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What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Val here, just trying to wake up and stay focused at my day job. Have you ever wondered if you’re doing something meaningful with your life? Well, I’m currently going through this right now. I don’t know if it’s a mid-life crisis or menopause, lol. Or am I just looking for a change. I’m at an age now where I want to start a new career and make a go of a whole new life. I have one child still at home and on her way to college in a couple of years. And I ask myself, can I afford to start all over in my career and do something that I love, instead of going to a “job” every day? So, I jokingly tell my family and coworkers, that I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I’m currently working two jobs so that maybe next year, or a couple of years, I can afford to dive into something that I love to do.

But what will that be? I still would desperately love to open my own bakery/deli, but the market is saturated with bakeries here in Indy. No kidding, there’s a donut shop, specialty cake shop, or cupcake bakery on every corner here. And I ask myself, is it worth the risk to dive in to something that literally every one is doing? Or I could go back to school and pursue a career in something totally different. But, that’s the thing, I don’t know what I would like to do. I love to bake, sew, quilt, crochet, and pretty much anything creative. But do I need a degree for that? And can I make a living doing what I really love?

I need some serious advice, some career counseling, or a kick in the pants. Any volunteers? Anyone?

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

Have a Blessed day,

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ ESV)

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The denim skirt is a little sewing project that I learned from MimiGStyle on YouTube. She also has her own app!! Check her out!

And Sew It Continues

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Good evening mates,

Here it is, a quarter to midnight and I’m still at my machine, trying to finish the 100 blocks that are needed for this “Vintage Modern Pinwheel” quilt that I’m making. I already know I’m going to love this quilt. I love the colors and the prints from this line of Annette Tatum “Tailored” collection. It reminds me of a sophisticated, afternoon tea with the ladies from the Bridge club. Hahaha, just kidding, I have no idea what that would be like, since I don’t think I’m quite at that age to be in a bridge club, drinking tea with gray-haired ladies. But, I’m halfway there. I’ve already started with the gray hair and I love it!! I’m probably the only woman that I know that’s looking forward to a full head of gray hair. Hey, what can I say, it makes me think of wisdom and sophistication, and saying whatever’s on your mind and getting away with it😆

Here’s my progress so far:

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I haven’t decided what color fabric to make my pinwheel, because I want my pinwheels to stand out. I have this beautiful gray fabric that I was going to use for my tie quilt.

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Or this really cute white Easter fabric with little crosses that I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use it for, I just like it.

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What do you think white or gray?????

Here’s the original quilt that I’m basing my quilt from, just to get an idea. It’s from http://www.modabakeshop.com which I simply adore their site!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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Anyway, back to my machine.

God bless and goodnight

First time is always bittersweet

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Finally!! It’s finished, my very first quilt! I’m so super excited that it turned out pretty wonderful for my first time. I mean, aside from all the trials and (mostly) errors, lol. It wasn’t as hair-pulling as I thought it would be. Definitely less stressful then my first cake creations and a lot less screaming at the sewing machine than I do my oven. So all’s well that ends well. And like all firsts I learned from my mistakes. Like for instance; I think I’ll be quilting individual blocks as I go. I don’t think me and my sewing machine can handle the entire quilt. I’m sewing with a Brother CS-6000i, now maybe it can handle the load but I may not have the patience, always wondering if I’m keeping the backing from bunching up. I also, out of wonder and awe, I didn’t bind the quilt like I should have, because I thought I would be Ms. Fancy-Pants and add binding with piping, Ha! Is all I’m going to say about that. But, nevertheless, I think it turned out exceptionally amateuresque. And that’s great for me. And, I’m sure my mom will love it for Valentine’s Day, because like all mom’s she’ll appreciate anything that her baby made for her. Hopefully she won’t try to stick it on the fridge to show off to family and friends 😉
I want to thank all of my teachers (unbeknownst to them) Amy Gibson through her Craftsy class “Block of the Month” also at http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com where I learned how to do those asterisk and Dresden blocks and
Those wonderful people at http://www.Sew4Home.com where I learned how to add binding with piping. (I promise all do better next time)

Thanks and on to the next one!!!

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!

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Good afternoon,

Since I’m new to the sewing/blogger world and introduced myself yesterday, let me give you a sneak peek into my sewing room. Now mind you I reside in a 2-bedroom apartment so I don’t have too much room in my master bedroom so everything is tucked neatly away in the corner and along my bedroom wall. It’s kind of tight but it serves me really well. I use a computer desk for my sewing machine, a used bathroom shelf to hold my fabrics and notions, and a card table for my cutting table. Maybe one day when I buy my own house, I’ll have enough space for my sewing room, until them I’m happy with my space.

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So today I’ll try to finish my very first quilt that I’m making for my mom for Valentine’s day or her birthday, or whenever I get finished;-)
I learned how to do those wonderful asterisk and Dresden blocks from the Craftsy website “Block of the Month” forum, from a exceptional teacher, Amy Gibson at http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com

Thanks Amy, you rock!!

Let the Blogging begin

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So, what is this whole blogging thing about? I was totally disinterested in blogging, basically because I didn’t know anything about it. My daughter has been following fashion bloggers for quite some time, but I didn’t understand all of the hoopla…Until I started getting interested in sewing and quilting and I started following bloggers to get ideas and tutorials from bloggers. And I’ve been sold on the whole blogging concept. It’s a pretty cool thing. I’ve noticed some trends with most bloggers that I follow, so I don’t know if I would fit into the stereotypical blogging genre. So let’s see, most bloggers that I follow, I’ve noticed are; stay at home moms, full-time bloggers, that have some type of product to sale. Here’s the deal with me. I am a full-time pharmacy tech at a local pharmacy, where I sale my cakes and cakes-in-a-jar, to my wonderful coworkers. I work from 40-50 hours per week, so my cakes are done on the weekends. I just started sewing and quilting also and I also throw that into my weekends as well. I spend most of my free time with my children. So, between work, my kids, baking, and sewing. I’m hoping I will have time to blog. Along the way I’ll share my interests, my favorite past-times, my outlook on life, and the many things that I’ve learned and will to continue to learn over the years.

Things that pique my interests:
1. Christian living
2. Raising teens and college kids
3. Baking
4. Sewing/Quilting
5. Small business ownership
6. Travel
7. Art
8. Music (R&B, country, 80’s, 90’s pop, gospel, classical)
9. Books (Christian fiction, classics, European history)
10. Life after divorce

Romans 1:16,17
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”