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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Working Hard for My Money

I've been working in my dad's office the last two days. 

One of the doctor's he does billing for is retiring. So we are sending a letter to all his patients.

If you need labeling done, I'm your go to girl. I am a pro at putting labels on envelopes.

And stuffing them too.  Then I seal them shut.

Last step is taking them to the post office. That's a lot of mail. I like doing office work.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back Off Irene

Nobody wants you around anymore.  Plus...

I have my Mott's so now I'm really ready:)  For the next few hurricanes I think.

Ready for a Hurricane

Every channel on tv is talking about a hurricane. So I decided I better make a list of what I need for survival.

Chips Ahoy! check.
Cheez-It-Low fat of course - check
Baby Gold Fish - check
SpaghettiO's - just in case - check

Mom...Back to the store you must go.  You forgot the Mott's Apple Juice.  I have not received any money for endorsing these products although I would entertain any and all offers.  Call my agent.  His name is Adam Blaire.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

iFaith Restored

by Joyce...A few weeks back I wrote about a situation that had taken the wind out of my sails for a few days. I was simply dumbfounded that someone would go to such lengths to actively deceive a group of parents who live each day on the edge of what seems like a teeter totter. Why would someone promise iPads they knew were undeliverable to kiddos with life threatening illnesses and communication delays?  Well the simple truth is, we will probably never know. And that just stinks. But not for long.

Enter a group of folks who decided to take the situation and turn it around for the better.  Heather, Ken and crew formed an endeavor called Mission iPossible.  Their quest is simple. They aim to get the promised iPads into the hands of the original forty families. 

For the skeptics out there, let me just tell you I have met Blogzilly aka Ken Lilly. In person. Not that I'm a doubting kind of gal, but the original fraudster made us all think twice.  Late one evening, with a little divine nudging, I arrived at the doorstep of the Lilly pad:)  I'm here to tell you he is the real deal. He and the team are working hard behind the scenes to make sure this time, promises are kept. 

I could go on and on about the man that has taken the reins of this operation, but I would never tell the story like he does, so click here and read about the kiddos who have already received their iPads.  Warm fuzzies are bound to flutter into your heart.

And that is where I need your help.  You see, Ken is kinda down for a day or two.  He had his tonsils removed today. Not the biggest of deals, but I've followed Ken long enough to know that even a few hours away from the task of completing this mission will annoy him.

What I would love to see happen...

...the thermometer get up to $8,000 by the end of the weekend. A little happy healing gift to Ken during his recovery. More importantly, MOST IMPORTANTLY, it will help get more iPads into the hands of more kiddos.  And I've personally scene enough to know what a huge difference they can make to a youngster having a difficult time of expressing him or herself.  Won't you please help us.

The team has made it very easy and legitimate. An email comes to you the minute you donate and it is followed up by a really nice thank you letter.  They have even partnered up with the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation so your gift will be tax-deductible. 

          Thank you so much for your consideration. Making a difference is what life is all about.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Soccer Sister

Tonight, I officially became a Soccer Sister.  My little brother had his first soccer game for our high school.

As we were walking in, they were announcing the players.  Then I heard #11 Matt Ely Freshman.  Hey nobody told me he made Varsity.  Now I'm a Varsity Soccer Sister. I like that.

There he is #11.

He just kicked the ball. Good job Matt.

I think I'm going to take a walk to the snack shop. I know where it is because I went to high school here too. Remember...Class of 2008.

Hey Dad, want some Cheetohs.  Oh I forgot to tell you. My dad played soccer for this same school when he was in high school.

This is a good place to stand. I can see the whole field. How do you like my shirt? It was from my little blogging friend Leah's Buddy Walk Team.  Our school colors are brown and gold so I thought it would be perfect to wear to the game tonight.

Game's over.  We lost 0-2 to Nordonia. Maybe we will win next time.  Ohhh Matt is going to be in big trouble. He is walking the field without his shoes on.  Mom is not going to be happy when she sees his dirty socks. LOL!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Beach Babes wrapped in Crabs

When I arrived at work today, there were crabs on the counter...

I do remember seeing these crabs before at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.

That was the day I met Emily Herrick.  She designed this fabric collection.

A few minutes later the mailman delivered a big box. It is from Utah. Hey, I've been there.

My mom said I could open it. It is like my birthday all the time in the store.

I think it is a quilt.

A big quilt.

Wow!!! look at this.  It is made with the same fabric.

Well what do you think?  My mom told me a very nice lady named Lu made it.  And she knows Emily.  Can you believe it:)

I decided if this is a beach quilt I better take my shoes off.

And now I'm busted. Guess who just walked in?  Bonnie, my music therapist.

My mom said, "Oh perfect, you're just in time to model a new apron we received." And look, a cute little dress too. I would have worn that when I was little.  We look like two beach babes wrapped in crabs:) 

The fabric is called Going Coastal and is now available at our store.  The quilt is by Lu For The Love Designs.  The Apron is by the Apron Addict.  The dress is by Jam N'Jelli.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Minnie Buckeye...

What do you get when you combine Minnie Mouse with Brutus Buckeye?...

The cutest little Minnie Buckeye!!! This is my little blogging friend Josie.  She sent me this picture to wish me a happy birthday. She is doing a cheer for me.  She lives all the way down south.  Not even in Ohio. Now how cute is that!!! Thank you Josie and mom Emily.

And right after I received that email my mom brought in the snail mail. She said I am the only one she knows who gets a personalized birthday greeting from Ohio State.  Hmm...I wonder why:)

Go Bucks!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It Was Sweet for Sure

We had a Sweet Treat Extravaganza in the store to celebrate our first anniversary.  My mom said we were going to share treats with our customers to thank them for supporting us.

Then something else happened.  We started to receive things to help us celebrate.  Like this big box from our friend Kate Spain

It had a really, really nice note.  And it was full of cool stuff.  I recognized many of the designs. They are on some of our fabric.

I really liked everything. Hmm...this is a recipe organizer.  I think I might just have to put all my favorite recipes in here.  I could type them out on the computer.

And we got cupcakes and purple flowers from two of our bestest customers. 

And a box from Moda with a letter from the president. No not that President,  Mark Dunn the president of Moda fabrics.  He's a cool dude.

Ahhh...and my dad came down to give me a hug and a kiss too.

Look how nice this is. It's a candle.  Perfect to put in Kristen's Kitchen. Right next to her frame.  We always like to have a candle glowing to remember Kristen because her Light is always shinning bright.

And look who came to visit us on Saturday. It's Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts. She is a designer and has lots of quilts published in magazines and books.  She is super nice too. It sure has been a sweet week. Thank you everyone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Prepping for the Extravaganza

So this week was my birthday. Thank you for the happy wishes.  You are all so nice.  And it is also the first anniversary of our quilt store. So we are having a special event. It is called Sweet Treat Extravaganza.  We had a few things to do to get ready.  So on Monday, my mom and I went to the Apple store...

No, not that kind of Apple store...the Apple Display store...

Where they have all kinds of things for stores to use in displays.

Like this wire rack.  We need one to display patterns. Especially because they will be 50% off during our anniversary sale.

"I hope we can get this in the car mom." It's kinda big.  Hey check out that motor cycle behind me. Maybe I could take that home. LOL.  Ok it fit.  Next stop...

No way. No. No. No. N. O. Mom...I am not going in that candy store. You know I hate the smell of candy... 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Guess Who's 22 Today?

Me!!! It's my birthday:)

Grandpa already surprised me with this flower. Can you see what is on it?

Haaaa Target cards!!!! My favorite birthday present.

And a big, big, big chocolate chip cookie...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Scooter Tricks with Hat

Twenty Years Ago

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hat Tricks by Sarah

Twenty Years Ago