I say thank-goodness for weekends, because last week was a loooooong week.
I was finishing up on a new book and pattern. That means I was doing lots of editing, testing, rereading the text, running the math on the numbers one more time, reading the text again, deciding on the photos, double checking the numbers again, reading the text again, editing the photos, meeting with the printer, triple checking the numbers, editing and reading the text again.
Do you get the idea?
By Friday my brain was completely fried. In fact, I didn’t care if I ever saw that book or pattern again.
I didn’t mean that.
By the time the book is done being printed, I will be excited about it again.
In fact, the book is the first one that I will have published that is co-designed with my Mom (who by the way was doing all the testing, reading, and editing right along side me. That equals two fried brains!) We can’t wait to show it to you . . . but that will be a week or so yet.
In the meantime, I was happy for the weekend to come. I previewed my newest fabric line over the weekend and all of your nice comments just made my weekend! They reminded me why I go through weeks like last week. Hopefully all my work and worrying over the details will eventually bring joy and inspiration to a few quilters!
Another reason to enjoy the weekend was the beautiful weather we are having in Minnesota. I got to go out for a walk and clear my head. By the time I got back home, I had taken off my coat, mittens and hat. The sun was shining and the air felt downright balmy. The weather was in the 30’s, which after the weeks of 30 below, that 60-degree temperature swing feels much warmer than it actually is. In fact, I got on the phone right away and called my brother to see if his kids wanted to come over to go sledding.
This little guy got his first taste of the snow.
This little guy did too – quite literally.
We had a hard time getting him to come inside for supper. He only wanted snow!
When my parents found out there was sledding, they came over with more sleds and snowmobile helmets.
The kids got a snowmobile ride and threw snowballs with Grandma.
There was snowshoeing . . .
under beautiful blue skies . . .
The frozen lake makes a perfect place to try out snowshoeing for the first time.
And of course, there was sledding.
Remember what we do with this hill in the summer?
Either way, it’s lots of fun.
By the way, is it there something wrong with you if you are 33 and still love sledding?
I find it to be good therapy for fried brain syndrome. I am now ready to face the week!
On a work note, several of you have asked about kits for Wildflowers. I added a couple to the kits tab above. We always want you to support your local shop or on-line shop first. And if you can’t find what you need, you can always contact us and we can help get you what you need. If any shops out there would like us to list links to your kits on-line, please e-mail them to email@example.com.
I’m excited to see your new patterns, I love your patterns they’re fun to make and easy to follow and you have great ideas. I’m having a give away for my 100th post and part of it is little charmers 5 pattern. I was wondering why your fabric line doesn’t come in charm packs or jelly rolls, given that your patterns are geared toward them?? I love your new line and sure wish I could get it in a charm pack so I could make a table runner.
Cutest snow bear I’ve ever seen. You’re never too old to enjoy whatever it is that is FUN!!!
What fun pictures!! and NO, never anything wrong with anyone sledding, neve forget to have fun first, it makes all the rest easier!!
We were having a heat wave also, and a welcome one at that!!
It has been wonderful weather in MN! Delightful pictures of all of the kids-but no fair of one adult watching from the upstairs window.
You are never to old to play in the snow, one of my favorites is making snow angels.
Enjoy before the weather changes again.
Sounds like a break WEELLLLL deserved! One gets a very romantic idea in their head of being self employed~ being able to design all the ideas in your head and making them come to life, but you really don’t make it sound that romantic at all!!! Sounds like tons of work and tons of stress! All I can say is, I SURE do appreciate all your efforts. I am SO excited about Home for the Holidays. I just have to keep coming back to your blog to take a peek at them from time to time. TOTAL LOVE! I’m also very excited about getting started on the garden hexagon pattern in the Sizzlin Sixties book! The Over and Under runner is on my plans to make in the near future as well. Keep up the great work. You really are so creative. (oh and thank your mom as well! What a neat team.)
Oh wow WHAT FUN!!
Cute, cute pictures! Glad that you enjoyed the weekend.
Looks like a fun weekend to me. Ah – those were the days – when I went to the park to go sledding, and on frozen lakes snowmobiling. I grew up 60 miles south of Buffalo, NY so I can relate to EVERYTHING you have photographed for all to see.
Memoreis…..they’re worth creating.
That looks fun! Snowy or grassy! Congrats on your book! And your little bear friend is adorable!
I am 46 and still love to sled!!!! Only thing is . . . . we are a little short on snow here in KNoxville, TN. I wish we could ship it in. :•)
Sorry to hear that your brain is fried, but I really do appreciate designers who take the time and make an effort to test their patterns for accuracy. An occasional mistake is understanable, but too many errors in a line of patterns gets frustrating. Keep up the good work!
Oh wow! Your Christmas fabric line is phenomenal! I love that not all of it is Christmassy! That makes it so versatile! I can’t wait to get it! I just received your book “On The Run” and I’m totally stoked to get started on one of them. Just an excuse to get more fabric….LOL!
Glad you were able to get out of the stress of work and have some fun!