What a crazy week it’s been… AGAIN! After getting through the complete back log of ‘stuff’ that had to be done, it was on to all the stuff that was planned for this past week. I’ve been working hard not only on getting things together for Vin’s Surprise Party this Saturday (sssshhhhh…. No one tell Vinny) but I’v also been gearing up for a Spring and Summer full of adventures, shows and events.
After this last week, we are sure tired around here. I mean, we’ve been dealing with no power, then we had power but we didn’t have phones, then we got it all back and then we lost it all again a short time later...and this was before all the snow started to fly! We really hope that everyone has fared well throughout all this. Even while we all dealt with loss of power at home, we still tried to remain open so others could come in, get warm and do something they love. But, my goodness…. It was a tough one.
Here at the shop I'm pretty open about the fact that I have struggle with mental illness most of my life. One of my more recent break downs came to a crumbling halt when I went to go jump off the Bear Mountain Bridge. Crazy, I know! But mental illness doesn't make sense, mental illness doesn't care that you have customers to attend to. Meds that keep me calm enough to not jump in front of cars don't care that I also have to be able to do math and help people figure out yardage and stuff.
There are plenty of times where I talk about new tools in the store and show you all how the gadgets and gizmos aplenty can help you in your sewing room. How this great ruler or this wonderful cutter will make your sewing and quilting so easy and precise! Have you ever seen something so wonderful?!? I think it’s about time to take a look at some of our old reliables hanging around.
I had a whole long post about this. And I mean loooong. I decided to delete and start over because I was doing too much dancing around the topic. It was hitting a bit too close to home. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the blessing of meeting new people and invariably the topic of work comes up. Either indirectly or directly the other party in the conversation learns that I know how to put two pieces of fabric together. And lately these strangers have all used a word to describe me that I would have never ever in a million years used: Artist.
Inspiration for quilts and designs comes from all over the place. Sometimes I see fabrics and know I want to do something went with them. Other times I see patterns and projects and try to find fabric that would work. This time I happened to have a combination of both! This great collection had come in a few weeks back. All those beautiful soft colors just really spoke to me. But I could not decide on a pattern. There was just nothing that seemed to be ‘just right’ to go with them. So I stared at them and stared at them and just waited for something to finally speak to me.
This week, setting priorities has been a major theme. In my quilting, personally and here at the store maintaining priorities has been a focal point. A few weeks back we had gotten in this great Christmas panel and a large portion of the collection to go with it. Of course I felt compelled to make the panel but I didn’t want to just layer and quilt as usual. I really wanted to DO something with it. In the course of my adventures at shows and online I had seen several panels sliced up and turned into Attic Windows blocks and this particular panel really seemed to fit the bill as something that work up like that beautifully. So I got to work slicing and dicing and piecing back together and before you knew it the thing was done and it was stunning.
Home decorating can be both fun and stressful... I mean going through all those books and trying to decide the best style of fabrics as well as color can be tricky. But there are plenty of resources available to you to help you choose the look and the colors you want for your home. Here are a few tips to help you when you come into the store to choose that perfect fabric!
The International Pfaff Convention is almost here! Convention is a time for dealers from all over the world to gather in one space for a few days, eat together, laugh together and learn all about what is new and happening in the wonderful world of Pfaff!
If you've been keeping up at all with everything I've been doing in the store, you know I started working on a Halloween costume about a week ago.
Today I've decided to change it up a bit and do a little information on one of the newer products we have here at the store. Today I want to talk about Wrap and Zap batting. This batting is specifically designed for use in your projects that end up in the microwave. Things like those cute potato wraps or bowl cozies that are so easy and fun to make, especially as the holidays approach. The package comes with a free pattern to make a 'baked potato zapper' and since it is made of 100% cotton there is no more worries it will melt in the microwave!
What happens when you leave Erin unattended for a few minutes with the new Simplicity Halloween Costume Catalog...???? An over the top costume of course!!
All right, I know… I’ve made these empty promises about keeping up on my blog posts before. And life always seems to get in the way of my best intentions. So I’m not gonna promise I’ll do more blog posts. I’m gonna promise that I’m going to TRY to do more blog posts instead! I figured with a new school year, and my little one finally off to Kindergarten it was time to sit down and really put some time into this thing. I’ve also decided to take it in a bit of a different direction- I mean writing about all the things that I’m sewing is great and relevant but sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m sewing and getting it done I forget to take pictures, or I just forget to write about it because I’m on to the next thing already.
This past weekend I spent at the Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco vending and teaching at Pinwheels and Friends. PNF is a unique setting where all the local vendors get together and do a Shop Hop conveniently under one roof. No need to drive around and travel all over the place, but all the fun and games of a traditional shop hop. It was so much fun. I can't speak for all the attendees but I can assure you that the vendors had a blast!
If you're on our email list you've already heard the spiel from me about Pinwheels and Friends and you might be sick of hearing it by now but I think it's important to make sure the word really gets out there... Pinwheels and Friends is coming to the Holiday Inn in Mt. Kisco on January 30th and 31st and I want to make sure you know what it's all about. Pinwheels and Friends was the brainchild of Maria Tamoaka, owner of Pinwheels in Croton, NY. It was her vision to see all the local shops get together and do a 'Shop Hop' under one roof. All of us hanging out together with the items that make all our shops unique. In this smaller setting we can really spend time hanging out with our customers without the phones ringing and just spend time with you while you browse all the different shops and check out all the samples hanging up around the room.