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So, I was thinking ….

Hello, Dear Friends – both new and long-time!

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I have been busy in my studio packaging up things and pricing for my upcoming Studio sale.  The date is set for Saturday, April 20 at my home in Chico.  I hope you will come and help me pass along treasures, both old and new, for you to add to your arsenal of “needfuls”.  I have lots of wool, cutter quilts, non-cutter quilts, display pieces, organizational pieces, books, Somerset magazines, Bead and Button magazines, beads, fabrics, rubber stamps – well you get my drift!  Plan a carpool with several of your friends.  I promise it will be worth the drive.  Please tell your friends, organizations, and anyone you pass on the street to come help me out!

I know several of you are wondering as to how my health is these days.  As of this writing I have only twelve more radiation treatments remaining.  My skin is a lovely array of colors ranging from pink to raspberry and according to all the medical professionals who see me, it proves that I am right on track for where I am in this course of treatment.

I had surgery the beginning of this year following chemotherapy prior to.  I am so grateful I have not had any of the horrible effects that often come with either of those two.  Each and every person who has been a part of my experience was kind, efficient, and caring.  Everyone.  David must be tired beyond belief!  All I can say is thank you.  We had friends who cared for Pearle and her sister, Ruby, who joined our household the beginning of December.  They are like two peas in a pod.  Pearle likes being “the boss” of Ruby and Ruby is (mostly) okay with that.  A huge thank you for the ones who were brave enough to welcome Trouble One and Trouble Two into their homes for days on end!

Oh, I could go on for awhile, but, I always feel it is best to leave before you are asked to do so!  Please email me if you have any questions about the sale on April 20.  It will begin at 8:00 a.m. with no early sales and conclude at noon.  Cash only, please.

Be kind to yourself, thank you for reading, and be certain to come see me April 20!


Yes, trepidation!  Of what?  Blogging?  Perhaps!  But, it begins way before the actual blogging process takes place.  It begins with attempting to turn on the computer.  Yes, it took nine times of pushing the button to get it to come on.  The button is tempermental.  Yes, tempermental.  I looked it up and that is the exact word for that button!  We had the computer guru do his magic while we were away during the summer and he did say there were some “issues” which were (for lack of a better word) inoperable.  So, it is not a question of IF but a question of WHEN the ole’ gal will no longer draw her last breath.  Mr. Guru assures us the device he placed on the computer will back everything up….pardon me if I am skeptical (which is not his fault)!

So, the issue of getting the computer turned on is part of the delay in blogging.  Once the computer is on molasses in winter is faster than dealing with the delays.  Perhaps the title of this blog should be FRUSTRATION!  Speaking of frustration, I do not look forward to the process of finding a new computer and then learning how to use it.  Yes, it WILL be different, as this computer was purchased in 2002.  The year, not the movie!

It has been so long since I last blogged the format has changed and I am having trouble posting a photo!  If when you read this there is a photo you will know I somehow muddled through and if there is not, you will know, once again of my ineptitude at figuring out how to do computer “stuff”!

This coming Saturday is my final show of the year.  It has been an ordeal in preparing for it.  My therapist could buy an island after dealing with this one…if I had a therapist.  I have come up with some new things just for the upcoming holiday season.  Not my usual offerings…well, sort of, but different for me!  The show we call the Bird in Hand Country Christmas is once again, Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on First Street in Los Altos, CA.  There are a variety of choices there for you from Christmas to Folk Art to Antiques to birdhouses to rejuvenated gems!  One stop shopping and you are supporting America by buying from people who are actually making the items themselves right here in America. There is a huge difference in the goods from China.  They are tempting, but the quality is definitely not there.  So, I ask that you consider supporting the American made goods.  It will make a difference in the lives of our countrymen and countrywomen.  We also have live music and a few goodies for you to munch on to keep up your strength while you shop!

Sounds like rambling.  The wind is (literally) blowing up to 45 mph, so if they do not blow away to the next county, the things I put outside to dry from my dying process should be ready to come in for the next step!

Thank you for reading.  I am feeling a little less trepidacious (how’s that for a word?) Carefully consider your holiday purchases this year.  Remember we all need our oil changed, cars washed, go out to eat at locally owned restaurants or would enjoy seeing an independent film at the local theater.  Pass this along to your friends, if you feel so led.  Remember to be kind to someone you have never met and leave me a comment!  Until next time.

Bird Pin Cushion

Bird Pin Cushion

I know!

Gypsy Threads studioI know.  However, knowing does not mean a whole lot until you experience not doing what it is that you know.  Like, I just took what seemed like a long time to write a lovely blog and I went to preview it and that did not happen.  Being me, I thought perhaps if I refreshed the page it would take me to the preview.  After all, it said it was a saved draft, which I guess it was not for it was gone!  Yes, I know!  Oh, well, I have learned something, at least for today.  So, here it goes, again.

I have known for the past several months I need to put away, reorganize, and clean my studio.  After a show is over it always looks like several natural disasters have taken place one right after the other in there.  My intentions are good.  However, there is generally an order or two to be filled after the show.  There are stumbling blocks.  Creating from my heart is one thing.  Creating from my head/heart is another.  There is always the concern that what I am creating will not be what the individual is expecting to receive; for their heart and head have a vision as well.  You can see my problem.  What would normally take me perhaps an afternoon turns into three (or more) days – what with the procrastination and all!  By the time the order is complete and sent on it’s way – you guessed it…it is time to get ready for the next show!  So, I decided this week was carpe diem time.  It took several diems (forgive me if this is not the plural of diem, as high school Latin did not happen for me!) but I got most of it done.


The rug given to me by a dear friend.

The photo to the right is of a beautiful old rug that came home with me from the Three Speckled Hens antique show I did two weekends ago.  It belonged to my friend, Karen, who came along and helped me with the show.  She brought an assortment of lovely antiques which were such a terrific addition to the booth.  I could not have done the show without her.  That is the danger of inviting someone to bring things to put in your booth…I am the one who ends up with them?  I know!  But, that rug is the truth of why the studio got cleaned up…I needed to clear a place for this rug to lay in front of the chair where I do my stitching.  So, actually the rug was necessary to restore balance and harmony in a disaster zone.  Yes, I am content with that reasoning.

I do have two orders to prepare, and yes, it is time to begin preparation for the next show.  That show is June 12 and 13 in Los Altos, CA.  It is the American Country Antiques show and is always one of Country Living Magazine’s “not to be missed” top ten antique shows of the summer.  We are always there, right across the parking lot next to the History House Museum.  HOWEVER, this show we are deep in the thick of things…yes…we are inside the show itself.  The four of us are so excited we can hardly stand it.  To be surrounded by all those treasures…I know, sounds dangerous and exciting all at the same time!  Ah, life on the edge!

Beginning show prepration will have to wait a day or two, as David and I are celebrating our anniversary this Friday, May 14.  Eleven years.  I cannot believe it!  Guess it is time for me to quit blinking in that seems to be how quickly time goes now.  I have had some adventures with that man.  He is very good to me and I truly do appreciate him…most of the time (lol) as his is only human, after all!  We have decided to increase our household by one…one little Pug.  We are currently searching for just the right one to grace our lives.  After all, when my daughter, Mindy and her pug, Stella come to visit there will be a playmate available for Stella!  It will also be a wonderful “excuse” for David and I to take a walk together.  I know just the right pug is waiting somewhere for us to find one another.


With all this said, I thank each of you for reading, commenting, and telling your friends to do the same.  Until next time, do something kind for yourself each and every day.

Opportunity vs. Obstacle

Life certainly does present some wonderful opportunities for us. This is a time when viewing change as an opportunity or obstacle comes into play for many of us. My opportunity is now coming as a time to rethink the things in my life as I prepare to move to a new home, community, and way of doing the day to day rituals of living. My obstacle comes in being fearful I will not have all the things (people and places) I have grown used to over the years. Then again, when I moved here from upstate New York I did not have any of those in place and here I am with an entire new horizon of opportunity to overcome the perceived obstacles!

Have you ever heard of Spring Green, Wisconsin? I had not until I was introduced to it by the artist, Stacy Nash. She is friends with a quilt shop in, yes, you guessed – Spring Green, Wisconsin! I visited the website of the shop and found out that they were awarded the honor of being named one of the top ten quilt stores in America! Upon further reading I also found out there are several others in the surrounding area that over the years have also received the same honor. Those shops decided to band together and offer an opportunity for individuals to get on a bus and visit each shop. I can only imagine the obstacles they had to overcome as they booked buses, reserved hotel rooms, made up roommate assignments, organized snacks and a hot meal for weary travelers – for starters!

I was one of those people who participated in this adventure! It was a wonderful time. I shared a room with a girl from the neighboring town where I grew up and as it turns out, she and her friends are friends with someone I lost contact with years ago and have not been able to find! Who would have thought that would/could happen?

The best part was, I must say, I had such joy in being surrounded by that which speaks volumes to my heart. The fabrics, the people, the countryside, the food, and the opportunites which presented themselves where endless! Bliss is just about the only word I can come up with to describe the entire adventure. I definitely was changed by what I experienced!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. My son (who drives long-distance truck) called early in the day and we had a terrific conversation. My daughter (who shares our home) her pug, Stella, and David (my sweet husband) and I took the short drive to Pacific Grove. If you have never been there, I hope some day you will be able. It is so beautiful there. The water is just unlike anywhere else in this area. You can take the road that winds from Pacific Grove to Asilomar and it goes directly along the coast. Mindy, Stella, and I chose to walk a portion. Well, it was divine. The breeze was blowing, but not too hard and the sun was out and the temperature was nearly perfect. It was such an incredible opportunity. Who would have thought that would happen and bring such a feeling of completness to my heart?

So, as I reflect, I did not sew a stitch last week, but recovered from my travels. I also prepared to embrace the coming opportunites of a move from a place I know well (and not at all) to a new place where I will overcome the fears and perceived obstacles as they present themselves. With that in mind, I’d better go see if I need more packing boxes and decide is I really need to move those jars I have been saving for buttons!