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Below are several emails in response to the email Marie sent out March 18th entitled "A Prison of Laws Built Around Us".
Every time I awake, I pray, "God help us!"
Mary Nesfield [former editor at The Orange County Register, now teaching wire wrapping and metalsmithing at Piecemakers]
Dear Mary, This email was sent out to test the waters like the dove going out of the ark. Your love of the truth is going to be a steadying influence as we all see God making Himself known.
Mary’s response to Marie - Thank you, Marie. Your wisdom, vision and strength of faith are a comfort to all of us around you who can recognize the truth. Thank you... Mary
Dear Mary, Thank you for your comforting words. We appreciate your comments, wisdom and insight into our trying times. We have several other articles that were published in the paper about actual, painful experiences that we endured from our public "servants". I feel that God is about to pull the plug as the cup of corruption is full. If you are interested in these articles, please let me know. Marie Kolasinski
Dear Jennifer, We appreciate your comments, wisdom and insight into our trying times. My email was sent out to test the waters like the dove going out of the ark. Your love of the truth is going to be a steadying influence as we all see God making himself known. We have several other articles that were published in the paper about actual, painful experiences that we endured from our public "servants". I feel that God is about to pull the plug as the cup of corruption is full. If you are interested in these articles, please let me know. Marie Kolasinski
Hi Marie.. I have been following Piecemakers and your strife for years...I am loyal to Piecemakers and appreciate your warm, goodhearted home I have daily shout outs to God...I am begging him to work quickly Peace be with you good woman. See you soon, Jennifer
I FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO LOVE AND FEAR AT THE SAME TIME...AND WE ALL KNOW THE MANY WAYS FEAR CAN HIDE. TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD BUT NOT BE OF IT IS A CONSTANT CHALLENGE. On another note had my own personal dealing with the city of costa mesa, was told could not fight city hall with a ham sandwich. Told the planning dept. and code inforencement that their mentallity was only deserving of balogna sandwiches !!!!! Interesting how double standards always hang out with corruption. PEACE !!!! (second email from Linda)
Hi , Susie! [Sue at Piecemakers]
It was so good to call the phone number I found on Piecemakers 1993 Class Schedule, and to talk with you! As I told you I'm delighted Piecemakers are still doing business on Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa.
You all are very unique and a bright ray of sunshine in the world. Please keep up your great works. I'm so looking forward to receiving the catalog.
Sincerely, Artis Fox
This is a long overdue letter of gratitude, thanking you for so many joyful hours of learning worthwhile skills and crafts at your wonderful establishment. A recent visit to your store this past week prompted me to take pen to paper to let you know how much Piecemakers has enhanced many aspects of my life for quite a few years.
I have raised six children as well as working full time for most of my marriage. I had little spare time. However, I always managed to make time to take a class at Piecemakers. I knew my time in that class would be well spent. The classes meant a lot to me at the time, and even more so now that I am retired. My hands are supplied with delightful projects to keep them busy. I find much comfort in these familiar activities.
My home and my heart have been decorated with so many beautiful items that I learned to create through the patient teaching of your caring staff. Quilted wall hangings adorn my entry and kitchen - the Gingerbread Man Christmas wall hanging is a special favorite of mine. I made a twin sized Log Cabin quilt by hand, thanks to you. Several other quilt projects are in various stages of completion, known affectionately as UFOs. These UFOs are a balm to my mind as I am kept occupied with the peaceful and calming stitching. Stenciled storage chests and book cases are family treasures. Ribbon embroidery has enhanced jumpers, blouses and jackets. Piecemakers staff always took great care to help me select just the right matching fabrics and ribbons to complete my project. Apple pie and several scone recipes are very special and delicious treats from your kitchen to mine. I have so thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of classes that I have taken at Piecemakers for many years. Even my ironing chore is enhanced by a beautiful rose-patterned ironing board cover that I purchased at your store.
I have enjoyed many great meals and gracious service in your tea room, the barn, during day-long classes in the upstairs tea room, and the craft fair food concessions. My husband especially looks forward to purchasing a whole apple pie all for himself when he attends the craft fair. Your craft fairs have been a special meeting place for all of my family as we enjoyed a day of shopping, browsing, food and entertainment.
I could go on for quite a few pages listing all the memories, impressions and sheer joyfulness that I have experienced at your store. I wish I could personally thank every one of you by name. If I attempted to list all of your names in this letter, there are so many that I fear I might leave someone out. One notable exception that I feel I have to mention - Kathy, one of your members, patiently taught me ribbon embroidery quite a few years ago. In one of her classes, I created a stunning outfit from a plain denim jumper. Under Kathy's tutelage, I appliqued birdhouses on the jumper and festooned them with varieties of ribbon embroidered roses, vines and other flowers. I still have the jumper, it is still in good shape, and it still gets compliments when I wear it. Kathy may be gone, but I fondly think of her when I start work on a ribbon embroidery project.
Please know that I deeply appreciate the help and service that you all extended to me and my family through the years.
I live in Las Vegas at the present time, but I manage to take a class now and then when I visit my children in Southern California. There is nothing quite like your store anywhere else. Really, no other craft store could duplicate your efforts. It is evident that you put your very heart and soul into every detail of your business, and it shows.
Piecemakers is a truly unique enterprise.
I miss the Piecemakers experience very much - visiting your store and walking through it is special treat for me. Seeing all your dear faces makes me feel right at home.
I hope that you continue your work to brighten many lives through your classes, fairs, quality products offered at reasonable cost, scrumptious food and the best friendly customer service that I have ever experienced.
Best wishes to all of you and may God bless you for being there for these past years and for many years to come.
Sincerely, Phyllis Brown