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Close to Home in 2014

It’s amazing to me how life works. A choice I made last year, affects things in a much bigger way than I could have imagined. All of a sudden I stand back and say “now I see, I was supposed to be here”.   I decided in September that I would stay closer to home in […]

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January 4, 2014 - 8:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Dear Anne, this post gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. I believe too, that we are guided when we make decisions, and despite not knowing why you made the choices you did at the time, you are right where you need to be, right now, and will be in May as well. I love your friend’s new pup and hope you will find one just like her. I’m continuing my prayers for your daughter-in-law and your entire family.
Love…..

January 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

PAtricia G Hayes - Dear Anne, I have missed something along the way and this note from you has me so sad for you all. I do believe I have figured it out from the comment above me. However my thoughts and prayers are there with you, and yes, you made a good choice to stay near home this year. Now is the time when a little gental one will find you and fill that niche in your heart.
Ypou will keep smiling, this I know just from our little purchasing relationship and emails.
Patricia in Florida.

January 4, 2014 - 10:31 am

DeAnna Dodson - Praying for you and yours, dear Anne.

And praying you and Chelsea in finding a new forever friend. I never met Bitsy of course, but I loved reading about her in your blog and seeing her precious pictures. I really miss her, too. But I’m eager to meet your new one when you find her.

How very exciting.

When I had to let my precious Elliot cat go, the vet brought me a feisty little orange kitten and told me he needed a home. Petie certainly will never replace Elliot, but he’s incredibly precious all on his own. He makes me laugh every day, and I can’t imagine being without him. You and Chelsea will know the right one when you see her. :)

January 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

Jean - You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day! Since losing a friend to breast cancer, my friends and I back home have made lots of quilts to raise money for cancer patients. We also make quilts to give a warm hug to people who are going through chemo. I was happy to find someone here after we moved with the same passion that does work for the Avon Walk. Unfortunately, it is something that is going to affect all of us in one way or another.

If you like, when you are ready to get a new little friend for Chelsea I can get you in touch with my sister, Janice. She lives in Tracy and works with a rescue agency there and is very good at finding the perfect dog for just the right person. They are a great agency! She has 8 dogs of her own!

I can’t wait to see your new patterns.
xoxoxoxoxox

January 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

Kay - Wishing you happiness and peace in 2014. Following your heart is often the way to go and your post certainly tells us that. xx

January 4, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Julie Z - What a good idea to take Chelsea along when you look for your new family member. You will all know when you’ve found each other. I look forward to following your journey, and know all will be well.

January 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Carole Crane - You have been a wonderful inspiration to me, you have a beautiful talent and a giving heart. God doesn’t close a door without opening a window, sometimes it is hard for us to crawl through. Keep you and yours in my prayers.

January 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Michelle B - Just before my husband made the big move down here to TX he had to have our beloved Border Collie put to sleep. She was best friends and protector of my little Mini Doxie, Daisy. I didn’t even think about Daisy missing her until we were out walking and she saw a BC. I picked her up so there wouldn’t be any problems and could barely contain her she was SO excited! I think that from a distance she thought it was her buddy. That thought made me so sad.

PS–I had breast cancer 21 years ago this spring. It was very advanced but I chose what I felt was the best treatment for me, the surgery plus alternative treatments. Each person needs to do what they feel is BEST for their body. No one else knows your body like you do!!

January 4, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Meredith - Anne, my thoughts are with you for the challenges ahead for your family.

If you want to see an amazing show of support and fundraising with the theme of pink, all the way here in Australia, have a look at today’s Test Cricket Match (Sunday January 5) at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the third day between Australia and England. It’s Pink Day, and the crowd, the stands, the players and even the wickets will be an amazing sea of pink. It’s Jane McGrath Day, in memory of the wife of well known Australian cricketer Glen McGrath. She lost her battle with breast cancer a few years ago! and this pink cricket day is now done each year to raise money to employ specialist breast cancer care nurses! they have funds now for 100 of these special people. It was her wish, and the support from the cricket community and the spectators is amazing. Just google it for today’s match and you will see an amazing pink display.

January 4, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Meredith - Me again. Just apologising for the exclamation marks in my post, they are not meant to be there. Sorry

January 4, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Bonnie - Can’t wait for the PDF patterns–such a convenience!!

January 4, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Janet - I’m sure you and Chelsea will find the perfect companion … and close to home’s a good thing – you’ve got a lot going on in your world right now. Thoughts and prayers …

January 4, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Karen Miller - Anne… I remember two years ago when I lost my lifelong friend/horse Chief and posted about it just days after starting my blog. You were the first and only person whose response touched my heart, made me cry, but also helped me start healing. I want to thank you for that. Reading your post today bring tears to my eyes – I believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m so thankful that you are home to be with those that need you. God bless you and your loved ones. Thanks for being compassionate to those you hardly know – and for loving and helping those that need you. Take good care. Hugs, Karen

January 4, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Tina - Sending many, many positive thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Can’t wait to see pictures of Chelsea’s new buddy when you find him/her.

January 4, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Denise Armitage - Oh Anne, I m so sorry. Although I am I not Catholic, I do believe this new Pope is changing our world, showing the demonstrations of love to strangers, sometimes those who need it the most. So, from a from a stranger, to you and your family, I send my love and will say a prayer.
love,
Denise

January 5, 2014 - 12:50 am

rc - Anne, I’m sorry for the diagnosis of your loved one. I know how difficult it is. :( As for a companion, when you are ready the East Bay SPCA in Oakland is a wonderful place to find a dog. I regularly volunteer there and they have a great selection of dogs. Hugs to you and your family. :)

January 5, 2014 - 6:53 am

Patricia - We lost our 17 yr.+ 1 week old Shih Tzu about a yr. ago. My husband told me NO more puppies. ( I think now he did this too speed me along) Well I found a breeder and we visted. She had 4 males– all adorable— I played with all.. but one kept sitting at my feet looking up at me. He was saying ” Come on lets get moving.” He choose us. He is now a yr. old Plays with the two cats and takes “care of” the 12 yr old Yorkie. So watch out I am sure you will be Choosen” soon.

January 5, 2014 - 6:39 pm

liz - Continuing to pray for you and your family. The lymph node surgery leaves you sore for quite awhile after, so make sure your loved one doesn’t overdo anything, or she’ll risk straining or tearing muscle. Not that y’all need anymore advice, I’m sure you’re getting several ears full…

January 5, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Sue - Dear Anne,

Oh how you made me smile when I read – someone up there was trying to tell me something. I know FOR SURE I am guided, protected and will ALWAYS be deeply loved from many above, one being my father. He died when I was 9. We were SO close and it seemed as if he knew our time would be limited. Being so young, it confused me why he was trying so hard to teach, show me everything he could, to prepare me for the best life possible. In retrospect, I understand now what he was doing! I believe we are all guided from above but for any number of reasons, we don’t recognize it until after the fact, if at all. We are so busy with what is going on in our lives, we rebuff our STRONG gut feeling of what/which decision we should make. “Gut” feelings usually being the strongest “signs” we receive.

I was SO happy to read about your plans – to continue to do what you love, your passion and our gift – EACH and EVERY one of your awe-inspiring designs, but slowing your pace some – to stop, admire and capture the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day!

I was saddened though to hear the health issue your family member is going through. I will certainly keep them in my thoughts and prayers and know, surrounded by those they love, through and by faith, prayer, hope and determination, they WILL overcome it, and their health will be fully restored!

I recently saw 2 items on the web that apply to what we need to be focusing on to improve the quality of our body, mind and soul, instead of the stress, worry, and “what if’s” our minds normally go to! The first, a gentle reminder in this “hurry up” world, stressing that we need to take time to cherish and embrace all experiences in our lives, it reads – “Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” This is so true! There are no “do overs” in life so while beautiful and wonderful things are happening, it is so important to recognize them! The second was stapled to few telephone poles around town which read – “For one minute, please stand here in silence, look at the sky and contemplate how awesome life is!” It is so important to remind ourselves, give thanks, take a few moments each and every day in profound gratitude for the abundant blessings we all have in our lives.

Just a quick thought please, if you can, when you are ready to find a friend for you and Chelsea, would you please consider taking a peek on FB/Twitter? Every night a whole group of us tweet and also share on FB, cats/kittens/puppies/dogs that are to be put down the next day. You can find any “type” of dog you may be looking for, from pure breeds to mutts! They give a lot of information/history about the animal from age, health, prior exposure to cats/dogs. The rescue/shelters are more than happy to answer any questions you may have not listed under the animal’s picture and history.

In closing, may each dawn bring miracles of boundless joy, with an abundance of health, happiness, prosperity, peace & love!

Huggggs! :)

Sue

January 5, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Judi - Since you are searching for a new friend for your pup, please consider adoption. In one of the NYC newspapers last week the story was about how many chihuahuas are abandoned in a year. There were over 1000! One was found in Battery park in her pink tutu dress. No one claimed her. It seems that these puppies are given as gift accessories and then either abandoned or left at shelters. I am sure that any shelter near you or a chihuahua rescue group can find the perfect baby for you and a forever home for some lucky pooch.

BTW, for anyone else, there are breed specific rescue groups for almost every breed. They have everything form puppies to adult dogs and all have been checked by vets and tested for temperament.

January 6, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Jamie O. - Much love to your family as your loved one goes through treatments. I was 26 and 29 when I was diagnosed with my breast cancers. It’s been 7 years and things are great. It is a trying time, but just taking it a step at a time makes it bearable. Hugs to all. :)

January 8, 2014 - 3:27 am

Donya - I just had to comment, that has got to be the cutest picture of a dog, Chelsea is precious and your right she looks like she needs a buddy. Hope you find one soon.

January 9, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Pam in Indiana - I don’t believe God makes mistakes. Trusting that He is holding you in the palm of His gentle hand — and leading you and your lived ones where they need to be. You and your relative with breast cancer are in my prayers. xo

January 11, 2014 - 7:28 pm

CarolMacLeod - Well Anne…..your wish from above has come true. I am holding your new baby that was dropped from heaven. Milk Shake is on my lap while I read your blog about finding a new addition to your pet family. Tears for Bitsy and tears of joy for joining you with another sweet Toy Fox Terrier! Only 5 more days until she will join you!

January 17, 2014 - 6:34 am

Wendy - Oh Anne I am sorry to hear about the recent news concerning your loved one. Life definitely does have a way of stopping us in our tracks at times doesn’t it? It is good that you will be having more time to care for and support someone that needs it. Just when you think some decision was made for one reason it becomes clear that there may be a bigger plan at work. Maybe that is comforting at the moment to feel that things happen for a reason or that we have some inner sixth sense. It seems to have given you time to reflect and realize what you want of need more of for yourself in the coming year. Good luck in your search for a new four legged friend. And prayers to you and your family for a good outcome regarding the health issues you face together. Hugs to you.

All Treats, No Tricks

I rushed home from market to make the long promised clown costume for my granddaughter.  Just finished it last night and we’re all set for trick or treating tonight.  I’ll try to get a few photos to share with you later. As you prepare for the neighborhood kids to come for candy tonight, take a […]

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October 31, 2013 - 7:52 am

Karen Miller - Welcome home Anne and thanks for the fabulous quilt pictures! WOW! Just loved the “B” letter on the YouTube Schoolhouse Video!! Happy Halloween.

Karen

October 31, 2013 - 8:19 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, what great quilts! Must have been wonderful to see close up. I especially love the cat with the quilts. Thanks for sharing, and I can’t wait to see the costumes :)

October 31, 2013 - 9:39 am

Victoria - Es estupendo su blog, me encanta todo lo que realiza, sus trabajos son fantásticos, una seguidora Española, Victoria es mi nombre y le invito a que visite mi blog.
http://victoria12220916.blogspot.com.es/

October 31, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Christine M - Beautiful quilts. There are some very clever people out there!

October 31, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Ronda - Amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing. so inspirational!

October 31, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Nancy in Utah - Oh my gosh Anne!!! Thanks so much for sharing these amazing works of art with us. They are all just beautiful! So much talent there! Big Hugs…

November 2, 2013 - 3:56 am

Kath;leen Solomi - All I can say is WOW , how do they do this

November 2, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Mary T Salmon - These blew me away! I so enjoyed IQF this year.
I really loved “The Gift” by Pam Seaberg of Kenmore, WA. That cat looked like it would jump into my arms.

Love,
Mary

November 3, 2013 - 2:50 am

Montserrat estupiñà - Una maravilla, a qual mejor. Me han dejado con la boca abierta.Felicidades a las artistas.

Sign of the Times

For years I’ve collected the back issues of Victoria Magazine, searching eBay for issues, and finally happy to say I think I have them all.  Two full shelves dedicated to these magazines, neatly organized in boxes by year. This week as I was flipping through the latest issue of Victoria guess what I saw?  You […]

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September 28, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Laura Benthien - I too HAD all of the Victoria issues, that is until we moved. I decided it was time to get rid of all the things I did not “need”. I tookmone last trip down memory lane with them, enjoyed them one motpre time, then I donated them to a retirement home. Im not sure if anyone there enjoyed them as much as I had, but at least I didnt just toss them in the trash! The DVD set sounds enticing!

September 28, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Maree - KEEP them all! :~D

September 28, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Michele T - Seriously…how often would you load those disks to look at those magazines on the computer? I know that I wouldn’t!! I love the feel of magazines and books in my hands, flipping through pages is a sweet pleasure that no computer or notebook or iPad will ever replace!

September 28, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Sharon O - KEEP the magazines and keep them on a wonderful little library shelf for you to look at over and over. Never would I hardly ever go back and look on a dvd… and it takes away the beauty of the magazine. Pour a hot cup of tea, eat a cookie and look and read and enjoy. I have a box of them myself not sure where but I do know I have them.

September 28, 2013 - 8:15 pm

annelies - Oh my….we are such kindred spirits. I have every issue from the FIRST one way back when. I treasure them and just like you they are neatly placed in magazine holders. BUT….I am thinking I need to get rid of them too. So much space, so little time to enjoy them. I might just pull all the favorite issues and say goodby to the rest. Oh, when I think of the hours of pleasure, but simplifying is where my heart and head is too!!!!

September 28, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Monica Massanyi - Go to the dvd’s…simplify,,it will be very freeing! I did the same with all my books.. Now my closet full of books is in my kindle…and I have all that extra space

September 28, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Joanne Moore - Looking thru magazines has such a relaxing air about it! Keep your collection. Just moved back into our home after a year long remodel. Just pondered these very thoughts. Dont let technology interfere with your collection. I Made a special Bunny Hill Binder for my new sewing room!! Pink on the outside and filled with your marvelous patterns and a pink paper clip you included in an order. Savor your collection!!!

September 28, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Teri Jordan - Get the DVD’s …..just think 2 shelves for more material…..

September 28, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Karen Miller - Gosh Anne I sure can relate! I have years and years of Country Living Mafazine in boxes. Now and then I will pull out a holiday volume and get some great ideas but at this point I think I would opt for the DVD’s… Only because there are other things (fabric, machines, notions) that would take precedence over boxes of magazines.

Thanks for the sale on your site. I tried to jump over there and it doesn’t seem to be responding :(. I will try again in the morning. I received an order from you last week with the 50% off notions. What a great deal! Thank you!

Hugs,
Karen

September 29, 2013 - 12:54 am

Sue H - While there’s nothing quite like the feel of a real magazine or book when you feel like flicking through, or just relaxing, the simplicity of the DVDs, the searchability for when you are looking for that article you know is in there somewhere . . .

Is there room in your life for both? Oh the trials of a sentimentalist in this bright new shiny technological age!!

September 29, 2013 - 5:03 am

Vickie - I subscribed to Victoria the first few years that it was in print and saved every copy for years. Somehow in our last move I seem to have lost them.

Thank you for mentioning the DVD’s because I’ve been trying to find two recipes from Victoria for years and years with no luck. That might be the answer!

September 29, 2013 - 5:17 am

Paula - It would defintiely be the dvd for me. As soon as the magaines I subscribe to became available on digital format I switched to that, now they take up no space but I still get to enjoy them.

September 29, 2013 - 7:33 am

Peggy - Toss the magazines and get the dvd’s. As you let go of things you don’t need you will feel a sense of relief and lightness in your soul. I have done it and it feels great.

September 29, 2013 - 11:11 am

Kay - I am a paper person and not a techie. I love to read books and magazines and will never be tempted by an e-reader. It all depends on the kind of person that you are. I can’t bear clutter and love to tidy away and give things to charity shops, but to me books are treasured possessions and part of my life. Saying that, I don’t keep all of them, only my favourites.

September 30, 2013 - 5:24 am

Holly Hendershott - I saw the DVD’s offered in Victoria too. I think I would much rather have the actual magazine then have it on a DVD. My ipad has an app where you can purchase magazines and read them right on the Ipad. I tried it, it’s not the same as having the physical magazine in your hands. Did not like it one bit.

September 30, 2013 - 7:02 am

mimi'sdarlins - Have you decided yet? I’d much prefer to curl up on the daybed with magazine or book in hand. DVDs are convenient to store, but you can’t just grab one, settle into your comfy chair and have a leisurely browse….not the same. I know magazines use up space, and I also have years of Victoria, so I’m eliminating some of my quilt magazines instead! I finally reconciled to the fact that I can never make all those patterns.
Also, consider all the time and energy you spent completing your Victoria collection!

September 30, 2013 - 8:51 am

Cindy A. - Keep the magazines!!! I was talked into going digital by a friend who swore it was the thing to do. I tried it with McCall’s Quilting magazine last year. I opened one issue on the computer, and never opened another one. I may have saved space in my home, but I wasted money. I didn’t like having to be tied to a computer screen in order to look at something that is supposed to be relaxing and inspiring. I also didn’t like the graphics which were limited to the size of my computer screen. I know I can zoom but it’s not the same as having a magazine in your hands that you can put right up to your nose if needs be to see what’s in the picture. I’m hoping some of my guild buddies bring in copies they no longer need to I can see what I missed last year.

If you like the ability to find a topic quickly, then buy the DVD’s for that purpose. Once you know where to find it in the magazine, you can go right to it. I’m afraid if you got rid of such a prized possession/collection you’d regret it for a very long time, no matter how “free” you’d feel in the short term. I just don’t see the value of saving a shelf or two of space while ditching a lifetime full of pleasurable memories. Maybe you should try a digital issue of another magazine that you like really well and see how you like it. It would cost you $2 on a NOOK which would be an inexpensive way to see if you’d rather live with the real thing or with technology. Good luck!

September 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm

mary - I would keep the paper copies, and buy the DVDs. Then you can use the search feature on the DVD, and actually see the wonderful paper copy in your hands. I have a Nook, and buy several magazines to view on it, but there is nothing like having the paper copies. When I moved I got rid of all my Mary Engelbreit magazines, and I still regret it 8 years later!

October 2, 2013 - 10:14 pm

pam - Eeek. AFter all that time and effort it does seem silly to let them go, but then again, if you could have the content on 2 easy dvds? Maybe it would be ok if it played on your ipad so you could hold it like a magazine? I mean I don’t know if you have an ipad but you get what I mean? I have this same kind of problem around here so I totaly get it.

I look forward to seeing you later this month! xo

October 5, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Marci - Wow nice collection. I asked myself the same question regarding all my patterns. I scanned them all to my hard drive and back up. I use my tablet instead of paper. I am so glad so many designers are letting us buy PDF versions now. I now find that is all I buy. I think digital will catch on more as time passes. I am sure there was a time when most people preferred horse and buggy instead of the new autos. Not many buggies around any more . I went all digital but I admit it felt terrible taking all those patterns to recycling. It was sad to throw them away.

October 5, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Sandi - Well, Anne, I can say with complete confidence that you should keep the magazines. It’s just not the same to view all those lovely articles and photos on the computer. Plus, I won’t feel so bad that I have kept almost every issue of Victoria since it first came out. Missed several the last couple of years but love flipping through an old issue when I am relaxing for a bit and always get inspired. Just not the same when one views them on disc. ;-)

October 13, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Dianne - I have been and likely will always be, a magazine hoarder er collector. Because I have; moved my collections of magazines from house to house more than once ultimately realizing that I hadn’t looked at them in more years than I cared to count; have collections of magazines that have sticky notes to reference patterns that I just KNOW I am going to make or articles that I am going to re-read but simply haven’t found the time for as well as DVD’s of a year or a decade worth of magazines (purchased so that I could make room for even more magazines)that I have never once referenced – I can say with absolute certainty that you are unlikely to spend much time looking at either of them.
We are well intentioned but the thing is there is always another lovely magazine with more current fabric and delicious new products showing up in our mailbox or, in this age of digital everything, our in box.
Free up the space in your life for new things and let someone else enjoy the magazines that brought you so much pleasure in the past.

October 15, 2013 - 8:58 am

ina - Happy Birthday! Chocolate has no calories on your birthday! enjoy! ;p

October 15, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Andrea - Anne,
I missed reading you over the Summer and your website looks already new to me. You changed some formats at top and coloring. Hope if you are changing more than that, that we will be redirected from old website to new website. Enjoy Fall Market.

Wall Art

Are you looking for a cute idea for decorating your child’s room?  My daughter-in-law, Elke, created this “wall art” in Lily’s room using construction paper.  It’s so dang cute! “Wall Art” from a very creative mom!  Hope it inspires you. Anne

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July 2, 2013 - 8:18 am

Barb - Adorable! Very creative and colorful! Lily is so lucky – so much creativity on both side of her family!!

July 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

Louise - Anne, how lucky you are to have such a creative DIL. Lily will surely start showing a creative side too. How can she not, with the good genes that come from her grandma & mom. Elke did a beautiful job.

July 2, 2013 - 11:37 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi, Anne,
Your daughter-in-law is truly creative, such fun and happy walls for Lily. I always loved decorating my children’s rooms, from infants until they took over as teens. Thank you for sharing this beautiful wall art, and have a happy Fourth :)