Been A While

Just a quick update after a brief period of not posting!

Hi y’all, it has been quite a while since my last blog post! This one itself is just going to be a quickie-update-teaser of things I’ve been working on lately.

Most of these things will have their own posts coming soon, but I haven’t had quite enough time to sit & write a full post. I’ve been very busy lately!

I don’t like going this long without blogging though; makes it too easy for me to fall out of habit!

So here are the quick updates of what I have been working on since my last posting:

  • I did two events. They didn’t go quite as well as I wanted BUT I learned what I need to adjust to make them hits in the future. Every event is different, so you really have to just approach them all as a learning experience in order to be successful in the long run.
  • Been working on finishing up some very old UFOs (un-finished objects). These are all projects that have been sitting in storage for years. A lot of them will be for sale soon!
  • Started teaching some more beginner projects! My students are doing great with them & I’m already looking at what intermediate level classes I can start rolling out.
  • My day job at the law firm is moving office buildings. I’m in charge of coordinating most of the details so I have been very preoccupied with this.
  • But, with the office moving I’ve actually had a brain-wave for some new products! Working out the dimensions, details & designs, but definitely stay tuned for some cool new shit!
  • I’ve started some new personal projects from my stash. It’s an attempt at both adding some more me-mades to my wardrobe & reducing my ever growing giant stash of fabric.
  • Zach & I house sat for two weeks. The view was beautiful, but holy crap the real hills of San Francisco hurt my legs. It was a wonderful escape from my house though & helped me fall back in love with the beautiful city.
  • I’m desperately trying to clean out my sewing room so it can become a storage space/home office for me. Trying to be more productive with my work from home days going forward.

Welp, I think that’s it! There’s a bunch more but I wanted to keep this quick. Really just trying to break this no-posting streak & keep you all up to date with what I’m working on behind the scenes.

Stay tuned to some more detailed posts & new products coming very soon!


Teaching Update

Alright y’all, last Tuesday marked exactly a month since I taught my first class at Sips N Sews. Figured that meant it was time to update everyone on how it’s going!

Update 1: I love it! I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun and exciting every class.

Update 2: I am absolutely exhausted. I am passing out hard at the end of each day and am yawning every 30 seconds while typing this.

Update 3: I am sewing all the time now and I love that even more!

Update 1: Why I love, love, love it!

As of now I am focussing on beginner level classes. That means most of my students have never seen a sewing machine before or are very shaky in their understanding of how to operate one. I get to help change that!

By the end of a Bootcamp class, everyone can operate, thread and troubleshoot a machine. We cover all the starter basics and I get to learn more about what brought my students in to begin with.

The classroom I teach all my future sewist in. Did I mention I love my job?!

By the end of an Introduction to Construction class, students have learned how to buy supplies for their own projects and properly read a pattern they pick out. We also make a pillow case for them to keep or donate!

By the end of project based classes, each student has a finished product and skills that can be applied to other projects in the future.

And by the end of every class I have helped a room full of people start or grow their sewing journey! It’s rewarding as hell and leaves me feeling like I am making a difference in preventing the skill from dying out in future generations.

Update 2: I am fucking tired.

Teaching is now my fourth job. I often work 10-14 hour days split between multiple locations. I rarely eat a meal at home and probably need to shower more often than I currently do. I pass out without washing my face or brushing my teeth most of the time. My mental capacity is shot outside of work hours because I just can’t do it by the end of the day.

This blog post itself has taken me a week longer than I expected it to because I keep zoning out while typing it. I’m finally finishing it with the aid of coffee and forced concentration.

Update 3: I am sewing again!

I took a break from sewing for quite a while. I’d work on projects occasionally but I wasn’t very creative or inspired. I also almost never finish a project because I’d lose steam halfway through it.

Being in a sewing studio, talking about sewing, teaching sewing and seeing other people sew kind of makes you want to sew. Like, all the time.

And I am sewing all the time! I feel creative and inspired and motivated. It makes the extreme exhaustion worth it. After years of working hard for other people, I am happy to working hard at what I love for a change.

Update Roundup: I am really, really happy and can’t wait to see what comes next with this wonderful new job!

Sign up for one of my sewing classes here.

Giant letters of inspiration keep me motivated at the studio every time I look up.

Dear bloggy, I got a jobby!

Those that can sew, teach. Those that can’t teach, teach gym.

A few months ago I was laid off from the social media job that was my main source of income. It was a hard blow but something I saw coming. Thus, the job hunt began.

Applying for work during the holidays can be very dodgy. No one is seriously hiring for long term, and a holiday position is exhausting. You learn how to do the job right as it ends, making you either start all over again or have to prove you should be kept on board.

Holidays in the city can be rather beautiful, even in the rain.

So, I casually looked & applied until the New Year broke. I work part time for an attorney, so the matter wasn’t pressing, but definitely needed to find something if I wanted to do more than just make ends meet.

Social media work is great. It allows me to have a flexible photography schedule, travel regularly and do a job that is relatively fun. However, it has always been a job I did in order to pay my rent. It’s taught me a lot about marketing but it’s hard to be pouring all of your energy into someone else’s brand every day. I don’t love it in the same way I love sewing work.

I spent November & December looking at marketing jobs though, with only the occasional sewing position coming across my radar. Whatever I did this time around I wanted it to be right. Zach, as always, was extremely supportive of me taking my time to find something. Things got tight, we scraped by. But we were confident that something would come around if we gave it time.

Then I saw the post on Sips N Sews’ instagram looking for new instructors to teach at their studio.

I honestly applied on a whim. Figured that worst case, I learned something through the application process and would be able to apply stronger to something in the future. Really did not expect to get the job as I’ve taken a brief break from sewing professionally.

The interview went great though and quickly turned into myself & the owner talking about sewing for two hours before we realized how long it’d been. She gave me a tour of the studio, a wonderful space full of sewing machines with a lounge area in the back dedicated to relaxing with a cup of tea.

I loved all of it. It’s a great studio with an awesome woman running it. I couldn’t wait to get started!

The teaching program is flexible in a way that can still give me time to concentrate on sewing for both myself & my business. I’ll be able to come in, use the studio space to work on projects, meet other sewists and be more active in the local sewing community.

My classes are up to me. I’ll be doing a good variety of fun garments and accessories. The goal will be to find pieces that can be implemented into anyone’s wardrobe, so projects have a use long after the class is done. I’m slowly working on getting my own wardrobe to feature more handmade garments & want that to translate over into my classes.

The part I am most excited about is that I will be able to help increase the number of sewists out there. Sewing is a dying trade that was passed to me from my great-grandmother. I am looking forward to sharing her knowledge with others so her legacy doesn’t stop at me.

I am sew happy that I took the risks that got me here. I didn’t take the first job I saw, I waited until something I wanted came along. And even though I felt under-qualified, I still applied. I still went for it. And it paid off. Big time.

Now, I’m off to listen to some music & dig through my fabric stash for inspiration!

You can find my class schedule here. And be sure to still follow along on the blog, as I’ll be sharing lots more about my own growth during this wonderful new stage of my life!

I HAD to put a School of Rock reference in here. I couldn’t help it! It was the first thing that popped in my head when I sat down to write this post.

New Website!

I’m very excited to start 2019 off with a new website! I’ve been working on this site for quite a while and though it’s not perfect yet, I’m trying to let that go and release it as a work in progress project. I’m just ready to start sharing my current projects with you!

With a new site comes new projects as I’m going to be expanding the Summer Sapphires brand as a whole. Here are a few of the things I’m most excited to release in the coming year:

(Like what you are reading right now.) Here will be the place to read all about what I’ve found inspiring, what I’ve been cooking lately (with recipes), and whatever else is going on at Summer Sapphires lately.

It’s been a while since I released any new sewn products and I am very ready to change that! I’ve got a make list for 2019 and it is very exciting.

This is something I’ve dabbled in before but haven’t done as much as I’d like. I live off music and want to share what I’m listening to while working on projects.

Some simple how-to’s that every person should learn to increase the longevity of their wardrobe or jazz it up a little bit. The number of people I know who can’t reattach a fallen button bums me out.

So, cheers to a new year & all the new things
coming to Summer Sapphires!