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Day At The Craft Fair & Updates

Happy Tuesday!

Here we are at the start of December and amidst the busy season of shopping and wrapping, I find myself just wanting to retreat into the sewing room to create. I spent much of November preparing for our town’s annual Christmas On The Common celebration where I was a vendor on Saturday. This is my third year vending and I found it to be just as fun and inspiring as it was the first time around.

The day itself is a snapshot of small town life. The Kiwanis club organizes this day for our community complete with a parade, craft fair, Christmas tree sale, food, and performances by local dance studios and musicians all day long. Oh yes and Santa is there as well! It’s a fantastic day.

This was my first year representing both my quilt design company and Creative Memories. I recently had a new banner made up to incorporate both companies. Greg helped me get set up in the early morning and then I was open for business!

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I met many wonderful people Saturday. Since I was promoting both quilting and scrappbooking, I had twice the fun and twice the amount of inspirational conversations with new and experienced crafters from both hobbies. I am pleased to say that quilting and scrapbooking are both very much alive and well in our community! Several of you were looking for quilting lessons and several more were interested in attending a day long scrap retreat. I’d like to also have a day long sewing retreat and I’ll be looking into places to hold those types of events in the near future.

If you are reading this blog for the first time, I welcome you! I hope you’ll find it an inspirational place to hang out. I also collected a lot of new names for both of my newsletters and you’ll be receiving one soon!

This week I’m catching up with paperwork but also preparing to vend at my daughter’s dance studio on Saturday. I sold out of every ballerina item I had at the craft fair so I’m scrambling to make up more tissue covers and zippered pouches. I am also about to begin the quilting on my mother’s quilt with this pretty pantograph called Pipeline.

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I was having a small issue with the bar on the long arm machine but Greg was able to fix it for me and now I can’t wait to get going on this one!

Most of you know over the last two years we have acquired the most adorable Lionhead bunnies, Nala and Daisy.

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They are really the loves of all of our lives and our daughters just adore them. They have always lived in our house and had plenty of freedom to roam around our first floor. Well, last week we found out that poor Greg has developed asthma and is allergic to the buns. We decided to relocate the bunnies to the garage and I found the most adorable log cabin hutches for them! Greg put them together over the weekend and moving day was today!

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You all know I want to hang little Christmas wreaths over their doors! I moved the bunnies into their new homes this morning and they seem quite pleased with having a ramp to play on and an area under the hutch in which to run around. I’m glad they like their new space and I’m looking forward to seeing Greg feel better.

That’s it for today. I’ll hopefully be posting more frequently now that the craft fair is over. Enjoy your day, quilters!!!
Sandi

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Blog Tour Winner & Stuff

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We have a blog tour winner from last week’s QuiltMaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour! And the winner is Becki! I have contacted her through email and she will soon have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 in her mailbox!

I was blown away by the comments left on the blog tour post.  Every one of you had such nice thoughts about quilting and what it means to you. I mean you also had nice thoughts on my block, Afloat, which is awesome as well! The personal stories and the amount of sharing made my heart so joyous! What a community we have among us! I feel blessed and I hope that you do as well.

I was also impressed with the amount of other crafting everyone is doing…from knit to crochet, to scrapbooking and card making… it was so fun to read through and see how creative we all are!

I’ll be back next week with more quilty fun and in the meanwhile if you mentioned that you are a scrapbooker or you’d like to explore that as a craft, please visit my Creative Memories Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you over there and have you sign up for that newsletter!

https://www.facebook.com/cmAdvisorSandiColwell/

Happy Thanksgiving! May your bellies be full and your hearts even fuller!

Warmly,

Sandi

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Summer Wrap Up

How can it be summer has come and gone????? I’m pretty sure this was the fastest one on the books. We wrapped up around here with a flurry of activity in the last few weeks that included a super fun family vacation to Canada and Vermont. We spent 4 nights in Mont Tremblant, 2 nights in Quebec City and 1 night in Burlington, VT. We made lots of memories and we tried real hard not to think about the fact that Amanda would be moving into UNH a few short days from then. I have some beautiful pictures to share in a future post about our vacation.

And move in, she did. The first bird has left the nest. Can you hear me crying? We did a lot of crying that day. A lot. My mama heart was broken seeing Amanda so nervous and scared. For a year or more she’s talked non-stop about attending UNH and living in the dorm with her cousin and another roommate. It all got the best of her come move in day. Thankfully, with each passing day and phone call, she has sounded happier and happier. Change is hard, friends. Here she is working on her desk set up.

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Lindsey turned Sweet 16 and that meant a trip to the registry for a driver’s permit!

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And Leah continues to wow us with her talent for pointe technique which is part of classical ballet. Check out that foot on the ground!

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So now that everyone is about to get busy with school work, I can get busy with quilting and scrapbooking. I worked a bit on the Seaglass quilt this week. The rows are joined and now I need to add the borders.

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I also started laying out charm squares for another baby quilt. I’m vending a craft fair on September 24th and I need to get busy on some items for the table in addition to quilt patterns and scrapbooking supplies. My table will be split between Creative Memories and Quilt Cabana Patterns.

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The long arm progress has been stalled due to vacation and life in general but that shall pick right up again! What have you all been working on?

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Episode #44 is up! For Real!

I know, right? How long has it been….since the fall y’all! I recorded a new episode of Quilt Cabana Corner this morning. Please join me on Podbean or later today through iTunes.

Here are the highlights and links to things I mention. This episode is a catch up on what’s happening with my quilting, writing, scrapbooking and a review of Christa Watson’s new book on machine quilting.

I’m also reading Kristin Hannah’s The Nightengale.

Writer’s training that I am doing ¬†– Compel

Boo Mama Podcast

Seth Godin

James Clear

Becky Higgins

Renae Christine

Crystal Payne

Places to find me:

www.creativememories.com/user/sandic

https://www.facebook.com/cmAdvisorSandiColwell/

www.quiltcabanapatterns.com

www.sandicolwell.com

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The Real Finish

The camouflage quilt has been completed and is in the hands of one happy Army mom! I got up on Sunday determined to finish the quilt before I allowed myself breakfast or a shower! Coffee was not part of that deal! LOL!!! Jenny is the very proud mom of soldier, David. She was looking for something special to send him as a surprise. She wanted it to be a quilt he could snuggle with and really use. We came up with the design and opted for a warm, fleece backing. She’ll be shipping it to him this week. I’m beyond happy that I could help her out.

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Friday night was fun as Leah attended the 8th grade semi formal! She had a blast with her friends! Here she is before she left for the night.

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If you are interested in scrapbooking, Creative Memories came out with the March products! I am in love with the word bubble punch and I really like the 2″ x 3″ pocket album for all those school wallet sized photos and even for credit cards! Let me know if you’re interested.

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My next project will be a new pattern for Quilt Cabana. It’s the Seaglass quilt. I’m dying to get started on it this morning. These are the fabrics that I’ll be using.

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Happy Tuesday!

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Craftsy Sale Alert & Creative Memories Feb. Special!

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To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!

Click Here to see the classes available!

And…
If you’re feeling punchy, you’ll love the February Special! You can earn one of two fabulous new punches with the purchase of a paper bundle. If you order the Pastel or Bright paper pack, you get the Cherry Blossom punch free. If you order the Seasons or Holiday paper bundle, you earn the Stylish Heart punch free! Quantities are limited and I’m sure these will go fast. Contact me to order or order online yourself with this link…
http://www.creativememories.com/user/sandic
Paper bundles contain a total of 64 pieces of paper.

February Special

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