Monday, January 5, 2009

Crazy Quilt Needle Books & New Year Resolutions

WOW! It's already 5 days into the New Year and I'm just getting back to my blog. Seems like the days are just flying by...along with the years. Not sure how many of you have made New Years resolutions (again and again)... I have. I decided that this year I was not going to write down the same old promises that I was going to try and keep... you know.... loose weight, do that "E" word (exercise) and maybe finish up some of my millions of projects. I have decided that this year I was finally going to get off my lazy rear end and do somethings that I've been wanting to do but just never got around to doing . My list is pretty simple this year:

1. Listen to my inner soul when it speaks to me
2.Get back to reading - used to read a book a week and I've missed it
3. Stop being so nervous and open up a store on Etsy

Sounds pretty simple uh... well let's see if I can keep to my promises.

I recently got back into making more needle books. After the Christmas Art Festival I received a lot of requests for the ones that didn't sell and can now proudly say they are all gone and am working on a few more that were ordered. Once these are done I will get started on making some in a couple different styles for my Etsy store. When I finally have at least 12 items, I plan on opening the door to this new adventure.

This needle book was made for my friend Linda. She commissioned me to make her one and also her friend Nancy. Unfortunately, either Santa decided to keep it for himself or it got lost in the never never land of the Post Office as Nancy never received hers. Today I completed a replacement for Nancy and will mail it to her tomorrow - confirmation and insured this time!

I have a few more than I need to finish up and get int he mail and then I can can begin playing with some new styles and even new colors. I have got to start stretching myself and play with more colors than just blue.... just can't help it - love it! This is one that I have been working on little by little - not sure how much more I will CQ on it before I actually sew it into a sewing case. Aren't you proud - I actually threw in some purple!


  1. Nicki,

    That is so sad about a needle book being lost in the mail system. Your work is so beautiful. You will do well. Purple is not such a bad color is it. ;)

  2. Happy New Year!
    I can't wait to see your store!
    You can do it!

  3. Dear Nicki,
    Your New Year resolutions sounds nice:))
    Looking forward to see you in ETSY.
    I have a surprice for you, please visit my blog when you have time.
    Much Love,

  4. I just hate it when things get lost in the mail. How can that possibly happen...

    I love your needlebooks and I have an award for you on my blog.

  5. Nicki - all the best wishes for you and Etsy! Why not do this?? Your things are wonderful - I have a sneaking suspicion that this is why your needle book never made it to its rightful owner - someone at the P.O. thought it should be theirs! :-( at least they know beautiful work when they see it!
    xox - b

  6. Hey girls! Just had to update! The missing needlebook showed up to it's new owner! Would you believe it was delivered the same day as the replacement was - and they were mailed almost 3 weeks apart! Sounds to me like Santa lost it in his big bag of goodies for awhile... what a great
    surprise, now Nancy has 2!

    Rengin & Kathy - Thank you for the award! I finally got the picture of the award posted and will do the write up as soon as my computer stops freezing up on me - hopefully this post gets through.... Isn't it a small world. Rengin, Kathy told me about your Oyas a long time ago so when we started writing I had no idea you were the lady she got them from! It is a small world.

  7. Yay for the missing mail showing up again.

    Definitely do an Etsy store. I have mine set up..but I haven't made pictures of my items to post in it. I have too many things going on. I WILL start my store. I will, I will! Then we can "heart" each other.


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