Last week was the big reveal at the Third Street Alliance in Easton, PA. Boy was it big. Enchanted Makeovers and Third Street Alliance combined forces to promote the reveal to the entire community, and many people came out to see the new rooms. Third Street Alliance serves as a safe haven for families to restart their lives. They provide services to help working women and parents, and the Sacred Sewing Room will be a new resource for the staff and residents to use and learn from one another.
As Executive Director of Third Street Alliance, Judy Matthewson, put it, the Sacred Sewing Room will not have one-sided relationships… it will be more than teacher to student. We’re all students, and everyone can learn from each other. That is how we grow as a community. We share our stories and experiences and become better people with the help of others.
At Third Street Alliance, the room designated for the Sacred Sewing Room is connected to three other rooms. This prompted Enchanted Makeovers to bring some magic to the connecting rooms as well. Terry Grahl’s vision for the entire space was to transform it into “Grandma’s House”.
Anita Roll painted the first room to resemble “Grandma’s porch”. As you sit in one of the chairs, you can’t help but feel that you are actually outside.
Anita painted the Sacred Sewing Room to resemble “Grandma’s dining room”. Of course, “Grandma” inevitably used her dining room as her sewing area. With a vintage wallpaper look, everything feels very warm and comfortable. The room, like the others on the national tour, is equipped with Baby Lock Rachel sewing machines, Kwik Sew patterns, a Tailormade cutting table, a Reliable iron, Madeira thread, and many other helpful sewing accessories and notions. See all of our tour sponsors here.
Local Baby Lock Retailer, Bill Slopik of Allentown Sewing Machine Outlet, has a history of working with the Third Street Alliance. He even learned to swim at the once YMCA. He is eager to work with Third Street Alliance once again and provide maintenance for the Baby Lock machines.
The kitchen and bathroom were also transformed during this makeover. Thanks to Vintage This, Repurpose That for not only donating and painting the sewing chairs, but for also repurposing the beautiful cabinet in the bathroom. Both the chairs and cabinet were painted in CeCe Caldwell’s paint.
The local media was also interested in the Sacred Sewing Room mission. If you didn’t see us on the news, you can find the stories here. Before long, we’ll also have the new video of the Easton reveal including the “blessing of the rooms” by local singer Jacqueline Ballarin. Thanks to Jacqueline for sharing her beautiful voice and to Art Video Productions for filming and capturing the essence of our mission.
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause. From helping to clean to moving heavy furniture, we couldn’t do anyof it without our wonderful volunteers and donors. We still have three rooms left this year, so if you’d like to get more involved or become a sponsor please visit our How You Can Help page to learn more.