Funding Campaign

I hope you will check out my latest effort to fund new sewing machines for my students.

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Why I like Teaching Sewing

New Year means trying new things!  My dear friend Lena (over at Coach to Focus) convinced me I should do some video blogging.  So… You will be able to get some tips from time to time.  And if you are really curious, you can connect to the You Tube channel for more!

Here’s the first snippet:

Why I Like to Teach Sewing



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Holiday Boutique

Simple and Green will be joining several other vendors on Sunday Dec. 9 from 2-4pm.

Come get your holiday shopping and support small businesses.

Click here for the flier with details.

I look forward to seeing you!


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Thank You

At Thanksgiving time we all wax and wane reflective… so here I am to account for my blessings.

This past year has been the most difficult in my life, but also the one filled with the most amazing blessings!

My faith in God has strengthened and deepened.
My friendships have been tried and true.
My creative abilities have reawakened.
I have deeper patience and perseverance.
I am stronger than I realized.
I am blessed with home, and food, and transportation when much of the world is without.
I am surrounded by the best gift: Love.

It reminds me of a doxology I sang in church as a child:

Praise God from whom all Blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here; below!
Praise Him above the Heavenly Host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

I pray you have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!


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What I am working on

With Christmas just 5 weeks away I have been working on a few ornaments for Simple and Green.

This one is an idea I saw online somewhere–snowflakes from puzzles!  So great!  I will be adding some glittery snow and a ribbon too…










My supervisor at JoAnn’s showed me this fabulous paper German Star.






So I got into the recycling bin for some colorful paper and started folding…

And folding…

Now I need to dip in parafin and glitter.  Results will be super :)

Will be showing the results on soon!

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Hello!  Time for a fresh start.

Here are some pictures of most recent happenings with me.


I am teaching my first class under the name S&G Sewing Studio on Nov. 30!  Whooo Hoooo! for more

Kate is on pointe!  WOW!

Halloween was complete with a “creeper” pumpkin, two mini mouse versions, and “Cole” a Lego Ninja.  Of course, I made both costumes ;)

James had a date for Homecoming and turned 15years old!  That’s just not possible!

Til next time!  Happy creating.

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News from the Zoo

So many things are going on…

First, an update.  My dear Rey’s story sparked much concern.  He’s fine.  I talked to his dad (and continue to) and got an adult side to the story.  It’s not pretty, but both of them know they can call on me.

Since then– a Disney trip.  Rich took the kids for several days with the rest of the Morey clan.  I got some much needed alone time!  Did some furniture rearranging and a few other things around the house.  But I sure was glad to have kid hugs again!


The next big news is that I have been exploring job opportunities…

Starting in May I will be teaching sewing classes part time!  It’s a small “get my feet wet” kind of thing, but I am happy that it’s going to be something I am already good at and won’t need to go back to school for.

I also have made a business plan for Simple and Green!  “Handmade items inspiring steps toward a simpler and more sustainable world.”  There is a new web site and a plan for many craft events–check it out!  I hope you like it!

Stay tuned.  You never know what’s gonna be happening this Spring!


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Becoming part of the statistic of broken homes was magnified last night. I took in a teen with a history like a ton of others. Broken and alone.

A desperate call at 8:30pm. The urgency grabbed James from his gaming when nothing else can. Dear R, like the prodigal son, returns to our home laden with bags. Everything he owns. In need of a hug and fighting back tears he explains why he left; why he’s on my couch for the night.  Not just a rash rant, but a pattern of fights and neglect that breaks my already broken heart.

I will not see this child who has grown up with mine be hungry or homeless.   He devours our leftover dinner and is thankful.  We set up the bedding and some rules…

This morning, I am uncertain what the future holds, and have to check myself; that must be his feeling every day. I pray.  It’s all I can do for now.

Tonight we revisit the broken path and try to mend it.

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“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.” –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I spent some time of self reflection and of grieving alone.  It was good.

God has empowered me with blessings I didn’t ever know I had.  Such a family of support that lends love and courage.

I am emerging anew.  I know that 2012 will be memorable!

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Moment Preserved

Post concussion entertainment done over several days, Kate labored to make this sweet church.  But turn your back, and her precocious puppy chew off half the roof!

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