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New Retail Store and Instruction Lounge!

New Retail Store and Instruction Lounge!

2020 was filled with quite a few highs and many lows! We made it through tho!

In 2020, I moved my business from my apartment into a studio in Mount Rainier right after loosing my full-time job! The opportunity landed in my lap to move my sewing business to full-time and build my way to a “real store!” This was always a dream of mine.. to leave a legacy for my children.. The studio opened then COVID hit.. urgh.. it was instant mask making time for the next two months!

Mask Making 2020

Within those two to three months I made over 1500 masks! It was exhausting.. but I learned a lot in a short amount of time!

As the months wore on I kept building and building.. then in November I received devastating news that I needed to move so the persons I was subleasing from could expand their business.. sure it was fun being evicted in the middle of the pandemic.. but I turned lemons into sweet tea and I also gained a much needed assistant and she kept me sane..

Business Building

In February 2021, almost a year to the date I moved into a new retail space less than one mile away from the studio also located in Mount Rainier… it was exciting and stressful at the same time! I literally ate through all of my savings with deposits, purchasing things, new items for the store and I’m still spending all while there was little no business coming in.. Most classes last weeks and I couldn’t start my students than stop them..

We had to build it all – paint, new shelving, new tables.. refresh the sewing machines.. build the classes and the most difficult part – waiting on Prince George’s County to grant permits 🙁 it took over two months… in fact still waiting on one part of the permit.. but at the very least the city of Mount Rainier has approved our city Use and Occupancy permit!

We aren’t done yet.. but here is a snapshot of the inside retail portion of the store.. We are now open for Retail Shopping and to book more classes!

We still need help though as help is still moving slow from the SBA.. and we need to fill classes!

Help Me GIFs | Tenor

We still have private classes and general classes listed below..
Groupon Coupons
Kids / Teen Classes
Bra Making Workshops Day and Weekend Workshops
Jean Making Workshops..
And our regular beginner through intermediate classes – for kids and adults

Thank you for reading and hanging in there with me all these years.. its not easy.. trying to keep up with social media, sewing for myself, and people. I hope the building part is dwindling down so we can get back to promoting and generating sales..

If you are in the area please stop by and say hi! Please share my post with others to let them know I am still here!

Donna and Liz


Black History Month and Cricut Infusible Inks

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello and Happy New Year Welcome to 2020 and new decade!

February is  here and a very special month for me as an African-American as we celebrate Black History. Although I celebrate all year long there is extra emphasis in February.  This year I was chosen to partner with Cricut in celebrating Black History Month with this project using Cricut Infusible Inks!!

The image I chose of of a African-American women celebrating our crowns! This post will also introduce us converting an image to line drawings for use with Cricut Infusible Inks.

Materials Needed for this Project:

Lets Get Started!

1. Open Cricut and choose a new project

2. Once in the new project, navigate to the left and choose images

3. In the images search bar type in your search keywords mine are “Black History Month”

4. I choose the image “My Hair My Life My History” – I also went to templates and choose a T-shirt to see exactly how it would fit on the T-shirt.
5. Size you image to fit on the Laser paper, I sized mine to be 7.25 x 8.5.

6. Once the image is in place navigate to the menu bar and locate “Linetype”

7. In the drop down chose “Line type” and it instantly changes your drawing into line drawing.

8. Save it then send it to “Make”
9. Change your canvas size to 8.5” x 11” and mirror your image

10. Turn your machine on then click continue. Let your machine connect then choose copy paper.

11. Insert the Infusible Ink black .04 point pen into the first on the Cricut Maker and Press Go. The pen will create an outline of the image above that you can then color in with the other Infusible Inks that you wish.

12. One the image is done carefully peel the copy paper and the image off the mat. Place the paper face down and peel the mat versus peeling the paper from the mat.

13. Color in your image as you wish.. (Do not be afraid to apply color. The more the color is applied the richer your image will be. Also let it sit and go back over your colors for more saturation.)

14. Once you are done with color turn on your EasyPress 2 – in the 9 x 9 size as it’s the perfect size for T-shirts. If you forget the settings you can go to the Cricut Website Here and choose your materials and medium and it will reveal the settings: https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide

15. For the most successful transfer there is a stacking order:
Place the EasyPress Mat down first on a heat proof setting preferably your iron board.
Inside Cricut T-shirt Blank:
Place a piece of White Cardstock (80 lb) or 4 layers butcher paper (the cardstock absorbs the ink)
Infusible Ink Pen / Marker design, face down
Butcher paper – Absorbs the ink (alternatively you can use brown paper, you will not be able to re-use it) – Results once your image is pressed

Cricut EasyPress 2

16. Be sure to use the specific recommended heat setting for each material you use. For instance: the heat settings are 385 degrees and 40 seconds and light pressure for a shirt but the settings are 400 degrees and 240 second and no pressure for the ceramic coasters.

17. Once the image has cooled you may lift the butcher paper and reveal your beautiful project!

I did some coasters as well!

Friendly Tips and Reminders!

  • Do not hesitate to read the instructions several times
  • Do use the specific materials as indicated – laser paper, Cricut Infusible Inks, Cricut shirt, butcher paper (or brown paper), card stock, and Cricut EasyPress 2.



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