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 life journey.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Now...About the Egg

So do you remember this...

I posted about this egg the other day. Well, now I am going to tell you where it came from...

ha LOL...You knew that...right? Watch this...

Guess who that is talking? That's John Campanelli, the reporter who wrote that awesome story about me in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He brought me that egg. From his very own chicken. How totally cool is that.

oh I almost forgot. There was one person who was really close to guessing what I had in my hat. So for Kwilt Noob...

there is a charmpack of Le Petit Poulet waiting for you at the store. What's that you ask? It is a pack of 5 x 5" squares of fabric designed by American Jane. And inside is...

a block of fabric with a...chicken!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Central Park, Ice & Breathing

How's that for a title. We have been putting a display together at the store of Kate Spain's newest collection...Central Park.

Do you wander what I am looking at? A bunch of utility trucks from other citites. They are going to be helping the parts of Cleveland that are still without power because of the ice storm we had on Monday night. You have to see the picture my mom took of the tree right outside the store.

Oh and speaking of ice...I almost fell out the back door it was so slippery.

TJ is taking me home because I am having a little trouble breathing because of all the changes in the temperature lately.

I am a lucky sister to have such a good brother. Especially working right upstairs. Thanks Teej.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Pillow for Kate

I have been working hard on a new project.

Most of the Moda designers have been showing pillows on their blogs all month.

They were asked to make a pillow that told a story about their life.

Some were cute.

Some were serious.

Some were simple.

And some were very detailed. Like my friend Kate's.

Hers told a complete story. You can read all about it here. Can you believe she used to draw Hello Kitty? Fun, fun, fun.

I decided if I were making a pillow about Kate it would be one big gigantic heart. Because that is how big her heart is. And then I would put a message on it...

Luv U Kate. And your fabric:)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It Says I'm a Star

We had an ice storm in Cleveland today. My mom told me my picture was suppose to be in the paper.

But the paper was out at the end of the driveway. Neither one of us wanted to go out to get it because we were still in our pajamas.

Later in the day I had music therapy. While we were backing out of the drive, my mom stopped to pick up the paper. We decided it would be a good idea to open it with Bonnie, my music therapist. Afterall, I said that is what makes me therapy.

I started turning the pages. I spotted the Ohio State basketball players, Go Bucks!!!, but not me.

And then all of a sudden there it was. Ahh...I liked the picture. And then Bonnie helped me read it. It says I am a star. Wow, I liked that.

I could not believe that was me in the newspaper. Thank you John and Lynn.
And now...for your viewing Bonnie...reading the paper...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Late Breaking News

We have just been alerted by two friends in Texas, how's that for the power of social media, that Sarah's story is now live on

Click this link to read the article. It will be in Monday's print edition of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. A huge and sincere thank you to John Campanelli for writing a wonderful article that made us all laugh, especially Sarah, until we were crying. And then we truly did cry when we read the last sentence. A grand and glorious life indeed. And heartfelt gratitude to Lynn Ischay for making Sarah's smirk sparkle. More important, for showcasing the beautiful pillowcases made in memory of Kristen Ann Kirton, who's light continues to shine all around us.

The Paparazzi

OMG!! After John, the reporter left, next thing you know there are paparazzi after me. Hey, that's another Lady Gaga song I could sing for share day. LoL.

No not really. Not the paparazzi. It was Lynn Ischay, the award winning photographer from The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

At first I was not so excited to be having my picture taken, but then Lynn started showing me her camera. She was so nice too. My mom was seriously jealous of that camera.

Then I got to see me on the screen. That was pretty fun. Do you see the scissors in my hand? We used them as a prop. I had to be very careful. I told Lynn I did not want any teeth in my picture. She said she would make sure to tell the editor. How do you like that? I am bossing a newspaper editor!!! This is crazy.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Reporter

My mom told me a reporter was coming to the store today. To interview me. Me. As in ME!!!!

Meet John. John Campanelli. He works for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He asked me a bunch of questions. Like...what was my favorite food? and...what was on my iPod. favorite movie. Then we got to laughing. He was sooooo nice. He said he was reading my blog. He asked me about all of our blog followers.

So I got all the cards out that everyone sent me when we opened the store. He was very impressed. We told him how we have never met most of you, but you are like friends to me and my mom. After a while it was time for him to go. He said he would be writing about me one day soon. How cool.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken...

It was just about time to close the store and go home.

I was already to go, when my mom said, "Sarah, don't forget your...

"Oh that's right," I said. I took my hat off and went into the kitchen. I opened the refrigerator and pulled out my...

EGG!!!! That's right...

an egg. A chicken egg. A fresh chicken egg. Like it was just laid this morning egg. I had to be very careful taking it home so...

I put it in my hat. My mom said that was a good idea. She said I come up with the best plans. Now just where did I get this chicken egg you ask? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's a Guessing Game...

What a Day!!!

Can you guess what is in my hat?

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Singing Valentine

Twenty Years Ago...

My mommy made me a new red dress.

I loved to clap and show off my bottom teeth.

TJ was three and I was 18 months old.

I wonder what we were singing? Happy Valentine's Day!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Lucky Valentine

Thank you Grandma & Grandpa.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's Ticket Time!!!

Ohio State Buckeyes ticket time that is.

I love the Buckeyes. I can't wait to go to a game again. And guess what? There is a new little Brutus fan in Ohio. Yep, Cayman has a baby brother. His name is Kobe. I love that name and he is so cute. I wonder how old he will be before he goes to his first game?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I Got Gold

One of our customers brought me a little present.

Oh this is good. She knows what I like.

GOLDFISH!!! Thank you Stacy's Grandma.

A few hours later, my mom found me upstairs on the computer. She wondered what I was doing. So I pointed to this...

I just typed it in and up game this great website with lots of fun games. Check this out...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's Share Day!!!

I've been patiently waiting.

I think my turn is next.

"Yes, I am here."

Oh this is going to be good. Really, really good. Here I go...

I rocked the house. It was so fun.

Bonnie, said I did great.

I'm so tired and hungry. I did such a great job singing, we decided to go out to eat.

to Red Robin. Both my brothers came with me. It was fun.