January 2O21 Spotlight Member
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’ve made it to 2021 and to get things started I want to scream and shout my appreciation for this sewing community. You have blessed me in ways you will never fully comprehend and for that I say, thank you.
I can’t imagine a better way to start this year off than by introducing you to another sew sister from our Private Email Community. Make yourself comfortable and meet Eras Paris.
Eras continued sewing through High School but when she started college and saw that it wasn’t popular, she stoped sewing for many years. Then around 1999/2000 she began quilting and absolutely loved it. But once again, she stopped sewing and allowed her machine to sit in the closet for twenty years as she became busy with her family and career.
It was during the 2020 pandemic that Eras pulled her machine out and started sewing again. She needed something to help decrease her stress and pass the time while being quarantined.
For years Eras sewed on the Bernette 80E by Bernina. She recently purchased two new machines, the Baby Lock Jubilant and Baby Lock Vibrant (which is still in the box). A woman after my own heart. I love me some Baby Locks. Eras hopes to start using her serger very soon. She was always intimidated by sergers but one of her goals for 2021 is to conquer this fear.
She’s already started diving in on my YouTube Series on the Baby Lock Vibrant and I can’t wait to see what she creates.
When asked about her greatest sewing challenge, Eras said it’s a coat she just finished in December 2020. She had to insert a blind hem stitch and buttonholes. Eras says that she enjoyed the challenge of making her first coat. I think she did an amazing job.
Eras describes her fashion style as a mixed plate of casual, chic, bohemian chic, resort style–and more recently–Ankara fashion. Well, I’d say Eras is quite the well rounded fashionista.
Take a look at these amazing pajamas she made herself for Christmas as part of the Sew Your View Challenge on Instagram. They used the Pine Cove Pajama pattern by Itch to Stitch and flannel fabric from Joann Fabrics. Check the matching booties! Oh my goodness! She purchased the pattern for those at peek-a-boo pages.
When she’s not sewing, Eras enjoys scrapbooking, and spending time near the ocean and hiking. She’s been scrapbooking for over 20 years and currently does digital scrapbooking on her phone.
Two things Eras can NOT live without are traveling and the beach. Being an ex-military wife, she has traveled and lived many places. Her absolute favorite location is Hawaii because she raised her sons there and she loves the culture.
While in Hawaii she would go to the beach alone for quiet time and reflection. There were also times when she would be accompanied by friends and family at the beach or on a hike.
Eras discovered Anita by Design through a Yahoo Group which directed her to the YouTube channel. She says she appreciates the style, easy-to-follow, step-by-step sewing instructions and how Anita shares her struggles and faith. She became hooked on the channel.
With all the challenges that we faced last year, Eras says that the best thing she learned from 2020 is to “enjoy every season.” Her current season of life isn’t where she expected to be but she decided to try to persevere through the ups and downs of life.
Eras would like to close this post with a word of encouragement to those who are new to sewing. Her advice: “DO IT! Don’t stop! Keep trying and challenge yourself. It’s such a great skill.”
Eras, it has been my pleasure getting to know you. Thank you for accepting the invitation to be our 2021 January Spotlight Member. I am so happy to have you in my community and really look forward to following your sewing journey. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
If you are on Instagram and want to follow Eras and her sewing journey, you will find her at @sewing_andmore. Throughout the month of January, I will be highlighting her in my IG stories.
Please give Eras a SHOUT OUT in the comments section below. She is doing a great job and I would love for us to celebrate her.
Thanks for stopping by,
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
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