Check it off: Pamper Yourself!

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We love making lists and checking them off!

And we accumulated lots of check marks because we got so much done during this year’s September trip to Colorado to do the CQC  quilt show!

 

  • Finished putting lace on our Legacy of Lace quilt.
  • Put together patterns for our Linens and Old Lace Collection.
  • Planned two presentations for the show’s classroom: Care and Use of Vintage Linens and Mother’s Medallion projects.
becky-class

Quilters did actually sit in the chairs a little bit later.

cindy-class

Lots of good ideas and, also, coupons added to the fun of the class.

  •  Packed for the show, unpacked at the show, repacked at the end of the show and unpacked when we got back to the ranch after the show.
empty-booth

We still had some work to do after this point.

We got it put together in time.

  • Worked the show together in our double booth – one with demonstrator duties and the other with the cashier duties. We really liked the opportunity to display patterns with the antique sewing accoutrements on one side and then, on the other side, embellish the pattern displays with vintage fabrics and linens.
  • Enjoyed the Jacuzzi time and renewed friendships
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Long time friend, Margaret, and her daughter, also a Cindy

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The special gals from Hands All Around Charity booth who let us keep a running tab as we continuously raid their stash

 

  • Treasured watching football and lunch out with our dad
lunch-with-dad

How does one take a selfie and avoid the triple chin look?

  • Delighted in a spontaneous stop at a little museum festooned with flowers
library

The flowers drew us in and there were treasures inside galore!

  • Appreciated a morning of stitching encouragement with the Calico Quilters club
  • Sorted through treasurers which had accumulated in the sister’s joint stash.
boxes

Confession: this is only half of the boxes

AND the Colorado sister brainstormed with me as I was preparing to speak at a Ladies’ Day on the topic Pamper Your Soul. She helped me tie it up with a bow with her ideas about God’s Personal Touch every day. We brainstormed about cultivating a “What’s RIGHT with this picture?” mentality. We believe that because of God’s great love for us, His touch on our days is very personal. You know, how He orchestrates a variety of people, places, and things unique to our individual needs. And that means there is a lot right in the picture, we just need to watch for it.

We quilters might see His touch in giving us …

 

the soft nap of flannel,

the vivid colors of natural dyes,

the hum of a sewing machine

sharp cutters, plenty of pins, and fat quarters

 

Others might think of …

humming birds, hot coffee, pleasant cashiers

soft perfume, kind words, thoughtful cards

sleeping babies, laughing children, understanding friends

kitten

soft kittens …

 

Or maybe you would say …

things we hear, things we smell, things we see

things we remember, things we anticipate, things we enjoy

things that are soft, things that are scarlet, things that are sturdy

 

We could sum it up as …

the creativity of God touching our lives;

the power of God touching our lives,

the love of God touching our lives.

 

I’m thinking that if we make it part of our daily checklist to really see His personal touches, our spirits will be massaged, our hearts will be refreshed and our perspectives will be filled with hope. Our souls will be pampered.

 

Pampering yourself – and stitching! Be sure and check those things off your list every day!

to-do-list

Anticipate the pampering!

 

PS – I have to add that one undeniable way I have known soul pampering is the quality sister time that is inextricably woven through being in business together with Cindy. And the best part is knowing that the sister connection started long before our business did and it will last long after our last business day.

sister-shirts

Sisters at Heart – something right in this picture!

 

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