Glory, Glory Hallelujah!

I have an announcement to make…drum roll please…I AM NOW OFFICIALLY OUT OF THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS!!!!!!!  “What the What?”, you say.  “This can’t be true!  The Bonnie Busick I know is a clothes whore, loves clothes, sometimes uses clothes as a form of self-expression and therefore a slave to clothing employee discounts!”  While much of this is still true, the retail clothing environment has become a toxic place to work for me.  Not because of co-workers.  I’ve worked and met some of the best people on the planet.  No, my friends, it’s the retail customer that I have issue with and more recently, the re-sale customer.

I’ve worked retail on and off for about 20 years and I’ve watched retail and the retail customer evolve and change to a more self-involved, mean spirited, narcissistic creature who yells, cusses, throws clothing, flicks you the bird, and name calls when they don’t get what they want.  They don’t give a second thought about taking out their life’s troubles on the poor, unsuspecting  retail employee behind the counter who doesn’t have a clue what is going on in said customer’s life.  All they know is that they are getting abused and they don’t know why.  It comes out of nowhere because of one little word…”no”.  “No, I’m sorry.  We are out of that item.”  “No, I’m sorry.  We cannot purchase the items you brought in to sell because they do not meet our guidelines.”  Well, you get the picture.  It got to the point where when a customer who I did or did not know would come in, my blood pressure would go up 10 points because I knew they are normally difficult or because I didn’t know them or if they would be difficult, so I would brace myself for a potential conflict if I knew the  word “no” was going to be part of the interaction.

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I think part of aging gracefully is knowing when you are licked and realizing that life is too short to be so dreadfully unhappy about one aspect (or more) of your life.  I turned 49 last month and knew it was time to move in a different direction and like manna from heaven, I saw a “now hiring” sign in a window, which lead to my new job.  It’s a positive, happy place, in line with my values and today was my first day of orientation and I knew today that this was a wise move.  It jives with my beliefs in slow fashion, slower consumption.  I will be working for an Austin based company called “Snap Kitchen” which provides a healthy fast-food option made only with ingredients you can pronounce in biodegradable containers.  Even the employee uniform is provided by American Appearal!  The more I learn about the company, the more excited I get!

So come and visit me!  I will be at the Avery Ranch location on Parmer…just a two minute drive from my house!  I should probably look into getting a bike because the commute is so short!

 

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An Unintentional Break

I’ve noticed that it has been awhile since I last posted.  My new sewing hobby is taking most of my free time!  I was also in Los Angeles visiting my family and my daughter, Chloe, who is going to school there.  I came armed with several of my self-made tote bags and skirts and was gratified to see my nieces excited about them!

In my last post, I mentioned how much I wanted a serger to make sewing knits a little easier for me to sew.  Well, thanks to the unfortunate fact that Hancock Fabrics is going out of business nationwide, I was able to get a serger for a steal.  I also had a private lesson at The Stitch Lab downtown to learn how to use this device.  I’m not a pro by any means, but I can do the basics.  I needed the private lesson because there was no way I was going to learn how to use it by reading the manual or watching the dvd provided…too vague.  I’m definitely a visual learner.  I have a hard time learning anything mechanical/technical.  I need a lot of hand-holding to learn things of this nature.  Attempting to learn how to sew at this kind of late stage in my life has been a second lesson in patience.  The first lesson was raising children.  I want what I want and I want it two days ago!IMG_3016

There have been many hours studying patterns that use a language that seems like Chinese to me and I’ve spent many an hour getting to know my seam ripper very well.  I’ve had more defeats than triumphs at this stage, but I’m not giving up.  Want to know another strange anomaly since I’ve started to learn to sew?  I haven’t been into a clothing store in a couple of months!  I’ve replaced clothes shopping with visits to the fabric store since I’ve determined that I already have plenty of really cute clothes to hold me over until I develop the skills to make my own wardrobe.  Yup…that’s the goal.  I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m determined!

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See…plenty of cute clothes to hold me over while I hone my skills!

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Picking up books here and there to help this slow learner!

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I made these pajama shorts for the hubby because he’s a Husker.  PJ pants will be my next project to bring to my nieces in L.A. next month when I go back for Chloe’s graduation.  I try to remember the saying “Little by little, drop by drop, a little becomes a lot”.  Seems to be the case with most things in life.

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Learning New Tricks and Tools of the Trade

Last night I attended a sewing class, an introduction to knits.  I came home with a knit skirt, but by the end of class, there was a lot of inner cursing and f-bombs and my brain was fried at the end of the night.  I wasn’t completely happy with how the skirt turned out for a couple of reasons…1. After following the measurements on the back of the pattern, the skirt ended of too big and 2.  The waist band gave me the most trouble because the fabric I chose was a wonderful Rayon and cotton with a beautiful drape, but it was slippery to sew with.  Inside the waist band, I felt turned out too bulky.  I’m going to cut the waistband off and refashion it with an elastic waist band so that I can actually wear the skirt because the fabric really is beautiful.  This class has made me determined to save up for a serger, because I plan to sew with knits a lot!

I’ve also recently acquired some new tools of the trade.

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I just got the Colette Book to Sewing for Beginners from Amazon.  It’s only $20 and comes with 5 patterns with detailed instructions for each pattern!  It’s also beautifully photographed.  I’ve also bought two Colette patterns and they are so detailed!  Their instructions actually come in the form of a booklet.  All patterns are designed to teach you how to sew and to pick up a new skill.  Check out www.colettepatterns.com.

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I’m signed up to take a zipper class on Saturday.  I’m hoping that will be a little less frustrating for me.  It kind of hit me that it’s going to take me YEARS to obtain any kind of proficiency at sewing as there is soooo much to learn. It’s fairly daunting when I think of it that way.   I have to learn to enjoy the journey and the process…kind of like life.