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I Am Alive and Well…And Oh, How I Have Missed You!!!!

Okay, don’t fall off your chair.  Yes, I am here.  I had to find some time to come here and let you all know I am alive and well.  More importantly, to thank you for the soaring views on my blog daily in spite of my absence! I am amazed and grateful and appreciative of your loyalty!  To all of you that have checked in every day, thank you and my sincerest apologies for being MIA!

Suffice it to say, (so I don’t bore you) that life kind of took me over! I got determined to build an inventory for the craft fairs in November and stayed very busy with that…..all the time, thinking I should put up a post, but I feared if I walked away from the pile of work I lined up for myself I wouldn’t get right back to it…While working on the inventory an in-law got pretty sick and my husband and I were kept pretty busy with him and his needs.  That has calmed down now.  The craft fairs were kind of a bust.  Lots of people, looking, touching, asking questions, but not buying much of anything.  I am just happy it wasn’t just me, although I kind of expected to learn more than I sold since it was my first year ever doing them.  Everyone was feeling the same.  Better luck next time! 🙂

Then, it was time for Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas and every single day, I walk into my studio and see my fabric wrapped around my dress form and, still, it hasn’t even been preshrunk and I leave for Maui in 9 days!!!!  This week, I am finishing up the last minute Christmas stuff as we are having our family celebration on Saturday, visiting with some relatives and friends on Sunday and Monday evening, and packing on Tuesday to leave first thing Wednesday morning!

I have lots of pictures to add to my studio page, here, and really wanted them up by now, but….I will try to get them up here as soon as possible.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you all have a wonderful Christmas season!  I hope that your New Year will be happy, healthy and prosperous!!!

I promise some awesome pictures of the trip when I get back.

Again, thanks for the crazy numbers in spite of my absence and I appreciate all of you.

I am going to sign off with a virtual moment of silence for all the victims and their families in CT.

candles for the children



Where Did The Summer Go? 09/01/2012

Wow, it has been a crazy and busy summer!!!! I spent a little insomnia time catching up on blog reading, answering emails, etc. this morning and was very inspired as most of the blogs I read were updates on what has been keeping the authors away…Well, for some it was work and others it was summer time fun.

For me, it has been both!!!

It started with a violin concert for one of my granddaughters.



Then there was a 5th grade crossing over (into middle school) ceremony for a grandson…Sorry, I forgot to bring my camera. REALLY??? Oh, sometime getting old really is maddening.

Then onto a preschool graduation, for the youngest grandchild!!!!








Then, there was kindergarten graduation, for the youngest granddaughter!!!

Then, we went on vacation at Newfound Lake lake house at end of July.  Perfect week, with great friends, great weather and so much fun and relaxation!  Just what the doctor ordered.








Then, there was another vacation in the middle of August.  This one was spent with the youngest two grandmiracles.  We did a picnic at a local lake, and some shopping and some fun stuff, and that week ended with a huge family reunion at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.  Later in the week, dinner out with the hubby to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary!










Finally, I wrapped up August by hosting a baby shower for my niece.

HaHaHa, while editing before posting this, I just noticed one of my granddaughters sitting/hiding on the sofa…wants no part of being in a pic…LOL!!!!

Of course, in between all this fun stuff there were orders to be completed, deadlines to meet, and life as usual!! A couple of memory quilts as well as nursery bedding can be seen on my Studio  Page.

Today is September 1.  Unbelievable!!!! This is National Sewing Month!  It is also when all the kids start school again. Allow extra time for the school bus delays on the roads, drive safely!

This morning, I have a panic-stricken bride coming over to have her dress fitted for alterations, as the seamstress she had left it with called her Thursday to let her know that she will not be able to do the alterations.  Her wedding is October 5! I am sure she will be in a better state of mind when she leaves.

For this month, I have a list of birthday and Christmas gifts to get moving on, as well as a project for my bedroom that I haven’t been able to get to,  so hopefully, this is the month for the bedroom.

In addition, I Halloween costume orders are coming in!!!!

So, now you have my update!!!! How was your summer?  What’s next for you?

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Only 117 days till I leave on a jet plane headed to Maui for 10 luxurious days to have my long overdue (33 years) honeymoon!!! Can’t wait!


Could My Birthday Be Any Better? I Think Not!!!

Wow, I could have never guessed what a wonderful birthday I would have.  They have always been nice and loving and fun, but this one, just shocked me beyond words.

My husband and I have been married 32 years last August….We have four children who are all grown and out on their own and we have nine grandmiracles!!!!!  Blessed?  I would say so!!!

We never had a honeymoon and never really thought much about it because life happened and we had our priorities in the right order, so we worked, ate, slept, and did all we could for and with our kids and it has been a wonderful 32 years…..Would do it all over again, so who needs a honeymoon….right?

My husband decided that there was something we needed to do before we couldn’t so for my birthday he booked flights for a 10-day stay in Maui!!! Yup you heard me…MAUI!!!!!  To make it just a little better, we are going from Dec 26 through Jan 4!!!! Happy New Year!!!! How do you say that in Hawaiian?? Hmmm, am going to have to study up!!!! Yes, I am like a little kid in a candy shop!!!!

We have a whale watch cruise reserved,

a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat reserved,








a luau with front row seats reserved







and a cocktail and firework cruise for New Years Eve reserved!!!! Rest of our days will be kicking back on the beach during some days, dinner at a different restaurant every night as I want to explore, and of course some shopping!!!! 🙂

So, from sunrise, to sunset

we’ll be busy, but in a good way!!!!!! Going to enjoy the climate and no shoveling or snow storms!!!!!  🙂

At my age, I shouldn’t be wishing my time away, but honestly I just cannot wait for December 26th!!!!! LOL!!!!!

Well, that is all my news……I just had to share…..I am now waiting for fabric and patterns that I ordered to arrive so I can start sewing some sundresses and a long dress for the luau!!!!! So exciting…because I never seem to find time to make anything for me, but now I will make the time!!!!

I apologize for not being here as often as I had hoped I would be but I actually have a couple orders to work on as soon as fabric arrives and I am working on a memory quilt for daughter’s birthday and memory quilts for two youngest grandmiracles whose birthdays are coming up last week of April and first week of May!  I will post pics when they are done.

I want to take a minute, here, to thank you all for your following….this past week I reached the 3,000 views status!!!!  Very happy about that, so thank you all and feel free to spread the word to your friends……

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and that none of you have been affected by yesterday’s tornados….Be safe!!!