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Guest Blogging

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I’m so excited!  I was asked to be a guest blogger this week on Carol Steely’s “FunThreads Designs” for her “Meet A Quilter” feature.  It was a challenge and it was fun and I felt honored to be featured.

Part of the experience is giving away something to her readers.  I’m delighted to offer one of our new Easy Binding Winders to whomever Rafflecopter picks.  If you’d like to see what I wrote about, check out FunThreads Designs HERE.  While you’re there, be sure and take a gander at all her wondrous designs – she’s one talented lady!

Happy New Year and Happy Stitching!

On Parenting

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Today’s Blogging101 assignment is to “personalize”, or continue to do so.  I think they’re talking more about the appearance of one’s blog, but an article in today’s Washington Post really spoke to me.

I became a parent at the ripe old age of 17.  I always say it’s a good thing I became a parent when I did, while I still knew everything.  Because of course when you’re a teenager you’re smarter than anyone else in your world – probably smarter than all of them combined, right?  At least the adults.  You know everything.  No one has ever felt, thought, looked, acted, knew what you are feeling, thinking, acting out, knowing – no one has ever experienced what you’re going through.  If they say they have you know they’re lying.

It’s no wonder statistics are poor when it comes to teenage or single parents (and let’s face it, many single parents start at a very young age).  I took my job as a parent very seriously.  So many adults that I respected and looked up to – teachers, especially – told me not only was I ruining my life, I was ruining the life of my children by having them while I myself was still a child.  I had to prove them wrong.

What does any of this have to do with the article referenced above?  One thing I think I got right was telling my children, “I don’t care what you do in your life, just be sure you always do it to the very best of your ability.  Don’t worry about what other people think – if you can look yourself in the mirror and be pleased with the person looking back at you, you’re on the right track.  And please please please get your education.  You may not need a college degree to sack groceries (one of my son’s aspirations when he was in elementary school) but if you have that degree you’ll be sacking groceries because you want to, not because others think that’s all you’re able to do.”

They listened.  They’re both amazing adults of whom I could not be prouder.  They’re both terrific parents, in partnership with their spouses, and they’re raising terrific kids themselves.

I can only take one third the credit.  Their father and stepmother get the other two thirds.  We all share the credit with the help from our families and friends.  We’ve all come a very long way since this picture ….

Thanksgiving Day with Jim-Grandpa-Michelle-Grandma-Peg 1986ish

(Shown here with my mom and dad, Thanksgiving too many years ago.)

2015 – The Year of The Blog?

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2015 – The Year of The Blog?

Can you believe it’s 2015 already?  Where does the time go?  Somehow or another nearly three years have passed since I “started” this blog.  And yet this is my first post.  Say whuuuuuuuut???

So where to start?  I have so many ideas I can’t choose.  Therein lies my procrastination.  To help with that, I’ve joined WordPress’s “Blogging 101” course in hopes that will help my brain settle down and just  p.i.c.k.  s.o.m.e.t.h.i.n.g.  Pick something and START.

Just start.  Take the first bite out of that elephant.

So that’s what I’ll do.  What can you expect to see here?  All kinds of things!  Many will be quilting or sewing related because that’s my passion and my business now.  There may also be recipes… links to other blogs I find interesting … thoughts on life experiences … kid stuff … pet stuff … Pinterest stuff … Instagram stuff … and did I mention quilting?  Sewing?

I hope you’ll join me here.  Follow … subscribe … tell me what you’d like to hear about … let’s hang out together!