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Gifting Opportunity to Renée Zellweger


I was recently given the opportunity, through The Artisan Group, to gift Renée Zellweger. After a little research, I decided to make her a hand pleated clutch with wristlet using colors from her Alma Mater, The University of Texas. The exterior of the clutch is made using a rust and ivory chevron print and the lining is also a rust and ivory chevron print but on a much smaller scale.

Side Project

For the past couple of months, I’ve been helping my sister-in-law redecorate her house. We’ve been using items found around her house as well as new purchases, if needed. After finishing her powder room, we moved to the dining room, where I helped her create drapes for her windows. That inspired me to want to redecorate our house. We painted our bedroom, purchased new sheets and I will need to make drapes for the windows in there. Looking at our dining room, we wanted new drapes as well. I purchased these panels at Bed, Bath and Beyond and it just doesn’t fit our style anymore.

I was on the hunt for something new. I visited Jo-Ann’s to peruse through their home decor fabric, which as on sale for 50% off and I had an additional 30% off coupon, score! After many picture taking and email exchanges with the hubby, we finally found one that would work great. The top part of the panel would be a solid ivory, drapery lining, and the bottom half would be a printed taupe floral pattern. It was perfect for the room.

I did some rough measurements and figured that the window panel is 94″ long, with the top half being about 30″ tall and the bottom 64″ with back tabbed pleats. (Finished size is a little bit off, but it still looks great!) Here’s a little collage of the process I went to attach the two pieces, creating the hems for the sides and attaching the back tabs.
After hanging the tabs, I realized the bottom was a bit too long and I had to adjust. With a lot of ironing and pinning, I finally got it to the length I wanted. Here is the finished piece. The hubby and I love it and the room feels more like us.

My new toy

The hubby and I were talking over the weekend about upgrading my dear sewing machine. It’s very near and dear to me since it was my mom’s machine, however I’ve been having small issues with it. The reverse cover recently broke and it’s been difficult feeding thicker fabric through. It has been a great machine and brings me a smile with every project I’ve made. Now that I am ready to upgrade my machine, this little beauty popped up on Monday as one of Amazon’s Lightning Deals. After research and talking it over with the hubby, we made the purchase. I anxiously waited for the UPS truck to arrive today. It is years beyond the machine I was using, so I was pretty intimidated. After reading over the manual and playing with some stitches, I believe this will be a great investment.

My newest endeavor

As most of you all know, I’ve completely fallen in love with sewing. And through it, I have discovered a profound connection with my late mother. It is with her 30 year old sewing machine that I am able to create my bags and purses. Although she is no longer here, her inspiration and undeniable influence live on in me.
Starting next month, I will have the great opportunity to sell my creations in a shop in the Heights called Roundtable Goods. Roundtable Goods is comprised of entrepreneurs who’ve joined together to create this unique shopping experience of all handcrafted products and creative services. I’ll send more information when we have our opening, I’d love for you all to see what I’ve been working on.
Check us out on facebook to stay connected to our latest happenings. We’re working on a website, so hold on tight for those not on FB. 
Thank you everyone for your support and kind words as I embark on this journey. It’s been crazy and stressful but I have a feeling this will be great.
Now back to my sweatshop.
P.S. I’m not ignoring your calls, emails or texts, I’m just super crazy busy at the moment.

Day 19: Something orange

I’ve seen this bottle and many others like it for more than half my life. This bottle has followed me since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 16. After countless medications and treatments, I am still plagued with this little orange bottle. But, it’s not as bad as it was 16 years ago. I’m able to move around and do things “normal” people can do since I’m on the right treatment. I’ve never cursed my life but I am appreciative of the many blessings that I have in my life. I may never be at the front of the pack, but slow and steady always wins the race.

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