Here's how it went down:
# 1. My PC finally blew up. DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD!
# 2. I managed to get Super Husband into the Apple Store where he was finally inclined to agree with me on the superiority of the Mac. So stubborn. Nevermind that I was the buyer... I needed his "buy in" in order to keep the peace, you know what I'm saying???
# 3. It was my birthday this week, and I needed a little gifty, don't ya' know.
So, excuses, excuses, I bought myself an iMac and my family thinks they'll never see me again. Can I TELL you how much easier it is to design "stuff"... (did somebody mention fabric?) on this sweet thing?
I am in happy place numero uno!
Ok, now with that out of the way... what else has been going on around here?
On another note: I mentioned some time back that I had this stack of beautiful fabric to make aprons from and couldn't do the cutting myself because of that rotten arm (Update: doing much better... trying to avoid what got me to that state in the first place.). Well, I've managed to wrangle some wonderful sewing type people into doing it for me. Which is cause for a big loud, "hallelujah!"... Maybe a "wee-hoo!" too. Isn't she a cutie? There's more to come. I plan on having this babies up on the website no later than Friday.
Okers, well, more tomorrow. Must to make dinner ... uh, and I can't believe the state of my laundry room. Seriously people, nobody here has a clean pair of panties for tomorrow unless I get on it. That there is NOT a happy place.
I must have been thinking green today. I was working on pears all morning. Here's a good laugh though...After I spent a fair bit of time on the first one (making the template, turning the edges, ironing, sewing), I sat for a moment admiring my work only to realize the sucker is upside down. Typical.
Finally! More bags in our Japanese prints ...for now we have just a few of these cuties available, but a slew of these and other designs are being cut and will be on the way in a couple weeks.
I wish you all could touch these... the comment I keep getting is that they are "even better in person". I actually saved this on a voice mail from a certain somebody... I have to keep saving it because a not-to-be-named cellular company deletes your voice mails after two weeks. Did you know that? Ticks me off. I listen to that voice mail when I'm feelin' beat... how dare they? ;) Does anyone know how to permanently save voice mail... or better yet... transfer it to the computer? That would be cool, wouldn't it? I think I'll go ask my 12 year old... she's bound to know how.
I made a bunch of these yesterday. Oh, how I do love that green and orange mix. I thought I'd throw in the blue for good measure. It just seemed to work there somehow. Part of my design process involves throwing stuff into the air and seeing where it lands. ;)
Today I basically took the day off for an applique class over at Quilters Inn. I would describe the typical applique I do as collagey, scrappy... "scraplique" as you've maybe read here before... Today I learned the real thing. I loooooooved it. I learned the freezer paper and starch method. And I bought this fab tool called a stiletto which I probably should have known about already. The whole process of putting it together... oh joy! I have another class next Friday, and I'll show you the results.
Take more bike rides with my kids. Read more Great Books. Craft just for me. Take more pictures of the kids. Go to the Beach. Go on a Date with Super Husband. Drink a glass of Wine. Sleep in. Make great meals. Take a VACATION. Dream. Take a Hike. Read with the kids. Buy Flowers. Make a skirt. Finish a Quilt. Go Antique Shopping. Take a ride with no destination. Make some stationery. Write letters. Plant a Garden. Go to France. Try new Teas. Enjoy the Sunshine. Drink Lemonade. Take a Walk. Listen to Music. Be Silly.
Much to tell, much to say. Right now a little proud "Ta. Da." ....
Why? Below is a Betty Weekender for Jennifer Paganelli made from her new Bell Bottoms fabric line which will be arriving in stores soon. I think this one is my favorite. A great big hug and Thank You through the computer to Miss Jennifer for giving me this fabulous opportunity! I am so honored. I'm almost silly, giddy honored.
I want to show these gals off, but there's also a little story here that I feel like I need to tell. It will sound just a tiny-weenie bit over the top, but no one ever said I wasn't over the top. I am. I admit it. I'm one emotional chick-idy.
I SO need to ya-da-ya-da. 'Cause if I don't my brain will whirl and no one wants to see that mess. Here goes. I apologize in advance. But don't tell me you weren't forewarned...
My little story: Since starting Bari J.over three years ago, I have been pressing forward, pressing forward never really acknowledging any sort of milestones, acheivements but for a moment. My family would disagree because I tend to beam about it for a bit, but seriously, meanie Bari in my head has other ideas.
Then for whatever reason, this request from Jennifer snapped the old brain back into joint or something.
I started thinking about how far I've come since the beginning. And truth be told, it makes me want to sob. Just sob. Fall on the floor and sob, sob, sob. Messy sobbing. Not unhappy sobbing. Just sobbing. Maybe tired sobbing. Maybe relief sobbing. Something like that.
Someone at the Country Living event said, "Go ugly early". Meaning to me: "Start your dream. Get the not knowing what you are doing out of the way because if you don't go through not knowing ... you'll never get to knowing."
Well, everybody... I went very, very ugly early. A fact I was reminded of at the quilting store the other day... er... Thanks, Jane. Yes, I knew N.O.T.H.I.N.G. It's true, and now you all know it too.
Anyways, I'd been in touch with sweet Jennifer for some time when she asked me for several Betty Weekenders in her fabrics. I didn't think about it at first. Seriously, I was honored, but I didn't think, "How cool!" I mean, I'd been in love with her fabric line since it came out! (This was even before I was honored with Verna's project... which I'm totally stoked about too).
Then suddenly it hit me: That first bag. That first ugly, ugly bag! Jeezy peasy! I've worked my butt off since that first ugly bag. And not everyone thought I could do it.
Is it just me, or is this a universal female experience? That whole "god-forbid-I'm-proud-of-myself" bit.
I think I might just say goodbye to that for good. Here's a thought, gals... It's very not helpful.
(above... Betty Weekenders. The blue one is made from Jennifer's Bell Bottom line and the others are from a previous line. Except that one sticking out in the right corner of the pic.. that's Bell Bottoms. Two more to come next week. Wee hoo!)
Thank you, Jennifer. XO
I'm here because I'm indecisive. And because I can't make a decision, I'm procrastinating. Just for a minute.
Was trying to decide whether the dancer stays or goes... she's not nailed down yet. I think she's pretty cute standing on that saucer. Like she might just dance right into your tea. She's a little day dream standing on my saucer while I drink my tea and tap my keys.
Oooh, look. I didn't trim her left hand (your right) all the way. Hmmm haw.... dancer stays.
Whew! I'm making myself crazy. As usual. In fact, I think I've created new ways to make myself too busy. It's my fault, I know. But none-the-less, I'm starting to get pooped.
Just thought I'd pop in and post a little diddy... part of something I'm working on. This stack of ribbon is making me very happy. I could just look at it all day. Better not... back to work. See you later... when I hopefully have something to show for myself.
Inspiration: Inspired, always, by my friends Janis and Margaret. This mother/daughter team owns Decembers Child. They teach, they sew, they write, they pattern, they inspire in so many ways. I'm not sure if there's anything they don't do well.
And now, lucky us... they'll be sharing "Inspiration, Creativity and Gratitude" on their new blog.
Creativity: You know how I love making a good blog-header, so when I finally managed to twist Janis's arm into blogging, creating this one for her was pure joy.
Gratitude: For wonderful friends and all that they share.
You're gonna' love these ladies as much as I do!
I tell ya', it doesn't take much to make me happy.
I'd been meaning to order one of these stamps forever, and finally got around to it. Ooooh, the possibilities! Here I've just created a little stationery with Amy Butler's fabby paper... goodness I love that woman!
BTW, I ordered this on Monday and it arrived today. That's F-A-S-T. I got it here. Only trouble... now I want one for everything. I'll be ordering every size eventually, I'm sure.
EDIT: I totally should add that I bought my kids pre-inked name stamps because they chronically forget to put their names on their papers. Anna stamped an entire ream of notebook paper last night. I can't take credit for this idea. Her science teacher is a genius w/forgetful kids.
Do you know Verna Mosquera? I bet a lot of you know her patterns from her company, The Vintage Spool. She's got a million of 'em. Every one of them incredibly detailed and elegant. And, If you haven't already seen her debut fabric line from FreeSpirit, you must.
Verna got a hold of me a couple of weeks ago to make her something fab for Quilt Market in her fabrics. Wee hoo! I'm honored. I'm thinking of adding in some ribbon too. Maybe. And believe it or not, I have secured help in the cutting department to save my poor arm... Super Husband to the rescue. Ladies! I've got a good one.
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