A Message of Gratitude

I attend the Church of Christ and today one of our members presented the message. His sermon was "Attitude for Gratitude". The theme was that we as a society do not say "Thank You", with sincerity, very often. Obviously, the message was to tell the Lord "Thank You" (and mean it) but I also feel it applies to our everyday lives.

Therefore, I want to say  ~ first and foremost ~ Thank You to the Lord for all my blessings; Thank You to my family and friends for your constant support; and Thank You to my clients/customers, new and old, for your business.

I encourage you all to read Psalms 103, David's Psalm of Gratitude. I hope you find my blog posts informative and fun, and are encouraged by the scriptures at the end.

Survived the Street Fair!

Even 'tho it was SUPER hot on Friday (88) and upper 70's on Saturday, the street fair went well. I was moved to a new location from last year which resulted in an improvement in sales and orders. My grand-kids helped with setup, sales and tear down. Emily (grand-daughter) took the picture with her phone as I forgot my camera!

2016 booth

2016 booth

Thanks to all those who stopped by and a big thank you to the customer who left a positive post on the SquareUp website. Word of mouth is a big part of the growth of a small business like mine!

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3: 12-14

Save the Dates!

It is summer and street fair time again! I will have a booth at the Enumclaw Street Fair, this Friday and Saturday (July 29-30) so make plans to visit! I have been working on some new items along with my favorite projects ~ heirloom!

grommet purses

Grommet Purses with Sash

Some of my newest creations include Grommet Purses, Shopping/Tote Bags, and Quilted Wallets.

table runner

Musical table runner

There will also be potholders, table runners, rompers, dresses ~ honeysticks ~ and MORE!

In addition to the craft and food booths located along Cole Street, the Enumclaw Street Fair features a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for all ages, a 1K & 5K run for both adults and kids, a Family Fun Zone, and Entertainment: local music groups, entertainers and terrific bands on the main stage. Dancers, gymnastic teams and ballerinas will be sharing their talents on one of the side streets. The fair runs from 10-7 both Friday and Saturday. More information can be found at enumclawstreetfair.com.

Stop by and say HI!

"For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13

Another Licensing!

The first of May was the end of my second online Licensing "Teaching Beginning Sewing 2" (my 5th license) with Martha Pullen Company. I enjoyed watching the well-done videos by the many talented instructors, all of whom I have worked with in several other licensing events. Seven of the 24 projects included in the program were *required* to "graduate". I have included several pictures.

This table runner is actually two pieces: the linen frame and a removable embroidered insert. Holiday prints could also be used for the insert. Several added an embroidered monogram to their inserts.

table runner

Decorative Table Runner

Being able to choose the fabrics and trims was major plus to the online version. I made a commitment to use as much of my <stash> as possible - and succeeded! I only had to buy one piece of fabric (sash on the grommet purse). I even had all the zippers and buttons I needed.

Roll up Jewelry Bag

Roll up Jewelry Bag with 3 inside zipper pockets

These projects were well-written and, although focused on beginners, even *experienced* sewers would enjoy making them! Each covered a different technique, including quilting.

quilted pillow

Stars Over Alabama quilted pillow

Participants in the class could upload photos of their projects to the "gallery" page. Such a wide and colorful variety! It was fun to see how each person interpreted the projects.

Grommet Purse

Grommet Purse

I have made several grommet purses, in a variety of colors and prints; customers really like the stylish look and multiple inside pockets.

As much as I enjoy the week long *face-to-face* events, the online classes allowed for working at my own pace (we had 6 months to complete the 7 projects) sandwiching them in-between other life activities!

 

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."  Colossians 3:15-16

 

Sew Expo Time Again

The 44th edition of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the WA State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup, WA runs this week, Feb 25 to 28th. I have been attending for at least the last 40 years. I don't remember the exact year I started but I do know it was the last year it was held in the Tacoma Dome.

I am only taking one class this year (scheduling conflicts) but look forward to wandering the aisles and drooling over all the new fabrics, patterns, and notions presented by the several hundred vendors.  Some vendors are favorites and will be definite stops in my wanderings: Dolls R Sew Fun (long-time friend), Michelle Marketing, Inc (templates), Trims on Wheels (trims, zips and more), All About Blanks, Superior Threads (time to replenish) and, of course, Fine French Laces is a must! And these are just a start!

This is also a grand time to meet up with family and sewing friends ~ and make new friends. Folks come from all over; through the years I have enjoyed visiting with ladies from Nova Scotia, Texas, Oregon and Canada, just to name a few. Speaking of Canada, I am meeting a sewing friend from BC for lunch - we actually met at a Martha Pullen Licensing event in Alabama! We are really looking forward to reconnecting.

For more information, check out Sewing & Stitchery Expo for tickets, class listings, times, and location.

I will post pictures and a rundown of my visits (yes, plural - at least two days will be spent at the show) next week.

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night." Proverbs 31:17-18