What you can expect in 2016…

I’m sure no one remembers this, but my resolution waaaaay back in 2014 was to Be Myself. (hence the pink hair.) After all the craziness that has happened over the past year though, it really feels like I have changed. Well, not changed exactly…kinda just become more comfortable with myself.
Strokes are the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide, and the #1 cause of long term disabilities in adults. I try to gloss over those facts and pretend that what happened over the past few months was no big deal. Most of those stats are for the over 65 crowd anyway right? Right? I’m not a doctor, so I have no idea. What I do know is I was very lucky not to have any lasting physical or mental side effects. I mean, I could be re-learning how to read right now instead of writing this to you!
That’s definitely a life-altering experience, and it seemed only right that the blog should change as well. So here are a few of the changes that you can expect around here during 2016.

Rebranding:

Most notably – the blog is getting a makeover and a new name! Sugar Tart Crafts will now be know as Stitch and Pink.

I’ve contracted the amazing Sarah from Spun Monkey to migrate all the STC goodness from Blogger over to WordPress, and give it an amazing face-lift. Sarah’s a very busy lady, so the changes wont go live until March, but I promise to give you plenty of warning and sneak peeks before then.

Tip of the Week:

That’s right – Tip of the Week posts are coming back, and this time they are going to be videos!

Almost since the beginning, I’ve wanted to share my Sewing 101 binder from college. Most of the students who were majoring in Fashion Design were doing it because the loved shopping. They had absolutely NO idea how to use a sewing machine, and this class weeded out the kids who needed to change their majors to Fashion Merchandising instead. ;P

The binder however was awesome for those of us who actually knew how to/enjoyed sewing. It’s full off plastic sleeves containing our own examples of different sewing techniques. Ex. We would sew a sample patch pocket and file it in the pocket section. This would let us practice a bunch of techniques and use them later for reference.
My plan is to make a Youtube series showing you how to create your own Sewing Binder that includes; seams, seam finishes, hems, zippers, darts, facings, pockets, collars, closures, and any other useful stuff I can think of. Fun right!?
All that info will probably take us well into next year since it’s only one video a week, but it’s an invaluable reference for any seamstress, so I figure it’s worth the wait. And if I’m being completely honest… most of my blogging income comes from ads on my Youtube channel. I’m not ashamed to admit I have medical bills that need all the help they can get!. ;D

Etsy Collections:

If you’ve been around for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I like to make cute kid’s clothes collections. (say that 5x fast!) If you’re new – here’s the Nautical one from 2013 and the Indie Pattern one from 2014. A LOT of work goes into planning and creating these sets, so I’ve decided to go all out and sell them as Limited Edition collections on Etsy.

Each season I’ll curate a group of 8-10 pieces and sew up 1 or 2 of each size. I’ll do a launch on the blog showing the different outfits, and a few related tutorials. Then I’ll add the looks to my shop and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Then we’ll move on to the next season and start it all over again.
Collection development is actually my favorite part of sewing, so if these turn out to be really popular, maybe I’ll expand them. We’ll have to see how it goes. First launch should be Early June! *fingers crossed*

My Style:

I’m pretty sure you guys can sense some of my quirky/sarcastic attitude in the way I write my posts. You can hopefully tell when I’m rolling my eyes at my children, or laughing at myself for being a huge dork. And let’s just say, there’s gonna be a whole lot more of that!

Who knows what the future may hold, but these are my plans as of today.

Update For those of you not already following on Instagram: My heart surgery took place on the 4th, and everything went perfectly! The doctors have already done a post-op echo that shows everything is working as it should. Now I just have 2 more checkups (on the 25th & in 6 months) and I’m completely done!❤

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