After moving to the United States from Australia over 20 years ago, Andrea S. still misses plants and animals unique to Australia. So when she found out she was the grand prize winner of the Oh Sew Organized sweepstakes and won a KOALA Studio, it reminded her a bit of home.
While Andrea misses some of the beautiful birds, flowers and wildlife in Australia, she loves this country. It seems like a perfect fit that she would win an American made Koala Studio as within the last year Andrea became a United States Citizen. In fact, the entire basis of the Oh Sew Organized sweepstakes was ideal for Andrea. “Right now, I am using two old bedside drawers, a mover’s packing box, and a variety of storage tubs,” Andrea said. “Yes indeed, my new furniture will help me organize my sewing room. This definitely is a dream come true!” And Andrea isn’t the only one who thinks she needs a little help with organization, her husband agreed with an enthusiastic “You NEED that StorageCenter!” when Andrea found out she won.
Andrea has had her eye on Koala Studios for a while, and it wasn’t until now that her wishing paid off. “I had heard of Koala Studios before the sweepstakes and wished I owned some pieces of Koala Studios cabinetry. For the past 31 years, my sewing table has been something I bought for $10 at a second-hand store in Australia. It’s functional but nowhere near as beautiful as Koala Studios. I am most looking forward to walking into my sewing room each time I get creative and seeing the elegant StorageCenter in American Birdseye Maple while having my threads, scissors, rulers, leather and leather tools, all the necessary bits and pieces, all in one place. I might have to shine a spotlight on it 24/7!
Andrea loves to sew all kinds of projects, which is probably why she has so many materials, but she especially loves sewing leather because it is challenging. As she says, “I only get one ‘oops’.” In addition to leather outfits and handbags, she has sewn ball gowns, coats, shirts, skirts, slacks, dog beds and toys, drapery, fancy dress costumes, and more. Andrea was more or less self-taught and has been sewing since she was eight years old. Her sister did try to teach her some new techniques when they were young, but that resulted in Andrea’s sister’s finger becoming part of the project. Andrea, a retired Royal Australian Air Force Officer, has never been deterred by blood, and continued to pursue her sewing dreams.
And her sewing dream is now more fulfilled by winning the Koala StorageCenter Plus IV. “Having a Koala Studios StorageCenter is not only going to remind me of Australia, but I will always remember the generosity and friendliness of the people at Koala Studios…Winning the grand prize in the sweepstakes really is a dream come true. I would also like to give thanks to Almighty God for His love and blessings.”
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