STOP YELLING FROM YOUR SHOEHORN…you don’t walk in my shoes.

It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.

Ashly Lorenzana

I have been working on me for a long time. I have been accused of changing. Well your absolutely right! #youwon. I have changed thank God for my testimony.

I am a Better Me, a Happier Me, a Truthful Me. I no longer need to live with or for the acceptance of others. Gesh! I used to. Thank God for change.

I love the self discovery of really knowing who I am, Telling the truth about me and giving every breath of everyday to making me better. Thank God for change.

I love the acceptance of things imperfect. I will not live with your fantasy…I live in my own reality. Stop yelling from your shoehorn. YOU DO NOT WALK IN MY SHOES. Thank God for change.

I forgive myself for believing that your opinion matters. I now know it doesn’t. YES, you have the right to your opinion, but it is not accepted by me, nor does it become my implementation. Thank God for change.

Iyanla was right when she said the more you change, the more people will get uncomfortable. I am not your adjuvant. Thank God for change.

THIS IS MY TESTIMONY.

Sharing #Aymonegirl #skincaresunday routine

If you want to make a huge difference in your hyper pigmented, combination or acne prone skin then please watch this video.  

Do I have acne NO. But combination and hyper pigmentation YES!

This #Aymonegirl does a great job explaining her skin care routine.  We’ll have to get her to review DonNaturaL’s AllBodyButter.

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Watch her video and subscribe to her channel you will not be disappointed.

p.s. I’m still in search of the steamer she uses.

p.s.s. Check out her before and after

Sewing with Nancy and Lola

Thank God for Cable. I buy patterns and watch youtube. But now I can sit back a chill and watch sewing channels on TV.

I just stumbled upon this channel on PBS . Nancy is featuring Lola Jenkins an amazing quilter IMG_4497.PNG

Here is Lola’s work

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She uses pictures and then she cuts pieces of fabric to replicate the image using fabric.

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DonNaturaL one shelf at a time…

From today until December 31,2014 part of the proceeds of DonNaturaL’s AllBodyButter will go to support Uterine Fibroid Relief.

You can purchase DonNaturaL’s AllBodyButter at Revolution Ego Salon:

Revoultion EGO
Hair Salon
312 N Myers St#115, Charlotte, NC
28202
(704) 951-7386

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Laying my clothes out for work. #diy

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Open up to the Universe

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For so long I assumed that suppression was control. I now tell it, show it and live in my truth. I am not in tuned to people but merely their energy. In essence, your energy is who you are. YES, can babies learn who you are by your rhetoric? NO, they know and react to your energy. I’m inviting only positive energy around me so that I am open to the gifts that the universe has awaiting me.

So peel back the layers, reacquaint with yourself. You have to know yourself before you love yourself.

Be open to the infinite possibilities of the universe.

Beautiful Ankara Fabric! I’ll even ship to your address.

Comment (by #1-15) on any fabric below. We can ship to your address.  Remember inventory is limited, but there is plenty to choose from.

All fabric comes in 6yard pieces. 

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DonNaturaL’s Kimono Tutorial……..

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Thank you for logging in and taking the time to view this tutorial.  Hopefully you will be inspired to sew and grow with me!

Let’s get started with the tutorial………………KIMONO

Note: I usually like to draw and  journal in this book ( not really sketching, but journalling).       IMG_4245

 

Step 1: Lay out your fabric

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Note: I pay particular attention to squaring off my fabric.  I line up the angles with the selvage edges and then trim off excess before I start cutting my commercial or self-drafted pattern pieces.

 

Step 2: Cut out back piece the desire length x width.

 

 

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Note: I cut mine to the width (shoulder to shoulder) of my back.  I’ll tell you why I made an alteration…

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DonNaturaL’s Kimono Tutorial……..

Thank you for logging in and taking the time to view this tutorial.  Hopefully you will be inspired to sew and grow with me!

Let’s get started with the tutorial………………KIMONO

Note: I usually like to draw and  journal in this book ( not really sketching, but journalling).       IMG_4245

 

Step 1: Lay out your fabric

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Note: I pay particular attention to squaring off my fabric.  I line up the angles with the selvage edges and then trim off excess before I start cutting my commercial or self-drafted pattern pieces.

 

Step 2: Cut out back piece the desire length x width.

 

 

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Note: I cut mine to the width (shoulder to shoulder) of my back.  I’ll tell you why I made an alteration later……….

Note: This should be a rectangle.

 

 

Step 3: Measure out how wide you’d like the front of the kimono. And then cut in 2 equal parts.

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Note: I make the front two pieces equal. I cut the length a few inches shorter because I wanted asymmetric finish.

Note: You should have two rectangles.

 

Step 4: Cut out the sleeves.

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Note: I cut two pieces in the desire width. I think a square shape works best for this kimono.

Note: You do not need to cut on a fold.  I started these on a fold, but I cut them later while setting in the sleeves. It just made matching the seams easier and neater.

Note: You should have two squares.

 

Step 5: You should have 5 self-drafted pattern pieces.  But note the horrific fray. hmmm can you guess what the next step is????????

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Step 6: Serge all your pieces.  No it didn’t take that long, but this was necessary.

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Step 7: Lay out your pattern pieces…..I know I know……Where did the red fabric come from?

I discovered that my measurements were too exact.  I didn’t want the kimono to fit like a shirt.  So I added some coordinated panels of fabric.

 

 

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Note: I made the front two added panels more narrow than the back two fabric panels.  

Note: A Kimono is intended to be oversized, I wanted mine to be just right for me.

Note: Sew the panels together or serge together. I used my sewing machine I had enough of the serger at this point.

 

 

Alteration Step: Draw equal lines on the right side of the back panel with tailors chalk.  And fold/pin/iron pleats.  

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Note: This is only optional, but it gave the kimono a nice rear contour.

 

Another Alteration Step: I top stitched the pleats with a nice embroidery stitch.  

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Note: I loved the way this turned out.  But remember you can skip these alteration steps altogether.

 

Step 8: Lay out the front and back of the kimono, right sides together and sew together at the top edge (shoulders).  I know you see pins for the sides minus enough room for the arm holes, but I later took the pins out.  Set in the sleeves starting at the shoulder seam matching it with a serged edge of the sleeve.

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Note: Now you can sew the sleeve and side closed with one seam.  

Note: Be careful here, there will be a sharp 90 degree angles at the axilla (underarm).  Hey, I did it and so can you!!!!

 

Step 9: I curved the neck just a little bit using my French Curve.

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Note: This felt more comfortable on my neck rather than having a straight edge.

 

Look how approximated the sleave and side is.  Yay!!!  #winning  lol

 

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Note: See the perfect 90 degree angle above. 

Note: I am obsessed with laying out pattern pieces perfectly your garment will lay better on your body.  

 

Step 10: Attach a zipper. I used Stitch Witchery to hold the zipper in place before  sewing.  

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Note: Be creative  leave the Kimono open without a zipper.

Note: Add fringe or a belt, I saw this Red Zipper on my notions self and had to incorporate it in the design.

 

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                          Hey tell me what you think of the tutorial.  

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