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You Are Only As Productive As Your Self Imposed Deadlines & Self Imposed Deadlines are the Death of Creativity

You Are Only As Productive As Your Self Imposed Deadlines & Self Imposed Deadlines are the Death of Creativity

"Self Imposed Deadlines are the Death of your Creativity" -Serah (A Mother, Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Dancer, Sewing & Crochet Pattern Designer, & Bookkeeper).   Do you always feel behind and stretched beyond your capacity?  That used to be me (and still is at times). I was always behind and never happy, until recently I realized it was not the time on tasks, but it was that I was not allowing myself a reasonable amount of time for completion. Once one project was complete, another was started with lofty goals to finish within a short time period. Realizing I could enjoy crafting,...

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Pattern Review: Wiksten Haori

Pattern Review: Wiksten Haori

  Wiksten Haori Started November 2019Completed October 2020 Presenting the finished a few weeks ago Wiksten Haori Coat! A cult classic of all sewists, I originally thought Jenny was a Bay Area local and flocked to A Verb for Keeping Warm to purchase the physical pattern. Once it was in hand I realized this pattern was special. The way these are packaged and presented is like a lost art, revitalized again once in your hands. I am so happy I finished this coat. It only took me a year. I spent more time reading the instructions than sewing, but I...

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Living Your Life Authentically

Living Your Life Authentically

What is it about being human that makes us love ballet, or sports, or concerts? We love watching people live their life in their highest form, as their true selves. If you had no obligations to anyone, what would you be doing with your life?
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Why I Sew in Black and White

Why I Sew in Black and White

A friend has been commenting on my garments and toiles lately on social media. She finds it odd that I sew only in white for summer and it just doesn’t make any sense to her. To her, there are so many beautiful prints, so many choices to have. Why white? Well for me, black in Fall/Winter, and white in Spring/Summer are simply the right choices. See, as a Gemini I suffer easily from mental fatigue, and as beautiful as patterned fabric is, it quickly tires my eyes. Recently, by the time the fabric even arrives in the mail, I am...

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Cultivating A Wardrobe You Love

Cultivating A Wardrobe You Love

What is the importance of sewing? For me, it is the ability to freely express oneself without limitations. If I do not see something in the store I like, or I see something and want to improve upon it, all I need is a seam ripper, 4-8 hours, and patience. This year has been a huge shift. Easing into a new decade of life has been exciting, as I settle more into my true self. Gone are the days where I have yards and yards of endless fabric choices, all made on impulse and not one color or style I...

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