Have been working on decluttering my sewing space. I am very lucky as I was able to convert my son's bedroom to my very own studio and happy space. Problem is, that over the years I have also collected many books, patterns, and - well we won't discuss fabric and threads. Now that I have all the time I want to design, create and produce I need more room and less of the books etc. I have pulled out many books that no longer suit what I do and need to decide on what to do with it. Think I'll try and sell the books - after all I did pay a pretty penny for them and someone else may find it's just what they've been looking and want the great bargain. What do you do when you find you need to move things out......
Ok so it's time to confess - I am a lousy time manager. I succumbed to the great weather we've been having to work on the yard rather than finishing projects on hand. All these years I had a problem with spring yard work because I was confined to weekends (was already dark when I got home evenings) so I was elated to be able to spend the last few days cleaning and pruning and watering the landscape around me. Quilting was put on the back burner. Weather promises to get cold again tomorrow so I will be back on track soon.
How many of you have this problem? End result is I have lots of work to catch up on - proposals, samples and the dreaded taxes.
Retirement - a new journey begins.
The new year brings changes and new opportunities to be embraced. Got a new camera as a retirement gift and I'm ready to see what I can capture in the lens - textures, color and so much more. Some of the things already on the horizon are:
The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts in June - Alamogordo.
Craftours Cocoon in July - Santa Fe
International Quilt Show in November - Houston
Followed by a wonderful trip to Guatemala with Pam Holland
Stay tune for new adventures, photos and who knows.......
What a busy busy year its been. Haven't even posted to the blog or update the web page since February -Biggest reason was my internet connection - terrible!!!! All fixed now and I can get back to it.
Photo taken with buddies Pam and Eiko this summer. Yes Pam and I did our annual Thelma and Louise trip although it was a short one. A few days in Santa Fe and we were relaxed and re-engergized... More later.
So excited to have a good internet again. Lots of changes on the horizon and more to come. Right now getting ready for Houston..... Yippee!
I am not a fan of football - probably because I don't understand the rules - basketball is my game. This year, even the commercials were disappointing from my point of view.
So after making sure everyone has plenty of snacks to eat I get to play. A great way to spend Super Bowl Sunday. Bought this bright and happy quilt fabric a couple weeks ago at the Albuquerque AQS show.
Fabrics were purchased from Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop - www.heartstoholly.com - from Charlevoix, MI. Lots of super quick quilt patterns and kits already put together for you - cut and sew - I enjoyed the process... Granddaughter will be the happy recipient.
Are you a die-hard football fan or do you also spend the day playing.....
The Cat - and the quilt made by Pam Holland inspired by the cat above. Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts - 16-18 July 2015 - Alamogordo, NM This may be one of the classes being taught this year.
Two quilts from the many great quilts at the American Quilt Show in Albuquerque this weekend. Alamogordo quilting buddies, Caron, Linda, Jennifer and Cindy checked out the vendors and looked at all the quilts.
Happy little room divider I found at Hobby Lobby. Would really like to take it home but I have a problem - promised myself I'd toss three things for every new purchase I bring home. What do I toss?
Does your fabric procreate in the closet when the door is closed? I don't know how I can use fabric and use fabric and the stash never gets smaller.
How do you handle the accumulation of quilting and crafting "stuff". You know if you toss it or give it away you'll need it...
Do you go cold turkey? Give to a thrift shop only to see it is still there a few weeks later and buy it back? It was an accident I swear.
I need a fabric/craft (fill in the blank) twelve-step [rpogram.
What is the easiest way for you to learn? Are you better at following written directions or do you need the visual clues that photos and drawings provide? Or perhaps you prefer video tapes and learn easier by listening to instruction?
I have a couple projects to publish this year - how to put them out for you to use? I like simple written instructions with lots of photos/drawings so tend to be a visual learner - better yet is to take a class and watch the instructor - how about you?
It's a new year - with renewed energy and renewed goals.......... The past year was pretty hectic in so many ways. After a while I just couldn't bring myself to sit at the computer in the evenings to update the blog and do all the administrative things that need to be done. I'm not a resolution type person but I have decided to change a couple things:
Surround myself with POSITIVE people - remove the negative ones
Don't waste time on things I cannot change
Looking forward to 2015 and all the positive things to come. I hope you'll join me on my journey.