Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Christmas and sewing just seem to go together. I love making things for my family and friends. I guess it's only fitting that the tree ended up next to my treadle sewing machine.

I hope that you have had a Christmas filled with friends and love and hope. 

And now I'm looking toward the coldest days of winter and time to sew without feelings of guilt that I should be mowing or gardening or canning or... you get the idea. May the warmth of the holiday be yours into the New Year and beyond.

Blessings, Kristine

Monday, December 8, 2014

My first craft show

I finally did my first craft show. I'm an introvert at heart and getting out there with people was a little intimidating. How would I handle a whole day of crowds? Well, it didn't hurt that I set up shop with my long time friend - and it wasn't her first rodeo.


It also seemed fitting that my first time out was for our high school alma mater's marching band. It is a large, annual show hosted by the student members of the Cambridge Springs High School Marching Band. They were a great bunch of kids, hardworking and with such good attitudes. They hustled our boxes and bins in and out of cars to our table space, played holiday music throughout the day, served food and generally kept hopping.

We set up our space together and it turned out to be a really fun day. Lots of friendly folk enjoyed strolling the aisles and taking in the festive spirit.

I was very pleased with how our space came together. We paid for three tables but requested only two be set up, that gave us room for racks to hang my quilts and her afghans.

It was a very positive experience and lots of fun to work together - still friends after 37 years!

I'm glad she encouraged me to do this and I was so appreciative of the feedback from the show patrons. After spending hours and hours working by myself on projects, it's nice to hear encouragement from real people when they get a look at my creations. I was energized by comments on the quality of the work (a quality I strive to put in every stitch) and on my color and fabric selections and combinations (I often hope that what appeals to me isn't too far out of line with what others might enjoy).

I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and participated in a worthy cause!