Friday, July 18, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Come on In and Take A Tour of My Studio (Digitally!)

Welcome to my Embroidery and Sewing Studio! My business started out in a very small 10 x 12 foot spare bedroom and soon overflowed into the dining room.  I worried about sticky fingers on my client’s precious fabric and errant feet on my sewing machine’s gas pedal.
After 6 months of jockeying for space, my husband politely told me I was more than welcome to move my business into the Bonus Room. No one ever used it because it was so far away from the life center our house – the kitchen.Belinda Lee 1

Friday, July 11, 2014

Let's Ride Closer to Free | There's Something In It For You Besides Helping to Kick Cancer's Butt

Crusading for Carl
A few years ago, my friend Stacey lost her husband Carl to cancer. Our families blossomed along the same timeline: marriage and babies. But cancer, how could that be?

I realized how easily our lives could continue on that same path and my heart was so heavy at the thought of carrying on without the love of my life. Stacey is a vibrant soul and she's finding her way through with the support of her family, including my BFF Heidi.

To support them, I'm asking you to support the Closer to Free Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital in Connecticut. Heidi is riding 62.5 miles this year as part of the Carl's Crusaders team.  Funds will be used for research and patient care at this Yale Cancer Center hospital where they treat more cancer patients than any other hospital in Connecticut.

Keep Calm and Bike On. Help raise funds to beat cancer! Donate to win this pillow.

Ready to help? Donate $10 or more to the Carl's Crusaders team and you will be entered to win this totally awesome Keep Calm and Bike On pillow cover.*

Donate Here

Let's Ride Closer To Free, Shall We?

*This year's ride is September 6, 2014. Donations made by August 1, 2014 will be included in the drawing. However, we reserve the right to extend the drawing up to August 31 to accommodate our beach bum friends who are currently vacationing but still want to help :) 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

How to Keep Your Beginning Sewer Busy During Summer Break | Beginner Sewing Tutorials

I have had the good fortune to work with some really sweet beginning sewers.  But I worry when they leave my studio they won't have a project to work on or anyone at home to help them so they'll let their sewing hobby slip to the wayside.  It doesn't have to be that way though - the web is full of great tutorials, perfectly suited to the beginning sewer.

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I love the blog Skip To My Lou and use a few of her tutorials as projects for my beginners.  Her Totebag Tutorial teaches some great base skills - making handles, topstitching and creating a reversible project. Plus, once you make your first totebag, you can adapt the instructions to make any size bag you like. You can get creative and add pockets and other embellishments too!