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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC . . . . .

Today is bittersweet . . .

It's my birthday and I am in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a quilt show by myself.  Dear Hubby was supposed to meet me here but the show is so abysmally lacking in customers and sales that I can't afford the gas for him to come down or to stay another night at the hotel. 

On the plus side, I will be home in my own bed tonight with my sweetie by my side.  If he had come down, this would have been the view he would see from our hotel room.

Not exactly an ocean view unless you count over the rooftops of the neighboring condos but I can still see it.    

If I look straight out my window, this is what I see .....  headed North.

Through the back of my booth, I can see Julie of Auntie Ju's - my competitor and my friend.  

This morning, Julie, her sister Peggy, Brenda and Fred Arrowood of Schoolhouse Quilts, brought a donut with a candle on it.  Fred sang Happy Birthday - very well I may add!  Karen Comstock of Quiltricks brought my all-time favorite candy for a birthday gift - Twizzlers!

It would have been nice for Dear Hubby to have been here for my special day and for me to have a million dollars in sales but it wasn't to be.

I have a lot more shows this year and hopefully a lot more birthdays to celebrate.  I just have to be smarter about the shows I choose!

Blessings, Cathi

Friday, January 13, 2012

Freckles or Chicken Pox? . . . . .

With the brief amount of mild weather last week, attention turned to the outside of the Wool Barn.  The siding came pre-primed but all the nails they used to put the siding up were exposed.  Turf Boy hit all the nail heads with primer the other day.

Note the nice meter now.  Not where I wanted it
 but I have learned over the years that I can't
always be in control!

With the next little stretch of nice weather I'll have him paint the siding and trim.  But with this cold snap, it may not be until Spring.

Hope wherever you are, you are staying warm and quilting up a storm!

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lookie . . . . .

Look who just came by to visit me?

Carrie P of A Passion for Applique!  How fun is that?

Blessings, Cathi

Snatching time . . . . .

Some quick pics of the booth before sales started yesterday......

And a look at the same show last year.  What a difference!

Very busy yesterday morning.  Starting to pick up now so I better go but thought I would snatch some time to check in and say hi ..... Hi!

Blessings, Cathi

Sunday, January 1, 2012

(un) Lucky Seven . . . . .

Maybe it was too late last night to be sewing.  I am a morning person.  I probably get more finished by noon than I do the rest of the day and into the evening.  Maybe I need to learn to pace myself.  Who knows!  But I do know I shouldn't sew late at night when I'm tired.

Here are my blocks so far for the Temecula 12 Days of Christmas.  I did just fine, thank you very much, with blocks one through six.  But either my seams were too wide or I held my mouth wrong or I cut wrong but my Number Seven block wound up 1/4" too wide.

Think I may just whack off 1/8" off each side and let it go.  Maybe try another go at it later when I make Block Eight today.  Other than that, I am really enjoying this little quilt.  Since it is the "12 Days of Christmas", I decided to make it in Christmas colors.  If it turns out even close to the size I think it may, I already have the perfect spot for next Christmas.

Wool Barn Update: My favorite power supplier came last Thursday and hooked me up!

They were finished within an hour.  When Dear Hubby commented to them about how quick they were, they replied, "We are always much faster when we start at 11:00 and lunch is the  next thing on the agenda!".

So now I have two lights and an outlet and a power bill!  Whoohoo!! Next up . . . having the electrician come back out to add some more outlets as soon as I decide how many and where.

Blessings, Cathi