Taking a break! July 18 2015, 0 Comments
After a dedicated week of vicious sewing/quilting - I need a break! Sometimes you just need to walk away from what you love to do and re-energize. Today is that day - it is hot outside! The weather man says the heat index will be triple digits - yikes! This makes for a good day to play inside, in my 'cool' studio where I will indulge in my first love of sewing - clothing!
I took a trip to JoAnn's Fabrics with one of those coupons. Now, being a small business owner, I am a huge supporter of local shops, but what I 'needed' were some new clothing patterns and I indulged in TWELVE at less than $2 each - that's worth the trip - and our shops don't carry Simplicity/Vogue/Butterick/McCalls/NewLook ~ yes, justifying my guilt for shopping in a big box store.
So, pattern pieces are cut, fabrics are pre-washed and with a hot cup of coffee in hand, off I go to lose myself in the world of 5/8" seams, zippers, interfacing and facings - 'sew exciting'... see ya later (aren't those buttons cute!)
'Snap' it's Breast Cancer month! October 12 2014, 0 Comments
Pumpkin e v e r y t h i n g
Sunday mornings at IHOP
Turn the furnace on - please
Fall leaves - smell them
The World Series - go Cards - we hope!
Breast Cancer Awareness - have you had your mammo this year???
If you have, you will recognize these little sticker 'snaps'.
If you've never had one - get it scheduled so you too can wear the 'snaps'
(which are just nipple stickers, used for X-ray identification/markers)
Wear them proudly and be responsible, you may save your life from breast cancer!
I dedicate October to my niece!
Remember we made her the 'Love E' quilt... here is her update~
Cancer FREE!!! 'E' completed her treatment in flying colors.
Now that chapter of her life is finished and she is marching forward with her triplets, family, career and life... So, let's honor 'E' by getting your mammo - SNAP!
...it's on Sale September 02 2014, 2 Comments
Labor Day 2014 - a day of sales... What did you do on your Monday off? Well, first I went for a run with my daughter, that was fun! Then proceeded to clean up my pattern inventory, that was an eye opener. I guess I didn't realize just how many patterns I have written and published over the years. My designs have morphed from being hand drawn and copied to my present day computer programming and working with a print shop. Finally my graphics classes from ~~~1978 make sense, even if 'back then' we didn't, that's correct did NOT use computers!
Anyway... so many patterns. And I still love them all, but there are so many, what do I do with them? Duh~~~
Newsflash Jenice, some things just need to be put to rest, so, on my website is a new page called ...it's on Sale. Here you will find some of my older patterns, which are still great designs. They may be dated by fabric, but isn't it so in quilting that almost everything old can be made new again.
...it's on Sale ~ Go shop ~
LOVE your iron? August 28 2014, 0 Comments
The Chase May 19 2014, 0 Comments
I went to Spring Quilt Market without my comfortable 'shop owner hat' on since I closed my brick-n-mortar last year. Attending as a full time designer left me feeling anxious yet determined. I knew that to be successful I was going to have to 'put myself out there' so to speak. So I did…
See those pants, aren't they cute, I think so, so much so that I chased her - Kelly - across the lobby to take a pic and tell her how cute she was. That moment opened up a conversation which led to an opportunity for me to do some design work for her new line of fabrics for next year. Cool!
So, market is swimming with our quilting celebs and we tend to just take their presence for granted. However, once again I found myself chasing, literally running down Pat Sloan just to say "hi". I follow Pat on Facebook and Instagram, don't you? Can you see that we are kindred spirit girls with our black glasses and scarves. What a genuine person - smile * happy * laugh. I am excited to hopefully use her fabrics in my designing now that I am working with Moda fabrics too.
It was a great market… I learned a lot, saw a lot and networked - a lot!!!
Cancer - a four letter word March 22 2014, 5 Comments
Yo ~ Yoyo January 27 2014, 1 Comment
Cyber Monday December 01 2013, 0 Comments
Here I go, my first 'sale' on my website! I have set it all up for an overall 15% off, hope it works without a hitch, try it out at midnight.
When did it happen that we became such 'sale' driven consumers? I love a great sale and pride myself in finding the bargains. What I have never been good at are coupons! The clipping, the sorting, the filing, the expiration dates - ohhhhh and all the 'stuff' bought that doesn't get used, but you have a coupon... ehhhh. Oh, I've tried - when my family was young and money was tight, I even created cute little containers for my coupons... I still get them, my inbox and mailbox is full of them and so is my recycling bin. But, this weekend - Black Friday, Cyber Monday - bargains abound all around! I shopped 'Small Business Saturday' and got a good start on my holiday gift shopping. I love the excitement in the air, the bell ringers, the decorations and music, cookies and hot cider, running into old friends and planning get togethers. Tomorrow I will probably do a little cyber shopping too - how 'bout you? 15% off here all day... and you don't even need a coupon.
Happy shopping! Jenice
Finished November 03 2013, 0 Comments
I'm now inspired...
Well, considering that I am pretty good at stitching in the ditch and pretty fast, I had it done and ready to
Making it a great day! October 04 2013, 0 Comments
Good morning! I just finished re-vamping my website, change is good right? I know there are lots of little 'fixes' that need to be done, but it is so satisfying to re-create something and make it better. Now each time I look I see little tweaks here and there that need to be done and that is making me nuts. This is the same process as designing a quilt and sometimes I just have to walk away for awhile. So I am going to make myself vulnerable here and walk away, but I would really like your feedback on how to make this site even better - contact me via the 'Connect' page :)
Today I am having breakfast and an outing with girlfriends. I am excited to get out from behind my computer screen and enjoy a lovely fall day. You should too!
Making it a great day,
Sharing a Quilt September 20 2013, 0 Comments
Last night I had the pleasure of being the entertainment AKA guest speaker at the Flower Valley Quilt Guild. I took my trunk show of quilts old and new to share with the group of 50+ quilters. I am always nervous going in front of a group, hoping I can engage them in my show and tells. This group was awesome - there is nothing like looking into a crowd and being reassured that they are enjoying, evidenced by the smiles and affirmative nods. As I shared my wares my nerves quieted and I had the chance to enjoy and engage and smile and laugh, be silly and to share our common bond - quilts. So, Thank You to my audience - you made me feel super!
"Christmas Eve Gift" December 24 2012, 7 Comments
I spent my first Christmas with my husband's family in 1979, it was magical. On Christmas eve when the phone rang on the wall, my mother-in-law would answer with a giggle "Christmas eve gift". If you didn't say it first, you owed a gift - a hug, a kiss, an I love you, simple. Now 33 years later, the tradition continues and I still cannot beat that quick "Christmas eve gift" giggle. That year we sang with open hearts and loud voices Christmas carols as my mother-in-law worked her magic fingers and toes on the keys and pedals of the organ. Traditional eggnog - the good stuff made from G'pa's secret recipe - warmed our spirits as we embraced being together. Magical!
On this eve of our Savior's birth, I am wishing you a "Christmas Eve Gift" and truly hope this season is magical.
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