Friday, April 22, 2011

Enough with the Rants; How About a Rave?

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and thought, "man, I need to tell my friends about this place!"? Have you ever had an awesome experience and told your friends about it?

This happened to me, but in blog land. You know how I am slowly dipping my feet in the world of crafting and creating. Girl, I will never own an Etsy shop but I do know that I can decorate my house and accessorize myself using various awesome tutorials I have found.

I have been hunting easy projects for my sewing machine. Yes, I said "my". I own a sewing machine that was given to me by my mom in hopes that I would use it for simple things around the house. It has been sitting in my closet for the past few months, untouched. When I found Dorian's blog, I dug it out of the closet.

busily spinning momma

Meet Dorian, the girl behind "Busily Spinning Momma." She will knock your socks off with what she can do creatively. She has inspired me to bust out the Singer and get busy.
She is gorgeous.
Dorian teaches you step by step in a way that you can understand how to sew.  To me, and my mom will probably kill me for saying this, sewing seems a little...antiquated.  Like, I don't know anyone who can sew in real life that isn't over forty.  Maybe I don't know that many people or maybe I need to broaden my horizons, but when I found BSM, something clicked:  no matter your age, you can sew and make custom clothing/decor just how you want it.

Here's the neat thing about Dorian:  she's self taught.  When I asked her how she learned to sew, this is what she told me:
I learned to sew basically by myself and have been sewing about a year, but really got into it in the last 6 months or so. My MIL gave me some AMAZING books  Singer Series, they're like encyclopedias of sewing! Anyway, I used them to learn. I also asked my FIL a lot of questions, since he has some tailoring experience. Other than that, it was me and Ol' Bess (my "Brother" machine) and a whole lot of frustration and seam ripping! I hope to take a course this summer :)

Isn't that cool?  Imagine how awesome she'll be after she takes her course this summer!

When you go to Dorian's site, I want you to check out her tutorials page and you must read her about me page.  She is such a cool girl  Then, I need for you to go to the right side of the page where is says "Friends" and I need for you to click the 'Follow' button.  Trust me, you won't regret it.

Here are the first tutorials I am hoping to complete thanks to Dorian in the upcoming weeks:

 Now, will mine look at awesome as this?  Probably not but I am so going to give it a shot.  She explains it step by step people!

This little dress here will be the first thing I attempt to make with the sewing machine; I foresee a lot of seam ripping and hopefully I will keep the cursing to a minimum (I don't think Dorian curses so I'm going to try and channel her while I do this).

For those of you who think you lack inspiration (much like yours truly), then read what she told me when I asked where she got her inspiration:
Everywhere. Colours, people, nature, photography, other blogs, life. I'll be honest, sometimes I lie down and literally dream things up :)

I like to do a lot of knock-offs, because I truly believe that just because a product is crazy over-priced that doesn't mean we shouldn't be able to make it for ourselves! MIND YOU...I do NOT condone selling knock-offs for a profit, they're just fun and stylish and EASY to make. I get my inspirations from sites like Anthropoolgie, J Crew, Mod CLoth, Shabby Apple and more.
For the stuff that is born in my lil' ol' noggin, it usually comes from desire or need of an item.I will then look at the fabric I have and some how, an idea is born. : )

Ms. Dorian, you are indeed awesome.
Grab your button!

Life as Topher's Mama

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A Rancher's Wife said...

ooo I look forward to seeing these projects come to life on your blog!

Kimberley said...

Hey there! New follower via You Like Me Hop. Nice blog! I love the idea of homemade things, but I have not homemade talent whatsoever lol Thank goodness for Etsy! Drop on by and see me if you get the chance, thanks!


Tamara said...

Just stopping by and following from the hop. I also wanted to invite you to link up with my Wordless Wednesday hop.