Until next year…

As my flight finally left Houston last evening (we were over an hour delayed), my heart was filled with happiness and sadness all at the same time. You see, I really fought internally as to whether or not I wanted to take this trip. I waited almost to the last minute to sign up to attend Threads of Success. It was a very large expense I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on at this time in our lives. It would be missing a week or more of work for me, Chris’s hours would have to be shortened to take … Continue reading Until next year…

To Houston we shall go….

I have been waiting very impatiently for this weekend to get here. Last night I caught a flight out of Baltimore to make my way back to Houston for what I consider to be the #1 fall event in Houston, and no I’m not talking about the World Series. I’m talking about International Quilt Market and Festival. The last time I was in Houston happened last year, as we drove though on our drive out of Texas to Maryland and a bid farewell to our dear beloved Texas. Prior to that was my trip to International Quilt Festival in 2015. … Continue reading To Houston we shall go….

Travel, Travel, Travel…

What a whirlwind past few days it’s been. Last Sunday, I headed up with a team from work to Mahwah, NJ for a week long New Dealer training at Janome America. I offered to drive, maybe because I’m a little bit of a control freak with those things, but a 4 + hour drive ensued as we headed out from my house to the hotel. After dinner, we arrived around 9:45 to unpack, crash, and get ready for a week. This would be my first time really putting my focus on Janome machines. Let me start of by saying I … Continue reading Travel, Travel, Travel…

The Vintage

I often fully agree that today’s society and population is the one who is greatly in love with the “throw away”. It’s broken…throw it away and get another. It’s dirty…throw it away! We too easily throw things away. If it’s new and shiny, that’s what get our attention. Bring out the bling and the wallets open to buy another. But what about the cool vintage finds that are still out there? It seems that over the past few years there has been a sort-of revival of the love of vintage or antiques. Flea Markets, Farmer’s Markets, thrift shops, and Restores … Continue reading The Vintage

A Boy and His Horse

The oldest kid has been part of our life for 12+ years, which means he has been around horses for 12+ years. In all those years his interest in anything involving a horse has been absolute none. He complained about having to clean stalls, feeding them, water, working on fencing, whatever it may be. Complaints were abundant, especially as he has started approaching those pre-teen years. Horses were an annoyance, a burden, and just a plain problem in his world. After the move to Maryland, he began to lose even more interest in the things that previously brought him joy. … Continue reading A Boy and His Horse

To Longarm or not…

For many years I’ve been keeping my eye on the longarm machine market. I’ve had a 10 foot mid-arm machine frame for many years, and a 5 foot hand quilting frame. I’ve attended demo/training classes as well, but never really had the opportunity to put the time into really learning a machine, until now. In the shop we have 2 different frame options. The first is the one that I have currently at home. When I purchased my Pfaff Creative Icon, I also purchased the Creative Fabric Frame, stitch regulator, and LED light set. This is a great set up … Continue reading To Longarm or not…

It’s only Wednesday??

Oh what a week it’s already been…wait it’s only Wednesday??? We’re only half way there? It’s been an exciting past few days for sure, and super busy, plus it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon for sure. Sunday was of course Mother’s Day, and the big question was what do I want to do? Well, I wanted to do a whole lot of nothing. Seriously, I just wanted to veg and relax. It was cool and rainy and I just wanted to take it easy. I woke up to a nice gift from the husband, wrapped up so … Continue reading It’s only Wednesday??

A Year Later…

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we closed on our home here in Maryland. It’s funny to think that throughout my husband’s military career we tried really hard to not end up in Maryland. Who knew it would be the place we would land post-retirement. What a surprise to discover we would love it and truly feel like it’s home. When I came house hunting in March of 2018, I was hopeful I would find the right house, but not totally confident. Instead, I found what would end up being the perfect home for us. The biggest … Continue reading A Year Later…

A Love of Animals

No one in my life is ever shocked when I bring another critter (or 5) home. I have always loved all animals. I have been more than willing to bring home the young or old, sick or healthy. Sometimes I even find myself going a little overboard in the process (like 34 baby chicks on the husband’s birthday this year when we didn’t even need 1). But having these critters have always brought me smiles, especially when the rest of my life was causing me tears. I grew up very much feeling like I wasn’t good enough, was a failure, … Continue reading A Love of Animals

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Today was Opening Day for the youngest kid’s baseball season. This is his first year playing not only in a new division, but also with a new program. He actually hasn’t played in two years. When we made the decision to move last year, we held him out of the baseball program in Texas since we were unsure of our actually date of move, and didn’t want to pull him mid-season. I must say, for having to take a year off, he’s doing pretty well. When the practice season began, his coach sent out a request if anyone would be … Continue reading Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Oh Those Homestead Skies…

Sunrises are always beautiful, but I love an evening sky the most. Watching the sun begin to set, the skies to darken, and the day begin to go to sleep relaxes me. I used to be a night owl, staying up until all hours of the night working and sewing away. The older I have become, and the more the chores and kids wear me out, the more likely I am to be in bed before 10:00pm. In all fairness, I am usually up and going by 5 am on most days of the week. But I do love the … Continue reading Oh Those Homestead Skies…

When you do what you love…

Confucius says: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. I’ve often wondered if I would find the career I would love that much. I tried many options, but the one thing that always stayed a constant is my love of sewing. Back in the fall, the husband is the one who told me to just go back to what I love, quilting. Don’t let him know this, but he was right. The hard part is that it’s not exactly a great paying job, especially when people don’t understand how expensive … Continue reading When you do what you love…

What a Weekend…

I actually had a weekend off from work and we had plans to put it all to good use. When the weather is gorgeous, it’s time to get outside. Saturday morning began with walking the grounds to figure out where the next pasture will be fenced in. Of our near 12 acres, only about 4 are actually fenced in, and another 5-6 are ready to be fenced. We do have a portion of the property that encompasses a pond and creek area that is part of a conservation section, so it must remain untouched. So, after much walking and pointing … Continue reading What a Weekend…

A Fresh & Clean Studio

I said last night that I would clean the studio today, and I did. Total work time from start to finish was about 6 hours, but only about 3 of those were actually work. My morning starts around 5:00 am on weekdays. Between getting kids to school, feeding the farm, and the normal morning chores, I was able to knock out the studio too. We moved into this house almost a year ago, and the basement took on a huge change in order to make it my studio space. The previous owners had used it as another family room and … Continue reading A Fresh & Clean Studio