Feb 012012
 

In a previous post, I described the tragic accident that befell college student Laura Triem of Denver, Colorado, when she was struck by a light rail train in early November. This young lady is now going through rehabilitation, and just recently began eating real food. You can follow her progress on Facebook at Supporting Laura Triem, or visit her Give Forward page, which family members and friends are using to help publicize her cause and raise funds for a Special Needs Trust to assist with the needs Laura may have after all her insurance coverage is exhausted.

In my last post about Laura, I mentioned that I was making a journal for the silent auction fundraiser being held on Laura’s behalf this coming Saturday. I finished and shipped it off this weekend via FedEx, and hope it will help Laura’s cause.

I learned the techniques for this style of journal from an online Sue Bleiweiss class I took a few years ago. The journal’s cover is made from a combination of stabilizers and fabric.

After selecting the fabric and notions, I assembled designer papers to comprise 3 hand-sewn signatures.

I satin-stitched the edges of the cover with Premium Sulky® Blendables® thread. Usually, I need to go around the edges twice for good coverage.

I sewed each of the signatures into place using a simple pamphlet stitch, and added pockets and tags for each signature.

I like to use a metallic thread for the signatures. This is what the spine looks like when the signatures are completed.

Here is the finished journal!

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Dec 312011
 

One of the things Etsy sellers do for each other is celebrate each other’s business and personal successes, but also commiserate with and support each other during times of difficulty. On one of the teams to which I belong, Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team (BBEST), fellow team member Judi Brandow shared with us the story of Laura Triem, her son’s girlfriend. In early November, this vivacious young lady, a college student studying forensic anthropology, was on her way to work. Distracted, she accidentally crossed in front of a light rail train, was struck and sustained serious injuries, including brain trauma. Although I do not know Laura personally, I was touched by her story, which you can read about HERE.

Friends and family members are pulling for Laura, holding a Silent Auction fundraiser on her behalf on February 4th, 2012. If you are interested in finding out how you can help, please contact Judi Brandow through her Etsy shop, Pickleberry Trifles.

You can follow Laura’s progress on Facebook at Supporting Laura Triem, or visit her Give Forward page, which family members and friends are using to help publicize her cause and raise funds for a Special Needs Trust to assist with the needs Laura may have after all her insurance coverage is exhausted.

As for myself, I am sending Judi a collection of M&M ornaments in the hope that she can use them for Looney Jars (jars filled with items that are available for smaller donations). In the next week, I will finish and ship off to Judi a handmade journal that can be auctioned off.

 

© 2011 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

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