Howdy folks. Happy New Years…only 21 days late! Have you created lifelong healthy habits in these past three weeks? Are you a changed person, renewed with the optimism that only another year can bring?

Yeah me neither. But I have made dog beds. And for me…apparently that’s enough.

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I’ve been back from my travels down under for almost two months, which seems impossible. It feels like yesterday that I was walking around in nothing more than a sundress, meeting awesome people, not worrying about a single thing.

And life is dramatically different now. I’m experiencing a definite transition period. It’s anxiety inducing, but a total thrill at the same time. I have no idea what tomorrow or next week will look like, let alone months down the road. It’s exhilarating and terrifying. So to calm myself, of course I sew. For my dog.

I’m working on reconnecting myself with the sewing community that I so dearly value in Colorado. And I’m working busily on a new venture that will be launched in a few short weeks. Also, I’m teaching again! Well, I’m preparing to teach sewing classes starting in March at Fancy Tiger. And I literally cannot wait.

I spent a few hours last week creating a rather luxurious dog bed for a small tricolor canine to serve as prototype for one of those classes. When it was unveiled to the little guy, Buckley actually chose his new glorious overstuffed dog bed over a spot next to me. He circled three times, flopped down with a sigh, and immediately started the Beagle snore I fall asleep listening to every night. I can’t say I wasn’t a little bit hurt. But also proud. Insanely proud. He may have no idea how awesome this made in the USA fabric is, but the boy knows comfort when he sees it.

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So if you’ve ever wanted to know how to sew a box cushion with an envelope cover, come to Fancy Tiger and take the class! I’ll update you with the dates and times when that information is available, but I was just too antsy not to share these photos.

In the meantime, let’s keep up this sewing thing, mmkay? If you’re in the Denver/Boulder area and want to talk about sewing, let’s do that too. I’ll be back soon with more sewing, big news, and more empty promises. You have my word.

Heya friends! It’s a blizzard in these parts. A white wonderland outside, that looks beautiful from my bedroom window. Beagle thinks so too. This, my friends, is a day to get things done…inside. I’m catching up on schoolwork after an insane week of all things website related. I developed and launched a website for a music festival that’s very near and dear to my heart. It was a total labor of love. I could not be more proud.

I’ve also nixed the possibility of being web developer as a career. Not happening.

What is happening? Sewing classes of course! Back by popular demand, we’ll be resizing button up shirts to our hearts content at Fancy Tiger this month. Check out their website to see the class offerings and call 303.733.3855 to register!

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Life is weird right? Things just randomly come together, at a time when you’re especially struggling. You attend one little crafting retreat and your life suddenly changes…for the better. You start connecting with like-minded people who are so amazingly welcoming and trusting.

One of my chance encounters at the Makerie led to my newest endeavor. One that I’m wildly excited (and nervous) about. The owners of Fancy Tiger in Denver (only the coolest, most hip crafting haven around) are letting me teach sewing classes at their studio!!!

Check out my official class page!

Now I can actually tell you the true purpose of our first annual Sew Weekend. Yes, I was being all secretive and stuff. It won’t happen again. What I was really doing that rainy weekend was having a trial class for my family and friends.

And the before and afters are pretty impressive.

Refitting these oversized shirts is what has inspired me to take the proverbial refashioning leap into high low skirts and tailored trouser jeans. If you haven’t tried repurposing your own thrifted clothing, this is the perfect class for you!

In the future, I’ll be featuring a full tutorial for those folks who aren’t in the area and those who feel comfortable behind a sewing machine.

If you’re in the area, I encourage you to sign up for two reasons. Because 1) I want to meet each and every one of you who is so graciously following my blog and 2) I want everyone to understand how exciting and liberating it is to refashion clothing that you’re not embarrassed to wear in public.

If nothing else, visit Fancy Tiger, and you’ll instantly feel inspired. Tell them I said hello!