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Happy September!

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September also means that we are approaching a change in season ( For those who live in countries that have all four seasons…:) ) . I am looking ahead! There’s a newness about this month that literally feels like a new leaf has turned. This is exactly the same sentiment I am feeling at the moment. 🙂

It feels weird to not have grad school. This time last year I started my final year of grad school and was fully entrenched in my thesis proposal work. I can safely say I miss school. Despite the emotional roller coaster that ended smoothly ( Thank God), I miss that crazy adrenaline rush of the new semester and the commuting. 🙂 However the show must go on. In an attempt to take it easy and recover from the academic rush I am dedicating my time to working on my handmade business and blog to bring it up to the place I want it to be. I know that takes a lot of work and time. Despite feeling I am not where I want to be I know that even with the small efforts of the work I put in during the summer I am getting there :). I think the two opportunities I am about to share with you speaks to that growth so far. Both opportunities encourages me to press on and keep building. One step at a time! Here goes.

Opportunity one!

Screenshot_20180906-000007You guys!!!!!! I am so excited. You don’t even know. I mean I know it’s another pop up opportunity ( Meaning I have to work my bum off the next few weeks to prep and then spend an entire day of selling and meeting fabulous people…phew)but its major. It’s major because I have applied two years in a row and didn’t get in. So that’s a big deal right? I didn’t give up this year even though I knew there was a possibility of not getting in. This is a juried show which means that hundreds apply and only a few get in. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to having my pieces there. 🙂

So you know whats next…. Sew, sew, sew, sew! I have already made a plan for the pieces I will have to add to what I already have in stock. I will be adding some new infinity scarves, fall and winter pencil skirts, shrugs, some holiday pieces etc. This event is known for attracting a lot of shoppers looking for unique handmade pieces as well as gifts so if you are in Toronto do check out this event at the MARS Discovery District.

I have two weeks to add those new pieces as I curate the garments and accessories I will have available. Wish me all the best! I will pop by the last week of the show to give you an update on all the pieces I was able to add and how plans are coming along.

Opportunity two!

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My awesome friend Carla Beharry who has dedicated countless hours to community capacity building work around health and wellness, mindfulness, HIV/AIDS prevention work and business coaching with others in communities locally and internationally has organized an amazing event highlighting the challenges and resilience in diverse women in Toronto and Waterloo regarding social and racial injustice within our society. Tickets available here This Ted talk like forum will feature women from various backgrounds in community work, fashion, fitness, health and wellness who will share their stories and experiences to empower each other in an evening filled with hope and resilience. Guess who gets to be apart of it? Moi! I was very anxious when she asked me to be one of the speakers at first. I mean I do have a lot I can talk to about challenges but also a lot about hope and resilience in the face of those challenges. So I accepted! 🙂 This is also a great opportunity to connect my research from my recently completed thesis at the community level to give back. I am looking forward to connecting with like minds.

Both opportunities couldn’t have come at a better time. The focus these days are dedicated to building my handmade business but also getting involved in community work at another level. 🙂

That’s a wrap for now! Thanks for stopping by. As  always, thanks for coming along my sewing and entrepreneurial journey!

The creative chronicles continues!

Bless

UtavZ

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A Pop up shop: Summer treats!

Hi Guys!

It’s a monthly check in :).

I trust you all have been having an awesome summer. If not, its not too late to make some summer memories :).

Hubby and I enjoying one of the outdoor fest! 🙂 My look: Amshina original Maxi

It’s been busy, busy, busy bee, on my end. I mean…where did the time go?Seriously though! Anywho, I have been working on all sort of fun projects throughout the summer. I will share these makes before the fall sewing gets too deep! The dress in the above photo was a new addition to the summer wardrobe for me. More dresses! 🙂

🙂 Moi

I am here to tell you about an upcoming pop up booth I will be having in Toronto on this Sunday 26th August and share some of those goodies I enjoyed making for this event. This is not my first pop up at the Kensington flea. I was actually there back in July this year. This flea is part of the pedestrian Sunday that takes place in Kensington Market in the downtown core of Toronto. A mix of tourists and summer loving people enjoying the festivities of a great neighbourhood in the city. There is a array of food and creative vendors like myself that add to this day in the city.

Last year was the first time I ventured into this pop up community with the Kensington Flea and it was a success. I met some amazing clientele and vendors and was of course inspired and encouraged to return yet another year. Like last year I was able to meet some great people in the market last month and I am looking forward to connecting with like minds yet again at this Sunday’s flea.

If you are in the city please feel free to stop by. There is a handmade goodie for everyone.

The creative sewing chronicles continues. If you are not yet logged on, follow me over on instagram @amshina for daily and weekly updates.

Blessings until next time!

UtavZ


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It’s been 3 months: I am back!!

It’s been a minute everyone!

As always, I want to thank you for sticking around these past empty months here on my blog :). I know some of you follow me over on instagram so you would have seen some updates on there during this time. Thank you, thank you! For those close to me you are definitely aware of me completing graduate school these past few months. Yahoooo!!! 🙂 It is finished!

I can’t begin to tell you the story and journey of the past few months of grad school. It would take way too long a post. Things were crazy I tell you. Lots of reading, writing, researching, review, edits, edits, more edits and so on. However, on May 17th I successfully defended my Masters Thesis in Social Work and pass with flying colours!!!! Woot Woot!! God knows, it was something else.

At my thesis defence 🙂 May 17th 2018

It was no joke. It was by far one of the most difficult moments and times in my education journey to date. No graduation pictures to show you yet of my actual convocation, that will be in the Fall this year :).

I won’t bore you with the details of my journey and turn this into the most lengthy post you have read but I am so thankful to be finished. I am sure in between posts over the next few months I will share some of those stories. Encouragement came from near and far and I am so grateful. The past two years have not been easy but by God’s amazing grace I made it and I am still processing everything.

Sewing and my business

During this time I did do some sewing for my business and myself for sure. It didn’t take me long to realize I had to take a break as my research was calling for me to focus and really get into it during these final months. The sewing in between was handy. It was like my own therapy! SEWTHERAPY!! 🙂 I made some awesome pieces. I will share them with you over the next few months. Picking up where I left off as I get prepared for a few summer markets and business promotion of my products. Wish me well! 🙂

A dress I made 🙂

What’s next?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips I meet. To be honest I am still processing everything and deciding which direction I want to head in. No rush! In the meantime I just returned from a mini vacay with hubby from Cancun, Mexico. It was a great gift and break and I was so grateful to my family members that made it possible! THANK YOU!!!! We appreciate and love you!!

Vacation in Mexico…..A day tour to Tulum! The top I am wearing is an Amshina piece!

Anywho! It’s great to be back in blog land. Every time I am away I feel like I am starting over again. I am sure anyone can be discouraged by that, yet here I am turning a new leaf. I am down for the task and will definitely keep at it.

I trust you all will stay with me on this creative journey. I hope to dedicate more time to refining and fine tuning my creative business and sewing skills over the next year with new inspiration and goals. Research has definitely influenced me these past two years and I am excited to take my blogging to the next level.

So stay tuned as always!

If you are not following me yet, hop over to instagram @amshina or my facebook page @amshinaapparel for daily updates. 🙂

God Bless!

UtavZ


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Fashion Showcase Part Deux! 11.24.17

Happy Monday everyone!

Another curated showcase is coming your way on Friday November 24th!  aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!!!

My custom handmade line Amshinaapparel takes the runway yet again for another 2017 evening of fashion, arts and entertainment. I am so honoured to be selected to be apart of another RAW-artist Toronto event! Will you be there? Save the date :).

As part of my participation in this event  once again I am required to sell tickets via a guest list that will be created under my name as an artist. Tickets are available from NOW!!! 🙂

Here is the link if you are interested in supporting me in this event: Please ensure before you purchase that under selected artist you select Amshinaapparel!

https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2248/316191

Thank you all in advance. I look forward to seeing you there as well as sharing the next two months of adventure sewing and preparations with you!

Stay tuned! The sewing chronicles continues!!!!!!

Bless

UtavZ

 


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Last Summer Market! 

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a minute and summer is about over! I hope you all had an amazing summer.

Enjoying the final days of summer! Memade dress!

I am back in grad school as of last week and the rest is history! At least that’s my take! 😊😊 I am up to my ears in work but also so hopeful for the end and the journey.

As you all know everything else keeps churning in spite of. I have a nice line up of activities showcasing my business between now and the end of year.😊

Starting off with another fun market happening on Sunday September 24th in the Kensington Market! The Kensington Flea is located at 214 Augusta Ave (behind El Gordo foods). It’s pedestrian Sunday so you can enjoy some amazing food and vendors throughout the day!!

If you are in the area please feel free to stop by. This is my second time round for the summer.

Can’t wait to update you all on my summer makes.

The sewing chronicles continue!

Stay blessed.

UtavZ