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Friday, September 19, 2014

We've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

School Spirit Color Run 5K
Saturday, September 27
at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
641 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO.
Registration is a 9 am, run starts at 10 am.

Get your run on before you head over for your fry bread at the Fruita Fall Festival!


This is a step away from what I normally do at the shop to tell you about an incredible opportunity to support teens in the Grand Valley next Saturday, September 27. My husband, Chad, and his partner, Leigh, head up a dynamic non-profit called Neural Activity. This program is


"...a unique non-profit organization. 
It marries adventure activities with a drug prevention message. 
Students learn about natural highs and how drugs corrupt the body's natural reward pathways. 
Once trained, NA Teens present the message to younger students." 
-quote is a description from their Facebook page.


Neural Activity takes teens out on all kinds of adventure activities, ones they might not normally get a chance to participate in otherwise. This summer at their annual training, they summited Mt. Crested Butte, in Crested Butte, Colorado, rappelled and did some white water rafting. Once the teens see how life itself offers plenty of exciting opportunities, Neural Activity teaches these teens how drugs can steal those opportunities from them and the biological effects drug use can have on their bodies. 

From there, the students who participated went back to their area high schools and started organizing their schools' clubs, recruiting other incoming and returning students at back to school nights across the valley:


Throughout the year, they will continue to receive research-based instruction that they will then be trained to present to younger students in area middle schools so that they can serve as mentors to the kids coming up behind them. And they will continue to do exciting adventure activities in their area. This weekend, for example, they are climbing Mt. Garfield. The activities are funded mostly by the clubs themselves. Here is where you come in:

Neural Activity's first fundraiser of this season is the School Spirit Color Run 5K. Instead of having dye packs thrown at you, the idea is to show your school spirit by wearing your area high school colors. Are you a fan, alum, parent of a future Bulldog? Let's see your maroon and white! Live in town? Get your orange and black on, and come walk/run! 

Here is the link for the 5K run/walk registration:

Cost is $19 in advance, $25 the day of.
You receive a bright green sling bag for participating


AND....because you are a DLD fan too, there is a way to earn another freebie! 
A coffee cozy in your school's colors!

Example of coffee cozy in Central's colors

Interested? Here's what you do:
1. When you register for the event, sign up under a business.....Daisy Lane Design. (if you forget this step during registration, just tell Chad at the event - he'll be there!)
2. Take a picture of yourself or your group in their school colors at the event.
3. Post your picture on the DLD Facebook page.
Every picture will be entered into a drawing. Everyone in the picture selected will win a DLD coffee cozy in their school's colors. 

Of course, this is only for those that are in the Grand Junction area next weekend, but I'm excited to say that NA is also starting up in New Jersey this year! Perhaps there will be a color run here next year too!

:) allison







Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stop! Read This Sign

We are back to school, people!
A little late, I know, but I am still all aglow....




Hurray! Huzzah! I know, I'm the worst mom ever - but I love back to school. When I was a full time teacher, (and before I was a mom) I did not quite understand. I would listen to those with kids, off for the summer, and wonder at their complaining. I would think, all self-righteously, that when I had kids and they were home for ten weeks on end, I would absolutely love it! We would have so much fun! 

Flash forward 9 years. I have two kids. A just starting fourth grader and a just starting second grader. And they are great! And we DO have so much fun! But I now realize that those "complaining" moms from before I knew what I was talking about were really just speaking about the exhaustion of having to be ON 24 hours a day, for 10 weeks on end, and constantly cleaning up and organizing things for their people. But I have also discovered, 10 weeks and 7 days  - that's the number of days we've been back - late that the need to be ON 24 hours a day, and especially taking on the responsibility of all the cleaning and organizing is totally completely and utterly my own fault.

There.

I admit it.

I created my summer monster and now I have to wait 180+ school days to try and fix it.

Here's is why back to school rules: because there is structure to it! You wake up at a certain time, follow morning routines, send your little ones off, take care of your own stuff or go to work, come home, afternoon activities/homework/dinner, night-time routines and bed. And then you repeat, repeat repeat. It's bliss. It's wonderful. Do you know why? Because you don't have to think about it! You don't have to create an elaborate "what are we going to do today" plan. You just work the plan you have! Genius. Whoever thought of this thing really knew what they were doing. And I was reminded of it while sitting in my daughter's back to school night. The teacher started talking about the morning routines, how the kids come in...put away their backpacks...sign in...make a lunch choice...do morning work, and on and on. It makes her days smooth, it makes it easier for the kids to learn and guess what? The kids LIKE it!

It's not how I want to live every moment, trust me. We all need a Saturday that we stay in our pjs and watch mind-numbing TV all wrapped up in blankets with a bowl of homemade popcorn between us. I'm all about that. But I need to do a better job of teaching my kids how to be responsible for their own entertainment, as well as teaching them how to be active and responsible members of our family unit.

And I'm not waiting until next summer. We're starting now. With little things, like the sign at the beginning of this post. Here it is again:

It's hand-written on a piece of scrap paper and taped to the back door with painter's tape. No Pinterest sign here. (I only have time to pin, not actually make any of that great stuff). I also don't have to be the crazy mom, running around looking for all the last minute things that they need for the day - getting angry that all 180 school days of each of the 6 years we've been doing this, it's the same script. I merely point to the door. If they forget after that, oops. They'll remember tomorrow.

here's to a step in the right direction!
:)
allison


Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of September 7
This is a super busy class week! Three regular adult classes, open sew, one kid class, and the fall's first Create and Donate! Full details are available on the Classes tab, but here is the overview below...

Classes this week:
Tuesday the 9th, 6-9 pm: Advanced Class - Coasters Part 1
(actually, if anyone signs up for this class, we will need to talk about another time - we have open house for back to school at 6 pm!)
Wednesday the 10th, 10 am - 1 pm: Beginner Class part 2 - Stuffed Pillow
Thursday 11th, 10:30am - 1:30 pm: Intermediate Class - Rotary Cutting
Friday the 12th, 6-9 pm: Open Sew. Come and work on existing projects. $15/person
Saturday the 13th, 1-4 pm: Kid's Sew: Beginning Sewing/Stuffed Pillow
Sunday the 14th, 2-5 pm: Create and Donate - bibs

New Pattern: Coffee Cozies
This is actually a tutorial that is already available right here on the blog, but I am going to write up a pattern for it too, in case there are some of you out there that don't want to do that part for yourself. I'll also be putting together coffee cozy kits, which will then be available for sale at Great Pacific. All you'll need is your machine, thread and a hand-sewing needle and you'll be able to make one for yourself!


Newsletter Sign-up
The first email newsletter is going out this week. It is full of the more important, don't want to miss and exclusive DLD information. If you want to be the first to know, you should receive the newsletter! Send your email to daisylanedesign@yahoo.com and I'll sign you up!

Hope you all have a good week.
:)
allison


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of September 1
I can't believe it's September. Did that sneak up on anyone else, or is it just me? We are fresh back from a family trip, school starts this week, and a new schedule for me for work. Goodbye summer. I better get it in gear.

Our view just a few short days ago. 
Classes
This week's classes are as follows:
Tuesday, September 2: Coasters, Part 1, 6 - 9 pm.
Wednesday, September 3: Beginning Sewing, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday, September 4: Rotary Cutting, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
You can see the full list of classes, including supply lists on the Classes tab.

Create and Donate
DLD is hosting its second Create and Donate on Sunday, September 14. We will be making another set of bibs to donate to Solutions Pregnancy Center. Cost of the event is $35. This includes bib class instruction and your pattern. It does not include supplies. If you donate your completed bib, the cost is $25. If you also bring a package of diapers to donate, the cost is $15.


Bibs from the last Create and Donate





Winner of Cash Envelope Contest
Congrats to Val S. who is the winner of last week's cash envelope contest! That was fun! I am thinking we need to do more of those in the future :)

Newsletter
I am starting a shop newsletter. It will be mailed directly to your email inbox and will contain the most pertinent, don't want to miss, first to hear shop information. I promise not to spam. If you like hearing from me several times a day, that's what Facebook and Instagram are for. If you really just want to hear the important, broad strokes consider signing up for the newsletter. You can message me on Facebook or email me at daisylanedesign@yahoo.com.

Shop Feature
I "found" a shop on Etsy you might all be interested in. It's called Divide and Conquer and the entire shop is dedicated to purse organizer inserts! She has thought of everything. It's like The Container Store for your purse. Amazing. Let me know if you visit!

Hope you all have a good week. Gotta run - cash envelopes await!
:)
allison



Monday, August 18, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of August 17th

Classes this week:
There are no classes scheduled this week.
Thursday is the summer's last open sew, from 10:30-1.

The new Fall Class Schedule is up! You can view the classes page here to get all the info you need. As I complete samples of the class projects, more pictures will be listed.

Create and Donate:
Sunday was our first ever Create and Donate!



My daughter and I were at the Shoppe Sunday, making these sweet bibs for Solutions Pregnancy Center. She worked on that dinosaur one, with a little help :). We chatted with a friend who works at the center and said that they would be thrilled to have them! So before bringing them over, we're going to do it one more time (and I'll do a much better job of letting you know it's coming up)

There will be 4 Create and Donates this fall.
Sunday, September 14 - bibs
Sunday, October 12, re-usable shopping bags
Sunday, November 16, zipped pencil cases
Sunday, December 14, fleece beanie.

Visit the classes page to get all the info and learn how you can get involved.


Fabric kits:
The first set of kits is at the Shoppe! Bib kits arrived this week and I'm excited to see what people think of them. In each kit has material, batting and snaps to make one infant bib. There is also a coupon for the bib pattern available in my etsy shop. If you're coming to class but don't want to run all the way over to the fabric store and spend time matching fabrics or having to buy a whole roll of batting for just one small project - I think you're going to like the idea of these kits. More to come!




Cash Envelope Contest
Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I do more work with cash envelopes than anything else. But there are still lots of people who look at me funny when I tell them what I do. What is that? What do you do with it? People still use cash?! Clearly, lots of you do! And I thank you for it. This week I'm working on one with 20 inner envelopes...it's the biggest in DLD history. 

In honor of all you cash envelope users, we're having a contest this week. Post a picture of your cash envelope in use right up there on the DLD Facebook page. How did you label your envelopes? Do you use it as a wallet or as longer-term saving? Is it for birthdays, holidays, receipts, coupons? We want to see! Pictures will be accepted all this week, until Friday, August 22. Then I will make an album of all the entries so we can vote for our favorite! The person whose system earns the most likes will win a set of three specialty envelopes: Christmas (or other holiday), birthday and travel. Good luck!



PS...the etsy shop will be on vacation next week, August 24-31. 

Have a great week!
:)
allison


Thursday, August 14, 2014

How I'm Feeling

This one isn't really for anyone but me.

I won't be linking this on Facebook or Twitter. So if you stumble across it, I suppose it's because you already follow the blog. I'm distracted. Like everyone, so sad about the passing of Robin Williams. I feel like I've lost someone I actually know personally.

I'm thankful we don't have cable television. I know if we did I'd be glued to the news, unable to break away. It's hard enough opening the internet. He is everywhere. All over my Facebook feed, as people remember him, share their favorite moments, grieve together. On every news site, every landing page. It's overwhelming, truly.

The video clips are like a moving scrapbook of my lifetime. I was 4 when Mork and Mindy debuted. I have always been a fan. His was the first stand-up comedy routine I can remember watching. There is no one who can make me snot-running-down-my-face-howling-tears-streaming laugh like he can. And he is gone. And by his own hand. How is that possible?

When the news broke, I couldn't hide my shock from my kids, who are young, 7 and 9. They don't really know who he is yet, but recognized his face as "the man from Jumanji" and his voice as "Fender from Robots - oh we love him! He's so funny! 'Tastes like chick-unnnn!'" And proceeded to run off and pop that DVD in the player and I had his voice in my head for the next hour or so.

Scrolling through his filmography, there are all the memorable movies of his - of course Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poet's Society - and some I had forgotten about. Awakenings for one. Insomnia for another. He was truly terrifying in that movie. And my favorite of his: Patch Adams. The fact that he AND Philip Seymour Hoffman are in that film together is really something I can't think about right now.

We are all more than the face that most people see, Robin Williams perhaps most of all. It is no secret that he struggled with a great many things, often while trying to alleviate the struggles and sorrows of  others. As more and more of the personal stories come to light, it is staggering to think of all the people he has touched. With his humor, yes. But also with his humanity. Those stories are what makes us truly feel this loss. He was a funny man. An hilarious genius that cannot be replaced and the world is a little more sober without him. No one will really ever be his brand of funny again. But that is not why we're so sad. It's because of the person he was. Not perfect, not without mistake, not saintly. Just human.

I can listen to his funny moments now - his standup, his comedies, his goofy bits. And even sad, they still can make me snot-running-down-my-face-howling-tears-streaming laugh. Amazing. But I can't watch Dead Poet's Society. Or Good Will Hunting. Or Patch Adams right now. I know I will one day. And I will have a good, long, ugly cry.

I have a friend, Ryan, who was a little more brave than me and tried watching Good Will Hunting the evening that the news broke. This was on his Facebook feed the next morning. He said we have permission to share:

Going back to last night, I tried to watch, but couldn't finish, Dead Poet's Society. I've seen this movie at least 20 times, and am always the better for it. About every third viewing, I tend to sigh and wish, as I'm sure most of us do, that I had a teacher like Robin Williams. But last night, I realized for the first time, that I did have a teacher like Robin Williams. It was Robin Williams.

Yes.
This.

-allison


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of August 10, 2014

This week's class:
Bib class
Wednesday, August 13 
6 pm - 9 pm

Things that are happening behind the scenes:
-  I am working a new page here on the blog. It'll be all about cash envelopes, giving you detailed information about all the different types of cash envelopes available as well as some new design features that I'm going to be working on in the next few months.
-  The Fall class schedule will be up soon. Classes are going to be clustered, helping you reinforce the skills you learn in each class so that you feel confident to repeat the process when I'm not there to help! 
 
Design a New We!
This week is DLD's first ever Make and Donate community event. On Saturday, August 16, from 2:30-5:30 we will be gathering at Great Pacific Frame Shoppe to make bibs for an area pregnancy center. I will be bringing the supplies to make the bibs and a few snacks, you bring your sewing machine, thread, bobbins and appetite and we'll sew and visit together while putting together some cute bibs for moms and babies in need. Cost for the sew along is $20 ($10 if you attend this week's bib class on Wednesday, August 13. See the class link for details.) Payment must be received by Thursday, August 14 to reserve your spot!

Here are some of pre-cut bib fabrics that I will be bringing for us to put together.



And here are some already completed bibs that I will be donating as well.



On the 16th, I will also be debuting bib kits in the shoppe! These kits include 2 pre-washed rectangles of coordinating fabric and batting that will make one infant sized bib. Pearl snaps are included in the kit. There is also a coupon inside for 30% off the DLD bib pattern, available in my etsy shop. If you already have the pattern, all you need is the kit! (Thread and snap setters are not included.)

 
Anyone who attends the Make and Donate on the 16th will also receive the coupon for 30% off the DLD bib pattern.



In completely unrelated news, while I was putting together these pictures for the blog yesterday, I was also making these amazing S'more bars. I have the pin on my dessert board and they are so stinking good that I may just need to whip up another batch and bring them on Saturday....in which case it WILL be related news!


Hope to see you on Saturday!
:)
allison