random acts of happiness. I couldn't forget about you. I would never!
For the sake of not getting all mushy and gooey on you- I know that I wouldn't be here doing amazing things without the support of others including you! If it was possible to pull together all the awesomeness, throw confetti, and eat cupcakes all day I would totally do it. Until then I'm just going to shower everyone with light and laughter and those little gifts you'd love to get but would never buy for yourself. Enter to win some TrashN2Tees Tshirt Shard Textile Jewelry for you and friend using the Rafflecopter dohickey below.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
This week I'm turning 30. To some it might not seem all that exciting (who wants to be reminded they're getting older?) To be honest my birthday usually passes unannounced and ultra low key but this year I want to celebrate!
Today I'm kicking off the party with some selfish sewing. I made myself a Bess Top from Imagine Gnats- using... you guessed it: all reclaimed materials. The pattern calls for 2 yards of fabric but I was able to pull it off piecing together two mens sized large long sleeved oxford shirts. The biggest challenge for me was trying to match up the checkered and striped patterns of the fabric. It was a big headache- but totally worth it! Learn how to deconstruct a shirt to get yardage.
You can enter for a chance to win a set of 5 garment pdf patterns from Imagine Gnats. ( bess top, tumble tee, roly-poly, meridian for kids, meridian for women) by visiting me on Instagram. This giveaway is open 2/9-2/10. The lucky duck winner will be chosen at random and announced and tagged in the Instagram post.
Doubly celebrating today because Rachel the lovely rainbow haired matron of IG has kicked off an Indigogo campaign to help fund the production of offering her designs as printed patterns as they're currently only available as PDF's. (What does that mean exactly? That means that if you purchase any of these patterns now you immediately get the file via email, then you print out the pattern and put it together using tape/glue before you're able to begin.) You can support her campaign and for the cost of one pattern, you can help reach her goal. Act fast because there are only a few days left to score some of the Early Bird Deals.
What's the last #selfishsewing garment you made?
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Photo: Colleen Attara Studio|
Last month I told you about some things that happened in my life- things that I've been put up against and overcome. That stuff that's usually tucked up your sleeve and hidden away in closet somewhere. I was overwhelmed by the thoughtful, caring, and inspirational comments and support. Thank you for allowing me that space to share my journey and process. I use process because if we look at our lives the way we look at nature you'll find something interesting. Remembering that I was an Environmental Science major it shouldn't come as a surprise that I look at things in life cycles. For example, sand must be exposed to extreme heat to transform into molten glass. Coal must undergo extreme heat and pressure to be turned into diamond. An object is turned into something else that is of greater use and value. I strive to be of greater use and value tomorrow than I am today- and everyday there after.
Today grateful for the chance to share with you what and who I am today.
I am 5'8"
I am Italian, my family The Monteleon's derived from Bologna, Italy.
I was born & raised a Jersey Girl... minus the big hair, accent, and bling.
I will not confirm or deny ties family ties to the mafia.
I am the oldest of 3 girls.
I am an Aunt to 16 nieces and nephews.
I am an Aquarius.
I am a wild soul.
I am a boy mom x2
I am as fierce as any mama bear you might encounter
I am blessed...
and thankful for every single breathe and moment I share with them.
I am doing the best that I can.
I step on a lot of Legos. (Is it ever acceptable to suck them up in the vacuum?)
I am their #1 fan.
I am a Soccer Mom.
I am an art collector- sometimes it's on my walls permanently... if you know what I mean.
I am lucky.
I am supported by friends and family.
I am loved.
I am always up to something. My brain works like a chaotic hot mess of spit fire balls zooming around- I catch what I can and write it down.
I mastermind in notebooks using pen & paper the "old fashion" way.
I am a morning person- I do my best thinking between 3am - Noon. (Eastern Standard Time in case you ever have to call me.) And its 5:23am as I type this.
I sew more than I clean house. Come check out my studio space!
I believe all waste has value.
I am a saver of things I think I might use. Reread the part about the hot mess brain & ideas & waste having value. Like the time I turned a sewing machine into a planter.
I am a wanderluster.
I sometimes make up my own words.
I am a mentor and mentoree. Read: Each One Teach One
I am an author.
I am an award winning small business owner.
I am "an innovator to watch" - The NYER says so.
I am a collaborator.
I am a maker, baker, but never a candle stick maker.
I am not afraid to fail.
I am net worker.
I am bold..
I am a "sweet and light" coffee drinker. Preferably French Vanilla flavored.
I am a lover of outlaw country music, Eminem, and New Found Glory.
I am a truck driver. My first truck was a 79 Ford F-150 and I worked on it myself...so that means
I am kinda a mechanic too.
I am always learning something new.
I am a thrift store junkie.
I am totally a meat & potatoes kind of gal. AKA: I'm a potential vegetarian who can't give up steak.
I am an athlete. I play co-ed basketball and football weekly.
I am inked.
I am right where I need to be.
I am the same person offline you meet online. Maybe a little taller.
I am a collector of all things that make me smile.
I have unique genius.
I make play dates with adventure.
I am beautiful. (Anyone else have a hard time saying that out loud?)
The #boldbrilliantbeautiful movement is a community of amazing woman who are making a vow to support, inspire, and empower ourselves and others to be bold and step out from behind the lens, projects, and mama status to show real ourselves. We're doing something just for us. I am, You Are, We Are Enough. Will you join us?
Let everyone know you're joining in by sharing an "I AM" photo of yourself or your own list- using the hashtag #boldbrilliantbeautiful on Instagram and Twitter or join us on Facebook. Search the hashtag and visit these blogs to find other women like you, looking to make 2014 their best, most authentic year yet!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|Photo: The BQE|
Watching the final seconds tick down and wishing I was there to see the bursts of confetti and fire works in real life- I silently wondered how in the heck they printed the tshirts so fast! Super Bowl XL Pittsburgh Steelers Supers Bowl Champions!!! (That happens to be the last time I watched the game.*) Players, in an instant, are donning their straight brimmed hats and tees as the losing team is still trying to make their way off the field. The truth is, it isn't in an instant. Manufactures actually produce and stock two sets of t-shirts, hats and other merchandise, declaring each team the champ. According to this Metal Floss article Sports Authority alone printed 15,000 shirts proclaiming one team as the winner weeks ahead of time. There ends up being a whole lot of misprinted merchandise wasted- estimated at more than 100,000 tshirts for the Superbowl game alone. Let's take into consideration the MBL, NHL, and NBA too. Is your brain boggled yet about the massive amount of waste happening here?
|Photo: World Vision|
|Photo: World Vision|
Thursday, January 30, 2014
There aren't many things sweeter than chubby cheeks, cloth diapers, and cupid wings- are there? Mildly missing the days when my own caped crusaders were pint sized. These days they're way too cool to be wearing wings- well that's according to Sam. I've been in a wild frenzy of sewing and shipping out I Heart Mom and Dad tees but wanted to spread even more love by way of cupid! Here's a free template and tutorial for making wings using reclaimed fabric and t-shirt.
Scrap Fabric (I used lace curtain panels for the finished one and a white tshirt for step by step photos)
Heavy Weight Interfacing (I used Pellon 71F Peltex®)
Thick Quality Felt
1. Trace and cut out your wings. (If using felt skip to 4)
2. Using iron fuse to your fabric. Trim to size. Sew edges.
3. Place on back of shirt and pin. Be sure that your wings are no lopsided and that you are pinning through the wings and only 1 layer of tshirt.
4. Imagine the wing span divided into 3. Following along the wing shape stitch down the middle 1/3 of the wings.
Tell me in the comments below, how will your spread the love this month?
Thursday, January 23, 2014
It's just about time to fill our tummies with conversation hearts and chocolate kisses. What better way to tell the world that your little ones heart belongs to Mom? (or Dad)
You'll find a shirt in every size- with colors ranging from heather gray, navy blue, and black.
Head over to the shop to buy yours today!
|Customer Photograph (2013) - Please do not use without consent.|
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Here we are, January 10th two-thousand-and-fourteen- I'm reeling with more mastermind plans for world domination, personal proclamation, and quietly accepting the sobering truth that soon I'll be thirty. It's just a number I know, but... this year feels different.
Different can be good. better. quieter. slower. and full of intention. Different means more Saturday morning, snuggles, small celebrations, selfish sewing, and less hot dogs.
I've come a long way... a real long way. Many of you know bits and pieces of my journey from motherhood and business. What you don't know about broken promises and hearts that have lead me here. My dear friend Jackie, she never fails to remind me that I'm a survivor.
These are stories that we don't choose to share. Buried emotions and broken bits we may wish to forget. I have been abused and taken advantaged of by people I loved the most. I've been abandoned, more than once. The first time I was forgotten at a grocery store- the next time I was dropped off on the door step of a woman I didn't know and left there until I was old enough to leave. I've been homeless. I've sought sanity in the bottom of a bottle. I've had moments of weakness that literally haunted my memories in the form of regrets- for a really long time. There has been depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Hitting rock bottom became the foundation that I built my own life. I had to let go of other peoples expectations and break out of boxes I allowed myself to hide in. I needed permission to be vulnerable. This journey has been tightly woven into my creative outlets, building a business that gives back, and the becoming a brilliant bold and beautiful woman I strive to be. It's a work in progress, but I know that every single experience has lead me to this moment and fed my soul.
Jessika Hepburn shared this song with me a few years ago and I hope that it might become an anthem of yours for 2014.
And I've got myself a new mantraI'm joining a group of amazing woman who are making a vow to support, inspire, and empower ourselves and others to be bold and step out from behind the lens, projects, and mama status to show real ourselves. We're doing something just for us. Will you join us? Each of us are bold, beautiful, and brilliant in our own right- it's high time we stand up and claim the awesomeness. Don't let sellers of stuff power enough to rob you of your grace.
It says don't forget to have a good time
Don't let the sellers of stuff power enough to rob you of your grace
Let everyone know you're joining in by sharing a photo of yourself with the hashtag #boldbrilliantbeautiful on instagram and twitter. search the hashtag and visit these blogs to find other women like you, looking to make 2014 their best, most authentic year yet!