Sunday, January 28, 2007

January Update

Welcome to what's new at the Craft Zone. Some of my student's have been very busy learning how to make tote bags and purses. One of the more unusual bags is this karate conceived bag which is so called because of the karate belt strap. Nannette, the owner and designer has decided to advance her designs as she advances her sewing skills. There will be more bags to come for sure because she is constantly trying new things and the next karate bag is in the works. Yes she is very much into karate.

I took a spin out to Craft bits and pieces to drop off some donations and did a little shopping. I purchased a few items to use at the Craft Zone and of course a few extras. It was slow out there, but the weather has kept people away and now that we've begun to get some snow, maybe the skiing has too.

Don't forget that if you're looking for a warm place to learn something new you can always contact us and make arrangements for lessons at the Craft Zone. Ask for Elaine and she will be happy to help you out.

Well we're off to a banner year and hopefully we can teach more people new things. I hope to see you all soon. Stay warm and take care until next time.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

End of year update and you can too.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New year and show you what the Craft Zone looked like at the end of 2006. It was a struggle, but we have it moving along at quite a pace and I believe that it will continue. Thanks to help from my friends I have achieved what I consider the most important goal of my life. A business of my own. I have nothing but positive vibes about this and although I am worn thin I know it is growing steadily and 2007 will be less stressful now that it is physically near completion. I hope everyone who has helped enjoys this update.

You can do it too. I was looking through a popular country catalog before Christmas and saw a granny square afghan listed for $95 plus tax and shipping and couldn't believe my eyes. I set out to do it for the most reasonable price that I could and believe it or not I did it for under six dollars. I got remnants of yarn from freecycle and Crafts Bits and Pieces in Fairport and combined them with what I had and sure enough I only needed to purchase one skein fo white yarn to complete the project. Sure I had to make it myself, but you can too and I will teach you. Please contact me if you are interested. It's not as hard as it looks.
Ginger girl was the sewing project for the holidays. She had sewn on buttons, some embellishments and it was a great lesson in sewing around curves. The kids enjoyed the project and we are beginning to see much improvement in their hand stitching skills and machine stitching skills. You're never too old to have fun.