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Really inspired: I am an Entrepreneur!

Happy December!

You are probably wondering what happened? Well, aside from staying on top of making and promoting holiday pieces and sharing them on my instagram, etsy shop and facebook page ( If you haven’t checked it out yet you should 🙂 ) I had my second and final speaker event of the year. I know right. Your girl is getting out in the community! Spread the word….lol hahah …okay..no..don’t..lol…alright..spread the word! 🙂

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Photo by: LOVE.DESIGN.ETC

The opportunity presented itself for me to be a panelist in a women’s entrepreneurial initiative at a community organization in Toronto. I basically sat with 5 other women who are at different stages of their businesses to answer questions around being an entrepreneur. The discussion was aimed at encouraging and offering insight to these budding entrepreneurs that just completed half of their training in getting start up.

What could I offer? Getting over my own fears and insecurities.

Seriously guys I wasn’t sure it was the forum for me initially. I was basically questioning whether or not I had something to offer that was tangible to this group. As you all know my business/side hustle has always been competing with either being at work full time or the last two years of being a full time grad student. I was either the Project Manager or the student with a business. However, having completed school and not currently working full time while I explore my options, guess what remains and is a fact? I am an entrepreneur. Whether my business is where I want it to be or not does not change the fact that I am an entrepreneur. I mean for crying out loud my business name is registered. hahahah

All that is to say is that I had to get over my fears real quick and get with this event because I needed to be there and be present fully knowing that I did have something to offer. My 3.5 years of business has definitely been a learning curve and I am still learning, growing and figuring a lot out.

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Amshina sweater dress: My Outfit of the day

At the end of the day

I was all pumped and feeling extremely grateful. The other panelists were amazing and the future entrepreneur women offered so much insight and reflection for me that was out of this world. I have never sat and talked about my business in such detail – sharing and reflecting on past experiences. It felt great. I felt grateful to share my challenges and successes with these creative minds and be empowered by their stories as well. The lonely road of entrepreneurship sometimes causes us to forget that there is support within the creative community once we tap into it.

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End of event photo

I trust in 2019 I can do more events like this where I can share and be encouraged at the same time. I am excited and inspired about the next year of business. There are so many ideas that I am writing down since this event that starting now seems to be the best time instead of waiting until January 1st. 🙂

PS: I made this dress for the event. I used my drafted cardigan pattern and a stretch knit material to create this. It has two pockets. :). My good old boucle scarf was a hit and went well with my look!

Blessings until next time.

Uta

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Showtime: Etsy Made in Canada, Toronto

Hi Guys,

Happy Friday! Just me popping by to say hello as promised and to give you the update that I am still working away at meeting my market goals for tomorrow. Can you believe it. It’s Friday already! Like… how did we get here?

Don’t mind the screen shot image above. I couldn’t figure out the crop mode on the blog app. Hahaha. I am typing on the go.

Nevertheless, I am plowing away at the machines. The show is tomorrow and I am almost ready you can say. I am not feeling stressed or anything but the pressure is on. I have a few more makes for today and then later in the evening it’s the ironing and packing and all that good stuff. ( Any volunteers…lol ) I know you all would if you were closer! Thanks in advance. 🙂

It’s definitely been a crazy week for me. Productive I might add. In between the show prep I also created three pieces for a client who is travelling soon. So that was added to my already show pile of makes. I worked on two gorgeous skirts and a tunic. Here’s a quick look at one.

Thoughts in the midst of the show prep

I was reflecting as I wrapped up last evening how much goes into running a business like mine. In my case it’s mainly just me doing mostly everything. The fabric store runs, the fabric prep, the stash maintenance, staying on top of my expenses and invoicing, social media stuff, shop updates and maintenance, emails to name a few. Let’s not forget all the sewing and design. The main thing😂. I truly enjoy some tasks in their own way. Some I would gladly delegate… lol. I must also give credit to my husband who is key in helping me stay on track with my lists and who checks in when I start to flutter around the apartment like a butterfly. hahahah. Thanks love. He is my silent helper, he doesn’t know it..lol.. I am thankful for those lists and the opportunity to turn the living room upside down during market preparations. Perhaps one day I will dedicate a post to document just how crazy my multitasking skills are when I have a market! The flow, stresses, the sewing and the drama of it all.

Basically mid week I had to revisit the plan for makes and be realistic about what was possible and what I had to save for another date. So I had to do some process of elimination. In the end I am happy with what I committed to get done and am working at doing just that. My goal with markets is to really have a variety for different customer needs. As well, since we just switched seasons here in Canada, adding some fall pieces are key. I have added the new product I will tell you about below, infinity scarves, some new maxi skirts in gorgeous prints, my funky wax print key fobs, some t- shirts for men with wax print details, coin purses, shoe bags, new satin pillow cases ( Queen size), new pencil skirts, the knit version of the dashiki dress, rayon maxi dresses, culottes etc…. 🙂 See why you need to come if you are in Toronto tomorrow.

New Product Alert!

I am super excited to introduce a new item to the Amshina pieces, the ‘LOL’ Cardigan. The name is all in the sleeves. 😊 This style of sleeve is also known as “Leg of Lamb”. I know it’s hilarious. Not what I had in mind but the acronym just speaks laughter so for now I like LOL 😊. The full name is a bit much. Here goes.

Initially, I wanted to do a fall kimono as seen in the photo below.

I made that sample for myself.:) While I think its a great idea and I will do custom orders if needed, I felt that in my style of function and fit I preferred a longer sleeves cardigan that allowed me to bunch it up at the elbows and be all preppy and stuff. So I revisited the design and opted for this look instead which organically came about. It was developed as I created the pattern and design. Just like that I have an awesome function staple to add to my pieces and my own pattern to add that works :). These will be exclusively available tomorrow at the show.

Limited quantities of course but as always custom orders can be taken once I am able to source new knits. I absolutely love these. I am happy the way they turned out and can’t wait to add them to my shop year round in other fun heavyweight and lightweight knits and prints.

Okay folks, as you can imagine it’s a packed Friday for me and I want to make use of the time so I can be wide eyed and bushy tail for tomorrow. ( Haven’t used that expression in a minute..hahahah). Have an amazing Friday and weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you.

I can’t wait to pop by again in October and bring you up to date with my sewing and entrepreneurial adventures. The chronicles continues! Stay tuned.

Bless

UtavZ


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OH MY: This T shirt….

The right fabric can make or break the project… 😦

Taking time out to highlight my T shirt draft for my Husband.  He loves a good T shirt. Especially when it doesn’t look like everybody else’s. We worked on this one together :), he provided ideas of how he wanted it and then I got to work..lol

While the print fabric was a perfect knit, the black t shirt material was not the best.. It caused gaping in the neck at the back ( Look closely). This made sewing it up difficult. I had to rip it out :(…which made it worst…ahhh the sewing turmoil..

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I was able to fix it but was not pleased overall. The fabric was too droopy for my liking…..So we agreed it will be a draft and not the real deal as it was the first try. 😦

Some tweaks to be made to the final draft but it looks great.. Fit is perfect.. Still working on the how to do a better neck for the shirts. I should have a few real ones done before summer is out.

For now this one will be a great house shirt 🙂 Especially since we have a long weekend in Canada!!

Have you tried T shirts before? Would love to get any tips on the neckline.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy and safe Canada day to all my Canadians!

Until next time. Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew sew sew sew….

Bless

UtaVZ


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Fall Fall Fall!!! Scarves Scarves Scarves!!.. It’s here again!

The weather is slowly letting us know that the time is near…. are you ready???

I am already steps ahead and looking forward to the fall season edition of my scarves. Here are my colour line up! So excited. This fabric is amazing, the Elisha Knit. Feels great on your skin and looks so chic and stylish. Pictures of the finished product to come soon.

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From the top purple , dark turquoise blue hue,mustard,olive and charcoal grey!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tune for more Fall/winter Sewing edition from my blog. I have some really great line up posts for you on projects I will be working on this season.( pretty much started…. ) 🙂

The sewing chronicles continues!.. Just keep sewing, just keep sewing…..

Bless

Utac