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thanks for being awesome

I am feeling pretty thankful these days. I could probably go on for pages about all the things I am thankful for, but I won’t bore you with all of that right now. I do however, want to say thank you to all of you – my supportive customers and blog readers, commenters, emailers. I really have felt so supported, all along the way, from almost the day I opened my shop when a stranger, and fellow etsy seller, sent me a conversation to compliment my photos, offer advice if I needed, and wish me luck (really!). It was like the door was wide open and I was being welcomed in.

There have been the usual concerns over the last few months, that come with having left a job which provided a steady, stable, rather predictable income while simultaneously jumping right into buying a house in need of repair; but things just seem to keep getting better. My business is still small, but it is growing, and I am being pushed to grow with it. I am thankful for this, too.

The last few months have been a big huge reminder of how important and rewarding it is to follow your heart, go with your gut, and be true to your instincts. Not to say this will guarantee that everything is perfect and peachy all the time, but in the big picture way, life is pretty amazing when you are an active, dynamic participant.

And hey, you know what? This is sort of off the subject, but today is the winter solstice, which means it’s the shortest day of the year. And you know what that means… that the days will start to get longer. I am thankful for that too.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. All the remaining orders, that were promised for pre-Christmas delivery, have now shipped. It was a pretty nice feeling to send everything off and only afterward did I realize how tired I was. I wished I had gotten a photo of me standing next to that pile, because it was definitely taller than me! After dropping everything off at the PO, we did some thrifting, went for a walk on the river and then out for a glass of wine and a gluten free pizza (which, by the way, was awesome).

Oh, and I had a fairly freaky accident with my rotary cutter yesterday, but my finger is still attached and seems to be healing really well… and needless to say, I am definitely definitely thankful for that too.

So, what I really just want to say here is THANKS everyone. You are really, so very awesome.

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a holiday giveaway

If you’d like the chance to win a pair of these, head on over to Sweet Greens, where Jennie is hosting an amazing series of giveaways right now. You have until the 29th to enter to win these, and there are other fantastic handmade and eco friendly items to check out as well.

Wishing you luck! Happy weekend!

xo

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It’s been unusually cold and dry here on the Oregon Coast this past week. The humidity in the house has been around 35% compared to the usual 60 and there have been patches of ice in the morning that stay frozen all day. All this cold, dry, sunny weather makes me feel like I’m back in Central Oregon. Needless to say, I’m loving it.

We hung our wreath last week, a gift sent by our parents which I was so excited to learn was handmade and from a family owned business local to the pacific northwest. We also gathered some fir boughs to make a couple of swags. We don’t usually get all festive at holiday times, but this year we’ve both been enjoying a little bit of decorating. I may even decorate the mantles with some seasonal nature findings. We have 2 of them, and they have been displaying a totally random assortment of things that haven’t been touched since we moved here (the above photo is a “before” shot, which means that hopefully there will be an “after” on it’s way). And come to think of it, there are a lot of piles of stuff that haven’t hardly been touched since we moved here. I’ve been looking forward to a few days off from sewing to focus on our house again. Seems like we have been unendingly busy catching up on all the things that got neglected with the big move and the initial projects that involved.

In sewing news, the Belle Ruche is now available in Plum Organic Cotton Twill. It will be in the shop tonight or tomorrow Wednesday. I love this fabric and this color seems perfect for winter – but I think I felt that way about summer and fall too. It really is a really nice color. Trust me.

I hope you all had wonderful weekends

xo

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It would appear as though a small cyclone has hit the sewing room.

Um, could someone help me clean a little?

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