My business, “Hand Quilting Supplies,” had a short life-span of 14 months, closing on August 31st. I was sad to see it go, but I told myself that I would give it a year, and if it wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do, I would pull the plug. There are plenty of hand quilters in the world, but big box stores (Jo Ann, Walmart, etc.) are a road block for the little ma and pa shops that struggle to survive. I don’t really blame anyone. It’s not like I have never purchased sewing supplies at those same stores! You can get some really good buys if you keep your eyes open, but it’s because of those cheaper costs that quilters gravitate to those shops. But because I’ve seen first hand what this does to the small quilt shop owner, I know this coming holiday seasonI plan to do most of my purchasing in small family-owned shops and give them all the support I can. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining. It is what it is, and I’ve accepted it and moved on. But whenever I can support the “little guy (or gal),” I will do so.
Two years ago we lost my Mother-in-Law who had been very sick for years with pulmonary fibrosis. After she passed away, we came to realize that Dad had some serious memory issues, and for the past 18 months or so, those problems have become much worse. Every week we see more of a decline in his memory and ability to do anything for himself. And my own father is now in his 90’s, so where we used to take care of one house and property (ours), now we are pretty much caring for three. And that takes a lot of time, especially when you work full-time.
While we really didn’t get to do hardly anything we wanted to during the warm Michigan weather this year, we did have one special time: the birth of our fourth grandchild on August 14th. Carson came into the world after a week-long struggle to get him out of his warm cocoon and into the light of day. We love him to bits! He joins his cousins Jacob, Samantha and Fischer and helps fill our house with more giggles and smiles and baby gurgles. Welcome to the world Carson!
I have kept plugging away at the hand quilting on my scrappy nine patch quilt. It’s nice to sit down in the evening and spend an hour or more sitting and stitching. I look forward to that time every day; it’s a time of peace and quiet meditation to reflect on life and what it might hold in store for the future.
As my dear hubby and I have worked together the past few years dealing with all of this, the one thing that keeps coming into our discussions is… what IS in store for our future?
We are spending more time thinking and talking about that lately. A few plans are in place, but mostly we are gathering thoughts, wishes, likes and dislikes and putting them in a basket to play with as we go along. It is encouraging that our basket has lots of things in it that we BOTH like and want. And bit by bit, day by day, we pull a thing our two out of the basket and pet it, if only for a few minutes.
How about you? What is waiting for you in YOUR basket?