Dec 27, 2008

As another year ends...

I hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season.

I'm enjoying spending time with my kids. Santa brought everything they wanted and they couldn't say thank you enough. They bought me something that will clean for me. As I opened it they said "all you have to do is push the button when you get out of the shower and you never have to clean it again. Too funny! There were lots of smiles all around.

My daughter also asked me if we are able to change religions because next year she wants to celebrate Hanukkah. I think she has something here. We should celebrate all religious holidays. They're mostly about happy times, smiles and lots of love. To me God is love. What better than to have more days filled with smiles and love for one another. Imagine.....

Which brings me to my gift for all of you. This year I'm giving love. I'm telling people this year "I love you", "I love that about you", "I love how you did that", "I love who you are" and giving many hugs. I believe if we all did this we would have a much better place for all of us.

We all had fun wearing the bah-humbug pants I made for the family to wear to bed Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. (my son was being funny and wouldn't take a good picture- little booger) I didn't have time to make my kids matching t-shirts. (and yes my husband went to Clemson many moons ago). One reason because I bought a new printer last year and it doesn't have the capability to mirror images which is needed when you are doing iron-on transfers with wording. I was going to paint it on but..really..where does the time go?

My classes start up again on Jan 3. If you got a new sewing machine for Christmas and want to learn to use it I run my "Learn the Sewing Machine" Class a couple of times a week. I give tons of information in this class to get you started. I have seats available to all classes and you can sign up online.

I want to have a sewing party real soon to celebrate my new location. I also have some great ideas for special classes in the next few months so If you haven't already sign up to my news letter to stay informed and also to get your class discounts.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun
and with much LOVE....

Dec 22, 2008

Adding Labels To Your Sewing Project

There's only a few days left until Christmas and Hanukkah has already started the time to make or buy your gifts are fast approaching. I wanted to give you another idea for people who love to sew. Not only can you buy them Sewing Class Gift Certificates to help them learn that something they have been putting off. You can also buy them labels for their sewing projects.

I have taught a lot of people who have gone on to make all kinds of things to sell. Some have been very successful in their line of baby clothes, pet clothes/collars, handbags, surgical scrubs and all kids of things. Many of them have added their own labels with their brand name to their designs.

Everyone looks at labels. People associate most things through labels like quality. Today I read an article Private clothes labels taking off
Apparel retailers are taking matters into their own hands: If designers don’t give them what they believe their customers want, the stores are making it themselves and sewing their own labels inside.
In the coming year, look for defined in-store destinations for brands such as Macy’s fashion-driven INC, traditional Charter Club and trendy Style & Co.; Saks Fifth Avenue’s own namesake label in menswear and its upscale casual Clothes(Real) line for women; and Nordstrom’s workplace collection Classiques Entier and the feminine Halogen label.

At Nordstrom, the private label business already represents 12-14 percent of total sales.

The first thing you want to do when you decide you want to add labels to your projects is to decide your name. You can personalize your labels any way you want.

When your ready to buy your labels there are many place you can go online:
Add the perfect finishing touch to your latest sewing, knitting, or quilting project with our pre-woven fabric labels. Choose from "Hand Made By," "Made Especially For You By," "An Original By," or "Made With Tender Loving Care By." We add any name, up to 8 characters. These charming sew-on labels make a thoughtful...
Learn more at Personal Creations

Annie's Attic
Every handmade item is a labor of love.
Here's a label that shows that love - and tells you how to properly care for it, with soak™. Take care for your one-of-a-kind creations in sweet-smelling style. These butter soft sew-in labels are perfect for any hand-made project. Each pack includes 12 labels with sew-on guidelines and 4 phrases.

- don't lose me
- look what I made for you
- hand knit with love
- I made this

CraftPudding has an etsy shop
These are being added to my ETSY shop. Take a look.

The wonderful iSew blog has a great idea on how to make your own labels for your crafts or sewing projects. I really had to give it a try and I was very pleased with the results.
I made a batch of cardholders for my ESTY shop and I love the fact that the labels make the cardholders look nicely finished. I thank iSew for sharing this great idea with others. If you want to know more about how to make your own labels, visit the iSew blog following this LINK. Make sure to visit her online store or Etsy shop because she makes beautiful quilts and wonderful handbags.

Even if you don't sell your items its great to add your personal message to your project.

There are many places to buy your labels. You can have them made or or just buy ones that are made already. You can spend anywhere from $10 - $250 on a few labels depending on how you design your labels and how many you buy.

So have fun with your labels and if you need help sewing your project you know where to come.

I'm having a Machine Class tonight and Sewing Class tomorrow then I will be taking off until after the New Years to spend time with my children for their winter break. I have to say I'm happy to be here in sunny South Florida when I see the weather report for the rest of the country. Everyone is covered with snow and here we are in the 70's. :)

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Dec 14, 2008

Quick and easy pants and how to hem them

I had an extra 2 hours Thursday night to make the pants I was telling you about in the last post.

I like the way they came out. They fit better as shorts and need a few adjustments. I have a big bottom but not as much as I left in fabric. They are real baggy which I wanted and very comfortable. They probably would shrink if bought new but I washed my fabric already.

There is one thing that happened. I guess sewing in my new location caused me to be distracted because I installed the fly zipper on the wrong side. I didn't realize it until I finished and tried them on. So I would like to remind my students that everyone makes mistakes and it's your perfection level that could hold you back when learning the art of sewing. And if you do make a mistake it's ok.

I also wanted to give you some information about doing hems. Hems are something people come to me all the time to teach them to do. It's very easy and is one thing a lot of people spend a lot of money to have other people do for them.

There are different kinds of hems depending if you are doing jeans or dress pants/skirts. Jeans are done with top stitching (where you can see the stitch line on top) and dress pants/skirts are done with a blind hem (a way of doing hand sewing on the machine where you don't see your stitches). The blind hem takes a few minutes to learn and some practice.

When you do a hem you want to press it first at the iron. If your fabric edge is finished (serged or overlocked) you can give it one fold usually 1/2" to 1". If you don't have a finish edge you have to fold your fabric twice so you don't see the unfinished edge. When doing dress pants you usually fold the first fold 1/2" and the second fold an inch. If you are doing jeans you can do two 1/2" folds. After you press your one or two folds then you can pin your fabric before you fold it.

After you pin your hem you can hold the two legs together at the inseam to make sure they are the same. I only worry about them being the same on the inseam because when your legs are together you can see the difference if there is any. You really don't see it if the hem is off on the outside of the hem or at the side seams.

Also when sewing jeans you can buy the gold top stitching thread to match the rest of your pants. Tops stitch thread is a little thicker then regular thread so you can see it better.

Another thing you have to think about when doing a hem is if the pant leg is a bell bottom or tapers in to the bottom of the leg. When you have more fabric folding up one and a half inch into less fabric (bell bottom hem) you will have a fold on the outside side of the pant leg. When you have less fabric going up into more fabric you will have a fold on the inside of the hem. The less you fold up (1/4" to 1/2") the less you have this happen. The more you fold up for your hem the more extra fabric you have be it a bell bottom or tapered at the bottom.

I do want to make another pair of pants. Now all I need is more fabric :) We can never have enough fabric. And if you sew often you go through it so quickly.

This weeks projects will be to get my holiday sewing complete.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Dec 8, 2008

December News Letter

Hi all,

It's once again time to send out a news letter to let you know what's going on at Learn 2 Sew. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are ready to end this year with some sewing.

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending it with my brothers whom I haven't seen in a couple of years. My mother loved having all her children with her again. I also moved my business to it's new location located at 2632 Hollywood Blvd. #103 over the past couple of weeks. The moves almost complete with classes starting this week.

I love my new location. It's very easy to get to off the interstate. Just take I95 to exit 20 Hollywood Blvd. Go east 2 blocks. As you go around the corner to City Hall circle I'm on your right (south side of the blvd) There's plenty of parking in the back and I'm on the first floor in the corner of the Forum Building. I have a map with google virtural map on my website if you would like to take a view.

Classes start tomorrow running for the next 2 weeks before I take off a week during Christmas and New Years to spend some quality time with my children since they will be off school. So you only have a couple more weeks to take lessons in 2008. Check out my calendar and either sign up online or come into the sewing center to enroll to any class. Since I'm not that busy the next couple of weeks - you can call to reserve your seat and pay when you come to class. I will not be extending this courtisy after the New Years. Everyone must enroll prior to the class.

There will be price changes for all classes. The machine class is now $35, cutting class $30, sewing class $25 for 2 hours - $100 for 10 hours - $175 for 20 hours. Since I give a lot of information in the machine and cutting class I decided to raise the price and since sewing classes are more relaxed and you work at your own speed I decided to make it easier for you to come.

Also if you don't know already Joann Fabrics does great sales this time of year. Last year between Christmas and New years they had some really good deals if your looking to save some money on your supplies. Don't forget there's always Arnolds Fabric which is mostly $1 a yard.

I haven't been able to sew a thing in a couple fo weeks and I can't wait to get back to sewing my projects and teaching you to sew yours. I really have become a sewing junkie.

Until next time - be good to yourself and
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Dec 6, 2008


Moving sure is hard work. I have been at my new shop all week setting things up and there's still more work to do. It's been a really hard week for me and being sick didn't help. I'm really looking forward to taking the week between Christmas and New Years off to spend some quality time with my children. But until then I have to get things back in order to start classes again on Tuesday evening.

Because I haven't been open since before Thanksgiving my desire to sew something is growing large inside myself. It's only been a couple of weeks but I feel like a junkie who hasn't been able to feed her addiction. I NEED TO SEW SOMETHING! And if you sew I'm sure your sewing list is as long as mine.

The first thing I want to make are Christmas pj's for the kids. Every year I make them pants with a t-shirt to match for them to sleep in for Christmas Eve. I pick out fabric for each kid with a theme for the pants. Buy a t-shirt (because you can't make them for as cheap as you can buy them) and print out some clip art on a t-shirt iron on transfer.

Last night my daughter and I went to the fabric store to use my 50% off coupons before it expired. (see how they get us junkies in the store) She picked out the bah-humbug lightweight cotton fabric ($2.79 a yard) and I picked out some heavyweight denim ($4.99 a yard on sale) to make these shorts into pants. We have had some wonderful weather the past few weeks and I need to move from wearing shorts to pants.

I can't wait to finish setting up my sewing school this weekend so I can cut and get sewing on these projects. I also have classes starting this week so hopefully I can stay after or come early for more sewing time. There's never enough time..... :)

So come in to see me at my new location. And if you haven't already sign up to my news letter (on the right side of this page). I'm going to be sending out a news letter soon with some great discounts to classes.

Don't forget - if your looking for a great Christmas present buy a Sewing Class Gift Certificate for your someone special.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Dec 1, 2008

New Sewing Classes Starting Soon

I do hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving feast and enjoyed the moments given to them. I spent my weekend moving to the new location and I can't tell you how happy I am to make the move. I got to see my brothers and my mother enjoyed having all her children together again.

I will be getting things set up this week to start classes on December 9th. You can check my calendar and enroll to any class that fits your schedule. We only have a couple more weeks to get our holiday sewing done. I know some of you were not able to finish your projects before the Thanksgiving holiday.

There are a few changes to the schedule. I'm not going to be running classes until 9pm any longer. I didn't like getting home at 9:30. My evening classes will be from 6-8 on Wednesday and Thursday and 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday for those who need later classes. I will be closed on Sunday and Mondays and running classes on Thursdays when I was taking off. I'll have morning classes on Wednesday, Thursday. I'll be keeping my same schedule on Friday and Saturday's. I hope my new schedule fits with yours. As I always say, if there is one thing I wish I had more of is time.

I'm going to be sending out my news letter soon with discounts to my classes the next couple of months. If you haven't already you can sign up to receive the email to receive the discount. I'm also going to have a grand opening in January - A Sewing Party so keep your eyes open for that too.

I've had no time to sew. I have so many ideas going through my head. I hope to get some of them made this week as soon as I get things set up again.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Nov 20, 2008

Holiday Gift Certificates for Sewing Classes

If you're looking for an easy gift to give someone sewing lessons make a great gift. Every year I sell several gift certificates to husbands of my students. They also buy them other accessories like a new pair of scissors or other sewing accessories. There's nothing a sewer loves more than getting more toys to sew with. (Maybe some pressure feet they don't have ~hint if my family's reading)

I now have available on my website Gift Certificates for sale. You can buy a $50, $75 or $100 gift.

After you make payment online you can email me with the address of the person you would like to have the gift mailed to. You also have the option of picking up the gift certificate at the sewing center.

It's that easy to give this holiday season.

It's not so easy moving. I have one more week at the location off of Johnson Street. My last class will be next week November 26. I will try to reopen the second week of December. It all depends..... powers out of my control.

I have been able to sew a few things this past week. The weather turned a bit colder this week so I broke down and hit the sale rack to buy some long sleeve shirts for the kids. Hey, this is Florida, we never get cold weather. This is great. So I had to do some hemming on some pants I picked up. It's very easy to keep the old hem in pants. I'm going to take some pictures and do a tutorial on it soon. It really is very easy and some people say "is that all" when I show them.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun

Nov 6, 2008

November News Letter

Hello again,

Another month has passed and there's some great news to tell you but before I do I have to say one thing. I want to thank everyone who took the time and stood in the lines to vote. You know how passionate I am about the issue. We had record numbers show up at the polls. I am so proud that "we the people" are getting involved. And even though the election is o-v-e-r we still have our jobs to do by staying involved with the issues that matter to you the most.When we all stay involved and do our jobs great things can be accomplished. Ok, enough of that, I'm just so proud of all of you.

So now the really great news. This will be the last month at my present location of 902A North 30 Road as many of you know. I have just signed a new lease at my new location. It's very easy to get to. On Hollywood Blvd just east of I95 - across the street from Hollywood City hall. The address is 2632 Hollywood Blvd. #103. I'm in the Forum Building on the first floor. It's a smaller place than I have now but I wasn't using all the space anyway and there is plenty of parking. It's going to be perfect.

Click here to see google map but basically as your going east on Hollywood Blvd. Right before you go around City Hall circle the Forum building is on the corner.

I signed the lease for December 1. Depending on how fast I can move will depend on when I open again but I think I'm going to try and open for a couple of weeks in December instead of closing for the full month.

I am no longer offering the plan where you pay for future sewing hours in advance. All classes will be “pay as you go” – 2 hours $25 until I move. You must pay for class in advance to reserve your seat. If you have paid for hours in advance you do have an expiration date so make sure you come in and use them before your time expires. Check the calendar for classes that fit your schedule. I will also be raising the prices of some classes and lowering the price of other classes when I move. More on this coming soon. I have a lot of new ideas I'm going to implement when I get in the new location. For one, I'm going to list all of my patterns for anyone to use (rent) from me for a small price if you didn't want to purchase patterns.

That's all for now. I hope to see you soon

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,


Oct 27, 2008

Halloween Costumes

I had it very easy this year with what my kids wanted to be for Halloween. My daughter wanted to be Nancy Drew and my son wanted to be Indiana Jones.

For her we bought a brown coat at Target for $19 on the sale rack and shoes at payless for $17. She had the pants and shirt and headband. The only thing I had to make was her sleuth bag. I had a lot of fun making it. It opens up so "Nancy" can put all her detective things in it.

I made it where she could open it up with three different sizes. She actually pulled out her Nancy Drew movie to show me how she wanted it made. I put many different sizes of pockets and added plastic webbing inside to make it stiff. I bought one yard of $1 yard fabric and used velcro I already had or I would have probably bought better matching. I hid all my seams and I have to say I had a lot of fun making this.

For the Indiana Jones costume I bought a jacket at the thrift store and died it brown. Bought his pants at Target on the sale rack because the kid grows so fast he could always use more pants, his shoes and we found a real Indiana Jones hat. We had the white shirt and the whip. I only had to make his bag too. It took about 15 minutes to make using left over fabric I had in my stash. I used the selvage edge for the flap on the front of the bag to give it that Indie look.

And some costumes from Cami she made for her and Nick. She sent these to me last month and made a few different costumes this year. She really is good at sewing and very creative too...

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween! I'm only having a Machine class in the moring on Friday...seats still available if you want to attend.

Until next time
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Oct 24, 2008

A GREAT sewing idea for College Students

As you know I get articles sent to me all the time with the words sew and sewing in them. I found a good one today that I want to share with you before I get ready for my day of teaching.

I really love this idea. If you are a UM student or any other college student this is a great way to make money.

UF student designs clothing line geared for game day
By SYDNEE NEWMAN, Alligator Contributing Writer
It began with some household cloth, Barbie–outfit stencils and a few Barbie dolls. Years later, her passion for hand–sewing dresses has become a business.

In three years, Natalie Kim, a UF English senior, has transformed a hobby into a successful clothing line, Game Day Couture.

She can usually be seen in class — knees up, notebook in lap, sketching out her next dress idea.

Kim designs and sews dresses for all ages. She sells her dresses in LaLa in the Tioga Town Center, which she supplies with 10 to 12 new dresses each week and sells an additional 10 per week to individual women.

The prices range from $75 to $80.

Kim came up with the idea for Game Day Couture four years ago when she couldn’t find an outfit to wear to her first Gator football game.

She whipped up a dress for herself in about three hours.

Read more of the article here

I don't have a lot of time, (the one thing I really wish I had more of) just wanted to share. I hope to get some sewing time in for myself today. I have many things cut out and a sleuth bag to finish I'll be taking pictures of and sharing. I've had fun making it.

Until next time.
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Oct 23, 2008

Selling Laptop Bags And Other Sewing Projects

When I've had time to sew I've been making laptop bags. I love the one I made for myself. I always tell my students "if you can think of it you can make it" I've had a lot of interest about my bag so - next thing to do was to make a few to sell.

And Halloween Trick a Treat Candy Bag

You can buy them on my website along with other projects. I'll be posting more soon...

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Oct 14, 2008

Easy Shorts and a Top

My daughter needed some shorts to go to dance class. I used an old pair that fit her to make 3 new pair shorts for her. It took very little fabric. I used some knits I had laying around. And I only needed a little more than a 1/2 yard of elastic.

It only took less than a couple of hours to make all three. And the best part - she loves them.

I'm very happy I've had time to sew. I have a few more projects to cross off the list soon. I need to make costume bags for both kids. I also have more laptop bags cut out I would like to sew up soon. I'll have pictures of Halloween Costumes and other projects soon.

Carrie, one of my students came in and made this top. It came out really cute. She didn't want her picture taken :) It's all good. At least this time I remembered to pull out my camera and take a picture. She did a great job on her top - picked some beautiful fabric. Sometimes it's all about the fabric you pick for your project.

I had some other students attend this mornings sewing class and finished their projects - pants and a dress. I sure do wish I would remember the camera when they try on their projects. Julia made some black pants that came out really good and they only took her a little over an hour to make.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Oct 13, 2008

Surgar Glider Cage Accessories

One of my students, Maureen, started sewing to learn how to make different cage themes for her sugar glider cages. Her very first project was a handbag which she had no problems sewing and moved quickly to making her cage covers and all accessories for her cages.

I wasn't sure what a sugar glider was until she educated me.
The Sugar Glider is around 16 to 21 cm (6.3 to 7.5 inches) in length, with a tail almost as long as the body and almost as thick as a human thumb, and weighs between 90 and 150 grams (3 to 5.3 oz). The fur is generally pearl Grey, with black and cream patches on the underbelly and black or grey ears. Other color variations include leucistic and albino recessive traits. The tail tapers only moderately and the last quarter of it is black, often with a dark tip. The muzzle is short and rounded. Northern forms tend to be brown colored rather than grey and, as predicted by Bergmann's Rule, smaller.

Sugar Gliders as pets

Sugar Glider on a table
Sugar Glider on a table

Where legal, the Sugar Glider is not difficult to breed in captivity under the right conditions, and small numbers have been legally and illegally exported to the United States and Britain[5] where they have formed a breeding population for sale as pets. The Sugar Glider is a popular pet because of its lively and inquisitive nature; with plenty of attention, it bonds well to human companions.

Sugar Gliders bred and kept in captivity behave differently from those in the wild

Maureen breeds sugar gliders if you are interested in owning one. She also can make you some really cute accessories for your cage. Let me know if you need to be put in touch with Maureen to own one of these cute little things. She also holds a meetup group and can be reached through their website.

I'm working on Halloween Costumes. Sewn a few pairs of shorts for my daughter, made a few laptop bags I will be selling on my website and made a few Halloween candy tote bags.

I'm also very busy finding a new location for my business. There are many vacancies in Hollywood. I have my eye on a few and hopefully will be signing a lease with one of them soon.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Oct 3, 2008

October News Letter

I hope you had a wonderful week. Before I start my day of teaching I wanted to post my October News Letter. I emailed it out yesterday. I have one of my email addresses on my mailing list. Yesterday's news letter never made it to my inbox so I'm going to post it here.

I have a machine class this morning and sewing time this afternoon so come in and see me. I hope I can get some sewing done today and maybe have some pictures for you soon.
Here's the news letter:

Another month has passed. Can you believe it’s October already? Didn’t we just enjoy Labor Day last weekend? Time passes quickly and it is now time to start making your Halloween Costumes. Before you know it this month will pass and Halloween will be here.

There are many different kinds of costumes you can make. Each company has their own patterns. You could also refashion clothes from the thrift store to make your costume. If you need ideas you can always get them online. Start surfing and come up with something people will be talking about. My kids want to be a rock star and Indiana Jones so I'm going thrifting. You can check out what I made them last year here and here. It’s all fun, right?

If you would like to make a trick-or-treat bag I’m having a class to teach you how to sew the tote on Wednesday October 15 from 7 – 9pm. I have the supply list of things needed to make your bag on my website under Adult Classes under special classes at the bottom of the page.

I want to give everyone a heads up about the future of Learn 2 Sew. I’m moving to a new location. It’s time to build the business and move to a place that’s easier for you to get to. My last day open at this location will be Wednesday November 26. Since I’m very slow during the month of December I'll be closed the whole month and reopening in a new location to be announced the first week of January 2009. The new location will be in Hollywood. I want to be next to the interstate so it’s easy for you to come to class. I’m also going to have much more parking. I haven’t found a place yet but have my eye on a few and will be signing a lease soon. I hope to have the address of the new location in time for November’s news letter so keep your eyes out.

I blogged about a couple of things this month.

If you would like to share your projects send me your pictures and I will post them or just leave a comment if you have any questions about the post. Hopefully this is a way I can pass on my of my knowledge with you. Project Runway will be ending soon. I'll be blogging about this soon. When you finish your project in class remind me to take a picture (because I usually forget I'm so busy teaching) and I will post in on my blog

I hope to see you soon in class. Enroll to any sewing time class to sew Halloween Costume.

Until next time,

Enjoy your moments, make them "sew" much fun,


Learn 2 Sew, Inc
902A N. 30 Road (moving - new location TBA)
Hollywood, FL 33021

Sep 29, 2008

Cami and Nick's Road Trip

Cami started my sewing class over a year ago. She knew very little about sewing but wanted to learn how to make costumes. She and her friend Nick entertained children during parties dressing up as a princess and spider man.

She started class not knowing much but grew in her sewing skills quickly. She was one of my first post on this blog:

Bat Girl and Superman

Cami took my Monday/Wednesday class last month. She wanted to come in to learn how to make costumes. You see Cami and her friend Nick do kids parties. She wanted to make her own costumes for the parties. She has never sewn before. She is a natural at sewing. She made everything except the Superman Cape

I got these pictures and with her permission I'm sharing with you. She did a great job! I'm so proud of her.

I hear Nick makes a very good Superman if you ever need one for your birthday parties. Not bad abs either Nick! :)

All the time she was taking my class Nick would pop in to ask questions about what she was doing. I could see the sparks between them. I ask her how good of friend were they? She said "just friends". I told her there was much more between them then just friends.

Over the next year she would come in from time to time when she got stuck on her project and needed help. Then one day she told me her and Nick were getting married! :) She wanted to make her dress and asked my advice. She ended up buying a dress because the wanted to get married right away.

So what are they doing now?

I've been following Cami and Nick on their adventures traveling around the country through her blog called Road Trip and pictures. They are having so much fun. You can see it in their pictures.

Monday, September 22, 2008
After so many days sleeping in parking lots and true, no shower... we finally headed to Nick's sister house, Kathi! They were all at work/school when we got there so the maid opened the door we had the chance to shower before seeing them! (that was great!).

We were very happy to see/meet them, and it was a very emotional moment for Nick and Kathi. We met David (Kathi's husband) and Melissa our niece! Yes! Uncle Nick and Aunt Cami!

We went out for dinner to have a chance to catch up and saw the amazing west coast sunset on our way to the restaurant.

Thank you for everything guys!
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
We started our day walking the Cannery Row in Monterey.

A beautiful old fisherman village, with beautiful colors and home of the famous Monterey Bay aquarium. We saw seals (lots of them) everywhere we looked. We did not go to the aquarium as it was too expensive ($25 per adult). So we walked around to stretch our legs and took a bunch of pictures.

Monterey was also the beginning of the one hundred mile scenic route - Big Sur. Incredible! The most beautiful drive so far. I googled some info as I'm out of words: "...The route follows some of the most spectacular and highly scenic shoreline found along California’s coast. Views include rugged canyons and steep sea cliffs, granite shorelines, sea lions and other marine life, windswept cypress trees, and majestic redwood forests. This Byway also provides you with a lesson in California’s rich Mission-era and natural history..."

We stopped at some key spots (the ones suggested by the book Steven and Rebecca's lent to us). It really reminded me of Hawaii. Mainly the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park, where the landscape is dramatic and a beautiful waterfall meets the ocean.

Check out the pics!

We took our time and spent the whole day at that route. Ending at a K-Mart parking in Arroyo Grande to spent the night.
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
The campground in Dutch Flat was quiet, behind a gas station. We were not very interested in touring around the area. It was just an opportunity to stop for half price before we get closer to bigger cities (we've been making good use of the card Chris gave us in Indiana, that grant us 50% of in the participating campgrounds).

Friday we woke up late, and hit the road around mid afternoon.

Around 6pm we were on the road in Fairfield, California when we drove by the Jelly Belly Factory! We decided to stop right away! How exciting! The Jelly Belly Factory tour was in our plans when we first started looking at places in California, but we didn't realize it was on our way!

We drove to the factory and they were already closed. Luckily there was a Wal-mart right next to it. So we decided to spend the night and take the tour first thing in the morning.

The tour was amazing! We litteraly the first ones there. While waiting for the tour to start, the lady openened the sample bar. Yes, free Jelly Bellys... any flavor we wanted... till we get tired of it. My favorite was Cantaloupe and Pomegranate, Nick fell in love with Red Apple, Pomegranate and Kiwi. But we tried it all... Crush, 7up, Mint Chocolate, Sports Jelly...yummy!

During the tour they showed us the history, how they come up with flavors, the production process (it takes several days to make a perfect Jelly Bean, we saw millions of tinny little beans, Jelly Belly art work... etc. It was great.

After the tour, time to hit the road again, heading to San Francisco.

It was really hard to find a place to park our trailer safely to tour the city, or find an affordable place to stay (we were on our last few dollars). I looked at the map and googled truck stops outside San Francisco (I knew we should not drive the trailer in the city, San Francisco is famous for it's steep hills!!!). I found one in Oakland. We called them and a very nice guy let us park there.

We arrived at the truck stop around 11am. It was a industrial area by the Colisseum (home of Oakland 49rs)/ Oakland airport. We parked, and took public transportation to the city. It was actually a big challenge, we had to tour without much time as the truck stop closed at 6pm!

We are the champs of quick tours! We went to a awesome farmers market by the San Francisco Port, Pier 39, a far view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and shared some chinese food. We did it all in 3 hrs got back in the car and hit the road again. San Franciso is a beautiful city, with a lot going on. The streets and piers were packed with tourists. (Everyone in the trolley was holding a map! It was funny.)

Our next destination was Monterey - the beggining of Big Sur (route one) the scenic route along the coast.

We found a Wal-mart just a few miles out of Monterey and spent the night.

Go on the trip with them. Read what you have missed to catch up and follow them along in their adventure. Our newlyweds are enjoying their moments! And after all, this is what life is all about!

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments, make them "sew" much fun,