To Blog or Not To Blog?!?

Wow! I can not believe that almost a year has gone by since I last published a blog post! What happened?!

I’ll tell you…..YouTube…..YouTube is what did it! I got really into making YouTube videos. I discovered a unique kind of joy from filming YouTube videos. I enjoyed every aspect from planning, to filming and editing. I have learned a lot over the last year when it comes to editing videos. The program that I use to edit videos, I’ve been using for roughly a year and a half and it wasn’t until a year later that I found out that I could insert a photo while still playing the video. In my previous software, I would have to pause the video, insert a picture and then continue the video. Mind blowing!

Aside from the joy of creating videos, I have met some incredible friends through the YouTube hashtag of Friday Sews. It has definitely been an incredible journey so far.

Which brings me to my blog……

To blog or not to blog!



I wanted to let you know about a fun hashtag over on YouTube. It was created by Jen from Today in Jen’s Sewing Room. She created this fun hashtag for Friday, where sewing vloggers post a video on Fridays talking about their week with sewing and with life. It is a lot of fun and such a great community! I always look forward to Fridays to see what the other sewing vloggers have been up to. I’ve participated a few times already and absolutely love it! Each week, more and more vloggers are joining!

Here is my most recent #fridaysews video!

Be sure to go to YouTube and in the search bar type in: #fridaysews and you’ll be able to see all of the vloggers participating!

I hope you enjoy #fridaysews videos as much as I do!

“You were always kind and caring and so understanding too, And, if help was ever needed Dad it so freely came from you.” — Author Unknown

I’m Here!

Hello Everyone,

How have you all been doing?  How have you been handling this virus thing?

This is going to be a chatty post.  I’ve been away for the last couple of months focusing on work, family and sleep.  Not a lot of sewing has been getting done.  Plus, my work is taking over my sewing space to the point where I feel crowded and spend most of my “sewing” time trying to organize my sewing space instead of sewing!  I just don’t know where to put everything!

Have you been participating in any sewing challenges for 2020 yet?  I planned out a sewing module for the #greatmodulesewalongchallenge – but never got around to sewing anything from there.  I hope to share my plans and sew a module…one day.  I usually find myself finishing up a sewing challenge – once the challenge has passed.  Better late than never!

For the last couple of months I’ve been really good at planning out sewing projects and not very good at the sewing part, due to the feeling of being crowded in my sewing space.  I’m thinking with the way the next couple of weeks are shaping out to be, I might be able to finally have my sewing space fully organized without having to feel crowded.  Hopefully!

I have been doing a couple of pattern tests which I’m excited to share with you.

Let’s see, what else have I been up to?  Oh yes….we got a new puppy last month!  She will be 3 months on the 18th of March.  All black German Shepherd puppy!  She keeps us busy and on our toes!


That’s all for now!  I’ll be back shortly with some more YouTube videos and more blog posts!

Thanks for reading!

“Dad, you would have loved Roxy!”  — Me.

Sewing Challenges for 2020

There are a lot of sewing challenges out there and I wanted to compile a list of some of the sewing challenges to participate in for 2020.  The one thing I enjoy about these sewing challenges is that they are flexible and that you do not need to participate every month.  You can pick and choose with ones you want to complete.

I reached out on my Instagram stories and asked my friends which sewing challenges they planned to participate in this year.  While I was compiling my list and looking for more details on some of the challenges, I found this list on Paulette’s website.  I’ll keep the challenges I’ve listed here, but for wayyyy more challenges, I’m going to direct you to Paulette’s blog.

Lets get started:

  1. Sew My Style 2020 – This is an exciting one for me!  Paulette from is hosting it this year and guess what…..I’m going to be a featured blogger for the month of June!  How exciting is that?!  Sew My Style is a year round sewing challenge, offering 2 patterns per month (at a discount) for challengers to sew.
  2. Sew Fancy Pants 2020 – Now, from my understanding this challenge is for the month of January only.  If you’ve been wanting to sew pants….this could be the challenge for you.
  3. Sew Twists and Ties – I believe this challenge is too, offered for the month of January only.  This is where you sew a garment with some sort of twist or a tie.  This sounds like a fun challenge and I do have a McCalls dress pattern that involves a twist detail!  I might try to find the time to participate in this challenge!
  4. Make 9 Challenge – In this challenge, you pick 9 projects – could be anything from sewing, crochet, to knitting or any kind of craft.  You set out 9 projects to complete that year.  I didn’t do so well last year, but I will most likely try it again this year.  They even have a worksheet on the website.  This is a fun and individual challenge to work at your own pace.
  5.  Makers Curate 2020 – I’m not too familiar with this sewing challenge, I tried to look up the hashtag or to see if there is a website.  I believe this sewing activity (I read that it is not a challenge) I think you document your handmade wardrobe for a certain amount of time!?  Please do let me know in the comments if you have more details about this activity.
  6. Sew 20 in 20   In this sewing challenge, you pick 20 meters or 20 yards worth of fabric that you wish to sew in 2020 – a great challenge to reduce that fabric stash!
  7. Sew Your Books –  This sound like a fun one, if you have sewing books with patterns.  This challenge is for the month of January encouraging sewists to sew garments/projects from their sewing books.  I don’t own any books with patterns, but if you…this is a neat sewing challenge!
  8. Sewing Bingo 2020 – This is a fun one that I plan on doing this year.  Similar concept to the Make 9 Challenge, except that instead of picking certain projects (fabrics and patterns) this one has 9 categories in which you could complete your projects.  Maybe one project could potentially fit into 2 categories?!  This one is right up my alley!
  9. The Great Module Sewing Challenge – Hosted by Whitney and Carla are hosting a 6 week sewing challenge where you sew a module.  Sewing 3 tops, 2 bottoms and 1 topper in 6 weeks.  Each week they will provide YouTube videos on their channel to motivate and inspire you.

These are the challenges I’ve found this far, Paulette has basically all of the sewing challenges listed on her blog.  Definitely check it out as I’ve only covered a couple.

Which challenges do you plan on participating in for 2020?

“When you lose a precious member of your family, the love you shared does not die with them.  It lives forever among the shattered pieces of your heart.” — Gillian Roberts

2020 Sewing Goals


What do I want to accomplish in 2020? That’s a really good question! I feel like I failed at accomplishing many goals in 2019 as I fell off the wagon near the end of the year. But not all was lost, 2019 was still a very successful year, I just think I failed miserably at the Make 9 Challenge. With that being said, I want to set myself up for more success in 2020.

What will that look like? Well, I have put some time and some thought into it and I really do not want to plan out a full year worth of sewing. As we all know – new fabric, new patterns are always always released throughout the year, which causes me some distractions from my original plans! For 2020, I want to go with the flow and with whatever inspires me at that particular moment.

Of course all of the patterns and fabric that I have from old plans (make 9), will still be in the new plans, except I will work on them when I’m feeling inspired to work on them, rather than feeling forced to work on them.

As for the Make 9 Challenge for 2020, I’m still working on my little plan – once I complete that, I will let you all know. As of right now, I seen the hashtag #sewingbingo2020 and it is very similar to the Make 9 Challenge, except it doesn’t consist of patterns or fabrics – but rather categories in which your makes can fall under. For example, some categories are “repeat”, “solid”, “print” and “more involved”.


Completing the #sewingbingo2020 is definitely in my plan!

Next, some of the things that I would like to work towards in 2020 are:

  • continue to focus on my blog and my YouTube channel. Both my blog and channel are things that I very much enjoy doing. I have a larger audience on my YouTube channel in which I thought about putting more effort into that, but have since decided that regardless the number of my audience, I still do enjoy writing out my blog posts. I would however like to be more regular on when my posts and videos are posted.
  • Each month, I’d like to set a goal for 1 project, 1 re-make and 1 mommy and me make!
  • I’d like to reduce the size of my stash.

I want to focus more on being in the moment and sewing with what inspires me rather than feeling forced to make a project because it is on my make 9 list.

What are your sewing goals for 2020?

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” — Author Unknown

2019 Reflections


As 2019 comes to a close, I start to reflect on my sewing journey the past year and think about what 2020 might hold!

2019 started off strong for me, I started the year off by completing the Burda Style Teaching Certificate course!  I also had very strong intentions of completing my very first make 9 challenge.

This time of year is a mix for everyone – some like the freshness of a new year, while others do not care for new year resolutions.  I’m one of those people who look at New Years as an opportunity for a fresh start.  With our lives being so busy these days, it’s nice to take the time to sit and really think and reflect back on the past year and look towards the new year.  This is probably the only time in the whole year that I actually have the time to sit down and really think about the past year.

Make 9 Challenge


This was my first attempt at the Make 9 Challenge and unfortunately, I failed miserably.  But that is okay – I went into the challenging knowing that planning for a year of projects could change as the year goes on (motivations, inspirations, challenges), which is what happened in this case.  Are these projects still on my list of makes?  Absolutely, but in what priority….I’m unsure of at the moment.  Will I try the Make 9 Challenge again….absolutely!  I think in this next year, I’ll plan my Make 9 Challenge around the projects that I wish to complete within the first 4 months of the year – this way it gives me a chance to complete at least 3 makes by March and hopefully carry on the momentum for the rest of the year.

The makes that I did complete for my Make 9 Challenge were both for

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In 2019, I sewed a lot of dresses….and I mean A LOT!  I think subconsciously I dream of sewing my daughter her grad dress and/or wedding dress and so I tend to gravitate towards sewing dresses perhaps as practice?!  Do I wear a lot of dress?  Absolutely not!  I think due to my new work schedule and having a very limited amount of time to dedicate to  my sewing, blogging and vlogging that in 2020 I’m going to make a conscious effort to choose patterns and fabrics that I will get a lot of wear both at work and at home.  Due to my new job, the type of clothes that I wear on a daily basis has changed quite a bit, so I’m hoping that my handmade wardrobe will reflect that!

It is no surprise that my Instagram Top 9 is of course all dresses!  Lets change that for 2020!  Which one of these dresses is your favorite from 2019?


Thanks for following along as I reflect back on the past year of sewing.  Next post up will be my goals for 2020.

“Happy New Year in heaven Dad!” — Me

2019 Non-Sewing Highlights


I have to say, after having experienced 3 losses between December 2017 and December 2018 I wasn’t too sure how 2019 would shape out to be.

To my lovely surprise with my hard work and dedication, it appeared that 2019 was on my side.  At the beginning of 2019 I started back at work casually.  Next, I was able to have the summer off and spend everyday with my daughter in the sun,  going to the park, bike riding, swimming and going for walks.  I thoroughly enjoyed the summer months with her.

At the end of the summer I went for a couple job interviews and was able to get a short, half time term position, which then led into a full year full time position.  How cool is that?!  That is my biggest accomplishment of 2019 and I have been thoroughly enjoying my time and embracing every moment!

I hope that the momentum will continue into 2020.

Would you like to hear a little bonus sewing related highlight from 2019??  I found out that I will be a featured blogger for Sew My Style 2020….how cool is that?!

“Dad, I remember specifically calling you first to tell you about getting my first job.  I badly wished that I could have called you to tell you about this job.  I sure hope that you are watching over from above.” — Me

2019 Sewing Misses


I’m back with my top 5 sewing misses of 2019, all inspired by the Sewcialists Blog! This was a tough list to compile for many reasons. One of the reasons being, I don’t want to admit defeat when it comes to a sewing project as I believe all of my sewing projects do teach me one thing or another. The projects in this list are items that I have barely worn, projects that I did not enjoy sewing, items that I have not completed or simply items that I did not like the end result. Let’s get started…..
5: Memory Quilt for my mom

I still need to complete this, but this is a project that requires a lot of tender loving and care. The original goal was to complete it by Christmas 2019, but I think Christmas 2020 is a much better goal.


4: Samantha Dress by Athina Kakou Patterns

Now, this is not on my list because I don’t like it, or that it is a bad pattern. It’s simply on this list because I have not worn it as much as I intended to. I have worn it a couple of times and have found the tie sleeves to be a little too tight for my comfort level. I always put this dress on and say to myself “I will cut the sleeves and hem.” – which is always my intention, but I never find the time. I simply hate fixing items, I’d rather just sew from scratch. A goal for 2020, would be to get motivated to fix and alter clothes. This will definitely be at the top of the list of fixing for 2020. This is a beautiful pattern, I just personally found the sleeve ties a little tight for my arms. Please let me know if you’ve sewn the Samantha Dress. I will most likely sew this again and adjust the sleeve ties!


3: The Heidi Dress by Wearable Patterns

This dress made the miss list only because of my choice of fabric. This was a linen cotton blend which is right up my alley, except for in the summer I try my best to avoid wearing items with a black background. Other than the black background of the fabric, this dress is fantastic for the summer months!


2: Burda Style Jumpsuit 102 07/2017

This is on the list because I chose to do a practice (toile) using polyester fabric in which I did not enjoy sewing which means I never did complete the garment. I had another fabric that I wanted to use, but I didn’t have enough fabric for the drawstrings and ruffles. I still plan to make this come summer 2020.


1: Make 9 2019 Challenge

It was my very first time trying out this challenge and I failed miserably at this challenge. I was only successful in completing 2 of the 9 items that I chose, which means, these items are still on my list of items to make. I’m still unsure about the priority of these items, but they are still on my list to make. The next make I have a major urge to make right now is the McCalls 7442 – peplum jacket. I love to wear tights and the photo on the envelope looks totally like my style. I’m having a very difficult time choosing a color to go with!

The 2 items that I did complete are: McCalls 7803 and the Holiday Sparkler Wreath Portion.


There you have my top 5 sewing misses of 2019. I truly do value and appreciate all of the makes that I make as they always have something to teach me, weather it is sewing related or an emotional journey. Many of you know, sewing helps me through my grieving journey of loosing my father. So some of my makes are simply makes to help me grieve, while other makes are for enjoyment and to wear.

There you have my top 5 misses of 2019, were any of these makes your favorite makes, were you sad to see some of these items make the misses list?!

Thanks for reading!

Update: Video is now up on the YouTube channel!

“Dad, I know that you are always watching over me and that your guiding hand will forever be on my shoulder. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you. You will always be loved.” — Author Unknown