It's Sew Easy Just a quick update - Season 1 of It's Sew Easy has begun airing!  And believe it or not, in about 10 days, I'll be up in Cleveland filming a couple of segments for Season 2 already!

A lot of the segments have been posted on YouTube so if the show is not airing in your area yet, you can catch bits and pieces there.  You will also find links and projects on the It's Sew Easy website.

They also have a facebook page and I hope you'll connect with the show there as you can.

The Tie Tote I used here as an example on the show...this is a new mini-pattern that I will have out very soon priced under $6!  (Retailers - I took your advice and here is the first of the mini's you requested!).  This tote is also the bag used in my first on-line sewing class.  You can sign up for our sewing school this fall and sew along with me.  Provided will be oodles and oodles of videos showing you every single step and loads of tips plus text directions to support the videos and pattern pieces as appropriate.  I think you'll enjoy it and we are planning on doing more throughout the year so stay tuned!  (and if you have any requests - let me know!)

3 more weeks before school starts!  Everyone is excited but I'm a little sad.  5th graders?  I have two 5th graders?  How did that happen?!? And my baby, my baby is 3 years old!  I will always call them all my babies though.  We have had a great summer!  I'll be back to my "two peas desk" on a regular basis after school starts.  Just can't let summer fun pass me by with the kids - they grow too fast and I don't want to miss a moment.  With two 10 year olds, these sweet not yet teenage days, won't last forever.  I'm soaking them in as much as I possibly can.

Are you excited about back to school?  Any last hurrahs planned at your house before you say goodbye to summer?  (Or hello summer, if you are in Australia I guess, right?)



Sneak a Peek - It's Sew Easy

I'm ready. Physically.

Emotionally, not so sure.

Let's be honest.  I'm nervous.  I've never been on TV before.  I never sought out to be on TV but when KS Productions approached me at Quilt Market this past fall in Houston, Texas about the possibility...well, who could say no!  I'm all about new challenges.  Experiencing whatever life has to offer.  My hope is that the show has much to offer and inspires YOU and brings JOY to your life and your crafting.

Seriously.  I know that may sound kinda cheesy but truly, I love seeing people learn to sew for themselves and creating things for people they love.  If you sew, you know what I mean.  There is a true delight found in sharing your creations with those around you, am I right?

Well, the latest press release has been posted here if you want to read about it.

A sneak peek?   OK!  Maybe just a tiny one!  I have a few samples that I'll be using on set for my segments.  I have some FABULOUS fabric friends who I'll be taking along with me.

I ADORE Jan DiCintio.  Jan is a one woman powerhouse - and protector of the earth.  Kindred spirits she and I.  Jan has a fabulous line of self produced GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics.  They feel great.  They sew up fabulously.  And I'm so excited to share them on the show with my samples.

And another woman I admire and deeply love her work - Jennifer Paganelli.  Jennifer has to be one of the most sincere and nicest women in the textile industry.  I really look up to her.  I use her fabrics all the time in my work and you can't ever go wrong with the infusion of color you find in SisBoom.  Jennifer has a new book out Girls World that I can not wait to get my hands on.  I was so pleased to have some of her Queen Street fabrics to work with.

So, that's it.  A sneak peek at my week...filming begins Monday!  EEKS!



Life. Is. Good.

Life is what you make of it.  I truly believe that.  It's all about choices.  Following your passion.  Being true to your values.  Not being afraid to admit your mistakes.  Rising to the occasion.  Being faithful.  Offering and accepting forgiveness.  Having hope.  Trusting in a higher power.  Laughing out loud often.  Giving lots of hugs.  Celebrating friendships.  And successes. And with each passing year of my life, I learn these lessons a little more deeply.  Understand them more clearly.  Find peace in who God created me to be.  And not worrying about what I'm not.  Just loving what I am.

2011 is going to be an exciting year.  I'm finding my feet.  Enjoying the journey.  Celebrating the successes.  Small and all.

There are handful of exciting things that I have dreamed about for years.  Watching dreams come to reality is an amazing, amazing thing.  I'm so excited to share with you one of these exciting things coming on the horizon for our family.

I'm going to be working on a new show for PBS called It's Sew Easy. {insert joyous laughter and hugs here!}

In December, I went for a screen test and had so much fun!  I'm really looking forward to working with the crew and the other experts on the show.  I have NEVER done anything like this in my life - and it is SO much fun thinking about doing something new!  Meeting new people, finding new challenges, learning and sharing.

How cool is this?  YOU could be on the show!  BurdaStyle members can enter the competition to be chosen to do a guest spot on the show!  Go check it out and read all about how you can hook up with Burda and join in on the contest!

The show will be broadcast nationally across the US on PBS.  We begin taping in March and I'll have many more details to come with great links for the show and projects and more from It's Sew Easy. {eeeee!!! so excited!}