Wow, participating in the Love of Sewing Challenge with Baby Lock was a riot! Not only did I have fun following along with so many people who inspire me, it was a huge opportunity for personal growth. Nothing excites me more than the adrenaline that comes along with being pushed out of my comfort zone… and there was plenty of adrenaline involved in this project! Here’s the story:
For the last several years, I’ve had the great pleasure of making instructional videos for Baby Lock’s site www.sewathomeclasses.com. This is a site loaded with inspirational and educational videos to help Baby Lock customers of every sewing skill level and segment get the most from their machines. Working with Linda Pacini, National Training Manager for Baby Lock, & Gym Hinderer, Camera Man and Video Editor Extraordinaire, (Gotta give credit where credit is due and these two are due a ton!) on this site has led to many more video opportunities. First, I got to be a guest on Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, then, a couple of segments with Mary Fons on Quilty followed by 3 cute tutorial videos for Quilt Block Network. From there, I went on to host My First Quilt and Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery on www.qnntv.com and, now, Love of Quilting!!! If you would have told me 5 years ago this is where I would have been, I would have politely thanked you for your confidence in me and blushed (right Mom & Dad?) but then laughed it off.
I am very familiar with being in front of the camera, organizing, preparing and prepping my project. Behind the camera?? Now, THAT is a different story! Baby Lock offered the opportunity to be a part of this challenge to 11 influential bloggers… and me. When they asked me to participate, I thought, “I don’t blog! I don’t film videos! Shoot, I don’t even have a completed website!” Thought. Didn’t say. I never turn down an opportunity for growth. It’s part of what makes me, well, ME!
First, I had to get someone on board to put together a website for me. Enter Brandi at Bay Creative Media. Talk about a talented woman who was able to put together a site that speaks to my style and brand. Next, get a camera that takes nice pictures and video! Oh my, after many conversations with my camera-techie Dad, I bought an amazing camera and lens that could do it all.
Now, it’s time to film myself and attempt to edit the video. I received my new camera on Saturday and filmed the following Monday! I managed to film it, but the editing is a lot of computer work that is new for me… thank goodness for my buddy Gym who was willing to make my video prettier than I did.
Of course, I had to come up with a fun project that showcases not just my special Destiny feature, but the Destiny overall. Sorry, I can’t just show one feature! That’s not how I roll, I sell them for a living! The project was the easy part for me!
Overall, I am so very proud of myself for taking part of this challenge and fully embracing the process and opportunity for growth. I hope to continue learning how to use my camera with more skill and maybe even do some more sewing tutorials from home and even share them on my brand-new website!
Thanks so much for following along with me on this journey. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little bit in my studio as well as the project. Oh, one more thing…. I had to give my studio a major over haul to make it camera ready! I’ve included a little before and after photo for your enjoyment. How it looked when I had everything all sparkly and clean, testing camera position and the aftermath when done speed designing and sewing my project. Hey, it’s an honest sewing room post!
Sew Positively Sara