...I woke up early and sipped my coffee while reading some of my favorite blogs. Pretty much my normal routine exceptthis one from Rhonda Farrer really resonated with me.
Today I was inspired by the list. I realized I have been neglecting to focus on those things that I hold so dear. Thank you Rhonda for the reminder!
While I finished my coffee I clicked on the television to get the local morning news, just as I always do, but a rerun of Oprah on Bob Greene's book, 20 years Younger caught my attention. It inspired me to get Bob's book and order Lancer skin care products. (I'll let you know how that all goes - you probably won't recognise me next time you see me).
Today I drove to Fresno to meet with other quilt shop owners from the Heart of the Valley Shop Hop and was uplifted by their excitement over our upcoming shop hop. We laughed and shared our plans and some of the surprises we have in store for you. Let's just say this years hop includes clowns, quesadillas, a baked potato bar, mini cupcakes, snow cones and tons of awesome free stuff.
Today I rejoiced as I finally made arrangements for private photography classes - something I've wanted to do for over a year! I can't wait to share my (hopefully) improved photographs with you!
Here is one last chance to own a piece of Strawberry Patches history.
I love this large cottage style wall unit and wanted so much to make it work for our growing batik selection in the new store. But it's already bulging with batiks and I need to find room for all of the additional bolts that are on their way. Since I've commissioned another large built in cabinet to hold our batiks, this one must find a new home.
If you can use a large cabinet* for books or bolts or just about anything, give me a call. Our new cabinet should be here by the first of May and this one needs to go to make room.
$200 and it's yours!
Encourage one another,
*Cabinet measures 7' tall and 5' wide. It's 12" deep.
The second annual Heart of the Valley Shop Hop is just a month away and boy have we been busy finishing up our quilt, making setting kits and stuffing goody bags - you know, when we weren't moving 5,000 bolts of fabric and decorating a new store. = )
When the group decided on black and white for this year's quilt I knew I wanted to brighten it up with lots of color. 2010 had been an especially dark year for me and I was ready to celebrate all of the good things in my life with a bright and cheery quilt. After all, you can bloom where you are planted or you can be a miserable hermit. It's a choice and I've made mine.
So I chose the theme "Bloom" and selected this bright, happy border print from Me and My Sister Designs by Moda.
The alternate block design was inspired by the border fabric and we stitched it all down using raw edge applique. Very 2011 don't ya think?
Of course we added lots of buttons and ric rac because, well, that's what we do here at Strawberry Patches! (They don't call us the queens of embellishment, the guilders of the lily, the curators of cuteness for nothing).
So any way, you can reserve your setting kit here and because we have a limited number of kits available let us know asap if you want one. We've already sold almost half of our available kits. Whoohoo! Seems there are lots of you out there that have chosen to bloom too!
I'm happy to announce that our handsome celebrity guest chef is joining us again this year and he has planned a fabulous gourmet menu for your dining pleasure, so do come hungry!
The Heart of the Valley Shop Hop is a fun weekend of shopping and friendship (along with a ton of free stuff) while visiting eleven fabulous quilt shops right here in the San Joaquin Valley. Please mark your calendars for May 20, 21 & 22 and join us for the fun!