Katie’s Cartoon Quilt

I just had a fun day playing tangrams with t-shirts all day long.  But literally.  I woke up.  Made coffee, went to target, the bank, and safeway, made soup, then sat down in front of my couch on the floor and went to work.

I always underestimate how long it takes to organize the t-shirts when making a quilt and today I was pleasantly reminded the time and planning everything takes.  And if you followed me long enough you’ll know that each project always presents its own challenges.

This quilt in particular presents it’s challenges with each and every t-shirt having a logo or graphic in a different size.  Katie and I had talked about how it would look cool if the quilt had blocks of all different sizes and have it all work together like a puzzle.

Well in a perfect world if each shirt was the same size and each logo was the same size I could make each shirt and measurement I like and place them as I see fit.  Unfortunately in the world we live in shirts are all different shapes and sizes and the logos take up all sorts of different spaces and everything is a different color.

So for this project every shirt had a place, and my job today was to figure out where each piece wanted to go.  It’s like they all already knew where they should go and I had the pleasure of figuring it out. haha

I totally found my groove and then got another shirt from Katie =)  Luckily I figured out how these shirts worked when I got the last shirt so it didn’t take me very long to work the last one into the mix.

I don’t know if I’ll get to cutting all these up this week but I’m shooting to have them cut mid next week.

PS. I don’t even think I’ve mentioned how much I love these 80’s baby t’s I’m so into Jem and the rockstars! =)

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these items even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

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Katie’s 2nd Quilt!

You might remember Katie as one of my favorite sisters from these quilts here and here.

Everytime I meet with Katie for a project we literally talk for at least an hour about anything and everything besides the project we met about!  She just too funny and I can’t shut up when I’m around her!

Anyhow as with all of the other projects I’ve done, this was one she’d had in her head since before we did the quilts using her parents items but she wanted to do that one first before making one out of her things.

These are all shirts that she’s received as gifts, bought and collected over the years, but as you grow up, you tend to stop wearing shirts with colorful graphics of Jem and the Rockstars and other totally awesome 80’s cartoons on them, and start pushing all the clothes this heat pressed photos on them to the back of your closet.

Well Katie decided that instead of donating these things, some which have more sentimental value that others, she’d much rather just have them made into a fun quilt to keep for years to come.

So that’s my next task at hand!  I’ll spend most of my time trying to put together the puzzle that is a quilt, swapping colors, and deciding what square to put where and what size each square should be.

Sewing is always the easy part.  It’s the getting there that takes the real time!  All the creative decisions have to be made before you actually get to see the final product which makes it a little nerve wrecking but always exciting!

So there’s still a but more time before this guy gets finished but the journey is the destination!

Enjoy!

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

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Poletential Scarves

I did it!  I made it into my second studio this year!  Poletential!!  Not sure how I imagined the future of BykimB and getting my stuff into stores, but I don’t think I ever imagined going the fitness studio route.  But you know what?  It’s so fitting for me.

Besides creating I love working out!  haha.  And everyone has been so good to me in the process!

I’ve been going to this studio for 3 years now taking all of their Aerial and Pole classes and am OBSESSED!!

What’s different with this order is that the Owner, Christina, had a different idea.  Instead of me just bringing in some cool stuff, she wanted to do something with some stagnant inventory and give it new life.  There were some leftover tanks from previous events and performances, skirts, t-shirts and a few other goodies.

So I got down to it and started making scarves.  My intention was to  make some scarves and leg warmers but I’m still trying to perfect those, they’re a bit trickier than I thought =)  But I’m so proud of the scarves!  And I really hope they like them at the studio!

It’s still weird not knowing who or IF anyone will like my things.  Making custom items is comforting in that way where you can make sure you give your client exactly what they want and can make adjustments if it’s not right.  When you are just making cool stuff, you just don’t know if anyone will think it’s great!

PRESSURE!

haha Anyhow that’s all for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!

To see the pouches that are in the Samyama Yoga Center click here!

To see some other BykimB Scarves see these posts

First Analisa Scarf

Analisa’s Scarves

Lisa’s Many Accessories

Lisa’s Circle Scarves

My first circle scarf

Cat’s Hooded and Reversible Scarf

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

Thank you for stopping by and please enjoy these designs By kimB!

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This year just happened!

It’s been a really crazy year this year and I’ve just been grinding along trying my best to stay afloat.  Which honestly has been really tough and I’ve been freakishly stressed.

It wasn’t until this morning when I rolled out of bed late, staggered to the bathroom like I was drunk and started brushing my teeth that I started thinking about my day; sewing, scarves, cutting a quilt?  Maybe.  Write a blog, which one needs to be posted?  Which one needs to be written.  Samyama should be posted.  Poletential post should be next…

And it finally hit me.  Somehow within the chaos of this year, without me realizing it I’ve accomplished a major goal, Twice.  I’ve put my crazy BykimB things in 2 studios this year!

Really cool.

I mean how did I let that slide by without me having some kind of ice cream celebration?!  Somehow I got so distracted by life that I didn’t even see the rad things happening around me.

And a good reminder for me that sometimes you can’t always see the blessings when you’re in the storm.  So I’ll just keep taking everything one stitch at a time and watch it all come together.

And in the mean time I think I’ve earned some ice cream!

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

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Samyama Yoga Center Pouches

Yeah tons of photos!  Your welcome for including the photoshoot I had with Michelle when I dropped off the pouches! HAHA

But really it was such a blast going to see this incredible yoga studio and boutique!  Everything in there makes you want to close your eyes and forget the world.  Not that I don’t do that often enough as it is, probably too much, but this place makes me feel like it’s ok =)

Anyhow this group of pouches was so fun!  Really!

I’d only made myself a pouch before in the past, and it rocks my world, I put everything in that little things and then shove it in my purse and I’m ready for real life.

This time I made 3 different sizes, and was so excited to use this donated scrap fabric!  My mothers long time friend used to be really big into sewing and still had a whole bunch of scraps left over, much of which she’s had for years!  When she found out that I upcycle any and all old fabrics she immediately sent me these beautiful and colorful pieces.

One of my favorite things to do is pair fabrics together and match up colors that people wouldn’t expect.  I love the idea of opening up a bag or pouch and getting a fun blast of color, and thankfully this batch allowed me to have all kinds of fun =)

When I finished all of these the hardest part was dropping them off.  I wanted to keep at least 3 of them, if not all (and I almost did!) but off I went.

And I’m glad I did!  Although it’s weird this time.  I usually deliver directly to the buyer so I get to see everyone’s reactions.  This is the first time I won’t be able to interact with my client directly and it’s weird!

So here’s to you Samyama customers.  I hope you love your pouches as much as I loved making them.  And here’s to h0ping they sell!

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

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BykimB Photoshoot! It happened!

It was early on a beautiful San Francisco Day and I was doing a great job of forgetting what a basket case I’d been the night before crying my eyes out because everyone kept cancelling! haha!  Honestly it was kind of a freak show getting this all together.  And at the end of the day at some point in the process everyone cancelled on me.

INCLUDING MYSELF!

Two weeks before the shoot my photographer cancelled, I cancelled at least twice because I couldn’t get off of work, at one point I was trying to prep my interns and stylists to just go on and do the shoot without me!  And the night before the shoot my model got super sick and I was frantically scouring google and social media trying to find a new model!

Disaster.

Luckily my incredible intern Nikki came through!  YES!  She and Mari had worked a few fashion shows during their other internship and passed on some contact info of 2 models she met.

Long story, but at about 9pm at night I got a hold of the beautiful Ashley Brooke Crow to do the shoot at 7am the next day!  Thank the Lord!

The day itself was incredible!  My incredible photographer, James Mccloud, who saved the day after the cancellation of my 1st photographer, saved the day once again and brought along Jessamyn who dominated hair AND make up!

Turns out she’d worked with Ashley Brooke on a Goorin Bros. shoot a few weeks before.  Fate.

The weather was beautiful in San Francisco, Carlos and Angel brought the most perfect outfits for the shoot, and had all of us asking where they got everything so we could buy the outfits ourselves!

Every look we did during the day got better and better!  And by the end of the day, although we were all on our last leg, mainly because I didn’t bring enough food,

Lesson Learned…

Everyone had their game faces on and I think we finished better than we started!

By the last few shots we were literally clapping and cheering! haha

I really could not have asked for a better day and a better team!

Thank you so much

James Mccloud for amazing photography!

Jess for the beautiful hair and make-up!

Ashley Brooke for coming through SUPER last minute and being a total Rockstar!

Carlos and Angel for your incredible eye, style and classic fashion sense!

Nikki and Mari for being the BEST interns in the whole world!!!

I literally could not have done any of this without you!

Can’t wait to show you all the pictures!  You’ll get first look =)

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

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Getting ready for the Photoshoot!

Oh man what a long a crazy process this was!  Like everything else the idea and desire for this shoot came over a year ago when I was meeting with Jolisa, my graphic designer/By kimB guidance counselor and friend, and were trying to figure out how I was going to brand the company.

Then when I was done with all the homework she gave me I would have a photoshoot, which would lead to photos for a website, business cards, and all the other media possibilities once I had good pictures!

After I got my interns back in January, was when we really hit the ground running and trying to get this shoot in order!  We needed a photographer, model make-up artist, hair stylist, and we were going to be our own clothing stylists until we realized that…well we’d be better off leaving that to the pros =) And of course product to shoot.

From January to May we worked on concepts, researched photographers, met with our stylist, planned and scouted out locations, made pinterest mood boards. (which you can peruse here or here or here.)

There were multiple moments where I wasn’t sure if this photoshoot would happen but it’s looking promising!

But I’m loving the weekly meetings at all kinds of coffee shops!  mmm…

From the meetings so far we’ve fuond some great people!  We have James Mccloud for photography, Carlos and Angel as styists, Paige as the model, and looking for a hair and make-up guru!

Get excited!  We’re almost there!

*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.

As always you can e-mail me at K.Barnes@BykimB.com or leave a comment. And if you’d like to view my complete collection become a fan of By kimB on facebook.

Or you can follow @BykimB on twitter. To purchase visit my (still under construction) website BykimB.com or etsy store.

Thank you for stopping by and please enjoy these designs By kimB!

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