Here I am, up from under the rubble. Well, I’m still, sort of, there.
I signed up for the 31 days challenge and don’t want to say that I failed miserably, life happened. I received a few custom orders that I had to work on, and being a full time mom left me with little time to devote to blogging. I never thought in a million years I would type those words. I always made time for blogging.
I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago with stomach complaints, turns out I have a duodenal ulcer, and now, I have a horrible, awful cold – which I am pretty sure has become a sinus infection. Back to the doctor I go tomorrow to be sure.
I have been designing and creating as much as I possibly can and my Etsy shop is doing well! I’ve got 11 sales, and a couple of pending orders (as in, I’ve received messages from two other people who are wanting custom hoops and I’ve yet to create listings for them). Here are some of them:
The fabric in this hoop is called Osnaburg. It’s a more open weave than I’m used to with the bleached muslin. It looks like linen but it’s 100% cotton and comes in a few different colors. It was a very relaxed fabric to work with, and I love the rustic feel of it. I thought it made a perfect landscape for the Thanksgiving message and fall colored threads I used.
I love French knots SO much. My friend Allison asked me how to make them, so I created a quick 15 second video for her on some hot pink fabric.
What I was unable to share was that you can use any or all 6 strands of thread, and wrap them around the needle once, or three times to adjust the texture. I just prefer working with three strands, and wrapping it around the needle three times. That’s my personal default, but play around and see what you like.
I am getting started on another custom hoop tonight. Remember that “Hope” hoop?
A customer wants that hoop, but with a different message, and I am more than happy to oblige. I wanted to wait to get the right floss in, as I used the “Fruit Salad” palette from Sublime Stitching and it came in today! That, and my melt and pour Pumpkin Pie soap and I am all to eager to dive into and start making. I’m sick though, remember? So, it’s probably best to wait for more strength to tackle that. Nothing says I can’t open the boxes and smell all the goods though. I do enjoy soap talk and am doing all kinds of research and information gathering on the subject.
The school my boys go to had a Halloween parade, Gabriel was Harry Potter and Alex, well – he was “too old” to participate, but was able to cheer on all the younger kids as they paraded around the parking lot. Here’s Harry in all his glory! Expecto Patronum!
I am also helping Blessed Is She promote an Advent bible study written by Nell O’Leary of Whole Parenting Family, Laura Kelly Fanucci of Mothering Spirit, and Nancy Bandzuch of Do Small Things With Love. They are working on having physical copies available, but you can pre-order the digital bundle, here. I don’t know about you, but Advent is my jam. Seriously. I’ve already procured Advent candles – three weeks ago. I order Advent bible studies and work through them with my friend Tiffany. We weigh our options and make a final decision by mid-summer. This year, we’ll be doing the one by Magnificat and adding this one to the mix!
Each week of Advent tackles a different comment challenge we face this time of year: Materialism, Loneliness, Fear and Despair. It is our hope that through this study and the Holy Scripture, God will show you a better way and move your heart to Generosity, Communion, Love and Joy.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? And for $7, you really can’t go wrong!
This week, I spoke with Kim over at Our Catholic Way, she hosts a podcast and interviewed me about my conversion/reversion to the Catholic faith. It’s a long story, complete with whacks from my grandmother, old school cathedrals in Brooklyn, atheists, and denim and lace white skirts. Because don’t all conversion/reversion stories include that? We also talked a bit about my shop at the end. The podcast will be up a few days before Thanksgiving Day, so I will be sure to share that with you when it’s live so as you travel to visit family, you can have me chatting away with you. I promise, you’ll laugh.
I am part of the Well Read Mom reading group and just finished Ida Elisabeth by Sigrid Unset. I was so sad to leave her, she became a great friend to me as I stitched. You ever read books like that? This month we are reading Ward No. 6 by Anton Chekov, an entirely different feel at the outset, but I am glad to be reading classics again – and I do need to give my mind a break from the soap research!
Finally, I donated a “Thankful” hoop to help a family who recently and quite suddenly lost their 6 year old daughter. I don’t know the family personally at all, and only recently found the mother’s Instagram feed. I felt compelled to help and pray for the repose of that little girls’ soul every night as well as strength for the family. The outpouring of support from makers on Instagram was astounding and heart warming. Over 250 items were donated. Please pray for the Van Drie family, the little girl’s name is Kaylee.
What have you been up to?
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