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Sometimes opportunity knocks, in the form of old jeans in need of new life--and with just a few hours to do the hack. I thought, if you give a fish, vs teach to fish... I have time to make a tutorial video on #snapchat. I spent about an hour doing the first pair BECAUSE OF THE VIDEO!!! That pair was left with raw edge, but had reinforcement stitches (low tech, aka hand sewing) on the side-seams so pants don't come apart at the seams. The second pair took maybe 10 minute total, well maybe 5-7 minutes max, and I finished the seams on the sewing machine. I will do a machine tutorial later, but now, with the technology I have, here is the first cut, you get the most important parts in this video. I have a dream to teach sewing to those who want to learn on their terms and on their time--so yes, video is perfect! Someday, I have a dream to have a videographer, but for now--good enough is good enough. Many of my dreams have been achieved. Some I mentioned during Permission, Perfection and Other Fairy Tales at
Mid-Apalacian Mid-Appalachian Quilt retreat last Friday. I'm so happy that sewing, engineering, humor and joy can all play well together.
Yes, I know some of my dreams are not realistic--like living in a place with awesome sunrise AND sunset views. That dream drives me to appreciate those sunsets and sunrises that I do see.
I want to enjoy daily life as much as vacation life--please don't laugh, but I'm finding joy in the simple act of everyday cleaning up. When over 200 pounds of Bernese Mountain Dogs are in your life, if you can laugh at and enjoy sweeping the dog hair tumbleweeds you will have a better experience.
So in the last few years:
I saw the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
I used Spanish and sign language in my day job (not much but some)
My baseball team won the Championship and I clapped so hard that my hands hurt
I made great friends and business associates who help others achieve their dreams
I got a theme song--thanks Colin Kemper! Someday that will be known as my first theme song, cause I know it was only several hours worth of composing. It's perfect, and I'm privileged that I was able to find you while I can afford your time. Best of luck as you head off to study Music Composition in Alabama next month.
Okay friends, thanks for listening--I gotta run to bed, and then off to engineering work tomorrow. Yes, I like many of you have a day job and am also a superhero doing the audacious act of finding good in the world and helping it grow--oh, and I sew.
Can't wait to share more stories and also to reveal more dreams--what are your dreams?
So here's the stats
7min- alter jeans to shorts with sewing machine, they look store-bought--got trust me, I returned them before taking a photo.
1hour- alter jeans to shorts with raw edge, while making video on snapchat
3hours, 40 minutes- create with iMovie, laying music in and writing this blog post. Oops, actually only 3 hours, I forgot to clock out while walking the pups around the block.
Posting to YouTube now and off to sleep!
Full Disclosure--certain words are hard to spell: Appalachian is one of those for me--that sneaky H and double P. I found this mistake myself, before others commented. It's a balance of accepting my imperfections and doing my best. So I've updated my post correcting the error and I did a strikethrough on my correction. 6:15PM 25-July.