Monday, September 29, 2014
Last year I had thought a lot about attending Lula, but I didn't. Because it cost money. I felt like that was selfish. Then again, this year I thought the same thing. But my husband (the good man that he is) said, "You should go!" And I said, "OK!"
I packed my bags and headed to Park City. I knew a few of the people from Quilt Market, but not very well and I was mortified. You know, like first day of high school mortified. What if everyone thinks I'm a loser and doesn't talk to me? What if I have to eat by myself? What if I don't catch on in class and they all roll their eyes at me? What if Pink Fig thinks my business is lame or what if the shop owners stop buying my patterns because I'm so crazy? SELFISH THOUGHTS!
So about 15 minutes into the retreat I realized that this just wasn't going to be scary at all. This was a very safe place, where we could express our emotions and our struggles and everyone pitched in to lift us up. Everyone had stories JUST LIKE MINE! They had fears and struggles just like I did and we together as a team were there for each other. We built each other up and at the same time we had teachers who were so incredibly SELFLESS with their skills and taught us so many secrets and talents that we really need for our careers. We had cooks and staff there to make sure we were eating so well and keeping our minds and bodies alert and happy! There were designers, authors, a magazine owner, and Amanda Herring who were there to lead us and guide us! They helped us find a new beginning for our paths and now via the internet we are all able to keep in touch and continue to feel inspired and be supportive!
I have to blog about this, not just to tell you all about it, but to remind myself next year, to go again! THIS WAS SO WORTH IT! Don't just go for the amazing gifts/swag (because OH MY WORD...THE SWAG!!!) or the fancy dining or the great classes, go for the lifetime of new friendships, the support, love, and inspiration from others just like YOU! Just go to find yourself all over again.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
This past week I spent a few days at an event called Find Your Lula. I attended this event in hopes of learning a few skills. Never could I have possibly have imagined all the greatness that I gained in such a short amount of time. I established life long friendships, a new found confidence in myself, a love for creativity and people, as well as many other things which I will touch on in another post.
One of the courses taught at Lula was photography. I learned so much in just a few short days with Kristen. I still have a ways to go, but I am so grateful for all she taught me.
Does my shadow make me look tall? ;)
If you are looking for a life changing experience or maybe even just a reboot, check out Lula! You won't be disappointed!
Monday, June 9, 2014
I have had a few requests (and by few, I mean like 3) to show Remi's room with the Petals décor. I don't have a complete photo of the room because it's not all finished and in fact these photos actually show it more "along the way" to completion because I'm not sure when I will actually finish it. I started the flower about 2 years ago and have modified it several times. But now I feel like it is perfect and my best critic (Remi) loves it hanging in her bedroom! We actually have a few now, but these photos are only showing the one.
At one point, I made a quilt to match as well...it's a lot of fun with the petals and ruffles in the middle, but I didn't include it in the pattern because I ran out of time. So...maybe next year? ;)
One thing that I love so much about Remi, is that I never have to bribe her to smile for the camera. She is so willing all the time. She's bit younger in these photos. Her hair is a lot longer now, but her eyes and smile are still the same!
Once I finally decided on where to put the crib, I was able to finalize some decorations. I used all THREE templates in my pattern to make various sizes of baskets and wall petals for her. She just thinks this is the best thing ever and loves looking at her flower every night.
We were very careful with hanging the flower and made sure it was SUPER secure! I like that it's simple and enchanting all in one. Not over the top like a lot of little girl rooms. That's really how we like things around here. I was even able to find all of the polka dot fabric for super cheap (with coupon) at Hobby Lobby! The other fabrics are of course Lila Tuller by Riley Blake Designs.
We still have a lot to do with the rest of the room but I think this is a pretty good start! :)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I've learned that showing my new patterns only gets more and more intimidating every season! I don't know why, but it really does. I would hope it would get easier, but I suppose easy is just wimps right? ;) Without realizing it, I noticed that many of my patterns came together as inspiration from the interests of my children. While it may not appear so, these patterns are completely inspiration from the world around me. So with that said here they are...
Happy Day describes itself in the title. This sweet novelty has become a close favorite to my some of my others. This was sketched on one of the brighter days here in our cold, winter town and on that day I felt such bliss and happiness! April Showers by Bonnie and Camille really gives it a fun look! AND it only uses 2 fat quarters per square!
Baby Mine began as just a quick project. I was certain that it's simplicity wouldn't be attractive to others, but on a whim I introduced it on my IG account (@tinyseamstress) and realized it was more than I gave it credit for and I was super excited to finally get some Madhuri by Quilted Fish in my hands to whip one up! That sweet quilt is coming home with mama after market!
Savvy is pretty snazzy don't you think? I was soooo intimidated to take on this project, but was so thrilled when it finally turned out SIX bags later! I know what you're thinking...holy crap! The zippers are my favorite part, because when they unzip your bag extends THREE inches on each side! And there are so many options with this bag...lots of pocket choices and various handle lengths, etc. And DO NOT be intimidated by those zippers. I am not a zipper person and I can safely say that these are pretty simple to install! I call these bags the Amy & Amanda bags because the fabrics are designed by 2 of my very favorite designers in the whole world. The top bag is Sweet Harmony by Amy Hamberlin and the bottom bag is Lula Magnolia by Amanda Herring.
Frozen is one that came straight from the kiddos! I left that darn theater seeing snowflakes for the next 3 weeks and then on top of that I live in ice central and so this fun design was created. A few of my sweet testers used fabrics with various prints on them and they are super adorable as well! I'll have to share some of those later to give you some other perspectives. This quilt is a perfect twin size. These fabrics are just a mix of Moda solids. And I won't lie, it's fun one to make!
Petals is my favorite design this season. I feel like it's a great way to celebrate the little girl in my life. Initially I designed the flowers to hang on the ceiling in Remi's room (photos to come), but then the idea went a little further with the basket and garlands. I don't know about you, but I think this would be a really cute "enchanted" birthday party theme for a little girl!
And just as a bonus, that basket has been used as her Easter basket for the last 2 years and she just loves it. She carries it for weeks after, until I sneak it away for the next year. This pattern is SUPER simple and pretty quick to make, so don't be intimidated at all! It's made with fusible fleece, fabric, and a little bit of cardboard...crazy right? I've worked on it for 2 years to get it as simple as possible and I think you're just going to love it! Most of the fabrics are Sweet Harmony by Amy Hamberlin.
Planes is another "child obsessed" inspired quilt. My boys love planes! Also a very simple design and quick to put together. No sashing or borders, just blocks and a few of your favorite fabrics! It's a little bigger than a baby quilt and is perfect for that little man in your life to drag around the house. :)
Fabrics are Speedster by Riley Blake Designs.
Patterns will be listed in my shop sometime this week after all of my printing and folding and stuffing is complete! I'll keep you posted! But for now...thanks for your patience. I am just returning from market and can hardly keep my eyes open! :)
Photography by my sweet friend Beth Feigner.
Posted by Tiffany at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
She smiled and said, "yes" and then she was off doing something else. I went home smiling thinking about her and I was so proud that she had the courage to ask such an intriguing question and even more proud that she was satisfied with the answer. Over the years people (old and young) have always asked me why I'm little. I used to say stuff about mutated genes, or "my dad was over 40" or "I was just the leftovers in my super tall family!" But then one day, my nephew asked my brother why I was so much smaller than him and he said, "Because that's the way Heavenly Father made her!"
"That's it!" I thought. That's my answer and it's 100% the truth.
Several weeks ago my sweet Sawyer came home from school and said, "I don't like it when people call me little!" I thought to myself, "Ok...don't screw this up! This is your mommy moment!"
I asked him, "What do you tell them?"
He said, "I don't say anything. I just don't answer."
I explained to him that maybe he could just say, "That's the way Heavenly Father made me."
He said what he always says, "That's a good idea."
He hasn't brought it up since, but he does walk up to the table, hold his chin up high and say, "Look mom!"
I just reply, "OH my! Look how tall you are Sawyer!" He just walks away with a big grin on his face.
I remember as a child these same struggles. I remember not liking school because every. single. day. people had the same short jokes and they would say them and laugh just like they did the day before. And I would smile and walk away or I'd say something super sarcastic that probably wasn't very Christ-like. While I am a confident person, I too, like everyone else in the world am scarred from things like this and I know this will happen with my children as well, but I am going to prevent them from it as much as I can.
When Sawyer was born and we found out that he had Achondroplasia, I became depressed and suffered for a long time with an extreme amount of guilt for passing this on to my child. Which would probably explain the age gap between him and Remi. But while I was raising Sawyer, something truly miraculous happened, something that made my testimony grow immensely. For the first time, I was able to truly see my sweet babies the way our Heavenly Father sees me, and this allowed me to love myself and forgive myself for passing on this genetic disorder to all three of my children. Yep, I said all THREE.
As my boys grew, I fell in love so deeply with both of them. They have these sweet sweet personalities. They welcome everyone with open arms, they are well behaved and they have so much fun. There was one week where my husband and I said, "hey maybe we should try for another baby!" and then the next week we said, "no it's still too much." This is a point in life where we can truly say that we were not in control of our destiny because shortly after we discovered that we were expecting a little girl.
I remember being so disappointed to discover that my doctor was no longer delivering babies and that I'd have to go to another. After seeing my new doctor a couple of times and talking with him, I remember him asking me a question (and I think I've told this story before), "Do you plan to have more kids after this?" I said, "I don't know if we're up to it. You see, I tend to pass on my physical genes to my children causing them to have struggles and I just don't know if I can handle any more of that."
He looked me in the eye and said, "Let me tell you something. I have six children. One of which is autistic, one has diabetes, and the list goes on. All of our children come with trials and I promise you that being little isn't the most difficult thing they could have to deal with!"
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in our latest General Conference, "How often do we wait to see the rainbow without thanking God for the rain?" Though my trials may not be like others, I am grateful they are my own and I am grateful my Heavenly Father is taking care of me and helping me through the rain. He is my light and makes every day possible...rain and all.
I know that there are storms that lay ahead for this family, but I also know there are rainbows yet to come. So for now, I'm going to enjoy the sunshine and stay prepared for the rain, by building my relationship with my Heavenly Father and make certain that my sweet babies know how blessed I truly feel to have them in my life. They are my light and my life and the answer to so many of my prayers!
Posted by Tiffany at 9:52 PM
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Lately I've been sewing like mad and using my seam ripper more than ever! Oh my! I can't believe the use I've made of that little sharp tool. Perhaps it's my new distraction with watching DWTS while I sew. I am a Full House guru, so when Candace Cameron Bure came on the show, I was doomed from the start of the season. Let's just pray I can work out all my kinks before market in exactly 43 days! How is that possible? How is it so soon???
Anyway, so amongst all of this chaos in the Jenkins' home, little sparks of happiness make their way into my life! For example, our new spring release in McCall patterns! Can you believe we made page 2 in the look book! Eeeek!!!
I am so impressed with the photos and their brilliance in the layout. They never cease to amaze me. Anyway, I just wanted to drop in with our good news and say hello! I suppose I should get back to pattern writing and edits and seam ripping. Those things won't take care of themselves. Happy Sewing!
Posted by Tiffany at 9:43 PM