Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
First up from Gloria:
Remember the fabric that I used for the Halloween quilt that everyone was waiting for. This one…
Gloria called and told me that it was not available through the link I had provided and that they were indeed sold out.
People are looking for it so they can make our quilt Halloween Hoopla. This was the print I used. The fabric was on backorder and a product of supply chain issues.
This is the print. It is called Midnight Magic 2 Ghost Tiny Stars. If you type “Midnight Magic 2 Ghost Tiny Stars” into your search engine, I think you’ll find some places where it is still available.
I know many of us are heartbroken for the people of Ukraine. All of us want to do something but don’t know what to do. I’ve seen quilters quilting with blue and yellow the colors of the Ukraine flag. I’ve seen stitchers working on special cross stitch projects to mark this point in history like this freebie… from Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.
You can find the free chart HERE. I have it downloaded but decided not to drop everything and start stitching.
If you care about what is happening in Ukraine and the surrounding countries I HIGHLY encourage you to read this blog post from Becky of Quilted Twins. For those of you who don’t know, Becky (known for her AMAZING free quilt patterns-find them HERE) and her husband are originally from the United States but are living in Poland and working as missionaries. In the post, Becky tells of conditions in Poland because of the large influx of Ukrainian refugees and offers a way for us to help. I strongly believe being Becky lives there and already works with missionary groups in the area, she will get the money where it needs to go. I have made a donation and I encourage others of you to read her post and decided for yourself if you think this would be a cause you would like to support.
I am often confused when a crisis happens to try to figure out how I can help. Having Becky there on the ground made it easy for me to see that a monetary donation was the way to go…
HERE is the link to Becky’s blog post about the needs of refugees. You have to scroll down a bit to get to the part about the needs.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes on my decision to not do regular childcare anymore and I want to clarify something.
I’m really not retiring…I’m just switching gears and dropping my full-time job.
AND…I’m picking up my part-time job, adding hours to it, and I’m going to try to do a better job at it. If you’re a long-time blog reader you might remember that I do get an income from the blog, affiliate links, and the quilts I submit to magazines. Working the blog, as I’ve told you all before, is really a part-time job for me.
So good news for all of you, I hope to do be doing more of all of that…blogging, creating quilts, as well as other projects, and exploring more things that allow me opportunities to make money via the internet. I’m still going to be working full time it’s just that my full-time job will be doing more of the things that allow me to be creative.
I’m really not retiring but more of switching of gears. I am thrilled about it…but also a little nervous as that means learning new things. I am THE WORST at learning new things (just ask my kids).
For example, a blog reader asked if I could put a tab at the top of the blog for the Blessed Stitch Along. Um…the answer, No. No, I cannot. I do not know how. I really don’t. In the past, I might have ignored the comment. I might have asked Kayla to do it…but now– I’m committed to figuring it out and learning. All of this stuff I previously never had time for. (CORRECTION! I did it!! Kayla walked me through it)
I’ve also got a couple of comments saying I’m so lucky that I can do whatever I want as many can’t because of financial obligations.
I made the decision to step back with childcare knowing full well there are consequences. I’ll likely never be able to truly retire until I can’t do my job anymore. I know that. I’m okay with that. I don’t have a giant nest egg-no big 401Ks. I made the decision anyway.
My house is paid off…I don’t know if I’d call it “lucky” though. It took losing my husband, his life insurance money, and really hard work on my part since his death to make it happen. I’d happily take back a house payment if I could have my husband back.
For our family, it wasn’t luck but calculated choices and a HUGE amount of faith. I remember when we were still living at the farm and our house that I live in now was in the remodeling process. I walked a lot back then… every day at least two miles or more. My entire walk was a prayer sent up that we would find a way to be able to pay for the house…that we could find a way to finally buy a home for our family…the entire walk was a prayer.
I had faith then and I have faith now that this will all work out and be okay.
It’s a little scary, but I’m up for taking the risk. Happily, I’m a frugal gal and am confident I can find a way to make it work. Speaking of frugal. Look at me!!
Here is my drink packet drawer.
If you remember I told you earlier in the week that I still have an “off taste” with food and drinks from the oral chemo and radioactive iodine treatment so rather than throw out the drink packets that I don’t like, I was just drinking them anyway…the “off taste” I have makes everything taste different so why not?!
Several of you silently rolled your eyes at me…that’s okay. It’s just me and my ways…Hopefully, by the time I finish these last few up, my taste buds will be working right again.
Anyway…thanks for the well wishes you all sent cheering me on for leaving regular childcare behind. I’m so looking forward to a new adventure. Let the creative juices flow!!