Friday, April 18, 2014

Summer Sewing Camp Schedule 2014…

I hope your school year is wrapping up nicely!!  We are getting ready for recitals and starting to make our summer plans.  I have decided to teach two weeks of sewing camps this year!!
All camps are 5 days a week, and cost $125 per week. Space is limited so please contact me to reserve your spot if you are interested.  I will email a supply list by the end of May for all camps.
Here are the camps available and their dates:
American Girl “Match with Me” class
(June 16-20, 9am-noon)
Embellished pillow case, headbands and necklaces, ruffled bag, skirt, and sleeping bag.

Beginner girls—ages 11+
(June 16-20, 1-4pm)
Headbands and necklaces, Double strap tote bag,  zippered pouch and infinity scarf,  pajama pants,  and ruffle skirt.
Beginner girls—ages 7-11
(June 23-27, 9am-noon)
Necklace and headbands, tote bag, ruffle bag, zippered pouch, up-cycled denim skirt.
Beginner Boys—ages 8-13
(June 23-27, 1-4pm)
pillow case, wallet and fleece hat, ear bud case, pajama pants, and drawstring backpack.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Purplicious Birthday Balloon Wreath…

I had a custom order from my Etsy shop to create a purple balloon wreath for a special Purplicious Birthday Party!!
I used 12 inch balloons that were plain purple mixed with purple and white polka dot.  I added white and purple corkscrew pipe cleaners to finish it up—and I love the way it turned out!!  I am a bit partial since purple is my favorite color too!
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Pleated Zipper Pouch Sewing class this Saturday…

One of my favorite classes to teach is this zippered pouch from Skip to My Lou
They are easy, sweet, and functional—my favorite combination!!
Class will be Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 9-11am, $15
Materials needed:
  • A good pair of sewing scissors
  • 9 inch zipper
  • Two fat quarters or two 1/4 yards of coordinating 100% cotton fabric
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Avenger Neckties for Boys and Toddlers and Boys Sewing Classes…

Just finished making these ties for Justin and my Little Man—they are really easy to make!!  I followed, mostly, the tutorial from here.
I had a request from a friend to start teaching sewing classes for boys.  We had our first class already and I LOVED IT!!
I can’t believe it was just a year ago that I happened upon bartering sewing lessons for eggs from a friend—I have had so much fun teaching and watching kids feel the joy of creating something on their own!!
My tie class is this Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm, for $15
Supplies needed:
  • A good pair of sewing scissors
  • 1/2 yard 100% cotton fabric
  • 1 package of 1/2 inch elastic
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Spring 2014 Sewing Class Schedule…

Here’s the list of all my sewing classes being taught through May 2014.
Quilted Table Runner-Beginning Quilting Class
This class if for beginners and will cover how to use a rotary cutter, strip piecing fabric, quilting with your sewing machine, and how to sew on a binding.  The cost of this class is $65 and will be taught in two classes and includes table runner kit with fabric and pattern, and beginner's quilting folder with written instructions for all steps.  (If you want to pick out your own fabrics, I can email you the amounts needed)  This is the perfect beginning quilting project that you could easily replicate on your own and make as gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, or other holidays!!
Part 1: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00pm
Part 2:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00pm
 Materials needed for this class:  Sewing machine, Quilting thread, Rotary Mat, rotary cutter, rotary mat clear ruler, quilting pins, quilting adhesive spray, and water soluble quilting pen.
Zippered Owl purse
This is a great beginner class that incorporates some strip piecing techniques and also includes learning how to sew a zipper and sew on bias tape.  The class is $15.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00am-noon
Materials needed: 6 coordinating fat quarters(or 6, 1/4 yards), 4 buttons for owl eyes(2 large, and two smaller coordinating), one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 your choice of felt for nose, one package double fold bias tape to match fabrics and matching thread, 7 inch zipper.
 Reversible, double strap Jessica Market Bag
 This beginner bag is great for grabbing on the go—whether throwing in your gym clothes, or packing your groceries, or my daughter can use it for her ballet clothes—this stylish bag gives you luxury of choosing either fabric for the outside—depending on the day!!  This class is $15.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00am-noon
Materials needed:  2/3 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics and matching thread.
Reversible Fabric Headbands
 These headbands are the perfect mix of beauty and practicality!  You will be able to finish 3 headbands during class time.  These make great presents!!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:00pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00am-10:30am
Materials needed: 6 fat quarters(or 6, 1/4 yards) and 3, 6 inch coordinating fold over elastic.
A-Line Skirt—intermediate level
This pattern has darts and a hidden zipper closure and is super fun to make.  If you have used a sewing machine before or have taken one of my other classes, you can make this skirt!!  The pattern is $10 and will be included in the class fee of $30—you will be able to use the pattern over and over as it will be yours to keep!  SassyPants is the pattern designer for this Super Simple Skirt.  Sizes included in the pattern are from waist 24-32”, and hips 34-42”
Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:00am-11:30am
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:00pm
Materials needed: 1 1/2 yards of main fabric, one 9 inch zipper.
Zippered Pleated Pouch
I can’t tell you how much I love these pouches!!  Skip to My Lou has a free tutorial to make these here.  These make the perfect gifts and are a great way to teach how to sew a zipper.  This class is $15.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm
Materials needed: 9 inch zipper, 2 fat quarters(or 2, 1/4 yards) of coordinating fabric.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Cookie Cutter Christmas…

I recently received an email from a mother who just received a diagnosis of Autism for her son.  She told me she didn’t have any support from her family but was trying to stay hopeful and was working hard to begin new therapies.  I also received a letter from a mother of two boys with Autism.  She told me about their struggles and that one of her boys was struggling and lived in a residential facility.  The struggles of raising children often come and go, but raising children with special needs can be extremely overwhelming.
Our intense struggles with Justin from earlier this year have subsided and we are calmly riding our roller coaster ride of Autism—and we are well!!  I love my family and for 6 out of 7 days, my life is adjusted in a way that I think we are pretty normal!!  We are happy!! We adjust our goals often and try to stay focused on the positive.  So why is it only 6 out of 7??  There is one day a week that always makes me feel like our family is not normal—and that is on Sundays.  It is the one day a week I feel a divide in our family.  At this point, Justin drops to the floor when we go into church, refusing to move until he bolts to the cultural hall to run around and stare at the lights.  My other two toddlers run after him, or the other direction and very quickly we start to unravel at the seams!!  It is in these moments, where I am trying so hard to stay positive that a voice in my head frantically says, “This isn’t working, there is no place for your family here—this is not normal.”  I share this not as a complaint against any of the wonderful people in our church family—it is just the one day a week that I feel like my testimony of my family and my testimony of attending church meetings don’t correlate!!
I recently shared my feelings about this with my sister-in-law after I had gone to a church Christmas party.  My husband stayed home with 3 out of our 4 kids and I had a great time saying hello to my friends who are like family to me.  But as I watched beautifully made videos of families together at Christmas enjoying traditions—all I could think of is how different it is for my family.  I came home to my sweet family and was reminded how much I adore them—with all our differences.  But the next day I had to vent to my sister-in-law about my insecurities.  She said, “Shannon, you love your family and are happy.  Don’t get caught up in wanting a cookie cutter family—this is how your cookie has been cut, and it is wonderful.”  I started laughing because she was so right!!
As all of us adjust our cookie cutter dreams and expectations may we realize how truly blessed we are just to be children of a Heavenly Father who loves us.  He loved us enough to send his only begotten Son to die for our sins so that we can live again with Him.
My favorite talk about clinging to hope is by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an Apostle in our Church.  You may link to the whole talk here.  He talks about faith and says:
When problems come and questions arise, do not start your quest for faith by saying how much you do not have, leading as it were with your “unbelief.” That is like trying to stuff a turkey through the beak! Let me be clear on this point: I am not asking you to pretend to faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have. Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not! So let us all remember the clear message of this scriptural account: Be as candid about your questions as you need to be; life is full of them on one subject or another. But if you and your family want to be healed, don’t let those questions stand in the way of faith working its miracle.
I love my family, and I love my life and the opportunities I have to see beauty and joy in the smallest triumphs!!  Watching my kids overcome trials is such a strength to me of the great courage and faith we all can draw upon to keep enduring and pursue our goals of happiness.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  This picture is from 2 years ago—but it is one of my favorite pictures of my cookie cutter family!!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Burlap and Red Chevron updated Christmas Wreath…

My house is starting to look like Christmas!!  I have had this wreath for my front door for at least 7 years now…and I still like it….but it needed a little something…
What doesn’t need a little burlap and chevron—HA!!  This is such an easy way to update an old wreath and let it live a little longer;)
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Elder and Sister Missionary stockings…

I have been having WAY too much fun designing my own Elder and Sister Missionary stockings!!  They have turned out so cute that I have decided to list them in my Etsy shop!!  Click here for the link!!
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Happy Thanksgiving Promo Code for Etsy Patterns…

Hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend!!  I am running a special discount on my PDF quilt patterns from my ETSY shop.  Just enter promo code GIVING2014 for $1.00 off making them only $7.o0!!  Click here for the link to my Etsy shop…
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tears of Joy…Justin is starting to talk

Hard to believe that just 5 months ago we were headed to an Autism specialist 17 hours away by car with only a thread of hope to hold on to.  We were blessed to get a diagnosis of PANDAS, which we had never heard of before, and have been treating him ever since.  And here’s a look at my little charmer now…
He is doing so well now.  We aren’t having any head-banging, biting, or screaming fits like he was before.  He is back to himself and doing so well in his ABA therapy.
We have been working on “Yes” and “No” with Justin and trying to get him to understand what they mean and use them appropriately.  He has been saying them in answer to questions for a few months now but just in the last few weeks we started to notice that he was using them accurately almost all the time!!  And he is answering “Yes” and “No” questions without us prompting him!!
And then about a week ago, we started to get spontaneous sentences from him.  Just to be clear—he has said sentences with prompting before, or talked with his iPad, but he is now getting our attention and then requesting things with a full sentence—ON HIS OWN!!!  My little man just started talking!!  My husband was trying to put him to bed the other night and he walked past him to go downstairs and when asked where he was going, he stopped and said, “I GO DOWNSTAIRS!!”  We couldn’t believe it!!  And then the sweetest blessing came last night when he looked at my husband and said, “DAD-DY, I WANT PHONE PLEASE.”  This was the first time he has said Daddy on his own!!  There were tears—tears of great joy.
We have been waiting for this answer to prayer for 9 years!!  Doctors said it wouldn’t ever come, and others said the costly ABA therapy wasn’t worth it.  And after years of Speech therapy, ABA, and many tears—my son is able to talk to us.  I am so grateful for the many people who have been put in our path to help Justin along his journey with Autism.  Every single one of them has helped in some way to get him to where he is right now.  And to the 5 angels who work on his ABA Team right now—Thank you for never giving up, giving us hope, and helping see this dream come true.  To all our family and friends—thank you for your prayers, fasting, and endless words of encouragement.
If you are in a dark place, for whatever reason—hold on to that hope that things will get better.  One of the leaders in my church spoke about this in the April LDS General Conference 2013, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said:
“Yes, from time to time our lives may seem to be touched by, or even wrapped in, darkness. Sometimes the night that surrounds us will appear oppressive, disheartening, and frightening.
My heart grieves for the many sorrows some of you face, for the painful loneliness and wearisome fears you may be experiencing.
Nevertheless, I bear witness that our living hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the true, pure, and powerful entrance to divine enlightenment.
I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ.”
I know that is true.  One of my favorite songs is Endless Nights from The Lion King.  Simba sings it when he feels lost and overwhelmed by darkness and doesn’t know what to do.  The lyrics of this song have echoed through me during many trials in my life…
Where has the starlight gone?
Dark is the day
How can I find my way home?

Home is an empty dream
Lost to the night
Father, I feel so alone

You promised you'd be there
Whenever I needed you
Whenever I call your name
You're not anywhere

I'm trying to hold on
Just waiting to hear your voice
One word, just a word will do
To end this nightmare

When will the dawning break
Oh endless night
Sleepless I dream of the day

When you were by my side
Guiding my path
Father, I can't find the way

You promised you'd be there
Whenever I needed you
Whenever I call your name
You're not anywhere

I'm trying to hold on
Just waiting to hear your voice
One word, just a word will do
To end this nightmare

I know that the night must end
And that the sun will rise
And that the sun will rise

I know that the clouds must clear
And that the sun will shine
And that the sun will shine

I know
Yes, I know
The sun will rise
Yes, I know
I know
The clouds must clear

I know that the night must end
I know that the sun will rise
And I'll hear your voice deep inside

I know that the night must end
And that the clouds must clear
The sun
The sun will rise
The sun
The sun will rise
I couldn’t help but think of this song today as Justin called me Mommy tonight.  Yep, I asked him, “Who am I, Justin?”  And after repeating me twice he smiled and said, “DADDY” and then doubled over laughing hysterically.  He is even teasing us now!!  I asked him again and he smiled and said “MOM-MY” and gave me a hug and a kiss goodnight. 

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