I am Blissfully Domestic?

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I chose the image above because it’s the only one I could see myself doing, and I’m NOT pressing clothes in that picture I’m using the iron to press my FABRIC! Haha. Actually, I haven’t been very blissfully anything lately, but perhaps today is a new day and change CAN happen today. Last week was rough, really really rough, and I won’t go into details, but let’s just say I’m going to do everything in my power to avoid a week like that again.  I am just so incredibly grateful that I have such a loving and supportive family around me who are willing to give everything of themselves to support me, and I believe I’m the same way toward them. Since I work full time, being blissfully domestic means getting some sort of dinner ready by about 7:30 pm, doing the dishes and laundry when I can, and hoping I can make it to the weekend. There was very little joy to feel in these doledrum sort of chores, but perhaps that can change too. I guess I have to CHOOSE to find the joy in them. If the dishes are done, then I have a clean sink. If the laundry is done, then I have clothes to wear to work (and so does hubby), if dinner is cooked, we have something nice to eat, besides fast food. There are good sides to the chores. And, if I get the chores done, then I can go be domestically crafty and do some fun sewing or quilting project. Today is a new day and the beginning of my new outlook. I’m going to strive, from now on, to see the joy in all things, EVEN dishes and laundry!

Hope you have a fabulously domestically blissful day.

Happy Stitches,

Anna

P.S. I couldn’t figure out how to copy the “rules” for blissfully Domestic day, but they are at the bottom of the post that I linked to when you click that cute picture up above there. Or you can click here.

P.P.S. If you’re feeling Blissfully Crafty today, check out our shop because we’ve listed LOTS and LOTS of new fabrics and CUTE kid’s clothing pattern. More will be coming this week!

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November 10, 2009. Tags: , , , . Quilting. 3 comments.

Inspiration Waxes and Wanes like the Moon

Wow, how poetic is that title? I wish my post would be quite as poetic. Let’s see, the weather lately: HOT! The work situation: BORING Inspiration: Thought I had some, then it went away. As I’ve said, I’m sort of working on quilting something with my BSR. But in order to do that, I moved my sewing machine downstairs so I could use our dining room table because it’s BIG and has lots of surface area. Oh, and also because it’s HOT upstairs in my sewing room which is over the garage and never seems to get as cool as the other rooms. Well, here are some pictures I’ve taken and finally managed to rescue from my camera.

Going to make this - eventually.

Going to make this - eventually.Mmm, momo Wonderland charms with some limey green linen, yummy! I think this coudl become a great pinwheel quilt.

 

I bought the honey bun and charms on sale with plans to frame the charms. Then the yardgae was on sale too! Yippee!

I bought the honey bun and charms on sale with plans to frame the charms. Then the yardgae was on sale too! Yippee!

I have a couple more of what I’ve learned are called WHIMM (Works I Have In My Mind) or something like that. These represent projects I hope to do in the future, eventually, on my to do list or something. They aren’t WIPS because they aren’t in progress I would maybe call them HSY which means Haven’t Started Yet. But these aren’t even part of a kit, can you believe it!? I guess I’m branching out. Oh, speaking of kits, we hope to be able to stock some in our shop very soon. Please stop by the shop and if you decide to buy any of our items, mention you heard about it on my blog and we’ll send you something extra with your purchase. Oh, and tell your friends! I guess that’s it for now. So many projects, sew little time!!
Happy Stitches to You,
Anna 

August 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Quilting. Leave a comment.

Gramma Groff

I have been thinking about a lot of things lately. (Should be obvious since I post two or three times a day!) I have been thinking about my love of quilting and sewing and my passion for the current trends in fabrics and designs.  I know that my current job is not the fulfilling job that I always thought I would have. I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth, I am extremely grateful that I have this job and I really enjoy working with the people here, but the work is not very satisfying, as of yet. So, I have been thinking about what I want to do about that. I really want to pursue my hobby in some sort of semi profitable way. How I am going to do that, I have no idea yet, but there are some ideas brewing up there. But, this is a little off the topic. I was talking to my dad the other day, and brainstorming about ways to help him with a non profit organization he is trying to start. I told him that I had looked up some options for classes about starting a business and then I said, “I guess I just have an entrepreneurial spirit.” He replied that I get that from my grandmother.  I was SO thrilled to hear that because my grandmother was an avid quilter! She made a quilt for EVERY one of her 23+ grandchildren and then some.  She also owned a small ceramics business for awhile. I plan to really interview my dad more about Gramma Groff because I didn’t really know her very well.  In college I took a class about inquiry and research and we had to find an artifact that spurred a lot of questions in our brains. Then we had to approach those questions from several different perspectives. I LOVED that class, by the way.  My artifact was the quilt I had gotten from my grandmother after she passed away.  This project started as research about quilting, I wanted to know about the history, the geometry, if quilting could be a profitable business (there’s that entrepreneurial spirit again), and then I went off on a tangent (no big surprise there) and began researching my dad’s side of the family.  They were originally Pennsylvania Dutch, which were Germans who actually settled in Iowa (that makes so much sense, doesn’t it?). I searched birth and marriage and death records on-line and had a lot of fun with this project.  So, I think that even though my mother in law taught me how to actually sew on a sewing machine, my Gramma Groff was the one who taught me about quilting (indirectly).  I think that her spirit guides me in some ways.  (I hope that’s not too creepy.) The quilt she made is on my bed and there it will remain, keeping me warm and making my home a beautiful place to be.  I may post more about my Gramma Groff sometime soon, but I wanted to share the story as much as I can remember while I was thinking about it.  By the way, the name that everyone called her was Virginia, but her baptismal name was Anna. Isn’t that cool!? I get chills just thinking of it. Thank you for letting me share.  What inspired you to start learning about sewing and quilting? Please share.

Happy Remembering,

Anna

November 9, 2007. Tags: , , , . Quilting. 3 comments.