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Monday, July 16, 2012

3rd Annual Threads for Teens Backpack Back-to-School Event

Back-to-School Backpack Event!

Threads for Teens will be hosting a backpack drive on August 11th, 2012. At this event, one hundred-fifty girls will be given backpacks filled with school supplies, who might not have been able to afford them otherwise. There are four ways that you can help us to reach our goal of 150 backpacks!
  • Sponsor a backpack filled with supplies by donating $30. For $30, Threads for Teens will fill a backpack with your donation.
  • Donate any amount of money, even $5 helps us to getting to our goal of 150 backpacks.
  • Donate a brand-new backpack! We are always looking for more backpacks to fill.
  • Fill a backpack with school supplies and donate it directly to Threads for Teens.

Here is the list of supplies that will be needed in each backpack:
  One backpack
  One notebook
  One red pen
  One pack of blue or black pens
  One pencil holder
  One pair of scissors
  One 12" ruler
  One glue stick
  Four pencils
  One packet of graph paper
  One pack of colored pencils (12ct)
  One pack of crayons (12 ct)
  One binder
  One highlighter
  One pack of flash cards (100 ct)
  One big pink eraser
  Several small pencil head erasers
  1 pack of #2 pencils (12ct)
  2 pocket folders
  1 pencil sharpener

If you are interested in helping out by donating $30, you can mail a check to Threads for Teens or you can donate online via PayPal.

or mail a check made out to Threads for Teens:

Threads for Teens
ATTN: Allyson Ahlstrom
620 McClelland Drive
Windsor, CA 95492

*All donations will be eligible for a tax deduction as Threads for Teens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

If you would like to help out by directly donating a backpack filled with supplies, that is awesome! The drop-off dates and times are listed below. If you can not make any of these, please email me and other arrangements can be made.
Sunday, July 22nd: 11:00am-3:00pm
Monday, July 23rd: 10:30am-1:30pm
Tuesday, July 31st: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, August 4th: 11:00am-3:00pm

If you have any questions, please email me:
Thank you so much for your help!
Here's to this event being a HUGE success.
Allyson Ahlstrom

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Threads for Teens New Location

(Please excuse the 'S' from being fell off right before the picture was taken!)

It is official. The new Threads for Teens boutique is finally opened! I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that helped along the way.

Kelsey Marie of Kelsey Marie Designs
First off, without the fabulous help of Kelsey Marie from Kelsey Marie Designs, the boutique would definitely not be as cute as it is. She spent hours upon hours of working on all the decorations. She did an amazing job and I would give her the highest possible recommendation to work on future interior design projects, or if you would like a custom mirror like the one seen in the boutique, she would be more than happy to customize one to fit your needs. Also, she's an extremely accomplished painter as seen with the gorgeous cow that is hanging in the boutique. She's a doll and has so much talent. Words cannot describe my gratitude, but I guess thank you will have to suffice on this blog! To the left is a picture of Kelsey and I showing off some of the cute skirts in the boutique! You might see the cow in the background, which she painted!!
(Kelsey did a whole re-haul of this chandelier! It used to be yellow and green!)
(Kelsey redid this mirror as well.)

Grandpa Gus
My Grandpa Gus was a lifesaver when it came to this boutique. He made sure to make sure that everything was installed properly and structurally sound. Definitely, this place would be a mess on the ground if he had not come to help.

Wayne Moss of Robert W. Moss Painting
So, I asked a bunch of my friends if they would come help me with painting the walls. A ton came and helped, which was great. However, none of us are actually professionals and as a result, paint ended up all over the ceiling and baseboards. Wayne came and fixed all our mess-ups, which was perfect. He also painted the baseboards, which was super helpful as well. If you are ever in need of a painter, definitely call Wayne as he is extremely professional and gets jobs done in a timely manner.
cell phone: (707) 217-9987 home phone: (707) 569-0644

Adam Springer
On his business card, Adam describes himself as an "artist extraordinaire", which is the exact title that I would give to him. His work is very eclectic and full of life and color. Adam was kind enough to let us display several of his pieces around the boutique. Let me tell you, they're awesome. At the open house, the paintings were extremely popular. I would most definitely recommend checking out his art as it is definitely interesting and will make your room shine. Make sure to check out his website HERE.

Joyce Hasselbeck
Joyce is another artist who donated her beautiful pieces for display. Her work is definitely what I would describe as whimsical, yet refined. The art is gorgeous. One of the pieces, an Alice in Wonderland painting, is my absolute favorite and many other's favorite. So many people come into the boutique and notice the Alice painting right of the bat! I love it so much that I secretly call it the "Allyson Wonderland"! Joyce does commissions and also has many more beautiful paintings! Make sure to check out her website HERE.

Katie Bipes
My friend Katie from school was kind enough to spend three days straight doing chalk drawings on the whole back wall. They are fabulous and definitely make the boutique pop as you first look inside. Thank you Katie! Below is just a small portion of the chalk drawing that she did. The first picture that shows the whole boutique, shows the extent of her art.

Feleashia DenBeste
Feleashia took pictures of the boutique for me and they turned out fantabulous! She is an awesome photographer who does weddings, senior portraits, and family shoots. If you are ever in need a photographer, definitely have Feleashia make your moment special! Click HERE for her Facebook page.

Jack Bowlby
My friend Jack from school took some awesome pictures and video as well. I really appreciate your help Jack! :)

Lastly, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who spent their time painting, making shelves, organizing, etc.
Synica M., Shelby D., Morgan E., Natalie R., Sunshine H., Arianna J., Kelsey G., Taylor E., Caitlyn R., Dylan S.!

This boutique has most definitely been a labor of love. I am now so excited for it to be open and ready to go. Already, eight girls have come in and fallen in love with the design. The boutique is located at 620 McClelland Drive, Windsor, CA  95492. If you would ever like to stop by, please shoot me an email! Or, if you just happen to be on the Windsor Town Green and the door is open, please stop on by.
Thank you to everyone!
Allyson Ahlstrom