Monday, June 4, 2012

Umm...

Thanks so, SO much for your help planning my new sewing space.  Your many comments are a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Basically, you're completely awesome!

Do you mind if I also tell you that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed?  The decision to take over the green room for my sewing space arrived Thursday night. Then on Friday night we booked a one-night family vacation in Charlotte (taking our kids to a water park for the first time - I can't wait!).  We'll be heading to Charlotte this Saturday and making the Ikea trip on Sunday before heading home. So I'd better get this sewing room figured out! 

Ok, also on Friday I heard about an opportunity to do my first craft show at the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC.  This particular show has been a very successful event that I've enjoyed shopping in the past.  A craft show has been on my mind for awhile, so it was really just a matter of time before I tried selling at one.  But, this show runs early September, so I'm not sure if the timing is bad... or good?  Handstitched Class ends early August and even while it's going on I must be working on other projects.  So... do I want to take on making a lot of inventory right now?  And designing a booth?  Definitely nervous to commit.

And, in the midst of all that I'm also feeling uncomfortable with our transition to "summer vacation".  Without our homeschooling, I feel like I'm not connecting to the kids enough during the week.  I need to and want to work on creative Stitched in Color stuff, but I know it's easy for me (soooo productivity oriented) when there are no boundaries to work, work, work.  For the first time I'm feeling like I want to work less (while also wanting to work more), and I don't know how to do it.  Weird.

Am I a basket case?  Yes.

Did I do yoga this morning?  Yes.  That must have helped, right?

Oh, and I quilted a quilt this weekend?  Yes, again.

basted.

basted.

These are just the "basted" pictures.  Will show you the finish after I get the binding on. 

Don't forget, you're completely awesome.

33 comments:

  1. I think it would be wonderful for you to do that craft market. Would love to see some of the stuff you'd be selling. I love the quilt i this picture, so different. Can't wait to see it with the binding done.

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    1. I think it would be so fun to blog about the whole craft show process here! Especially as I'm a newbie and will have to figure it out as I go.

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  2. Oooh, I get your conflict about summer beginning. I also homeschool (and quilt). And I get the awkwardness of no boundaries. Sorry, no answers, just understanding :)

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  3. I would say, b.r.e.a.t.h.e! Slow down...enjoy your vacation, enjoy your children. There will always, always be another craft fair.

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  4. It's so hard to find that elusive balance, isn't it? I'm always reminding myself - I have my entire life to sew and only a very short window with little ones under foot. BUT I did sign up for your handstitched class because with four kids, including one high need baby, I need to prioritize taking (making!) this time for myself. It's good to set an example that mommy has needs and passions, too! :)

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    1. Yes, it is! It's all about balance for sure. I'll try to make some little tweaks to help us find that again.

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  5. That's a lot going on, definitely. How fun that you will go the water park this weekend! I bet A & L will love it. Hopefully, you will, too! I think the craft show sounds fun as well. I can understand your hesitation, though. But I bet if you commit, you will make it happen. That's just your style!

    And the polaroids! I can't wait to see how you quilted it!

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  6. It is so hard to find a balance. Since my daughter isn't homeschooling yet I found she spent a lot of idol time, because I was so busy. So the last few weeks I have been trying to set aside "school" time which at this point just consists of counting, and coloring and reading together. Maybe just take the time you guys had everyday for school and plan activities to do with them, so you are still on your schedule and they get quality time with you. More of a "summer school" maybe? I say if you think you can pull of the parade do it, I bet you will have a blast!

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    1. I think you're exactly right. I just need to budget time with them so that it's intentional, even though we can do anything at all in that time. Quality time is exactly the point. I still "parent" of course when I'm sewing, but it's not the same as really being with them.

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  7. You seem to have your kids on a pretty creative track in school. Summer just expands those possibilities!! They can learn about business and economics with you this summer! (and time management?) I 'finished' homeschooling last May and started a quilting blog last fall. While I still teach high school math to homeschoolers, it turns out I miss teaching younger kids. So, on my quilt blog, I've added a feature that gives Moms some Math ideas to do with their kids. It's nothing big, just a handful of ideas 3 or 4 times a month... the kind of thing where you can just ask questions, play games, send the kids on a search for things. I call it "This is Math?" and it's a tab on my blog. One might use it a scheduled activity - weekly, or a bonus activity and infrequently. Just having resources and ideas for filling time with activities that might prove useful in the future can be helpful during the summer. (Sorry this got long!) Whatever decision you make about the craft fair - HAVE FUN doing it and HAVE FUN with your children!

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  8. You will be able to figure it all out. I think the craft market would be so fun!

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  9. Have you ever thought of creating a Stitched in Color for kids? (not that I want to add more to your plate!) Just a thought since you mentioned wanting to be connect with your kids and work. Maybe they can help you come up with a curriculum and items for the booth. :)

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    1. Well there's a great big, huge, fabulous idea. Maybe next summer I can have a mom and kids class? Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Well, at least you have some quilty-goodness to share with all you're overwhelmed with at the moment. I'm right there with you, except I haven't had a chance to sew since last Thursday! I really hope things calm down for the both of us!! :)

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  11. It can be very stressful when you have to travel to IKEA! I live just outside Nashville, so it's 6 hours to Cincinnati or 4 to Atlanta, and there's so much pressure to know what you want and have all your measurements, etc. And my youngest is not potty trained, so I can't use the babysitting, which really puts the pressure on!

    Good luck!

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  12. Fyi, you are the one that is completely awesome! That's why we all follow you. Good days, bad days, productive or not, you keep us inspired to do what we love to do. So thank you!

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  13. Selling a market always sounds so scary! I hope it works out well and you make enough things to sell. Remember little things always go fast so have more of them, plus some in reserve.

    Love the Polaroids! How many do you have on the quilt in total? =D

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    1. I'm not sure how many, but there were 20 blocks total from the bee with anywhere from 4 to 9 polaroids each. So, it's a lot!

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  14. I hear you on the summer structure thing. although I'm not a homeschooler, I do "mommy school" with them in the mornings after breakfast. We just do a number and a letter worksheet, plus some coloring and they each write their name a few times. It's kind of just morphing into a craft time once the worksheets are done! I thought I'd have to push, but they beg me for it, and sometimes go back to the table for more mommy school. I basically just wanted to keep their skills up a bit as my oldest heads off to kindergarten soon! And good luck at Ikea-that is stressful! But fun. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  15. I need some help, I purchased your class that was suppose to start today?? But I don't know how to find it....did I miss something, like a log in to find out my first steps?

    From reading your blog, I know you are a very busy person, but please take time to help me figure out what to do.
    Thanking you in advance, Nancy

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    1. Yes, of course! Nancy, I just emailed you at ancee.grandma.at.home@roadrunner.com - at least I think that's you?

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  16. I still have never been to Ikea even though there's one about an hour away. I know...there must be something wrong with me. At least you're not going to have to wait forever to get the room set up. You guys are a lot more on top of things than we are here. I have no advice about the craft market. I think I would burn out personally. I'd end up not wanting to do anything for a year if I tried to do it. (I do love Greenville. I just want to go walk around.)

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  17. I can relate to the end of homeschooling no boundaries thing. Every summer I vacillate wildly between insane, no-holds-barred productivity and the overwhelming desire to just float in the pool and listen to the kids squeal and splash. Good luck with being balanced.

    Also, I love yoga. I just started teaching a yoga class at my house, it's hilarious and awesome. :)

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  18. I love Greenville, I was there a couple of years ago. It would have been perfect if there was a craft fair going on, but it was July :-) Just fyi, Bianca lives only about 20 minutes from the IKEA in Charlotte......

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  19. Hah it all seems to happen at once right about now, doesn't it? :D But as it's all positive stuff I'm happy for you!! Well, with the craft booth you have to know if you can manage it, it really sounds a bit... challenging? :D well listen to your heart (and let your brain also say it's part!)

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  20. Breathe.....it will all fall into place. You'll see.
    As I scrolled down your post, in my email, I was looking at all the little squares in your quilt and then.....then I saw feet and realized how small the squares are! It's beautiful!

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  21. Have a fun weekend swimming and shopping. Can't wait to see your studio as it develops. Just remember it doesn't all have to be done at once. Sometimes taking your time and letting it evolve into what you need is the best solution.

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  22. You need to take your advice and "don't forget, you're completely awesome!" Just involve the kids in completing your booth, or something like that. You are brilliant and I know you can pull off whatever you want.

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  23. Hi Rachel
    I am having the same issue as Nancy. I received my kit, (thank you very much), but I am not sure what else to do.
    My email is mogsinc@optusnet.com.au.
    If you could please tell me what to do, I would be grateful.
    Thanks
    Dianne

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  24. Oh, if you're hitting up Ikea, my cutting table has 'odd' legs - one end is a saw horse type set up, with a shelf underneath, and the other end is a small set of desk-like drawers, that hold thread and patterns, you can totally mix and match in there with table tops and legs :o)

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  25. Oh please please please do the Greenville show. I live there and would love to see all of your pretties (and you) in person!

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