Follow us and see what we are doing during the 12 days of vacation. You will find that most photos have links to help you find out what you are there for! This is a list of gift ideas as well as thoughts from you. Get ready. Let’s talk about gifts for sewers and quilters.
You! The time has come again, I will send you an email to tell you stories and present ideas for giving and receiving gifts. I can imagine that you can easily forward this email to one of your best gift givers who will be told that you would love this for yourself or for others during this holiday season.
To begin First day of 12 vacation days, I will not be too lengthy. I imagine that artist Julia Rothman and Heather Givans (hey, that’s me, so strange) would be real friends. This Writer Celebration Kit would be your collaboration. Typewriters, clipboards, paper clips and a series of papers write and scribble and giggle and play together. The Julia Rothman fabrics in this Fettviertel bundle come from the archive and are in limited numbers. Welcome to the first day of the gift idea funny time, ✏️📖📃📎
The photo above makes me giggle. I took it last week and thought OH MY WORD. It looks like one olan Mills photo. Does she still exist? somehow I would like to have my vacation photos taken there. It’s probably too late for one profesh Photo this year, right? Bonus points if you make or have family portraits made. Seriously, looking back on these memories is something special in later life.
# Crimsontate # Juliarothman # heather # project starter # Bundle # NaNoWriMo
Gold retractable tape measure
Rainbow unicorn snips
(10) Wonder clips
(20) size 9 Bohin between needles
Dritz Hummingbird Needle Threader
Tulip Bobbin Clamp
Pull off the thread
So some interesting things happen in this box. Perhaps you have never heard of a hummingbird needle threader? Or the arrangement of bobbin holders, clips and thread take-offs? These little friends are a great way to keep your thread and spool in order. And we’re going to send a cute little box along with Crimson Tate handkerchief and ribbon to put everything in it. Gift ready to be given!
Ummmm. December 11th is a very special day. It is the day in my house on which we celebrate the birthday of my tiny rat terrier Gertrude. We have had Grandma Gertrude for a long time and honestly, she could be the mildest and sweetest bitch ever. She moved with me from Lafayette, IN, to Duluth, MN, back to Indianapolis, back to Duluth and then back to Indianapolis, where she has lived in two houses for the past 14 years. Shewwwww. That’s a lot to think about. It’s funny how we show the time.
I send so much love from here.
It’s THREE day! 12 days of Christmas gift ideas are here. Today it contains beautiful FreeSpirit solids in collections that we call Paint Chip Basics, Each color story offers a range of values and intensities to inspire new color choices or to round off projects. Cherry Anniversary, Rayo de Sol, Grasshopper, Mermaid, Bluebird, Spirited Jacaranda and Macaron are all inexpensive at the moment! The Pride-IYG package is a fundraiser for the Indiana Youth Group. The purchase of this little friend is well received in our community. Thanks a lot for this. Let’s collect them all !!
Image from colorfactory.co
When I was at the International Quilt Market and Show in Houston, TX last October, I took the time to go to the newly opened Color Factory in Houston. I always try to include some kind of museum or local culture when I can to teach and speak in guilds. You. Guys. The paint factory was so cool. If you have a chance, I highly recommend it. The exhibits that I saw were not demanding, but they were inspiring. I mean COLOR, right ?! And my realization was that the artistic suggestions were fascinating, but what made it even more spectacular was the people. The staff were spirited and excited and were happy to show you all the amazing colors and wonders of the room. The friends I went with were excited and in awe. We came to the realization that you got what you put into it. I stuck to this lesson. And I love that Crimson Tate employees embody this spirit. That has always been important to me. And that so many of you have found your way to Crimson Tate because you see positivity and happiness as a daily practice. It is easier on some days than on others.
This year has been a big year of change, finding new ways of working and figuring out how to work differently. As you know, Crimson Tate always goes in a myriad of directions. That’s exactly how I work (oh yes, I’m the architect of this ship). I’ve always walked in many directions and I can remember feeling sad when someone called me a dissenting thinker. I don’t know why that made me sad, but now I’m accepting it and seeing it as one of my better qualities. I have organized my life so that I am constantly moving in many directions, from working in the fabric store to designing fabric designs, designing and creating new patterns, wholesale opportunities, hair band creations, blah blah. etc. I am always on the move. My perspective was, even if I have to convince myself from time to time that change promotes creativity. Developing and finding new best practice methods can be tough, but it can also allow for reflection, refinement, and growth, and encourage new perspectives if you allow it to. I am only concerned with self-reflection and awareness.
I see these paint chip boxes as a metaphor for this idea. Sometimes you need a range of colors, options and ways of working to complete your work. And the truth is, these boxes are super nice. That’s how easy it can be. And our life and purpose can be that simple. Thank you for being together in the large, old, beautiful and diverse community. We like to live in a large paint chip box. I like the idea of it.
xoxo and a lot of love and more tomorrow, maybe not so streaky,
It is a two-fer !!! Is it a pincushion? Is it a piece of jewelry? Pincushion? Ornament? In any case, this double gift cries: “I am CRAFTY and FESTIVE.” This is a total win in my book.
Since this is a two-fer, I include these luxurious bohin pins in the mix. We have 12 different colors and you will love it. With this pincushion you can keep all the colors in the order of the rainbow or if you are a free spirit you can stick them wherever you want.
I love how sharp Bohin needles are. That and they are from France, so they only seem to have dropped out because of the way they travel.
Happy Day 4 of 12 vacation days !!! And thanks for all the emails I received yesterday about my 3rd day foray. I’m sorry I made spelling mistakes, but thanks for knowing and understanding what I was getting at. Someone adds the “Spell Check for Needs” feature to the list of next employees. 🙂
That weekend two years ago I went to Camp Tecumseh to photograph my soon to be announced Night Hike fabric collection. Inspired by the summer camp, the night sky, the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) and a sweet little love letter to my Grandma Mac (Lois, as many of you know her) in the form of nautical charts, this collection is very personal to me. It is hard to believe that the fabrics have almost disappeared. We only have three thick quarters left. Shewwwwww. I can not believe it.
This weekend was the coldest we had throughout the season as there were single-digit temperatures. We played outside and pretended to be warm, but we were freezing cold. I love looking back on those memories and spending this weekend with Jamie and my buddy Eric who photographed the lookbook. Here is a photo montage of our tropical adventure.
Ummmm. Tomorrow it should be AMAZING when Mr. FedEx arrives for us today. See you on the 5th day!
Day 5 brings us the most beautiful stuff !!! Charley Harper Winter Wonderlandis here. I can not believe it! This small 8-piece collection is the cutest. Printed on organic poplin, you will love the hand of this fabric. I’m so happy that Nat, the FedEx guy, found this box. It should arrive earlier in the week and I am so excited that the time is now !!!
From cardinals to nuthatches and chipmunks to deer. There is a small forest animal for all of us. If you are a bird watcher you must have this collection. We have bundled fat quarters, half yards and full yards and we also have a few yards. If you dream of quilts, napkins, pillowcases and stockings, you should consider this small collection.
Tell your people! This is a great keeper.
Photo from hawkridge.org
Most birds of prey are reluctant to cross large bodies of water. When they migrate south and encounter the Upper Lake, the birds naturally swing southwest along the lake shore. They are concentrated in impressive numbers on the cliffs overlooking East Duluth and are easy to see from the viewpoint on Hawk Ridge. Peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon are among the rarest of the 20 species of birds of prey and vultures spotted in the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Regardless of whether they are common or rare species, everyone is excited to see how they cross the ridge, often at or below eye level.
xoxoxo and hope for snow
Heather (below me and my favorite bird of prey)
The idea behind the program is pretty simple. Anyone from anywhere can call them and request a vacation tune to be sung over the phone. The program runs around the clock for seven days and takes place every year in the final week of the first semester.
You. I called her yesterday. It is impressive! You have to collect your friends, colleagues, family, pets, whoever! Collect them around the phone and request a vacation tune. The college kids on the other end of the line were excited and had fun. I had to cry a little when I thought about the possibility of living in this dorm and participating in this tradition. CALL HER! It will only take a few more days !! According to their Facebook page, they reached 3,000 callers and called an Antarctic researcher two days ago. So much. Fun. You can find them at: (217) 332-1882.
Hoooray! According to our postman Shawn, we still have some time to drop a few packages on her so she can throw them at you. She is the best. The USPS says we can ship packages until the 20th and don’t have to worry. Of course we can send them afterwards, but then we all start to sweat when you try to celebrate Christmas. So involve your gift giver. We can send it to you lightly and since we try to be quick we usually take your order outside if you place it before 2pm EST. We are like Amazon, except that Crimson Tate has four employees. And we don’t have millions of products. And we don’t have a warehouse. OKAY. We are not comparable to Amazon, except that we send things to you. It’s fun, isn’t it!
I am sure that some of you have heard the story that I worked in the summer camp almost every summer during my studies. But one summer my sister got married and I couldn’t spend the summer in the camp, so I spent the summer writing letters to my friends in the camp.
Every day I sent tons of mail pieces that were decorated with envelopes. I would use 1000 stamps to send because it’s more fun !! My big artistic break came when my postman knocked on the door and asked if I was the one sending the whole mail. She asked me to decorate her wedding invitations! She said she would pay me real money for it !! Was that the first time I noticed that people were being paid to address envelopes? Scribble and draw? Could this be your JOB ?! I’ve spent hours and hours of my life decorating these envelopes. And sometimes I think if I didn’t hang out at Crimson Tate I would find a way to decorate envelopes.
Thank you for listening. Until tomorrow!!!
Therefore, I subscribe to the electronic version of the Duluth News Tribune even though I live in Indianapolis, IN. I would like to know what’s going on in Northland and often don’t make it past the front page, but you guys, TODAY didn’t disappoint the DNT front page. It’s all about how the local aquarium goes for a walk with its skunks. First, does the aquarium have skunks? Second, are they on a leash and taken outside to go for a walk? By the way, the temperature in Duluth is -13 today! That’s crazy. And I really love it. I can’t wait to call Grandma Mac or text later to discuss snacks and snoops, the skunks, and chat about their daily outdoor adventures. I know that many small town newspapers probably have stories of human interest as front page news, but for me the Duluth News Tribune is of course the ultimate. Just wait until there is a sled dog story or how the lift bridge is frozen and the ore ships are prevented from setting sail. You should be sure that I will notify you by email.
Have a nice day, kids! Until tomorrow.
OKAY. I will not lie. I have SO MANY ideas about what good gifts could be. It was difficult for me to decide what I would highlight today. But I came up with a concept, tools. And the two tools that are the best gifts we have received.
In kindergarten I broke my left arm in a bouncy castle situation when we learned to use scissors and I had to learn with my right hand. And as a left-handed person, whose outer left hand was constantly covered with pencil smears, it was a challenge to learn how to use the scissors with my right hand. But imagine, my five-year-old child threw himself on one arm and scissors on the other. I was determined, but I usually moved at my own pace that matched the speed of turtles. I’ve always been a bit cheesy. And by Pokey I mean slowly. And slowly, I mean, at school I was usually the last person to do an assigned task. I lost endless pauses because I couldn’t master my math schedules in the time allotted. I knew how to do it. I had them memorized. I just wasn’t quick enough to put the information on paper in the “right” time. The good news is that I really liked my teacher, so I didn’t mind sitting at my desk and working on math problems when it meant I had to hang out with her even when it was on break. I didn’t hate math. I loved it (and still do). I didn’t like time. I think I’m still that way. I definitely get lost in what I’m doing and lose track of time and that’s when time becomes an issue.
I’m pictured above, lower left. This is a photo of my Grandma I call Maw Maw and my siblings and cousins at New Years. I started thinking about offering left-handed scissors at Crimson Tate and the woes I’ve heard from left-handed customers who can’t find what they are looking for. And that request sent me down a path of thinking about why I’m left-handed and use right-handed scissors and then the broken arm and all roads point back to childhood where copious amounts of time were spent with my grandparents.
I’ve been thinking lately about how as a kid I’d get lost in the smallest of details like counting the yarns on the quilt Maw Maw gave me. Or burying treasures in the yard and making maps to find them again. I want to spend more time doing things like that. Making maps, observing nature, learning to do things with my opposite hand. And you know what that takes? Time. And sometimes that comes at a turtle pace. And curiosity. And permission to not be the best or the fastest, or to give yourself grace if “all of your points don’t line up.”
And as we race toward the holidays, which promises the opportunity to slow down, I am trying to make the time and space now to get lost in what is right in front of me. Find beauty in objects, sentiments, mistakes, inconveniences, and learning something new. It all takes time.
Only two more days of the 12 days of Holidays!
See you tomorrow.
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