Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sewing School with Ms. Rosemary

 I would like to take the time to introduce to you all our Sewing Instructor, Ms. Rosemary. Ms. Rosemary has years of experience sewing. Since the age of seven when she cut up her mother's apron to make clothes for her barbies. Ms. Rosemary is also a master hair braider, a lover of wood burning, a historian, and an artist. Ms. Rosemary is currently enrolled as a fashion design student, a goal of hers is to own and operate a Sewing School for children. I have known this funny lady all of my life. I watched her sew many suits, and admired her wood burning work while as a little girl getting my hair braided. It is a pleasure and a honor to work alongside Ms. Rosemary, her passion is contagious and I do see Ms. Rosemary's Sewing School opening up in the near future. If I were you guys I wouldn't miss the opportunity of taking sewing classes here at the Studio while Ms. Rosemary is on board.

Ms. Rosemary had a three day project sewing class one on one with the student. On Day 1 she assessed the child by observing her making a bobbin, threading the needle, sewing a button while making a tote. Before I knew it the two of them had made a sewing connection and mutual respect was shown from both the student and the instructor. It wasn't long before I witnessed Ms. Rosemary throwing those lesson plans out the window and begin following the child. They made a skirt together with fabric brought in by the student.

Isn't that skirt gorgeous? Handmade by an rising fashion designer with Ms.Rosemary's guidance. She was so proud of her work! In fact her voice went from quiet to quite loud as she screamed "I did it."

At the end of Day 1 Ms. Rosemary also introduced her student to patterns. 

Ms. Rosemary gave her student a lesson in how to pick out patterns and where to find and locate them in a craft store. I love how hands on Ms. Rosemary was!
Day 2 was spent cutting out the pattern and the fabric that Sarah chose at Jo Ann's Fabrics.

On Day 3, these two made the the outfit that came from the pattern choosen at Jo Ann's Fabric.

Job well done ladies! I appreciated so much how Ms. Rosemary guided, and allowed her student to have complete ownership of her work, project based learning in it's truest form.                                                                       

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Musical Theme Birthday Party

We hosted our first birthday party this past Sunday and had a blast.

It was Music themed. The main attraction was the background set up to accommodate the Music Video that would take place. The kids had so much fun with the drums, and the other musical instruments that were provided by us. Also these instruments are available in the Studio for daily use.
In another area there was a dance floor set up for those who just love to dance.

The tables in the main area had record albums and musical notes table cloths for decorations. I got this idea from Pinterest.


The door decorations and the water xylophone work were a big hit too. They really loved dancing with the ribbon wands.            


 The decorations in the craft area.

 For this party there were two craft activities. They painted drumsticks, and made drums with beads as fillers and used markers, crayons, and color pencils to decorate the drums. 


The last activity was making a Music Video. The picture above is the Birthday Boy practicing at the drums before "video shooting". We had time to watch the video on the projection screen, needless to say the Birthday Boy can't wait to receive his own Music Video starring him and his guest to arrive in his mailbox.

The party lasted for 2.5 hrs. There were 18 children and 23 adults and everything went smoothly and the time seemed to go by so fast.

This party was booked just a week in advance it was our basic package with two add ons. It is my goal to work with the child to create their best party ever within the budget and guidelines set by the parent. In this case it was the parents and I making the party arrangements. 

This party was so much fun to put together and be a part of. The children were so well mannered and just a joy to be around. 

Please look out for more details as we reveal our Monthly Mystery Parties for elementary and teens.