Happy Thanksgiving 2016! THANK YOU!!!

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My Very First Profile Picture

Greetings!

Hope you are all doing well.  So does anyone remember my very first FB/YouTube Profile Picture back in 2010?  I opened the accounts not long after having my third child & closing down my studio. I was an exhausted stay-at-home mom trying to figure it all out, uncertain what the future held for Youtique Bridal.  During my extra time, if I had any, I was learning how to record & edit videos. You were patient, and still are, with my video quality) — THANK YOU!!!  Naturally I am an introvert so sharing things on social media was a little uncomfortable.  I believe this picture expressed me pretty well;) I have come a long way.  Because of your support & encouragement, I gained the courage to get out of my comfort zone so from the bottom of my heart—THANK YOU!!!  When I announced that I was officially back at work in September 2015 through my video “In the Zone,” you were excited for me — THANK YOU!!!

You guys have been such a big part of my journey and I want to make sure you knew how grateful I am, especially during this Thanksgiving season.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family & friends.  I will be back to share my next upcoming project soon so till then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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With a grateful heart,

Ann

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12 Years of Marriage : 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


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When I came across this picture, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.  I bet you are laughing at me already:) I know, I look pathetic in this picture — pathetically in LOVE!  This moment was captured by our dear friend & Groomsman Anthony P. 12 years ago on November 13, 2004.

Well, Mr. T and I had this thing called LOVE all figured out (I mean look at that picture of us 12 years ago:).  We were going to experience this “feeling” of great jubilation and sheer bliss for the rest of our lives.  And as long as we “felt” the LOVE, we were going to have a perfect marriage…Ladies & Gents, we were in for a big surprise.

Brides and Grooms-to-be, I truly do hope and pray you will experience the “feeling” for the rest of your life.  Chances are, from speaking with many friends, family, and those who married before me, the “feeling” of LOVE every single day of your life for the rest of your life is very slim.  Here are a few things I have learned from my journey of marriage, it may or may not be helpful to you but take it with a grain of salt:)

 I learned that feelings will come and go, but the ACTIONS rooted in LOVE will get you through almost anything — even an imperfect marriage like ours.  I also learned that people will change.  My husband and I change every single day.  Our daily experiences, our interactions with others, our feelings & emotions, thoughts, etc. change every single day…and it effects our marriage — positive or negative.  Also, I learned that men process information differently from women.  I’m complicated and Mr.T’s well…simple:)  Another thing I learned is our relationship with each other changes as it matures through the years.  For example…

Here we are in our early 20’s…that’s the 1990’s.  We dated 6 years before we married.

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Remember the early days of dating?  Well, when I look at this picture, I see two young naive people.  Two people who thought they knew what love consisted of…LOVE=butterflies in your stomach.  Those were also the days we would speak on the phone for hours…sometimes to the point we were mumbling words that made no sense…talking literally in our sleep.  Silly me, I would get so excited when he paged the number “10” on my beeper (yes, old school pagers were in:) cause that stood for Mr. T’s name (btw, his name is Tan)

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For you old schoolers, remember when you could spell LOVE upside down with the numbers 31707?  lol!

Well, below is the most recent picture of us.  When I look at this picture, I see two people who love each other with all their hearts and had to work extremely hard to make it work, sometimes even making mistakes.

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  There were days when we were not on the same page about life but those were the times we had to work harder to try and understand the “why’s” of it all.  Or the times when children came into the picture and we became strangers because somehow life was about the kids. Instead, we had to try harder to find time to talk and get to know each other again.  How about when we got so comfortable in our marriage that we forgot how to treat each other with kindness and respect.  Often strangers were treated better than how we would treat each other in the home.  But we re-evaluated our behavior and worked harder to build, encourage, and help each other become better people.  And when one decides to make a career change for a better future (however long it may take – inside joke)?  Well, it just meant we had to work harder and pray harder to somehow find harmony and peace through the challenges of change.  Looking back, I do not regret going through the 12 years filled with tears and laughter.  We may have been tempted to walk away at times because the “feeling” of LOVE was lost but I am so grateful to stick it through because it opened my eyes to what LOVE (in action) truly means.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8a)

Well, Mr. T…Happy Anniversary!  I am so grateful for you and how much more beautiful you have made life.  May we celebrate 100+ more Anniversaries:)

Love, Ann

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If you enjoyed this post, feel free to read “Growing Old With My Valentine”.

DIY Birdcage Veil & CAMRYN Fabric Flower {Updated Version}

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you guys had a great Halloween celebration.  I get spooked easily so Halloween can get a little eerie for me.  I do adore the cute & creative costumes people put together for their children and it does get the neighbors and families together to trick-or-treat.  I do find joy in that aspect of Halloween — and the candy too of course;)

Well, I just updated two very old tutorials I created back in 2011, the CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil & the CAMRYN Flower Fascinator.  After creating the new tutorials, I was tempted to delete the old ones since I cringe when watching them.  After giving it some thought, I decided to keep it up on the channel.  As much as it is painful for me to watch them, in a sense, I still am very proud of them.  It is a reminder of why I started and how I taught myself to edit a video, even if it was elementary.  I put a lot of hard work, sweat & time into each tutorial I create so why not keep it uploaded?  Well, I hope you enjoy the new tutorials…

 

…and the old ones too;)

CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil , CAMRYN Flower Fascinator

Here is the CAMRYN Fabric Flower Pattern:

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

Thanks for watching & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Hugs,

Ann

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Midlife Crisis or Living Out a Dream

Greetings Everyone!  It is a GORGEOUS day and all I can daydream about is….being on a motorcycle.  Yes, you read that correctly — didn’t imagine I would say that right?  Little petite Ann who loves ruffles, formal gowns, and couture sewing would actually want to ride a motorcycle?

I was introduced to motorbikes back in my college days as a passenger and have always loved the outdoors, the wind, and the feeling of freedom when on one.  Well, later in the years when I told my boyfriend Mr. T (now husband) that I wanted a motorcycle, he lovingly responded like most…”That is dangerous”, “You can get killed”, “you have a family now”, “It’s a liability”, etc. etc. etc.  Yes, that is all true, but what do you do when the feelings of wanting a motorbike grow stronger as the years pass? Of course!  You go out and shop for one;)  lol!

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cruiser or sports?

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I found my partner in crime, Thuy.  Thanks for coming with me! ;P

For those all concerned, no worries.  I am a pretty rational person now and will think things through, not like my youth.  I decided that I will go to at least 3 different shops, read/watch reviews, and learn as much as I can about motorcycles.  Thuy & I will be taking a motorcycle class together in the near future.  Who knows, I may or may not go through with getting one.

But you guys want to hear something crazy?  For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been praying for a sign whether I should go forward with getting one or not.  So….out of the blue the other day, my friend Carla texted me and asked if I can sew on motorcycle patches for her husband Danilo.  Call it coincidental if you will, but I call that a pretty clear sign;)

Well, I try to take everything and make it into a learning opportunity for others.  If you ever need to sew on patches, whether it be for a motorcycle jacket or even for your boy/girl scout member, here’s the general process of how I sewed it on.  I know this is not a wedding related tutorial, but don’t worry, more tutorials are on the way.

So do you guys think I’m going through a midlife crisis or living out one of my dreams? Also, should I get a cruiser or a sports bike? New or used? Feel free to share your thoughts.  Thanks for reading and have a gorgeous day!

Hugs!

Ann

How to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 Different Styles : Kelly & Chris’ Surprise in Vegas

 

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you are doing wonderful.  I know, I have been MIA here on the blog and social media but trust me, I have good reason.  This summer has been filled with lots of weddings, family travels, and learning opportunities.  I have been working on improving the quality of the tutorials by taking a photography class as well as play with storytelling through film.  But remember, it will be a sloooooow transition so don’t expect any high quality footage just yet;)

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Photography Class with Nancy

Also, since the children are back in school, I have been simplifying my home and office so that I can be more efficient.  Because I’m not only into sewing machines but I also love power tools, I built a backpack station.  If you want to see the finished project, leave it in the comment section below:)

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Now with that being said, let’s get to the really exciting part.  Over the summer, I had the opportunity to design a Birdcage Veil and fly to Vegas to teach the cutest Bride-to-be, Kelly, how to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 different ways.  But the most fun part of the trip was the big surprise organized by my Brother-in-law Hien and his wife Tina. They wanted to surprise their friends Kelly & Chris who were traveling in from Canada.  This lovely couple is getting married this November so it was a weekend to celebrate.  You guys want to get a glimpse of the surprise? Check it out in my tutorial below “How to Wear a Birdcage Veil.”

Here is the breakdown of the video:
Intro
{0:34} Kelly & Chris’ Big surprise
{1:37} Ordinaries
{1:45} How to wear the “Straight Across” Birdcage Veil
{2:18} How to wear the “Diagonal” Birdcage Veil
{2:41} How to wear the Birdcage “Bun”
{3:33} Thank You!
{4:06} Sweet Memories of Kelly & Chris in Vegas

So did you enjoy that?  I had so much fun meeting Kelly & Chris and I’m so honored to get a glimpse of their relationship.  I hope they will always remember this stage in their life — holding hands, gazing into each other’s eyes, giggling, and stealing kisses.  May the two of you always hang on to the joy and spark that you bring out in one another and please keep in touch.   Congratulations Kelly & Chris!!!!

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest Tina Scarlatella :First Communion Veil & Dress

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Greetings!  Hope everyone is doing well.

As the season of First Communion celebrations come to an end, I just want to thank my DIY Guest, Tina Scarlatella, for sharing her First Communion designs with me.  I get so excited when someone understands the concept as to why I create my video tutorials.  When Tina mentioned she didn’t create the exact same veil as the one in my tutorial but was inspired by it, I was super excited.  Yes, That is the point!  I just want people to get inspired and start creating, not necessarily make a duplicate of what I created.  I had to invite her to share her work and I hope it will inspire you.

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Q) What inspired you to create your daughter’s mantilla veil and dress?  TINA: Joy, Love, and Hope.  I receive so much JOY from seeing my children’s face when they wear things I make for them.  They are still at the age where they get excited and they don’t mind being measured, poked, and pinned.  Even my son!  I also love how they show off my creations to anyone who would look and listen to them.

I want them to FEEL my LOVE for them.  Ella has thanked me for taking time to make her veil and dress.  She has seen me work long hours and even heard me poke my fingers a couple of times.  I truly hope my kids will understand how much love I have for them while making these one of a kind outfits for them.  I put so much of myself into these creations (literally sweat and blood sometimes).  I try to make sure each child feels special and loved.  

I PRAYERFULLY HOPE that my children will cherish all of these memories that we spend together.  I hope they will see this as one example of how a mother shows love to her children.  ( I remember wearing clothes that my mom made me and how I know I was loved).

Q) How far in advance did you start to ensure you will be complete by your daughter’s First Communion Date?  When is her First Communion Date? TINA:  I started working on the veil and dress on April 18th about 1 month before the First Communion Date of May 15th.  I am a procrastinator or should I say “creatively inspired when deadlines are near”.   I am happy to say that I am finished with both veil and dress ahead of schedule!  

I was pretty surprised that I finished the veil in 1 night (about 3 hours) even with me hand sewing 52 bead to the veil it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Dress took about 2 weekends to work on.  

Q)  What were the pros and cons of creating the veil yourself?  TINA:  I always knew that I wanted to make Ella’s veil and dress and was so happy to see that you had made a tutorial.  Like you had read my mind!  I followed your tutorial 95% – I could not pin the lace around the circle so I ended up making the trim a circle first and then pin it on to a square piece of tulle.  I cut the tulle into the shape of the circle afterwards.  I wish I had chosen a softer lace – but I loved the lace trim that I found for the veil.  It doesn’t lay as well but I still think it’s perfect.

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Tina also upstyled Erin’s First Communion Gown

First Communion DIY’s, April & May Updates

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Greetings Everyone!

If you are living in the Sugar Land area,  I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having today.  I had the opportunity to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine and warmth of the day.  I am now back at the home office excited to share all the beautiful things happening this month.  So are you ready?…

First, I will start out by sharing the First Communion Tutorials I completed.  Please keep in mind that these tutorials can be scaled up for the Brides.  Enjoy!

How to make the Flower Crown Veil

How to make the Headband Veil

How to make the Mantilla Veil

Thank you to my Goddaughter Camryn, One of my Best Friend’s Daughter Soledad, and my Custom guest Elysia for being my First Communion models.  They are just a joy to work with.  Sweet Elysia actually received her First Communion last year and helped make her very own Flower Crown.  She was responsible for creating the flower sets and I am so proud of what she can do.

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My Goddaughter Camryn, my son Little J, and Little J’s best friend Dylan will be receiving their First Holy Communion soon. I just want to congratulate them and all the children receiving their First Communion this season.  What an exciting time!

I have several sewing projects in the works right now.  Feel free to follow these hashtags on IG or FB for my following projects:

(1) #Megspromdress2016.  With some inspiration photos she sent me, I will be custom designing & custom fitting a prom dress for my cousin Megan.

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(2) #youtiquefuschiadress2016.  Using some couture techniques, I will be designing a gown for myself to attend the annual Elsik High School Design Contest.  I have been invited to host the judges this year so I will be working behind the scenes.  The event is on Saturday April 30th and I will share more information in the coming weeks.  I hope you can join us!  Below I am combining and modifying some old muslin patterns to create my fuscia dress.

(3) Hemming a Lace Trim Dress:  I am working on a series for how I hem a lace wedding gown.  I have  recorded the scenes but it has yet to be edited.  If you are interested in how I alter a lace wedding gown, be on the look out for it sometime in May or June.  Below is the intro:

Well, feel free to join me on my April & May adventures.  Thank you for reading!

Hugs!

Ann

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