Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hellloooooo!!!
I haven't completely resolved my technical difficulties - it's all about the new blogger interface. aaarrrgggghhhh - why do they have to mess with a good thing?

My sweet hubby and I have spent the past week trying to reclaim our lives. My mother has gone back to Texas. It was five months of trials, tribulations and extreme fatique. Sigh! If you're a caregiver you have my utmost respect - it's NOT an easy job.

I missed my 'happiest place on earth' - my sewing room - so I'm making plans for new projects and such.



I have this oh so wonderful fat quarter bundle of Farmer's Market and know exactly what I'm going to do with it. I'm beyond excited about the project - actually I'm quite giddy. teehee!! I need yardage before I can get started but we're on a very tight budget. I submitted a request to my budget guy to spend some serious money and received approval. Wahoooooo!!!!! I'm going to prep the fat quarters so I can be ready to go when the package arrives later this week. I really am giddy about this project. :-)


I've been hoarding this bundle of wonderfulness - Sew Cherry by Lori Holt for Riley Blake. It's time to start pressing and cutting - what to do, what to do????


I was chatting with a friend earlier this week about Swoon by Camille/Thimbleblossoms. It seems everyone is 'swooning' except us. LOL I've had the pattern since Camille released it but it sits because I can't seem to settle on fabric. Why do I do that????? I drive myself crazy - LOL

I'm also working on prepping some embroidery projects. :-)

I know I've been remiss in responding to comments and such the past five months. Please accept my sincerest apologies and know that I'm going to try harder. I want to recapture the happiness of blogging. Let's just say "I'm back in the saddle again" :-)

Tomorrow is Christmas Through the Year April wrap up and Block of the Month Rehab - see you then.

I appreciate you and your friendship.

In Friendship!

25 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Can't wait to see what your plan is for Farmer's Market Darlene! And Sew Cherry is beautiful too - maybe not for Swoon unless you choose other than white for the background. There are a few of those in the Swoon Along flickr library that are gorgeous!

ytsmom said...

Looking forward to more projects and blog posts from you in the future. Enjoy!

Monica said...

I've been wanting to Swoon too but haven't found the right fabrics. I think it'll look fantastic is Sew Cherry.

Carol said...

Oh I love Farmer's Market and I have a bundle squirreled away because I just can't settle on a pattern. Swoon is one of my favorites and I haven't done sit either...I'm so glad you're back!

carol fun said...

Glad to hear you are going to have more time to spend in your happy place! Those are gorgeous fabrics. I have some charm squares of Farmers Market and I'm looking for just the right project - maybe a Schnibble! Happy stitching!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oh Darlene I know what you mean about blogger. I had to go back to the old interface because I could not figure out how to get my pictures from my computer to a blog post. I know the old interface will not be there long, but I'm going to keep using it until I have NO other choice :-( Does Blogger KNOW how unhappy they are making people?

sewprimitive karen said...

Farmer's Market is such a pretty line. I'm glad you are getting back to your regular routine!

Vivian said...

I'm sure it's a Murphy's Law--once we get used to how things are working, the rules will change. In this case, it's Blogger. Argh!!!!!

I'm glad that you're anticipating more time in your happy space. We need that time, and we need more of it when life gets confusing and complicated.
Hugs sent your way, Darlene.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Welcome back! There is no need for any apologies, we all knew you were being kept quite busy. Hope your DM does well in TX. Have fun getting reacquainted with your sewing room!! ((hugs))

Cheryl said...

I see lots of wonderful projects in your future. I went back to the old interface...couldn't deal. ((((hugs))) to you my friend. Please know we all have had you in our thoughts...now let's get ready for some pom pom shaking tomorrow!

Michele Bilyeu said...

You need to read my post called New Blogger: Welcome to Bedlam, haha. http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2012/04/new-blogger.html

We are in our 7th year of taking care of my mom,in her own home. I managed 3 years with my dad's help and then when my dad died,and she became bedridden I couldn't lift or carry her, much less do the hard changing of all clothing. My brothers do it all now.

It is a kind of challenging that is mind boggling and a kind of physical that is so far exhausting that it made my old hard days a cake walk.

I'm glad you did what you did..you really, really tried. It's just so incredibly, amazingly hard. We have no other options so we still do what we do. But we're all fairly well crazy at this point. Oh, wait..I was to begin with..ha!

sunny said...

And I thought I was the only person on the planet not Swooning. I love seeing them everywhere, but just too many other things on my plate. Get some rest, we'll be happy to see more of you in blogland.

Karen said...

Welcome back and I hope your Mom does well. I hope you will look back on this time and know you did exactly the right thing. Have fun "back in the saddle" :). I understand giddy, I've been that way about my Jubilee quilt:). Can't wait to see what inspires you.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh sweet Lady! You take some time for yourself and recuperate a bit. Continued prayers for you mom. Hope your sewing machine is humming up a storm today!

Sherri said...

That Sew Cherry is one of my favorites...I have a little tumbler mat made with it in my kitchen...and I just absolutely love it!

I know what you mean about Swoon/patterns that sit because it's so hard to decide on fabric...I do the same thing...have a stack of them in fact right now! I'm hoping to make some decisions soon so I can start some new projects!

Wendy said...

Glad to hear you'll have more time in your happy place. I'm looking forward to getting inspired by you again....woohoo.

shez said...

lovely lot of fabrics Darlene,hope blogger sorts itself out for you.xx

Karen said...

Darlene, I am happy for you to have more time for yourself. Who is taking care of Mama now?

Carrie P. said...

Darlene, we do what we have to do and hopefully your mama will be okay.
Looks like you will be having fun with that great stack of fabric.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So good to see you back - we've missed you so much. It was a good thing you could do for your mother - though it wearies one to the bone,.

Now you can have some fun and stitch up some lovelies for us all to enjoy seeing. Welcome back!

Deanna said...

No apology necessary. We all just do the best we can.

Carrie said...

Happy happy joy joy! Here's hoping that your excitement about some new projects builds and continues and multiplies and expands and bursts forth!

And with the DH's MIL out of the house, here's hoping that the ups-and-downs ahead are mere bumps compared to the chasms and crevasses of the recent past. :)

I wish you lots of happy days ahead for you and the heavy-breather. ;)

Lori said...

Lots of inspiration here to get you creative juices going! My problem is too many choices! lol

Allie said...

No, being a caregiver is not easy....I have the utmost respect for anyone who tries it! I'm glad you're back in your sewing room hon, back in your happy place. I can't wait to see what you're going to come up with! And Darlene, don't apologize please for anything, you've been so stressed and you know we all love you and care no matter what!

QuiltNut Creations said...

Hello, hello! Such yummy fabrics. Just jump in with the Swoon, it is so worth it!

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