I made the choice early on that I would like to generally have a one-of-a-kind or OOAK shop.
OOAK-ing means that I am literally doing it myself, and I’m OK with that. Living in the US, just about everything we have comes from the factory. Somewhere out there in a place that is usually far, far away (but we won’t get into that right now) from someone you will never know, someone you’ll never meet came your favorite INSERT ITEM HERE. I blog because at the end of the day, it’s all about the connection. There is a chance that me and you may know each other already, but many of you I will never meet and here we are connecting. I want to be a part of your life (not talking marriage or ceremonies involving candles and friendship bracelets #WeirdLife) while doing what I love.
Speaking of love: I love the idea of not only owning original pieces, but being able to have this platform where I can share them with the world. There’s something extraordinarily special about having put your heart and soul into doing anything that will be shared with others.
I’m here for it all.
Everyone has a flow or an artistic process when creating. When I sit down to sew, I could easily be at my machine from what might start as an hour to an entire day. It’s important for me to be comfortable, of course I won’t die without these items but they definitely help.
Here are my sewing must-have’s:
1. Seam Ripper– My seam ripper and I have a love-hate relationship. I suppose there is a bigger lesson to be learned because I absolutely hate to go back on my commitments. When I sew I commit to every stitch I make and it can be quite the disappointment when I have to pull something apart. I try my hardest to pay attention to what I’m doing but on that rare occasion I’ve sewn the wrong pieces together, or some other wacky mistake I’m glad I have my seam ripper to bail me out.
2. Thimble– Lawddddd, when I say there is no pain worse than piercing your finger in the same spot over and over again believe me! I used to think the thimble was for little old ladies and boy was I WRONG. Although there is nothing wrong with little old ladies, I quickly learned the beauty of not getting blood all over my projects is the key to success. *DJ Khaled voice* This is definitely a tiny investment that pays off.
3. Baby Screwdriver– Every new so machine comes with a mini care kit; PROTECT IT WITH YOUR LIFE. Seriously, you never know when you have to pull your entire machine apart to fix something or shut down the dust bunny meeting taking place inside. If you’re new to sewing, many things will be trial and error and when there’s trial, error and oh crap, you’ll be ready.
4. Netflix/Hulu– Let’s be real here, sitting at a sewing machine for hours on end can get pretty mind-numbing. Instead of Netflix and chill, I Netflix and so my butt off. When I’m not show binging on Netflix I like to watch current shows on Hulu, Grey’s Anatomy, South Park and General Hospital are my top faves.
5. Patience– Pray for me. It’s the only thing that keeps my sewing machine from flying out of the window. I am a work in progress with learning to keep cool calm and collected when I’m creating but I’m working on it. It’s important to know when to take a deep breath and keep going and when to give it a break, I find that tea helps this process along 🙂
What are your creative process must-have’s?
Your girl is a busy bee, navigating the hive of life to the best of my ability. With that I have to plan accordingly. There will always be something worth your while in my shop although I add new items seasonally. Winter and spring preparations are happening as you are reading this! I’ve got a lot of new, funky, and fresh designs that I can’t wait to share but it works better (as a one-of-a-kind shop) to stack my product and release everything all at once. As a creative it takes the rush out of my work, it also allows me to double check my products (is this working, flowing with my aesthetic, etc.) as my work is a reflection of me. The next couple of months I can be best found in what’s called hustle mode.
Brace yourselves, the best is yet to come.
A little over a year ago I was living on my own, still working out the bits and pieces of Silently Loud in the dark corners of my mind. I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life and no matter where my head has landed, I’ve always made the effort to find a space for my sewing machine.
When I found myself living back home, it wasn’t so easy. After the last time I moved out, my parents decided to downsize their home. Moving back meant sharing a room with my sister. Once me and my sister settled in (to what was formally my brothers room)I realized there wasn’t much room left to set up shop. I am an artist to the core which means I need a space to create. Not wanting to disrupt the flow the house with my return, I turned to one of the most underused areas of our home, the basement. I took a trip to Walmart to purchase a long table, extension cord, a rug and a comfy chair and BOOM instant studio! (How awesome is this chair!!)
I say all this because as humans we are very prone to make excuses for why we are not doing what we want to be doing. If your heart is set on doing something, don’t let the minor details discourage you; take a step back, assess the situation, and FIGURE IT OUT. Make what you have or don’t have work for you.
Being a woman on the grind in 2015 has been far from easy.
We live in a culture that says we must be selfish in order to become successful. We also live in a culture that encourages us to not stand up for our fellow woman also on her grind; some of us even go as far as stepping on her to get to the top. Simple daily words of positivity can make such a difference, empower your sister to be great, to be her absolute best. We’re all simply just trying to make it so why not encourage one another?
1. Encourage your sister because she needs it. It is tough out there, and the competition is fierce. Think about your worst day, and think about how much better that day could have been if only you had a shoulder to lean on. Be that shoulder for someone who needs it. Many times we would rather watch a person drown, crackle and crumble under the pressures of life than to be that life saver or safety net. Ask yourself why. I’ll be the first to tell you, it stems from envy, or jealousy. I’ll tell you something else, it is possible to be that voice of empowerment even to your worst enemy (may she be her best self when you win). Everyone needs reassurance from time to time, it’s free and it doesn’t bite. Try giving a compliment.
2. Encourage your sister because you need it. Words of kindness and positivity not only can be good for those in which you speak to, but can also be good for you. When you do good, you feel good. We all know how contagious negativity can be, and although positivity takes a little longer; the more you continue to spread positivity, the more natural it will be. When those you have uplifted are thinking positive and feeling confident, it rubs off on all those surrounding them. When we are feeling positive, we are better in the work we do. Get out there and share that positive energy!
3. Encourage your sister because the team needs it. How many more years are we going to spend having the same conversation? Women have been stabbing at the backs of other women for centuries. I think it’s time for a change. Sexism is alive and spreading like wildfire because women are not sticking together and standing in support of one another the way we always should have. Let’s be leaders and teach those around us a new way to do things. Let’s teach the younger generations to be kind and to stick together when it counts. Let us not be jealous of our sister, but be proud of her. Let us uplift our female hustlers and uplift ourselves in the process.
Before you know it, we’ve created a new culture.