Hi, my name is Tamara and I like to mix patterns. I can’t help it; I just love the way it can brighten an outfit. I know that some people dislike pattern mixing declaring it to be “too busy” but I am not one of those people!
Since I’ve done stripes+leopard multiple times, I figured it was time to attempt, polka dots with leopard. Before we get to the pictures though, let me tell you a sort of funny story. So, the manager of the location I practice at most of the week and I have VERY similar taste in clothing. We even have a few cardigans that are the same. At least once/week, we end up looking like we coordinated our outfits together.
This morning as I was getting ready I was thinking about how funny it would be if she wore her leopard cardigan(which is the same as mine). When I walked into work this morning I burst out laughing because, indeed, she was wearing her leopard cardigan. To make matters even more hilarious, my technician was ALSO wearing leopard(not a cardigan, but still). So, all three of us women decided completely independently to all wear leopard on this very day.
I’ve collected a fair amount of colored shoes over the years because I typically like coordinating my shoes with my outfits, but lately I’ve been reaching for my nude pumps more often than not. But, because I like to present different options for you, here’s the outfit with my red wedges…which are what I’m wearing today because I have a busy schedule and they are very comfortable.
I wish my bangs would freaking grow back!!
Guess what? I got a new sewing machine yesterday!! The one I had(wal-mart cheapie) was giving me tons of difficulties. It jammed all the time and couldn’t handle thick fabrics, plus it did uneven stitches pretty frequently. Hubby and I both knew that if I were going to make items to sell, I needed a new machine.
I had visited one sewing store and explained my needs. They had told me the machine they recommended was $1600. WOW! Gulp…we thought about it and decided we should go for it, hoping that eventually I’d make enough profits from making covers that it would pay for itself.
Yesterday at lunch I was literally driving to that store to buy the machine when I decided to check out the other sewing store in another part of town. The owner was really nice and he also showed me a $1600 machine….but then he mentioned that he had another machine that would likely do all I needed and was only $460(which granted is still a lot, but compared to $1600, it’s a bargain). I told him that while that was definitely appealing, a worry I had was that I’d buy a $500 or $800 machine only to outgrow it and have to buy a $1600+ machine in a short time period.
That’s when he told me that they offer a 100% credit towards the purchase of a new machine within 1 year of the purchase of the original machine. So basically, if my sewing business takes off and I’m cranking out tons of covers, I can trade in my $460 machine and $460 towards a new machine.
And, if the business doesn’t take off, at least I haven’t invested a small fortune into a sewing machine. I needed a better sewing machine even just for my personal projects anyways, and I think $460 is a reasonable amount for a home sewing machine.
The machine I got is pretty simple: it only has 30 types stitches and doesn’t do all sorts of fancy things….but I didn’t need all that. I basically needed a powerful motor that can power through multiple layers of minky, and my new machine excels at this.
If anyone is interested, the machine I got is a Janome 7330. I have only used it for a few minutes, but so far it blows my old machine out of the water. I’m looking forward to really putting it to work this weekend!
Ps-My aunt is in surgery today getting a huge mass removed from her neck. If you think of it, I would greatly appreciate any prayers for her surgery and subsequent recovery. Thanks!