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2019 Sewing Challenges

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Sewing Up a Storm in 2019

I’ve been on the hunt for fun, educational sewing challenges for 2019. Oh wait, I should probably tell you what has been going on in my world thus far.

DAY JOB:

I accepted a full-time day job working with medical records and it’s been a journey! During this past week I finally closed the doors to my online business management business that I had been running since 2006. Though I’ve taken brief breaks throughout these years, it wasn’t until this week that I finished designed and scheduled my very last clients newsletter. It was bitter sweet but also absolutely necessary in order to move forward with the ‘My Sewing Needle’ business plan.

GOOD-BYE MEANS HELLO

Saying good-bye to my virtual services business means saying hello to my sewing business. Change is not always without tears, in fact, I have shed quite a few tears over the last few weeks of this new year and you might as well know, I’m not a ‘change is thrilling’ type of person…in fact, change is not something I embrace well. All in all I’m excited to move forward with all of the sewing plans and plan to incorporate more education, outreach and of course, FUN!

YOU’RE INVITED

I would like to invite you to join my tiny world as I grow from a technical business into a personal business; as I learn how to live in a new State and find my voice among the many in my field of expertise.

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

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Sentimental Christmas Gifts 2018

It’s October 3 but to those of you who are already giving Christmas gifts a thought you might be feeling stressed, confused or even heart palpitations! ..Okay, so that’s a little off the wall but I know that the older my children get (all four are adults now!) the harder it is to come up with a useful and meaningful gift. I mean, they could always use gift cards and cash but I would like to have something more meaningful for each of them to have and keep for their future family.

CHRISTMAS THESE DAYS!

I think it’s safe to say that today’s gift givers are looking for a more meaningful gift to give our loved ones and what better gift than that made of a sentimental piece of clothing? Since I began offering sentimental sewing services such as memory bears and memory pillows, it came to my attention that many of my customers would like to have a matching memory blanket made…so today I am offering memory blanket sewing services!

 

SENTIMENTAL GIFTS

Memory bears, memory pillows/pillowcases, and blankets can be made from combining your favorite dress, suit, ties, shirts, uniforms, blankets…just about anything you or your loved one used to wear. Don’t worry about holes or stains, I can work around those! Please know that to ensure CHRISTMAS DELIVERY I must have your clothing and your payment by October 20, 2018

PRICING AND DETAILS

T-Shirt Blankets

Pillows/Pillowcases

Memory Bears 

Memory Bear Pricing

Single Memory Bear $75.00 plus shipping
Groups of 2 memory bears or more $50.00 each plus shipping

Memory Blanket/Memory Quilt Pricing

 

QUILT /BLANKET SIZING and PRICING USING

(CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS )

(CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM)

 

ADULT SHIRTS SIZES L, XL, XXL

  • Lap = 4 ft. W  x 4 ft.L = 16 panels = $90
  • Twin = 4 ft.W x 6 ft.L  = 24 panels = $110
  • Full = 5ft.W x 6 ft.L =  30 panels = $130
  • Queen = 7 ft. Wx 7 ft. L =  49 panels = $190
  • King = 8 ft. Wx 8 ft. L = 64 panels = $240

NEWBORN, INFANT, CHILDREN SHIRTS

  • SMALL : 2.5 ft.W x 3.5 ft. L = 24 panels =  $110
  • MEDIUM: 3 ft. W x 3.5 ft. L = 30 panels = $130
  • LARGE: 4.5 ft. W x 4.5 ft. L = 49 panels = $190
  • EXTRA LARGE: 5 ft. W x 5 ft. L = 64 panels = $240

(CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR ORDER FORM)

Notes:

1 panel equals 1 side of your shirt. If you have a shirt with a picture on the front and the back and you would like to have both panels included in the quilt then you would count that as 2 panels.

 

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

Lay-a-Way Options for Christmas 2018

Lay-a-Way Options for Christmas 2018 for Memory Bears and Memory Quilts (Keepsake Blankets)

lay-a-way plan for memory bear orders for 2018! Let’s get your memory bears made and shipped on-time for Christmas!

If you have specific questions, please use the contact page!

 

Beginning August 29, 2018, until October 1, 2018 (memory bears and/or memory blankets)
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1. Get your memory bear and memory blanket order form by clicking here 
2. Private message Stephanie or use our secure contact page to inquire about our mailing address and PayPal link (we keep these private)
3. Mail your clothes and make a payment of 50% (I will send you my secure PayPal link)
4. After I  create your memory bear and/or memory blankets I will invoice you for the remaining amount plus shipping.
5. Pay your invoice (ITEMS WILL BE HELD UNTIL PAYMENT IS MADE IN FULL)
6. We ship your memory bears and/or memory blanket
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Simple! Quick! Easy!
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MySewingNeedle.com 
U.S. Shipping only

Pricing:

Memory Bear Pricing

Single Memory Bear $75.00 plus shipping
Groups of 2 memory bears or more $50.00 each plus shipping

Memory Blanket/Memory Quilt Pricing

 

QUILT /BLANKET SIZING and PRICING USING

(CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS )

(CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM)

 

ADULT SHIRTS SIZES L, XL, XXL

  • Lap = 4 ft. W  x 4 ft.L = 16 panels = $90
  • Twin = 4 ft.W x 6 ft.L  = 24 panels = $110
  • Full = 5ft.W x 6 ft.L =  30 panels = $130
  • Queen = 7 ft. Wx 7 ft. L =  49 panels = $190
  • King = 8 ft. Wx 8 ft. L = 64 panels = $240

NEWBORN, INFANT, CHILDREN SHIRTS

  • SMALL : 2.5 ft.W x 3.5 ft. L = 24 panels =  $110
  • MEDIUM: 3 ft. W x 3.5 ft. L = 30 panels = $130
  • LARGE: 4.5 ft. W x 4.5 ft. L = 49 panels = $190
  • EXTRA LARGE: 5 ft. W x 5 ft. L = 64 panels = $240

(CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR ORDER FORM)

Notes:

1 panel equals 1 side of your shirt. If you have a shirt with a picture on the front and the back and you would like to have both panels included in the quilt then you would count that as 2 panels.

 

 

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

Memory Bears: How to save money on your orders

Whew! What a month August has been for my family. We moved to South Carolina and are finally unpacking our belongings while trying to get acclimated to the area. I’m excited to see what this winter will be like because last winter we were living in Ohio and let me tell you, it was the worse icy winter I have had in Ohio in years (I was born and raised in Ohio!)

Okay so enough about me, let’s talk to you about another favorite topic of mine….SAVING MONEY on MEMORY BEARS!

I had the nicest person send me a question about pricing and I thought it would be a great idea to share that with you, my readers!

WHAT’S THE DISCOUNT?

So, typically the price of  (1) memory bear is $75.00 plus shipping and many have asked me about my group pricing and how exactly that works. So, let’s talk!

Group pricing discounts start when you order and pay for three (3) or more memory bears at the same time. Each bear would be $50.00 plus $11.00 shipping (U.S. ONLY)

For easy math let’s say you order 3 bears x $50 each = $150.00 + $11.00 shipping for a grand total of $161.00.

You would print your order form ( located by clicking here) fill it out and include it in the box of clothing. I accept payments via PayPal and will give you that link when you contact me (Stephanie Grams) directly to go over any questions you may have (you can call me or email me).

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHAT CLOTHES TO USE FOR EACH BEAR?

Great question! Customers like to place the clothing for each bear in a plastic grocery bag and place a piece of notebook paper in the bag with a name, such as “daddy bear” or “pink/blue bear”, etc. Customers typically give each memory bear a name and that’s what I use when creating your custom memory bear keepsake!

Please be sure to visit my Contact Page, FAQ’s page, and Why You Should Trust Me pages 🙂

Until next week, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and that you can find one thing to smile about today ((hugs))

 

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Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

Memory Bears are Teddy Bears Made from Clothing

What is a Memory Bear?

A memory bear is a stuffed teddy bear made from your favorite clothing or clothing from a loved one that has passed away. Memory bears come in all sizes. The typical size requested is 15″-18″ in length.

How is a Memory Bear Made?

A memory bear, or keepsake teddy bear, is made from a few pieces of your favorite clothing. Most memory bears are made from 3 pieces of clothing or a combination of clothing, ties, and blankets. Your memory bear designer can discuss these details with you before you place and pay for your order.

How long does it take to make a memory bear?

Memory bears can take 7-12 business days depending on the number of memory bears you order. Many people like to place group size orders to save on shipping and many times the memory bear designer will give a discount on large group orders.

Why would I pay for a memory bear when some volunteer for free?

There is a saying that goes, “you get what you pay for” and that means you may never know who the memory bear designer is and may not know what your memory bear will look like until it is delivered to you. There are horror stories of unpleasant looking memory bears being made by volunteers, and the sad truth is, once your favorite piece of clothing is cut, there’s nothing you can do to fix it. Why take the chance on receiving an unsightly memory bear when you could have a beautiful one made for an affordable price?

How do I order a memory bear?

This process of ordering your custom memory bear from Stephanie Grams (My Sewing Needle) is super simple!

  1. You pick out your favorite, freshly laundered clothing (no fabric softener, please)
  2. Shipping them to me with your order form and payment (payments taken through Paypal)
  3. I design and sew your bear according to your request
  4. I ship your bear back to you!

We have a dedicated page for ordering processes and FAQ 

How much is a memory bear?

Our memory bears are frugally priced at $75.00 and INCLUDES SHIPPING  (UNITED STATES ONLY). The memory bear is packaged nicely and ready to be given as a gift (or keep for yourself), shipped via USPS with basic insurance and a tracking number. I will send you the tracking number so you can track your memory bear!

Do you have pictures of your memory bears?

Yes, I have pictures of my memory bears and testimonials!

 

 

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Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

5 New Things I Do As A Bereaved Mother

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5 New Things I Do As A Bereaved Mother

 

The day my toddler daughter, Hannah Grace, passed away I went from being titled “the mom of the five daughters” to “the mom with 4 daughters and a dead baby”; the bereaved mother in town. I was encompassed with grief and strange emotions and add to that, I had to figure out a new way of life. This led me to write this post about the new things I do as a bereaved mother and why I do these new things. Grief has been a journey that brought me to a fork in the road…either be better or be bitter.

With the Lord’s help, I beat bitterness and became better. My hope through this blog is to help you through your journey.

Bereaved Mom Moments

  1. Look up her diagnosis regularly online to see if there has been any new research or medical breakthrough in the illness that took her life. This typically starts with me pulling out her death certificate and reading over her autopsy reports, from there I go online and began to research any new information on the virus and any related causes that could have come out of new research.
  2. Look at pennies and dimes as if she were the one that placed them there, interestingly enough, those two coins show up out of nowhere when I’m having an extra rough day. The evening that Hannah was dying, the two of us spent 12 hours in the local emergency room alone in a backroom just being together. This would end up being the most important 12 hours of my life, those hours would shape everything in my world in a new way. About a month after Hannah passed away I found myself back in the same emergency room with my oldest daughter who had a flurry of seizures (she is an epileptic) the emergency room secretary brought me a penny placed inside an angel jewelry box. She proceeded to tell me that she was working the night that Hannah was pronounced dead, she said that she immediately broke down and as she returned to her computer, there, sitting on the edge of the printer was a penny. She said she was the only worker in that computer station and there was no penny before Hannah passed away. That’s when I was introduced to “pennies from heaven.” Regardless of whether you believe in this or not, the fact is that it’s kind of strange that pennies and dimes (I’ll tell you about those later) just appear out of nowhere and in places that they were not just minutes before.
  3. Hord her pictures, as in, not wanting my other four daughters to touch them. This sounds terrible but I just can’t replace the few photographs of Hannah that I have.
  4. Scrubbing and decorating her tombstone when I get the chance to visit the cemetery she is buried in. I never gave any thought about tombstones and keeping them clean and how the act of doing this would cause me to be engulfed with mixed emotions such as sadness, questions, comfort, and celebration. Weird, right? Especially celebration because on the surface we are taught that there should be no celebration of any sort when it comes to death. Well, as a born-again Christian I have to look past the physical and see the spiritual and that causes me to celebrate the fact that Hannah is no longer ill or in pain, and that she is in Heaven with my Lord and Savior celebrating what real life is all about, and for that truth, I can celebrate through my temporary, earthly pain.
  5. Breaking down in tears over nothing at random times on any given day. Honestly, I’ve analyzed these bouts and can’t pin down any reason why I have them since most of the time they happen at random without any thought as to what I’m doing, who I’m with or how I feel. It’s an odd happening that I have come to respect and view as perhaps, my hearts longing to hold her again. Regardless, I take those moments and hide away from the world and have a heart to heart conversation with the Lord on how thankful I am for His gift of salvation and for giving me the gift of Hannah.

It’s been 17 years since Hannah passed away and I often catch myself thinking that these habits should have disappeared by now, then I’m reminded that in my heart, Hannah hasn’t been gone all that long and I should give myself permission to feel what I need to feel and continue the journey of healing.

Did you know that healing isn’t forgetting, in fact, healing allows you to embrace everything new in life while having a healthy view on the time you had with your loved one. I think this is a personal point of view and my hope for you is that you can find your new “new” each day you journey through life, taking time to remember the good times and allowing those moments to take over any grief you might be feeling. Do I believe that time heals? My answer to this question is simply this, “time gives us the opportunity to embrace what’s happened and learn how to move forward in our life while taking the good memories with us on this journey.”

One of my favorite verses has been Psalm 30:1-3

30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.[a]

 

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Stephanie Grams, Christian Blogger Mom on topics of lifestyle, bereavement, child loss and healing, and how to give gifts of encouragement during life’s storms. Stephanie is available for podcast and video interviews, public speaking, and guest blogging. Grief has been a journey that brought me to a fork in the road…either be better or be bitter. With the Lord’s help, I beat bitterness and became better. My hope through this blog is to help you through your journey.  Did you get your free pdf journal? It’s free when you join my newsletter! #mysewingneedle

 

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

Unique Remembrance Gifts for Loss

Unique Remembrance Gifts for Loss

 

Choosing the right gift to give to someone during their time of loss or sending one as a remembrance gift shouldn’t be difficult, and often times we just do not know what gift options are available. In today’s post, I will share several unique remembrance gift options online that can be given immediately after the loss of a loved one or any time after as a remembrance gift.

Disclaimer: All photos are copyrighted and link directly to my business website at LaBella Baskets. I am an independent consultant with LaBella Baskets and offer these as additional services to my custom memory bear sewing services.

Unique Gifts for Loss –

Click the photo to be taken directly to my Gift Shop website

Plantable Seed Greeting Cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swarovski Crystal Charm Necklace

 

Family Tree Canvas*FREE PERSONALIZATION*

e-Gift Cards strictly on my LaBella Baskets Website. Memory Bears not included.

 

 

 

 

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

Child Loss and Bereavement: The First Three Years

 

Child Loss and Bereavement: The First Three Years

I have been rolling this blog post idea around in my head for many years and it wasn’t until recently that I decided that it might be beneficial for others going through child loss to hear about my journey. I believe it takes a village to encourage, uplift and speak life to one another and my hope is by reading my blog you will be encouraged, uplifted, and on your way to a closer relationship with the Lord. My blog posts are not going to be frilly and bright, they are going to real and at times, raw. I will not sugar coat my journey through the grieving and healing process, nor will I skip over the fact that my relationship with the Lord is the only way I have been able to heal properly.  I do acknowledge and respect the fact that our stories are different and the circumstance surrounding the death of our child will be different. I can only speak from my personal experiences and through these posts (and my upcoming book) that you are able to find comfort, a new joy in life, and the encouragement to continue to move forward in your life.

 

YEAR ONE

I believe that the first year following Hannah’s death was a lived in the safety of shock. It was the year of firsts for my family and me. The first Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Birthdays…every holiday was a reminder of the big gaping hole left in my heart from the absence of Hannah. There wasn’t much time for me to think about myself and I didn’t have anyone readily available to talk to that could personally relate to what I was going through, though my parents and siblings were a great help during this time. They, like the few friends I had, were there just to listen to me and give me a shoulder to cry on. Our tiny town had few resources and even fewer meetings, in fact, during this first year I had no idea, there were support groups such as GriefShare or Compassionate Friends. This was the first time in my life that I found myself going online to search for Christian counseling and ended up finding a mother who had just buried her child from a stroke. It was during this time that I found online friends for the first time, along with the counseling that was not available in my area. As I think back to the first year, I have no idea how I made it through because it really is a blur. I wonder, now, how I was able to continue my college education, take care of my older four daughters, deal with the several epileptic episodes my oldest daughter endured and still manage my household. My only answer would be the support of the Lord and my family.

 

YEAR TWO

I remember the second year after Hannah’s passing was a year filled with false guilt. Thoughts swarmed my every waking minute such “how can you celebrate this holiday without her” or “how do you give Thanks (on Thanksgiving) when you had a child that died”. This was the year I learned what false guilt was and how to, with the Lord’s help, overcome such thoughts and emotions. This was also my first full year of holidays and special occasions without Hannah, including my college graduation. As I received hugs from my four daughters, I longed to have Hannah with me to celebrate this special occasion and  I know she would have been proud of me just like her older sisters.

 

YEAR THREE

I have to say, the third year was the absolute worse for me personally and spiritually. I struggled with one constant emotion that masked itself as a question which was “WHY”. Why Hannah? Why me? Why my child? Why this way? Of course, I knew that the  God of the Universe did not owe me an explanation, but my motherly heart just could not rid itself of this one question and I knew that in order for me to grow in this new life journey, grow closer to the Lord and be able to raise my children, I had to have some type of answer. I got my answer and it was this, Hannah lived the life that was meant for her;  she had run the race set before her.”

 

Psalm 139:16

16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

 

This was the year that would make me see the world with new eyes, gain a new voice, and begin a new walk with my Savior. I had two choices; either this experience could make me BETTER or BITTER. The choice was mine and chose to be BETTER.

Our grief and healing journey is so personal and having a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and a confidant that allows you to share your deepest concerns. Life is hard and when you are thrown into the reality of having to bury your loved one, even the strongest person needs someone to help them up and through the journey ahead.

 

If you are a bereaved parent, please know that there is help for you during this journey, please don’t feel you have to go it alone. If you are a family member or friend of someone bereaved, please just be there for them, you don’t have any special answer.

Every day I lean on God’s promise, found in Revelation:

Revelation 21:4
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 

Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!

International Bereaved Mother’s Day 2018

International Bereaved Mother’s Day 2018

 

While I was searching for bereavement services, I happened upon an interesting national holiday called International Bereaved Mother’s Day, also known as International Babylost Mother’s Day, is observed next on Sunday, May 6th, 2018. It has been observed the first Sunday of May since 2010.

I can not take credit for this information, so I will keep this post short and to the point.  Mother’s Day was actually started by Anna Jarvis

“The proclamation came after Philadelphia activist Anna Jarvis thought to send 500 carnations to her mother’s West Virginia church in her honor on May 10, 1908, in what is considered the first Mother’s Day celebration. (source: http://time.com/4292088/mothers-day-2016-may-8/)

Additional Sources:

https://www.checkiday.com/d636fd535322245c76bc62ecd9e2cc3b/international-bereaved-mothers-day

http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/2016/04/international-bereaved-mothers-day

#InternationalBereavedMothersDay

#BereavedMothersDay

#InternationalBabylostMothersDay

#BabylostMothersDay

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Memory Bears made from your favorite clothing made right here in Beaufort, South Carolina. My Sewing Needle is owned and operated solely by Stephanie Grams. Grams has been sewing since her grandma and mother taught her at the age of seven, and hasn’t put the sewing needle down since! You can find Grams selling her OOAK primitive dolls and offering memory bear sewing services year round! Visit Stephanie’s contact page for media inquiries and/or to place an order for a memory bear!