Inspiration

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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

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I Love Me Some Color


{Yellow and mint wedding palette by Martha Stewart Living}

I didn’t complete last week’s sewing project, hell, I didn’t even start it. Right now I’m learning on my mom’s sewing machine at her house a couple of times a week. It’s a struggle some days to pack up my daughter and her gigantic bag, sewing supplies, plus all the bits and pieces I take with me everywhere and try to get a couple hours of sewing in while making sure she doesn’t get in to too much trouble at my parent’s house. I know I sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not trying to. I guess I’m just frustrated at myself for not starting my project, and I needed to vent it out a bit. I’m glad that’s over and now onto this week’s goal!


{Feathered color palette by Design Seeds}

This week I want to finish the clutch I was going to attempt last week. What I’m enjoying so far about this project is picking out the fabric and learning about choosing materials in terms of weight and color. I am a girl who loves color, but until recently I never thought much about how to choose coordinating or contrasting colors, and even patterns. I just knew what I liked together. Admittedly my personal style is colorful, boho, and slightly funky. Blogs have been a great source of color inspiration, and introduced me to combinations I might never have considered before.


{Colors by Circa Ceramics}

For instance, while purple and aqua are two colors I have no problem putting together (did I mention I like my colors bright and bold) I would never in a million years have worn red, white, and blue at once. I am patriotic, but walk around looking like a flag? No thanks. But through magazines, blogs, and other visual platforms I’ve seen the red, white, and blue combination made to look positively modern. And wouldn’t you know it my clutch this week is going to be red, white, and blue. I promise there’s nothing Fourth of July about it, and the key was choosing just the right variations of red and blue, and incorporating a simple pattern. I’m no color expert, but here are a few sites where I go to get color inspired!

  • Design Seeds:
    Ooh I love the combinations on this site. They take pictures and create inspiring pantone palettes from them.
  • Colour Lovers:
    A lot of inspiration curated from graphic designers.
  • Cliqcliq Colors:
    Similar to Design Seeds, this app let’s you take pictures and create your own palettes from the colors pulled out of your photos. It was recommended in my last issue of Martha Stewart Living. This app will no longer be updating as of August 15, but I think if you download it now you can still use it after they’ve shut down.
  • Martha Stewart:
    Speaking of Martha, what crafter hasn’t been inspired by the queen of all things crafty. Her magazine designers especially are always on point.
  • OhJoy:
    An all-around inspiring design blog. The author always showcases gorgeous and modern color inspirations.
  • Wednesday Pinspiration

    Yesterday I went to San Diego with my mom and little fam. I love going into the city since it gives me a chance to visit JoAnn’s and other crafty stores. I bought red linen and a navy blue lightweight cotton print to make this! I also got to visit one of my favorite stores ever, Anthropologie. I am not necessarily the girliest lady on the block, but something about this store makes me want to break out my floaty dresses and headbands.

    I used to make hair bows and headbands for Lau Lau Girl, but I stopped making them since she would just rip them off. Now that’s she’s a little older and she’s started keeping clips in her hair a bit longer I think I want to make some hair pretties for her. I’ve had these on my pinterest as inpiration for a long time.

    Lillian Headband by VioletteFieldThreads on Etsy

    A pretty Mother’s Day flower tutorial by The Fickle Pickle

    Felt rose clips tutorial by The Purl Bee

    April showers bring May flowers, and spring is the perfect time to scatter a few flowers in a young girl’s hair. Happy crafting!

    Making Time

    I’ve never been good at time management. And since the birth of my daughter I’m even worse. Time that I’d like to spend learning to sew is instead taken up by my little one as it should be. Even when she’s napping I often use the time to read (The Hunger Games trilogy is amazing), rest, and cook. And since I don’t have my own sewing machine, sewing often takes the back burner.

    I want to work on my time management, and by extension my goals. I think I get overwhelmed a lot, which stops me from finishing even the small tasks I have in mind. Also I think I tend to feel silly a lot of the time when I think of my own dreams and goals. Since they are fuzzy, and since I feel funny thinking about myself so much, I don’t have a set of fully defined goals other than the general ones of doing what’s best for my daughter and family. But no more!

    This week I’m going to take the time to list some short and long term goals and schedule my time accordingly. Not for my daughter. Not for my family. For me.

    And that watch? I don’t wear watches but for this one I might make an exception. Nothing really to do with this post; just a pretty watch.

    Upcycling Pinspiration

    Like all my fellow crafters I have a slight obsession with Pinterest. It’s so inspiring to have 50 uses for wine corks right at your fingertips. And I’m not even being sarcastic! I really truly believe Pinterest has given crafters, artists, and other creatives a larger community than was previously available online.

    As for me, Pinterest is an outlet, not just for the millions of projects I’d like to someday accomplish, but also for my OCD organizational compulsiveness. I’m constantly editing, rearranging, and organizing my boards. Some weeks I forget all about Pinterest, but sooner or later I get drawn back. I even have my mom hooked (I think she uses it a lot more than I do) which is funny since she’s my crafting hero and sewing teacher.

    Here are a few “pinspirations” from my Reduce. Reuse. Upcycle board. Enjoy!

    Mans Shirt to Summer Dress
    By How Joyful via Pinterest (this one is a tutorial!)

    Man’s Shirt to Tank Top
    By GarageCoutureClothes via Pinterest

    Sweater to Sweater
    By Acornolyphant via Pinterest

    Live. Laugh. Aloha.

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

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