Happy 14 year Anniversary!

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Exactly 14 years ago today, November 13, 2004, Mr. T & I knelt down before God and invited Him to be the center of our marriage. Reflecting on our personal journey, it was the only reason we made it to fourteen years. Because of God, we grew to have a better understanding of one another through the years.

Also, I never thought I could love Mr. T more than the day I married him. But as we brought children into the world and I saw how he cared, loved, and nurtured them – my heart melted. When I thought love couldn‚Äôt grow beyond that, God showed me otherwise. Over the years, Mr.T made sacrifices for our family. He wanted our children to know they can accomplish anything if they worked hard & believed in themselves. For that, my love for him grew more and to be honest, he not only showed our children, but he showed me what dreams are made of. Yes, Mr. T is my inspirationūüėć.

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In no way is our marriage perfect, but I am grateful for what God has taught me about love through our journey. ¬†I would like to ask you, our family & friends, to pray for us – that God continues to be the center of our marriage. As many know, it is not easy to walk the narrow and winding path. ¬†Thank you so very very much ūüôŹ ‚̧ԳŹ


xoxo,
Ann.

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How to sew the Bustle, 5 points : Congratulations Jessica & Bao

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Congratulations to the lovely couple Bao & Jessica.  It is an honor to watch them grow up, serve God with all their hearts, fall in love, and now fulfill the sacrament of marriage. Thank you for sharing your big day with us. #itsjessabaotime

Below is the tutorial on how to bustle Jessica’s wedding gown as well as how I created the bustle. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Video Content:
{0:00}Intro
{0:17}How to Bustle
{1:14}Creating the Bustle
{1:17}Center Lace Detail
{1:31}Fabric Layers
{1:44}Find & Pin the Bustle Points
{2:36}Line up the Seams
{2:44}Numbered ribbons
{2:57}Sewing on the ribbons

Thank you for watching!

XOXO,

Ann

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Lifestyle Design : Black Boho Blouse

I had stated I want to sew quality clothes for myself for the past several years. At the beginning of 2018, I promised myself I would only wear what is in the closet or what I sew (except workout clothes – I‚Äôll get there one day‚ėļÔłŹ). So below is a blouse I completed. I started out with these #inspiration photos below. ¬†I was drawn to the sleeve and the bodice pattern of these dresses. ¬†And you may have noticed, I am expanding to #lifestyledesignsūüėČ. ¬†For every item I create for myself, I will sew a Bridal version as part of my personal challenge.

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Inspiration from Pinterest: sleeve #AlexPerry, bodice pattern #DanyAtracheSpring 2018

Feel free to watch the process of how I sewed the Boho Blouse:

I was recently invited to speak to the Design students at the @artinstitutehou. I loved every moment of it because I got to share my passion as well as be among talented young people who have so much to offer. Thank you Professor Broussard for the invitation! Be on the look out for these up and coming Fashion and Interior Designers ūüėä. Btw, I got to wear my blouse¬†at my speaking engagement;)

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Below is Part 1 of 3: Muslin Fitting

Sewing Pattern: @mccallpatterncompany#M7723
Silk lining: @sewmuchfabric
Fashion fabrics: @joann_stores
Ruffle trim: @hobbylobby

Part 3: The Lace Bridal Blouse is coming soon.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest : Harry Let from Ghana, West Africa

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. ¬†Today I have a DIY Fabric Flower from Harry Let who resides in Ghana. ¬†I remember my heart feeling overwhelmed with joy when I received her message and photos via Facebook. ¬†I actually teared up. ¬†Really, I couldn’t believe someone far across the world had viewed my tutorial and created something from it. ¬†She even took the time to share it with me. ¬†O how I LOVE my work!

As you may know, I love to ask what inspires my DIY Guests to create. ¬†Feel free to read Harry Let’s answers on why she created the Fabric Flower:

  1. What inspired you to create the Fabric flower and what was the occasion? ¬†¬†I needed a hat to match my dress for a friend’s wedding but couldn’t find a flower which matched my dress color. So I went on youtube to find out how I could make a flower from the fabric I used for the dress
  2. How long did it take you? I had more time because my brother helped me cut the patterns and i sewed them together the next day.
  3. What are the pros and cons of creating the fabric flower? PROS:¬† It’s Easy to make and you can make as many as you want to match a particular dress.¬†CONS:¬† The edges are not smooth which i think depends on the kind of fabric you choose.
  4. What was the easiest part of creating and what was the most challenging? Sewing them together was the easiest part. Cutting the fabric patterns was difficult for me that was why I made my brother do it.

Thank you Harry for taking the time to answer my questions and I am truly grateful that you shared your creation with me.

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If you would like to create my Fabric Flower, please see the tutorial below (new version):

Flower Pattern:  https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

 Here is the original version of my Camryn Fabric flower created in 2011.  I thought this would humor you;)

Thank you for visiting and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary!

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest : Makeup Artist Cynthia Alsop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Greetings!

I wanted to share Cynthia Alsop’s DIY Birdcage Veil she created using my tutorial. ¬†Isn’t her work stunning?! ¬†She is a makeup artist from Fredericksburg, VA. ¬†Thank you Cynthia for sharing your creativity with us. ¬†I love asking my DIY Guests questions on what inspired them so feel free to read Cynthia’s answers below. ¬† Also, make sure to check out her talent on IG @cynthia.alsop

 

1) What inspired you to DIY? ¬†The thought came when a photographer and I decided we wanted to do a photoshoot to showcase the beauty of our community for weddings.¬† We specifically wanted to highlight that couples in our area could still plan a dream wedding right here in Fredericksburg, VA for less than $200.¬† Of course, I knew in order to make that happen, I would be diying a few aspects of the shoot.¬† I decided I wanted a vintage yet elegant theme and started making a list of the elements to include.¬† Veils were at the top but when I started pricing them for purchase I was shocked at some of the prices I was quoted or had seen.¬† That’s when I knew, I wanted to create my own veil.

2) How did you find my tutorial? ¬†I found your tutorial via YouTube and Pinterest.¬† When I started, I didn’t know exactly what type of veil I was looking for.¬† I knew it existed but just couldn’t pinpoint the exact name of it.¬† I started by typing in the term “veils” into Google and it became a rabbit hole situation after that.¬† I saw so many photos from your videos on Pinterest coupled with the term “diy veils”.¬† So naturally I clicked on all the photos and it took me to your videos.¬† When I found your channel, I was amazed with the number of tutorials you had.¬† I can say I binge watched them for a day straight trying to generate ideas.¬† Eventually, I figured out what I wanted and it was called a bird cage veil.

 3) What was the easiest part of creating the Birdcage veil, what was the most challenging part?  I found that the easiest part of the whole process was how you explained the construction of the veil.  Your videos made me feel comfortable enough that I could recreate one on my own.  

¬†The most challenging part for me actually was finding the materials.¬† You did a great job listing the materials for the project at the start of each video.¬† I saved a photo of the supply list and took it to my local sewing supply store but didn’t have much luck in the beginning.¬† Russian (or missionary) netting is hard to find where I live especially when I needed the veil for a shoot that was scheduled to occur in less than a week.

4) Was it rewarding? ¬†I’ve always felt that making something on my own was so much more rewarding than purchasing it from a store.¬† It’s why it was important to me to try and source the materials myself.¬† I found some lovely birdcage veils on Etsy but knew I could make them at a cost that was more affordable and inline with our photoshoot theme.¬† In fact, with coupons for the supplies, I was able to make 4 veils for the cost of one veil that I saw online.

5) Feel free to add any comments or suggestions. ¬†Since my June shoot, I’ve subscribed to your YT channel and started following you on IG.¬† I love sharing your page with my brides when we’re collaborating on a look for her wedding day.¬† Of course, it’s always great seeing what you’re up to in the wedding industy.¬† After watching all your YT vids, you’re¬†definitely¬†a source I go to for bridal inspiration.

Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate you sharing your work.  Your words are very encouraging for me:)

If you want to create the birdcage veil, here is my tutorial:

Thank you everyone for visiting!  May you have an EXTRAordinary day and get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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Beginner Sewing Machines

Greetings!

I get excited when someone tells me they took a sewing class and enjoyed it.  It means that person will be getting inspired and will be creating.  I love it!  This happened recently to Jessica.  Jessica followed up asking me what sewing machines would be a good investment to start with, especially for garment sewing and alterations.  Here are a few I recommend depending on your price range:

  1. Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Wide Table, Hard Cover, LCD Display and Auto Needle Threader

Link : $149  https://amzn.to/2CdNBEZ

I have this sewing machine as my emergency back up.  I like it because it is lightweight and portable in case I need to take it on-the-go.  It also has fun built-in stitches.  
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2. ¬†Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine With 67 Built-in Stitches, 70 Built-in Designs, 5 Lettering Fonts

Link : $319.99  https://amzn.to/2CctCqa

If you want a Sewing machine and Embroidery Machine, I recommend this one for a beginner.  This one has great reviews on Amazon.

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3.  SINGER | Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches -12 Decorative Stitches, 60% Stronger Motor & Automatic Needle Threader, Perfect for Sewing all Types of Fabrics with Ease

Link : $139.66  https://amzn.to/2CdBPdV

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4.¬†Bernette B38 Sewing Machine¬†If you don’t mind spending more than $500 for a beginner sewing machine, the Bernina Bernette B38 is a great one to start with. ¬†I do love Berninas, since I have a Bernina Artista 640.

Link : $599.00 https://amzn.to/2PxFNjb

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I love my Bernina Artista 640 which is now discontinued. ¬†But at the time I purchased it, I spent about $3K on it. ¬†When you are ready to take on more serious projects, I highly recommend a Bernina. ¬†It’s very durable and the engine runs smooth. ¬†Feel free to check out more Berninas on their website: ¬†https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Home-United-States

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I hope this helps you Jessica and those exploring sewing machines.  Feel free to ask me any questions.  Remember, I highly recommend reading the reviews.

Here are my favorite scissors I work with:

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Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Hugs!

Ann

Please note:  I was not sponsored by any of these companies.  I am sharing my own experiences and opinions.