It's the End (of June, that is)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Well, half the year is now gone and I have done both so much and so little.
The day after tomorrow it's Canada day! That means it's been a year since I moved to Quebec, wow, where has the time gone? My family and I are going to be having a small get together to celebrate. I will (obviously) be baking a cake and will be on decorating duty. Is there anything special you do for Canada day?

This week I did my final Francisation exam and finished my level 4 French! There are 8 government French levels and so I am half-way there. That's right your girl knows how to speak enough French to get a job, well enough to have a conversation with others and still be understood. Fortunately (or unfortunately)  I won't' be going back as I will be starting university this coming September. Since it's all in English and downtown Montreal is mostly English, I won't' have to use too much French.

6 (Awesome) Reasons I LOVE sewing

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hey, hey, hey!
This past week as I was thinking a thought passed through my head: Why do I love sewing? How did this come to be? And after thinking long and hard about it I wrote a list and it essentially helped write this post.

I have been sewing since I was 14, but I have never been able to pinpoint why sewing has been a big part of my life. When I was a child my mom used to sew my clothes for me and our family but when she stopped (it got expensive) I never thought twice about it. But as I got older I become more interested but soon I came to love it. This is a post of 6 reasons why LOVE sewing ✂ and why you could too.

6 (awesome) Reasons I love Sewing

1. Learning new skills.

This is a very good reason. Sewing is a skill that will always be needed and depending on the area of choice it is fairly easy to do. Hemming, mending and other smaller items can be easily done. It is a very good skill to have and it's also a very impressive skill to have as sewing is being more and more forsaken for ready-made clothes. It's also something you can brag about 😉

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2. Clothes fit perfectly and are unique (with lots of combinations) 

This is one of my top reasons why I love it so. When I sew I can make them fit me like they should. Finding clothes that fit perfectly, everywhere, is hard to come by and to be able to find a pattern (or draft one) and adjust it to fit your unique body is wonderful. 
And the combinations are endless! Like that top, but not the sleeves? Change it! Love the fit, but not the length? Adapt it! The fabric choices are not a problem there's everything for everyone. You won't have to worry that someone else will have the same garment, with the same fabric and with the exact same fit as you. The clothes that I've made are unique and no one has made one like it (with rips, mistakes, and more). Confidence grows, and so does your self-esteem.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Sewing (believe it or not) is trés environmentally friendly, for if you look up the Fast Fashion you will realize how much the industry has and is affecting our environment.
Fast fashion is constantly (2+ times/month) creating a demand for stylish, must-have wear and the solution is cheap, disposable clothing that will be used 2 times before ripping. The people who make a pair of jeans are paid $2 while working in sweatshops just so we can have a $15 pair of jeans.
"Fast fashion” is a term used by fashion retailers to describe inexpensive designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends. As a result of this trend, the tradition of introducing new fashion lines on a seasonal basis is being challenged. Today, it is not uncommon for fast-fashion retailers to introduce new products multiple times in a single week to stay on-trend.
Sewing helps people realize the hard work, time and energy that is being put by making a garment and bringing awareness of the problems that is fast fashion. By sewing, I know the quality of my garment and make it to how I want it and knowing that no one was being underpaid. And what I am wearing won't be out of style in a week.
If you want to know more about the fast fashion industry there is a documentary called The True Cost. Depending on where you live it might be on Netflix. It really is a great film and it has different perspectives, from the company owners to the underpaid, overworked sweatshop workers and how their actions affect our lives.

4. Gets the Mind Working (helps the body, too)

Did you know sewing is good for your health, too? Too much time on a screen can cause sensory overload which can lead to restlessness and tiredness.
 =However, because sewing is a purposeful, completion-based activity, you actually feel relaxed and your mind is put to work. Sewing can also be a great anti-depressant, which I have to agree since it has helped me in very stressful, depressing periods to relax.
Helps protect against dementia because it keeps your brain active. Sewing is shown to improve hand-eye coordination since us sewers are constantly working with tiny needles, threads, and small stitches. Since it relaxes, it makes you happy!

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5. Social Benefits

There are people that think that sewing is a lonely hobby, but the truth is that it's not! If you look at it from a historical setting, women used to get together to socialize and sew. Now more than ever it's easier to find people (and help) with the really nice help of the internet. There are many Facebook sewing groups and blogs and in your city, there might be a sewing group where everyone can meet and socialize. People with shared hobbies make great buddies. I have met so many people that love to sew that after I'm with them I get a feeling of belonging even though some of them I've never met face to face.

6. Sense of Accomplishment

All of the troubles and feeling of taking forever to finish a project are all vanished when the project is finished and a sense of accomplishment follows it.
The confidence that comes with looking back and remembering all that you went through and coming to the conclusion that it was definitely worth it, helps in the corners of your life. Gives you a reason to love yourself and to keep improving.

That moment when I finish a project I feel like I can tackle anything.

Those 6 reasons sum up why I love sewing. There is so much that I can not describe in words.

Why do you love sewing? What are your favourites benefits? Anything to add to the list? Comment down below.

Now that you know how sewing can help improve your life, Go get sewing!

Crayola Makeup | Guest post by The Cami Way

Saturday, June 9, 2018

*This is a repost of the post I wrote on The Cami Way, on June 5th. This is a guest post in a way.

Wow, it's been quite a week! On Thursday and Friday, the temperature here was between 29℃-34℃, it was sweltering and, with the humidity, suffocating. Saturday and Sunday it went down but it was bearable and delightful, but on Monday it was 10℃ (!!!) and was raining. I honestly cannot understand the weather here in QC.
In other news, I was scrolling through my feed when I saw something very interesting that I had to read it twice: Crayola has a makeup line. You read that right Crayola, the arts & craft company, came out with a line of makeup that is in the shape of (guess what): crayons.

It's June!

Monday, June 4, 2018

We are halfway through the year, can you believe that? It feels like yesterday that I started this blog. Thank you for being with me on this journey. This past weekend I have finished sewing something that been on my to-do list for the last 6 months (!!).

I had a dress I got about 1 1/2 years ago but never got to wear it because it was way, way too long.
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