I have tried and tried to sit and post about the goings on in my life but unfortunately, that life has taken control. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee -- it's quite a story.
As if the kids going back to school and my reinstatement at Gap weren't enough to keep me busy, I still have this wee little sewing business which sometimes demands more of my attention than I'm prepared for. Somehow, I always make it work.
My good friends at the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation keep me very busy. And this September was no exception -- an order for 600 herbal therapy eye pillows. That's right. SIX HUNDRED! And since I'm always an "I can do that" kind of gal, I jumped right in.
I think it took me about 5 or 6 weeks total to fill this order. I used about 45 yards of fabric which I cut using this amazing template my very talented hubby made for me from an old ruler.
I just rolled around it with my rotary cutter and VOILA - I was able to cut about 4 pillows at once with this baby. Here they all are cut, sewn, turned and pressed.
Luckily, I found a place online which had flax seed for an amazing price! Five of these babies showed up at my door one afternoon and it took me all of 8 hours to empty each and every one!
Then came the most grueling, miserable, horrible part -- hand sewing them all closed.
It took me exactly one week to get them all done. I did 120 of them in one day alone. It was totally gross. I took these things with me EVERYWHERE.
I sewed them in bed, on the couch, at soccer practice,
in the car pool lane,
I even sewed some on my break at work!
But then... they were done!! and I had a BIG bowl of soy ice cream to celebrate! :)
Now while I was making these little babies, my friend Maria also ordered about a half dozen quilts for the Cotton Candy Boutique (the Foundation's non-profit store front). She also offered me table space at their annual Flames of Hope WaterFire event which, very unfortunately, I could not afford. So I offered to volunteer at the event instead - GREAT! A few weeks went by and when Maria saw the quilts in progress and then found out I was volunteering, she offered me a small space for FREE.
AMAZING!! This event draws about 150,000 people each year!! I was dumbfounded!
But then this also meant that I had about 10 days to finish 6 quilts. And wouldn't you know that in those 10 days, just about everything that could go wrong, went wrong. From Ava coming down with bronchitis to my cracking a tooth and clipping threads twenty minutes before I ran out the door!
It was all worth it though and I was able to get 4 quilts completely finished for the event which turned out to be more than enough (I sold 2!!). It was an incredible, all-day event which I was totally proud to be a part of!
Yours truly received a HUGE round of applause at last night's Rhode Island Sewing Network meeting for my work in redesigning the group's website (not actually for anything I've sewn this time). It was a thrill nonetheless -- especially since it was while being introduced as a member of the Executive Board. Yup, I'm in with the IN crowd. I'd jump up and down if I weren't so exhausted!
It was also a thrill to get a big hug from Ann Steeves of Gorgeous Fabrics who spoke at our meeting last night regarding fabric forecasts for the upcoming seasons. She's the best! Ann is so confident and knowledgeable and I often feel like a little groupie while in her company. So I was pretty stoked that she remembered me from other sewing events and seemed happy to see me. Awww, thanks, Ann!
PS You can check out my mad web design skills here.