Time Flies!!

I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since my last post! So much is going on. I’m homeschooling my son, still job hunting while making my own tutorial videos which you can see here.

I’ve been experiencing some health issues so now I’m spending time researching.  At first, I thought it was just heartburn, because of the things that caused a flare up. Then it looked like it might be an ulcer because the remedies that I used for heartburn didn’t work.

I talked to a nurse friend of mine and she mentioned it sounds like celiac disease.  I don’t think so, because I only have a couple of those symptoms, but I do think it’s a gluten sensitivity, so either way, it seems I’ll have to change my entire diet; I don’t like to always be thinking about food and that’s what will happen unless I can get a really good menu down and some meal prep is done.

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth, so I know that just destroys the gut.  When I was 17 yrs old, I had my gallbladder removed because I had “gravel”.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how important it was to change my diet at that time. Then in my twenties, I was diagnosed with IBS. Still, I just went on with life as usual. Twenty yrs later and I’m definitely paying for it! Hindsight is 20/20! If I had made those changes then, I might not be dealing with these issues now.

I started looking into gluten and in what foods you can find them.  At first, I saw that gluten is naturally in wheat, barley, and rye, then I saw that it can be found in vitamins and condiments, and I’m guessing in a lot of other places.

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I’ve always believed that if you ate organic, whole foods (non-processed) your food can actually be medicine, but you need to know everything that goes into your meal.

For those of you who are concerned and would recommend a trip to the doctor’s office, that is not possible at this time, but hopefully in the future. 🙂


Job hunting is the worst!

I hate the way we have to apply for jobs.  Everything is online.  That’s why I apply at mom and pop businesses.  I can walk in and talk to the owners and they can talk to me.  It just gives you a better feel for the person.  After talking to the owner, you can get a better idea of the type of person they are and if you’ll work well with each other. I got a job at the beginning of Dec.  I walked in and talked to them and I knew it wasn’t a good fit, but I am living with family and I couldn’t refuse the job when I need to be paying rent, so I accepted the job.  From day 1, all he did was tell me how I don’t do things his way so I’m doing it wrong. He was so wonderful and has so many loyal customers and he has no competition in this town etc. I heard it every day! I would tell him to teach me.  I’d  do the work his way.  I was too slow, I was wrong, he was wonderful, I was not. geez!  But I couldn’t quit my job.  I didn’t want my family to think I was going to freeload, but every fiber of my being was telling me not to go back.  I even prayed and told God, if this is where you want me, then I’ll go back, but I really don’t want to.

Two days before I was supposed to go back, he called and said that it just wasn’t a good fit and let me go.  I was so relieved!! then I realized, I don’t have an income.

I immediately got to work.  I put my business cards out around town and got a couple calls.  I tried to do some sewing videos.  I have about 10 already, but I’m not going to lie, sometimes life just knocks the wind out of me.  I have a zillion insecurities that I have to overcome just to record a 10- minute video.  I never realized how self-absorbed I am!!

On the days that I can’t overcome them I usually just lay in my bed and watch shows that make me forget.  Lately, I’ve tried to be conscious of this behavior, so I made a list of goals and rewards for the new year, and hung them on my sewing studio wall. I get so many ideas that they distract me so I write my ideas down as soon as I get them so I won’t forget.

So, I’m finally seeing some growth and interaction on my Youtube channel.  Just that little bit is such an encouragement! like a floodlight on my little corner of the world. Just knowing that my quirky little way of doing something was of value to the person that commented.

While it’s almost impossible for me to get a job by applying online, I really don’t want a job working for anyone. I’m grateful for 24 hours a day, a boatload of skills, the internet, and determination. I’ll create my own work and I can determine my own income.

I need to get off here and get lunch then finish the skirt construction video!

Have a great day!


I’m home!

I arrived in California on Thursday about 4:00pm.  It will take some time to get settled, but for now, I’m enjoying spending some time with my son.  I need to get some work going, so today, I’ll be working on setting up my sewing studio.

The week before moving here, the temperature was dropping down into the 40’s in S.C. while it was boiling at 100+ degrees in SoCal.  But since arriving in SoCal, It’s been cool! such a welcome surprise!

Moving here is a new beginning is so many ways.  One of the things I wanted to get started on is my diet.  I’ve been looking into the Ketogenic diet.  I don’t know much yet, but I’m going to start with what little knowledge I do have. The one thing I have to address is sugar! I am addicted to it!  I don’t know that I can go off cold turkey, but I’m cutting back.

My breakfast this morning was:

Bacon, 1 egg cooked in the bacon grease, on a bed of fresh spinach and a couple thin slices of Mozzarella cheese. Coffee with half and half and a teaspoon of honey. I drink water all throughout the day.

I know the keto diet is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.  I have no idea if my protein intake was too much or not.  I was focusing on no sugar. I’ll have to look into it for my next meal.

I started cutting the sugar back yesterday and I woke up with a lot of pain.  I often confuse sinus pain with the aches and pains of sleeping on a mattress that should have been replaced ages ago.  From a week before I moved to now, I’ve been sleeping on the floor, so that might be an issue too.

Here’s to new beginnings!

Sewing With Knit Fabric

There are many different types of knits, but I’m just going to go over 2 of them in my video.  Please scroll down below the video to read more about the knits in the video.

  • Jersey Knit
  • Interlock knit


To purchase ballpoint needles and twin needles for your machine, click the pictures below.

Jersey knit is a single knit fabric. One side of a jersey knit will be the knit stitches and on the back, you’ll see the purl stitches.  Jersey is an ideal fabric for maxi dresses and skirts

Ribbed knit is the fabric that is typically used on the neckline of t-shirts and has a great amount of elasticity.

Interlock knit is made up of two layers of knitting.  It looks the same on both sides.  It’s thicker than jersey and is more stable, which means it doesn’t stretch out as easily and doesn’t curl at the edges.  Interlock knit fabric is great for bottoms, such as leggings.  This is an ideal knit fabric for beginners to use.


What a difficult day! A walkthrough.

Yesterday was rough.  Throughout the night before, I woke up several times and I’d feel the pain at the base of my neck and I knew it would be a difficult day.  It always started like this.  I knew I should have gotten up and taken something for the pain, but it was too cold.  I just wanted to find a comfortable position and go back to sleep.

When I woke up, the pain had moved into my eyes, shoulders and down my back. I went through a mental checklist: was it because of my old bed? my sinuses? tension?  It could have been any of those things. When I got out of bed, I noticed my heartburn started acting up and my body felt “off” I just wasn’t feeling good.  It seems everything causes heartburn these days so I decided not to eat breakfast.

I got my stuff together so I could work on my blog.  I had recorded some tutorials for the blog and was trying to upload them to my computer, but even my equipment wasn’t being cooperative!  I didn’t have a problem uploading my videos the first time, but it hasn’t worked since. I worked on this for several hours and I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. I felt a meltdown coming on.  It could have easily ended in either tears and self-pity or rage at how God is against me, but I chose to accept the challenge to find a way to overcome this issue.  Doesn’t the saying go, “That which doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger?” Well, I choose to be stronger! Besides, I Googled it and there were plenty of people having the same problem, so I kept my cool and tried to figure out another way to get around this. If only the headache would go away!!

As the day wore on and I still hadn’t made any progress, I began to feel a heaviness in my chest.  Not sadness, not anger, I don’t think I felt anything except anxiousness and my mood was tanking! I’ve been down this path before.  I couldn’t sit still.  I am on a deadline and sitting around wasn’t being productive, but nothing was working out.

Being new in a small town, away from family wasn’t helping and what is that ache in my stomach?  I was trying to figure out how to pull myself out of this funk! to push off this heaviness while chasing the negative thoughts away.  Normally, I loved the solitude. But this feeling was creeping up on my more and more.  I know it’s not good to be isolated for long periods of time, but I need to get this work done.  I only have 6 weeks left!

I decided to take my dog down to the mailbox to check the mail.  Thunder Paws drug me down to the mail box and drug me back to the house.  Hmmm!  What was that feeling?  Was the dark cloud breaking up? Could it have been the minuscule workout with the dog, resisting her as she sought to drag me all over the property? being outside among the tall evergreen trees, or the walk down the dirt path, that made that small difference?

When I got back to the house, I ate lunch and noticed the pain in my stomach was easing up, as well as the heartburn.  Wow! I was beginning to feel better!  The heaviness in my chest was easing too, so I put on a comedy show and kind of listened to it as I did research for a blog post.

Finally, I just stopped.  I gave in.  I’m not feeling myself, so I need to let my mind and body just rest for the day.  As much as I read and listen to people talk about self-care, it never occurs to me that I need to take time to let my body and mind rest, since I require so much from both.

As I write this blog, I’m listening to classical music which always keep the anxiety away as I work.  I have committed to myself to self-care.  As soon as I sign off here, I’m going outside to look up at the starry sky!

Readers, have you felt the same? If you can relate, Please leave a comment.