Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I even have friends, both local and cyber, helping me enlarge my collection. Sometimes out of the blue a package will arrive in the mail. So thanks to you, you, and you.
Hold on a second. Here is a close-up of the new fabric I made. Yes, new fabric! I sewed all the strips on a piece of muslin and now it is just waiting to become something fabulous. Let's see. What should it be? A little zippered bag maybe? A pincushion? A tote bag?
This is one of my favorite ideas, a super cool vanity chair made by Cynde Clark.
But in the meantime, keep those selvage edges coming. Go ahead. Send me over the edge.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
And, of course, the requisite sunset photo:
Back to the real world of work, and thinking (and hopefully posting) about quilting and fused glass.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
After I got all my managerial chores done today, I had planned on sewing. I have it all set up. Haven't sewed a stitch. Because really, as tempting as my sewing machine is, it is indoors.
I would rather wander down to the waterfront and do...not much of anything.
This afternoon, Mark and I drove around the lake to pick up the mail, and when we got back, we had this invitation on our front porch. The girls in Cabin B have quite the evening planned for Friday. And Thursday night we will do our Second Annual Outdoor Movie Night. We set up a huge screen by the fire ring area and pop buckets of kettlecorn and enjoy a movie together.
Oh, and in the category of "you're just gonna have to trust me on this one," Mark and I stopped at the general store right across the road from the post office to get some ice cream, and this guy popped in (note to self: always be prepared and never go anywhere without a camera...). Years ago I used to watch The Bold and the Beautiful, so if there are any fans out there, apparently Ronn Moss, aka Ridge Forrester, has his own cabin in this area. So says the owner of the general store... It was kinda weird to see him in shorts and a tank top...and obviously no TV makeup. I probably wouldn't even have noticed him if the owner hadn't said something. (Second note to self: I definitely need to hire my own hair and makeup person...)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Our business name has always been Around the Block Designs, that is, "designs" with an "s". For five years. Business license, business cards, labels, everything with our logo on it. You name it. "Designs." With an "s".
First I became an etsy buyer. My profile name was aroundtheblockdesign. Do you see anything missing? Like an "s"? Yeah, because they won't let you go beyond 20 characters. At first I thought, "Oh, well. What's the big deal?" Well, it became a big deal when we decided to become sellers! Really? We can't use the "s" on designs? Isn't that going to be confusing?
We went with "aroundtheblockdesign." Without an "s". For awhile.
It bugged me. I obsessed over it. I emailed some of my blogging buddies/fellow etsians, and asked for advice. Should I change the name? Should I leave it alone? What if people were used to our original business name and typed it in? With the "s"? They would get a message that there was no seller by that name. Aarggh.
It bugged me a LOT. It bugged Mark because I
Finally, I couldn't take it any more. And Mark was tired of listening to me.
As of today, we are "One In Every Color." And yes, I did clear it with Jessica, as she uses it a lot in her blog titles.
Fifteen characters. Well under the limit. Opened up a new shop today, closed the other one down.
Etsy, I hope you're happy with us now. Because that sure was a lot of work for one tiny little lower-case "s".
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Mark's mother was somewhat of a legend in his home town when it came to cooking and baking. She even had a newspaper article written about her. It was a well-deserved honor. We have some of her recipes and cookbooks with the most fascinating notes written the margins (Make when Leon's home. Don't make for Mark--he doesn't like it). A cooking journal of her life. Priceless.
So not much cooking, baking, or heavy-duty home projects for me anymore....I see more sewing in my horizon, along with a lot of good food to sustain me. Life is good.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I come from a heritage of quilting, both from my family and from my church affiliation. I spent years flitting from one craft to another, which ran the gamut (tole painting, china painting, counted cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint...), well, you get the picture. I would be passionate about yet another new venture, and had a husband who never complained once, not about all the new supplies I needed, about all the storage it would probably take up...never once (thanks, Mark--you're the best!). But eventually I would get bored and look for something else.
Finally I thought, why not embrace my heritage and learn to quilt? The best decision I ever made. So my good friend, Dotty, drafted out a very simple pattern, double four-patch, and I agonized over the fabric choices. Only four of them, but I spent hours running from one store to another, to make sure they were perfect. I started it in August 1994. She taught me how to hand quilt in a hoop, and I finished it in March 1996. By that time, I was working on several other quilts and had quite a stash started.
I have a lot of quilt tops in the works, but by a series of strange events, the last quilt I have actually finished was for my second pattern to be published, called Jammin' Jelly.
It's a super easy quilt to make, great for those times when you need something in a hurry.
So what have I learned since August 1994? That I have never once become bored with quilting. It continually fascinates me and fulfills my need to be creative. I enjoy nearly every aspect of quilting (with the exception of putting the quilt sandwich together for quilting....), and fabric selection is probably my favorite part. I enjoy taking time with complex quilt piecing, and wish I could learn how to machine quilt my own quilts. Quilting has gotten me through a really sad and trying time in my life. It is tactile and colorful. I have made good friends specifically because of quilting, and that group of friends is growing through blogging, and it doesn't even matter that I probably won't meet many of these new friends in person. There is a community out there that I am part of and quilting continues to enrich my life.
Friday, July 10, 2009
July 10, 2009
Melinda Bula Show 501: Free This Weekend!
That's right! We are so sure you will love Series 5 and want to see the rest that we are opening up show 501 with Melinda Bula to everyone for the weekend.
But hurry! It is open through Monday night at midnight Pacific Time.
Forward this to a friend who would enjoy seeing this free show at The Quilt Show.
Just Click Here or on the Picture to start the show. It's that easy.
See the whole Series
Now I realize that Alex and Ricky didn't pick this specific episode because of us. So watch the whole thing. It's a good episode.
But if you are just dying to hear all about Around the Block Designs, then I think we're about halfway through.
And Oprah, we've still got openings...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Inbetween segments with the guest artist, Alex basically did an infomercial about Around the Block Designs. Wow, she said some nice things about us.
Okay, so since it requires a membership to actually watch our episode, I, uh, took pictures of my computer screen. Rather than video, you will see my crummy pictures, and rather than audio, you will get to read my transcription of most of the conversation. Excited?? (geez, I hope the FBI won't come knocking on my door for felony copyright infringement or something...)
Alex: I'm really excited about the Treasure Chest because I found the items and know you are going to love them. These are made by Mark and Cindy Wiens of Around the Block Designs. They have an array of fused glass. Mark makes the star out of glass and Cindy makes a little quilt and they are just precious. So I can tell you, if you need a gift for a quilting friend...
A: And here's what you need to know. Every year we have a TQS legend, and Mark and Cindy design the plaque for our legend.
R: That's right. If you remember, our 2008 legend was Jinny Beyer. When Alex and I were there we gave her a wonderful plaque with the TQS star on it. That plaque was made by Mark and Cindy.
A: Exactly. They also do jewelry. I love their necklaces because they are fairly priced. They're perfect for traveling. They come in all different colors.
A: They're very fair in their pricing. They're fantastic people (blush) . I love them to pieces and I know you will too, because everyone in the audience is going home with a necklace. (crowd erupts into screams and starts jumping up and down. Right....)
Oprah, if you're reading this, we may have some giveaway slots still open. Have your people call our people.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
And then I saw this on This Young House.
Curious about how I organize my fabric? Ah, that's a post (and lots of pictures) for another day...