thankful to God for the strength and courage to take such a big step being that that was my first time working in film. One thing is for certain---I LOVE to TEACH!!! I look forward to all/any future opportunities to do so:). Anyhow here are the pics......and in no particular order

( On the monitor)


 (Going over filming segment plans with the lovely Alicyn who is the Instructional Designer for BurdaStyle)


(Cameras, camera, cameras from every angle)


(Setting up between takes)

(Covering body analysis and proper measurement techniques)


 (Giggles on the set. Think I have a good blooper reel)

 (Where the real work happens)

(Thumbs up for a great filming day)

( In the makeup chair. This is where my day began for each filming day. The super talented Keegan is working her magic)

(Had my own greenroom)

 (View for the monitor again.....)

 (I learned the new art of sewing while standing)

 (Sewing on camera)

(My segment on muslin fitting)

 (more table demos)

 (Loving the fake eyelashes Keegan put on me)

 (Days began really EARLY for me! I'd wake up at 3am or 4am---still on ET time which was great! Was able to stage and do prep work before I made it on set! 


(Notes, books, supplies---everything there)


(My hotel had free printing. What could be better? Every morning I would head down and print my film plans)


 (Staging area)


 (Andrew and Nick were awesome camera guys!!!


(The film clapper made everything official LOL!  But it was the teleprompter (over his shoulder) that helped me present so easily:))


 (I didn't know this but FW media is the parent company to BurdaStyle. So of course I had to get a pic. BTW, those gray pants are the BurdaStyle pants I made a few years back. It was cool to wear them on location!)


(Cool artwork in my green room featuring painted over magazine covers. These are some of the craft magazines belonging to FW media)


 (Here's Jill! She's such an angel. She's the Talent Coordinator and did a wonderful job tending to all my needs! Such a sweetheart!)

( I got to sign the presenters yearbook....)

(It's pretty cool to have a page in it!)

(Gotta get a pic at the entrance. Makes everything so official)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I Just Finished Filming a Sewing Course With BURDASTYLE!!!!

The last several days have been Awesome!!!! I'm in Colorado and I just finished wrapping up a 3 day film shoot with BurdaStyle on Pants Fitting!!! Can you believe it!?!?! That's right, BurdaStyle which produces the most amazing sewing pattern magazine, envelope patterns, tutorials, etc. Explains why I've been a little MIA. Well I can't wait to share the details with you and tell you about my amazing experience! In the meantime I'm gonna catch this flight home, re-connect with the fam, jump back into work with clients and try to squeeze some sleep in between all that! LOL! More pictures and details later.....
(Lights. Camera. Action! Me on the BurdaStyle set, day 2.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What I'm reading......

Welp, the month is almost over with and I didn't get hardly anytime to sew for myself but had lots of time to do work for others which I enjoy. I made it through the thick of Prom season and have a few more dresses to take care of (I'll be making one of them). But what I am happy about is kicking back into heavy reading like I use to. I always read but I'm really kicking it into high gear. Since my reading time is always limited and precious I always choose Self-Help books or Christian books. I've no time for fiction and choose to get my fiction dose in the form of movies which I love. 
 I recently joined a Business Masterminding group---WHICH IS SO AWESOME! Nothing like connecting with other high functioning business women to push my business to the next level. I've been a part of a general Mastermind group for the last almost 2 years now so it was nice to join another one---one that focuses solely on voraciously growing my business. So I picked some great books I recently heard about and am enjoying reading and I just wanted to share them with you. I'm currently on "Eat That Frog" which is great and gives great times on being proactive. "How to Think like Leonardo daVinci is a book that shares all of da Vinci's secrets of genius and shows you how to apply them to your life. . Lora Langermeir's book teaches you to say YES and figure out how to solve problems and build the right teams to do so. And of Course Think and Grow Rich for Women is a great nod and take on the classic Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill---but is specifically geared toward women. I plan to have these finished within the next quarter and can't wait to soak up all the knowledge and wisdom. What are you currently reading? If anyone has a success books they would like to recommend please leave in the comment section below. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dreaming of Lace......

I made it through Prom season....well kinda. Knocked out several dress alterations and am working on a potential custom dress. There's fashion design homework and preparations to teach a big sewing course (details to come) in addition to new clients and projects. Theres so much going on! In the midst of all that I NEED to sew for myself. It's been far too long.  In steps this beautiful shimmery  teal, sky blue, and gray lace.  I've already imagined it as a top. It's so pretty it makes my heart flutter. A girl can dream can't she? Hope to make this a dream realized before the weeks up......



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sewing Jots and Tittles 3.15.15

It's been quite a while and I needed a brain dump. Here goes.....


Sewing Jots and Tittles

This is my son, Tip (one of my 2 hamsters---he's a Syrian "Fancy Bear" variety) This little Dude decided to bite a hole in my fabric--see it on the left.....it was laying too close to the cage and he dragged it through the bars ad commenced to chewing it up.


 ....he better be happy he's so cute. Mama don't take kindly to ruining fabric

 Got new zipper/cording feet for the industrial machine. I've been doing alot of jacket zipper replacement for clients.


 An empty Jo-Ann's parking lot. True enough the store just opened but this should never be. Nevertheless, more fun for me!!!


 Studied the color wheel in my fashion design course! My new favorite tool! I've always loved color! I can't stop thinking about designing my own fabric now!


New fabric! I have a penchant for animal print!


THAT CAPE in the Taylor Swift video "Blank Space" (the model wasn't too bad looking either LOL!). If my husband wasn't such a big man I'd make one for him LOL! That entire scene was beautiful!

A better shot of my daughter's Father/Daughter Banquet dress. Seems like it was perfect for a dance challenge with her dad! LOL!



Non-Sewing
 There were like 12 vultures on my neighbors roof and I walked outside and they were staring at me. CREEPY!!! LOL!


 FINALLY a family bike ride! It has taken years to organize this! LOL!


 Someone explains to me what makes this rice "forbidden"? LOL???


Was unloading groceries. Accidentally stepped back onto eggs with the heel of my stiletto. Would you believe I didn't break one egg? Pretty amazing. These eggs are too expensive to be breaking! LOL!


 DATE NIGHT! We finally snuck in a trip together at the gym!


She's learning to play.....


 One of my favorite scriptures posted on the wall in our prayer room at church


LOVED this movie! I'm a big Tom Hardy fan! This had some unexpected twists!


 I'm starting to think my obsession is unhealthy! LOL! Stair climber why did I avoid you for all these years???


 Received this devotional as a gift from a wonderful friend! LOVE it! It's one I use every morning.....

 ....here's a particular excerpt that made my heart happy:)


 I read somewhere that the Dyson vacuum inventor made 5000+ prototypes. Not sure how accurate that is but I think you've earned your street cred when there's a toy version of your product.

Someone please tell me when I'm in a shoe store I  I don't act the way my daughter does in a toy store. She's like a wild animal on the lose! LOL!

Saw this on a fashion blogger's page and decided to do my own research and purchase it. I LOVE this stuff. It's high in fatty acids, is an anti-inflammatory and lightens facial blemishes.  I use it at night and it goes on thick and is a bit greasy. It absorbs in your skin when you sleep . Definitely noticing a change in my skin. I got mine here....


Love this song!!!!

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