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Shadows & Bike Tracks
Shadows & Bike Tracks

We are currently on our annual vacation to Crested Butte, Colorado and I must say that due to some massive rainfall (sorry fellow Californians!), Mother Nature is in rare form. Yes, it is ALWAYS beautiful here! This is our twelfth year in Crested Butte and we have yet to be dissappointed, but this year is by far the most spectacular when it comes to just all out beauty. Our schedule usually gets us here just as the wildflowers are wilting. This time, however, I am constantly finding myself in awe of the variety of flowers and colors I find at every turn. Each day I hike with the dog along the same trail, and each day a new  scene draws my eye - new varieties of wildflowers waving in the wind, clouds of every shape and color imaginable, critters peeking out of bushes and scuttling along the trails, mountain reflections like paintings on the lake. I could go on and on... it really is amazing. Here are just a few highlights...

Sunny Flowers
Sunny Flowers
Courageous Caterpillar
Courageous Caterpillar
Mount Crested Butte Reflection
Mount Crested Butte Reflection
CB at Sundown
CB at Sundown
Real Mountains (looking like a painting)
Real Mountains (looking like a painting)
Morning Hike at Peanut Lake
Morning Hike at Peanut Lake

In light of all the beauty and relaxation, however, there is still work to be done. So... keep your eyes peeled here or on the Sewing Classes page of my website. The Fall sewing schedule should be up in the next day or so. I am revamping the format a bit with Monday and Tuesday classes running longer sessions focused primarily on the beginning sewist. Wednesday classes will be completely new and improved featuring Wednesday Workshops, one-time three hour classes focusing on one project each time for the experienced sewist. These will be one-off classes where students will complete a specific, pre-planned project in one three-hour class. Stay tuned for more information!

2014

Sewing Selfie  

Here's to a lot more of this ^ and a lot less of nothin' going on around here in 2014! For a year that started out somewhat average and normal, 2013 ended on a definite upswing. The whirlwind of renting and moving into my own studio bookended by an active, family-filled Thanksgiving weekend and a generous and more family-filled Christmas was stressful and often frustrating. There's not much that makes me more uneasy than living in clutter and disorganization. Thankfully (and just in time for the New Year) I am now feeling relieved to have time in the studio to settle in, ponder new designs, get crafty and teach some enthusiastic students.

I feel so many opportunities on the horizon... I hope you do too, in whatever it is you choose to do this year! Happy 2014!

New Sewing Schedule Now Online!

vintage-sewing-machine-clipart

An official newsletter is coming soon with updates on sewing classes, the new studio and a possible VERY last minute holiday shopping experience and studio warming! Until then, I wanted you all to know that the updated sewing schedule for Winter and Spring is now available on my website. Check out the Sewing Lessons page for more information. If your child is new to my classes, be sure to complete the registration form and pay as soon as possible to hold your child's spot. Repeat students can forego the form, but still email and pay right away for your preferred class.

You'll also find updated and simplified information and pricing for Private Lessons and Lessons for Two (Sew & Sew). Email me to schedule a time!

All lessons now take place in my new studio located at 875 Fourth Street #7  in downtown San Rafael.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about classes during the Winter Break, a confirmed "Crash Course" schedule and Open Studio hours. Feel free to email me if you are specifically interested in Winter Break sewing or the addition of a Weekend Kid's Sewing Basics class.

Just Peachy :)

For those who might be curious, I am still here! The blog is alive and well if slightly dormant. Like a bear hibernating for the winter, this blog o' mine has taken a hiatus of an unexpected duration. Although I tried to pop my head in back in March, much like our February friend Punxsutawney Phil, I saw my shadow and turned right around again. Decided I would have to hold out until summer! And, let's face it - I haven't exactly established myself as a consistent blogger up to now anyway. But, here we are and the truth is I just haven't been all that productive. Somehow sewing and crafting of any sort got pushed by the wayside over the past couple of seasons and replaced by days of school volunteerism, kid's sports and just plain old getting everyday stuff done. Ideas percolate, conversations happen and lists get made and yet I still find my creative self stuck in a bit of a rut. However, I am here now to attempt recovery!

I took a few pictures of my studio a couple of weeks back to document the state of things...

Studio June 2012 (2)

The inspiration board in transition. The piles of fabric in a horrible state of disarray. Unfinished projects on the work table waiting for my attention.

Studio June 2012 (3)

The sewing table looking suspiciously clean save for the to-go cup fittingly noting my recently increased caffeine intake.

Studio June 2012 (5)

Truly though, there are some very interesting things happening around here. For instance, I was recently asked to display some of my bags at Sunny Day Salvage in Fairfax. As part of my sales agreement with Sunny Day's creatively fabulous Michele, I will also be working at the shop a few days a month. My plan is to Facebook and Tweet those dates a day or so ahead of time so local folks can stop by and say hello. In fact, I am looking forward to being there this Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. If all goes well, I will also be leading a couple of evening workshops at Sunny Day each month teaching some fun craft and sewing projects to interested students.

Things are also moving ahead nicely with Marin Handmade. The amazing Heather has created a top notch website for us, the focus group has been meeting regularly and a few events are being planned for the summer and fall months. I'll be sure to post all that information here as it gets finalized.

Last but not least, I am (FINALLY!) ready to start teaching sewing to children and adults. My plan is to take on small groups of four, aged 7-12, for beginning machine sewing, as well as individual private lessons for older children and adults or Mom & Me classes for moms and kids who want to learn together. Look for class descriptions and pricing to be posted soon on my website. If you are local, interested and just can't wait for me to post the info, email me and we can hash out the details.

My first newsletter will be arriving soon too! If you would like to subscribe click here and enter your info.