Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sew Day!

'Twas the day after Christmas when all through the house,
The quilters were sewing with nary a spouse.
Shelby was tucked in her bed nice and warm,
While Lisa, Bonnie and I sewed up a storm!

Photo swiped borrowed from Lisa

I played the hostess and they were my guests,
Down in my basement....it was the best!
We set up machines, ironing board and three chairs,
And sat down to sew away all of our cares!*

When all of a sudden there arose a slight clatter,
I threw open the bobbin case to see what was the matter.
And what to my bewildered eyes should appear,
But a great big lint ball and thread wad, I fear.

First lint brush! Now oil can! Next, rotary blades!
On triangles, snowballs, and UFO I made!
Not hidden on shelf, but to the design wall**
Now stitch away, stitch away, stitch away all!

Bonnie sewed a gazillion HS triangles!
Lisa's yummy Snowball

I worked on my Storm at Sea UFO

Armed with chocolate and lattes, a healthy lunch too,
(and we had Christmas cookies, oh yes, quite a few!)
With a whole day to play, we had lots of fun,
I was sad when at day's end the sew day was done.

They packed up their cars with their projects complete,
Then scooped up Miss Shelby (that dog is so sweet!!)
And I heard myself say, as they drove out of sight,
"Happy Sew Day to all! Next time...overnight!" ***

(*actually there were to have been four chairs, but our friend Laura lost her beloved dog that morning and couldn't come. Our hearts were heavy for her)
(**really, it's laid out on the table. The old design wall is down and the new one isn't up yet...But who's getting technical here. It's poetry! Sort of... )
(***we have a weekend retreat coming up with our bee...but I don't think I'll get to go -waah!!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Wishes

From my home to yours,
Wishing you the best of the holiday season
and many blessings in the year to come!

May you always be surrounded by the ones you love.

Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm Still Here

...and I can't wait to catch you up on all the stuff that's been happening around here. It's been production central, getting things ready for the Deck the Halls sale at Sawtooth and the Winterized Wonders art fair at my boys' school...decking my own halls getting ready for Christmas, and all the usual flurry of activities that go with...processing another contract for a guild lecture...and on and on. I have photos to upload and stories to share. And all of this will be forthcoming.

But meanwhile...life has dealt another harsh blow to Virginia Tech...my Alma Mater. And my heart is breaking for them...the officer senselessly slain and the family he leaves behind...the university population reliving a trauma from which I can only imagine was just maybe beginning to heal, if it ever really can from something so horrific as what they endured just a few short years ago...a young man so broken that he would commit such an act. And for what? Why? So many unanswered questions in this season of Peace on Earth.

I grew up in the town next door. My parents owned a business in Blacksburg. I spent four years learning and soaking up college life there. I worked both an internship and post graduation position in the Planning Department. It's a part of who I am and where I came from.

It's so easy to think that things like that happen "somewhere else"...but reality tells us that it can happen anywhere.

Please keep the Hokies in your thoughts and prayers. It's a great school.

And pray for peace.