Mar 27, 2010

What a difference a day makes

The floor is down. So easy a 12 year old can do it (I thought about dressing him up as a caveman **smile**)
But really, it only took a few hours to put it down with a little team work. I rolled out the sound proof and taped it together while the boys put the boards in place.
I think it looks good for $.69 a sqft  bought at Lumber Liquidators. We've decided since our "caveman" did such a great job on his knees knocking the boards in place (because the daddy has bad knees) we're going to take to install this in part of our house.

Caveman's sister spent most of the afternoon at dance class (their competitions start soon) When she did come over later in the day she decided it made a great dance studio and asked if we could leave it like it is. She also asked if she could bring her tap shoes back over. :) Her passion is dance, mine sewing.
Tomorrow we move the cutting tables and sewing stations over. No more room for little one to dance.... until we install it in our house.

Oh what a difference a day makes thanks to my family!

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

Week in Review 03/27/10 - A Look Inside

I thought I would show you what my new sewing studio looks like from the inside. Showing what it looked like when I first got the key to what it looks like today.

Day 1: Getting the whole family involved in cleaning up, pulling the 1000's of staples out of the wall, figuring out the electric and moving the piles of photo paper left by the other tenant.


A wall had to be made to cover up the big opening to the back room while another section of the wall had to be cut out to make it easy to hit the restroom. I only had electrical outlets down one wall so more have to be installed. This picture is standing at the front looking back.


 
Looking from the back room you can see a desk that had to be removed along with some old blinds. I've decided to keep the ceiling fan but it needs a good cleaning along with the ac vents, windows, mirrors.

And there were a few things that couldn't be cleaned like the restroom. Everything is getting gutted and replaced.

 

I've been working hard all week getting the painting done so we can install the wood flooring. It is completed now but this is what it looked like on Tuesday before I ran out of paint and had to go pick up more. You can see from the picture the wall got installed with the other section cut out. The wood floor is in the middle waiting to be installed.



I had some old signs I threw in my window and printed up some letters to tape together to make other signs. I'll be making new ones as soon as I get set up. I also want to put some sheer curtains in the window because I face east and will be getting the morning sun blasting through the windows. I need to defuse it a bit while still having a view.

Last night we put 1/3 of the flooring down. The rest will get installed today. (I also want to try to hit the a craft show today http://www.oddduckbazaar.com/). I'll be taking more pictures to share. I didn't spend much on the floor but it doesn't look half bad. I'm thinking about taking up my nasty carpet in my house and putting this stuff down.

Tomorrow all the big things are getting moved over from the old location and tomorrow night our bodies will be hurting because getting old sucks! :)

There's still more work to be done like buying, painting and installing base boards and chair rails. The restroom is almost complete and more electrical outlets need to be installed. Oh, and did I tell you I bought new chairs for a new place?

Also : dang I miss sewing. It's been a week and I'm starting to dream about sewing because I'm not doing it during the day. I can't wait to set up a machine and run some fabric through it...


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

Mar 22, 2010

Great Price on a Starter Kenmore Machine $157

I love this machine. I bought it 5 years ago before I opened my business.

I bought a second one a few months ago because it's a reliable machine I can count on not to break down in class. It's also easy to use for a new student and has a speed control on it so I can slow it down for kids (and some adults).

When I bought this machine the first time I paid $250. It came with 10 pressure feet at the time.  When I purchased it a second time it was on sale for $199. This time it only came with 6 pressure feet but still a good deal.

I'm always telling my students about it - if they are don't want to spend a lot of money and looking for a good machine - go buy this machine.

They have it on sale right now
Reg Price: $249.99  Savings: $80.00  $169.99

OMG!  I ordered another one and only paid $157.00. I'm going to pick it up this evening at the store. Now I will have 3 of these machine to work on because all my students fight over it.

Order it online then pick it up at the store. When you order it online use a coupon code to save yourself more money.

And I didn't know this but I saved even more money because I ordered it online on Sunday between 6 and 9pm (I'm not sure if Sears does this every Sunday)

EVEN BETTER!
 


If you're looking for a computerized machine this one has a great sale price. I've used it several times and it works great!

Reg Price: $299.99
Savings: $100.00
$199.99



I love my Kenmore sewing machine. So if you're just starting off in your sewing adventure and would like to buy yourself a machine go scarf this one up. You won't be disappointed.

Even if you're just looking to have an extra machine. This is a charm.

Oh did I mention it makes great buttonholes too?!

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

Mar 21, 2010

Week in Review - 03/21 2010 - No more sewing on the circle

I say no more sewing on the circle because my old location was on City Hall Circle right across the street from City hall. Well, yesterday was my last class at that location.

Since I haven't done a week in review the past couple of weeks I thought I would catch up on some of the projects that were made.

Before I show you some things I have to say how funny people are. When they know you're going to be around daily they have a tendency to blow you off but when they know you're not going to be around for a couple of weeks they all run to class. Needless to say last weeks sewing classes were all full.



And lots of projects were made - some even got their pictures taken.


And did you know you could buy fabric at Ikea? 
That's what the fabric came from for this bag.


Sometimes when your pattern has a lot of pieces and you can't tell the right side from the wrong side of the fabric it's best to lay them all out and mark the wrong side with the pattern number. Then when you have to sew the center front to the side center and the center back with the side back then sew the side back with the side front and you have to do this with fabric and liner it makes it a lot easier and faster process in sewing. ~ which we did on this pattern.

Then I have to say how proud I am of Scott. He finished both his dresses he cut out in class a few weeks ago all on his own. I showed him in class a couple of weeks ago how to use a twin needle to give this effect to the neck facing and belt. I hope you can see it in the picture. I still need to get a finish project picture from him.


So, now I'm closed to finish all the work that needs to be done at the new location. I slowly moved things over the past couple of weeks carrying a few things at a time out the door. The only thing left to do is move the big things over but that can't get done until the new flooring is installed.

Tomorrow is painting. And to make things more exciting little one came home with a fever from dance class on Saturday. She's been running close to 103 fever and has a very bad cough. She has broke the fever but she's going to stay home from school tomorrow. Not sure how much work will actually get done with "hold me mommy" :)

I'll have to take some pictures of the process creating a new sewing studio.

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

Mar 18, 2010

The New Tween Room Makeover

I find myself with a few extra minutes (because my TV show isn't on boohoo) so I thought I would share the room makeover we did for my son for a birthday present last month.

You can go here to see what the room looked like before. The "under the sea" room I did for my son when he was 5 yrs old.

Now he is 12 (I guess they are calling themselves tweens these days) he wanted a more mature room.

For less than $200 we primed and painted the walls a country blue color and the shelves a country white I already had.
We took down the ceiling fan and install a light fixture with an dimmer switch. 

I couldn't buy the fabric for as cheap as I found the curtain panels at Target on clearance - along with the rods. 

You can see in the picture above the drawers of lego's my son loves to play with. He get's very creative and makes all kids of different things. Then he takes pictures (sometimes 200) and makes still motion movies which last seconds. 

I kind of crashed some his lego's moving things out of his room so he wasn't too happy with me. He needs to rebuild some of them. I've tried to break down the colors in each drawer so he can find the pieces easy when he wants. Then he has a set of shelves he can display his creations on.



I like using shower curtains for the closets because it's easy to hide all the mess behind them. As you can see I used brown for the curtains. I do love brown! it's my favorite color.

He is very happy with his new room and isn't ashamed to have new friends over. :) because at his age its all about friends.

Parting note: 2 more days left of teaching classes before I move over all the implements of sewing construction over to the new location. It's funny how the last week has gone. Usually students will blow off a class and say "I'll go next week". Well, this week all my classes have been full because people are saying to themselves "she's going to be closed for 2 weeks, I better go to sewing class".

I have a few pictures from the past weeks to share. I hope to do it soon... very soon. Some great things have been made the past couple of weeks with one student wanting to learn how to do a welt pocket as her very first project. I tried to talk her out of it but she did a great job with tons of patience.

I'm so proud of many of my students how they embrace the art of sewing. It's a wonderful world to explore... one that has brought me many rewards and smiles.

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

Mar 12, 2010

Moving Update

Since it's pouring down rain right now and I can't leave I thought I would give an update on what's going on with the move.

First let me say I can't wait to move from this building. My AC is included in the rent and since I've given notice my landlord has decided not to give me air for my evening classes. They were leaving it on until 8pm each night before the whole building get's shut down. Now they have decided to turn it off at 5pm. It's hot in here in the evening. But, (I'm always looking for the good) there's only 3 more evening classes at this location. And because it was warm I had my windows open. The trashy tenants upstairs decided to throw garbage through my window. I didn't realize it until the end of the day when I went to close up. Really bad karma at this place. I can't wait to leave it behind.

There's still  a lot of work that needs to be done at the new location. Installing a new wall while taking down another. Moving some electrical outlets and light switches. I've gutted the restroom because it was pretty nasty looking. I'm installing a new potty (funny when you have kids you call it a potty LOL) new sink and flooring. I have some of the walls painted but I need to do another coat because the first one didn't come out that great. Then there's the moving all the implements of sewing construction over and setting it back up again.

Because it's taking me (ok, the husband) a lot longer to do the work than I thought it would take I've decided to close for 2 weeks so I'm not rushed to get everything completed to open up again. Next Saturday (March 20) will be my last class date. The classes are filling quickly because people want to attend before I close for 2 weeks. I'm going to open again April 7.

Another reason why I'm taking 2 weeks off is because the kids are out of school and I think they deserve to do fun things on their vacation and not just be pushed here or there while their mom works. The main reason why I opened this business is to give my kids as much as my time as I can while they are young. Soon enough they will not need me and I'll be able to teach more hours.

I haven't been able to get any sewing done for myself but have had fun helping my students sew their projects. My house is a mess because I'm spending all my free time on this move. It's going to take me a week just to get the house clean again because I'm a clean freak that has to have everything just so or I feel like my word is falling apart. So hopefully things will settle down in a few weeks with a clean house and my own sewing projects again.

On a parting note: Don't forget we turn our clocks ahead tomorrow night. It's not going to be fun waking the kids up earlier next week. But thankfully they didn't do FCAT testing the week we turn the clocks like they did last year. FCAT ended yesterday for both of my kids. They are both thankful it's over. They both hate that test. It's stresses them out.

Posting without a picture feels funny :) but the rain has slowed down and it's time to hit the road.

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

Mar 5, 2010

Missing in the move...

There's a lot of action going on around here. So much the end of the week has arrived (TGIF) with no blog post.
With moving; cleaning to open one location and packing to move out of the old all while holding classes and taking care of the little people (kids) I have no time to post the way I want. Sorry, no "sewing over the wire" or other post until after the move. I'll try and get another week in review this weekend.

Next week doesn't look much better with the kids taking the FCAT. I'll be waking up early to make a good breakfast before the test to get their brains working. They hate taking this test! Stresses my little one out she doesn't sleep well.

So, sorry for the lack of post for the next couple weeks

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