Wednesday, February 25, 2015

things i'd like to tell those learning to sew

I'm not an expert at sewing, but I've learned a lot in the last 10 years.  Here's what I'd tell those who are learning to sew.

1) Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP!  You will run into problems. You will mess up. You will sew a crooked line. It's okay. All of this helps you become better. I used to get so frustrated (sometimes I still do) when things didn't go as plan. Honestly, tonight I spent an hour sewing and I'm not completely satisfied with the end result. Did I learn a thing or 2 about knit fabric (yet again)? yes.. a thousand times yes. (btw knit fabric is tricky, but I still like to use it)

2) The seam ripper is your friend. Don't feel like a failure because you need to bust out the seam ripper for every project. (raises hand) The seam ripper has saved many a project for me and I'm grateful for its usefulness.

3) Know your machine. Its critical that you know how to troubleshoot your sewing machine. I could probably thread my machine with my eyes closed at this point. Does that tell you how many times I've had to re-thread that bad boy? Sometimes the issue is your bobbin or tension.  You must know how to adjust and fix each of those problems.

4) Buy good thread. Cheap or old thread breaks easily. A good way to test thread is to pull it with both hands. IF you can break it, its not strong enough.

5) Challenge yourself. Try something new that may be out of your comfort zone. Thread that serger  and learn how to use it! (it was so intimidating at first, but its a fantastic tool!) Buy a pattern and make that dress. You will feel so accomplished. Some of my favorite things I've made were scary challenges I chose to push through.

6) The internet is full of great tutorials and videos. Utilize it. Sure you can buy a book with patterns and ideas, but really the internet/Pinterest has great ideas too. Most of them are FREE. Read the directions several times before you begin. Sometimes I have to write them myself to understand.
More often than not, I have to figure out how something is going to work for me. So much inspiration from so many creative individuals. Happy hunting!

I could go on, but I think I've shared the most important tips. Have fun! I hope this has encouraged you and that you sew many beautiful things!  #sewersgonnasew

How cute is this tee?! Who wants to buy it for me? (lol)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

try something NEW

via popsugar

So maybe I won't ever be able to commit to Paleo or cut out all processed foods... and maybe one day I will.  I have definitely tried to reduce the amount I consume and be more intentional about healthy, clean foods. By far, the best decision I made in 2014 was to start drinking diluted Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water. I was able to stop taking Zantac because I began doing that and overall, I just feel better.

The gym membership is being used. Some weeks I'm better than others. I don't always get 10,000 steps in, but I'm being more intentional about my movement. I was thinking the other day about all the vegetables I have never really tried.  I would be terrible if I bought a bunch of produce to try all in one week, but I think I can try something new once a week and be successful.

As I began to research this (aka Pinterest), I realized there are quite a few vegetables that are intriguing and I can't deny that I love a good challenge. I really do. Planning to try some challenging things sewing-wise over spring break!! (can't wait)

Another tidbit: I love vegetables, so its not like I'm forcing myself to eat something I don't think I'll like. I just want to expand my options and know what I can make when I am standing in the produce section. I've researched CSA produce boxes, but I don't think there are any too conveniently located right now.  Maybe one day!

This looks interesting :Alphabet of Vegetables

via ohio state university

Vegetables I love and eat on a regular basis:  

  • sweet potatoes - kinda addicted to slicing these bad boys up and baking them for 30 min to make a delicious treat
  • avocados -makes everything better...firm believer! 
  • spinach -in salad and smoothie form
  • carrots -love crunchy things
  • snap peas - my FAVE snack
  • green beans
I really like these and eat these sometimes:
  • bell peppers sauteed with onions
  • cucumbers 
  • broccoli
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • tomatoes
  • asparagus
  • celery
  • beans
  • pumpkin (seasonally)
Vegetables that I want to TRY:
  • beets -hopefully they taste as good as they look
  • mushrooms - branching out here
  • spaghetti squash -it just looks fun
  • eggplant 
  • kale
  • artichoke
  • cauliflower
  • turnips
  • brussel sprouts 
  • arugula

What vegetables do you like? Have you tried some new ones lately? Wish me luck!  I'll post my favorite recipes and anything that surprises me along the way.  

Follow Emilee Harborth's board try something NEW on Pinterest.
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