Resolution Recap: Plan

In the beginning of the year, I broke down my top (monthly) resolutions and shared them here. I broke it down as such to allow me time to focus on the specific resolution but to hop I would create enough of a habit or routine, if you will for the specific resolution that would only continue to carry on and be easy to merge additional resolutions into. For the month of January, my resolution was:

For the beginning of the year, I wanted to feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished with completing projects. Since I could remember, I have been the one who likes to wait almost until the last minute until I finally just ‘go for it’ and stop procrastinating my plans or intentions on something. I can over analyze things a lot, so much so that it will hinder me moving forward with doing anything. All because I can’t resign myself to anything. During the thought process of discovering my 2015 resolutions, I noticed that I need to learn to plan better. I need to be real with my time.

I made sure that just about every day, I did a little bit of something. Haven’t a ‘regular’ full-time job makes it difficult to devote all of my time to my quilting, but it doesn’t make me loose my drive to quilt and sew. Where are you money tree!? Back to my point, I made an extreme effort (that didn’t end up feeling like much effort at all) to be conscious that each day something was being completed or at least making some good progress. While the first two weeks made me feel at times that there was no end in sight, once I began finishing things, the weight began to feel lighter and lighter. I liked the feeling so much that it continued to actually pick my speed up. I didn’t feel as tired after work, rather than I felt energized and ready to do more work and finish some things up.

I really didn’t find any good way of ‘planning’ other than my white board that was put up during the complete sewing room overhaul. I wrote everything down on one side that needed to be done yesterday soon and on the other side, the other projects that had some time, but could use the reminder of what is coming up. As I finished things they were removed from the list and others took its place, depending on the urgency or timeline for it to be done.

With the new found peace of finding myself and (so far) sticking with my resolution, I have found that I accomplished a lot in just one month. So far, my plan has worked and I am hoping that this continues throughout the year to only get better and better. Now that I have seen progress from just over the month, it has be ready to continue and push forward, no longer feeling weighed down by the thoughts or lack of thoughts of what I have not done. Now onto February, where I welcome: Health. How have your resolutions been going? Are you finding them not to suite you as well as you thought and needing to shift things again, or finding they are working better? Any suggestions for my welcoming Health would be greatly appreciated, or anything that can help with my PLAN for the rest of the year as well!

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What I Did This Week #5 – WIDTW

Hey lovlies! Another weekend down! :::insert high five here::: How was your week? Anything eventful, exciting… or lots of awesome sewing? Personally, I don’t have anything exciting or eventful, but I DO have lots of sewing. I have been entirely busy all week. There was only one day this week I did not stay up until Midnight sewing and that was last night. I could have, but decided I’d relax for the night because I knew Friday night I would be up late doing even more. Lets recap:

I did show my face again on Instagram as I did spend the weekend with a friend and as always with her, I enjoy myself. We seem to connect in a way where we could literally just look at one another and know what the other was going to say. Each time we are around one another (which is at least once a week) we laugh pretty hard as there are several times we look at each other because we said the same thing at the same time (1, 2, 3 jinx!) or either one was just thinking what the other just stated. It’s pretty crazy and sometimes creeps us out (in a good way), as we even ‘sigh’ at the same time and so forth. In any case, my whole point to this ramble is that it really is pretty awesome to have a friendship of that sort. We definitely have our heated discussions, but we have always maintained respect for one another. We are both really strong individuals and that can be difficult between two women, but we discuss our friendship and what we expect from it on the other party quite often.

What is even better about our friendship, is I can be in my sewing room and we can talk away and I still am able to get quite a bit done. Being originally from Southern California, I really have not connected with many people and especially since I am into what many refer to as my “grandma style” and “old soul”; therefore we seem to spend our weekends much differently. ;o)  With that being said, what I spent doing this past weekend was shopping in my sewing room… I need to do this more often! (I found about 10 more fabrics to bolt while looking for more fabric… ha! It hides everywhere!)

The one thing I was really excited about doing this week which I normally don’t, was I had this random urge over the weekend where I kept thinking of sharks (which my husband LOVES and has a dream one day to go Shark Cage diving… I am thinking 10 year anniversary?). Anyhow, while I was at work this week and had down time, I began doodling/drawing away and trying to come up with a simple shape version for him… so along came these.

I have begun the construction for the shark and have hit a few rough spots as I am also trying to write a pattern for it, both piecing and paper piecing. When I hit a really frustrated moment with the shark I decided to work on a bone-y fish friend for the shark. As you can see, he came together really well and I could almost do an entire quilt in those. Lastly, I randomly tried working on a beaver (I think their cute in an ugly way) and the colors seem to throw me off on the drawing (hey, I was working with pencil and highlighters) but I needed some contrast. I think once I put fabrics to the test it will really work well (and I also added ‘feet’ to the front of him) to give it more body. What do you think?

I did also finally finish that baby girl crib quilt set. Phew! The new mother loves it and I can’t wait for the little girl grow up and be snuggled in her forever quilt. Made especially for her.

And oh yea, I showed a sneak peak on the gift I was doing for the #craftybirthdaybash1 (@jennyrach for January month); here is another sneak peak of it all complete. Still can’t show it all yet though, she has not yet received it. All in all, I would definitely say that I feel very satisfied with what I have accomplished this week. Progress is all that matters but when you make BIG progress, it makes you feel just a bit better.

Now that I showed you What I Did This Week, what all did you do this week? Care to show it off, because I’d love to see!

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Polka-dot Twins

Is it really Wednesday again? For some reason, it appears that Wednesdays are the one creeping up on me. This is typically the day I make sure anything I need mailed out or last minute things to pick up are done, but apparently not on this Wednesday. I was ill prepared. It all started this morning when my alarm clock went off at 5:30 a.m. like it does every work day, I snoozed it like I do every morning as I lay there preparing to wake up. Unfortunately, I woke up to it being a few minutes past 7:00 a.m. (which is the time I LEAVE for work). Needless to say I was out of the house in 10 minutes, and in those 10 minutes I accomplished:

Getting dressed
Brush my teeth
Scramble to throw my hair in a pony tail
Let all 3 dogs outside
Feed the dogs
Feed 2 cats
… and I made it to work with 5 minutes to spare.
So yes, I feel accomplished. Lucky for you (and me) I have at least some things that I am working on. I did finally piece together the Jelly Roll Jam II tops that I did in a super fun polka-dot jelly roll. It’s crazy seeing these in my sewing studio vs. outside; they appear so much bigger when on the design wall. They are just baby quilt size, approx. 40” square. Perfect for a play mat or snuggle up for a nap.

It was quite windy when I took these photos, so while it gave a nice flow-y appeal to it, that “flowiness” is difficult to capture in pictures. haha. I did find this picture funny as while I was taking them, I found myself almost thinking of this as a nice poncho sweater; the way it V’s in the center, the tree acting as the body, the “drapiness” and flow of the fabric. It made me chuckle a bit. 
My idea for these is for a set of fraternal twins… or a brother and sister that are close in age. Something that is individual for them but connects them with their sibling. I think they are fun and inviting and something that would catch baby and toddlers eyes. Simple shapes for their eyes, yet a colossal of them. 
I have also been working on a #craftybirthdaybash1 gift for the January birthday girl! (@jennyrach). This isn’t the finished product and I will be finishing it up tonight, I can’t risk her seeing it just yet. She will receive it soon and I will be sure to share it then, it has turned out quite well and I almost must make one for myself. I have a feeling you will think it is Sew Stitching Cute, too!
What have you all been working on this week? I’d love to add another WIP to my stack of them already!
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Winter Frost – a Quilt Crib Set

Can you believe that we have officially begun the 4th week of 2015 already? Come this weekend, it will already be February and two weeks of there, love will be in the air all over us! While today isn’t Valentine’s just yet, I do have some love to share with you! That baby crib quilt set I have been working on, the one I have spoken about for the past few months off and on… ya that one, it is finally done. I am now able to share it as it has been received at its forever home!

This quilt was very difficult for me. It was difficult for me because it was not something that I would run-to or appealing to my eye when I was working on the overall design of it. I loved the animal prints, I loved all the prints themselves… but I was finding difficulty figuring out what to do with all of them.

 I believe what made it the most difficult was the pressure I put on myself as the mother-to-be at the time’s original focus was the owls in this print line. Unfortunately there weren’t many owls in the panel due to the way it was cut. Luckily her fiance is a fisherman/hunter and so she was in love with the entire line to begin with. I didn’t allow the pressure to be removed from me until near the end though (now only if I can do that from the beginning and I would have less stress).

I ended up quilting it really with lots of loop-de-loops with a few leaves and flowers mixed in along with the baby’s name, full name and initials randomly throughout. I love the extra personal touch that it gives the quilt as they can’t really go ‘unpicking’ the quilting… it is forever bound to them and them alone.

I apologize for the horrible photos, the weather has not been nice enough for me to take it outside without possibly getting it muddy and with the light fabric print on this one, I couldn’t risk it. Once again a solid back color was used (customer request) and the quilting always shows through really nicely, including the nativity seen with the panels in the center… I was surprised to turn it around and realize you could actually tell what the animals were from the back quilting. More tracing quilting in the future? I think so.

One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the border. I just did wavy lines back and forth and tried to slant them to the angle towards the corresponding corners. It ended up looking like zebra print, which fits with the animal theme and I think it fit well, it framed it nicely to say the least. Once I did finish this quilt, I was much more satisfied with it and taking a step back, I really admire the pix-elated feeling of the low volume and darker volume fabric. It’s a very sweet and soft quilt, with not allowing it to be too girly for a mom who is not so girly and tolerable enough for the father who is a serious hunter/fisherman.

Along with the quilt I also made two crib sheets and two large floor/cuddle pillows. They were approx. 24 x 24 pillows and thought they would be perfect for floor and couch snuggling. I quilted them both with diagonal straight lines. I really wanted to keep those for myself (I am obsessed with pillows). The new mother received the package this past Saturday and she LOVED it. When she let me know she received it and gave me a generous compliment, there was a joke that she would finally be going into labor that night now that the baby’s quilt had arrived. Wouldn’t you know? I woke up the next morning to see that she had JUST delivered their first bundle of joy? Her water broke at 12:05 a.m. I was so happy to see them all happy, healthy and full of smiles! I can’t wait to see the newest little one enjoying her new personalized quilt!

I won’t lie, it makes you stand a little taller and smile big when you receive compliments such as this. I was just very happy they all loved it.

Here it is… now sitting in its new forever home. How cute is this baby room? Now to add baby to the picture and it would literally be picture perfect.

I am linking up to Main Crush Monday w/Cooking Up QuiltsFabric Tuesday with QuiltStory and Finish it up Friday w/Crazy Mom Quilts; make sure to join in and strut your stuff!

Sewing Room Shopping

Sunday, the last day to relax and enjoy any last remnants of life without a ‘real job’. Oh Mondays, how you loath me. I was productive today at least. Took care of lots of laundry and the never ending cleaning of the house. Lucky for my sewing/quilting room, cleaning and organizing on Sunday leaked in there as well. I finally decided that all loose fabric would finally find a home and all fabric large enough to be bolted, would.

Don’t they look so pretty? I love freshly ‘bolted’ fabric. I love not having to be careful not to allow the stack of fabric fall over as I try to get one from in the middle of the stack or even mess up my perfectly stacked fabric… which in turn makes me less likely to go to it because I specifically don’t want to mess it up and keep the prettiness as is. I know, I know… I have issues. I think any fabric hoarder does! It’s funny, when I began this, I swore that I would never become someone who has fabric for over a year… and here we are. haha. While organizing and going through everything I found some really fun prints I had forgotten all about that it made me feel like I had went shopping all day Sunday and came back with the mother load! My inspiration for each came back as well… now only if I can get myself to jot them down when I am thinking of them.

I got both of those lovely fat quarter stacks months back on Massdrop. They are scrumptious colors and I have yet to really think of the perfect quilt for these. One day it will come. For now, they look perfect on my shelves.

I originally bought these to create a winter emergency blanket (does that even make sense?), but this winter hasn’t been that horrible here and winter is beginning to pass. I have slowly been resigning myself to the fact that this will be coming about at the end of the year for NEXT winter. I did find plenty of fleece, small amount of canvas, a few flannel and even knits during all of my fabric clean up! Now it’s just time to make those shirts and baby blankets I have been wanting to do!

I never had any plans for any of the three photos above, I just liked most of the fabrics in them and someone on Instagram was selling them a few months back, so I snagged them up.

Color overload! I believe I purchased the purple and blue print at Joann’s, and I think I did it randomly as I liked the look of the fabric and figured I’d find something to make out of it one of these days. You know, when we have the fabric apocalypse and there is no fabric left anywhere… well I intend to be stocked! The red/pink and rainbow combo I recently made an Open Wide Zipper Pouch out of for a co-workers daughter and I loved how it turned out. It is a really fun fabric that you could get multiple uses out of but yet you find it difficult to get the inspiration for it because of it’s design. Strange how that works.

I have never been one to buy paneling for quilts, it is almost a little too ”traditional” for me; however when I saw these a long awhile ago at my LQS while I was quilting, I decided I should snag two panels as I thought these would actually make cute pillows for either indoor or outdoor. Here is to hoping my idea pans out!

And while I don’t believe this was the last of my Sewing Room shopping, it is the last of what I took a picture of. Unless it is handed down to me, cute prints like these is not something I tend to purchase. It was on sale at my LQS and it was one of the purchases I decided to make to help support the store. The only thing I am able to envision and see in this print is a receiving blanket or the back to a cute farm/vintage baby blanket. It will probably be awhile for that though. Phew! That was quite a bit of fabric!

Have you experienced a shopping day just in your Sewing Room? I’d love to see the fabric you found as I love seeing what others find… my eye doesn’t always catch what others do and then I wish mine had!

I am linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching w/Kathy’s Quilt and Sunday Stash w/Molli Sparkles so be sure to join and show off your stuff!

What I Did This Week #4 – WIDTW

Happy Friday! I had such an eventful week, without really going many places, too! That is almost an oxymoron of a sentence, but I’m stick’n with it! What I really did get done this week is lots of sewing. I have some fun fabric to share over the weekend and more projects to share next week once they are received by their new owners! For now…

I recently became a foster mom (a.k.a. falling in love) for a cat who was found at my work a little over a week ago severely emaciated and scabs from being frozen to the ground. I did find that she was chipped but it was not registered, which means she was probably adopted and a house cat but it was never registered; therefore she is now at my home. She is slowly doing better. She has been named, Karma.

What I Did This Week:
Shared a giveaway yesterday for some cute personalized beanies! Be sure to stop by and join!

I went this past Sunday to the Kansas City MQG January Sewing Day and had a blast, all of the ladies were nice and welcoming. I also got lots of sewing done.

Finished my Rock’n Round Robin row and mailed it off for the next row to be added.

Finally shipped off the Baby Crib Set quilt with the Winter Frost line. I’ll be sharing that next week once she receives it! (Don’t worry, I already sent her that teaser picture, so if she is reading this… it’s nothing new. But here’s one more for a last teaser! hehe)

And to top off the week, last night I received my yardage with my custom logo on them to be used as quilt labels! Squeal! I got these from Spoonflower. Tonight I will be setting the fabric as I went with the cotton/canvas blend and love the durability yet flexibility of it; however your print does tend to sit more on top due to the canvas and because these will be on quilts that will be washed frequently, the ink needs to be set first before I can do anything with them. I can’t wait to start using them though!

So, now that I have shared What I Did This Week… What Did YOU Do This Week!? I am eager to see!

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Branding Yourself and a Giveaway

It sounds so dirty, right? Branding yourself; also known as Personal Branding. Yet a necessity I believe if you wish to really ”get yourself out there”. My husband is constantly pushing me more than I push myself to ‘get myself out there’ and I have taken huge inspiration from Christa at Christa Quilts with the motto ‘Be Present’. Such simple words speak huge volumes. My husband recently gave me a huge boost in my branding and I am beginning to take a new approach to it. In other words, if everyone now only sees me in Sew Stitching Cute apparel, well… that’s going to be the way the story goes. haha.


Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands.[1] While previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personal-branding concept suggests instead that success comes from self-packaging.[1] The term is thought to have been first used and discussed in a 1997 article by Tom Peters.[2]
Personal Branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual, group or organization.[3] Personal branding often involves the application of one’s name to various products. For example, the celebrity real-estate mogul Donald Trump uses his last name extensively on his buildings and on the products he endorses (e.g. Trump Steaks).
Source: Wikipedia

I am lucky to have a husband who supports my fabric obsession and dream for my quilting/sewing to be more than just me talking about it. He surprised me a few weeks ago with winter beanie caps with my simple logo and name! He did these himself! My husband works in the industry of clothing, apparel, etc. and while he works in the office end of it now, he did begin originally with being the one having all of the graphics/designs sewn onto the items at the request of the customer (Nike, Pantagonia, Sherwin Williams, etc.) If this is where it stopped, I would consider him a winner already! It doesn’t though.

I had been speaking about needing a LARGE duffel bag for transporting my quilts when I go to the LQS to quilt, etc. He got a a really cute bag a few months go that I adore and love; however it is simple not big enough to hold the quilt itself. I am always so worried on getting it them dirty if I dropped the quilt or something just happening. So of course, he surprised me with a VERY LARGE duffel bag for me to use and customized it! Winner winner, chicken dinner! 
This past Sunday, I went to my first Modern Quilt Guild (Kansas City) monthly sewing day! I almost talked myself out of it again (but that’s another story), but I am sooooo happy I went. I met some wonderful ladies and everyone was so nice! I also got a lot of sewing done. I had the chance to make use of my awesome new personalized bag and it was perfect. While it is large, it is really all I need for transport. Even with all of the stuff in it in the picture above, it still fits my sewing machine! One day I will get a sewing machine tote specifically for it (and maybe say something often enough for the babes to take hint). Until that day comes, this works wonders and I am loving it. It didn’t stop here either, he personalized several shirts for me as well. I have no pictures of those at this moment though. Someday later. I am so thankful for my husband and his ongoing thoughtfulness towards my dreams! 
Now, after speaking with my husband more after I received these awesome surprises; I requested if he would be able to make some for a giveaway! I would like to offer two people the chance to win TWO personalized beanie caps! How awesome is THAT!? I am hoping some day down the road I can offer more products being personalized, for now, lets start with keeping those heads warm! 
Giveaway Details:
 – 2 Beanie Caps. You will have your selection of two white, two black or one of each! Your choice of color thread as well! 
To enter, all you have to do is comment below and let me know what you would have put on the beanie and what branding methods you use! I am eager to learn more as I am tired of hearing my husband rant about my lack of branding! (I thought I was supposed to be the nagger? hehe)
 – Only one comment per person/per e-mail address.
 – Drawing will take place Wednesday evening and will be announced next Thursday, via e-mail and by edit of this post. 
For an additional entry, head on over to my Instagram, like the picture and tag a friend in the comments who you think might like a set!
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Rock’n Round Robin Progress

Happy Wednesday! How have all of you been!? If you’ve been around for a bit, you would remember when I spoke about the Rock’n Round Robin I joined last summer. I also finished forever ago last September my own very first row and sent it off.

You know, after I went back to that old blog post it made me really miss my row and be even more excited all over again to receive it back. I am extremely excited about what will be coming back to me. I definitely love surprises, but this one is killing me now after seeing my row. I also read back through that old blog post and found how negative I kind of was to myself for the row. I love having this blog to have the capability to look back in that way and to watch the changes and growth that occurs with your choices and how you feel about certain things. I am actually in love with this and I was very ”unsure” of it back in September of last year. I was loving it deep inside, I just wasn’t sure what others would think and I would hate for someone to not like/love it. Either way, I now stand proud of this row and can’t wait for it to shine in the center masterpiece that is being added onto and created by 6 other lovely women!!! It’s a nice reminder to never be too harsh on yourself and be happy with what you create, don’t worry about others.

I do have half of the blocks done for the next row to make for someone else’s Rock’n Round Robin quilt. She requested Halloween colors/theme. I decided on something simple because I am unfortunately not a Paper Piecer and aside from applique, I do not have any talent in the intricate designs in sewing pieces together. You have to remember, there are size requirements also; so the row is to measure 12.5” x 85”. I am hoping this fits well with what she already has, and because I am not showing the final design here. I’ll be finishing this up tonight and sending it off tomorrow, along with a few other things I need to mail off. I will share that in the next few days.

I chose to stick with the grey/black batik that is from my original row, so that it kept with my individuality with the row that was being on while also adding in two orange batik colors (one lighter, the other darker) with also different patterns on them. I love them both as they are ‘leaf-y’ patterns which I think fit with October colors with the fall and changing of the leaves colors during that time of year. With that, I made the center of the blocks brown with the same ‘leaf-y’ pattern as one of the oranges.

These are such simple blocks that allow for a great show case of patterns that I am now wanting to make an entire blanket with these blocks. One day. I am hoping the lady who’s this row is for (can’t say her name because then she will know this is for her quilt) finds that this fits well with her request. I am even more excited now to receive my entire quilt this summer and see the reveal of everyone else’s! I have a feeling this will be a beautiful showcase of batiks! What are all of you currently working on?

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What I Did This Week #3 – WIDTW

Welcome to the first week where I felt like I had not completed or accomplished anything, yet when I am forced to look back at my week… I now feel accomplished. I still did not get done as much as I wanted, but tonight will end up being a late night to get lots done before tomorrow. For now, a simple mosaic of what was accomplished this week.

I got more supplies with Joann’s awesome sale going on this week, which included another 30% off come Sunday (so more shopping, yay!). This doesn’t help with using my stash; however they were required for what I am currently working on and they will be used immediately. I got two large pillows/floor pillow covers completed which I am in love with them, they even include a quilted front. The heart mini quilt is for the #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap that I am participating in and it will be mailed out tomorrow. No lie, I want one for myself now. My issue that I spoke about always needing two the other continues. I completed more on the quilt that I was asked to be part of with Fat Quarter Shop and I of course expressed my gratitude towards my lovely Christmas gift which included my favorite trinket, the vintage sewing machine treasure box, which I shared yesterday.

So, now that I have shared What I Did This Week… What Did YOU Do This Week!? I am eager to see!

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There’s always TIME for WINE

When they’re gone… is when you miss them. Notice how that happens. All. The. Time? I do. Everyone says it enough, the good `ole saying, “You won’t know what you’re missing til it’s gone.” Well, I miss my Mom and Dad. Being from Southern California and having all of your relatives in either Southern Cali or Arizona and me being the only one so far away, makes it difficult for me to be ‘in’ on all of the family events and gatherings. I have lived away from home since I was 17 though; moving around quite a bit as I am considered the “adventurous” one in our family. Daring to take risks, is what I am told.

Back in October, both my Mom, Dad and little sister made a road trip out to visit me; which I shared here. Let me throw in a wrench for you, my parents have been divorced for about 25 years. The relationship carried between them both now has not always been the case. I am thankful for what it is now and so much so that they were able to drive across country with one another and the baby of the family… all to come see me. I am sure I don’t have to explain how even one person can naturally think of driving with an ex for such a road trip or anything really… so without much else being said, lets just say I am more than thankful for it, I am grateful.

It has brought the relationship between myself and parents closer and has allowed for me to not feel so disconnected from them. I have not been back home since Christmas 2013 and have big hopes for making it out there this summer. Crossing fingers. With the new found relationship between my parents and I along with my own endeavor for finding myself this year, I have felt better and lighter already. No longer feeling as heavy as I have been with so much weighing on me with everything around me. But enough of the gushy stuff… you’re probably wondering what these pictures are of.

I turned 30 last month and my gift already from my mother was the total sewing room make-over. She also sent me a Christmas/Birthday/Care Package gift which included lots of fun, neat and extraordinary things. Most of this made from my mother herself. Did you see that bird house? I mean, how cute is THAT!? All made from wood and corks. Same for the little chest that came along with it and filled with goodies… a bag stuffed with more goodies and a special little red wrapped box.

My mom thinks of everything, really. This wonderful storage box was filled with hair ties, detangle brush, perfume samples, 6 super cute coasters, handmade hot-pot mat, gum, toothbrush, washi tape and tons more! I was extremely excited and overwhelmed by the gift as it was completed unexpected. It made me miss everyone that much more. I am currently using the box in my sewing room for random trinkets to go in it along with putting pins in it when I can’t find my other gazillion pin cushions (sad, right? ha). As I mentioned earlier, there was that adorably wrapped red box that was lovely labeled on the ribbon with, “When I saw this… I thought of you.” If you haven’t guessed already, well… that very first picture I shared was what was in that beautifully wrapped box. The most perfect vintage sewing machine treasure box! I am in absolute LOVE! I smile every time I see it sitting on my sewing room shelf and it makes me feel happy just looking at it. The little hand wheel even turns! I mean, really… how cute!

And just in case you ever wondered where my labeling O.C.D. comes from… well… now you know. My mothers cupboards in her home are even labeled, she turns all cans with the label facing forward and everything has its ‘place’, if you will. I never realized how much I was like her until I got older and even looking back on all of my projects and such in sewing and quilting, I label almost EVERYTHING. All in all though… I am thankful for having the parents I do, no matter what road was taken to get us to the relationship that we have today and I am thankful for receiving such incredibly thoughtful and thoughtless gifts. Knowing that someone thought of me when they saw something else, can make anyone feel warm and fuzzy inside.

What are you thankful for this week?

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