Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter! plus an update on my life, my etsy shop, my future....

Sharing more personal stuff  has always been hard for me. 
I finally feel okay with saying more than I have in the past about what's been going on.
My family has been separated in one form or another for over a year. 
My husband had a job that required he work 90-100 hours a week with no relief in site. 
We decided that the best thing for our family was a new job. 
The new job took him to a new state. 
At first we thought that he could work half at home, half time in the new state.
That didn't happen.
I was working full time, taking care of a house, 
2 girls, 3 cats and a fish tank all by myself.
It was tough, doable but tough.
During this year, I have realized so many things about life, 
my husband, myself and my kids. 
It will take a couple of blog posts to cover it all!
Anyhow, you may be wondering what the pic of the car is?


My battery went dead and left me stranded for several irritating reasons.
I have AAA, they sent someone to jump it. 
It worked long enough to get me to the autozone. 
They had my battery but would not put it in.
I ended up having a co-workers' husband replace it for me.
I had no way to do it myself and my normal repair guy was 13 hours away :(
Lesson #1
I have taken my husband for granted for a long time.
We tend to forget how much better life is with a partner to help us with our weaknesses, cars, and lawn care.



Well then as time moved on we decided to move the kids to the new state.
His new job was 40 hours a week.
He had more time to take care of them than I.
We wanted them in a new school as well.
So we moved them, and most of our house.
I started looking for an associate dentist to help me.
I had no luck.
Literally 9 months of searching without finding a match.
It can be difficult to find someone that wants to come to a smaller town.
I figured this would happen.
I didn't figure on how much I would miss my husband
and my kids when I had to be in the old state for my job.
I missed them so much I would cry 5-6 times a day.
I would have panic attacks getting on the plane to leave to them.
My husband hated Sundays (when I left) and
 I hated Mondays (when I would have to go back to work).



My girls have learned so many things during this year.
Mainly they learned that their Dad can do anything that I can....
They can rely on him no matter what.
They needed to learn that... and to appreciate him.
Recently husband came back to the old house to disassemble his fish tank.
It was that weekend that we decided to move all my etsy shop fabric to the new house.
I think it was suggested to help me feel like this new place is home
 and the old place is just a 'hotel'.
A place I use for work travel ;)



 So I moved fabric to the new house.
I thought I could bring it all in one car load but that didn't happen.
There is as much fabric left there as shown in the picture above.
I will have to bring it in suitcases and another car load.
I decided to decrease my stock there by having a 35% off  sale and 55% off clearance.
It is only the stock that is located in the old house.
Eventually I will have everything in the new house and list all my stock on etsy.
I still have new fabric being delivered.
I still plan on continuing to sell, however,
there may be 'vacations' in between while I am moving material.

And finally,
I can say that I am going to sell my practice.
It wasn't an easy decision or a decision I take lightly.
But it was an important one.
I need to be with my family.
A year away has been MORE than long enough.
So I hope to be posting soon that this journey is over and I will be in our new home only...
until then...
I fly back and forth, cut fabric at night to fill my time and try to keep my chin up.


Happy Easter!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Welcome Baby....


There are usually 4-5 new quilts books released each month.
I have been so far behind on blogging about them. 


This book is a bit special to me since my "Ice cream Swirl" quilt is in it!

I made this girl version and another boy version in pirate fabric.
I had every intention of starting another quilt....
It just hasn't happened,


So for now, 
I am just drooling over all the quilts in this book and
 several other new ones from Martingale.


 Bubbles  is definitely one I'd like to try.
And Sweet Cheeks too...


Right now I am still traveling out of town for work
 and it's really been taking it's toll. 
I've been filling my evenings cutting fabric for my etsy shop 
and truthfully that helps me not miss my family so much.
I really appreciate everyone that supports my shop. 
Right now I have 25% off regular prices until 3/17/15 midnight.
I hope that will keep me busy this coming week nights.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Easy 3 Hour Baby Quilt - a free pattern


This weekend I realized that my cousin 
will be having twin girls soon.
Of course I HAVE to make quilts for her.
I had an idea to take one of my Yuwa 30's stripe prints from my etsy shop 
and quilt following the printed fabric stripes.


I love how it turned out and it only took me 3 hours
 to cut, layer, pin baste, quilt AND machine bind.


When I trimmed my fabric I left 1/4 inch extra along the last stripe on each side.
The extra strips that I trimmed off went into my scrap bins for a future log cabin.


Now I need to make another girly quilt for the other twin.


Here are some fabric combinations from my etsy shop.
It occurred to me that kitting them up would be a fun idea...











The pattern is also available on craftsy for free Here.
I hope you enjoy it. 
Be sure to send me a picture if you happen to make an easy 3 hour quilt.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas.....and End of Year Sale

Merry Christmas!


End of Year sale on my etsy site.
35% almost every item
50% off clearance.....


I'm taking a work break at home for a bit..some would call it a staycation.... 
The kids are on break from school so it's even more of an incentive to stay home. 
I haven't sewn much yet...
but I plan to.
My husband and I went to IKEA again on the 23rd.
We loaded up the SUV completely with Besta.


It is on sale for Ikea members and
we knew this 2 weeks would be great for construction of our storage room. 
Originally the storage room was to be an office


but our old furniture just wasn't fitting. 
I mean it literally didn't fit the dimensions of the room.
That can be super frustrating. 
It was. 
We rearranged the stuff at least 5 times and finally gave up. 
We are giving it to my parents
We realized in all the rearranging that what we really wanted was storage.


My computer is in my sewing studio.
His computer never seems to leave the kitchen island....
so we nixed the office.
He has spent 2 days on assembly and making great progress.
Once that is complete, I get the task of putting everything away.
So once the kids find Santa's gifts, and we have breakfast...
it's back to organizing we go....
How will you spend your holidays?








Monday, December 15, 2014

Classic Vintage Bear Paw done "modern"


The fat quarter shop challenged a few bloggers to make
this classic vintage Bear Paw block
any way we'd like.


I decided to mix light value text prints and 
some country floral Japanese prints by Sunday 9am
I made 4 blocks so far and
I chose a few more Yuwa fabrics for more blocks...


Maybe use 'darker' text prints for backgrounds
 and light low volume florals for the 'paw'.
The block can be found here for free
and Kimberly has done a video to explain 
the construction of the block.....



The pattern set can be purchased here;
Check it out...

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p.s.
25% off most items in my etsy shop until 12/18/14
42% off clearance

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Free Motion Quilting for Beginners - A review


I've been asked to review 
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners 


This is quite a good book for building your quilting skills.
I was impressed that there were project instead just quilts.
I find myself forgetting how many small quilted projects I make in a year.


I suggest you check this out. It's a gem for sure.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale

Yep I decided to do a Cyber Monday sale!

40% off Clearance
Including Moda Figures precuts, Irome by Kokka,


Olivia by Penny Rose Fabrics, even Sewing Studios 


35% off All Moda precuts books and patterns!



25% off Everything else




Pick up the latest low value / low volume fabrics, 
1930's and Yuwa Japanese prints from 
Suzuko Koseki and Atsuko Matsuyama for 25% off!