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Reflections: Backing up in order to move forward!

Happy New year everyone! Welcome to 2018!

It’s indeed an honour and privilege to be able to share my adventures with you. ( As much as I can) 🙂 I apologize for the mini gap between Sept to December. It was crazy. Have no fear the photos are here! 🙂

Before I start spewing out awesome content in 2018, let me just back up and fill you in on all the good makes and takes of 2018. As always I didn’t think I did that much and then the pictures reveal otherwise! 🙂 The pictures shall set you free..lol

Reflection is good. I am actually inspired to take action and grow when I reflect. Yes.. It can be overwhelming but I am an optimist and a believer. There is this quote I love and I would like to encourage you with as you reflect on the past and enter the future:

“Insight alone is not enough.

There must be action after reflection”

( Reupert, 2009)

Isn’t that beautiful? Does that quote make you want to move forward? I hope it does, because sooner or later we will realize that the past is the past and the missed opportunities of yesterday are now the realities of the new day that has the potential to bring even more opportunities! 🙂 So act after you reflect!

Okay! Thats my fill of philosophy for you today. On with the show and the photos.

The reality of 2017 was amazing in hindsight. I really didn’t know how much I could get done with my full time graduate program(Grad school is serious yhall..lol) and internships (10 months…oh my…) but by God’s grace I managed to take some risks and am really pleased with not just the pieces I made but the growth in my craft this year. Some of those challenges were taking on some commercial patterns! Yikes.. if you know me and my sewing long enough you will know that I mostly like to create my own patterns from favourite pieces and add my twists to them. Taking on commercial patterns on a few looks were challenging and rewarding too. We can get into that more in 2018 as I share my likes and dislikes of the commercial patterns. Nevertheless, the sewing machine was on a roll in 2017! 🙂 I actually added a new machine to the sewing family( My MIL’s old machine from the 70s). It sews like a dream and it really helped me when my old faithful had moments in the year.

Alrighty! On to the photos! There were maxi dresses, pants, tops, two pieces, off the shoulders, shift dresses, wrap skirts, maxi skirts, hoodies, tulle skirts, jumpers, wrap tops.. even little peoples clothes ( I enjoyed those two dresses 🙂 ). It was a sewing marathon and included in that were two amazing Fashion showcases! 🙂

There’s more 🙂 . These are the awesome shots from my fashion showcase that took place on November 24th! 🙂 My Holiday looks of the BB17″ Fall collection! I really enjoyed working with these amazing models and making those pieces. There was a total of 17 pieces= 9 looks! 🙂

Well, I think I captured those awesome makes of 2017. At least most of them…lol You can see the risks I took right away as well as the step up in my designs! 🙂

Stay tuned for 2018 content. Keeping you engaged in my sewing journey but also bringing you practical tips and tricks as you navigate your wardrobe in 2018!

Thank you all so much. It’s an honour to have you on this journey.

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

God 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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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


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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