a reflection on the past couple of months. I was ahead of schedule for my blog posts (I submitted two guest posts a week early) so I took some time to look through my old posts to see what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what I wanted to improve. In my opinion, the content and graphics were on point, killer actually, but what was lacking was engagement. I loved seeing everyone’s me-made outfits in May and I loved following Oona’s Promaballoona. I want to start something too (I am stomping my feet up and down as if I was a terrible twosome and I wrote that). Just as these amazing seamstresses did, I want to start something that engages ME with YOU and that’s what I’m going to do.
What am I starting? Remember slam books during high school? (I almost got expelled for creating one. Ha! That’s another story for another day and another post) Well… I want to start a slam book, also somewhat of a scrapbook, for sewing. Our slam book/scrapbook would not be derogatory but would document our learns, struggles, projects, and lives.
I’ll buy a notebook, a pretty one from Anthropologie, and I’ll write about what’s on my sewing plate as of late. I’ll tape, glue, and decorate my page(s) however I like. Next, I’ll scan my page(s) and write a blog post about it. Then, I’ll MAIL the notebook to another seamstress (I’ll get their approval before I send it – just in case they don’t want to participate) and they can decorate it any way they please. They can write a sewing tip, a pattern making tip, a recent trip, or just ramble about themselves if they wish. They can use this tutorial, this tutorial, this tutorial, or another tutorial to decorate their page(s). It doesn’t matter. That person will blog about what they added to the notebook and send it to another person. This will continue until the notebook is filled. At that point, it can be sent back to me (or someone else- it doesn’t matter) and I’ll host a giveaway. Wouldn’t it be so cool if you won the notebook and were able to look back on the sewing community five years from now and reminisce on what we were up to?
So who’s in? I don’t care if it’s only one of you. All I need is one!
Oh, and one more bit…. Silvia of Sewing Princess created a petition to deal with the frustration many seamstresses have with Burda magazine. I encourage all of you to read more about it HERE and if you support the cause, sign the petition HERE.