Welcome back!

Since starting this blog, I tend to have moments where I don’t post for a while due to my health and not having much sewing to share. I’ve been focused on exclusively sewing (with some smatterings of other things) since I began this blog. That changes now. This is no longer *just* a sewing blog and it no longer called Sew Pretty in Pink.

Welcome to Andie Wells Studio!

This space will include ALL my creative projects. During the pandemic, I returned to art as a creative outlet. It is a lot easier for me physically and mentally than sewing. My health has declined a lot since 2019 and I have needed to find other ways of fueling my need for creativity and help my mental state. Along with creativity, I am going to be making more informative/activist posts as well as posts that focus on disability and activism. For a long while, I’ve wanted to speak to that more and held back a lot of things since they were not focused on sewing. For all those reasons, I needed to revise this space and my social media spaces to be more inclusive of who I am.

I announced this on Instagram in October but was waiting until my website redesign was 100% complete. Sadly, I have not been able to complete that fully so I apologize for any broken links/errors or missing images. I am fixing them, but if you come across anything, please send me a message through my contact form.

So what have I been up to? A heck of a lot of art.

I have been doing a lot of watercolour and gouache paintings:

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I’m really excited because I discovered a product that turns any surface into a watercolour paper surface so once I can get that, I can make watercolour paintings on canvases! I cannot wait to experiment with that!

Some of my art is related to sewing. I love painting watercolour versions of My Body Model croquis designs. Here is my Make 9 3 outfits for 2021.

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Top is Sew Liberated Nest Sweatshirt and Seamwork Mel joggers. I actually have the fabric for that already and am really excited to make it. Knit projects are a little less labour intensive for me.

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Bottom left is Muna and Broad Tarlee tee and Noice jeans

Bottom right is another Muna and Broad outfit: turtleneck Tarlee (I am not counting that as extra since I am not sure which view to make lol), Noice jeans from the above, and an pastel rainbow quilted Grainger Coat.

I have yet to find an appropriate lavender fabric for the Noice jeans, but I am on the hunt. I have regular denim for the first version and just need to get the hardware for it. 

I’m currently slowly working on this lux winter coat:

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Pattern is Colette Albion since I wanted a fairly simple pattern to really make the embroidery pop.

Speaking of….

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This is my winter coat so far. I haven’t started sewing it yet because… energy and I have been focused on making Christmas presents for family and friends. All snowflakes are freehand and I made each one unique. I used a light grey floss along with a sparkly floss. I’ll have to be careful with the sparkly floss since it can melt with the iron.

I’m underlining with flannel as the wool is a suiting weight and I am also lining it with thinsulate for warmth since Ottawa is a colder city than Toronto historically. Then the actual lining that will show is a gorgeous black and white floral satin. It will make for beautiful insides.

Embroidery is something I have been doing more of lately.

I made a few mushroom pins:

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And I am learning crochet and getting back into knitting!

I’ve also been sculpting as well. Since I am just getting back into that, I don’t have much to share yet, but I did make these cute mushroom pendants!

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I am still learning and perfecting techniques but eventually I will be launching a shop eventually. It will  be focused on art and accessories, like jewelry, bags, hats, etc.

In terms of my health, I am experiencing new symptoms that are affecting my GI system and causing me to not be able to eat intermittently. Since moving, I haven’t been able to get a family doctor set up here and have been managing it mainly on my own. I’ve been turned away from walk-in clinics because stomach issues are considered too complicated for most of them here. I did manage to get a referral through one to a Gastroenterologist so hopefully I will have some tests booked soon. 

My body changes make sewing difficult not to mention the reduced energy due to insufficient nutrition makes everything difficult. I have mainly focused on art because it means just sitting at a desk and painting. I’ve made my small office into a good space for me to do that without too much energy used. I also have anemia and diabetes so lack of nutrition has complicated both of those conditions. For diabetes, I’ve been able to go off the meds, but experience blood sugar lows a lot so I am finding that difficult to deal with. 

Losing weight is actually pretty bad for my joints and has made my dislocations and instability much worse. I’m at the point where I feel like a wheelchair would greatly improve the quality of my life and reduce pain significantly. I’ll be pursuing that when I get a new family doctor. 

Click here to see my TikTok channel! I mostly post timelapses of my art there since I am super camera shy unless it is improve comedy lol.

I believe those are all the updates I have today! I will be sharing a few things I have made since my last post in June. 

I am happy to have found a way to continue in this space and am feeling so much more comfortable with it. I’m glad you are joining me on my journey.

 


8 thoughts on “Welcome back!

  1. Glad to see you back, and happy that we’ll see so much more of your activities. I’m sorry your health issues have gotten even more complicated, and wishing the best in finding new medical support quickly.

    What medium do you use in your sculpting? The mushrooms are darling.

    1. Thanks so much, Laurie!

      The mushrooms are polymer clay and use chalk pastels and polymer varnish to finish them. I also use air dry clay for others that I will be sharing in the future. 🙂

  2. So glad to see you back!

    Unsolicited GI advice incoming… feel free to ignore. 🙂

    If things are bad enough that you can’t eat, I’d suggest heading to an emergency room. Most hospitals will have a GI on call, so they should be able to do some basic imaging to check for the scary stuff like bowel obstructions/prolapse and hernias. It takes a while to get a gastric emptying/gut motility study as an outpatient, but they may be able to expedite that too.

    1. Thanks! I have considered that. It hasn’t been bad enough that I haven’t been able to eat anything at all. Even on bad days, I can manage some toast and have no issue with liquids. I have been managing it. I agree that they can do that, but at this stage, they would also turn me away as “not bad enough” and the energy required to navigate the ER plus fight for them to believe me isn’t worth it at this time since I already have a referral in progress. If anything changed in that respect, I would go to the ER.

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