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2 years in business and the countdown to my showcase: Where am I?

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My Shop is 2 years!!!

It’s four weeks to the showcase everyone!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH !!!!!
Before I start screaming at the amount of work left to do, can we say belated happy birthday to my etsy shop that celebrated its 2nd year on May 20th.

A big thank you to everyone for making the past two years possible. For coming alongside me as a follower, avid supporter, subscriber, customer, family and friend! I can no longer be selfish with my sewing, I can no longer hide it, it’s out there and I am happy to be able to serve so many with my gifts.

Here’s to the next year! 🙂 I am not going anywhere!

Getting ready for the show: T-4 weeks to showtime

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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It’s not too bad. But I still have lots to do in terms of making my pieces.

 

So one month from today it’s Showtime guys…… June 23rd.. Have you picked up your tickets? I still need to ensure my participation with more ticket purchases. So If you haven’t its not too late. Here is the direct ticket link below:

https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2185/316191

In terms of the sewing, I have basically completed a quarter of the pieces in my collection. I know, I know…… I initially divided them up in to colour coded sections as strategy for completion. This will help me to see all the pieces together when finished and to coordinate fittings with my models, whose time I cherish and appreciate so much! 🙂 🙂

So I have been busy, busy ,busy, busy, busy… the creative process has been amazing. I was able to transform my simple silhouettes into runway material ( At least I hope they are :)). Nevertheless, I am enjoying it and can’t wait to share. I am definitely pushing the envelope in terms of items I have ever produced. This entire showcase is a first for me and I am just happy to be creative and have a space to share that with many.

 

I am grateful for the opportunity. For now I need to get back to work. I am hoping by Month end I am finished with most and So that my model fittings can begin first thing in June.

For now I have:

  1. My music
  2. Make up artist
  3. Models
  4. 2.5 complete pieces..lol I know, I know… many more to come
  5. Patterns have been drafted for some pieces 🙂

I will check in with you all again shortly. Stay tuned. I trust you are enjoying your spring and anticipating summer as much as I am.

The sewing chronicles continue.

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Bless,

UtavZ

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It’s May: Let’s talk shop!

Hello May!

May is a memorable month for me for many things, one of those is that two (2) years ago on May 20th 2015 I decided to open my etsy shop. Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/amshinaapparel

With the encouragement of my friends and family I took a leap of faith and started my own handmade sewing business. While it didn’t officially became a business until January 2016, the quest started that May 20th, 2015.

Let’s be real, business was never a part of my plans and I am very much working out those lovely details that make entrepreneurship a journey. 🙂

I am learning daily as an entrepreneur. I am super blessed and grateful to be artistic but also administrative, phew!!….working on the business management part, is not that easy when you are the manager for everything and the manufacturer! 🙂 Every now and then I question things and get hard on myself for the things I don’t know. I guess that’s natural.

 Thank God for books, blogs and videos. I greatly appreciate those that have gone before me and those that have been doing this for years that generously share their work. Learning has been a blessing. I try to engage in learning something new about my sewing and running a business every month. Whether it’s to get a new book, find a new blog to read or try a new technique.

The first year was trial and error, a combination of many ‘why questions’ and me being really scared as I entered this unchartered territory. If there was ever a moment in my life that I felt I was an imposter, this sure was that moment.” Oh my, why am I sewing for others? Can I really do this”, “I didn’t study fashion?, ” I am a project manager? These were some of my road block questions. I still wrestle with them at times but I don’t camp with those thoughts too long for it to hinder my next step. I realize early on that answering these very questions would determine everything.  They would determine my “keep going factor”.

The keep going factor

There is a friend of mine who doesn’t know how big an encouragement her words are to me. She always says, “I don’t know how you do it but you keep going it”. The “keep going factor” is my mantra indeed.  I know I am not a quitter so even when I make mistakes I believe if I keep doing it long enough I will get it right. Think about it this way, it’s only when we reach a road block that we question how far we have come and contemplate turning back. For me, because I have come this far, I have no choice but to press on in hopes that the road blocks will be moved.  You see, it’s naive to think this was going to be easy; the best of the best are tested right? So who am I? Well that just means I will be tested too. The high and low points will happen in my business. Even though at times the low points seem many and the high few and far, I am happy with where I am at. I figure once I stay in the race long enough, continue to be faithful, continue to serve my clients, continue to be true to my gifts, the chances are I will finish it!

So I am staying the course everyone! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Staying in my own lane and carving out my handmade business experience the way it leads.

Thank you all for literally coming alongside me with your continued encouragement and support in different ways. The thing about races is that you need supporters, even when you are intrinsically motivated. None of this would be possible without YOU!

Stay tune this month as I highlight those key learnings in my entrepreneurial venture with my sewing.

Bless

UtavZ


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Thinking Spring thoughts… and Sewing..!

Hi Everyone!

Belated Easter greetings. I Trust you all had an amazing time with your family or however you chose to spend it. 🙂

It’s been a world wind of activities as usual. 🙂 A little sewing there, a little sewing here, a little reading here, a lot of grad school assignments there, a little of family here and life all together there.. lol.. You guys get the wave of events. 🙂

It’s a new season though! This causes me to reflect on the way forward and where I am at. Spring brings that happy and joyful feeling  about sunshine and flowers but also possibilities. Like the budding of the trees and roses, I am feeling the possibilities. Grad school has been crazy these past months. Assignments after assignments. I sewed in between.. but not as much or how I wanted to. 😦

I finally got a chance to do some creative sewing! Yayyy!!!! I was sewing in between… so it wasn’t complete withdrawal.hahaha. You know me, I make it happen! I am more referring to the creative moments where I can be present mentally and enjoy the process of sewing and creating a beautiful piece. So over Easter I did three pieces on Good Friday! I had my own self drafted patterns already and just had a creative moment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process but also the finished looks.

 

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Thank you all for always being so kind and stopping by!:)  Stay tuned. I have some news of an upcoming opportunity that is happening 2 months from now! Stop by again Sunday April 23rd for more details! 🙂 My Sewing is going places!

The chronicles continue… just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sewwwwwwwww!!!

Bless

UtavZ

 

 


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Getting Organized and my first make!

I think the ambitious sewing at the end of 2016 had me a bit stunned at the start of 2017😊. I mean, even my sewing machine sounds different! It was a homestretch strong finish I must say.

Starting off 2017 after taking some time to reflect and look ahead I am now getting into the swing of things.

-So far I have completed one alteration and a high neck top.

-I was also able to complete my sewing room organization a few weekends ago! I feel great about this in particular! For the most part everything has a home.This will help my flow for the months ahead! Here is a sneak!

After successfully completing the above I felt it was time to make my first memade for myself. I don’t know if you guys realise the trend but my personal pieces are spur of the moment. Literally I was talking to my mom on facetime and the next thing I was sewing this shift dress. I tweaked a current self drafted pattern to create the look.

I did make this with the purpose of wearing it the next day, so I was in it! Yayyyyyy😍😍😍

The sewing bug is back!  I have a few items ready to go for this week! Woot woot!!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew sew sew sewwwwwwww!

Bless

UtaVZ


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Monday flow:Staying focus!

Happy Monday, 

Happy  New year!

Back to blogging! It’s been a great few weeks of being recharged and inspired. I finished 2016 strong and wanted to ensure I started the year off right by taking some time to reflect and be inspired from the inside. I am excited for the good things that will happen this year in my sewing and business! I can feel it!  

Started off my first week back on social media sharing about the four words my brand represents. Giving focus to the vision and working towards that! Check out on Instagram. http://www.instagram.com/amshina

What gives your creativity focus?How is your new year so far? Are there special things you are working on this year? Do share.😊

Wishing you an awesome week ahead! Stay tune. The sewing chronicles continue…..just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew sew sewwwwwwww!
Bless

UtaVZ 


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Happy New year!!!!: 2017

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Time to Reflect, Plan and be directed!!!! 🙂

Happy Happy Happy Happy New year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing you the very best in 2017!!!!

Taking the first few weeks in the new year to reflect on things, to build up myself spiritual in preparation for the journey ahead in 2017! There is no better time to rejuvenate and build yourself up spiritually than at the start of a new year. It will allow me to give direction to my life, my business, my blog, my academics …everything will be refreshed!!

See you all January end! 🙂

The sewing journey continues.. …….Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew sew sewwwwwwwwww..

Be Blessed

UtavZ


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16′ Going on 17′: Thankful and looking forward!

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My favourite ornament on the tree this year! 🙂

Hey Everyone, Happy Eve before New years eve!!! ( I totally made that up, but it goes) 🙂 🙂 A new year is just a few hours from us… wow…. a whole year.. I can’t believe I kept this up that long… its been more than a year, but you know what I mean 🙂

It’s been a minute on here. Does thinking about blogging counts?…. I hope so, because I thought so many times of posting .Time didn’t permit :). But thats okay with you I hope…..

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* Thinking about blogging…

I wanted to come by and let you know that all is well in sewing land from my end. Still very much in creative love with the craft. The busyness of 2016 was productive and I am definitely proud of being able to work on so many amazing pieces not to mention the amazing new and old customers I gained through my sewing business. Creativity was not limited and I enjoyed the challenging moments that accompanied the process. Least to say, I am grateful from when I started the year and where things are now. There was growth!!Enough to give me hope and propel me into 2017.

A few things that I accomplished, to name a few:

  • I managed to have at least 1 post a month!!! Yayyyyy BIG BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!
  • I posted weekly on instagram!! Yess.. Business promo was weekly and consistent!!
  • I took part in two challenges which encouraged me to take more photos and post on instagram.
  • I did a mini series on my blog which allowed me to post some ideas 🙂
  • I sewed and sold about 50 pieces for my sewing business 🙂
  • I got some new clients
  • I took part in another christmas market!!
  • I worked on my business stationery and developed some marketing strategies
  • I organized my sewing room

I am excited for 2017!!!! I am… even as I write this…hopeful for the possibilities..  I see everyone posting there best nine.. I probably have more than that. But here are my ‘BEST FEW’ -some of my favourite makes and photos posted for 2016! I love them all but these ones stand out and also showed moments of growth, risks and challenges.

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Lastly, I want to take the time out to thank you. Thank you, the old and new followers who have come along side me in the journey from day one to now. It has been pleasure. Your cheers, visits, comments, likes and all that good stuff keeps me going. Thank you. I can only sincerely wish you the very best in 2017. Wish you your hearts desires and your dreams for the new year. I am sure there were discouraging moments in 2016 but because you are here I trust hope propels you further in 2017! Thank you for your continued support!! 🙂

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Blessed 2017!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew , sewwwwwwwww

Be blessed!

UtavZ