The girls love to select buttons from my huge collection, so I knew it would be exciting for them to have their own special button jars! I found the cutest sewing tools and novelty buttons to include, giving them a nice start. Even Rich got into the fun by cutting the fabric and felt for the jar tops with the circle cutter…his help was so appreciated as we worked late one evening getting them finished.
And the studio was abuzz with little girls dreaming of gifts for their friends and family! Some girls thought ahead and made quilts for Dads and Grandmas….while others needed some quick, last minute gifts….and plenty of them. The Delightful Stuffed Owl was made by many students and check out Sami’s stack of twelve fleece scarves she made in one lesson! The ever popular, KCS Bean Bugs filled with rice were flying out the door. They are quick and fun and the girls just love to make them! Sofia made a beautiful sewn (Can you say meticulous child :) reversible Christmas Tree Skirt with gorgeous rayon lace! Sofia takes pride and does beautiful work. This tree skirt is sure to be cherished by her family for many years to come!
New projects abound for students to make for gifts and holiday décor. I am excited to add so many new patterns this year! I must confess that I went a little overboard amassing a collection of “25 days of Christmas” patterns and ideas to sew. But it sure was fun thinking about the girls and what they will like! They are just gonna love the Santa Claus placemats for sure!! And the stylish Cross-Body Cell Phone Wallet and the Mini Snap Purse are sure to be a hit with Mom’s and Auntie’s alike! Not to be missed is the masculine wool plaid wallet to sew for the important men in their lives. Dads, Uncles and even little brothers will equally treasure it.
Summer’s fun and busy schedule with extra morning classes as well as afternoons has students creating all sorts of great projects!
A few examples: Sydney finished a beautiful petal flower pillow, while Amanda worked for many weeks completing a lovely dress for her trip as a chosen delegate at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. in June!
The Reno-Gazette Journal has been good to me and my business! Last year I submitted a press release when I launched my classes in February and was delighted with the support from the RGJ when they ran an almost monthly little blurb about my studio and classes in the Northern Nevada section Things to Do Today!
Then in January this year Susan Skorupa contacted me to ask for an interview for the newspaper. I was surprised and excited, as were my students! Every girl that could be there that day was, and several parents stayed to be interviewed too. It was fun to have Susan interview us and for Andy the photographer/videographer to take lots of pictures and video. All the kids anticipated the results for weeks. When it finally hit the newspaper both in print and online we were all thrilled! To read the full article, click download file below.