Today I walked into my son’s room during a virtual class. They were just beginning their lesson and the discussion was on tomorrow being the anniversary of 09/11. I was quietly trying to set up a different laptop for him to work on (the school one is being a pain staying connected) and I heard his instructor state that they were about to watch a video on 09/11 and that they were welcome to put their heads down or turn away and not watch if they felt the need. Now, before I go any further, let me state something: we … Continue reading Don’t Look Away
I cannot even begin to describe my excitement to announce that I have been named as a Janome Artisan! I am completely on cloud nine with this news. While I have known about this for a few weeks, it has been so difficult to keep it quiet and not try to be just jumping up and down at every moment. Many of you know of my love for Janome machines, it’s really no surprise at all right? Almost a year ago I had the opportunity to go spend a week at the Janome America headquarters in Mawhaw, NJ, and I … Continue reading I Got A New Title!!
So a funny thing happened this past weekend. I was scrolling through photos to send up for a profile shot and saw something I hadn’t noticed before. Had they always been there? Had a love of filters over the past few years covered it up? What in the world are these things on the side of my eyes? You see…I turned 41 this year, and we all know what a year it has been! 2020 became something else that none of us had ever imagined. January we celebrated a New Year and the oldest kid’s birthday, February was my birthday, … Continue reading Wrinkles, what wrinkles?
It’s a foregone conclusion that if you send Mitzi to Tractor Supply Company when they have their chicks in, a couple of those chicks will find their way into the basket. I’m not entirely sure how it happens, must be ninja chicks or something. Anyway, given that we just hatched a small flock of these fine specimens which were suppose to be moving into their brooder box once I got it built, I felt like we were in a safe place. I’ll get back to that in a moment…a brooder box needed to be built. This summer has been warmer … Continue reading Brooder Box Build
Have you ever taken a moment to sit back and think what inspires you? That’s a loaded question, right? Are we talking about what inspires you in work, art, home, life, anything? Close your eyes for a moment and think quietly about what inspires you…it’s okay, I’ll wait. What did you picture in your quiet mind? Is it something beautiful or ugly? Is it something you can physically touch or a goal you are trying to reach. I think too often we forget to take a moment and remember what inspires us each day. I’m often asked what kind of … Continue reading What inspires you?
Last month a call went out for those who would be willing to share their studios for a Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2020. It just so happens I saw this request as we were in the middle of remodeling mine. Talk about perfect timing! How could I not want to join in on this fun! So welcome to my new studios, my latest creations, and the reason my husband says he is looking forward to going back to work (because he doesn’t have to do the physical labor work there). We have been in our home here in … Continue reading Clean that Studio!
It has been a while since I’ve blogged…not because I didn’t want to, I just always kept running out of time. Now here we are today, early April, sitting in our homes, doing our best to flatten the curve and end the devastation of the COVID-19 illness. The kids are now doing distant learning with their schools, the husband is working from home, and I’m in the middle of it all! I, like all of you, never imagined that we would be living our lives like this…but here we are, at least we are all in it together. For the … Continue reading Spring has sprung…
Over the past few years there have been some pretty amazing gifts show up around our home. We all have that dream Christmas present we hope to one day see under the Christmas tree, or maybe in our driveway. Those … Continue reading Merry Christmas Eve
Ok, ok so that wasn’t exactly what Jerry McGuire was yelling in the movie, but hey, it’s probably been said by more than a few of us quilters. I’ve been missing out on the #31dayblogchallenge2019 lately as work, work, and … Continue reading Show Me The Fabric…
We all know the holiday song “My Favorite Things”, and today’s writing is all about my favorite tools in my studios. I am going to focus on the small tools or notions that stay close by my desk that I … Continue reading These are a few of my favorite things…
Oh wow, where do I even start in the world of a machine. Honestly, I don’t even know if I can say the world machine, in my world it’s machines. So let me go down the list of machines, from … Continue reading Day #3-Machine!
For Day 2 of the #31dayblogchallenge2019 I get to focus on my sewing space…or maybe I should say spaces. When we purchased our home in 2018, one of the main requirements would be that I would have a studio space in the house so that I could begin the expansion of my business. The first time I saw our now home I wasn’t completely sold, it had everything on our list, but also needed a lot of work and was overpriced as well. Thankfully, their realtor contacted mine and told us to just make them an offer. We made an … Continue reading Day 2: Sewing Space
While attending Threads of Success during International Quilt Market in Houston, I had the opportunity to meet and sit through a few sessions with Cheryl Sleboda. I was very impressed with her work ethic in making this whole event a … Continue reading 31 Day Blog Challenge-Intro
The first day of winter may be on December 21, 2019, but today felt like it hit. What a surprise to wake up this morning and find it was actually cooler in San Antonio, Texas, than here in Maryland. I’m … Continue reading Winter and the Homestead
Since I returned from International Quilt Market in Houston, it’s has been non-stop busy around the house and farm. I had grand plans of telling you all every detail of how the trip went, and then the days escaped from me as I began focusing on what all lies ahead. This weekend brought a wild adventure starting with a Saturday morning trip to Gettysburg to help with a Kimberbell event that work was hosting. Since we were near freezing temperatures, I left early to make sure I had plenty of travel time. Since I arrived prior to the meet up, … Continue reading Quilt, Quilt, and Quilt