Did ya’ll know that I worked at Jo-Ann Fabrics during high school and college? I started when I was 16 years old and I still have my name tag pinned to my bulletin board 24 years later! They almost didn’t hire me! They were afraid I wouldn’t be able to read patterns, sell sewing machines or help customers with fabric selections. I proved them wrong when I demanded a test and ended up knowing more about sewing than the manager. (LOL)
blond hair and a metallic-blue bubble dress!
They didn’t know that I had started sewing with patterns at 8 and by the time I was sixteen, I was designing clothing and making party dresses for anyone who would wear them. At the time, I was the youngest employee that store had ever had. I worked at the same store until I graduated from College. I even got a ruby pin to celebrate my 5 years!
The way I got hired is an inspiring story about cold calling and believing in yourself. Over the past few years, I have given many seminars and speeches on being a creative entrepreneur and the tale of 16-year old me getting hired at JAS, almost always starts the dialogue. I’ll save that for another post.
A few months ago, I was contacted by the publicity department to help with their Spring National Craft Month Campaign! I was trilled beyond belief and so honored to be included with my other creative friends. Each three-sided display is located in every Jo-Ann Fabrics store across America and is loaded with free craft projects sheets that you can take with you. The projects are also available online. Mine are here. You can see the entire press kit here.
For this design, I used hem tape to create romantic ruffles. I just LOVE the colors of Wrights hem tape. They’re flirty, feminine and fabulous! Ruffles are one of my hot trend predictions for spring. Give pillows, jackets, scarves, purses and more an instant touch of girly glamour with her ruffled pin-on flowers. Visit this link to download the instructions.
For the lacy pins, I used RIT Dye to alter the colors of plain cream lace trim. So EASY! Slightly vintage, yet totally modern, these hand-sewn accessories bloom with whimsy and elegance. Visit this link to download the instructions.
For the kids, I designed this yummy treat! I used the Wilton melting pot…it is perfect for when you want to have the little ones dip into melted chocolate. The base stays cool and kids get to dive into making this treat. Marshmallows placed onto cookie sticks then coated in candy melts and crushed graham crackers are the treats that everyone will be raving about at parties. They’re easy to eat and share – with no gooey mess. For presentation with eye-appeal, adhere colorful paper leaves to each stick. Visit this link to download the instructions!