2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

March 15, 2014

LACK OF ACTIVITY AROUND THESE PARTS...

... almost always =s dramatically busy work life going on.  Yep, there are times that I have to back away from the sewing machine (a difficult thing to do) to focus on other pressing tasks at hand.  I'm not sure if I mentioned that in February five of my students competed in District Level
Competitions that yielded 3 metals (2 first place and 1 third).  This time it was the big Statewide Competitions; more difficult, harder judging criteria, and much more stressful - at least it was for me.  For the last two and 1/2 days, five students and one model competed in five events.

I gave them the pep talk that my Granny used to give me:
  •  try your very best, 
  •  come away from the task confident that you have given your very best,
  •  win or lose know that after after you've done your very best, that is all that you could have done.
We won Third Place in one category, and I am confident that each student gave it her very best try.

The student who won stood on her feet cutting and styling for almost six whole hours to win her third place metal. That took real dedication and endurance.

I am so very proud of each and every one of them.  This was the first year for our Chapter.  We learned a lot, and will go into our second year with more confidence and more knowledge.

I can hear the sewing machine calling my name, shhhhhh, can you hear it??????? 

25 comments:

  1. Hi Ms. Faye....have been thinking you have been kinda of quite. Big congrats to your students and you. You sound like one fantastic mentor!!! I have to tell you my daughter Kristen has enrolled in Cosmetology School and starts in two weeks. I just hope she has a instructor like you! I am sure you and your machine will have a wonderful reunion and will get to stitchin soon! Welcome back!

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    1. Kristen is going to LOVE cosmetology school! She will learn so much and end up quite a scientist. Cosmetology, though not easy, covers such a broad spectrum of the human body that she'll feel like a doctor of sorts. I wasn't born with a comb in my hand, but have met many that seem as though they were, my prize winning girl is just such a person. It seem as though everything I ever wanted to learn came hard for me - even sewing, but with persistence (stubbornness) I determined that nothing was going to get the best of me. Another thing about cosmetology is that you can also choose a specialty that can yield a really large pay check. You can take it into all sorts of directions including the teaching profession. Who would have ever though that when I entered the field just wanting to supplement my meager full time income that I would become a salon owner, and then an instructor. God has opened many doors for me. I tell everyone that I am walking in my dream. I wish Kristen the very best while in school and in her new career - please tell her that I said so.

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  2. Congrats on the achievement with your students! It's always rewarding to see. Enjoy jumping back behind the machine and sewing up a great outfit or two ... J

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    1. Thank you Judith, I am going to really enjoy executing my spring plans.

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  3. Congratulations to you & the young ladies and your Granny saying was right on point.

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    1. Thank you Sheila. Granny use to tell me so many thing, much of which I did not understand at that time. But thank God that I grew to understand.

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  4. What a proud moment to have your students do so well! It is a testament to your dedication and sincere care for each one. Congrats to these fabulous young ladies!

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    1. Thank you Bunny. I fuss a lot, but they know that I truly love them. They are truly a reflection of me and I want so much for them as though they really were my children.

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  5. Oh you must be so proud! As a retired teacher, I know how much your students can mean to you and their triumphs are yours as well. Congratulations! Now please sew something to share with us!

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    1. Thank you Diana! You bet, I'm mentally working up a project right now.

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  6. What great advice!
    I'm sure your sewing machine is welcoming you back with open arms. :)

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    1. Yep, Kyle she has been missing me.

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  7. Congrats Faye! Teaching must be very rewarding. Although I never got to do it formally, I enjoy training and facilitating (in various volunteer organizations) :-). Both my parents are retired teachers and many cousins are. Sewing I'm sure is a close second place. :-). Nice work!

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    1. Thanks J.C. Yes it is rewarding, I have babies all over the place. Though many don't pursue cosmetology as a career I want the best in whatever they choose to do.

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  8. Congratulations to you and your students, Faye. The effort is well worth it with stories like this.

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I'm watching that trench coat every step of the way.

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  9. Congratulations to you and your students, great accomplishments.

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    1. Thank you so very much Lori!

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  10. Go ahead wit' ya bad selves! That's FABULOUS!!!! I know you were beaming like a proud parent! All of your direction and guidance and their hard work paid off! MANY CONGRATS!!! Well deserved I'm sure...well deserved!

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  12. Getting your students prepared was the most pressing thing of all for you. I'm sure you truly inspired them, and I'm proud of them for trying so hard, and winning! Most of all, hooray for their wonderful teacher and leader!

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  13. What a fantastic achievement for you and your students, congratulations to all!!

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  14. Congratulations to your students for making it that far! You must be very proud! Can't wait until you can relax and come back to sewing, we miss you too!

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