Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A New Adventure - Sewing Camp First Projects

In the previous post A New Adventure I told you about the Sewing Camps I taught this summer for kids.  Now I will begin to describe some of the projects the campers made at Sewing Camp.  The first thing learned at camp was to sew on a button.  I told the campers if they learned only one thing during camp it needed to be how to sew on a button.  At least with this knowledge they could fix their shirt or replace a button for someone else.  The buttons were sewn onto their water bottle covers.  We decorated the covers using sharpie markers.  Each camper now had a way to recognize their water bottle during snack time.  The covers were made from simple muslin and batting. Sorry I did not take any close up pictures of the water bottle covers but they turned out really cute. 

The water bottle cover is on the bottle.
Our next project was a needle keeper and pin cushion that was hand stitched using felt and embroidery floss.  This project took the longest to finish but the campers did a great job. 

Cutting the felt for the needle keeper.

The needle keeper has an inside flap to fit the needles.

Adding that personal touch to the front.
From here we moved on to machine stitching.  The beginning project on the machine was a tissue cover.  The covers required the campers to sew a small hem on each side, an inside seam and turn out corners.  Each camper made two tissue covers in a variety of fun fabrics.
The tissue covers are pink and orange.

Fun shades of green were selected by this camper.
With fun projects like these the camp was off to a great start.  The campers were excited about what they had already learned and looking forward to the bigger projects coming next. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 -- New Hopes, Dreams and Ideas

Where did the time go?  These last 6 months have just flown by at our house and some of them were a blur.  Late last spring our family received some concerning news.  My mom was diagnosed with cancer.  She had surgery and did 5 months of chemo.  During her chemo months she was strong  but also had every side effect possible.  She is now finished with chemo and finally feeling a little better.

Over these last months I have had the privilege of spending some quality time with both of my parents.  We have shared stories I had not heard in a long time and many new stories and memories about their lives.  It has been the most incredible, sweet opportunity to learn more about my parents and a reminder of how much I love them.  I am looking forward to many more shared memories both old and new.

My hope and prayer for 2016 is to focus on the many blessings I have in my life.  I anticipate a great year of seeking new hopes, dreams and ideas.  My husband has deemed 2016 as a Year of Intentionality.  Meaning we will be intentional about the things we choose to do this year.

One of my intentional tasks will be a diligence in posting on this blog.  I have been busy crafting, sewing and pursuing new ideas these last few weeks.  I am eager to share each project and idea with you over the next 12 months.  I hope you will join me on this journey and share your ideas with me and others.  Let's make 2016 be the best year possible and may all of our lemonade be pink!