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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time to Bid Adieu...

One of my lifetime favorite movies is Sound of Music. I can watch and watch and watch it. Of course I can totally relate to the opening song, I mean... who wouldn't want to run to the hills? Of course WHICH hills depends on personal preference...and I think everyone knows which hills I run to every minute that I possibly can.

The last few weeks I have been struggling about this blog. You all know that I used to LOVE blogging. I found it so nice be silly, fun, share how to do things and be serious. I am still kind of in shock that it all changed overnight. I kept hoping things would return to how they were. That I would find time to blog again like I used to. Time to read blogs and comment on them. But instead I find myself purposely pulling away so that I dont upset one friend if I might comment on another friend. I have met so many beautiful people in blog land. Many of you have followed me, coming over to facebook and keeping up with my happenings where I am. Many of you havent and I dont blame you. I dont like like facebook for personal reasons either. I have a personal profile I never use. Its just not my thing for that. But I do find that the platform works better for me on the business side. I have a group to sell the fabric, another to share paper piecing projects; I am in a stitchery group and a quilt guild. While I might not interact very often, if I need inspiration, I can click over, yet I am still right there available to answer messages. Having several hundred regular customers, I get messages day and night... and I find that when I am on the computer I am there on fb answering questions, and when I am done I don't care to spend more time on the computer. I have a family. and they are first.

Soooo.... I will from now on be sending out newsletters instead of blogging. I have my first one in composing stage. I am still learning the process so I don't know how to 'merge' you in without asking you to go to my store and signing up to receive a newsletter. I hope to include short family blurbs, etc.

I am also making youtube videos so you can follow me on there. I have a list started of up and coming youtube projects; they wont all be about paper piecing. Coming soon are some McKenna Ryan methods and twining, as well as paper piecing of course.

Stephens blog will remain... and I will be blogging more often for him.

The dream: which was always a dream before life turned topsy turvey is to write those childrens books someday. You all know its buried deep within me and hopefully we can make it surface again someday. I also plan to continue writing quilt books and patterns as long as the publisher gives the ok.

So, picking back up to the beginning of my story.... as I sat down to write this, I found the following song just kept repeating in my head. Blessings to all of you... but it is time...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

all about appreciation

It was posted on Facebook that yesterday was Wife Appreciation Day. Of course the conversation followed that the men pretty much didn't know about the holiday. I mean I didn't even know about it...holidays for everything under the sun are getting ridiculous. 

Back to my point though... I was thinking how in my job I hear almost daily from women ( or often myself venting) that cannot find a single moment to shower much less do something for themselves like sew or read a book. In fact... Their moments to themselves are often just to make or do things for those they love ( such as the five pair of Stephen undies that I've been slowly working on in my 'free time' for months now. )

Women are expected to not only work but also carry the rest of the household burdens on their shoulders. They have to clean the house, do the laundry, many homeschool their kids, do the grocery shopping, play mom taxi, and give attention to their husbands... And most women that I've talked to don't get any help with the everyday running of the household.  Then they start feeling guilty that the book case needs dusted and the laundry mound has become a MountEverest replica, yet if they are like me, they are clueless how to do it all. 

So this is why I am writing this post ladies. I assure you that you will never get the appreciation that you deserve from your family members. In fact, you will most likely never get that dream of getting so sick that you land yourself in a hospital for a mini retreat, but not so sick you can't enjoy the break. ( ha! You know that you've dreamt about it before! And even if you do get a retreat.. hospital or otherwise...guess what? The housework just accumulates while you are gone! )

But what I can assure you is this... We women are a large army. We stick together. We know that each of us carries the world on our shoulders and we willingly march on. Be encouraged because each of us appreciate what the other does. I appreciate that you sew your little girl a dress in your spare moments or that you whip up a quilt for the local VA. I appreciate that you do your best to do it all...and I understand when you are in the dumps because you can't. I i appreciate that you often encourage and inspire one another. and mostly, I appreciate your prayers, and I pray for you. 

Be encouraged ladies..march on knowing you ARE appreciated! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hillbilly Mojo

Hey Y'all!!

I am finding my Hillbilly Mojo again. Now I am tellin ya for sure I dont really know what Hillbilly Mojo be bein'. Mojo is one o' them city folk like languages I pick up along the way har and thar.

Best thing I can describe it like is a young jack donkey, when the sun warms up sky and the snow commences to melt off o them hills...and he gets a look see at a perty little jill donkey, and he starts kickin his hills up and dancin' a jig.

Well thar be a portrait of Hillbilly Mojo.

Now I am still just a glipsin at the sun warmin things up a bit, not quite ready to kick the heals. Hubby is feelin better than he has in a coons age, my Washington Princess has taken over the website, including a countin and a packagin them ahhhhs, and my pretty little daughter has taken over all choppin and dividin of the fabric shop goods. Hillbilly Jr has started preschool, just 4 hours a week but that thar be breathin' space is what that are.

I still spend many a hours at Ozark Fabric but I also have...are you ready? One of them thar callous' formin on my finger again. I cant be very well takin a photo and showin you cuz it would be another one of them thar city folk stupid words if I held it up to ya.

Now I know I need to be answerin some emails. I am goin to make me a schedule. Yes sirree, and them emails will get answered from hence to forth, I be assurin ya that!

Now finally, I want to thank those of ye that have stuck around and sent me a comment on occasion when you felt it in your gut that Hillbilly needed a hug or a line. Cuz, I be tellin' ya. I do have lots of new friends over on the fabric group but I be missin my old ones and our little talks and the inspiration (hillbillies do be knowin big words ya know.) that ya all be providin'.

Well it be high time i quit jawin'. I'll let Jed be givin' ya some kick yar boots up music.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

moved and ready!

Ok, the website portion of our warehouse is moved and ready to go. I will not be moving the fabric until I offer it to my facebook group at reduced prices first. This would be less expensive than shipping it all out!
So in the future I think the website will be more Ahhhhs, notions and ribbon focused. I get a lot of ribbon orders from there.

August ahhhhs are ready to ship. My friend will be shipping them from Washington State. I'll have 'spare parts' such as 3" triangles and things like that ready later this weekend.


As for personal life, way busy as usual. Hope to chat soon.