Jul 30, 2010

Some Runway, Sewing and Robert Plant

Since my last two post were about Project Runway let me give my first episode review. There was so much to love about the season starting with 17 designers and a crunch time of only 5 hours to make something. That is so not easy to make something like that in 5 hours. I also liked the extra 30 minutes giving us just a bit of everything. You can always tell in the first episode who has it and who doesn't. I really liked Ivy's style but really the dress was a "wardrobe makeover". I would have like to seen more of her and thought there were a couple of others that deserved to be booted. But, it's all fun. I love watching this show!


Next up, a little Friday night sewing. I've been trying to finish these pants for a few weeks now.  It's really hard sometimes to find my time to sew to make my things. But, this is my TNT pants pattern. I love making them. This is the 5th pair I've made. These pictures are really bad because I took them with my cell phone.
Side View
Back view
I teach my students to always buy extra fabric then they say to buy. This is one reason why I buy extra so I can do neat things like this with different fabrics. 
Next up a couple tops that are already cut and ready to be sewn together. There's never enough time to sew my own things and my sewing list is long.


And one last thing to say. Many people know how much I love Led Zeppelin. My happy time is being in the girl cave sewing while getting the Led out. I love them so much I named my kids Bonham and Page. Ok so, I used them as their middle names but still. I love love love their music and would have followed them around the country in 1980 when they were going to tour... right before John died.    Tomorrow night Robert Plant is playing in Miami. Half the show will be Zep tunes and the other half will be his solo stuff.   I was able to buy some tickets through A Place For Tickets (my neighbors at my old location) and... It's right up front!!!!  I am so excited.  I'm going to try and click a couple of video's and pic's with my cell phone. I'll share with you and give you my review soon. 

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

Jul 29, 2010

A Prize from Carol Hannah of Project Runway

I want to start off by saying I love Project Runway and very excited the new season will be starting tonight. I'm going to be running home after teaching class ends at 8:30 to make sure I'm watching live at 9pm (I'm so old school and don't record things).

Since I love PR so much I've been watching for years. I follow a few blogs from past seasons designers, one being Carol Hanna's. I love following her blog. She has an eye for beautiful things. She has also shared some of her designs in progress with us. I've used her dress to teach how important it is to pin in sewing. - any way I can share sewing knowledge I'm going to do it and this was a great example.

CH did a blog post at the start of the summer and ran a little contest.
Dear Summer,
I love you.  There, I said it.  Now we can stop awkwardly dancing around the issue and embrace it.  Here are 17 reasons why I love you (there are more, but I don’t want to sound obsessed):
1-Yet another excuse to wear dresses
2-Giant sunglasses
3-Bright toenail polish
4-Bright anything
6-Breezy evenings
7-The idea of escaping
8-Actually escaping
9-Friends coming to visit
10-Rooftops and tiki torches
11-Humidity. It’s like the outside is hugging you. What’s not to like?
12-Naps in the sun
13-Italian ices, snow cones, ice cream, or fudgesicles. Orrrrrr all of the above.
14-Beaches.  Especially Carolina beaches.
15-Flea markets
16-Sidewalk cafes
17-Sweating and not even caring because you are so happy it isn’t winter in New York!
What’s your favorite thing about summer?  Email your top ten to carolhannah@carol-hannah.com to enter to win a copy of the Project Runway Wii game!  Photos encouraged!  Deadline is Friday, July 9th!
Happily Yours,
Carol Hannah

So I entered the contest only giving one (maybe two) reasons why I love summer so much. To spend time with my children. I know many parents who don't like to have their kids home for the summer but I just love spending as much time with my kids as I can. The other reason why I love summer is because there's no homework! (the dreaded homework). I also attached this picture which I just love of my kids that can be seen at the top of this post. It was taken last summer on the west cost, Naples Florida. It was mine and my son's birthday (we share the same day). We went over there for a weekend get away. Good times :)

GUESS WHAT HAPPENED????  I'll give you a hint ........

I won :) THANKS CAROL HANNAH!!  I can't wait to play the game with my daughter and maybe we'll have a game night at the girl cave (the sewing studio) and play with the students.

For all my students and all my readers go check out her blog and look at all the beautiful wedding gowns she did. I'm telling you she has an eye for beauty. At least to me :)

Have fun watching tonight!! I'll be running home after I teach 6 people how to use the sewing machine.

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

Jul 28, 2010

Project Runway Season 8 Starts Tomorrow!!!

I've been waiting for this season... and they're giving us more than "normal"

 Project Runway Premieres Tonight at 9 pm et/ptTune In Tomorrow at 9 pm et/pt for 90 Minutes of "Runway"!

You've met the 17 designers and seen their past work on myLifetime.com, but get ready to see who makes the cut for Tim, Heidi, Nina and Michael with their first runway challenge! Don't miss the big premiere on Thursday, July 29, at 9 pm et/pt, followed by the premiere of "On the Road With Austin & Santino" at 10:30 et/pt. Can't take the suspense? Watch this sneak peek of the designers meeting for the first time and learning they haven't officially made the show yet! (What?) Start watching now.

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

Jul 25, 2010

Week in Review - 7/25/10 - A week of Full Classes

This is my busy time of year when everyone wants to learn how to sew. And much to my surprise most every class was full last week.  Since this is happening more often now I've added a waiting list on the website for people who want to get on it. I do get cancellations all the time so your chances of getting a seat to class is good by putting your name on the list.

6 people attended the machine class
8 people attended cutting class
25 people attended sewing class and a lot of them were teenagers wanting to put their drawings to life.  

Now remember my camera is broke and I'm not really sure when I'm going to get another one so if the pictures aren't good it's because they were taken with my cell phone.

Olivia attended almost every sewing class this week. She is just the sweetest thing. I had tons of fun with her in the class and I just love her parents too. They are a lot like myself in that they love to enjoy their moments and you can feel the energy. Olivia spent many hours at the fabric store because she has great ideas but I told her to start with something simple to start. So she ended up making friends with a customer at the fabric store who bought her a great piece of fabric and talked he into making pj pants for her brother. That was her first project but the rest of the week she worked on this handbag. She also bought fabric to make a vest. I'm going to show her how she can make a pattern because vest are too easy to make. (so, see you soon Olivia! I loved having you in class all week!)

On Tuesday friends Abby and Elana came to class together. Elana came to class last summer to make her purple dress for her brothers wedding. They both are working on skirts. I love when friends attend together. It's fun to sew with friends.

I also had friends Jocelyn and Kirmaya attend the machine class last Saturday and came back to the cutting class this Saturday. They stayed for the sewing class and got a lot done on the dresses they're making. They will be back next week. The dresses will be finished in a couple hours (lets hope I remember to take pictures to share).

Erin cut out some pants in my last location and is just now getting herself back to class. She moved to a new house and couldn't find her sewing machine. Sometimes life has a way of taking us away from the things we really want to do. I'm glad Erin's back sewing her pants. I think one more class and you'll have your pants finished Erin.. in fact I know you will have them done you are so close to being finished.

And Rachel has been coming back to class after attending the first week of summer camp she wanted to do more sewing. She's been working on a dress that looks so cute but she's a really tall girl, we should have did a tissue fitting for length because the dress was a bit too short for an 11yr old. we ended up adding a bottom band to ad some length. If she didn't do this we would have a picture to show for a finish product but, next time you will see her dress.

Vivi is another girl I just love having in class this week. She's 19yrs old and home for the summer from school. Guess what? She's going to Parsons Design School. I just love having young designers in class learning the art of sewing. I have many kids/teens in class this summer bringing in their drawings. I just know the knowledge I'm giving them will last them a lifetime. It's all so very rewarding to me.

I am so very proud of Leslie. She bought a great sewing machine and serger on HSN at a really good price. This is her first project ever. She made the shorts that go with this top a couple of weeks ago. She finished this little top on Saturday in class. She's going to try to make it again at home before she comes back to class. But someone who was a little hesitant in the beginning has no fear now. She takes great notes on her pattern so she can remember what she did when she can't understand what they are saying in the written part of the sewing instructions.

Sofia returned this week working on another one of her designs, pants and having a hard time on the fit. Don't worry Sofia, we'll get the skinny pants right next time you come to class. She's another young designer and has the most beautiful illustration book she has her drawings in. I just loved it and wish I took a picture of it to share.

Christopher came back to class Saturday with his mother. They cut out a real pretty wrap. I love when the young designers come to class. Olivia and Christopher go to the same "art magnet" school in Miami and were happy to see one another in class. And they haven't given an air date when they are going to show the segment on Univision Ch 23, hopefully it will be next week but I'll let you know when I find out.

Next week's classes:
Sewing Tuesday 6:30-8:30 CLASS FULL
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm
Sewing Thursday 10am-2pm
Machine Thursday 6:30-8:30pm One seat available
Machine Friday 10am-12noon
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Cutting Saturday 10-12noon CLASS FULL
Sewing Saturday 1-3pm (class full) and 3-5pm

With summer camp and full classes last week I didn't get any of my own sewing done. Since I have some free hours the next couple of day's I hope to get to the studio to do my own creations.

Also a reminder: If you want to sign up to classes and save $10 - come to the studio on Friday from 6-8pm and sign up for the Package Deal of sewing classes. Cash or check payments only for the discount.

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

Jul 23, 2010

STORMING outside in SO FLO

I wanted to let my students know that I am still holding classes. If you feel like you can't drive in the rain I can reschedule you with no problems. I only live up the street so it's easy for me to get to the studio. I realize many of you drive far to attend classes so I totally understand you not wanting to drive in this storm.

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

Jul 15, 2010

10yr Old Christopher on Ch 23 Univision

Last Saturday we had a film crew come in to take some video of Christopher at the sewing studio. The segment was suppose to air this week on Ch 23 Univision.
The reason for this post: I've had many people call and email to ask when they would see him and themselves (since my class was full when they filmed it) on TV. My answer: I don't know. Hopefully next week.

I contacted Lisette, his mother. She told me they are still working on the piece and would let me know when it would go on the air.

Have you seen his designs?
This is a bag his mom had made with a design on it.  
Christopher signed it for me (How Sweet)
And his business card - really bad picture because I took it with my cell phone.
I'll have to scan it to share.. he really can illustrate beautifully!

Christopher is AMAZING!!  Did I mention he's only 10 years old?

I'll be back to let everyone know when the air date will happen!

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

Jul 12, 2010

Sewing Over The Wire - 7/12/2010

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

Enjoy your reading.
Giddy that sewing projects are finally getting done
Yakima Herald-Republic Thu, 08 Jul 2010
Finally I can stop kicking myself for buying all that Brambly Hedge fabric on eBay years ago! Maybe you're not familiar with Brambly Hedge.

The Port Lavaca Wave Sat, 10 Jul 2010
Avery Clark, five, of Port Lavaca, sews for the first time on her big sisterâs Barbie sewing machine, while her grandmother, Reynalda Schroeder, assists. The pair attended the Calhoun County Quilt Guild monthly meeting on Wednesday to participate in the âGranny and Meâ program.

Sewn with Care | By Pam Mellskog © 2010 Longmont Times-Call
The Longmont Times-Call Sun, 11 Jul 2010
LONGMONT â Pat Dudley prefers to make her memory bears out of anything but fur coats or silk for the way these materials test her sewing skills and her patience. But when a young father fond of Hawaiian shirts died at Longmont United Hospital, she later learned how much his children appreciated the extra effort.

SEW Creative Sewers of Tel Hai
Daily Local News Mon, 12 Jul 2010
SEW Creative Sewers of Tel Hai retirement community in Honey Brook have kept themselves busy with many projects including several projects benefiting others. In their sewing meetings on Monday mornings they have sewn pillowcases for pediatric cancer patients and Paoli Hospital's breast cancer support group, and created child-sized hand-tied quilts for the youngsters under the protection of the ...

No Barbies here
The New Ulm Journal Wed, 07 Jul 2010
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Participants in the doll clothes making class at the Wanda Gag House sew and cut fabric Wednesday. The class is based on the Wanda Gag book "Sue Sew and Sew" and is one of five summer programs at the Gag home.

A café for the Paris sewing crowd
GlobalPost Thu, 08 Jul 2010
Owners of Sweat Shop aim to make stitching, knitting and crocheting cool again. read more

Get STITCHING FOR PINK: SVP Worldwide Invites Sewers to Start Stitching to Help Fight Breast Cancer
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 07 Jul 2010
LAVERGNE, Tenn.----SVP Worldwide, one of the worldâs largest sewing machine companies and source of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® sewing machines collections, invites sewers and embroiderers across the country and around the world to use their skills to help raise awareness and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation through STITCHING FOR PINK.

Project cover-up: Volunteers make diapers for Haitian babies
Standard-Examiner Wed, 07 Jul 2010
LAYTON -- A local physician's trip to Haiti inspired dozens of health care students and employees to pull out their sewing machines. read more

Belmond Independent Thu, 08 Jul 2010
A Charity Sew Day will be held Wednesday, July 14 at the Jenison-Meachem Art Museum north of Belmond. Sewing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. A noon luncheon will be served.

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

Jul 10, 2010

Week in Review 7/10/10 - Film Crew Comes To Class

We had a FUN week of sewing ending the week with a film crew coming in at the end of class today to film Christopher for TV. It will be on the air next week on Ch 23 which is a Latin station so I really don't watch it but a few of my students who were in class today watch. I was told I will be able to embed a video after it airs. I'll tell you more about this later when I have the video to share. It was fun but a little hard to do while I was still teaching a class.
This was a busy week at the studio with many people learning and loving the art of sewing. 

5 people attended the machine class to learn how to use a sewing machine.
4 people came to cutting class to cut kids cloting, skirts and a top
25 people attended sewing class making so many different things the list would be long if I typed it out but here are a few... 

Sophia came to class with a sketch of what she wanted to make. She didn't have a pattern so I went into my patterns and showed her how she could use different patterns that are already made to use for her own designs. We used a t-shirt pattern for the top and a skirt pattern for the bottom. 

This is what her sketch looked like...  
 And this was her dress. Since we had more fabric in the top than we had in the skirt I gave her the option of making bigger seams or gathering the extra fabric in the front. 
You can see what she chose.
Denise came back to class this week with a project already cut and finished this cute little pillow case dress by the end of class for her daughter. So, you want to hear how small of world we live in down here amongst the 7 million who reside in all three counties of SoFlo?  Denise told me about being in her parents place of business. She was talking about how she's taking sewing classes in Hollywood. A lady there chimed in and said "I know someone who teaches sewing in Hollywood, it's right across the street from where my daughter takes dance."  It's one of my daughters friends who's shes been dancing with for many years. And, I also went to high school with her. Oh, did I mention Denise drives almost an hour to attend sewing classes? Small world huh? :)

It took a long time for Dollar to attend sewing class. We had been talking on the phone for over a year. Life has had a way of taking Dollar away from her sewing. She has been sewing for years and has many patterns and sewn most of them over the years. She bought a new sewing machine and didn't know how to use all the things that came with it and didn't understand all the bells and whistles. So, she's been coming to class to learn how to use all her feet and what stitch goes with each foot. She's also spent several hours practicing a welt pocket. She made the pocket several different times until she made her gold and could understand every step of the construction process. We have a lot of fun having Dollar in class. She was so nice to bring me a pineapple shoot so I can grow a pineapple with the kids. 

This is Randy. I've talked about her many times on this blog. She's been coming to class for a few years. She does amazing things with recycling old clothing, mixing up ready to wear clothes and doing all kinds of things with fabric to make the cuties clothes for her kids and herself. The best thing about Randy is she isn't a perfectionists. She goes with the flow of her project and has great ideas. She comes up with things I would never think of. One being the project she's working on now. She cut up a bunch of boxers to make a skirt. I've taken so many pictures of her projects that I have no idea what happened to the pictures when I go to post. I think they are on the camera and when I go to upload them... poof they're gone.
The last sewing class Tiffany attended she was what I called "dart hell". If you notice her dress you can see all the darts, 28 total... BEFORE we could even start doing any seams. This is a cute basic blue dress with a white liner. Tiffany's going to design school, this is her first sewing project and she did a perfect job on it, and the dress JUST fits. Before she left class I pulled out my sewing project which is another pair of jeans. I told her how she can use a seam ripper to pull jeans apart to make a new pair. So, looks like jeans will be her next sewing project.

I had so many more people attended class this week, a few I haven't seen in a long time. These were the lucky students that got their picture taken  because I remembered to pull out the camera when they were there. I really wish I would remember to pull out the camera on Saturday because I have a great group of people who come on Saturday. And today with the TV cameras there was even more special... wishing I had a camera. But hey, I can't do it all and don't even pretend to. It was a very fun week of sewing at the studio. I even got to ALMOST (I really wanted to finish but didn't have enough time) finished sewing my pants.

I'm runnig 2 machine classes next week with one seat available in both and most of the daily sewing classes are full. This is my busy time of year when everyone's dreaming about sewing and just have to learn the art. I also have Week 2 of Summer Camp starting Monday which means Wednesday and Thursday morning sewing classes are canceled this week and next for week 3 of camp.

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

Jul 7, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know... When you're threading your machine you want our presser foot in the up position to make sure the thread goes through the tension properly and your machine makes a perfect stitch. When the foot is up the tension is open, when the foot is down the tension closes together.

Now, when you travel with your machine you want to make sure your presser foot is down so you don't hit the button on the back and your foot is lost forever.

Class is starting in 5 minutes. I'm going to finish some pants I'm sewing when class ends.  Sewing makes things all better :)  

Hope everybody in the NE is surviving the heat! And I thought we were hot here in SoFlo... DANG... its an oven up there! In the 100's today, that's HOT!

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

Jul 6, 2010

Sewing Over The Wire - 7/6/2010

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

Enjoy your reading.

Project Runway:
Blogging Project Runway - The Original Project Runway Fan Blog

Come join us and cast a vote for your favorite look in one of Project Runway Season 8's challenges. Stop by our designers' showcase on Sunday, ...

About People:
Sewing Leads To Self-Sufficiency For Refugees
KMGH 7 Denver Mon, 05 Jul 2010 15:45 PM PDT
Think of the one thing you'd need to start a new life, and a sewing machine probably doesn't come to mind. But 7news reporter Doug Schepman found, for some refugees who've fled to Colorado, sewing can be a catalyst for rebuilding their lives.

I've seen a few reviews on this book. All that I've read people love this book - I'm going to have to pick it up.
Sewing Serendipity Book Review
BellaOnline Mon, 05 Jul 2010 05:09 AM PDT
Schoolteacher turned pattern designer Kay Whitt has released her first book of designs, Sewing Serendipity. If you want to learn how to make unique, stylish garments that fit well, this is a book you won't want to miss.

Savvy Shopper: New store patterns crafting's popularity
Greensboro News & Record Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00 AM PDT
GREENSBORO  â Economic tough times didn't deter two friends from opening a fabrics and gifts store. Far from it. "People got back to their roots," said Debbie Galdo, who along with Dawn Clement opened Sew Heavenly Fabrics & Gifts (2417-B Lawndale Drive; 404-3638) in May. "They want to learn how to make things with their hands." read more

Pat Headen leaving Hartsdale Fabrics (mostly) after 40 years
The Journal News Sat, 03 Jul 2010 23:43 PM PDT
HARTSDALE â After four decades of teaching all there is to know about sewing while operating one of Westchester County's largest fabrics retailers, longtime Hartsdale Fabrics owner Pat Headen is officially retiring.

Children develop sewing, cooking skills at camp
The Lonoke Democrat Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:44 PM PDT
The Lonoke County Cooperative Extension Service held a Breads âNâ Threads Day Camp on June 24-30 to teach boys and girls basic cooking and sewing skills.

BOOK/MAGAZINE: Marla Miller Unfurls the Myth of Betsy Ross and the First Flag
All About Jazz Thu, 01 Jul 2010 14:48 PM PDT
George Washington didn't chop down a cherry tree. And just maybe Betsy Ross didn't sew the first flag. Happy Fourth! In her myth-busting biography Betsy Ross and the Making of America, historian Marla Miller sets the record straight on the history surrounding one of the most famous women of the Colonial era. Along the way, Miller drums up a stirring and fascinating portrait of politics and

An unstoppable urge to create
The Wenatchee World Thu, 01 Jul 2010 08:56 AM PDT
This says a lot about the passion Martha Flores has for making art: Not even Catholic nuns at her elementary school could squelch her desire to create. And they tried. Flores, 63, remembers the nuns at her El Salvadoran school giving her grief for drawing in class when she should have been doing what the nuns considered to be more productive work, like embroidering or sewing.

Half Moon Bay Review
Today's News-Herald Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:34 PM PDT
Jillian Danielson Photo/Special to the News-Herald Above, Brianna Washington and Kaitlin Loftus (background) learn to sew a purse made out of empty fruit juice pouches Tuesday afternoon at the Girl Scout Camp under way at Mohave Community College this week.

Program teaches blind students life skills in Helena
KAJ Flathead Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:48 PM PDT
HELENA - Woodworking, sewing, using the computer - for the seeing world, these things are often taken for granted, but these are just an example of the types of skills people who are blind or who have low vision are learning this summer.

About Business:
Springville police arrest Etsy.com seller on fraud charges
KSL Salt Lake City Fri, 02 Jul 2010 13:30 PM PDT
Police say Lisa McCloud failed to deliver on sewing services promised to at least nine people from around the country.

Sew Up A Tidy Profit In Jo-Ann Stores
Forbes Fri, 02 Jul 2010 09:01 AM PDT
The hobby and craft retailer is seeing an improvement in business. Look for the stock to follow.

Extra time, experience aid DAM's Style Wars winner
Denver Post Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:22 AM PDT
Slow and steady won the race Friday at the Denver Art Museum's annual Style Wars competition Friday. Instead of working to beat the clock, a la "Project Runway," nine local fashion designers were surprised with ample time to finish tucking, draping, cutting, pinning, sewing and gluing their outfits, which were made out of recycled materials.

Giving Back:
Dedicated to volunteering
Highlands Today Sun, 04 Jul 2010 21:00 PM PDT
Zelda Kimm and her prolific sewing friends might not have donated clothing and other items to every nonprofit organization and health-care facility in Highlands County, but they have contributed to many of them.

Sewing hoping others reap comfort: Kalamazoo business joins national One Million Pillowcase Challenge
The Kalamazoo Gazette Sat, 03 Jul 2010 15:05 PM PDT
A Kalamazoo retailer didn't hesitate to step up when a national magazine challenged quilters, sewers and quilters everywhere to get 1 million pillowcases in the hands of those in need by the end of 2010.

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

Jul 5, 2010

Week in Review - A July 4th Break

Since I'm always slow around July 4th weekend I was smart this year and decided to take a few days off. I'm glad I did because I needed to be recharged.

Last week I only had sewing classes on Tues, Wed and Thursday. When you tell people you're going to take a few days off they decided they need to go to class so a few classes were filled with 20 people attending 5 classes.

Yes the week went quick and since I'm at the end of my few days off I can't bring my mind back to think what everyone made and class. And wouldn't you know I didn't take any pictures to help my brain remember.

So instead I'll tell you I had a wonderful few days off spending with my kids. We even made it to bowling one day with them receiving free games for making A's on their report cards (I'm so proud of them) It really was a fun time. Yes we got the free games but we had to pay $28 for the shoes, fries, onion rings, soda and mommy juice.  I don't have a picture of my son because he decided he didn't want his picture taken and only showed me the back of his head.
The kids also saw a couple of movie. One with my mother, the new twilight movie. And one with their Father, All Grown up. They liked both of them.

The only thing that could have made this holiday weekend better was not having so much rain here in SoFlo which is why we did so many indoor things this weekend.

I'm closed until Wednesday morning. One more day to relax (who am I kidding- there's no relaxing LOL, in my dreams)

See you in class next week!!! Check the calendar for the class you want to attend. Some are already full.

HOPE EVERYONE HAD AS MUCH FUN THIS JULY 4TH AS I HAD!!!!  Your freedoms are your choices - make good choices!

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

Jul 2, 2010

Make It Work Part 5 - SHINE!!

I have a little secret to tell you about how I make it work with my business, with my kids and with life in general, where I find my success.  

Do you know the kids song "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine"?  I really try to make each moment shine. And it's not about what happens around me or who does what to me.. It's about me. I've decided I'm going to shine. I'm going to give that to myself.  And believe me my life hasn't been a slice of pie. But with all its hard times I've let my soul shine. To be aware of what goes on around me and to learn what each moment has to offer me and to embrace life with love.

We've had a couple of weeks of summer now and I have to tell you my kids are fighting all the time (whats up with sibs and fighting?) and I'm already starting to get a lot "I'm board". Oh how slow life goes when you're a kid.  But with all of that my daughter says to me "Mommy, no one loves you as much as I do." that just makes me shine even more.  Or when they start telling  you "Your Mama" jokes they learned in camp, or just watching them sleep. And to see my daughter do her first dance solo.... Now, that just makes me shine even more and what sweet memories I take with me through life.

When I open the doors to my sewing studio I'm always happy. There's never been a time when I thought "I don't want to do this".  I've taught so many diverse people to sew fabric together, to make all kinds of different things.  I feel so lucky to be doing what I'm doing. I love people so much and to have them come to me to teach them a craft I learned so long ago, something that has brought me so much happiness throughout my life. And if they can only accept the gift given to them by first carving out time in their life to do it,  I just know they will shine with sewing in their life just like I have. And like anything in life running a business isn't easy sometimes... there's good times & bad times. My students know when they walk through my door they are going to be greeted with someone who loves what they're doing.. I shine while I'm at L2S and people see it.

And look, nothing is easy. Life is real hard sometimes but I've decided for myself a long time ago that "this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine"   It's my choice, none others ~ it's my life.. none others. I decide how to be through life so I'm letting it shine through the good and bad, with each passing moment. And when you let it shine people feel you because you shine so bright that they shine too. And if we all were shinnin' IMAGINE! (we'd have no war, no killing) Imagine the peace ~ the Love looming all around... and that thought makes me shine!

 LET IT SHINE! Do it for yourself...

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

Make it work ~ Sharing my adventure of being a parent/business owner and how I make it work.
Make It Work Part 1 
Make it Work Part 2 - Lessons