Happy New Year !!!!!!!

Dear A-Team:

This week, classes start up again. We have 3 weeks left to complete the semester. Come and learn !!!!! Here is what’s happening.

Niche Marketing: You will have to start bringing your lap tops to room 209 to complete your Marketing plan. We will have the last quiz on Wednesday, January 4th. I have enjoyed the books. I hope you did, too.

Computerized Machine Embroidery: We are now finished with room 203 and we will be in room 209 for the remainder of the course. I went out and bought 4 doll needles so that we can start stringing our wall hanging.

Sewing Fundamentals: The Tote Bag Course: A few words about the evaluations. Learning to sew clothes is now being taught in the intermediate sewing course. Some of you have “made money with your skills!” I am SO proud of you !!!! Future courses do include tailoring, dress and shirt making. You just need to be a bit more experienced. One of the things I have always said is that you need to take lessons from more than one instructor. We all have our personal style. All the instructors here are terrific !!! I asked the class in the beginning, if they wanted to start with a small project, the sewing machine cover. I was outvoted. I am glad you all feel that sewing is an important craft to learn. And yes, in the beginning there is so much to learn, that keeping up puts you on overload !!!!!! This was the first semester, I did not require a text book. I thought you could all find the answers for what you want to know on YouTube and Sewing.org. Every time I teach project based Sewing Fundamentals, I can see HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT all of you take the Portfolio course and just play around learning the seams, stitches, and vocabulary. I spent an entire class period on reading the pattern and making pattern changes. I answered all the questions asked and helped the students whose name was on the board. No one, at that time, told me to repeat this class. I lay the pattern pieces, that we will be using, on the desk for everyone to see. By this time, the patterns are off the pieces, so that all you need to do, is come up and look.

On 12-13, we sewed the side panel pieces of the bag with ribbon so that they turned over real easy. We sewed the front, back and bottom together so that we could insert our piping. On 12-15, we inserted our zippers in the side panels and we made our handles. We also attached “loop” Velcro to the bottom of our tote bag. The bags are going together quickly now, because we did all the details, first. On Tuesday, January 3, we will be applying our tote handles to the tote, we will sew in our zipper side panels, and we will sew the inside to the outside of the tote. It sounds like a lot, but it is only 3 seams!!!! On Thursday, January 5, we will finish our tote. Don’t despair!!!! We will have a catch up day on Tuesday, January 10th. I will do nothing but tend to the help list.

New Year’s comments, video, and link to a free embroidery:


Patsy sent me the following concerning the New Year. Thank you!!! These words were written by George Carlin.

The New Year is just around the corner and we wanted to share this with you:

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind

word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and

it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace

will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday

that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts

in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you

pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ” An idle

mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is God & ourselves.

Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your

home is your refuge

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve,

get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the

guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don’t send this to at least 8 people…. who cares?

Written by: George Carlin

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html Beautiful free cutwork design.

San Diego Cat Fanciers CFA Allbreed Cat Show — Jan. 28-29
Description: Nearly 450 of the nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. More than 30 cat breeds are expected to be recognized. Local rescue organizations will have cats available for adoption. Cat-related merchandise and educational presentations also are part of the weekend’s activities.
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.com/calendar or www.sandiegocat.org If I find the time….I would love to go to the SD CAT FANCIERS show !!!!!!!

In closing, I would like to tell you all what my DEAR friend Kacy sent me concerning the holidays………..Kacy, I laughed and laughed. Thank you for sending this !!!!
What a wonderful New Year’s Resolution !! Count me in !!

I finally figured it out… As I was conditioning my hair in the shower this morning, I took time to read my shampoo bottle. I am in shock! The shampoo I use in the shower that runs down my entire body says “For extra volume and body”!

Seriously, why have I not noticed this before? Tomorrow, I am going to start using “Dawn” dish soap!

It says right on the bottle, “Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove.”

It pays to read the warning labels, my friends!

HAVE a Happy, Healthy, and SAFE New Year !!!! I will see you all this week, in class……………..

Make Money with your Skills ! ©


Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

Office: 619-588-2244

Fax: 619-579-2278