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SPRING Is Upon Us! What Have You Been Doing Since The Holidays?

Well, it is Spring and my last post was a week before Christmas.  I was so scared to look at my numbers before posting this, but  much to my surprise, again, the numbers of views per day continue to soar!!! Thank you, ALL!!!!

As you all know, we were to head to the airport at 5 a.m. on 12/26/12 for a trip to Maui that we were calling our honeymoon (33+ years late).  Well, just five hours prior to leaving for the airport I landed in the Emergency Room with chest and arm pain and shortness of breath.  Now, even if I had gone to the E.R. with just a cut finger I more than likely wouldn’t have made my flight, so you can imagine coming in with these symptoms, I wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. Came home next day, rescheduled everything for first week of March, did all follow up appointments, started new meds and did everything I was supposed to do…things just were not working out and I ended up being scheduled for a cardiac procedure and had to cancel the trip completely.  Being from New England, we really don’t want to go to Hawaii in our summer time…We want to go while everyone here is shoveling and heating!!!  HAHA!!! So, although the problem has not yet been completely resolved, we know what the problem is and I am well on my way to recovery and adjusting to some changes in my life. That said, we will be planning a winter trip, because we ARE going to have this honeymoon!!!

As you can imagine, I have been overwhelmed with medical appointments, procedures and life adjustments since Christmas.  THAT does not mean I haven’t been sewing.  I just haven’t been posting because birthdays have been happening, babies have been born, Easter happened and now it Is Spring and that means lots of alterations….and I can’t wait to get outside and breathe in some fresh air, soak up some sunshine and plant and tend to my garden daily, as well as continue to sew, of course.

I have just posted on my Studio Page things I have created since Christmas….Thank you for taking a look.  As usual, if there is something that strikes your fancy or that inspires a thought for something you would like for yourself, your home, a friend’s gift, an upcoming birthday, wedding, new baby, or holiday that you want a gift for, just contact me.  I am absolutely positive we will come up with a solution for your needs and you will be happy!

I hope to be  more active here and am hoping I am over the peak of this new event and things will begin to normalize now.

Thanks, again, for your loyalties.  Keep checking in daily and I will try to make it worth your time!!!!  Even if all we do is share a little coffee time together on some days.

I hope you are all well and happy and are getting organized for all your Spring Cleaning, inside and outside, as well as planning your garden because before you know it, it will be summer and then we will be talking about canning all the harvested fruit and vegetables you are getting ready to plant soon.

Hoping you all have a very productive day.  Thanks, again, for stopping in and come back soon!!


I Have Added Some New Pictures of Custom Made Items ……

Well, this is what happens when you can’t sleep….you get quiet things done.

I have added some new pictures of Custom Made Items on my Studio Page.  I hope you will scroll down and review what is in my studio and it inspires you to imagine what it is you would like to do about a memory/memorial quilt, or an upcoming baby shower or maybe you are going to be adding a new member to your own household and need something custom made.

Did you get married this year?  Are you trying to figure out how not to waste your wedding gown or just leave it sitting there taking up precious space and never being seen?  Contact me. I have some great ideas.

Are you planning an upcoming wedding, or perhaps a bridal or baby shower?  Let’s talk about it!

Thanks for checking the Studio link and I look forward to hearing from you.

Remember, from 12/26 to 1/10 I will be on vacation in Maui, enjoying my long overdue honeymoon (33+ yrs). That said, if you contact me and I don’t get right back to you, now you know why!!!!  I will return all messages as soon as I return.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season.

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Source: Angrywhitedude.com

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It Is Never Enough!!!!

Now, my nest is empty and there are small, physical reasons that make it best for me to work at home. I have found my niche.  I feel free to be me, do what I have a passion for, do my best thinking and planning, and very relaxed in my sewing room!  Yes, I have one room dedicated to sewing, which contains sewing and embroidery machines, fabric stash, projects in the works, spools of many different colors of thread, scissors and other cutting tools, boxes of buttons, tons of patterns, and pins, ribbon, zippers and many other notions as well as a box of projects for my granddaughter to practice her sewing skills with.

It seems, though, the old cliché, ‘it is never enough!’ holds true with me as well.  One room is not enough!!! Although I love the sewing room, it is very limiting to be in that one room all day. My solution?  Well, I cut patterns on a dining room table, I do serging in my living room, discuss custom requests on the phone and/or laptop while I am cooking, sewing, relaxing with some TV, or chatting on line….so wherever the laptop and/or phone happens to be is where I am beginning the creating process with ideas, plans, visions, and lots of discussion.


Then, I am all over the house creating the custom request, which IS my passion!!!! All you have to do is imagine it; I will create it by planning every detail with you, then finding the perfect fabric for your custom request, then to the cutting (dining room) table, to the sewing room  and living room and then it gets shipped.


In addition, there are two storage closets packed with labeled totes of fabric sorted by seasons.  There is a storage bench in my living room filled with bookkeeping, office and shipping supplies. 

I am sure it would not matter how many more rooms were in my home, I would find something to do of my creative process in each of them, as well.

I guess with all this in mind, the best way for me to describe Where I Create is;

Home–where my heart is!


I Am Back and I Have Been Featured!!!

Good morning!

I am so sorry to have been so absent since the New Year!  I am hoping you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are off to a great start for the New Year!

I promise to be back here, more regularly….My first week of the New Year was taken up by Blooming Sisters Blog, mostly reorganizing and scheduling posts, as well as getting house and sewing studio back to a better normal…..

Then, last week, all floors were carpeted, quite unexpectedly, but I am so happy about it….so it was like moving out and right back in all week.  🙂

On Wednesday, however, a lovely post was published on Blooming Sisters that I just have to share, so here it is and I will be back soon, I promise; (Thank you, Bridgett, who originally published it on her personal blog Rambling Designs ).



We have a new feature, here, on Blooming Sisters! Featured Artist will publish every Wednesday! 🙂 This will be the place and day where we introduce you to new and awesome artists! Come check back often! I promise you great and interesting people! A terrific way for you to meet great new people! Discover blogs to add to your reader and shops to check out! 🙂

Ok! Today I have a wonderful, sweet person “here with me” on Blooming Sisters!

Louise Laferriere

I met her while writing for the Blooming Sisters Blog! (you all have subscribed to it by now, right? Don’t make me threaten you!) She is awesome and my saving grace when it comes to editing my articles here! But she is so much more than just an editor! She is a wizard with the needle as well!

All right. I will let Louise take over from here!

I am so honored to be featured, here.

I am a near 63-y.o., wife, mother, gramma and namma.

My passion? Well, I have a few;

First and foremost is my family!!!

Then, sewing anything and everything for anyone!!! I love custom orders, and the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind items that people imagine being theirs. I love helping new moms pick the fabrics and design their baby’s nursery, or helping a bride choose the right design and fabric for her wedding party and/or her most important dress in her life…as well as her bridesmaid and flower girl gifts such as personalized totes, spa wraps or robes.  I also enjoy re-purposing wedding gowns into Christening outfits, Christmas tree skirts, quilts or anything the newly established family would like for heirlooms to pass down.

Client’s Wedding Dress
Re-Purposed Wedding Gown into Family Heirloom Tree Skirt
Re-Purposed Wedding Gown into Christening Outfit for 1st child

Next, would have to be medicine. I worked most of my life in Emergency Rooms and Intensive Care Units, loving the challenges, the pace, and the accomplishments…Yes, there were days that were not so happy, but from all the unhappy days, we learned a little more, hopefully preventing another unhappy day. Sewing as a hobby and part-time job at home was my outlet for the bad days…I could relax, and do some of my best thinking at the sewing machine….

Lastly, if I had to describe a perfect moment it would go like this;

I am sitting at my sewing machine in front of the huge picture window that looks onto the seashore, facing west (so the sun doesn’t get in my eyes till end of day). It is on the second floor of my log cabin. I am sewing, happily, and when I look up, I see my grandmiracles playing on the beach with their “Pop Pop” (my hubby of 32+ years).

Reality is, I sew at home in a relatively small studio, always struggling to keep it organized and somewhat neat, while “PopPop” works every day in retail management. We get to the beach approximately three or four times a year and only once or twice with grandmiracles. That said, I wouldn’t change a thing about my life. I am married to the best husband any woman could ask for. We still like each other after all these years.

I am one happy and very blessed woman.

I have, over the last year, spread my wings with the help of some very skilled and talented women who have taken me under their wings and shared their Internet knowledge and cheered me on as I ventured into social networking, online hand-made shopping sites, as well as site building. I am blessed with such a supportive group of sisters…..I am learning sooo much and have become addicted to blogging, to be honest…something I swore I would never do, and I always thought facebook and tweeting were for bored people who had nothing to do,,,,oh, my, have I learned a thing or two…I can now be found at all the following;

and I am working on:

and I am currently working as Project Manager for an upcoming hand-made online venue for artists and buyers to meet and work on selling and buying many exciting hand-made items as well as requesting and filling custom orders (one-of-a-kind). This will be very exciting. Components are being worked on as I type…so please, subscribe everywhere you find me, to be one of the first to know when Lotus Made launches!!!

Thanks, again, for having me here and for reading.

Hope to be seeing you all, everywhere!!! You may contact me with questions as well at SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net

Happy New Year, everyone!


There you have it! Didn’t I tell you she was a sweety? Go check out her links, you won’t regret it! I promise! 🙂

If you would like to be a featured artist on Blooming Sisters Blog, please do drop us a line and  write a little blurb like Louise did, put in a few pictures and send it to me! 🙂 I promise I will feature you. (We do reserve the right to censor what we feature. We do have a family friendly blog and WILL keep it that way! 😉 I hope you understand! )

Till next Wednesday!