Journal

Reclaiming My Time

Reclaiming My Time

Part One of my Four Part Series: How to Find Balance in a Chaotic World Recently, I have been reflecting on reclaiming my time. Creating systems is something that is necessary in my life. With this, I am equally obsessed with time management, in particular, how to maximize my time. As someone who is very busy at all times of the year, it is extremely important to be organized. Here are some of the strides I have made towards reclaiming my time in 2019-2020: I have spent time with a dear friend who is a time management coach creating systems...

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A New New Years Resolution: Leading Sustainably

A New New Years Resolution: Leading Sustainably

Have you ever wondered if you could do with less? I sure have. That is why every year I reduce my physical waste on this planet by 1-2 items. When my partner brought home some cookies from his parents that were wrapped in saran wrap, I didn't even remember how to open it. If this sounds crazy to you, it really isn't. I haven't bought saran wrap since 2017-ish and have not missed it one bit. Paper towels, since 2018. The truth is, there are great alternatives that really can help the planet and also help you help the planet....

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Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2021

Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2021

This year, I decided to start my new year's resolutions early. With all my new hobbies I wanted to smash those hypothetical goals by doing some extra planning and give my future self a head start! Some of you may not know, but I am a multi-venture entrepreneur. I own a successful bookkeeping business, I am a singer-songwriter and pre-covid I had 20-30 shows a year. And of course, I am a single parent. I decided that I fell short in 2020, and pretty much for all of the 2000's, but 2021 will be different. I have spent enough time...

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What Do UFO’s Mean to You?

What Do UFO’s Mean to You?

UFO’s or unfinished house objects seem to carry a bad rep in the sewing community. As I reflect on the many UFO's I have laying around my home from the past decade plus, I wanted to touch on what they mean to me. For me, leaving something in a UFO status is a moment of respite from something that I deem challenging or intimidating. Although it may seem advantageous to just push through, this often has the reverse effect for me and kills any creative motivation to finish. Something about serious struggling with a technique when I am not in...

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Photo by  Benigno Hoyuela

Join me in January on Patreon

Do you enjoy hacking the pattern?   Do you enjoy learning new variations and sewing techniques?   Are you visual and need videos to complete a pattern?   As we are close to the transition from Sagittarius season to Capricorn, it is an excellent time to learn new sewing skills. I am so excited to announce that my Patreon page is officially live. My goal when starting Bambini Del Mare was to have more visual guides for learners who need to see things in different views. The biggest challenge with a sewing business is setting up a camera to show...

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Photo by Sarah Dorweiler

7 Ethical Brands You May Not Have Heard Of (Yet)

Growing up in Berkeley, I have always had the thought that where you spend your money is like casting a vote for humanity and the planet. I am not one to shop for Black Friday. I actually wait until sales are over to shop full price. Why? Because it decreases that sense of urgency that stresses me out and places value on what matters most: my mental wellbeing. It can be hard to distinguish wants from needs, but if you slow down, take a pause and rethink your wardrobe, you can make positive choices. As a maker, I value artisans...

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