Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A story about friendship and self confidence

If you are looking for a new story to read to the kiddos at night that talks about believing in yourself, you have to check out "Little Bird" by Layne Johnson.

We all go through times in our lives where we doubt ourselves and our abilities. It is hard not to feel self conscious in such a competitive world. This book tells the story of a little bird who has lost his confidence. With the help of a special friend, he finds "his song" again.

You can preview the entire book online at the following link:

It is available in soft or hard cover.Layne and his wife have been married for over twenty years. They have five children and one grandson. Though he has spent his entire life as a woodworker and cabinetmaker, he is most experienced at dispensing his fatherly advice and wisdom through storytelling.

The story is brought to life by illustrator Gail Riggs. A talented artist, Gail has been a wife, mother, and grandmother for more than 30 years. She enjoys painting and spending time with her husband and their dogs at their home in Oregon.

Many stories and adventures have been shared between both families through their friendship that has spanned more than two decades.

If you are interested in signed copies, email me at

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Saw something similar on SoCo in Austin

So today we took the kiddos out for a little trip to Austin. I haven't been there in a few years and decided to see what was happening. We ended up at a little shop on South Congress.

This shop (forgot the name) was amazing. It was right by the St. Vincent thrift store and some costume shop.

It has all kinds of treasure that were made from recycles newpapers, magazines, feed bags, soda cans, and more.

It made me want to run home and rummage through our recycle bins and see what I could make. But, I forgot we took the recycle to the recycle center yesterday.

Oh well. So I will have to add it to my "to try" list when we get enough cans and papers to mess around with.

Here is a link to something similar. The above picture is from this site.

Hope you are all doing well. Our Folklorica fabric was ordered last month. It should be arriving sometime in the next week or so.

Be sure to check out the shipping prices on our sewing patterns. What is better than FREE shipping!

Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Fabric Coming Soon

We are eagerly waiting for the arrival of our newest fabric line. We placed our order for Folklorica from In the Beginning fabrics.

This is a beautiful line that will make a wonderful addition to any quilters stash of fabrics. The bright bold colors will look great in any quilt or home decor project.

CutterGurl Creations can also be found on FaceBook! We have created a fan page for our customers to see pictures of all of our patterns, threads, and fabrics. We hope you will drop by and become a fan. Join in the conversations about the latest trends in sewing, quilting, or whatever other topics interest you!

Check out latest collection of fabric bundles where you can buy your fabric at a discounted price.

We still offer custom orders. If you are interested in purchasing a sewing pattern and need to know how much fabric to buy, let us know and we can help you find the right amount for your project.

Custom orders save you money! We do not charge a per item fee for custom orders and shipping is always combined.

Until later,
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Independence Day

Happy Thursday Everyone!

So, it has been quite some time since I have updated this blog. I am sure everyone thought I dropped off the face of the planet.

I spent the entire month of May in Las Vegas trying to help my mom run the house while she takes care of my dad during his cancer treatments. It has been extremely emotional seeing my dad go through this.

There is nothing that cancer does not touch. It seems to have quickly dominated every aspect of all of our lives.

Dad seems to be doing pretty well so far. The doctors have said the chemo appears to be working. He is very tired from the treatments, but his body is fighting hard to beat this and I have complete faith that he can and will recover.

Tomorrow, Mom and Dad will travel from Las Vegas to Houston for a two month trip. During that time, Dad will receive chemo and radiation almost everyday. Soon, they will do more scans to let us know how effective the treatments have been.

This week we will celebrate Independence Day! Take a moment to thank a soldier for everything they do for our country.

As far as CutterGurl Creations, new inventory is being added this week!

We are happy to have Aurifil thread. It has arrived straight from Italy. Currently, we stock four basic colors: Black, beige, white, and gray/silver. However, we can order any color combination you need.

Also, there are going to be six great new sewing patterns arriving directly from Amy Butler by the end of the week.

We will be carrying:

The Field Bag and Tote

Mini Dress, Tunic, & Tops

Sun Surf Halter

Cabo Halter

Domestic Goddess Aprons (my favorite)

Birdie Sling (Bag)
I know you will love these patterns as much as I do!

Also, for the month of July, all of my customers who place an order will be entered into our drawing for one yard of Robert Kaufman's Hot Blossom Paisley Fabric!

Remember that I would be happy to create a custom order for you! I offer any variation of cuts and yardage and all fabric is cut to order straight from the bolt.

Thank you all for the support and prayers that you have given our family during this time. You are all wonderful and we appreciate you!

Until next time, HAPPY SEWING SEWING!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Leaving Las Vegas

Good Afternoon Everyone...

I have been meaning to update you all on what has been happening lately, but just couldn't bring myself to do it.  I don't really know what is going on and so I have felt without much information to blog about, it would be pointless.

My father and mother went to Houston for about one week.  While they were there, they met with my Dad's treatment team.  They have some of the best doctors in the world.  I know that if anyone can help my dad get better, they can.  

At first, the news was not good.  The cancer is already in stage four, which is the final stage.  He was given only months to live.  It is in one part of the esophagaus and three lymph nodes.  When the met with their doctors in Houston, they were much more optimistic than the doctors in Las Vegas.  But, near the end of the week, one of the doctors told my parents that the tumor in the one lymph node is too large to operate on.  

This news totally crushed all of us.  Without the surgery, Dad has very limited time.  

Mom would not accept this news and spoke with the surgeon who said that she WOULD be able to operate.  

Dad had his first chemo treatment about a week and a half ago.  It is already showing it's effects, but he seems to be taking it better than expected.  They came home and he has already been back at work.  His second chemo treatment will be this Friday.  So far, it seems to make him very tired.  

I have come to realize that I cannot do anything to help my family right now, so I must return home to Texas to be with my husband.  He has been patiently waiting for my arrival for almost a month now.

I am so grateful for everyones thoughts and prayers.  I know they are working.  God does hear them.  I can honestly say that, because even though I could have a better relationship with him, he still blesses my life everyday.

As far as my little fabric shop, CutterGurl Creations is still going strong.  I am grateful to have the ability to bring my business with me everywhere I travel, when needed.  My customers are some of my biggest supporters and best friends during this time in my life.  Thank you!

I will be adding some new sewing patterns from Anna Maria at the end of the summer.  I have also started carrying Aurifil thread.  This is some of the most wonderful thread and it comes straight from Italy!

If you do place an order today through Sunday, please be patient as there may be a shipping delay while I travel home.  

I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as well.  Thank you for the love and support.   

Until next time, HAPPY SEWING!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Have you HUGGED your DAD today?

Well, I promised I would update everyone when I found out more information about my Dad. So, here we go.

My Step-dad has not been feeling well for a few weeks. He has not been able to swallow or keep down any solid food. He went to the doctor to get checked out. They found out that he has esophageal cancer.

Today, we learned that the mass is a slow growing cancer. That is good news. It means that he may still be eligible for surgery to remove it.

If he has the surgery and can recover from that, there is hope. If he is not a candidate for surgery, we might have five months with him.

So, I am trying to decide what to do now. I am definately going to Las Vegas. I have to be there by next Saturday for my sister's graduation (her Master's YAY!) Mom and Layne are coming to Houston for the surgery, because this hospital is the best for this type of cancer. I am just having a very difficult time keeping myself cool, calm, and collected. It is always easy to jump in and help out when you are not directly related to the person in questionable health. But, this is so different. This is MY family.

I just cannot get my head wrapped around this. I cannot believe this healthy YOUNG man is sick. It doesn't seem real at all. He was a little younger than I am now when he married my mom. I cannot imagine being in her shoes. They will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in July. They have three sons still living at home. My youngest brother is 13.

For all of my customers, I hope that you will hang in there with me and be patient. I promise that your orders will be shipped out. I may be only shipping one or two days a week for a little while. Dear husband has offered to take over the processing of orders. So, if you see a pattern or fabric you want, do not hesitate to order.

Thank you for all of your support. I will update when I find out more.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Arrivals and Promotion Winners

Hello and I hope you are all having a great week!

Our newest fabrics have finally arrived. Check out the Hot Blossoms line from Robert Kaufman fabrics. They are lovely floral prints that have a very vintage feel. They would make an awesome handbag, dress, or quilt! Why not make one of each to match, if it is too hard to choose?

I offer full yard cuts, half yard cuts, and fat quarter bundles. If you are interested in a custom order, contact me to combine shipping and save. Also, I offer international shipping. You don't see a price for your area? Not a problem. Just let me know where and I can get you a quote.

Also, a big congratulations to the wonderful Mrs. Kittee and Mrs. Allen for being the winners of April's customer appreciation giveaway. They will both receive their choice of one yard of fabric or one sewing pattern FREE!!!

Keep an eye on this spot for updates on promotions, additions, and much more.


In a matter totally unrelated to business, to all of my friends out there, please keep my Dad and my family in your prayers. We just received news that he is dealing with some health issues and we all need your love and support. Thanks!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Clearing Clutter

Since it will be midnight by the time I am done writing this, I will say Happy Friday. I hope you have all had a great week! I have had a pretty good week. I cannot complain.

I was able to take dear son to the park this week. He loves the park because it is right next to the library. I love it because after we are done playing, sometimes he "lets" me check out a few books. I found quite a few good ones.

One that I hope you get a chance to read is called Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke. What an amazing perspective on clearing clutter from your home, office, and your life in general.

Her website is great. If you think you might need some inspiration to clear your clutter, check it out. Read her blogs.

My favorite statement in this book has really come at a perfect time in my life. I have found myself thinking about the last ten years of my life. All the things I had wanted for my life in high school. The way I wanted to look. The car I wanted to drive. The job I would have. Where I would live. Who I would be romantically linked to or married to. With my ten year reunion coming this summer, I am overwhelmed with the thought that I cannot and will not measure up with my classmates.

Boy, isn't it funny how things work out? Never quite like we plan.

I would have never dreamed that I would be somewhere other than Las Vegas (where I grew up). I certainly never wanted to be a stay at home mom and married to a military man. Not that those are bad things. I just wanted to break some molds, maybe be a little less traditional. I wanted to be a career woman. Independent. Trendy. Hopefully independently wealthy (I am that, but wealthy in ways other than monetarily). Travel the world. (I am doing that, just a little differently than planned). One can dream right?

Tonight, we took dear son to his first carnival. It brought back so many memories of when I was young. I looked at how much fun my kiddo was having and how grown up he looks at three years old. I realized that even though I am not a rich supermodel who drives the most expensive car and lives in a mansion, I am one of the most incredibly blessed people in this world.

I have the love of a child.

This kid loves me know matter what I have or have not accomplised. No matter what I look like. I am always beautiful to him. No matter how cranky I am. He always wants to hang out with mom. He knows he can depend on me. That I love him. I will support him and protect him. For being so young, he has such a huge amount of faith in me. That is really motivating.

So, like I was saying. The statement from Gail's book that really got me thinking was in regards to throwing out our mental mess. She talks about how everyone at many points in their lives will compare themselves to someone else. I am SUPER guilty of this. It really accomplishes nothing. I try to tell myself it keeps me on track, but it really just brings me down.

From now on, I will have to reprogram my mind with the thought "I will NOT compare myself with others, nor them with me. I will appreciate myself and others for what I and they contribute."

Because we are all different for a reason. If we were all the same, this world would be pretty BORING.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Town Hall for Hope

Happy Monday to Everyone!

Hope your holiday was relaxing and you were able to have time to reflect.

I have been listening to Dave Ramsey's radio show. If you have not heard about this event, Dave is hosting a Town Hall for Hope meeting next Thursday.

This is going to be a great opportunity to hear Dave's advice for FREE!!! Go to his website to find a host site in your area. He will be talking about YOUR finances, the economy, and how we can get through this without the brainwashing and hysteria the media wants us to follow like a bunch of SHEEP.

Currently, there are no host sites in my area, which is rather disappointing. I am hoping that someone will step up to the plate and volunteer to be a host site. It is FREE to host and FREE to attend! Check it out.

Have a great week Y'all!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sale!! Anna Maria Horner Products

Hello and Happy Tuesday.

Tomorrow, Dear Husband is going out of town for a few days on a hunting trip with "the guys" and I am celebrating by having a sale!

So, in honor of all men being men and insisting they HAVE to hunt, fish, burp, fart, watch sports, Nascar, and SNORE, here is to them and their wallets.

Let us SHOP! Yeah!

All of my Anna Maria Horner Sewing Patterns and Good Folks fabrics have been dicounted. If you would like a custom order such as fat quarters, fat eighths, yardage, etc please let me know. I will be happy to complete that for you.

Have fun! Talk to you later.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Reducing, Reusing, Recycling

There are so many people who are talented and crafty when it comes to creating art on a budget.

Quilters are obviously at the top of the list, since so many of us have started quilting out of necessity. I know that every generation of my family that has quilted did so using old clothing, old bedding, linens, scrap fabric, fabric from other peoples collections, whatever they could get their hands on and while they were creating these necessary items, they put a little extra love into them and they were also beautiful pieces of art.

There are alot of other people who for one reason or another have decided to reuse what most of us might have thrown out and have turned something once again into a useful item. I have decided to list some of MY personal favorites.

This guy is one talented and creative fellow. Instead of letting these bottles end up in our landfills, he turns them into reusable drinking glasses that have a sentimental feeling to them. Check out his Etsy store, I am sure that he would be glad to create a custom order for you. Did you have a rockin' party last week and you want to make some souvenirs?

This shop is great because it is not only keeping trash out of the landfill and turning that trash into art that is REALLY awesome and cute, but they are donating their profits to a great children's cause.

You will find hundreds of other people on Etsy and other sites who are doing great things with everyday items. Check them out!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hello and Happy Thursday.

This week has been rather uneventful so far.

We did have one car in the shop and now it has come home from it's refreshing spa-like retreat. After a $500 pampering, she should be good as new. Until next week.

I had a visit with my favorite man in the whole world (other than dear hubby) my Dentist! Yes I know, not normally exciting for most people. But, I love my dentist. He knows how to make me feel better. I go in with pain and come out with a big fat face, one root canal, and still high on Nitrous-Oxide. Lovely stuff.

Next week will be exciting. Dear hubby has been waiting for weeks to go on a hunting trip with his buddies. And now it is upon us. I am so ready for them to go so that I don't have to hear about all their man talk anymore. I hope they have fun and I hope they keep each other up all night with their burping, farting, scratching, and snoring.

I will be visiting family and friends in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas and cannot wait! :) Hopefully no man talk. Hopefully no snoring.

Be sure to check out all the lastest additions to CutterGurl Creations when you get a moment. There is NEW Anna Maria fabric arriving daily. Her Good Folks line is definately her most awesome line yet. Also, if you want to sew up a new tote or clutch for the Spring, check out her sewing patterns! I have several in stock. Order one for you and one for your best friend, so she won't ask to borrow yours!

Have a wonderful rest of the day!

Monday, March 30, 2009

It's just another MANIC Monday....

Good Evening Everyone!

I hope your day went well. This has been a busy week for my family and me.

Today was supposed to be smooth sailing...I was going to take dear son to the Aquarium on our weekly visit. On the way there, I was hoping to ship some packages to customers. Then on the way home, do the weekly grocery shopping. And casually make a beautiful dinner for the fam.

So much for supposed to be. And so much for those plans.

This is how it all really went down.

Wake up - late. Dear husband's alarm went off one hour later than usual. So, this messed up our morning routine a little. Then after he leaves, I head to the office to package orders and realize that ONE pattern is completely missing. Causing me not to be able to fill a few orders as promptly as I normally do. Gee whiz. I did not notice that I only received part of my inventory. Call supplier and let them know...they are sending a new package. Thank goodness I will be able to get everything out the door by Wednesday. I am still completely feeling dumb.

By this time, I look at the time and realize that I need to go to the grocery store. And suddenly remember I don't have a vehicle to go to the store. Well, I do. But, as usual it was supposed to go to the shop last night and we forgot to drop it off. Gee whiz again. Call hubby real quick. "Hey meet me at the shop on your lunch break so you can give us a ride sorry".

Our family is not whole unless we have one vehicle in the shop at all times. It has become a Sunday night ritual to drop a car off at the shop. Not only did I not drop the car off, I forgot to buy coupons! Holy cow! What am I thinking. No Sunday coupons. So, I guess this madness started yesterday?

Then I get home and start to do laundry and realize the knob to the dryer is busted. Completely. So, I call the dryer's maker and request a replacement. $42.00!!! For one plastic knob. That I have to have and they know it. FINE. Put that on the credit card...along with everything else.

Oh well. At least I have been able to find a solution to everything that happened. It could always be worse.

Sunday was GREAT. We were able to take dear son to an Easter Egg Hunt on the base. He had a blast. That is something we have not been able to do much of due to hubby's frequent deployments. It is nice to have him home for holiday celebrations.
As for the fabric shop, we are SUPER excited. Our newest fabrics will be arriving any day now. We will be receiving several bolts from Robert Kaufman's Mod Quilting Line called "Hot Blossom".

This is all 100 percent Kona Cotton fabric and will be so awesome in a quilt. I cannot wait to see what I can create with all of this colorful fabric. It seems very "retro". Here are two of my favorites...I will add more later.

Or you can view the entire line here...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Yeah! It's Finally Friday!


This has been a very great week! I cannot believe how fast it has flown by.

Dear hubby turned 27 on Thursday. It was nice. He actually was HOME for a birthday and not out to sea. I can only think of one birthday out of the last six that he was home...and the result of that birthday was dear son.

So, last night was uneventful. Hubby said "No more 18 year presents"...

The store has been busy, busy, busy. It is very exciting to talk with so many customers. They seem just as excited as I am about the new Anna Maria patterns that were released this week. I cannot decide which is my favorite. But, based on the feedback I have receceived, I can see which one you like the most!

I have ordered a second batch, so don't you worry, I won't run out.

Also, I have come across some wonderful blogs. These blogs are so much more interesting than mine. Partly because they seem to have much more exciting things to blog about-you should check them out. I have added them to my list.

My current favorite it this one here:

There are some wonderful ideas on her blog.

I would post pictures, but I don't want to get into just click on over there and check out what this woman does with what most of us throw away when we are sewing and quilting!

She is very resourceful and environmentally friendly....speaking of which, I came across another Etsy seller who has the coolest stuff in her shop. I am going to give you a link to that too, because well I think she is a smart cookie! If I had the money, I would buy every item in that store. Too cool.

I believe that next week will be awesome too...this will be our first real opportunity to go on an Easter egg hunt with dear son. Chris has never been home to really do that, or Andrew was never cooperative enough to try to venture out on my own to something like that. We have one that the homeschool group will be sponsoring, which I am super excited to go to. I will get to meet other moms in my area and make some new friends. There is one that the Navy base will be sponsoring. That one will be nice because Chris can go with us. The admission is great-we have to donated canned goods in order to participate. I think that is a great way to support a local charity.

So, until next week! Have a great weekend.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Fabric Added!

Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Line is HERE!

I have started to receive my fabric shipments and I am listing them in the store today. I have been informed that some of the bolts that I ordered will not be arriving this week, as they are backordered. So, if you do not see a fabric that you were interested in, please let me know and I will get it for you as soon as possible.

I will also be listing Anna's newest sewing patterns by the end of this week. I spoke with Anna last week while setting up my account and ordering some patterns. She told me that our order should be out shortly (hopefully this week). Yeah!

Here is a link to Anna's blog. She has the most awesome quilt patterns and other great ideas there! You have to check it out. I just love her fabrics and know that you will too!


I have decided that I will offer a rewards program for my customers. For every $250 spent in the store (regardless of what you purchase), you will receive $30 in free fabric or notions!

If you would like to be notified of specials or new arrivals, please let me know and I can add you to the customer mailing list.

I hope to hear from you soon and HAPPY HAPPY Quilting!

Here is my current project (well it is actually a year in the works, my dear neighbor Julia might recognize this). It is a breast cancer awareness quilt by Sew Unique Creations . The proceeds from all purchases of the pattern benefit breast cancer research.

You can order the pattern as well from:


Okay. Well. I do not know where to begin today. It has already been one of those weeks and it is not even lunch time on Monday.

Dear son. I love him SO much. He is so smart and creative and always busy. I thought today, since it was just my darling kiddo and me, that we might go to the aquarium.

We go to the Aquarium several times a week. We have a year-long membership and we try to get our money out of it. It is great for burning off dear son's excess energy. Maybe, I should have gotten him out the door earlier and we could have avoided this.....

So. Instead of going to the Aquarium to see cute fish and dolphins, we are off to Wally World to get a new vaccum filter. Again. To replace the one I just clogged cleaning up this powder you see on the floor. Again.

You see this is not the first time I have gone through this. I should have learned, but what can I say. Any brains I had, shot out of me on the day this kid was born.

The bottle he is holding is one that I just bought last week to replace the bottle he dumped all over his bedroom TWO weeks ago.

So, if you see a red headed kid running around grabbing his rashy can assume he is mine. Because, I won't be buying him any more powder. EVER.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Finally Found Homeschoolers!

My husband and I have been considering homeschooling our son for a few years now. Now, that he is getting closer to school age, I have been looking for a local homeschool group.

It seems like it has been the topic of alot of conversations I have had with other moms lately. I know that because of Chris' career and the fact we will continue to move frequently.

Andy will always be ahead or behind. He will also always be "the new kid". I know what that feels like. It is such a lonely place to be and I don' t ever want him to feel that.

It seems like the teachers only teach what the kids need to know to pass whatever fad test they are handing out that year and not actual life skills kids will need to function on their own in the big world.

There are too many kids and not enough teachers to give the attention kids really need. Too much busy work and not enough hands on experiences.

I also see that Andrew has such a short attention span that it won't be long before some teacher wants me to give him medication so he will "pay attention". I don't think that is the answer.

So, in order to avoid ALL of that, we will be homeschooling him.

So onto how I found my local group. I decided I needed to organize my office. I posted some office supplies on ( a great website to find new owners for the stuff you don't want or become an owner of someone else's stff and keep it out of the landfill). That day I got a response that someone wanted my stuff and it was a homeschool mom who lives right down the street from me. How awesome!

She gave me lots of information of the local group and the activities that they do. I am super excited! YEAH! Can you see me clapping?

So, hopefully soon Andy will be making new friends and I will too!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Introducing Anna Maria Horner Patterns!

Good Friday Everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be offering new patterns in my store!

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new patterns from Anna Maria Horner. She is a very talented designer from Tennessee who has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Quilter's Companian, Coutry Living and MORE.

I am very excited to be able to sell her products and I know you will LOVE using them.
Check out her website, if you would like a preview!

Starting in April, I will have a monthly drawing. Each customer's name for that month will be put into the drawing. At the end of the month, Two lucky customers will receive one pattern of THEIR choice for FREE!!! HOW ABOUT THAT?!

We are a bunch of busy little bees over here at CutterGurl Creations. I am in the process of choosing fabrics that will soon be added to the store.
So, if you would like to buy coordinating fabrics to go with your new patterns, just let me know!

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or something that YOU would like to see added to the store, let me know!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


I have been the Coupon Queen for several years now. It is pretty much a necessity with my husband's military check. Coupons help to stretch the check. So, today as I am surfing the net, I came across a very shocking article that I have not heard any major news stations cover in these tough economic times.

But, you better believe they are going to tell you what the First Lady wore today...or what some Rockstar ran his car into last we care.

I read that Valassis (a major source of coupons in your Sunday paper) has decided that it will discontinue printing coupons in the paper. You will have the option to have the inserts mailed to you, but only one set. I often buy multiple sets, as do many other families that I know who use coupons.

Some people will not use coupons. They think it is a waste of time. It doesn't make a difference. Whatever. But, we use them. When I chose not to "coupon" for a few months before our last transfer, my husband went crazy when he found out what our groceries were costing us.

Without the coupons in the paper, I don't buy the paper. I have no need for it when I have the internet and television that gives me more than enough phony news for a lifetime. All I want is the coupons. I want to be able to save my $0.50 here and $0.75 all adds up.

With coupons, I was able to trim our grocery budget from $400 a month to somewhere around $250 a month. The savings allows me to buy other groceries and goodies I would not normally be able to afford or put extra money towards bills.

I am pretty sure this decision is not going to go over well for the bottom line of most newspapers in this country, or the consumers who buy these papers for the coupons.

I hope that they change their minds...I guess I will see tomorrow morning when I make my weekly trip to get my paper.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Borrower is Servant to the Lender

So, I have finally advanced myself to the new century! I have been hearing so much about blogs. But, I have resisted them. Who really wants to read about every detail of my life?

Whenever I was talking with other people who own shops through the same websites that I do, they have all agreed blogs are it. They help your customers feel more of a connection to you. They are the new way to network and get your name out there. This sounds great to me. As a stay at home mom who doesn't remember what a social life is, what could be better? I might actually meet people like ME!

So, I have decided to give it a try. After all, I enjoy some of the blogs I read. Especially those blogs owned by mothers, military spouses, and women in general. I feel relieved when I read about their day and see that mine compared equally to theirs. Their children are here to drive them crazy, just as mine is here to drive me crazy. Our husbands are still hard to figure out, but we love them anyway. Our once pristine vehicles are covered in french fry grease and slurpee syrup. And we have all had to clean bubblegum or vaseline out of our child's hair.

You might be wondering what my title has to do with any of this.

Well...I was initially introduced to the idea of a blog through my store. I started quilting several years ago. I also started teaching quilting to neighbors and friends as my confidence grew. Because of my husband's career in the military and our frequent moves, my career is constantly starting over. I have always thought it would be great to own my own business. But, never had any idea what that business would be in. Until I married my husband 6 years ago, I didn't even really have a hobby. All I knew was work. Now, I have many hobbies and several things I am passionate about. The biggest one being my love of fabric and quilts. I love the idea of a piece of fabric being cut up and sew back together in cool designs.

While this personal discovery is going on, my husband is deployed on and off for the last six years. We bought a house. Sold a house. Bought another house. It still has not sold after more than a year and a happens when he is out to sea. The car breaks, the fridge breaks, the basement floods, bills and more bills. So, with only one income, I am realizing something has to change. But, it is not as easy as it was when I was single to just get any job. Now I have to consider childcare costs. Extra food costs for the nights I won't be home to cook. Uniforms or suits that will have to be bought, since I can't go to work in a mommy sweatsuit. Though if I could, I would be set. It all adds up.

I did not go through the trouble of having a child to have someone else raise him. But, I see that we need to get this money situation under control if we want to be able to take this child anywhere.

So, Dave Ramsey (the world's most awesome financial counselor) opened my eyes to the possibility of being free from debt. He taught me (along with my Bible) that the borrower is servant to the lender. And that I am. So is my husband. So is my son, and while I am at little dog too. We are slaves to the junk we bought that we did not need. And the junk we bought that we did not have a choice. And we are stuck. So, what do we do?

Dear Hubby (or DH) as he will be known from now a second job delivering pizzas. He actually loves it. It is a nice change from his normal job which at times has been non-stop 18-20 hour days for months at a time. He makes pretty good money for the little amount of time he works. I have picked up odd jobs here and there babysitting or creating custom quilts or bedroom decor. When I am not doing that, I am sewing as fast as I can. I make quilts to sell in my stores and at the local trade days. I have been VERY slow lately. I have been working on the same quilt for a month. Not because it was hard, but just finding the time.

Learning all this new technology is TIME consuming. But, now that I am almost set up, I can get into a good routine.

So, from this point on, I hope that I can check in at least three times a week and give a quick update about what my crazy kiddo has done so everyone can see why my head spins and maybe host a few giveaways for the stores.

I hope that you will join me! I would love to hear about your blogs too.