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A fact about myself, I love vintage and I love sewing! Particularly, vintage sewing patterns and the large, counter pattern books. My collection keeps expanding since it’s impossible for me to say no when folks ask if I want their collection. Seriously, if you want them to get a good home for life, you won’t do better than me, and you may feel free to contact me if you need to find a good home for yours!

There wasn’t a specific time when I became aware of my interest in sewing. The women in my family sewed, knitted, crocheted, and embroidered so it was always around me. Looking at the pattern envelopes, with their amazing illustrations, was riveting and I became hooked. While my creativity leaned toward fabric and fiber manipulation it’s interesting to learn when, where, and how other people became cognizant of their creative leanings. For example, the brilliant creative and technical genius of my marketing team is fascinating, especially since I don’t lean that way. On the other hand, they were riveted when I repaired a hoodie pocket for one of them sewing the entire time we were talking.

 

 

The creative process of something you enjoy can not only parallel what you do, but how you do it.

 

1. I Start With A Mental Image

Starting with a mental image, the process begins with either pulling a fabric, like this amazing knit from Elliott Berman Textiles, https://elliottbermantextiles.com/ (I don’t get anything from them, just want you to have their link in case you want the fabric too.) or a pattern, which can be purchased or self-drafted. Then the project flow is outlined as to materials, process of assembling, and the fine bits, like buttons or trim.

2. Clients & My Creative Process

Working with my styling clients, the process is similar. After chatting, so I can really get to know their goals, likes, concerns to name a few, I get a mental image as to direction. Once we proceed the project flow follows a similar path. Most likely this is my natural project management process, which became honed as a kid learning to sew, and which naturally flowed as my style in business.

3. Everything We Do Is Creative

Everything we do is creative, even getting up which creates the start of your day, but it’s important and enjoyable to plan for a specific time to work on something creative. Yes, life has twists and it probably feels like there isn’t the time. I’m also going through that at the moment and haven’t sewn for awhile. In fact, I find myself daydreaming about it during the day which is my signal to slow down and relax. I’m also figuring what time block works to schedule in regular sewing time. I know I’ll feel happier and I’ll also end up more productive with my batteries recharged.

What process works for you to purposely create?

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Last year sure created a different lifestyle for us, and very unexpectedly too! While our situation was scary, in many ways I felt so alone, it was enjoyable to go online and see what people were doing to pass time. Puzzle making, knitting, growing container gardens, and probably the most popular-making bread! For me, I sewed more, did adult coloring to play with color combinations, and I started journaling.

Now, this wasn’t my first time at the journal rodeo, in fact I’d tried several times over the last ten years and for whatever reason it didn’t stick with me. Even trying different styles of journaling, such as writing free form or responding to prompt questions like my favorite book, felt off. Purchasing fancy journals, colorful composition books, and bright, colored pens didn’t make a difference-it just didn’t resonate. It was frustrating because I’d heard of the many great benefits of journaling regularly and felt I was missing out.

I’m not sure why journaling came to me last year. Maybe it was the overwhelming feeling of confusion to be without my normal routine, being without the daily contact of my friends, or maybe just finally being ready but this time journaling stuck with me and felt natural. It actually felt amazing! Plus, it gave me a rhythm, a routine and connectedness that went missing last year. Even better, I became more focused, goal oriented, and even stopped procrastinating. Bonus!

 

 

 

Researching the long term benefits reveal a lot of pluses, some obvious and some not so obvious, and here they are:

5 Reasons To Start Journaling

1. Maintaining A Journal Reduces Stress

Information on how stress negatively impacts your physical, mental, and emotional health has been around for awhile. Journaling, along with diet and exercise, is an amazing stress management tool. Studies have shown that journaling even 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a week helps.

2. Journaling Keeps You Cognitively Fit

Journaling boosts memory, comprehension, and increases your working memory capacity. Yes, I’ll take second helpings of that!

3. It Boosts Positive Feelings

This probably plays into the first reason, stress reduction, but people who journal regularly have discovered it helps improve their mood, and they had a greater sense of emotional well-being and joy. Those feelings will attract more positivity into your life, a big plus.

4. Journaling Improves Problem Solving

Continued journaling helps you become more connected with your inner needs and desires. You engage right brain creativity as you write and flexing this “muscle” boosts many things, including problem solving.

5. It’s Fun

Hey, it’s new territory so it could feel awkward at first. Once you get a rhythm going, like anything new, it’ll be a part of your life you look forward to. Just show up at least 3 days a week, even if only one sentence is what you end up with. It’s amazing to go back a week or month later and see what was going on.

The journal system that got me going is easy and has three different segments that can easily be finished in 10 minutes. You can spend more time if you want but it’s not necessary. For me, I think best when writing so it’s all about pen and paper. Studies have shown that writing, particularly cursive, helps boost creativity, improves memory, learning comprehension, and fine motor skills. It’s your thing though so be comfortable. I’ve created a free workbook to get you started! Just download it below.

You’ll have so much fun in the morning with your cup of coffee, or winding down at night capturing everything end of day. Let me know what you think and if you come up with any cool new methods of journaling!

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Awhile back, before styling professionally, I worked at a telecom firm scheduling international video conferences. This was before higher bandwidth internet created reliable connections making video calls a DIY thing. There was always a test prior to the call while the participants were in the room and one thing I noticed immediately was how the camera registered pattern and color, making some women really stand out and others not so much. For me, noticing this was a huge step forward toward my becoming a stylist because for the first time I really saw how proportion, fit, color, pattern, and accessorizing worked together as a team.

True confession, at that time getting dressed for work was frustrating and my pulled together look felt anything but. I’d look at other women where I worked whose style I admired, wondering why my outfits weren’t coming together as well, and also wondering why adding accessories seemed so confusing. The struggle was real! Through the frustration though I became determined to make a change and dress authentically to who I was inside and discover my style that would reflect that.

 

 

I really started to look around and take notice of print ads, actors wardrobes in film and TV, and the people around me whose style I admired. And, I started asking questions. What did I like? When I liked something, what about it attracted me? Was it the shape, the colors, or the entire outfit? What I also noticed, and this became key for me – when women dressed to suit themselves, and also flatter their body, they carried themselves with confidence. They looked comfortable with themselves. I wanted that!

So I began trying on anything and everything that caught my eye and interest. Yeah, there were some misses but I began to figure out not only what I liked but what made me feel amazing. Getting dressed became a fun, creative way to express myself. There was something else I realized-some of the body image issues I had as a teen were still lurking in my head. That was very exciting to realize and the discovery opened my eyes in a lot of ways. Though there were areas I liked a lot, and emphasized, I also liked the other areas too. Peace at last!

You can do it too! It’s doable, enjoyable, and doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Ready to get started expressing yourself through your own unique style, loving your body, with all it’s wonderful uniqueness that no one else has, and loving your clothes? Go explore and have fun! There are no right or wrong way, just make a small, baby step. Here are 4 ways to get started!

4 Ways To Discover Your Personal Style

1.  Focus Only On Yourself

When I started this process of self-discovery, there were moments of struggle where uncertainty as to my next step could have me feeling some self doubt. It’s very easy at that point to start seeing people whose style you like and compare yourself negatively. Every one of us has our moments and they do too. Focus on you and, even though it might be a struggle, find one thing that you like about yourself or your newly emerging sense of style and write it down. Keep a journal of these and enjoy your story as it evolves.

2. Create A Mood Board

Go to a department store, or an art store, and buy a piece of poster board. Find as many images as you can of things you like or caught your eye. These could be for an entire look, a piece or accessory you liked, a color, a feeling – anything! Stick them onto the board and feel free to add captions, notes, doodles with markers, colored pencils or pens to make it really personal. Put it where you’ll pass by frequently and see it though no need to really study it unless you want. You’ll see themes of patterns emerge-a silhouette over and over, a color, etc. You can also do this on Pinterest as a private board, but there’s something about the creative process of using your hands and physical materials that really connects you to your creative side.

3. Get A Partner To Keep You Motivated

Anytime you start something new, like a workout program, you may find it easier to have someone to help keep you motivated. Let’s be honest, experiencing change and trying something new can feel like a lot sometimes. Am I right? Having someone who will listen, help keep you feeling positive about your changes, and not offer any judgements as you develop your new style can be helpful. Maybe the two of you can do this together?

4. Take Baby Steps

Avoid overwhelm and try one, two at the most, changes, new styles, or colors at a time. As people notice your emerging style, and how it resonates with who you are, you will know you’re aimed in the right direction because you will have felt that too. You’ve got this!

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