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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday with words.....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blue Friday and Happy Friday.....

Well, this isn't a newsflash...the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl next Sunday!  We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the green fleece we used in our scarf kits and hallelujah it arrived this afternoon.  Harriet and I got busy and in between customers we cut the special orders we had for kits ~ and managed to sell 15-20 more while we were in the process of doing that!  The place is a mess, so I need to get there early tomorrow and do some tidying up and cut some green for more kits.  What a whirlwind of a day it's been.  

There have been a few fun things arriving in the last week, including a few bolts from the newest Kansas Troubles line, plus some charm packs.  We've also been REALLY busy cutting and packing up a few more boxes of fat quarters for Fat Tuesday.  That will be happening Tuesday, February 17th.  Customers have been having lots of fun shopping the Kaffe fabrics this week.  The new line doesn't ship until April, so I think I'm going to need to add some more bolts to that row pretty soon again.  I've received bills for some other fun fabrics that are due to arrive soon too, including a new coffee print.
Not only is it Blue Friday (Go Hawks!) today, but for our family, it's a happy Friday.  On day 36, our Lukas got to go home to Kenmore from Children's Hospital in Seattle today!  The Seahawks are not the only ones who do not give up....our daughter, Lydia, and his brother Benson are finally getting to spend the night together in their own house....and Steve the dog is pretty happy too.  Luke's got a long road ahead, but we never doubt the tenacity of that guy.  He's looking forward to having Christmas this Sunday....so Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

All boxed up....

There it is.....all of Fabric-Etc's 2014 *paper trail* in a box.  All of the daily receipts, cash register tapes, paid bills, payroll....all somewhat neatly tucked into that unassuming Office Depot paper box.  It'll be appropriately labeled and put in the attic with its brothers and sisters....with me hoping the powers that be never want to take a look at it  =)  It felt really good to get it done last week and now I am on to other *end of the year matters* that I'd like to get to my *end of the year guy* who does my taxes.  I do everything else for the year, but like to have someone else put their name with mine for the final breakdown!

Things are humming along at the shop.  The retired guy mentioned that I still have Christmas *stuff* behind the counter, but we're moving closer to fixing that.  New fabrics have come in and we're finding homes for them.  We are working hard on getting ready for Fat Tuesday on February 17th ~ which will be a fond memory just 5 weeks from today, but who's counting?!?  Jan started working on the Frozen book panel today and will likely finish it tomorrow.  The Sew Expo tickets arrived yesterday.  I have a sales rep coming in the morning to show me of all things Christmas 2015.....oh my.....

On a personal note....my apologies for my absence from blogging.  As many of you know, our 13 year old grandson Lukas, who has battled cancer for the last 11+ years, has been in ICU at Children's Hospital in Seattle for almost 4 weeks.  He developed a very severe infection following some surgery he had in late September.  After emergency surgery December 19th, he was totally unresponsive, in a coma and on a ventilator for 10 days.  He is now breathing on his own and healing very slowly.  We are so very grateful to the amazing doctors and nurses at the hospital.  He has a long road ahead to get to come home.  Our daughter and Luke's brother, Benson, are just as courageous and as much fighters as our Lukas.  We covet your thoughts and prayers at this time for them.  Our daughter has always wanted everything to be *as normal as possible* since Luke's diagnosis....so Grandma Carol goes to her shop and tries to keep things *normal* during an abnormal time.  Thank you for your patience lately as I am probably going to continue to be slow at getting to some things like scheduling classes and blogging.  I so appreciate your understanding and concern.  Which leads me to say once again....and for that, I am as always.....sew thankful.