It’s Countdown Time!

The last couple of weeks in August always prove to be our busiest time of the year. We are bustling with putting the final touches on the annual Zephyr Retreat. We’ve been brainstorming over figuring out the daily schedules, making room assignments, creating cute items to sell in our store, making the final payment to the Conference Center and getting our supplies ready. We happily do this so our students can have the best retreat experience we can provide them. We will have close to forty women joining us this year. Some have enjoyed this special week many times before, some are attending for the first time. We’re are so excited to welcome them back or meet them for the first time. It’s a great creative week to just play and create together!

Having purchased way too many new stencils from Stencil Girl, ( hey! they were having a sale!) I got busy painting and sewing reusable journal covers. These have been a big hit when we participate in shows. The first one is made with a stencil designed by one of my fellow Sew Sistas and artist, Daniella Woolf. I love that it says nothing but gives the idea of script. There’s a word for that; asemic writing. Who knew?

Here are a few more made from my new stencils.

I’ve really enjoyed making these journal covers. They can be personalized to suit your needs.

Here are some lighthearted pictures to make you laugh.

There are these nifty tools to take care of dust build up.

But this is what I use!

My husband and I were recently at a museum where we saw this. It is the same exact serger my mother handed down to me many years ago. The prototype to all sergers!

And a clever new use for your tool caddy.

Every year my husband and I run in a six mile race, from Santa Cruz to Capitola, and after Zephyr I collapse into fall when I hope to start sewing for myself again.

I hope everyone is having a terrific summer creating clever things, having picnics with their families and enjoying vacation time. See you after Zephyr!



4 thoughts on “It’s Countdown Time!

    • Hi Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed today’s “humor column”. I’ve been saving those up for a slow blog day. Now I’ll have to be on the hunt for more.

  1. Hi Paul,

    Got a few great laughs from this post. Make sure you read the whole thing! I hope to go on her Zephyr retreat some day – maybe next September.

    Hug the babies for me.


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Hi Mary,
    Is there a pattern for that journal cover (I know I should be able to figure it out but you always have the answers !)
    Looking forward to seeing you at Zephyr.

    Gracie OBrien

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