Ideas to Upcycle Clothes

At the end of every semester, I take on one specific task: Go through my belongings and give away items I don’t use or wear anymore. Recently I had a few clothing items I knew I wouldn’t have the time to adjust or resize, so I decided it was time to give them away. After setting my affirmations for this month, however, I decided to pull out some items and see how I could repurpose them into something else. My Pinterest literally exploded as I searched for ways to upcycle my clothes! Here’s a short list of the projects I used to update and revitalize my wardrobe. Continue Reading ›

Sewing Tips for Repairing Clothes

When I tell people I used to sew for a living, I get two different reactions: “That’s such a great talent. I couldn’t even sew on a button” or “You must sew for yourself all the time!” In past blogs, I’ve addressed these common attitudes in posts about my former career in costuming and showed why those who make our clothes deserve more respect. I’ve even shared some common sewing terms to amuse people and show them that sewing isn’t a strange concept. What’s missing from all of this is some simple tips you can learn to repair your own clothing. So, before you think about tossing out a clothing item that has a missing button or a torn hem, consider a few of these simple sewing techniques you can learn to keep your clothing. Continue Reading ›

August 2017 Affirmations

August marks many important dates for me. Summer school is coming to an end and Fall semester will quickly approach at the end of the month. Plastic-Free July is over and has left me with even more ideas and goals for sustainable living. And, fingers crossed I can get some travel time now that school is over. With some time off, I’ve decided this month’s affirmations could also be used to catch up on sewing projects, especially since it’s something that would be great to check off my 30 list. Continue Reading ›

Why You Should Support the Arts

With the recent release of President Trump’s budget, threats are being made to numerous government organizations in an effort to balance the budget. These cuts will affect many individuals and communities and have led to advocacy for many different causes. While I support many of these programs and organizations that are getting cut, one specifically in my view is the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). After a recent visit to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, my eyes were opened up to the government and how we can remind our representatives what matters to us. With this month’s affirmations, I’m ready to advocate for a cause I care about, but I also realize that not everyone shares my views about the arts. That’s why I’ve crafted a blog post that addresses those perspectives with information from Americans for the Arts. If you’re skeptical about how much impact the arts can have considered a few of my steps to becoming an arts supporter and move forward: Continue Reading ›

DIY Valentines Gifts For Classmates

Since starting school, my focus on craft projects has been restricted by homework. However, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been getting back to my crafting roots for a much-needed relief. Although I’m focusing less on crafts with my blog, unless it’s repurposing or upcycling, I’ve wanted to share the spirit of love with some DIY projects I found for Valentine’s Day. At first, I didn’t think there would be many ideas out there for classmates, Pinterest definitely proved me wrong. To see what I’ve come up with for my graduate school classmates, see what I’ve crafted below. Continue Reading ›