Reclaim Your Time As a Woman: Making Self-Care a Priority

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I just love this picture of Solange. She looks like she is telling everyone in her house that she'll be MIA for a few hours to catch up on some “me time”.

Its definitely important to take some self-care time for yourself, even if its just a few hours one day a week. Recharge your batteries ladies!

If you don't take care of yourself first, how else can you be the best woman, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, mother, wife or _____ (fill in the blank)? And I'm not saying do this in a selfish way, but in a responsible, set time aside when time allows it kind of way.

The world revolves around our strength, knowledge, prayers, faith, intuition and so much more! So much so that It should be our birthright as women to have our self-care time. Let's all unplug and enjoy our evening...I know I am!  

What are you doing to relax and unwind this evening?

 

With So Much LOVE,
~ Treasure

 

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Designer Talks: You Can Heal Your Life, Through Your Thought Patterns

This picture is of me in the doctor's office.  I injured both of my shoulders almost a year ago. I'm huge on holistic practices and healing yourself naturally. I pulled out Louise Hay's book "You Can Heal Your Life" to see what was really going on with my body.

Her philosophy is that everything has to do with our thought patterns and limited beliefs. When I looked up shoulders, it stated the probable cause as: “Shoulders: Represents our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously. Injuries: We make life a burden by our attitude”.

Treasure MaDonna SIWEL The Blair Edition Tote bag

Our attitude meaning our mindset, thought patterns and limited beliefs. She basically told me that I was stressing too much and making life a burden. Carrying all of this on/in my shoulders, I found out that I was causing them to be tense at all times, which in turn restricts blood flow and causes weakness.Yikes!

It was a straight reality check! I needed to recalibrate my mental state, relax and enjoy life instead of trying to force the outcomes of the goals I set. So for the past year, I have been in rehabilitation mentally and physically.

The new thought pattern she suggested was "I choose to allow all my experiences to be joyous and loving" (in all areas of life). I was like oh ok, so, moving forward I will continue to set goals, but be open to how the journey unfolds and enjoy the process, got it!

I mean, I’m a planner, in my notebooks, you will see steps 1, 2, 3 accompanied by a, b, c under each…Ha! Don’t get me wrong, planning is a great thing, but release the outcome, be open to opportunities on the journey that may, or may not be in your “notebook”. I wanted those steps to play out so bad that I carried that stress in my shoulders and made them susceptible to injuries…no good!

Listen, we only have one body and one mind. This year, I’m doing a lot of things different, strengthening my body to become stronger than ever, changing my thought patterns and redefining my definition of “success”. Through prayer and affirmations, I choose to allow love, joy and peace into every area of my life..and you should do the same!

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Here is the link to Louise Hay's book - You Can Heal Your Life

 

With So Much LOVE,
~ Treasure

Designer Talks: New 2018 Handbag Style, The Blair Edition

The Blair Story

Meet Blair,  a beautiful and stylish lifestyle tote! I just love her honey hue with striking jet-black handles and sides. 

This specialty tote was created entirely by hand using my signature artisan technique. Rounded leather handles with a 3.5" drop for you to love on in your hand or comfortably carry on your arm.

Materials: Vegetable Tan + Pebble Leather

Vegetable tan leather is exactly what I had in mind when I designed this bag. The veg-tan leather's ability to hold it's shape is what really brought this handbag to life for me. I had a vision of wanting to mix textures, so I placed some jet-black, buttery soft, pebble leather on the sides as a major contrast to the smooth veg-tan, which also made a beautiful color palette. With the soft leather on the sides it allows you the versatility to wear it two different ways. You can allow the sides to fall out to the side naturally giving it a trapezoid silhouette or tuck them in for a cube effect...however you feel that day. 

Background:

The artisan hand stitch that you see on "Blair" was Inspired by my early design days when I first started working with leather. At the time, I didn't own a industrial sewing machine that could handle the weight of leather, so I decided to hand stitch my ideas. To this day, 10 years later, I still have some of those sample bags and people just love them! I think its something about the art of hand stitch, being handmade provides a connection with you and the designer.

 

 

The Design Process:

When it comes to a new Idea, It usually stems from a feeling of me wanting to be free and only do the things that bring me joy...that living off the land and wearing a long flowing dress that floats on the floor feeling (Lol). Then, I start thinking how can I design something and let the materials speak for themselves, show its natural beauty and flaws. You know, kind of how we all want to be loved through our flaws and all (Beyonce!).

After all of my feels, I sketch in my design notebook and do a lot of daydreaming because I have to see every step in my mind before I move forward. This is what some would say, I'm speaking to or seeking my genius or Holy Spirit to guide me in the process. Once I have a clear vision, I write down the process in my notebook...literally numbering the steps to completion. Then, I proceed to pattern making, which takes hours, sometimes day depending on the design. I'll do a mock up in a not so expensive material to get the look and feel of the bag. Send pictures back and forth to my mom who lives in my hometown Houston, TX. She is like my design consultant...and life consultant! I walk around the house a few days and look at the prototype in every mirror to see if I like it, standing on my tip toes (imaginary high heels) to see If it works. This is my process!

Production Process:

Once I feel the design concept and can see myself doing life with the bag, thats when I know you will love it too! There is nothing but love in the process of making this bag. From sourcing the materials to hand cutting each piece of leather and making sure the edges are beautiful...but still natural, because leather has its own beautiful story.

I then proceed to strategically punch the holes spacing them out so that you can see and love on the artisan stitch going in and out with your very own eyes. 

Final Finishing Process:

Now that leather is cut out and the holes are punched, I sew on the gold-foiled stamped "SIWEL" logo on the front of the bag using a sewing machine. Finally, I sit down, starting with the handles and moving to the body of the handbag using a beautiful waxed thread, I stitch in one tiny hole and out the other. Its a magical journey and to see it come to life one stitch at a time, it always gives me goosebumps! 

From start to finish this project can take anywhere from one to two days.

When you gift yourself, or any of your loved ones with one of my Blair totes, just know that I put my whole heart into it, because it took me hours to make, no doubt about it, and thats passion at its finest...so good!

 
With So Much LOVE,
         Treasure MaDonna
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Domestic Violence Awareness: Girl, There Is Always A Rainbow After The Storm

Hey Everyone!

Yes, I switched up my hair...I felt like a few curls! This photo is of me last weekend at a dinner party. We were having a good time and playing around with photo filters after we ate a 5 course meal...the food was so yummy!

The rainbow light in my face goes perfectly with my post today and symbolic of my life...there is always a rainbow after the storm...Yasss God!

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Subconsciously this month effects my mood at times. I get all kinds of feels, sometimes I realize why and other times I just retreat and do a lot of self reflection. 

I was asked years ago by a friend of mine that was on staff at the time to speak at Prairie View A&M University about my personal experience with domestic violence. I respectfully declined because it was too soon. I had just recently found the strength to leave an unhealthy marriage and was still wrapping my head around what I had just gone through. 

So speaking to women about it, hmmm I didn't even know if I could hold back my tears and make it through that talk, let alone inspire someone...it was too fresh of a wound. God will cover you, keep you and prepare you for the next dimension in your life in His perfect time.

This past July I met a wonderful woman while at a business event hosted by GLAAACC. She's over an amazing community called The Positive Results Cooperation that helps raise awareness for violence and abuse among teenagers and young adults. Through our conversation, I knew it was time to start telling my story and get involved with this movement in hopes of inspiring the next person.

I'm excited that this weekend I will lending my voice and talent to support The Positive Results Cooperation at their annual Tea Party. On behalf of SIWEL I will be donating beautiful handbags for their silent auction and speaking briefly about my story. I hope that my truth will inspire women who are currently in a domestic violence situation. You, or if you have a friend or a family member, I want you to know that there is light on the other side. The first step is when you decide to love yourself more then your abuser, there is beauty and freedom in self love. It's not going to be easy, but just do the work one day at a time.

Many of you may not know, but SIWEL was founded during that dark time in my life. At that time, my design ability was and continues to be a meditative and therapeutic practice today. SIWEL is a constant reminder to myself of my strengths, even during moments of self-doubt. I look at what I have accomplished and see my magic, and affirm to myself that I am indeed special and here for a purpose higher than myself!

Ladies, we have to continue to affirm ourselves. When we do that, we no longer look for anything or anyone outside of ourselves to do it. Like Oprah says, {What I know for sure}, well, what I know for sure is that God is using me. This platform is the doorway to my purpose and destiny...life work. As I continue on my journey, my hope is that I will inspire women to push through, survive and thrive through life's challenges. And that they will use their moments of clarity to serve others.

 

If you are currently in a domestic violence situation please contact the Nation Domestic Violence Hotline. You can do so anonymously. http://www.thehotline.org
"Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential."

 

With So Much LOVE,

     Treasure MaDonna

 

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