Live in Your Hands

Live in Your Hands, Adult Embroidery Class - Minas's Letters

Greetings and Happy September! I always think of September as a second New Year with the start school and the hope of cooler weather.

For years I have dreamed of combining my passion for teaching with my love of fiber arts. This fall I have been blessed with the opportunity to make my dream a reality. I am pleased to invite you to share in the fun by attending my first fiber class, “Live in Your Hands.”

This adult embroidery class will be the first of what I hope will become a series of classes in fiber arts. I have also been approached by a local business to hold regular classes in their new store and will share those events with you as they develop.

To all my friends, family and readers, thank you for your support, encouragement, or kind words down through the years.

Enjoy your second New Year, and know that I hold you in my heART.



Beginning Adult Embroidery

Six Week Class

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Class Dates

September 27
October  4, 11, 18, 25
November 1

Class Location

comingTRU Studio
39 E. Montecito Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Cost: $150 plus $25 materials fee

Taught by
Lisa Heidel of Mina’s Letters

Click HERE to download the flyer and enroll.

Write about Us

Midsummer Student Painting - Post Image - Mina's Letters

Each year, my sixth grade students blog.  We start out talking about the history of blogging, terminology, and features of blogs.  Then we move on to viewing several blogs.  I show them a sports blog (whatever seems current) and a food blog (Smitten Kitchen) to appeal to all my learners.  My favorite one to share is a knitting blog out of Canada (Knitted Bliss).  Inevitably, I let it slip that I have a blog.  Chaos ensues, and I have to reign them in as they want to see it.  For the past couple of years this has been tough.  Show them a blog that hasn’t been used but is my baby?!  No.  This year, I gave some lame attempt at explaining I haven’t written much, Mom passed away, life got busy, needing inspiration, blah, blah, blah.

“Write about Us.”  Just like that they solved the problem.  I laughed out loud.  Teaching allows me to laugh freely, and my students frequently say wise, witty, and hilarious things that only sixth graders can say.  Then I thought about it…. currently in writer’s waste land, where to start when you have been gone two and a half years without writing, how to explain the loss of your mom who was and is your biggest hero, what to say that doesn’t sound like a pathetic attempt to recap so many months…. writing about students seemed like a fabulous way back.

Sixth Grade Class of 2016 this is for you and a thank you.  You are amazing.  All year, we have tried things, and your response has been YES!  The woodland backdrop you painted for our reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite part of this year.  Your intangible gifts are more valuable; however, the backdrop here is symbolic of what you can do and who you are as a class.

Given the idea of a forest scene, you made it yours.  From photo to detailed painting, you took control.  No worries about the acrylic paint on hiking boots and shorts, you drove right in.  You tackled the project like any good writer approaching a writing piece.  We had a plan, we worked the steps, and we revised for a final product.  Each of you shared your best talents.  No one needed to be the star.  One person’s ideas fed into another’s for an even better result, making everyone excited at each step along the way.  When it was all done you turned to me and said, “Ms Heidel, I think ours is better than the original picture.”

Your work and writing will always be better.  It is the original! Thank you for being my inspiration and motivation.  Welcome to Mina’s Letters.

Roll Down the Window… of Life

At the beginning of July the air conditioner in the car I drive most decided to stop working.  Maybe it quit, maybe it needed a break, or maybe I needed to learn something in the process, but either way no cool air escaped the vents in the car. … [Continue reading]