Monday, September 29, 2014

Chase Mission Main Street Grants

Chase Mission Main Street Grants



I have applied to be part of this Grant offer in hopes to have a dream come true in having my own quilt shop.
I need your votes to help me reach that goal.

If you have a facebook account please vote for me as well as share this link with others to vote as well. click on this link:
https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/49445
Thank you so much for your vote.



Phyllis


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall is in the Air


Welcome to Fall! 

Summer has passed us by so quickly, it's hard to believe that fall is here.  One look outside and we can already see the leaves changing colors. I am looking forward to a trip over the mountain in another week, maybe two to capture the colors with my camera. 

In the mean time the quilting rush is on!   
Yes, it is that time of year when suddenly we realize Christmas isn't that far away.  I have 6 quilts in line at the moment, and a few more headed my way in a couple of weeks. And those are the ones I know about. I am sure there are more out there headed my way, and as is my personal policy for Quilter's Pantry.... I will do my best to get them all done in time. 
This year I am setting a time limit on getting them in to me. The cut off date for having your quilt to me for longarming in time for you to have it back in time for Christmas is October 30th!  
I have two maybe three personal quilts to get done this year as well. One is just about done!  

And this brings me to time management. We all suffer from poor management from time to time. We work, we have families, we quilt, we have other hobbies, we all have so much that we do day after day. We have plans for what we want to do and when we need to have it done. Then we wake up one day and realize we don't have it done and we have a lot less time to work on it to get it done; or worse, that time has passed and it's too late. 

With that in mind, and I know it's only the end of September, but..... it's also just about October already!  How are your quilting projects going?  Who is on your Christmas list?  Make a list and take a deep breath.  Don't feel bad that others may have a jump on getting all their gifts done. Concentrate on your own.  

Making a quilt and need it longarmed?  Let me know.  Like I said, but off date this year is October 30th!  

No time to make your own quilt or other craft item (Homemade item)? I also make Christmas ornaments!  Check out my Etsy shop to see those. Special orders are welcome. The cut off date for special orders on those is November 15th. 

I will leave you now with thoughts of all the things you have facing you to get ready for Christmas. However, I also want you all to take each day, one day at a time, to enjoy what is set before you. Take time to take a deep breath, to look around you and see the beauty in the area, or even in the fabrics in front of you. Take time each day to enjoy the day. 

Til next time..... 
keep those needles stitching, 
the thoughts and creative ideas flowing 
and 
the joy in your hearts. 

Phyllis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ending of Summer





Hard to believe it is nearly the end of 'official' summer. The temperatures will remain warm for a while, around here, but Labor day is just around the corner.  Schools have started, colleges are also back in session. Summer canning and freezing of the garden produce is in full swing, or already over. And all those quilts we wanted to be working on all summer....... are still waiting. 

As for me.... I've been busy quilting after a few weeks of being slowed down. I'm back in the swing of it (although I am taking this week away from any major quilting as we have a family reunion to prep for).  Customer quilts are again in a short pile, other quilts to be pieced are waiting to be touched, and while one is already loaded onto the longarm, another 3 are waiting in line and a 4th is waiting for me to make the backing. 

I hope you all have had a great summer doing what you love to do. I know many take time away from quilting to spend time with family, in the garden, at the shore, at the lake, traveling and just taking a quilting break.  Now it's time to get back into quilting.  Summer is ending and last I heard Christmas is only 18 Fridays away!  YIKES!  

I will leave you with this thought. Take a deep breath; survey your stash; make you Christmas list of gifts you want to make; pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy creating!  

Have a great end of summer week !

Til next time....
Keep those needles stitching. 

Phyllis 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Month Off


Yes, somehow I managed to take a month off..... from here. My plan was to take the month off from quilting for customers, and do some of my own quilting.  But, the customers kept coming, and I couldn't turn them away! 
I did take a break from a few other things, such as my blog (so sorry) and took some time to do some local traveling. 
DH and I went to Roan Mtn. TN, for the Rhododendron Festival. The blossoms were about gone, but the views were wonderful as always. 
We also went for a short overnight trip to Gatlinburg, TN and enjoyed just getting away and relaxing. 

We all need to do that from time to time. 
This summer I hope you all get a chance to take some time to: forget all your worries; don't fret over deadlines or requests coming in for quilts to make; or stressing over what you are going to make for everyone for birthdays and Christmas.  

Take time to enjoy summer. 

4th of July is rushing in around us. The fireworks are already going off in the neighborhood, and people are planning picnics, family time, parades, and other summer activities.  Go out over this holiday and enjoy yourselves. Everything else will wait. 

I am also going to take this opportunity to share the thoughts of a fellow quilting/crafts friend who recently lost her husband unexpectedly: paraphrasing

 Cherish each moment you have 
with those you love. 

Signing off 
Til next time.... 
keep your creativity flowing. 

Phyllis


 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

So Much, So Little

So much to do, so little time to do it. 
So much to say, so little time to say it.
So much fabric, so little time to use it.
So much time...... nope,not usually.

View from our deck May 2014


Many of you who read this are quilters, some are not. For those that are, you know what I mean with so much/so little. For those that have other hobbies and things you like to do in your 'spare' time that in return gives you less 'spare' time you also understand. 

There are times in our lives when what we do for fun, turns into being very time consuming. For those that turn that fun hobby into a business it becomes very time consuming. 

At times that business then isn't fun any more. (not in my case- I still love what I do!) We've all heard that work isn't work if it's fun!  How true!  

For those who have started a business that now isn't as much fun as it was when you started it, take a break. Take a deep breath and look over what you are doing and why. Time for a vacation? Just a few days off?  Have you forgotten to take a look outside and enjoy the blessings and beauty around you? It doesn't matter if you life in the country, city, or back in the woods, there is beauty and blessings to be seen. Enjoy them.

And then there are those folks who get bored. A friend of mine and I don't understand that concept. As creative people even if we are not working, quilting, designing, organizing, shopping for fabric and supplies, we are dreaming of our next project or admiring other's work. We have things to do, places to be and quilts to quilt. 

This is the time of year when the kids are out or soon will be getting out of school. For the first week or two they will be excited, they will find lots to do, friends to hang out with, places to go. Then they will get 'bored'.  As much as they may say they don't like school it seems when they are out of school with nothing planned to do they get bored. Now is a great time to introduce them to a hobby (depending on their age as to what it will be). Find out what they like to do. Quilting, drawing, photography, painting, helping others, horseback riding, swimming, acting... the list goes on.  Get them involved with it beyond just something to do for a few hours. Get them involved so they have a task to do with it each day. Teach them the responsibility of it and the discipline of being on time, taking care of things, sharing with others.  By learning what they like to do, cultivating it into something important for them.... you never know where it could lead them in the future. 

Yes, there is a time when you get so busy you forget to rest, there is also a time when you rest so much you get bored. And there is also a time when you are so busy you continue to find other things to do so you don't dare get bored. 

I do stay busy. I add things to my to do list all the time.  And for fun?????? I quilt, create, and take photos of life around me. And once in a while - I sit and do nothing.....just before I fall asleep sitting there. People wonder how you have time to get it all done.... that's when I tell people that "sleep is overrated." Just kidding of course.

Enjoy your time. Your work time, your hobby time, your family time, your down time, your 'do nothing' time. 

Til next time ---- 
AJ smelling the Iris
 Stop and smell the flowers.

Phyllis




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there. 

I know the day is just about over, but like many of you, my day has been a busy one. 

Full of 'Mothering' things. Laundry, paying bills, and work.  BUT it was interrupted by a visit from my daughter, her husband and little AJ (who is getting bigger and bigger every day). They had made chocolate covered strawberries for me (and other moms). They are soooo good! 

I also got a phone call from my son, which is special as well since he lives so far away. He is also still in the Army so we don't see much of him. 

I'm so proud of both my kids. They each have had struggles, as everyone does. They have been through a lot as kids and as adults. Ours is a long story, but in the end we have survived and I am blessed by their love. 

Our lives get so busy most of the time. The days turn into weeks, into months and then into years. As Mom's we are busy raising our families and hoping the kids all turn out o.k. Then, we turn around and the kids are grown, out of the house, on their own with kids of their own. We look at them, when they don't realize it and smile ------ yep, we've done o.k.

Our one day a year when they acknowledge Mother's Day, is surrounded by all the other days of the year we function in Mom mode. And, yes it's true, no matter how old we or they get, they will always be our little boys or little girls. 

Also on this day, I'm missing my own Mom who passed away in 1990. She was the inspiration to my sewing and now quilting. She was a very special person. I wish she was still around so I could share with her my life as it is now. I think it would make her happy. 

And so, as this day comes to a close, I again wish you a Happy Mother's Day. May you find time each day of the year to look at your children, or your own mother and smile over a special memory, a fond moment, or just in the overall joy of motherhood. 

Til next time...... 

Phyllis

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Walking for a Good Cause

AJ on his birth day
AJ just shy of 20 months!
On May 4th my daughter, Katrina, will be walking in the March of Dimes Walkathon here locally.   She is trying to raise money to reach her goal that will help the organization in research to help other preemie babies and their mommies. 

Her son, the AJ I talk about from time to time, pictured above, was a preemie and is doing remarkably well at 20 months old.  

Research has come a long way but more needs to be done to help babies and their mommies go to full term and be healthy.  
If you can and if you will please follow this link to donate to her team.  Any amount will help. 
http://www.marchforbabies.org/donate/donate_choose.asp?si&p=1&u=katr07&w=6618335&bt=11

If you can't donate that is fine, I just ask that you keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as they walk for such a good cause. 

Thanks again to all my readers.

Til next time -


 Tiny fingers and tiny toes
Tiny quilts, tiny clothes.
Watching each breath they breath
Watching they grow and achieve.
Little babies growing up
Learning, caring, loving.
Wrapped around our hearts - always.

written by Phyllis Dewey

~Phyllis~