Friday, November 27, 2009

David Tester Pictures

Here are some pictures from the ladies who were testers for the David Pattern. They did a great job on the outfits but also had some great comments and suggestions for the pattern. My thanks to them.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

David Pattern Now Available

David, my newest pattern now available on Etsy.

David is a simple pants pattern with a bib insert. David has an elastic waist with straps that are inserted through loops and button in the back at the waist. Contrasting fabric for the bib insert make a unique look as well as a canvas for a monogram or embroidery design. With the right choice of fabric, ruffle or time and this pattern could easily be used for girls. j

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tana Tutu Dress Customer Creation

I got this picture today in my email using the Tana Tutu Dress pattern. What a great holiday look. The embroidery is from Embroidery Garden. It's called Sweet Christmas Monogram Set.

This came out so cute. Thanks R for sending me the picture.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Latest Sewing Project

I've been busy working on the new pattern and testing different versions while waiting on tester comments. I should have everything completed soon, possibly ready by this coming weekend.

I also managed to get something made for a gift. I used the Ava Sundress Pattern and handmade braided trim as the straps.

Friday, November 6, 2009

2009 Blue Cross of Louisiana Angel Award Banquet

Last night we attended the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Angel Award Banquet that honored the 8 winners of the 2009 Angel Ward. After cocktails and a delicious meal, a slideshow presentation was shown for each winner describing their organization. The Mistress of Ceremony, Supriya Jindal (wife of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal), asked each winner a question and then presented them with the $20,000 check and a trophy.

The organizations represented were awesome. The stories they told were inspiring and motivational.

Here is the list of winners from the Blue Cross Website . Check them out if you get a chance and maybe one will inspire to to contribute to them or do something in your community.

A committee of past recipients of the Angel Award, now in its 15th year, considered 62 nominations from throughout the state before selecting Betsey Baldwin of Gonzales, Vicki Ellis of Baton Rouge, Jill Rigby Garner of Baton Rouge, Lynn Hobbs-Green of New Orleans, Janet Leslie of Maurepas, Jean McManus of Eunice, Minh Nguyen of New Orleans and Philip Thomas of Monroe.

In an effort to promote diversity and inclusion, Baldwin founded the Ascension Parish Inclusion League, an outlet for children with and without disabilities to enjoy recreational activities together. The Inclusion League enhances self-esteem and promotes acceptance, understanding and friendship by creating an atmosphere that values diversity.

A visit to a Tennessee children's crisis home when she was 14 spurred Ellis to found Heritage Ranch. Heritage Ranch serves suspended and expelled youth enrolled in alternative school programs in East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes through extensive, holistic Life Skills programming developed by Ellis.

For 20 years, Garner has dedicated herself to transforming the hearts of children. Her program, Manners of the Heart, focuses on teaching children to be "self giving" instead of "self serving." The statewide program has served hundreds of children through classroom instruction, high school trainings, summer camp activities, teacher workshops and parenting seminars.

When her son's teammate was labeled incompetent, Hobbs-Green thought perhaps it was a vision problem. In helping him, the mental health social worker found her second calling. She founded The Eyes Have It, a non-profit organization that provides free eye screenings, examinations and eyeglasses for children at their schools.

Leslie's daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 1986. After a long and taxing battle with the disease, Jennifer died in 2001. The Leslies struggle provided the impetus to found The JL Foundation, an organization providing assistance to Louisiana leukemia patients and their families through plane tickets, gas cards, meals and lodging while undergoing treatment at cancer centers and hospitals across the country.

Retired 78-year-old teacher McManus was seeking a way to battle the low literacy level in Eunice. She found the answer in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides a book to each registered child monthly from birth to 5 years of age. McManus has enrolled 80 percent of the community's children in the program.

New Orleans, Nguyen founded the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO). The organization is dedicated to empowering Vietnamese Americans and other underrepresented youth through services, cultural enrichment and social change.

Thomas founded Pilots for Patients, a volunteer organization that provides free air travel for patients needing medical attention, as well as transportation for blood, tissues, organs and medical supplies. Pilots for Patients has 56 participating volunteer pilots who use privately-owned aircraft without any compensation and has just completed their 300th mission.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Busy Week

It always seems that things all happen together. I don't normally have tons of things going on in the same week but sometimes it just happens like that. This week was one of those weeks. No time for sewing or other routine things like washing clothes and housework but that's OK, it's been fun.

Last weekend I was able to get my new pattern "David" out to testers. I'm hoping to have it available in a few weeks.

Tuesday night I enjoyed some great food at Mike Anderson's in Gonzales with co-workers - baked potato soup, salad, Shrimp Norman and a chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert. Great food, great company and great weather.

Wednesday night I had dinner with my two daughters and some of their friends at Chili's to celebrate my middle daughter's birthday. She turned 26 today. Happy Birthday Betsey.

Tonight we are attending a banquet sponsored by Blue Cross to honor the recipients of the Angel Award. My daughter was one of the winners this year. I'll post pictures after. I am so proud of her.

This weekend I plan to take cover pictures for the new pattern and finalize items for the Holiday Mart scheduled for November 14th.

The weather has been beautiful here in South Louisiana. Nice cool nights and mild days. We don't get many days like these so we enjoy them when we get them.

Besides that LSU and Saints football is a big event here and looking forward to spending time with family and friends for the holidays.

I do have to say that I don't like the time change. I don't like it getting dark so early. I need more sunshine!!! I think we should do away with daylight savings time all together. Anyone else agree?