Bathing Suit Coverup – Relax Ann! : Butterick 5746

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Reminiscing on when I got to take a quick getaway with my family and wore my #memade eyelet coverup😉.  I got to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life for a weekend.

Personally, I easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and try to check off as many things as I possibly can in one day.  I tell myself that when my husband graduates, I’ll relax. When I finish saving for my children’s education, I’ll relax. When dinner is made, I’ll relax. When I finish putting my book together, I’ll relax. The list goes on.

I recently had a health scare that made me self reflect (nothing serious). It was a reminder that I will always have a long list of things to complete, but I have to learn to slow down and be in the moment.  Have you ever had to reevaluate your life’s pace?

I decided to take time in the car rider line to do prayer 🙏 and listen to podcasts, read books, or listen to audio books.  If you have any prayer requests, feel free to send them my way😊. So what helps you to be in the moment and relax?
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Btw, I highly recommend Butterick 5746 to get your personal fitting pattern. I made my red lace block pattern out of it. In turn, that block pattern allowed me to make my bathing suit coverup. I will now use the skirt portion of my coverup to make my fashion show skirt.

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I will also use the red lace block pattern to create a blouse. The possibilities are endless when you get a good fit on your basic block pattern.

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I will be attending Runway Houston on Oct 11 in which I will be collaborating with Rosalind at Sew Much Fabric.  I am excited!  Here is my toile for the outfit.

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Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to relax! 🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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In case you missed it, below is the video for sewing my Bathing Suit Coverup.

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Guest Speaker & Teaching Classes

Greetings!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.  I recently came across this photo below when I taught a Bow Tie Class at Francescas main office.  It made me reminisce about the times I taught classes or was invited to be a guest speaker.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the experiences.  Here are some photos along with the tutorials.

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The photo that started it all….


I had the opportunity to teach at Joann Fabrics and showed students how to make the Birdcage Veil & the Camryn Fabric Flower.  This was a lot of fun because I got to see students choose their own unique fabric to make the flowers.  They are so creative!


I got to speak at Elsik High School’s Fashion Department.  I shared how I started Youtique Bridal & all the hard work to make my dreams come alive.  The Fashion Design Students also learned how to create the Fabric Flowers.

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Elsik High School – Houston, TX


I was invited to speak to the Fashion Department of the Art Institute of Houston. It is always an honor to share my experiences of how I started my business.  This was actually around the time I started expanding to Lifestyle Designs.

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And below are the cutest students I ever had.  It was a Mommy & Me sewing session where the children learned how to make a little satchel.  Their mothers shared that some used it to carry their dolls and others their library books.  They were so darn cute!  I do not have a tutorial for the satchel but I had to share my youngest students;)

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Well, I hope you enjoy your weekend.  Take care & I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary! 😉

Hugs,

Ann

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Tootsies Summer Soiree : Women of Wardrobe

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. I just wanted to share a little about the event I attended this past Wednesday.  First I want to thank Claudia Reimann for the invitation and a special thanks to Kim Henry who welcomed me to the event.  Kim was absolutely lovely!  It was a fun night of great conversations, food, & drinks.  Thank you Kim!

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It was my first time at this event and I got to meet some of the most fashionable people around the Houston area.  One of the highlights of my night, along with meeting up with Kim, was I got to personally meet Norm & Donna, the owners of Tootsies.  During my conversation with them, I learned Donna is an Interior Designer and Norm started out in the stock room of Tootsies 20 years ago.  I was intrigued and inspired by his journey to becoming an owner.  To start out in the stock room and work towards becoming an owner means there was a lot of hard work, sweat, tears & perseverance in between (at least in my experience).  I wish I had more time to talk and learn about his journey, but Norm & Donna had another 300 guests to host.  Maybe one day this dreamer (ME;) will get to sit and talk to Norm & Donna and ask all the questions about leaving a legacy.  But in the meantime, thank you Norm & Donna for hosting a beautiful event.

All Summer Soirée guests received a $25 Tootsies gift card to put toward that evening’s purchases, and Tootsies donated 10 percent of sales back to DFSH.

Here are more lovely ladies I got to meet at the Tootsies Summer Soiree.  Several from the Sugar Land area where I grew up!

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Me wearing my #memade dress…project coming soon, Annie, Kim, Martha, Gail, Annette

To learn more about the event, you can visit HoustoniaMag.

This is an annual event so if you live in the Houston area, please follow DFSH & WOW on Instagram to get updates on future events.

 

Thank you for reading & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann

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Woman of Wardrobe’s (WOW) mission is to raise funds and awareness for DFSH (Dress For Success Houston) while promoting volunteerism.

Dress For Success Houston’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and tools to help women thrive in work and life.
https://dfshouston.org

Do you believe in Color Psychology? #WardrobePlanning

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. 

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Per Roz, an immediate need in my closet is a basic red outfit, a red top & red skirt. When she first told me, I was hesitant.  Currently, I do not have a single red clothing item in my wardrobe.  The color makes me feel self conscious because it is such a strong bright color.  I have worn accents of red through jewelry & accessories but not an outfit.  I rarely wear bright colors.  The only time I wear it is when I run 🏃🏻‍.

Do you believe in Color Psychology?  I am not a psychologist or claim to be, but as I was sewing my basic red outfit, I had time to think about the impact of color.  My initial hesitation about sewing a red outfit made me wonder about the last time I wore red.  I decided to go through my old photos and collect images of me wearing red.  Surprisingly, I wore red at some important events in my life.  And for some reason, I didn’t find a single photo of me wearing red after having children.  Actually, I didn’t have a lot of photos of myself post pregnancy, most were of my children.  In conclusion, I wore red in my younger days when I was energetic and more bold.

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When I got pregnant and started having children, I realized that my wardrobe colors got darker.  In my mind, I believed darker colors made me look slimmer.  I had my 3 children 2 years apart, 2006/2008/2010, and throughout those 5+ years to current, dark colors were a staple in my wardrobe.  Now I didn’t mind the weight gain because I knew I was carrying something precious and gaining weight was a by-product, but I had to relearn how to dress my new body and adjust to new responsibilities after I delivered my babies.  That calls for another post one day when we have the time;)

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I wish I wore red at delivery;) #babyfat #whoisthis

So here I am creating the first red outfit after all these years.  It’s bold but I have been wanting to make a change in my life.  My basic red outfit is complete and it is time to take chances and be bold again;)  Stay tuned for the red outfit!

Did you go through a similar wardrobe color experience?  Were there stages in your life where you wore bright colors and other phases of dark?  Just curious, do you believe in color psychology?

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Hugs!

Ann

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I did it! I completed the Chevron Houston Marathon 26.2miles

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I did it! I completed my first #fullmarathon! Congratulations to everyone that ran! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻To be honest, I am a fairly slow runner so I didn’t think I would complete it in time. However, I was determined to run 26.2miles, even if the gates closed on me.

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Reflecting on the day, there were so many factors that kept me going.  Trust me, at about the 20mi mark, I saw two guys pulling an empty medical stretcher by….I never thought a stretcher could look so comfortable!🤣  But really, it was a culmination of things that kept me going:

– the painful training that made me want to quit, but eventually wore away
– coach @vinhthuy12 who followed up with our progress and shared his experiences/tips.
– the #runners in my training group who hit milestones and inspired me to do better
– my husband @tan.ngo keeping pace for me
– family cheerleaders who braved the freezing temps to cheer us on @carlyjhoang@mynameisngo. It was also nice to see complete strangers holding up signs


– my brother @dentite37 who ran the half for the first time and did amazingly awesome
– the familiar faces along the way that brought a moment of joy when it felt miserable. Some I haven’t seen for years!

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– Appreciating my surroundings, especially the roads we ran on. They are usually filled with traffic jams or speeding cars. It felt strange to run along the Westpark freeway to Post Oak.


– the texts I received from friends and love ones
– the mental games I used. During training, I ran to my sister’s house 7 miles away and then back home. During the marathon, I had to literally imagine myself running to her house then back home. So I used 7 mile markers during the marathon.
– I prayed my rosary cousin @mtnguye gave me at the 22-24mile point.

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– Mr. T, Tuan, & Cuong were my guides (they didn’t know it). I kept them in sight to keep me moving forward.
– the volunteers passing out water, food, & gave medical care.
@phamcpafirm thank you for the food that soothed the aches & pains.

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Would I do it again? If you asked me during training up to yesterday, the answer is NO! It takes a lot of time, a lot of physical energy, mental energy, and the pain can be unbearable, but…

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But on a side note, I bulked up to run the Chevron Houston Marathon.  Literally.  I put layers of clothing on to endure the cold freezing temperatures of the day.  The morning started at 32F and reached a high of 54F.  I never ran in those temperatures before.  It is common to shed your clothes while running.  People would throw clothes along the side of the road.  They have designated volunteers to pick up the clothing and it would go to Goodwill.  I already had a bag of clothes to be donated so it was all in good timing to wear the sweater and 2 t-shirts I would toss on the side of the road.

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Here are the main items I had on for the run.  Thank you Nancy for my wool socks!

Well, it is still early 2019 and it feels good to accomplish something so big (at least it is big for me).  I learned so much from this experience.  I am interested to see what the rest of 2019 would bring.  All the good and bad coming this way will have plenty of lessons to learn from, so…BRING IT ON 2019!

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.