How to Make a Ring Bearer Pillow : CHRIS + MAI

Photo credit: Khanh Nguyen Photography

I had the opportunity to create a custom ring bearer pillow for Chris & Mai’s September 2018 rustic themed wedding.  This was made with burlap & embroidered ribbon roses. I also hand embroidered their initials and wedding date on the back.  You can view it below…

I am up for an adventure and have always wanted to ride my own motorcycle. I have been a passenger in the past but never got to ride one myself.  Guess who gave me the opportunity? Chris & Mai. I adore this couple.  On our first meeting through a mutual friend, Mai trusted me with her motorcycle.  And Chris, he was so patient and taught me the basic riding skills. I know it is because of them I passed my motorcycle class in 2016 and got my license. Thank you Chris & Mai! I know your love for one another will continue to grow and flourish. Because of how you were patient and encouraged me, I know you will be patient with one another and encourage each other to grow. I wish you all the happiness and congratulations on your forever!

Here’s my very first motorcycle ride…

Thank you for watching!

Hugs,

Ann

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I would be content sewing and creating in a corner all by myself. But guess who makes my creative journey so much more special? YOU! I want to make sure I say thank YOU to those who have shown support in big and small ways.  Because you visited my page, bought my kit, watched my videos, read my posts, commented, liked, shared, and/or subscribed, YOU have encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone (my sewing corner☺️) and helped me grow over the years – growth beyond my imagination. Without you, the journey wouldn’t be EXTRAordinary. Thank YOU 🤗😍😘 and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🦃 🍁 🍽

What are 3 things you are grateful for today?
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Hugs, Ann❤️ #grateful #thankful #thankYOU

ps. Here are two more reasons I’m grateful today.

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Thankful for this man. Mr. T has to finish a school exam today before he officially starts his Thanksgiving break. I get to witness his perseverance and hard work for our family every single day. #myrolemodel. For once, he needs time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soft sound of a #harp 😜.
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We got to enjoy #hightea ☕️ at the @stregishouston for his company Holiday party. #studyhardworkhard

 

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👦🏻👦🏻👧🏻. I am truly thankful for my children who reminds me to live in the moment, laugh heartily, give tight hugs, and just “BE”. My children are home from school this week and it is time to be present and take in those precious fleeting moments with them.

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’t 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 inspiration😍.

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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 🙏 ❤️


xoxo,
Ann.

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’ll get there one day☺️). 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 #lifestyledesigns😉.  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 😊. 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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