Even so, when I look at these pictures and then look in the mirror - I think I KNOW it has been twenty years!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Hey there! On this first day of spring, I'm blogging from the land of sun and fun. Actually, I am in west-middle Florida near Crystal Springs and the manatees. (All photos found on the web. I haven't taken any myself yet.)
I came south to help my dad during his knee replacement surgery. However, the morning after my arrival, we got a call that his surgery was pushed to Friday. Losing a whole week of my availability! So, I had to think of a "B" plan and make the best of it all. I brought along my sewing machine and a bunch of fabrics with plans to sew in the hotel where I would be staying near the hospital. Instead, I just unloaded here in his house and got busy.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Hey there: Leslie just tipped me off to the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Giveaway! You'll have to hurry over and enter by 03/19/2008 at 7:00 PM EDT. There are other prizes, too. If you comment on the post and then put the graphic on your sidebar, you get extra chances at the quilt. It's beautiful and is made with katie jump rope fabrics by Denyse Schmidt! I would love to cozy up in this.
I actually found two really nice and affordable banner designers, and since both were so helpful to me, I ordered one from each. You know, more is more! So, now I can dress my blog according to my mood. I understand one can purchase seasonal banners, too. I am definitely up for that. It's easier than decorating the house, and the clean up is a snap!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
It is one of those days requiring a Wendy's Biggie Diet Coke light ice, a cheeseburger, Little Debbie's chocolate snack cakes, and a magazine. I feel much better already.
I went to the grocery this afternoon to pick up milk and the chocolate and dared to stroll through the magazines again. Good thing I did, as there is a new Spring Quilts And More. This is quite timely as I just received an e-mail notice from the Anna Maria Horner shop that she has some kitchen linens available, which are darling. Well, check out the magazine cover, bottom corner. Anna Maria is featured in this issue of the magazine, and she has a sweet pincushion pattern for us. Below is a shot of the article's cover photo. Now I'll have to get some of her pretty fabrics.
On Sundays, when I have been to church (though not today, due to exhaustion from the kids' competition this weekend), I am well rested and my mind is clear for just a few short minutes before Sunday Stress sets in (see this link), I feel like I can accomplish anything and take on the world. Right this minute, I want to run downstairs and sew, I want to prime the kitchen cabinets and get ready to paint them, I want to start laying the brick walkways through the front yard - no, actually, I want my husband to start laying the brick walkways while I direct, I want to apply to college again and learn something new, I want to reorganize several rooms, and I want to start painting and decorating my intended new studio office in the scheme of Alicia Paulson (site) Posie Gets Rosy (blog), but which one first? I'm paralyzed with choices right before I have to get down to Monday business. Blink, and it will be the weekend again. Will it always be like this? I hope not, but I don't want to be old when it isn't and I want to use these great ideas now!
More Diet Coke please -- light on the ice -- oh, and another Little Debbie's. Ahhh, thanks.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
THREE: This is the apron I sent out in the Sassy Apron Swap (see below). Mine is on its way to "Ollie" in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada! I think she will like the fabric, as it seems similar to the Amy Butler fabric she used for her swap apron. Then, of course, I had to embroider the pocket. I was worried the style wasn't right, even though I was going for the eclectic mix, but it was done, and I didn't have anymore of that nice polka dot. I hope she loves it. Camille does! However, this time, for the first time, I finally made TWO swap things at once, so I don't really lose out on a good thing. Well, the second isn't quite made, you know, I still have to actually sew it together …
This might be interesting to Etsy storekeepers and customers alike. For those of you who don't know about Etsy, it is sort of an e-bay for crafters, but no auctions, just buying.
Today, I stopped by Craft Boom, and a podcast was featured on CraftyPod regarding marketing yourself as an Etsy seller. It was very interesting. First, I had never listened to a podcast before, so it was finally nice to have a reason to do so, and second, I thought the interviewee, All Things Littleput, was pretty thoughtful about her approach to marketing and helping others. You'll have to check out the podcast at CraftyPod and then check out the above site and see her art and store.
Now, to those of you reading this late tonight, please send me encouragement to keep working until I'm done. The kids have the state mock trial competition tomorrow, so I have to get my work turned in early before leaving for the day. To those of you reading this tomorrow, please send me brainwaves of Diet Coke WITH caffeine so I can stay sharp through three rounds of mock trial! It's supposed to be raining cats and dogs here, so I will probably be wishing for a cozy couch and a blanket. Then we do it all again on Saturday!