Here goes nothing!
Welcome to “Not Sew Fast”. A blog for people like me. Busy mommies who want to slow things down, take it easy, go with the flow (though difficult with two toddlers), and be creative….and remain sane. All at the same time!
When I was little, I was crafty. My mother still puts out the bunny house I painted when I was 13 at Easter. I knit scarves, though my late grandmother tried to teach me how to knit a sweater once, but she ended up finishing it. Do you remember those hideous straw hats with the ribbons and dried flowers glued on them? I used to make those, too. Then I stopped when I was about 16. I forgot all about my crafty side. I graduated high school, went to university, graduated, went to university again, graduated, then started to work. After that, I decided to take some cake decorating classes. That was in 2005. I had so much fun! I made some pretty kick-a*# cakes back in the day. Then I stopped a couple years later. There never seemed to be enough time.
I met my amazing husband in 2007, we moved in together, we got married in 2010 and shortly thereafter I got pregnant with our daughter, Maya.
While I was pregnant, I was walking in Michael’s one day and noticed the “cricut” was on sale. For those who don’t know, the cricut is an awesome tool! You can cut paper in so many different shapes and characters and fonts, and make boxes and, and, and. You can do anything and everything with this thing! I decided I just “had” to have it to make cards. I’d never even considered buying this thing before, but a good sale speaks to me and sometimes it’s hard to resist. Because I was buying the cricut I had to buy everything to go with it…card stock galore, cutting mats, scissors, more scissors, blank cards, envelopes, cartridges for the cricut and on and on. I had a great time making cards for everyone that Christmas. Then Maya was born (March, 2011) and I didn’t look at the cricut again for quite some time.
That’s when my love affair with hair clips started. A friend of mine introduced me to baby girl no slip hairclips when I was pregnant. I think I bought about 20 of them that day. By baby girl had a very well stocked hair clip collection even before she was born. Then I decided to try to make them myself. How hard could it be? Turns out, not only were they fun and easy, my sister was all gung ho, too. We started making hairclips by the dozens (if not hundreds). That’s when our little business, “Pretty Little Monkey” was born. Named after my little girl because we always called her “monkey”.
I decided to pick up knitting again. I knit hats, ponchos and sweaters for Maya. I came a long way from the scarves I knit in my childhood. I loved picking out the different yarns, needles, books and patterns.
Then enters Pinterest. I have a love affair with Pinterest. I used to go to bed super early after I put my daughter to bed just so I could curl up in bed with my iPad and surf Pinterest for hours every night. That’s when I found sewing blogs. One word. Awesome. There are so many people out there with so many fantastic ideas. I had never touched a sewing machine in my life, and I NEVER thought I would want to, let alone be any good at it. But the projects that I kept coming across were ones I really wanted to try.
So I said to my husband, “I think I would like to try sewing”. It was our anniversary the following week and in comes bad boy #1. My sewing machine. It was our 2nd wedding anniversary, which is the “cotton” anniversary and he said to me as he gave me my awesome gift, “you can sew two pieces of cotton together”. I gave him a cotton shirt.
So I went to the local fabric store and bought a bunch of remnants and a pattern for a dress, bloomers and hat for Maya. I was ambitious. I think the saleswoman in the store thought I was completely crazy. Never touched a sewing machine before and thinking I was going to sew a dress and accessories. Well I did it! And it turned out pretty well, too! I was hooked! I had my sewing machine set up on the kitchen table with fabric strewn about everywhere. It was a pain to lug it out every time I wanted to make something, but I fell in love with sewing. And fabric. And patterns. (Etsy is my BFF.)
Then I got pregnant again. And we needed a bigger house. We bought a new house, I went back to work, and my sister looked after Maya until she started Montessori school when she was 17 months old. I set up my craft room/office and spent a lot of my time in there at my sewing machine. We opened up our Facebook page for Pretty Little Monkey and sold our hairclips at a local family expo and craft fairs. Then Jacob was born in November, 2012.
I took a break from sewing and all things crafty for several months. Then my brother and his wife found out they were having a baby girl. So I made her a bonnet. That’s when I realized what I had been missing. And I started sewing again. And I haven’t looked back.
For Christmas this year, my wonderful husband gave me bad boy #2. My serger. I took an intro class at the store he purchased it. I am currently enrolled in an “Introduction to Serging” class with Craftsy. (Craftsy has become another BFF of mine.)
I have returned to my full time job (sniff) and I don’t see my children much during the week anymore (this breaks my heart) so I am not at my sewing machine as much anymore. But I can still often be found at my sewing table after the kids go to bed at night and during nap time on weekends.
I was walking around the mall one day when the thought popped in my head that I should be documenting my thoughts, recipes, crafty ideas, and sewing projects somewhere. And what better place than a blog. So here I am.
I hope to entertain, educate, learn, have fun, laugh, talk about what I love…basically be me, in blog form. I will try to post things that interest me, and that I think will interest others as well. And in all of that I will try to slow myself down, and go “not sew fast”.