My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my journey.

Friday, July 30, 2010

THANK YOU Grandpa!!!

My Grandpa left today. He is probably taking a nap right now.

That's because he has worked so hard this week putting our shelves together for the store.

He made it a learning project for Matt.

They worked side by side for a few days.

Hammering and drilling and painting.

My grandpa did the stuff with the saw. They worked in the basement of our building. My dad rent's that room for storing old medical records.

It made a great place to work. Watch your fingers Matt.

Yikes, what are they doing? Do you see the wheels. Every case has them so we can move them around the store if we want to.

Even TJ got into the construction. He has been a big helper too. He already knew how to use the tools though so he got right to work.

Today I went over to see how they look.

AMAZING!!! AWESOME!!! GREAT JOB GRANDPA!!! and Matt and TJ.

Grandpa is showing me how the sander works because I am going to get to do some final sanding next week. My mom says I have to wear goggles and a mask. Haaa, that should be fun.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Moda Girl

We are starting to move fabric into the store!!!

Look at me. I look like Miss Moda Girl. Do you remember when I introduced you to ModaMark? Well he came back to show the new fabric for November and December, except I could not be in the store because of all the fumes from the paint. So he left me this cute little bag. It is made from one of the fabric collections that I really like called Dream On by the Urban Chiks. It will be in our store too. I think it will be a great one to make some more pillowcases.

Now about that crib...nobody missed anything...it is not for a baby...it is for our fabric. We have a really awesome collection coming in September to put into it, but for now it will hold some yellow, blue, pink and green fabrics.

This stuff I am loading in now is really soft. It is called Snuggles. OK, I have to get back to work.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hey Kristen, It's me Sarah

I saw your pictures today. They made me cry a little. Your flowers were beautiful. I miss you. Guess what? We are famous.

The people at etsy wrote a story about us. My mom told me etsy is a very popular website for people who make things so they can sell them. They are going to make pillow cases too for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Lots of people liked our story. Your light is shinning bright. Hugs, Sarah

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fine Motor Skills never Go out of Style

With the crib complete, it was time to move onto the changing table.


My mom said she thought I could do this part all by myself.

Sure enough. This is just like being in school and working on my fine motor skills.

I guess they never go out of style. My occupational therapist would be very proud of me. I invited her to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Maybe she will come.

Ok, time to lift it into place. It is not to heavy so I was able to carry my end all by myself.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Crib

There are a lot of pieces to this thing.

I'm studying the directions to see what everything is.

I have to hold the side up while my mom puts in the screws.

This is fun. Now I have to hold the middle support bar.

Haaa, my dad decided to get into the action too.

I have this special tool to use to tighten all the screws.

It's pretty cool. I just fit it into the hole and turn. We are almost done.

OK. Finished. But we have one problem. We have a crib without a mattress. Guess we are heading to Target soon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The World's Best Carpenter

While everybody has been busy in Cleveland getting the store ready, my Grandpa has been very busy in his garage in Canton. He has been building all the shelves for our fabric.

Tonight we went down to pick up all the pieces. "Wow, this is nice Grandpa."

He started to put one together, just to see how it looks.

Then he showed me how the bottom goes together. TJ and Julie went down too.

Oh yes, now I see how it goes. We will assemble them once we get all the pieces into the store.

All the boards are perfectly measured. Time to load them into the van.

We had to come at night when it is a little cooler. Tomorrow it is going to be too hot for me to go out.

That's the last one. Good thing because the car is starting to sag.

We loaded up both cars. Now it is time to drive back home.

There is hardly room for me now. My dad left one seat in just for me because I do not like to ride in the front seat. It's too scary.

Haaa, look at this...I have my own little shelf now. OK, see you on Monday Grandpa.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Too Wet to Work

Perfect timing. Just as we pulled in so did my friend Sari.
This is the RTA Paratransit bus that brings Sari to work. My mom says I will be able to get the same bus service next year. Cool. It picks us up at our house and brings us right to the parking lot of our job.

Well, we are ready to report to work today. There is just one slight problem...

Stanley Steemer just cleaned the carpets inside the store and now the floor is wet. Guess we will work upstairs in my dad's office today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Goodbye Dear Friend

Such a fighter she was. Today my friend Kristen earned her angel wings.

Please pray for strength for her family. I will miss Kristen. Goodbye dear friend.

We asked, we listened, now we need your Help again

Thank you so much for your feedback on my sign. I feel like you are all a part of my store now. We tallied up the responses. So many liked the aqua color better, so we changed that. But it was a tie between Kon Tiki and Swirlies. So I need your help again.


#1 Kon Tiki


#2 Swirlies

Friday, July 16, 2010

Vote for Sarah's Sewcial Lounge Sign

My mom and I went over to the store a little bit ago. I can't believe what a difference there is in just a few days.
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Here I am walking into my sewcial lounge. It is almost done. You may be wondering what a sewcial lounge is. Well, it is basically a place where you go to sew with others. It's a comfortable gathering place for friends to come and share ideas. I think it's going to be really cool. We are even going to have a tv in here so we can watch movies. My friends and I will be able to just hang out if we want to. And every Thursday night we have different activities planned.

Do you see that little opening behind my shoulder? I think I am going to turn it into a secret hiding place for little kids when they come to visit during the day. The board leaning on the half wall fits in there perfectly, so at night we can use it for a serving area.


Now comes the fun part. I am having my own sign made. So I need your help. Please vote for which design you like best...


#1 Swirlies

#2 Kon Tiki

#3 Script

#4 Combo

I put a poll over on the left hand column. You have to hurry though. We are a few days ahead of schedule. Yes you just read that correct. AHEAD of schedule!!!
Update: It looks like pollster is down, so please just leave a comment with the number and name you like best.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Special Delivery

I heard from a little birdie there was a birthday boy over at the store. So I decided to make a special delivery.

Today was Al's birthday. He is the lead man on the job. He introduced me to everyone. They all knew me, but I did not know them.

I had to wear a mask while I was in there because it is dusty and stinky. They all know about my asthma. This is the same crew that was working on my house back in February 2008 when I stopped breathing in the back seat of my mom's car. They watched from the windows as the paramedics worked on me in the middle of the street. They said they were pretty scared that day.

Time for a cookie. I said, "Happy Birthday Al. Life's a Beach..." LOL.

I took my mask off just long enough to pose for a picture. " Thanks guys. You're doing great work!!!" I think they were happy to see me today.