Susie Contreras

My life is writing + motherhood. Lived + loved in Hawaii, Baja, & around California. Thrift shops + ice cream keep me sane. Perpetually in need of caffeine. I blog at
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(Old) Project: Cape

I made this cape for my daughter when she was about nine months old. It was a little too big for her then, but now it fits perfectly. She wore it this fourth of July to celebrate the fireworks (which she’s a little bit scared of).

It was actually a relatively easy project and I think I’m going to make her a few more for this winter. The outer is made of red fleece and the lining is a cotton strawberry shortcake that I dug out of my mom’s stash.

A clutch my mom made me.

Okay, I did not make this clutch (and sorry for the tiny picture too). My mom made it for me. It’s completely my style, and can I confess something? I love it more than the one I made. No new sewing this week, but I do have a little stash of fabric which I’m planning to turn into a new pair of ruffle pants, pajama pants, and a skirt for my little one. However, this weekend is for relaxing. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. 🙂


New Project: Bow Clutch

I finally finished my clutch! It’s made of a red linen with a cotton navy blue hounds tooth lining. There’s a few things I’m not happy about, such as the the bow which isn’t completely straight. I also had a hard time with the zipper, but overall I’m happy with the end product.

I wanted to enter the Sew Sweetness Purse Palooza 2012, but any bag that is entered needs to be made between June 4 and July 11. I started the bag back in May so I don’t think it qualifies. Too bad!

However, check out my mom’s purse that she entered. I think it turned out really cute.

Wow… Where Did I Go?

Well the gig is up. I obviously have not been sewing for the past month and a half. So what have I been doing? Actually I’ve been writing. I got a freelance writing job that is keeping me busy busy busy. In addition, I’ve been learning copy writing, taking care of my little one, and resting here and there when I can. I’m a little exhausted but at the same time it’s a good feeling to accomplish so much each day. However, I think I’ll try to start posting to my little sewing blog again. The clutch I started in April (!) is almost finished. It only took me two months. 🙂

I’ve also got a sewing book to review, my first, that was a gift from my mom. And speaking of my mom she started her own sewing blog too. She’s even a little better at posting than I am. You can visit my mom’s blog here: Sew Feliz.

P.S. Wondering what my picture has to do with anything? Well in case you don’t recognize them that is the real life Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s my daughter’s favorite movie and we watch it repeatedly here at home. I’m even thinking of being Sally for Halloween this year so that I can make my daughter laugh and because really Sally is the ultimate Halloween Town seamstress, no?

Update On My Clutch

The strap and bow knot are done. It’s (very) slowly getting there!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop: Shoes

I’m so inspired by Jessica Haley’s journey from making shoes for her little girl to founding her baby shoe company Joyfolie (which is now expanding into women’s shoes!) Her story is what I love best about reading crafting blogs and browsing sites like Etsy; a mother taking the scary leap and following her dreams, garnishing success, and still coming (or staying) home to raise their little ones to eventually follow their own dreams.

Shoes by Joyfolie

I’ve always been amazed at the women who seem to do it all, and who know their true purpose in life. I’ve wanted to be, and learn, everything under the sun at different points in my life and always seemed to lack focus to get much of anything done. I start goals, only to be swayed by a new, much shinier goal a few months later.

It’s only recently, as a 30-year-old toddler’s mom, that I’ve come to terms with my personality and its limitations. I will never be the mom who has it all together, or the woman who follows one set path to reach my end goal. And while I have many smaller goals, constantly evolving, shifting, diminishing, growing, my true end goals are all generic and always have been. I just want to be happy. I want my family to be happy, I want my daughter to grow up feeling loved, taken care of, and supported. I want health, heart wealth, and a feeling of satisfaction.

Shoes by Joyfolie

In the end I’ll have to walk in my own shoes, and quit staring longingly at my neighbors. Their shoes might seem superior to my eyes, but they’re just better equipped for their own journey. In the meantime I can’t wait for the day when I can buy my daughter a pair of Joyfolie shoes. I might not follow the same path, but reading her story still inspires me to follow my own dreams. No matter how often they change.

Boots by Joyfolie

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Live. Laugh. Aloha.

~ Mom to a busy toddler
~ Sometimes writer
~ Wanna-be seamstress
~ Red velvet cake connoisseur

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