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2016: What Worked & What Didn’t

So… 2016 is almost over, so it’s time for us to sit down and do a long, hard, honest assessment of what we did right over the course of the last 12 months, as well at what didn’t work out quite as good as we had hoped. You know what they say, those who do…

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On Diet & Exercise

So… I took BOTH of my cats to the vet at the same time a couple of weeks ago… ALL BY MYSELF! Now I know that may not sound like all that big a deal to you because after all, people all over the world do that everyday, right? But not so in MY house! …

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Addressing: a Serious Issue

So… you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that every now and then we find there’s an addressing issues with one of the orders we receive, and while we don’t really enjoy playing detective to correct mistakes in addressing, we understand that its just something we just have to deal with every now and…

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Quilt Market & Festival 2016- Two CRAZY Weeks in Houston

So… now that the 2016 version of the International Quilt Market & Festival is in the books, here’s the low-down on how the shows went for us! The big news of the year is that we actually DROVE to and from Houston this year. And just to be clear, Houston is 1115 miles from our…

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Pre-Market PrepTime- the 2016 Update

So…. if you’re thinking that it’s time to think about the Fall Quilt Market, I would have to say that you’re partially right. That’s because Quilt Market is THIS week (YIKES!), but only partly true because this year we actually started thinking about a few changes we needed to make for our big Fall show…

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A “Studio Cat” Update

So… ever since Pippin joined us over a year ago, we’ve been fielding a LOT of questions, particularly at shows, from folks who are interested in exactly what a “studio cat’s” work entails, and if he’s progressing on schedule? Seems like everyone loves seeing what Pippin is up to, and I thought it might be…

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Covering Your Bag Strap (part 2)

So… in an earlier post, I showed you how to cover a plain nylon strap with fabric so that it coordinates perfectly with the bag you’re carrying… because life’s too short to carry around a boring black or navy bag strap, right? And at the conclusion of that post, I told you that for our next…

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Covering Your Bag Strap (part 1)

So… you’ve probably heard the saying that “the devil is in the details”, right? Well, when it comes to handbag-making, I think the it’s the details that actually make or break the bag! And today I’m going to show you an easy-schmeasy way to add some beautiful detailing to any bag because I’m going to…

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Dealing With Rejection

So… most people think that because I run my own business out of my home that I get to work in this happy little insulated bubble where I only have to do the things I want to do without interference from the outside world. And you know what? Most of the time they’re right. It’s…

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All Play & NO Work

So… it’s been a good long while since I provided you with an update on our new studio assistant Pippin, and you know what? Even though our he’s adorable and easily the brightest, nuttiest and most affectionate kitten we’ve ever had, we had both totally forgotten what a total “time sink” a new kitten can…

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