craft business, Kid's Sewing, libraries, Quilting, summer camp, Travel

Fun Stitchy Things to Do With Your Kids & Grandkids This Summer


That’s right!  The Row by Row Junior experience is back for 2018.  If you like to shop hop, be sure to take your mini-me along for the ride!  Your little one(s) will be able to enjoy Row by Row activities geared just for them. Go here for more details.



Designed for kids and adults, this weekly downloadable sew-along-series starts at the very beginning. Week 1 covers sewing machine basics, sewing vocabulary and simple stitches. Week 2 features a really cute popsicle project that can be made in an afternoon. Be sure to visit the Janome summer camp site each Monday for a new activity.



Finally, be sure to check out your local library to see what crafty activities are scheduled as part of the Summer Reading Program.  Maker Space and Crafternoon programs are very hot right now in libraries!  Best of all – most are absolutely FREE!  (Oh, and if your library has one – be sure sign up to read to the READing dog if your ‘lil stitcher is in grades 1-6).

Kid's Sewing, Travel

Finding your inspiration

Finding your inspiration

What inspires you?  For me, it’s definitely being in nature – or in this case on vacation.  This picture is the view of Frenchman’s Bay from my room at the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine. Boy, was my sewing machine calling my name! Oh, how I would love to have a view like this from my studio.  Absolutely breathtaking!

At home, some of my best ideas come from taking the dog for a ride in my SUV.  Don’t laugh.  Our destination is usually one of the nearby parks for a walk, but I run through the myriad of neighborhoods in the area on the way to and from the park just to let my mind wander. For example, this morning I was trying to figure out how to best utilize the remaining wool felt project kits I’d cut for the Mustang Academy “survival sewing” class I’d taught back in May.  When I hit the QT, inspiration struck!   Why not offer this as a one hour class at the local quilt shop?  I’d already worked out the kinks while teaching the boys and the kits are already cut.  The shop owner had contacted me about teaching kid’s sewing classes while I was in Maine, so I now have a class to present when I touch base with her tomorrow.