I feel like a ground hog right now. I have been buried with work here at home. I seriously can't believe how much time has gone by!! My girlfriend callled today and gently encouraged me to get my tail on over here and update everyone! Thanks Alisa!!!
I won't even go into all the details explaining my disappearance again. Some of them you'll read about below. Basically, I was way overcommitted, which I often am, but this was at an all time high and I had a ton of stuff that I had to get done. Just know that I have been wanting to sneak back here everyday to continue with my birthday bash giveaways but blogging is always at the bottom of my to do list, so it just never made it back to the top of the list. Poor, neglected space. Faithful readers, thank you for returning!
Now, I just have to share a couple quick things and then I will put up one long post with all the rest of the giveaway items in it and we can resume the giveaways from 6 weeks ago (ooy!).
I am so excited to share with all of you my first sewing/quilting publication. My Scrappy Coneflowers Quilt is in the current issue of STITCH magazine!
Stitch Winter 2011 cover
My Quilt on page 40! I also have a quote on the back page of the issue...sharing my 2011 Sewing Resolutions. I am happy to say I have already starting in on my resolution and looking forward to sharing some of what I've done with you all here over the summer months!
If you'd like to get your hands on a copy of this issue, you can find it here. The issue is packed with some really lovely projects, so I'd say it is a must have! Due to its success, STITCH is now a quarterly magazine instead of a bi-annual one. I have two projects that will appear in the next issue! Can't wait to share those with you all. I also have 5 other projects coming out in a new magazine in April. I found out about these 5 projects being accepted in December as well! I thought they'd accept one or two of the projects, not all 5. So I had to work quite a bit to get them all done and sent off. Of course I'll share all of that with you all when I get the issues in hand! These project submissions kept me busy at the end of December/beginning of January. But I am so excited to have ventured into the world of magazine publications!
I am also super duper excited to share with you all that I have been invited to record some segments for a new TV show that will be airing on PBS starting in June.
I was invited to submit some ideas after meeting the show's producer at the International Quilt Market back in October. I was asked to submit and idea for consideration. Well I submitted 5 and they now want me to do 3 of those ideas instead of just 1! I got the confirmation on this shortly after I started my giveaways. So, as you can imagine, my schedule changed slightly! I am tickled, nervous and just in disbelief! But am working hard here to do a knock-out job. I have never done anything like this before. So I am learning alot and trying to be as prepared as I can be before I fly out in March for the tapings.
My three projects are super fun and all directions and patterns will be available on the show's website. One project is inspired one of my favorite pieces of art..this painting that hangs in my dining room.
Also, an update on our move. We closed on our new house in Michigan. We love the house so much! We are getting a bit of work done on it before the kids and I head up ..... having some hardwood floors put in and getting lots of painting done. The kids have a little "clubhouse" between their bedrooms that they decided they wanted to paint themselves. We picked up 8 colors of chalkboard paint and started in on the project. We'll have to finish once we move up in March.
I'll show you pictures of the completed project.
The kids had a blast playing in the backyard. I was cold and stayed inside, snapping pictures through the window!
After experiencing the cold and snow over that weekend when we went up for the closing, I decided to push our move date back. I know, I am such a wimp! But 2.5 years here in Texas has turned me into one!! Though it is 21degrees today, but on Monday it was 71 degrees! Also, I was running around like a crazy lady, sorting, purging, cleaning, staging our house here for selling and am so relieved to have a few more weeks to prepare everything. I also want to get done with the tapings for the new TV show before the move. I am already stressed enough and want to make sure I am fully prepared and not stressing out because something got packed and I need it for the taping! I was feeling pretty stressed and now I just feel a bit more relaxed about the whole thing. This way too, we get to have Leah's 10th birthday party here with her friends! I have something special planned and will be sharing it with you all as well! :)
What else? Oh, I am going to clear out a bunch of fabric before the move since I pushed it back. I have marked down lots of fabrics on the website. And I am having a sale in my Etsy shop as well (enter code MovingSale at checkout there to save 20% off of you order).
All right, I'd better go. I have to finish up some blocks for a charity quilt that I must get in the mail tomorrow!
I hope you all are well and I'll see you back here soon to continue the giveaways and to announce the winners from the 1st two giveaway posts!
Here's to a great 2011 for all of us!