10-19-2014

the sunday post – october 19

I know I said I wasn’t going to blog until I got back from quilt market, but I’ve had a change of heart. (And the fact that I seem to be finally crossing over the worst of the sinus infection I’m fighting doesn’t hurt.) I love writing, posting, and sharing, so, here goes!

The Sunday Post is a collection of links to articles, photos, and blogs around the interwebs that caught my eye this week! They can be anything from science and business news, to artwork, a scrapbook page,  touching story – anything that concerns, uplifts, or inspires me! To see past Sunday Post entries, you can check them out here.

the truth about the tiger mother’s family – I don’t agree with any form of verbal or physical abuse AT ALL, but I do believe in “tough love”. I can relate to a lot of what she says, though I think we fall somewhere closer to the middle on this – not quite so strict. But we are meanies, and don’t allow a lot of tv or video game time, and school must come first.

seven things that mark cuban said that made me work harder than ever – this rings SO TRUE if you own or run any sort of business. Words on hard work, and staying motivated.

leah duncan’s website – I love her fabric collections and took a moment to look her up online. Amazing, inspiring artist. Lots of pretty photos.

how to make an insanely powerful business card – psst. hint: the first line states, “it can’t be worth throwing away”. He says things like, “you want it to sit on their desk forever…” Yes. All of this. He brought up some really great things that I never thought about before. Now get designing!

13 of the most striking images captured by “humans of new york” photographer’s world tour – if you don’t already follow humans of new york, you should. Brandon Stanton is all about telling stories, and sharing how we’re all humans, and all connected – no matter where we’re from, what we look like.

Jen Hewett’s blog  – she’s a printmaker. As in, she makes prints by hand. I think I may have wiped a bit of drool as I scrolled through her blog and shop.

52 colorized images of historical photos that give us a new look at the past -  no other words necessary. Just scroll through – Eintein, Monet, Jimmy Stewart, Picasso…

Enjoy and be inspired for an amazing week ahead!

10-16-2014

a pretty assembly line

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I love seeing the pretty projects spread across my work tables. And I’ve ben putting my energy into work a lot lately. It was my intention to be able to keep up with blogging and work as I prepare to travel next week to work the International Quilt Market in Houston with Maya Road, BUT I’m taking a short blogging hiatus in order to keep up with everything!

Rest assured! The shop is still very much up and running, and orders are being shipped. I’ll be back to blogging as soon as possible!

10-15-2014

October olw word up! #88 – thankful

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A new word up! launches today for the month of October! It was really good to take a moment to think on things that I’m thankful for as we start inching toward November. Not that thankfulness is something we should leave for one month only, right? Stop in and play along this month!

10-11-2014

quote inspiration – never give up

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“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish. Time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

Good words for a busy Saturday.

10-10-2014

reason number 5,281 that I love apples from the orchard

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When we stopped by the apple orchard on our last visit to the Midwest, the woman running the shop where they sold their goods explained that the reason I was never able to find that elusively crisp and crunchy apple was that the apples on store shelves are typically from last year. They are picked, coated in wax, and stored in cool, refrigerated areas, then shipped to stores in order to fulfill supply and demand.

She handed us fresh apples to try, and after one bite, my husband met my eye.

“I see what you mean, now.”

Scrapbook Photo Tip: While framing the apple for my photo, I made extra certain to keep the apple in focus. The camera tended to want to focus on the closest object, which was the leaf, so I made sure to refocus until I had the apple, instead.