I hope that everyone is well and happily sewing up a big storm as we head into the holiday season. Homemade/handmade gifts are wonderful ways to show off your new talents. Lessons make the perfect gifts that keep giving throughout the year.
Not what I expected
It has been a crazy few months here at Stacey Sansom Designs. I did not anticipate that going back to school would stress me out like it has this semester at BYU-Idaho (online). I thought I signed up for a couple of easy classes and hoped that I would learn something. I mean, how hard can an introductory accounting class and a beginner pattern making class be?!. Let me just say that they were both more challenging than I ever could have imagined. I am grateful for the past many weeks and all the newfound skills and knowledge, but I am truly grateful that we are wrapping up the semester here shortly. Burn-out is a real thing!
I have already registered for the semester that starts in January (early). I have been reassured by many individuals that if I know anything about Excel or Quickbooks, both of my selected classes will be easy. They are time-consuming, but not difficult. I am hoping that this is the case because neither of the classes this semester was easy and both were extremely time-consuming.
While I have truly missed each one of my sewing students, I know in my heart that students needing to take some time off was my Heavenly Father’s way of making sure that I could focus on the task of learning instead of stressing out over teaching lessons to others. Sometimes we don’t recognize the blessings we are receiving until much time has passed. For me, it has been about 20 weeks to realize just how truly blessed I am.
It is sad that I won’t meet my income/revenue goals for the 2019 year here at Stacey Sansom Designs, but I am pleased with what I have done this far. With the new skills that I learned in Pattern Making, I look forward to practicing some of my skills as I expand my services/products in the upcoming year. There is much ahead, so don’t get stuck in the past.
Classes starting again!
I am pleased to announce that I will be starting a new session of classes in February 2020! I am so very excited about this and am busy laying out the plans and samples for these classes based on interest and supply availability.
I have not decided what classes I will begin with, but currently, my plan is to teach 2-3 days per week. These days will be Tuesday (sewing), Thursday (sewing), and Friday (quilting).
Unfortunately, I know that many of you want afternoon or evening classes. That is not possible at this time. I hope to be able to offer after-school classes in the future, but for now, you will have to plan for available crash courses or summer camps.
To see what sewing and/or quilting courses that I offer, please check out the CLASSES page. Not all classes are 100% ready for release yet, but I am slowly working on building out more options. Please note that classes will be rotated from month to month (in most cases). Not all courses will be available every month.
January is busy, but get ready!
I have delayed the start of lessons until February because January is going to be a busy month here! My oldest son is getting married!!! We are very happy for him and his fiance. The wedding is right after the start of the year and right before I start another semester at BYU-Idaho. The realization I had was that it was added stress that I did not need after such a crazy semester with such bad burn-out. So February it is!
Just because I have personal reasons to start full courses in February – primarily to reduce my stress and to make it easier to track when classes will run – it does not mean that I will not teach ANY classes in January.
You will have to stay tuned, but I am thinking about doing several of my Sewing Machine Crash Courses in January. These are perfect for kids and adults who simply need a refresher course. I am also working on a couple of other Crash Courses to help get you up to speed quickly so that you can work more efficiently with any of the classes being offered. These crash courses are not intended to make you expert sewers, but it will reduce the amount of time spent on the absolute basics like sewing machine usage, safety, terminology, etc.
I will release the list of courses and the schedule from February until May sometime in the next few weeks. Registration will open immediately at that time.