sewing pattern links and sewing machine

Here are some styles I’ve found browsing Anita’s website
Jump suit –

romper/jump suit –

Brother CS6000i






Sewing With Mom

I am so inspired by Somehow I stumbled on her YouTube videos as I searched on how to read a pattern.

I went to Walmart with my mom and took her to the fabric section. You should see how her face lights up when she talks about sewing. She came up with a name for her blog and the next step is to teach me how to read a pattern.

However, our schedules are so different from one another that we have yet to start on the pattern. I would love to follow along with one of Anita’s classes and sew a project. (my mother has given me a sewing machine). I know would be so proud. I can’t wait to get her website and social media up and running.

I think the biggest thing that scared me away from learning how to sew with my mother at a young age was thinking that I’d have to be a fashion designer. I don’t believe I am that great with combining and matching clothes. Typically I use Pinterest to update my wardrobe, or I’ll call one of my good friends to help me put an outfit together.

I guess it’s time for me to get over my fears and learn this skill. I’m hoping my mom doesn’t back out of the videos!!

Urban Sketching

Urban Sketching
I mentioned in on of my previous posts about the sketchbook revival that’s taking place. I’ll be sure to make a tab that has photos of my projects that I’ve completed along the way.
My next project is to become an urban sketcher. Their Our manifesto is …..

Our Manifesto

  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
I learners about urban sketching from Liz Steel. She’s been doing this since 2008! She’s made a career out of it. I’ve found that many urban sketchers have used their sketchbooks as journals. Documenting the things around them, every day.

To read more visit their website, and if you’re in Jersey, looking to meet up and draw give me a ping!

Sketchbook Revival 2018

Sketchbook revival started on Monday, And I am just getting updated with the videos from other artists.

Yesterday I shared that my mom agreed to make videos about sewing. I love creativity and working with my hands. I think that’s why I enjoyed my industrial design classes.

My mom has wanted to have a storefront for years. I’ve been debating what platform I should use to build her site. I have experience using WordPress, square space and I very briefly dabbled with shopify.

I find myself wishing that I took the time to learn how to sew. I could have been in the soft goods industry!

I’ve convinced my mom to start making videos

earlier this year I made a list of my goals, and one of them is to learn to sew by mom. My mom has been sewing since before the age of 17. 17 is when she began sewing for people. I can share some images of the classic old school dresses she made back in the day.


I do do recall making a blog at WordPress dot com but I am clueless as what the link would say. Now, my mom isn’t the best at technology, so I’ll be the person behind the scenes.

After my mom had her stroke, I was so worried of what she would, and wouldn’t be able to do.  Something she’s wanted me to get for her for some time now is an automatic scissor.

If she’s committed to this, so am I.

Sketching Every Day

Sketching Every Day

I’ve been desiring to draw more. I’ve drawn nearly all my life, and after college, I stopped doing what came naturally to me. I’ve been struggling to get back into it, but I think I’ve found a way.

In an attempt to get back into sketching, I’ve purchased additional paints, sketchbooks, pencil, and paper. Yet the start of sketching every day has yet to be fully in place. I have a friend that I talk to nearly every day and she sent me some inspirational posts. We talk about design, owning our own studios, and everyday challenges – from at home to the pressures we face every day.

Each and every morning, I check my personal e-mail before arrival to work. I browse through until its time to start my day at work. Today I saw an email from an artist friend distances away. She quickly sketched my portrait at the then last seanwes conference. (Forgive me as I cannot seem to find the original Instagram post.) 


There are so many things that I aspire to do and I always come back to art, always. Art is my safe space. Last year, as a way to raise money for my very first international missions trip, (I went to Haiti to serve my people,) if anyone donated more than $200.00 USD, I made a custom painting for them.

Be Bold – for Brit
Portrait Painting for Latisha Styles.

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I’d always wanted to visit. I even wanted my first trip to be more like a vacation, I wanted to see why it was known to be the pearl of the Caribbean. My mom and dad were born in Haiti. And I was able to serve by selling my paintings.


I also painted out of generosity. One of my good friends was in a horrible accident. She lost both of her babies. I decided to paint them and give her a beautiful memory.

I've had my head down working …..

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As I checked my email today, an email from Liz wrote,


This is just a quick mid-month email to make sure that you have heard about a week-long online workshop which I will be part of. I shared details on my blog and Instagram account last week, but if you missed it, here is the information:

It’s called Sketchbook Revival (hosted by my new friend Karen Abend) running between 23 April – 4 May  (and drum roll please) it’s FREE!

It will feature over 20 artists (fine artists, illustrators, intuitive artists, designers, art therapists and art journalers etc) and each session will feature an activity/workshop with the focus on creating art inside a sketchbook. 

I did indeed miss the post. but I’ll be joining this challenge. One of my goals for the new year has been to sketch more. And to enter into a daily sketch challenge. I guess it’s being handed to me. I’ve since joined the facebook group and will be taking part in this daily sketch challenge that I found on Liz’s blog. Challenge link.

Lastly, if you’ve been on my blog before, you’ll notice a few changes. I’m looking to move this blog to more of a lifestyle blog. Integrating art, design, fitness, finance, and spirituality. Stick with me through these changes and remember to create, design, and build.

In Search of Silence 

So the other day I was pretty much rambling about how much noise surrounds me. I’ve found that silence is one of the precious gifts surrounding the wee hours of the morning. No one likes to be up before they have to and well last night I was in bed super early. So now I have time to write for about and hour uninterrupted. While we are stil in the early months of winter I can still hear the birds chirping and very few airplanes flying over head. The morning day is fast approaching yet there is still a calmness to today’s presence. Maybe because I know I don’t have to hustle and bustle everywhere like I do during the week. 

I’ve learned to appreciate silence since I don’t get too much of it – as a matter of fact I’ve been searching for places to be in silence. Other than the wee hours of the morning, I find it in my car – parked after driving in hours of traffic. I find it in the bathroom….. that’s about it. Silence is hard to find. Where do you find silence in the midst of all this noise today? 

What did you find as a result of enrolling?How has it helped you?

What specific part did you like most about the material?

If you had to pick just one thing.

What results have you seen since applying what you’ve learned?

Any clarity, new process ideas, time saved, etc.?

Would you recommend 30 Days to Better Writing?

If so, what would you say to someone on the fence?

Bonus: Figure out how many words you wrote as a result of going through this course.

Is Art Design?

Right off the bat people are inclined to say no.

but if we take the definition that art is to entice, allure and xxx – can art be used to “design” a conversation? A disruption in thinking? Entice someone to purchase a product?

Art is viewed to be subjective, and created solely on the satisfaction of the artist and creator.

Sure it could be