|My dear friends,
I am writing this post to let you know about the sad passing of my mother Joyce Louise Hurd Cote’. She was 87 when she died on September 19th, and had been suffering from Parkinson’s for the last few years.
11 days ago I rushed to her side because I knew her passing was near. We had four very good days together, and were able to celebrate her 87th birthday as a family. Her friends and family members gathered to wish her a happy birthday and to say their goodbyes. On Wednesday she was gone. All three of her daughters were with her as she passed to the other side.
Her funeral will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm. It will be held at Reynolds Funeral Chapel on Addison Ave. in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the last of her family; all six of her siblings and their spouses have all gone on before her (including my dad in 2005).
I won’t be holding sewing classes again until the first week of October. We will figure out make-up logistics after I come back.
Thank you for your understanding, love and friendship during this very difficult time.
I Can’t Believe It’s May!
I can’t believe it’s May already – that means it’s time to start thinking about summer sewing classes!
Spring is definitely a time of renewal for me as school winds down, spring flowers come forth, and gardens get planted one by one. The world around us is transformed, and I feel transformed along with it. I love it!
Speaking of growth and transformation, June 2018 marks the 9th year of JoLene’s Sewing School! I can’t believe I’ve been teaching kids and adults how to sew for nine whole years – the time has just flown by!
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you for helping me make my dreams come true! I love teaching every one of you, and I look forward to helping both my current students and my new friends learn to sew in the upcoming years!
Upcoming Summer Sewing Classes Information & Important Dates
As this school year comes to a close, I look back with fond memories of all my kids, parents, and adult sewers. You’ve all experienced many great achievements over the past nine years, and I am so proud of everything you’ve all accomplished!
Here are some important dates and information for Summer 2018:
- Last Day of Spring Classes: The last day of spring sewing classes is May 25th.
- Make-up Classes: If you need to make up any classes, please contact me.
- JoLene’s Vacation: I will be taking a vacation from May 26th – June 16th. I will have no classes during this time. This is a time of renewal for me, as well as a time for cleaning, preparing for camps, and time away with family. I hope you enjoy this break, too, and come back refreshed!
- Summer Adult Classes: My Summer Adult Classes will begin on June 18th. These will be at the same days and times as normal.
- Summer Kids Weekly Classes. I will have Hourly Summer Kids Classes between June 21st – August 23rd on Thursdays from 9:00 am – 10:00 am, as well as any time between 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please give me a call and let me know what time works best for you.
- After School Classes: My After School Classes will begin September 4th. Sign up now to hold your spot!
Exciting News: My 10th Anniversary Party!
In June 2018 I’ll be celebrating 9 years of owning Jolene’s Sewing School. And, while this is very exciting, it got me thinking… why not start preparing now for next year’s BIG 10th Anniversary Celebration!!!
From September 2018 – June 2019 Jolene’s Sewing School will have 10 full months of celebration. And it’s all leading up to my BIG 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!
There will be events, prizes, and more leading up to the Big 10th Anniversary Bash. And all of you are invited to celebrate!
Keep your eyes peeled for more information!
Summer Sewing Camp Information
Summer camps begin June 18th and my final summer camp begins August 20th.
I am doing 18 summer camps total this year. I try to do a good variety of camps, from clothing to stuffed animals.
Below is a list of my upcoming camps. For more information, please check out my website: https://jolenesews.com
Pick your favorite camp and sign up quickly, as spots are limited!
Dates Of Summer Sewing Camps 2018:
June 18, 19, 20: I Love My Dog Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
June 18, 19, 20: Everything Fox Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
June 25, 26, 27: Dress A Doll Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
June 25, 26, 27: Camp Stitch-A-Lot Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
July 2, 3, 5: Animal Stuffy Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.
July 2, 3, 5: Summer Dress For You & Your Doll Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.
July 9, 10, 11: Hawaiian Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
July 9, 10, 11: Skirt-A-Day Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
July 16, 17, 18: Star Wars Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
July 16, 17, 18: Pokémon Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
July 23, 24, 25: Who’s Hooting? Owl Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
July 23, 24, 25: Emoji Hoodie Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
July 30 & 31, Aug 1: Harry Potter Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
July 30 & 31, Aug 1: Heart Rag Quilt Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Aug 6, 7, 8: Va-Room Your Bedroom Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Aug 6, 7, 8: Minecraft Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Aug 20, 21, 22: Back to School Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Aug 20, 21, 22: Meow Meow Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Announcing The Best Student Of The Quarter: Summer!
Look at this wonderful shirt that Summer made! I love her choice of fabric. It’s a vintage pattern that she’s bringing back with style. The neck was a little tall originally, and so she took out the facing, cut it down a bit, and put it back in. Now it’s perfect!!!
Great job, Summer!
What’s New With JoLene?
For spring vacation, I went to Idaho and took care of my mom. I visit her when I can, and help out so that my sisters can have some time off. I enjoy going, as it’s always quiet there and relaxing.
While I’m in Idaho I always do lots of snuggling with my mom, and make sure to fix her favorite foods. This time I made green pepper steak and chili rellenos. Yum!
While I was there, I was also able to wish my sister Donna a happy birthday. Then, my sister Tonya took me “the back way” to her home in Mountain Home through the city of Buhl, where we stopped and got homemade licorice ice cream. I managed to get a picture of it before it was all gone!
We also stopped to see Balanced Rock – a 48-foot tall, 40-ton wind-carved rock that balances on a pedestal. The pedestal is only 3 ft. x 17 in. It was very cool! Here’s a picture of it:
I also spent Easter with my sister, where we colored Easter eggs and played games. I made them my famous German pancakes for breakfast (they were so good I ate them before I could get a picture!).
Finally, I left early Monday morning to get back home. I love my family, and love spending time with them. I hope each of you have been able to get in some good family time, too!
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in the summer!
What A Great Summer!
What a great summer we’ve had here – these past few months have been filled with wonderful classes and even MORE wonderful students! We had a ton of great summer camps going on this summer. However, the most popular was Emoji Camp – we had 14 participants for this camp alone! The kids had a great time sewing their own Emoji pillows and footy pajamas out of Emoji fabric. We even made Rice Krispy treats for snack, and decorated them with our favorite Emoji faces! Everyone had a blast, and I’m excited to be doing more of these camps moving forward.
Want to know about more of the classes I’ve offered this summer? Be sure to Like and Follow my Facebook page, where you can keep up with class updates and other information. Click this link to visit my page.
I truly enjoyed all of my students this summer! However, there is one that stood out in particular. Cerra is 13 years old, and this her second year attending my camps. Each year, she flies to Oregon all the way from Hawaii in order to see her family and take my sewing classes! This year, she participated in Around The World Camp, where she had fun sewing her own french berét, french skirt, stuffed panda bear, and bag that says “Hello” in 13 different languages. It was a joy having her in class, and an honor to have her come all the way out here to see me. I’m looking forward to seeing you again!
Upcoming Class Information & Important Dates
Fall sewing classes have officially begun!
My one-hour Children’s Classes are being held Mondays – Fridays at 3:15pm, 4:15pm, and 5:15pm. There are still plenty of spots open for those of you who have not signed up yet. Please click this link to view all class availability and information.
Are you adult who would love to learn to sew? My Adult Classes are lots of fun, and you’ll leave knowing all the basics you need to sew your own clothing, accessories, and more! There’s still a few spots left if you’d like to sign up. To view up-to-date availability for my Adult Classes, please click this link.
You can also call me at (503) 804 -7259 for questions or to set up an appointment.
The holidays are coming up, and my sewing school will be taking some much needed breaks to celebrate! Please note the following dates that we will NOT have class:
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 9th
- Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st
- Thanksgiving Week – November 20th – 24th
- Christmas Break – December 18th – January 1st
Exciting News: I Have A “New” Sewing Studio!
As some of you know, my sewing studio recently got a huge makeover! With help from my sister and some friends, we transformed my old studio into a work of art. I love it!
Want to learn more about the studio, and stay up-to-date with what’s going on with Jolene’s Sewing School? Click here to read my blog! I have a new blog up every month with sewing school updates and fun sewing tips.
What’s New With JoLene?
I was lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii in April with my family! My husband, daughter, son-in-law, four grandkids and I all spent a week in Kauai. We went snorkeling, ziplining, swimming, and spent some time relaxing on Hanalei Beach. We also went to Turtle Cove, which is a small cove at the base of a cliff. There were tons of turtles swimming around! It was such a great trip, and an excellent way to spend time together as we got ready to head into summer. Here’s a few pictures from the trip:
I’m looking forward to seeing you all as we head into Fall! If you have any questions, please let me know.
You never know how things might turn out when you do them for the first time, but my first Adult Workshop was great! We had good food, made new friends and learned a lot. I am not sure who learned the most, though, me or the students (I think it was me).
Kids Can Sew has a saying: “There are no mistakes, only lessons learned.” I so agree with that – we had lessons learned by both the teacher and the students.
The next Adult Workshop has started. It is a 5-week class teaching the same things as the all-day workshop – again, a great bunch of women and lot of fun.
The next all-day workshop is November 21st, but it’s already full (sorry!). I won’t be scheduling any more adult classes now until after the first of the year.
If you want to take adult classes after January 2010, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you when as soon as I get the dates.
Until then, Happy Sewing!