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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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Taking my pieces to the RUNWAY!: You are invited!

 

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No…….. I am not taking my pieces to Pearson airport … hahah. That would be dangerous now wouldn’t it.:)

Instead I have an amazing opportunity to showcase my summer pieces two months from to day in a arts and entertainment showcase highlighting local and underground talent in Toronto. Save that date if you are in Toronto: June 23rd, 7pm. Details below in the link.

Excited, nervous and driven. Possibilities, possibilities and more possibilities. But also fun and more fun. I have been planning since January end after my application was accepted. So now I am in sew mode and making those pieces and working with my amazing friends who are volunteering there time to be models on this special occasion.

My friends and family have been very supportive and have come along side me so far in many ways as I prepare for this event. Whether they are the show music director, volunteer models, back stage help, selling at my booth, fabric store runs, brainstorming ideas or just offering encouragement and support. They have been amazing, near and far!

As part of my participation in this event I am required to sell tickets via a guest list that will be created under my name as an artist. Tickets are $20. and can only be purchased online!

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

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

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!

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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September Though!

That feeling when a new month starts and there is so much to do and to complete for the month you just exited. Phewwwwww!!!!Yet you remain positive because you know you just got another opportunity to do just that. Get the work done!!!! and then some!

So here’s to September!!! 🙂

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Shoes: Zara   Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs   Dress: Amshinaapparel Original

Positive, hopeful and very much looking forward to all of September’s accomplishments!

Happy September!

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

UtaVZ


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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful August!

Oh my… its August already!

What have you done? What have I done?  What else do we need to get done before 2016 is over???

Breathe!!the year is not yet over, we have just crossed over to what is the winding down of summer and a new month. Which means, new beginnings! 🙂 🙂

The slow descend to wardrobe layering……- Easy, Breezy and Beautiful:

It so happens that I am starting out August with 5 gorgeous print Kimonos!! I repeat 5……. I know.. its amazing that in-between all my work in July I was able to work on a few more to add to my Kimono collection for sale. The remaining three will be added to my Etsy shop soon. But for now I think these are a fabulous way to dress this August! These are always in style!!! These were self drafted by yours truly, made with love and not forgetting some awesome prints!

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Easy, breezy, beautiful August!

Remember it’s not too late to get started on anything you want to get done this year! Come on lets finish strong. I plan on it. 🙂

Until next time, just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew , sewwwwwwwww

Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Creativity: Stir, Shake and let go!

Happy Wednesday!

Have you ever shaken a pop and then opened it after?…For fun… You know exactly what will happen. It will erupt like a volcano. Boooooommmmmmmm!!!!……Pop everywhere…

Like the carbonated beverage that is shaken and then released, so is our creativity. It must be stirred , shaken and then have expression in our lives. 

Whatever it is today that you are passionate about or are yet to discover, may it find expression in the earth and become a contagious contender!

Stir, shake and let go!!!

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

God Bless

UtaVZ