Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scrapbooking Retreat Was So Fun!

This past weekend I went to the scrapbooking retreat at Maranatha.  It was so much fun!  We started scrapping on Thursday and continued into the wee hours of the night each night through Saturday.  I was operating on only 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night.  About Saturday night around midnight, I started to realize that I am way to old to keep that kind of schedule for any amount of time!  Anyway, I got 45 pages done in my daughter's wedding album.  I started the album when I got there, and all I have left to finish are a few layouts from the reception.  The Save the Date layout in the picture above was the winner of the "Page of the Day" contest on Friday, and I won a new organizing container for my Cricut cartridges.  I was very surprised to win, and loved my prize.
In between scrapping, I was able to spend time with my grandbabies.  My granddaughter stayed with us so that my daughter in law could feed her.  She was such a good little girl!  We didn't have any problems keeping her happy while we worked.  My son and grandson joined us for meals and visited us a couple of times a day.  It was a great weekend!  Now, I am back to quilting.  With shop hop around the corner, I am working on getting as much done as I can before I go to Kearney to help mom.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Life is Busy...but soooo good:)

  I have been crazy busy this past couple of weeks because I went to Kearney to run the quilt shop for my mom while she and dad went on vacation last week. In the time that I have been home, I have been quilting madly so that I can justify taking several days off next week to go to a scrapbooking retreat.  The best part of the retreat is that it is held at the Bible camp where my son works, so I can stay with his family and hang out with my adorable grandchildren!  I can't wait!  My grandson is turning 2 in May, and I am amazed at how quickly he has changed from being a "baby" to being a little boy.  He is running everywhere, learning to talk, and soooo sweet with his baby sister.  I had two babies of my own that grew up too fast, but it was long ago, and I had forgotten how quickly they do grow up.  I am trying to enjoy every chance I get to spend with them.  As quickly as one chance ends, I start scheming how I can see them again.  Yesterday, my son told me that he is moving closer to home and going back to college.  That will give me even more chances to spend time with my babies!  It is going to be great!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Silence is golden...or deafening...depending on your perspective!

My constant companion, Candy our Boston Terrier follows me around the house from room to room throughout the day.  She burrows under the quilts on our guest bed and just hangs out there while I quilt.  If I stop working and go to another room, she follows me.  I find her presence a great comfort on days when I am missing people.  Transitioning from teaching full time to working as an administrative assistant to working out of my home has been a journey.  The best and worst of it are the same...I am by myself all day.  The silence is sometimes really nice, but at other times I miss human companionship.  At those times, I text my husband, daughter, or friend Jo hoping to reach out and connect with another person. Thank goodness for texting!  I can make a connection without actually distracting them from their work or me from mine.  The creative process is rewarding in itself, but it would be great to have my machine in a quilt shop where I could just hang out and visit with customers,  However, if it was, I wouldn't get near as much done!  So, for now, every couple of weeks I head to the quilt shop in Kearney to help my mom and get some social interaction!