Dec 30, 2009

Year in Review - Learning the Good Things

I know for many of us 2009 was a very hard year. We’ve struggled surviving in society with the job losses, medical issues and for some the loss of loved ones.

I’m “sew” very thankful for the success of Learn 2 Sew. They say it takes 3-4 years before you start seeing any rewards from your actions when starting a business. This has been my 3rd year open and it was the most rewarding thus far. All the hard work does pay off.

I moved the business to a better location this past year and had many more attending sewing class I believe because I’m a couple of blocks from the interstate. It’s easy for people to come and go.

I had almost 300 people attend my sewing class since January. It’s very exciting for me to give my knowledge to this many people. If you’re real quiet you can hear the humming of sewing machines all over South Florida….and more waiting to learn.

Not only do I love passing on my sewing knowledge but what I’ve learned walking my path. I hope you don’t mind me sharing a thing or two from my lessons learned:

As different as we all are there’s one thing we all have the same, time. We all have the same 24 hours in each day. How we spend our time determines what kind of life we will have. It’s our choice to decide how we embrace each moment. Not so much in our actions that are controlled by others (running a business and being a mom), but in our thoughts and attitude. The moments strung together make up our years, the years make up our life…and oh how the years pass quickly. Good-bye 2009

Within our 24 hours most of us strive for the same thing, to give and receive love. Love is what fills the heart and brings the smiles. There are many things that make us smiles: family, friends, sewing, dancing, music, and reading – each of us have our special things we love, we cherish. When we have many smiles each day we can leave knowing we did the best in our 24 hours given to us, a gift given at birth, life.

We're all born with lessons to learn. If we don't learn our lessons they will only repeat themselves until we do learn them, each as an individual and as a whole, the human race. Each day has something to offer us. There are two things I ask my kids everyday. Tell me something you learned today because knowledge is strength. And I ask them; tell me something good that happened today because when we look at the good things in life our lessons are learned. All the bad things are lessons waiting to be taught. If we can just look at all the good things that happen to us each day in our 24 hours given we can take our last breath, like all of us must do, and leave with a smile and a heart filled with love knowing we have used our gift the best we could.

But... for me personally, going through every thing we have in 2009 with being in foreclosure and finding ourselves on hard financial times - (always look at the good) I ask for that which is needed and always say thank you when it arrives at my feet. I may not always be given what I want but I'm always given what is needed. When you arrive to the fact no matter where your person may be, you will always have a home because a house is just a house but a home is a house filled with love. I have so much love to give to my kids - we will always have a home.

2009 was the year I did more blogging for my business and also found a wonderful community that exists behind the screens. The sewing community is a loving caring people with so much to offer the next person. I love reading what all my online friends from all over the world make and sometimes how they made it. Some people share their personal lives more than others. When you look at all of us – we really are all the same. Loving the art of sewing while we share what we know with the next person. Not only was I able to share Learn 2 Sew with all of you but I was also learn so much from my online friends whose blogs are on my blog roll to the left (and a few others I read who will make the list soon – I need more time LOL).

To my blogging friends - Thank you for giving me knowledge that helped me in my business. I've learned much from you.

To my students - Thank you for taking the time to learn the art of sewing. I promise you it will bring you many hours of joy and smiles.

And for everyone who had a very hard year with the loss of a loved one – remember what a precious gift you have in your life… your loved ones who passed this year will always be with you. Your hearts strung together with stitches of love.

Now it’s time to say good bye to 2009 – WAVE GOODBYE!
And give 2010 a great big old HUG HELLO.

Feed the things you cherish most and they will grow. Ignore them and they go nowhere or die…. There’s only 24 hours to make them grow…. As Patrick said before he passed this year - GET BUSY LIVING!

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

Dec 28, 2009

Sewing Over the Wire 12/28/09

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading.

About People:
Sewing circle? With this teacher, it's deeper
Orange County Register
Tue, 22 Dec 2009
Row upon row of women sit hunched over sewing machines
. Needles clack. Rotary cutters slice fabric into strips. The sweet smell of ironing hangs in the air. Lake Arrowhead sparkles out the window. This mountain paradise should be beckoning them out...

Molalla: Teen seamstress is 3-time contest winner
The Oregonian
Wed, 23 Dec 2009
Lauren Riback, a
Molalla High School freshman, won her third first-place award in the "Make It With Wool" sewing competition. The 62nd annual statewide event is sponsored by the American Sheep Industry.

Holiday Musings
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wed, 23 Dec 2009
When I was a little girl my mother spent a couple of weeks leading up to Christmas busy at her sewing machine
. She used to make dresses for my sister and me. Plus her full-time job was sewing at a factory making coats for the different seasons.

Children of the season
Ravalli Republic
Wed, 23 Dec 2009
Christmas season preparations come early for a pair of the pink ladies at
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Every year, sometime well before hunting season opens, Donna Root goes to work sewing 24 large red stockings just big enough to hold a newborn babe.

Students sew up a little Christmas spirit
Mount Vernon News
Thu, 24 Dec 2009
MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon High School students in the Transitions & Career Search I classes recently combined sewing skills with the holiday spirit by designing and sewing holiday stockings for children attending New Directions' Christmas party.

Sewing Christmas Spirit
WSIL 3 Southern Illinois Thu, 24 Dec 2009
JACKSON COUNTY-- While Santa is responsible for filling stockings- one Murphysboro woman can be credited with making hundreds of them. News 3 made a visit while she was busy knitting...

Meet Your Merchant: A stitch for new times
The Grass Valley Union
Mon, 28 Dec 2009
For sisters Susan Drown and Jennifer Davis, sewing has never been a dying art, oppressive "women's work" or tedium. For them, sewing gives freedom to make an outfit in whatever size or color they'd like. It's power to design drapes and custom decor. And for the past four years, it's been an exciting and rewarding business opportunity in the form of their downtown
Grass Valley store, Fabrics on ...

About Businesses:
Sew what? Store urged not to close department
Jackson County Floridan Wed, 23 Dec 2009
The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Marianna will get a major remodel in August, according to store Manager Mickey Gilmore.

Economy Related:
Pakistan nuns' center shows way to a better life
National Catholic Reporter
Mon, 21 Dec 2009
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A sewing center run by Daughters of the Cross nuns has for the past 20 years been helping illiterate slum dwellers gain the skills to support their families.

The Daily Iberian
Mon, 21 Dec 2009
It is said if you ‘give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but, if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.’ Members of Acadiana Womens Leaders, in the true spirit of the season, translated this lesson to real life Saturday when they gave 16-year-old Katie Veazey a sewing machine

Giving Back:
Students sew teddy bears, then reap goodwill
The Holland Sentinel
Mon, 21 Dec 2009
A handful of
Zeeland West High School students recently sewed teddy bears to be distributed at area homeless shelters.

Anderson New Tech students donate blankets to help foster children
Anderson Valley Post
Wed, 23 Dec 2009
After weeks of making no sew blankets, students at Anderson New Technology High School presented 82 blankets to Youth and Family Programs.

Quilts help stitch together hope for victims
Colorado Springs Gazette
Wed, 23 Dec 2009
On a recent Monday afternoon, a room at Living Hope Covenant Church was filled with laughter, talk and the hum of sewing machines
. About 15 ladies were hard at work sewing, designing or tying knots. Against the wall are yards of multicolored cloth..

How To/Sewing Ideas:
Crafted pouches are part of the gift
Detroit Free Press
Thu, 24 Dec 2009
Put down the tape dispenser and the wrapping paper. You can make your own gift bags instead. They can be done in a snap, and in their homemade splendor, they become part of the gift. There's a gift bag for every sewing level; if you have sharp scissors and holiday-themed fabric, you're basically ready to go.

New Products:
Amy Butler towels make us reconsider color
The Record and Herald News
Tue, 22 Dec 2009
For years, Amy Butler has been cranking out fabrics, lifestyle books, tote bags, sewing patterns
and more. Now she has extended her line to include bedding and, yep, towels.

Encyclopedia of Sewing Book Review
Sat, 26 Dec 2009
A fantastic reference book for the beginner and experienced sewer alike.

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

Dec 23, 2009

Half Week in Review 12/23/09

There were only 3 sewing classes this week at L2S with 8 people attending. I will be closed now until January 2nd.

I did have a few people buy gift certificates this week as presents. I think sewing makes a wonderful gift. It's something people have a great desire to do but don't always give it to themselves.

Kerry, from L2S Project Runway Contest has been working on baby caps.

She came to class last week to learn how to make them. The first one came out a little small. This was the second cap she made. She also has an almost finished purple dress to go along with it. The cute little outfit is going to be a Christmas present. This is the only finish project I took a picture of this week.

The other students in class got closer to completing their projects and have made arrangements to return to sewing class after the new year.

I finished my mothers quilt. A quilter I am not. I don't enjoy the process. When you don't like doing something you don't do it well. I know good old mom will love the so much. I did a pattern that I didn't have to line up any seams. I only had a few hours to make this in. I finished it tonight after class ended. I don't make very big quilts, just ones she can throw over her legs when she get's cold. I always add the kids pictures from the year and put the year on it.

I also made good old mom a t-shirt of the kid. Very easy to do using a iron t-shirt transfer. She loves wearing these shirts while she's out and about so she can talk about her grand kids. So many people from the grocery store, bank and other places my mom visits know me and my kids and I don't know them. It's a very strange thing to meet people with her and they act like they've known me my whole life.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. My daughter is cooking baked ziti (she likes making it but not eating it). We're having a nice family dinner then we'll let the kids open a gift or two - like the pj's I made them to wear for "Santa". Christmas day will be spent enjoying the moments with the kids, making a nice breakfast, baking some cookies and making a roast in the crock pot and a ham in the oven because I couldn't decide what I wanted so I figured we will be home all weekend I would cook them both. 

Next week will be spent at my sewing studio having the air conditioner replaced and new carpet installed. I hope to get more sewing in while they are doing their work.

May all my online friends and students who read my blog have a most wonderful Christmas. I hope you have precious memories that will stay with you always.

Keep your light shinning bright.....

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

Dec 22, 2009

Ready for the tree

A real quick post to share what will be under the tree.

I covered a couple of composition books to make journals

PJ's for Christmas Eve for both kids

2 pair of pj shorts for little man

One last thing is moms blanket... I hope to get it done tomorrow. So much to do, so little time to sew...

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

Dec 21, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 12/21/2009

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading. 

About People:
Julia, you will like this article! :)
Couple combines love of UK and cornhole
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sun, 13 Dec 2009
Pam and Chris Pope, owners of Beach's Sew and Vac in
Newport, have turned a love of cornhole into a side business to help in tough economic times.

Shop's customers can have clothes made, make their own
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Shirley Boyd was gifted with a talent to sew. In 1967, while in the eighth grade in
Starkville, Miss., she won first prize for designing the high school queen's homecoming gown. At age 17, Boyd made dresses for a 17-member wedding party. From 1978 through 1997 she owned the Unlimited Sewing Shop in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. And now, Boyd has brought her talents to her new business ...

Altered by a Sewing Machine
New York Times
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Where once I was a results person, I now believe in process and patience

With craft, Blanchard woman helps customers bear their loss
The Oklahoman
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
BLANCHARD â Tammy Hendricks wanted to do something special with the fur coat of her mother, who died of breast cancer in 1996.The coat hung in a closet for two years before Hendricks pulled it out and decided to make a teddy bear. It was something she thought she could cherish that would serve as a reminder of her mom’s faith, love and perseverance. Hendricks bought a $99 sewing machine
and set ...

Local woman creates crafts for canines
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
A Byron Center crafter is bringing new meaning to the term “Doggie Bag.” Sharon Miller-Walcott has combined her love of sewing, fabric art and pets into one hobby, creating novelty fabric based totes she calls “Doggie Bags”.

Local cross-stitcher's work to hang in Iowa hospital
Northwest Florida Daily News
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
She would sew "x" after "x" as the image began to form. Each piece came to reflect hours of work on a small, cloth canvas, colored threads painting a picture of beauty and labor. Maxine Hadfield refers to her cross-stitching as "fine art from a fine...

Green advocate
The Star
Sat, 19 Dec 2009
SHIRIN Moiz strikes you as a person you would normally meet at social events and elite functions. But she is more at home working with her sewing machine
, which is placed in a little nook in her kitchen, or planning minor changes to her interior decor. helps Waco-area creative types sell their wares without cost of starting a business
Waco Tribune-Herald
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
Kristiana Reinhartâs kitchen table is piled high with folded fabric. A tower of textiles in bright colors and modern designs leans toward her sewing machine
, where it will eventually become stylish baby bibs, changing pads or dish towels.

Gifts of Christmas: West Lawn woman still uses sewing machine her father bought her at age 12
Reading Eagle
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
When I was 12 years old, my Dad bought me a white sewing machine from Pomeroy's. That December, when he went deer hunting, I stayed with a friend's wife who taught me how to make a skirt. It was pink linen, and I will never forget how proud I was wearing that skirt. My love for sewing continued.

Giving Back:
North Miami quilting club offers a stitch in time
Miami Herald
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
For almost half her life, 66-year-old Betty Ekle has made dozens of friends in a club of women who sew weekly. ``We share tips and inspiration,'' said Ekle, who lives in
Miramar but travels to North Miami every week for club meetings. ``But what I like the most is the friendships and the love for one another. I like being able to get together with the ladies.''

Young Affinity patients awarded Giving Dolls
The Massillon Independent
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Volunteers are always needed to help sew Giving Dolls and knit or crochet the afghans that are distributed with them. To help, call Vohn Kolm, director of Volunteer Services, at 330-837-6855.

Minnesota Sewing Circle Makes Magic, Over 1000 Mittens For Needy
The Huffington Post
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
What's Your Reaction? In
Center City Minnesota, magic is happening through the hands of many. Ethel's Mittens is a sewing circle inspired by Ethel Young, a woman who gave away her hat and mittens to the less fortunate.

Local area colony raising money for Africa
Portage Daily Graphic
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
A group of women from Fairholme Hutterite colony are sewing together the fabric of love to help children in need in Africa.[...]

And sew it goes
Odessa American
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Danecia Black, 12, left, and Joseph Mora, 12, fold one of the completed double layer fleece blankets that students in their sixth-grade class are making to give to children at Harmony Home for Christmas. The Burnett Elementary students were working on the blankets Tuesday.

Austin residents get 'crafty'
Central Plains Herald-Leader
Fri, 18 Dec 2009
BY BERYL HENDERS, Austin Correspondent...
Austin’s Crafty Hands Get-together has been very busy since their first get-together on Nov. 3. Some of the ladies have done a super of job sewing for some very worthwhile organizations.

How To:
What's Basically the Most Adorable Children's Gift I Can Imagine [Toys]
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Here's the idea: your child scribbles an animal on Shidonni's website, they hand-sew a corresponding one-of-a-kind plush toy and mail it to you. Neat, right? From the looks of this video,...

Craft the bag to add an eco-friendly element to gift-giving
The Bryan-College Station Eagle
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
Put down the tape dispenser and the wrapping paper. Instead, make your own gift bags this holiday season. They can be done in a snap, and in their homemade splendor, they become part of the gift.There's a gift bag for every sewing level; if you have ...

A Different Kind of Sewing News
HOW STRANGE- I must have had this story sent to me 100 times this week:
Brazil Man Says Needles Were Meant To Kill Stepson
Local 10 Miami
Mon, 21 Dec 2009
A jailed Brazilian admitted in a television interview that he shoved nearly three dozen sewing needles into his 2-year-old stepson because he wanted to kill the boy to spite his wife.


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

Dec 19, 2009

Week in Review 12/19/09

 Oh snap. That's how fast that week went by. So much to sew, so little time to sew.

I don't get many people wanting to attend sewing class this time of year. No one attended class Monday or Tuesday which gave me time to do my sewing.  More about that in a minute. I actually had a full machine class this morning. The only full class of the week.

5 people attended the machine class.
1 person attended cutting class to learn to cut out pants.
7 people attended sewing class making pants with a vest, 2 dresses, dog bed, jacket, alterations.

Andrea started her pant and vest a few weeks ago. She did what she could at home with little equipment she had. She would come to class with everything pinned together ready to go. It took some time to get the pants to fit. As always I think we could do some more tweaking to the pattern to get that TNT pattern.

Nikima came to class last Friday needing help cutting out this jacket - See and Sew B5239 - a very easy jacket to construct. She came to sewing class yesterday for two hours and got most of this jacket constructed. Then she came back today to finish it. The picture doesn't look that good because the garment is a few sizes bigger than the dress form. The next time she makes this jacket she'll need to give a little more room in the arms. She has the same problem as I, not having room for the upper arm wings. She's another student who think she struggles through each stitch saying "that one was hard" but when she get's done she makes these beautiful things. This was her second sewing project. Nikima was all excites and had the sewing glow as she walked out the door today after making this jacket.She still has the buttonholes and hand sewing the liner down to finish this project.

Brad is making a dog bed, Pat and Anne are working on dresses. Their pictures will be taken when the projects are completed. They will be coming to class next week. And Iris who likes to come in to sew with us every Saturday finished up some of her projects that have been hanging out for a while. If I don't have to teach you but you want to come sew with everyone you only have to pay $5 an hour to stitch and bitch.

Next week classes:
Sewing Monday 6-8
Sewing Tuesday 6-8
Sewing Wednesday 6-8

I'm only doing 3 classes next week then I'll be closed until January 2nd.


My sewing this week:
Monday I was able to make another Hannah Montana jacket for my daughter because the other one she cut out didn't fit.
I made Christmas PJ's bottoms for both kids. I still have to make t-shirts to go along with them. I also made a couple extra pairs of pj shorts for my son because he loves sleeping in them.
I covered some compisition books to make the kids journals.
I'm working on my mom's lap blanket with the kids pictures from the year on it.
I'll take some pictures and show you next week.
Hopefully I can get some pants cut out and sewn up for myself before Christmas.

Another thing that happened this week was that bad storm that blew through South Florida Thursday night zapped my AC unit at the sewing studio. It took out half the building. The AC man and electrician were able to get the other tenants running but it looks like I won't have air for a week or so. It's a good thing this is my slow time and I'll be closed for a week. And, we got a little ,cold front blow through after the storms. We only got to 74 today, Thankfully!

I still have some gifts to buy. Do you hear that? Tick Tick Tick - 2010 will be here before you can say - Happy Holiday!

If you're having some really bad weather like we had this week - stay safe!

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

Dec 18, 2009

Summer in the Winter

For everyone who is knee deep in snow we are knee deep in water. In some places almost 11 inches of water! It started raining really hard during cutting class last night about 6:30pm and by 8 the streets were flooded. I almost had to swim to my car and prayed I didn't get stuck in the huge bodies of water that were flowing down the street.

They say we're going to have more of the same all afternoon. Really? We've been breaking record heat and now this storm. It"s like the hurricane season here right now. We've never used our ac this much in December or seen this much rain. They say Miami will be islands like the keys with global warming. With all this weather, I believe them.

I hope people can make it to class today. I need to do more holiday sewing on the never ending sewing list. So much to do, so little time. Then the weather slows you down.

One happy thing today - it's the last day of school. I get to have my wonderful children with me for the next two weeks. Let the fun begin! Yippee. I never thought I wouldn't like school this much as an adult :) But don't tell my kids that. School is FUN right kids??? RIGHT!

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

Photo Courtesy of Miami Herald MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Dec 15, 2009

More Easy Gift Ideas

I thought I would go through my old post to share some of the gifts I've made in the past. Most can be made with very little effort.







I have all my projects cut out ready for the sewing machine. All I need is more time to do them in. And my daughter telling me everyday how many day's are left - I feel like it's crunch time.

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

Dec 14, 2009

Sewing Over the Wire 12/14/09

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading. 

Sewing History:
Creator of first 50-star American flag dies at 67
Boston Herald
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
SAGINAW, Michigan - Robert G. Heft, who is credited with designing and sewing the first 50-star American flag, has died. He was 67. Wakeman Funeral Home says Heft died...

About People:
Sewing holds a lot of Love – This is fun to read
Sometimes, a giftâs true impact isnât felt for years
Tue, 08 Dec 2009
A few months ago, I was taken with the idea of making my 7-year-old daughter a doll for Christmas. Considering I really canât sew, it was an odd thing to think I could do. My sewing basket usually comes out only if someone loses a button or my sonâs favorite teddy bear loses his head.

Create a cut and sew range
Computer Arts
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
Cut-and-sew is one of the most effective techniques for making your clothing unique, original and noticeable. In this tutorial, KING Apparelâs Daniel Herval and Patrick Bower explain how they created three of their favourite bespoke cut-and-sew designs for KINGâs Autumn/Winter 2009 range.

This is a good story – fun reed
Family chuckle-- Holiday memories can take you back to the sewing room
Yakima Herald-Republic
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
I really meant it when I said I wouldn't be hibernating in the sewing room from Thanksgiving until Christmas this year. I planned to use that time to write, listen to my stash of Christmas CDs, and view every holiday movie available from NetFlix. And bake, of course.

Shop's customers can have clothes made, make their own
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Shirley Boyd was gifted with a talent to sew. In 1967, while in the eighth grade in
Starkville, Miss., she won first prize for designing the high school queen's homecoming gown. At age 17, Boyd made dresses for a 17-member wedding party. From 1978 through 1997 she owned the Unlimited Sewing Shop in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. And now, Boyd has brought her talents to her new business ...

Economy Related:
Sewing Classes Bursting at the Seams
NBC Dallas Fort Worth Tue, 08 Dec 2009
An old hobby is becoming more popular as people look to save money.

Video to the article above
Recession Drives Sewing Boom
NBC Philadelphia
Wed, 09 Dec 2009
It's all about handcrafted textiles and accessories. A look into empty wallets created a sewing boom in our area -- and a lot of people into the packed classes at "Citycraft". 

Senior Center sewing group seeking flannel material
The Buffalo News
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
NORTH TONAWANDA--The North Tonawanda Senior Center is looking for donations of flannel material to assist its sewing group create pajamas and robes for returning veterans.

Giving Back:
NORTH TONAWANDA: NT seniors sewing for veterans
Tonawanda News
Mon, 07 Dec 2009
The sewing group at the North Tonawanda Senior Center is turning its focus to creating flannel pajamas and robes for returning veterans.

Sewing seeds of comfort
The Simcoe Reformer Wed, 09 Dec 2009
A collective of local quilters have been sewing the seeds of hope and faith for Canadian veterans. Using discarded fabric, Sewing Seeds, the aptly named troop of local sewers, have been busy whipping up homey quilts in the kitchen of a
Waterford church.[...]

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