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Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Upgraded Work Room {Whoot Whoot}


On August 21st 2011 I blogged about my sewing room ( link here) and the plans for it. We had just moved to Pennsylvania  from California 4 months before and were still getting settled in but I knew this room needed a serious makeover.


 Yikes look at that paint job!

After finding the perfect color of aqua the redesign began and the outcome was fabulous!! I could have not been more excited about my new work room space and how it was all coming together. 



Then in another post came the shelves, a little corner office work area and I even duct taped my daughter to make a custom dress form...lol (link here)


I really loved my new improved beautiful room with a door that I could close to keep the rif raf out while I worked. For the past {almost} three years it has served me well but the past few months it has felt very cramped and suffocating. My business is growing and I need to grow with it. So what to do? 

One day I was talking to hubby about possibly switching rooms with my youngest daughter M. She caught wind of it and was totally on board! This was a solution that would work for many reasons. Besides me needed a bigger room, her and C really were on top of each other constantly and the bickering was getting out of control. So moving M downstairs and letting C have full run of the upstairs was an idea we could not pass up.

While I was sad to leave my custom painted room, I was so excited about the extra space. I had been down sick for a week but I wasn't going to let that stop me on moving day. I worked my butt off (which later would cause me to relapse) and got it done! 


Cutting table (Instagram)

Now my daughters room we painted purple and pink when we moved in. I first thought I would want to change the color, but I am kind of liking the soft colors. So for now I will leave it

New fabric storage



Work area



Mail and notions area

Is still have room to work with and more storage pieces and maybe some fitting art work to buy, but I am so loving this new space. It has a much more open creative flow and I feel wicked inspired. How does M like her new room?


She loves it, especially the blue carpet...lol

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sandy Tunic PDF Pattern from Lily Bird Studio {Giveaway Link}




Wow twice in the same week I am back on my blog! I said I wanted to try harder and here I am. What has kept me away from blogging like I used to is family and work of course. I have been very blessed that my business Sew Fierce Boutique had it's most successful year in 2013 and so far 2014 is already blowing last year out of the water!

On top of my business sewing work I have been lucky enough to be a regular pattern tester for the fabulous Lily Bird Studio. I have used Lily Bird Studios's patterns for years now, well before being asked to be a tester because her designs are beautiful, sometimes a little challenging (which I love) and always so easy to assemble and follow. She goes above and beyond in her design details to create a beautiful finished look.

Lily Bird's newest pattern is the Sandy's Tunic. This tunic features a front yoke with pintuks and a wide comfortable bodice. It closes at the front with 3 buttons or snap fasteners (instructions to install the snap fasteners are included in the tutorial).

What I also love about Lily Bird's patterns is the options! This tunic has 3 sleeve options; short sleeve, elbow length sleeve and full length sleeve. The tutorial includes the instructions to make each sleeve and has 3 different hem options; straps (for the short sleeves only), regular hem and elastic cuff.



Here is the one I made. Unfortunately it was still in the 20's with lots of snow on the ground so outside pictures were not an option but I love the way it turned out and love the look of the pintuks. I have done pintuks before but if you haven't this is a great pattern to learn from. Very easy to understand step by step instructions. It wasn't this easy when I first taught myself to do them that is for sure..lol


Right now Lily Bird Studio is having a GIVEAWAY for this just released pattern! If you stop by their BLOG you will find more fun pictures of testers creations and the giveaway Rafflecopter. However if you wish to just purchase the pattern there is a special going on! The price for the tunic is already at a low price of $5.00 but if you buy the Sandy Tunic and another fabulous pattern (or more) you will get 20% off at checkout! Just head over to Lily Bird Studios website, pick your patterns and use Code "PFB20OFF".

I just finished testing another beautiful pattern for Lily Bird Studio, the Laura Dress. I am so in love with this design and I can't wait to share that on my next post! Stay tuned friends.

Links to the other Lily bird Patterns I have blogged about...



Monday, March 3, 2014

Smile Brilliant LED Teeth Whitening System Review and Giveaway!




Who doesn't want a Hollywood glam, red carpet smile? I have always been told that I have a nice smile but over the years I have become self-conscious with my smile because my teeth are not as pearly white as they used to be.  A few years back my sister was getting married and I was the maid of honor so of course I wanted to have a bright white smile. For the first time I tried the Zoom process in my dentist's office. That was the worst most painful experience I have ever had (and I have a gastric ulcer that puts me in the hospital on a morphine drip from time to time.)

To keep it short and sweet my teeth became so sensitive that after leaving the office I had awful bolts of ungodly pain throughout my teeth that literally would make me jump out of my skin. I had to dose myself with my ulcer pain meds when I got home just to knock myself out. 24 hours later the pain was gone and I vowed to NEVER do that again!

Did I like the bright white results after the searing pain was gone, absolutely but it wasn't worth the pain. So how could I get the same whitening results without the pain? I tried the at home whitening strips which tasted awful and always slipped off. So what else is out there that has the effect of the dentist office procedure but that I can control at home? Then I found Smile Brilliant!

Smile Brilliant is an at home LED Teeth Whitening system. You control the amount of time and how many times you use the system to get your desired effects. Could it be that simple? Would it really work as well as the $400 procedure I had at my dentist's office? Of course the most important question in my mind...would it cause me pain?



After reading the Smile Brilliant step by step instructions I gave it a go. First I brushed my teeth well to make sure nothing for the morning breakfast remained. Next I twisted the pen several times to bring the gel to the brush tip and applied liberally to all my teeth. It has a very nice minty smell! Once all my teeth were covered I put in the mouth trays, put the LED device in my mouth and turned it on!

CHEESE!

I was pleasantly surprised that I I could actually do this hands free. When I first opened the Smile Brilliant package I thought "oh great, I am going to have to hold this thing in my mouth for at least 20 minutes. I don't have time for this". The device was actually light enough that I was able to walk around, Instragram on my phone and clean up my kitchen hands free!

Now the Smile Brilliant instructions says you can use the light for as little as 20 minutes up to a max of 45 minutes but you can leave the gel and guard in for an additional 1-2 hours (without the light) if you prefer for an additional whitening boost. I used the light for 25 minutes my first round and another 30 minutes a few days later. I did notice a very slight difference in the color of my teeth after the first application and more after the second. 

Unfortunately two is all I have been able to do as I have been laid up in bed for the past week. However now that I am getting back on my feet I am excited to use the product again and watch my teeth get closer to the pearly white smile I crave. Oh and the most important factor....did it hurt? NADA! I think because I control the amount of time my teeth are exposed to the LED I decreased the chance of sensitivity. 




 Would you like a bright white smile at home? Smile Brilliant is offering one lucky winner that opportunity!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclaimer: I was contacted via email to write a review. I received the previously mentioned product free of charge to review. I received no monitory compensation. All comments and opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and are unbiased.

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