I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

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….to start wearing a little makeup….trouble is, I don’t really know “how” to put it on, unless I’m going for a super-glam diva night-out at the Opera or thrown-down dance party glittery look.  So my everyday look involves lip balm and more lip balm.

I’m starting to feel a little like I’m showing my age.   I don’t mind being forty. I actually kind of like it. I finally know what I want and who I am. I have a lot of wonderful experiences behind me and even more in front of me.  I have simply been feeling haggard lately. Part of it is that I don’t really “do anything” with myself, now that I work at home. Part of it is that I haven’t been running (which makes me feel great from the inside out) very much lately.

It didn’t help, that when I bought my fabulous new coat, the saleslady thought my friend Annie was my daughter.  Granted, she looks about 15, and I have two almost-fifteen-year-olds, but still….Annie’s only a few years younger than I am (and she has her OWN 4 kids, one of whom is actually fifteen).

Fast-forward to this morning, where I was having coffee with Janna at a new little local roaster.  It’s always so inspiring to be around her…besides her open, friendly demeanor and the creative confidence she exudes, she manages to pull a “look” together and appears to have stepped out of a magazine – every. single. time. I see her.  It’s kind of awe-inspiring.  After too much coffee and giggling, I mentioned needing to pick up a little makeup and she immediately suggested we go to her favorite place in the whole world for cosmetics: Rouge. My lunch date had cancelled via text just moments before, and it seemed like perfect timing for a little adventure.

Rouge is located in a fabulous little building in Ferndale, MI where torch songs play over the PA and the chandelier in the bathroom made me want to move in and live there.  It is a make-up and nail studio and they carry heavenly, vegan-friendly, cosmetics and skin care products that are simply the best I’ve ever had floating on my poor old skin.

Cheryl took the time to teach me how to wash my face (I know, I’m pathetic), and to put on makeup for normal everyday use. I really feel like I can handle the task now:

I went in looking like I usually do (on the left), and came out looking like I feel, and ready to face the world.

Speaking of makeovers, I’ve been so absent because I’m working on a major update for this site and for my business in general.  Expect to see some changes around here!






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  • Heather March 9, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I think you will have to take me to Rouge! I hear you on not knowing how to put on everyday makeup! You are beautiful no matter what.

    • Karen March 12, 2012, 6:12 am

      I would love to take you – cannot recommend Cheryl enough!

  • Jodi March 9, 2012, 8:54 pm

    You look great. I never really figured out the makeup thing either. I need a friend to hold my hand and help me. :)

    • Karen March 12, 2012, 6:12 am

      It’s fun, Jodi.  We can go next time you’re here :)

  • Bethany Nixon March 12, 2012, 10:01 pm

    I can’t believe I still haven’t ventured in Rouge yet, despite glowing reviews from so many of my friends. You’ve pushed me over the edge, I gotta go in now! Alsom you always look stunning to me, because your personality and smile make you glow! But make-up and a little primping always makes a lady feel good and glow even more :) 

  • Cheryl April 10, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words.  I am so glad that I found your blog! 
    Great, fab, and super fun to work with you.  Happy to know you & can’t wait to see you again soon!
    – Cheryl


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