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Friday, February 5, 2016

Fat Tuesday 2016.........

We've been pretty busy the last couple of weeks.  The Anniversary Sale was so much fun!  Then, there was the *put everything back together and order what we sold out of* week.  And then this week we've spent putting the finishing touches on our annual Fat Tuesday Sale.  That's coming up next Tuesday, February 9th from 6:00 am to 6:00 p.m.  We've got thousands of fat quarters all rolled and in their boxes waiting your arrival!  It's always such a fun (albeit long) day for me.  Everyone is having such a good time....I always wish I could record all of the happy sounds to play for all of you!

What else has been happening?  Well.....we had a really fun Tea Party Wednesday and then for *dessert* we got all 18 bolts of the new *Flock Together* line from Free Spirit Fabrics.  It's designed by Australian Kathy Doughty....did you get to come to the trunk show we had with her last June?  She's one fabulous lady and her fabric line reflects that!  Jan and I have been scheming as to what to make with it....although, we better not procrastinate too long, as it's been flying off the shelf already!

Tomorrow promises to be another fun-fabric-filled day.  Sharon has a full house for her The Process of.....Color class tomorrow morning and then we have a group of excited beginning quilters for Diane's first Beginning Quilting class in the afternoon.  Hope your Saturday will be equally fun!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Support You Local Quilt Shop Day.....

Tomorrow is Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day....and has been the case the last few years, we've had it fall during our Anniversary Sale.  Sew....even more reason to come see us ~ it's the last day of 25% off everything from 10:00 to 6:00 tomorrow! 

It's been a lot of fun seeing so many of our delightful customers the last two days.  If you get a chance, stop in and see us!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Sorry....been AWOL for a few weeks, haven't I?  Well, for a business owner, that end of the year time can get a little crazy, to say the least.  I have 2015 in this nice box that's now safely ensconced in the attic with it's brothers.  Most of the other end of year *stuff* is done, but we discovered that the W-whatevers are no longer available at the local IRS office, so we're patiently waiting for their arrival.  And there are a few other 4th Quarter items to wrap up and then 2015 can go to the tax guy that I like to have do my yearly reports....just in case I ever need someone to hold my hand at an audit ~ yikes.....let's not go there ~ okay?!?

In between all of that, we've been preparing for our Anniversary Sale that starts on Thursday; rolling fat quarters for our Fat Tuesday Sale (20 fat quarters/$25) on February 9th; and working on making some new samples for the shop.  I'll be throwing up some pics of those in the next week or so.  We've gotten a few really cute Valentine prints in the last week too!

Hoping things are good with you and yours.....and hoping to see some of you this week to celebrate our Anniversary (25% off EVERYTHING....some exclusions apply).  Under one name (Fabric Expressions) or another (Fabric-Etc) we've been in business nearly 19 years!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas.....

Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope your day has been a good one.  Ours has been very quiet, since we celebrated at our daughter's last Saturday when our oldest son was here from Nashville working in Seattle last week.  The retired guy and I had a nice dinner, but I still ate too many au gratin potatoes with my ham and green beans, though  =)

I have been reflecting today on how very blessed I feel this Christmas.  As many of you may remember last Christmas we spent the day at Children's Hospital in Seattle where our grandson, Lukas, was in a coma, totally unresponsive, on a ventilator and kidneys shutting down following surgery for an infection.  A little over a month later that spunky guy wheeled out pretty much back to his old self!  He had a good time last week opening gifts and entertaining us.  Our other three grandchildren are also doing well and keep their parents busy!  I am also so very proud of my three grown children who live their lives with much grace.

I am also feeling blessed to have been running this business for nearly 19 years.  Your support throughout the years has been humbling and is much appreciated.  However you celebrate this season, I am wishing you happiness and joy.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

*Countdown To Christmas*....Day 24....

It's Christmas Eve....*Countdown To Christmas*....Day 24.....and I am headed over to the shop in just a few minutes to be ready for any last minute things folks might want to pick up; or a Christmas project they might want to work on.  I'll be there until 3:00.  I always work solo on Christmas Eve so the rest of the crew can get ready for any festivities they might have planned.  And I usually sell a few of these on Christmas Eve too ~ Fabric-Etc Gift Certificates.  I have customers tell me that it's on their list every year!  (I so appreciate each and every one of you and your support over the last nearly 19 years.) 

What will I do all by myself over there today?  Well, Saturday (Boxing Day) will start our TMI Week.  TMI????  Yup, Too Much Inventory  =)  Before I have to count *stuff* I go through and see what we have *too much of* and mark it down for the week between Christmas and New Year.  This year, we'll leave it out until Saturday, January 2nd.  And I always put the Christmas fabric on sale for that week as well.  So....I will definitely not be bored over there today!  Okay, I think my coffee is ready....got to run!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

*Countdown To Christmas*....Day 23....

*Countdown To Christmas*....Day 23.....let's keep things in focus!  And to help you do that, we've got our Microfiber Cloths that we're featuring  =)    They are super for cleaning the computer screen on your machine, your cell phone, laptop, glasses, iPad, etc.  And, to make things even better, we've got some with *sewing/quilting* sayings for you (among other ones!)  These would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for someone, don't you think?

Well, Jan and I had a bit of a quieter day today....whew!  There were still lots of customers, but the pace was a little slower.  I managed to start cleaning off my messy desk and the shelves above it....why do I always have to make a HUGE mess when I do that?  I know it's going to look a lot better when I'm done, but boy, do I have a few things scattered around to greet me in the morning!  Don't forget, tomorrow I'll be closing at 3:00!