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Embracing Your Creative Genius & Transcending Traditional Patterns

Not this past Monday; but, the one prior, Isabel and I were hanging out at the hotel swimming pool in Columbia, S.C. when a woman in her mid 60's from Louisiana struck up a conversation with me. After exchanging a few pleasantries the conversation began to take on a darker tone as she opened her heart and shared the most intimate details of her childhood with me. Otherwise a perfect stranger, I leaned in and listened very closely as we conversed compassionately for more than two hours. When she left, I realized I did not even know her name; nor did she know mine. Yet, I was profoundly touched by her honesty and rawness. Simultaneously I was struck by the realization that most people do an incredible job appearing to be "just fine" while on the inside they are in fact carrying a heavy load.

Over the years I have gotten to know several members of our community, through a consistent stream of emails and more recently our live video chats, and I am in awe of the challenges some of you are enduring and/or have overcome. 

I have always held a deep knowing that creativity is fundamental to life and your story and mine are a testament to that truth. While sewing is just one of a multitude of mediums in which we can choose to create it does seem to offer meditative and healing properties based upon the testimonials of our community here at Sewspire and I am curious if you agree.
Has your life been positively impacted by the art of sewing?

If so, I would love to hear your story and share it with our community. Please send me an email explaining and I will publish that in a special edition of Behind The Seams in November 2018. 

Until we meet again, know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO, 
Andrea 

P.S. I am considering a new motto here at Sewspire and am curious if it resonates with you.

Dictionary.com defines Creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships and Genius is defined as a person having such capacity.

Let me know what you think of the motto: Embracing your creative genius and transcending traditional patterns.

To be featured as a Creative Genius use #Sewspire or @Sewspire on our Facebook and Instagram. Visit sewspire.com for detailed instructions on how to sew any of the projects featured. 

Featured Creative Genius: Ellen Tucker Lyons

Featured Creative Genius: Karen Worley

Featured Creative Genius: Adenike Davidson 

Featured Creative Genius:Therese Hofmann Withey 

Featured Creative Genius: Ruth Thomann

Featured Creative Genius: Tyara Chris Hughes

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Upcoming YouTube Tutorials 
August 18: Lifestyle Tote Bag
 August 25: Three Ring Binder Cover / Organizer
September 1: Part 1: Fabric Covered Ladder & Craft Show Display
September 8: Part 2: Fabric Covered Ladder & Craft Show Display
September 15: Part 3: Fabric Covered Ladder & Craft Show Display 
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Congratulations to this week's happy mail winner and featured creative genius Karen Worey! If you would enjoy receiving a handmade gift in the mail I invite you to subscribe to the Happy Mail list.

(To claim your prize Karen, simply reply to this email with your shipping address and I will ship your gift.) 
Andrea's Fabric Picks of the Week

I am looking forward to sharing my new Lifestyle Tote Bag design with you on Saturday and have special ordered these three beautiful fabrics by Maureen Cracknell from her Flower Child collection especially for this project. 
Exciting changes are coming to The Fourth Seam and as part of that I will soon be discontinuing the $9.99 Read Only membership option...so, if you want to consume the content at an ultra low, never to be offered again price, now is the time!

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