Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pom Pom Boho Top, New Head Wraps and More!

First, I'd like to share a health update. I go in for what I hope is my final reconstruction surgery next week. I'm hoping for #rihannaboobs ! Well, before any surgery you have to have a blood panel/labwork done and I got some amazing news.

If you've watched any of my videos, you know that I feel that chronic stress and consuming soy in excess are what I believe caused my cancer.  I've been a vegan for 8 years and healthy with exception of chronic stress which was at a level 10. You may also know that stress elevates your white blood cells or it can make them too low. For the last 4 years, despite doctors telling me I was extremely healthy I knew something was off, so at my yearly physicals I would ask for blood-work and each year they would tell me the only thing they were concerned about was how low my WBC's were. The reading always fell from 3.0 -3.7. After having it low for so long but never having any other symptoms doctors just felt it was normal for "me". I now know my body was telling me that cancer was brewing and just because I didn't fit into the textbook protocol didn't mean that something wasn't wrong. I knew it, and I told them so for many years! Honestly, I'm not sure they would have been able to do anything about it since reducing or eliminating stress would have been part of the solution which they did address. My readings were awesome! I now have a WBC count of 4.0 out of 3.8-10.5, glucose is 66 out off normal range of 65-99, yay low sugar!!! And Bicarbonate is 30 out of a range 19-30, yay for a high PH blood!!! To top it off my blood pressure was 118/68, she said it was that of a teenager!

I really don't think the modern medicine truly understands the gravity at which stress affects our health from our immune system, appetites and sleep to our hearts, brains, and emotions. It's an entire body problem. Well, all that is to say that since I've been working on eliminating stress, have eliminated refined sugar, soy, regular wheat, consistently exercise and focus on my faith in Jesus, everything...I mean everything, about me has changed. To the point where when I'm in the presence of strangers they tell me how beautiful my spirit is or how my presence makes them feel happy. Only God can do that! He gave me the knowledge I needed to follow my passions using my gifts to help others and has given me the knowledge to use foods from his earth to strengthen and heal my body. My strict diet (using Dr. Sebi's Nutritional Guide) and recipes is evolving and becoming a way of life and my relationship with God is stronger than I knew was possible. None of my progress would be happening without my amazing husband and supportive family. I now see how important support is in a person life! I'm so happy to be putting the bad from breast cancer behind me and taking all that I've gained with me!

Ok, now's a great time to share that I have some new stylish head wraps up in my Etsy shop. You can also purchase them from my Facebook store, which I think the shipping ends up being cheaper because of some deal the post office has with Shopify. Links are in the side bar.

I think I need to make a video of different ways to wear them! I just love them and everyone in my family now has one!

I've also been able to squeeze in a little sewing time and I LOVE this peasant top made using McCall's 7325 View A! As usual, there's a review on Pattern Review and I've done a quick video for this one because I love it so much!

Here's the pics!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tie-Dye this Spring!

These are probably the best fitting jeans I've ever made! I'm doing my best to use patterns and fabric from my stash before buying new fabric. I've said this in the past many times before but I am truly giving it my best shot this time. I always have the grandest ideas, kind of like my eyes being bigger than my stomach when I eat! I have shelves and bins full of fabric and patterns. I loved each one so much and had visions of each final outfit but somehow the patterns and fabric kept piling up. No more! I've recommitted to using up fabric and patterns before purchasing more (fingers crossed behind my back).

I used a pink and white tie dyed stretch denim for the capri length jeans and rayon challis fabric for the top. Both fit great and I will definitely get tons of use out of them this summer! I used OOP McCall's 5392 View A for the capris and Burda 6501 View B for the top. Love the cap sleeves on this one!

For more details check the full pattern review in the Pattern Review in the sidebar.

I'm actually loving my grey hair! It's taken me many years to actually go through with letting it grow in. The journey to let it grow in completely natural has begun. No more hair dye!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Simple Dress ~ Simple Life

I just wanted to share how important living each day in the moment is and how my level of stress has gone down while my level of happiness has gone way up, in doing so. I have decided that I will not be returning to teaching once my leave of absence expires in the coming weeks. As much as I loved what I was doing, I know that my mind and body cannot handle the stress that goes with it. I honestly felt mentally and emotionally exhausted, chronically, each day, which didn't leave me much left for my own children.

Since I've been at home and working on starting a business that supports women dealing with the trauma of breast cancer, I feel like I can breathe for the first time in years. I feel calm, happy, content, and appreciative of every little thing! I was a good teacher and good at my subject matter, but I wasn't happy, nor did I feel I was living out my purpose. Yes, money provides comfort materialistically and it's definitely needed to provide the basics in life but it wasn't providing me with a piece of mind.

I'm going to miss my students, but I've been praying about this and feel that God is leading me on a different path and I feel a sense of calm being able to leave my worries and concerns at his feet and truly trust in him and focus on one day at time.

With that being said, this review is of a very simple dress that you will use over and over again for just about any situation! I honestly forgot to review this dress but I've had it for a couple of years. I've worn it to church, running errands, and to work. It was super easy to make, so it's definitely great for a beginner.

I used a beautiful rayon patterned fabric and Simplicity Pattern #A1636. Unfortunately, it's out of print. Ok, I'm back to sewing more headwraps and mastectomy pillows. Enjoy the beautiful weather, even if it's just to sit outside for a few minutes, get out!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sexy Fuchsia Peek-a-Boo Shoulder Romper

I haven't posted but I've I definitely been sewing non-stop while getting my new Breast
Cancer Boutique up and running and with filling orders. I love that I'm helping other women diagnosed with breast cancer feel good about themselves while going through this life changing experience but I love sewing for myself as well, so I have to sneak in a little me time every now and then.

I did just that with a recent date night with my husband and with this fabulous jumper. I absolutely love everything about it! I used Butterick 6452 View D You can find the full review in the sidebar on Pattern Review.

Did I already say that I love everything about this jumper!!!

These are the sandals I'm wearing! Love them!! I purchased them last year at the end of the summer. They're very comfortable!


I continue to be asked exactly what I eat and what I've changed about my life. I can honestly say that I've changed almost everything and God willing I will continue to be blessed. The most important thing I've changed is my relationship with the Lord! I do however, follow an herbal and dietary protocol for my estrogen positive type.

I'm very excited that I will soon have my exchange surgery, probably in the beginning of July. Having an expander isn't the most attractive or comfortable thing in the world, but it's the least of my worries in this journey. I had a wonderful plastic surgeon but I get 2nd and 3rd opinions on everything and after prayer I decided to go back to a surgeon I am familiar with from many years ago. Like I said, I'm excited about my health and the fact that I might be able to get some fun in the sun in this summer after all. I'm literally taking one day at a time and trusting God for the rest!