Saturday, November 13, 2010


OOPS!  I have been posting on my retail site for a couple of years now, and when someone comments it posts automatically.  DUH - it didn't work that way on my new blog.  So if you were looking and wondering what happened - I found out tonight that I have to manually go in and publish each comment.  Oh the modern world is sometimes so confusing.  But I'm safe and sound in California - but a little pooped out.  Got in to Sacramento about 7:30 pm last night and arrived at my sister's house about 8:30.  Then of course we decided to work and finally went to bed about 11:30 pm (which of course is 2:30 am my time!).  Then 4:30 am came around today and I was wide awake and ready to go.  Therefore you can understand why I didn't even take a look at the comments earlier today.

I'll fill you in on this last show of the year - each year now for 21 years my sister has a "boutique" at her house.  I arrive about a week before the show starts and we move furniture out of rooms and set up displays throughout the house.  Now of course if she had a nice small house it would be different, but she has a very big house.  Between the 3 hours we put in last night and the 12 hours or so we put in today I have made a little progress.  And if you thought my pink tree was fun in Houston you should be the "sitting room".  We have a black wrought iron tree with white ribbons and green lights, a lime tree tinsel tree, a pink tinsel tree, and 3 small white feather cone trees.  It is looking so cute.  I'm going to take some pictures and post them once I get home and you'll be able to delight in our winter wonderland.  My job is to set up 27 crafters merchandise which can sometimes be a little overwhelming for "color girl".  I have little sections set up throughout the rooms - you never know what you'll find.  So far we have a chicken section, a black and silver section and a pastel section.  We open for business on Thurs. night so that gives me one week to get it all set up.  Seems like a long time, but it really isn't.  Well I better see if I can get the binding sewn on one quilt I brought to sell.  Mary Jane

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Here's A Glimpse At My Crazy World

Some people's imagination is limitless as if the child in us never grew up!  I sometimes think I am still a child , if only the mirror didn't tell me otherwise.  When I was planning my trip to Houston for my 2nd wholesale show for Holly Hill Quilt Designs, I had picked out an aqua rug with cream swirls.  But then found out at the last minute that the rug was defective and they didn't ship it.  So here I am in CA getting ready to vend at Pacific International Quilt Festival and now I've got to go rug shopping.  My sister and I and Polly went to store after store.  Now of course, there is such a thing as "budget" to consider, but then there is also wanting to like the rug too.  You'll see in the picture below that I found the most adorable chicken rug.  And my sister found the lovely pink Christmas tree so we created a rather unique look from these items.  If I told you I was going to have a chicken rug and a pink Christmas tree, would you have thought I'd gone off the deep end?  But I think you'll agree it looks cute. 

And if you look close you'll see all of our quilts - we had so many new ones to show.  Everyone really liked the snowman in the back corner - maybe because winter is fast approaching! 

There is a blog tour being done for the 100 Quilt Blocks by Top Designers and Nov. 12th is my "day".  As an incentive for people to stop by and see what's going on here, I'm going to be giving away some of my patterns and the winner(s) will be randomly drawn. Comment on my blog any day between now and Nov. 25th and maybe you'll be the winner!  

Well it's off to bed because tomorrow I fly to California for my last show of the year.  I'll be back on the Monday before Thanksgiving and then we are having a BIG crowd for Thanksgiving dinner.  Mary Jane

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm Up and Running (Almost)

I've been working with Tim Atkins at Walnut Hill Design on the new website and blog for Holly Hill Quilt Designs and we are almost ready to debut!   I definitely work better with a deadline because on Nov. 12th it is my day on the designers blog tour for 100 Quilt Blocks by Top Designers Vol. 2.    So needless to say, both the website and blog will be functional as of that day.  I might even surprise myself and be ready a couple of days ahead of time.  I spent most of today writing pattern descriptions for the website.  Tim has been right by the phone and his computer all day too so we have really tweaked it.  Hopefully everything will operate correctly on it's first maiden voyage into cyberspace.    I'll write more tomorrow and tell you about Houston and my 2nd wholesale Quilt Market.  In the meantime, enjoy your evening and happy quilting.  Mary Jane