My Mom is a Sewing Superhero…

My mom is a sewing superhero {an Art School Dropout's life}

I don’t talk much about my family on the blog or social media, because I don’t feel like it’s fair to share their lives without their permission. Plus they all like their privacy.

I’m making an exception today, because I NEED to share how my mom is a sewing superhero…

Many brides and wedding parties in the Baltimore/DC metro area were hit hard when bridal superstore Alfred Angelo closed abruptly a few weeks back. My mom was the main seamstress at their Columbia, MD location and handled hundreds of dresses a month. Most of these dress alterations had been pre-paid to Alfred Angelo, and my mom had not received a paycheck in weeks. She cares about all of her customers though, and continued to work on their dresses. Even after the doors officially closed she had 87 dresses on hand that still needed to be picked up, she continued working FOR FREE! You can read all the details and more about the closing in the Baltimore Sun article they wrote about here...

Baltimore Sun: Columbia Seamstress Scrambles to Help Brides Affected by Alfred Angelo Closings

My siblings and I have gathered together to help her out in any way we can, plus a friend has graciously offered up space for her to work in. We also started a GoFundMe to help her offset any costs and pay her bills.

GoFundMe: Offset Costs for Denise

Also, Any proceeds from sales in my shop from now, until August 18th, will be added to her GoFundMe page.

If you could share these links, and get the word out, I would love it! This is a new situation for my family and I. We don’t normally ask for help, and aren’t really sure where to go from here. Any help is appreciated!.

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Announcing the Awkward Animal Portrait Quilt Series

Announcing the Awkward Animal Portrait Quilt Series {an Art School Dropout's life}I have been scheming and collaborating with the talented Samarra Khaja behind the scenes for months now on a HUGE project! Let me introduce the Awkward Animals Portrait Quilt Series.

Samarra came up with a bunch of fantastically awkward pixelated animal illustrations and I took them and transformed them in to quilt patterns. There was a lot of back and forth about things like colors, placement, which animals to release when, etc etc. So you know your getting the best product we could think of.

This will be a monthly PDF pattern release with each set going live the 1st of the month in Samarra’s shop. Each quilt will have its own personality and story, some even have bonus content (hint hint: short videos).
This month we have TWO quilt patterns to share, so it’s double awkward… Continue reading

I Joined a Makerspace…

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As the title says, I joined a makerspace. Specifically the Makersmiths in Leesburg, VA.

It’s been my dream to own a laser cutter and 3D printer all my own, but the universe (and my neighborhood HOA) has other ideas. So I found a place where I can use both pieces of equipment and more.

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I have been spending every Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes other nights at the space learning and experimenting. I have never been happier.

I grew up surrounded by wood shops and metal shops.

My grandfather owns a HVAC company with its own CNC machine that makes the ducts. I was fascinated with it from first sight. I worked for him when I was a teenager in the office and I would sometimes head out back to watch the machines.

My mom always had a wood shop in every house we lived in. Sometimes in the garage, sometimes the shed out back and mostly in the basement. She would make super cute decorations that she sold at craft shows. I almost always helped in someway or another.

I also spent a lot of time at my grandmothers house where I was taught to use a scroll saw and sander. She is also the person who taught me how to sew, which i will forever be grateful for.

I continued adding to my childhood skills by taking mechanical and architectural drawing in school, as well as woodworking almost every year.

I just love creating with my hands.

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So when I found this space that had every piece of equipment I was comfortable with and more, I had to join. I took every training needed to be able to use the laser cutter and 3D printer right away, and I am currently taking CAD classes to up my 3D printing skills.

It is taking away from my time behind the sewing machine, but it’s adding to my happiness which is what truly matters most. Plus I have always been good at mixing mediums…

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As you can see above, I’ve already started!

You can follow along with my new journey here and over on InstaGram.