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Handmade for Woman and Home

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.

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