Journal

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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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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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Reframing Your Mindset After Failure

Reframing Your Mindset After Failure

November 1st  was a week full of epic fails. I had piled way too much onto my plate and of course in true fashion, it all came to a head. Bombarding your schedule can mean many things. For me, I just love learning, but adding too much can be detrimental to progress. This week, I failed at a new pattern. I was making a snood, and it ended up looking awful, so now it is one leg warmer (it will eventually have a pair). After having so many things come tumbling down I have some insights I’d like to share during...

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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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Love Wins!!!

Love Wins!!!

Today, I am exhaling. What a relief that we have overcome. Love truly can win.  Today Oakland won, African Americans won, Latinos won, Asians won, the LGBTQ community won (the list goes on) and I am so proud. This week was just too much to handle. It has been an absolute blur. Any sort of productivity was a challenge, so I decided to sew masks for friends. I will have a mask pattern coming out before the year ends, and my bolero will come out some time this month.  I am so thankful for my sewing friends I have met...

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