Day 14 – The vintage gift pillows you never thought possible.

You really need to click through and read on, my friends… While in Houston Quilt Festival this year, I stopped at one of my favorite vintage linen vendors to buy pillowcases. If you know me, then you know I have a LOVE AFFAIR with vintage linens that include the handwork of our foremothers. That’s someone’s handwork, someone put time and effort into that and here it is for sale and I feel I must rescue it.

This particular trip I found a few funny hand towels, and a pillowcase with a cross stitched car on it. For $6, I could not pass it up. But underneath the car pillowcase is the one I’m referring to.

Now at the show, I even remarked to the vendor what my initial thoughts were: That this is a pillowcase to tell your husband tonight is “good to go” if you know what I mean. We laughed and had a chuckle and I bought it because it was funny. Then I unearthed it for last night’s Facebook Friday Live video.

And you all agreed with me! And that set me off to find out if these were for real, and YES, they are. On top of that, there’s a NO! Thanks to Ebay, these pillowcases are often referred to as “wedding game” pillows and were made as bridal shower gifts. There are bunny themes (which is hysterical) and also a pair of poodles that I can find so far. Also thanks to Ebay, this is coming to my house soon!

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Day 13 – Friday the 13th, a LIVE video, and other random thoughts

If you follow me on Facebook, you do not want to miss tonight’s Facebook Live! So many cool things to show you!

Thanks also to everyone who messaged me about yesterday’s post about the holidays. I’m sure i’ll get the Christmas spirit and my sewing mojo back soon.

From last year’s Christmas time Facebook Live.

I’m still working on my financials for the end of year, and I hope to have my Houston yearly analysis up soon. I know many of you look forward to that!

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Day 12 – Trying to get into the spirit…

Being home for a bit has a lot of challenges. For one, I’m trying to decorate for the holidays, and there’s just a little bit of spark missing. I’m hoping it comes back. Here is dad helping me with the tree and getting some lights on it. It doesn’t have any ornaments on it yet, which has been harder to tackle than I imagined since my mom passed.

The other spirit I’m trying to get into is the sewing spirit. I have approximately 10000 things to do and just can’t bring myself to go into my studio and get them done. Not to mention that the studio is a HOT MESS right now.

Not actual mess, but close…

I know that I have to get in there and just start. But that’s sometimes the hardest part!!!

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Day 11 – Wow, that’s a lot of travel…

I knew I was busy this year. It seemed like I was not home most of the time. Then I sat down and wrote out how many places I went… WHOA. Read on for the stats!

First of all, I went to 37 different cities, with Cleveland, Orlando, Tampa, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Denver receiving more than one trip. The furthest I went was San Jose, CA. What did all of these trips add up to in miles?


That’s FIFTY THREE THOUSAND miles! More than TWICE the circumference of the Earth.

I was gone over 122 days this year.

There were 24 business trips and 13 personal ones. Mostly the personal ones were because my mother was ill during the summer and eventually the settlement of her estate.

Compared to last year I traveled SO MUCH MORE! Crazy!

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Day 10 – My First and Latest Quilts

It’s a bad picture, but it’s not the greatest quilt, either. I will say it’s used in my house to this day, and is pretty ratty at this point. The cats love it. But this was an “ugly fabric” challenge quilt that I participated in at my quilt guild back in 1997. I think the challenge is to decide which of the fabrics is the ugliest.

Fast forward to 2019, and here’s one of my latest quilts, the one that made the cover of Quilting Arts this month. Krackle Funf (Krackle Five) is one of my Krackle series of quilts and I just love this piece.

What does this really say? It says work every day, every week, on your art. You can go from the world’s ugliest quilt to one that graces a magazine cover. You can do it, I believe in you!

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