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Thank You 2020


To say it has been a challenging year would be an understatement. The world has experienced so much loss, so many changes and a multitude of new challenges. You don't need me to catalog all that that's gone wrong with this year. One of the ways I have been able to cope with everything was to keep a gratitude journal. I'd like to share that with you because it helped me appreciate the things that went right this year.

It's in mostly chronological order, but I didn't write daily or keep specific dates for most of the items. Just every once in awhile I like to sit down and write down the things I was able to be thankful for. Maybe next year I should do a better job with dates.


- On my birthday, my husband baked a cake and my sister made me donuts.

- I wanted to get some of the things I make into some shops and found out in January that I'd be able to move into a booth in an antique mall in February.

- Bed sheets make the best quilt backs and I found seventeen brand new sheet sets at Bargain Hunt for 2.25 each!

- Getting this website started, so I could document what's going on with my work.

- Making friends in Memphis and having a lunch date.

- All of our friends and family who supported our daughter's Girl Scout cookie sales.

- Figuring out how to fold a self contained Fat Quarter of fabric and getting to demonstrate at our Modern Quilt Guild meeting.

- Getting accepted into Mid South Con! Yay! (Even if it was cancelled, I'm still thankful)

- Finding a boatload of Tula Pink fabric buried in a big bin at the thrift store and then finding quilters who wanted to purchase it all.

- Customers seeking me out to make orders for bundles of fabric.

- Connecting with new friends and being able to keep up with old ones.

- Family events at the kids school like Math and Science night. They have so much fun doing experiments and seeing their teachers.

- Mom and Me Yoga with the Girl Scouts.

- The day I made my business Facebook account and people recognized me and left positive reviews!

- Finding a great new dentist for the kids and no cavities.

- Being able to make yarn arm bags in collaboration with Yarniverse.

- Getting to be here for my nieces first birthday.

- People purchasing my handmade and secondhand goods at the antique booth.

- Getting to babysit my niece and hearing my kids read her bedtime stories.

- Days filled with sunshine in the middle of winter.

- My 350th sale on Etsy.

- Finding treasures like vintage children's books and records to sell at my booth.

- Getting to visit old friends and family in Texas and them being able to help my son celebrate his 10th birthday.

- Having a home we love to be in since we have to socially distance and stay home for a bit.

- Having the skillset to help my kids do school from home. Having children who understand that COVID has made things different for now.

- My 400th, 500th, and 600th sale on Etsy.

- My customers who leave feedback and reviews.

- Being able to make masks for my family.

- Having my sister close by so we can exchange care packages while we socially distance.

- Home baked cookies and homemade pizza.

- That our church has figured out how to hold services over zoom.

- Time to organize my space the way I need to.

- Everything blooming in Memphis in the spring and the hope that it gives me.

- Getting to carry Riley Blake fabrics in my Etsy shop.

- My 700th sale on Etsy in mid-April.

- Surprise donuts from my sister.

- 800 sales on Etsy.

- Independent quilt designers who have agreed to allow me to carry their patterns in my Etsy shop.

- Etsy offering free advertising in April and boosting my shops exposure.

- The antique mall doing Facebook live sales when the shop couldn't be open, so that all the dealers could make rent.

- Playing Animal Crossing with my kids.

- Getting a flying geese mini quilt from my swap partner in the quilt guild. It's perfect!

- Customers leaving kind reviews and coming back to shop for more.

- My 1,000th sale on Etsy in May!

- Our continued good health during this pandemic.

- Being able to participate in the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild Shop Hop online.

- Etsy shop owners who list fabric no matter how old or obscure it is. ( I must have found something good.)

- People who donate good things to thrift shops and thrift shops that have a great selection of things I can up-cycle.

- Our little garden space where we are growing lots of good veggies and herbs.

- The time I have with family and at home.

- Being close to my sister and her family.

- A fellow vintage pattern lover gifting me her collection for my shop.

- My family members who are using common sense and science to protect themselves and others during this pandemic.

- The flexibility to do what I need to do.

My kids understanding that they need to continue to practice their school work even if they aren't in a school building.

- My husband for all of his hardworking and hugs.

- My fellow Memphians for their ongoing fight for justice and for peaceful protests.

- Summer rains that cool things off.

- The giant package of toilet paper my husband brought home when I couldn't find any.

- Everyone who encouraged me to host an instagram fabric challenge.

- All of the fabric enthusiasts who participated in the Instagram photo challenge #forthefabric .

- Being part of a Modern Quilt Guild that was able to shift our meetings online.

- Everyone in the guild who supported local quilt shops through the Summer Shop Hop.

- Getting accepted into another Antique Mall, to be able to sell my handmade and vintage goods.

- Grandparents who are patient pen pals with my kids.

- The generosity and kindness other dealers at the antique malls have shown me.

- Having a husband who works on our cars and never complains about anything.

- Hugs from my kids.

- George finally warming up to the new kitten.

- Podcasts like those from Kathy Heller and Jasmine Star that Motivate me.

- My 1,500th sale on Etsy and 500th review!

- Fireflies and how they turn our backyard into a magical place.

- All of the inspirational and positive posts people make on social media. They really do help.

- A single random firework that punctuated a conversation with God.

- Chocolate. Also little SoyDelicious ice cream sandwiches that I can eat without getting heartburn.

- Having a sister who challenges me to take care of myself though exercise and better eating.

- Having kids who are old enough to clean their rooms and be proud of their spaces.

- That people are able to shop online for the sewing and quilting supplies they need .

- My first month at the new antique mall was a success. Plus I had my best month so far at the first antique mall.

- We were able to give our daughter a donut filled weekend for her birthday, just like she asked for. We sewed donut scrunchies, made donut decor and ate donuts.

- Instagram friends who send me random lovely packages.

- That the Memphis Arts Collective was able to secure a great location for the Holiday Market.

- That I have friends who are just as close as family. My sister from another mister.

- That I have friends I can reach out to even after months of silence and they are still there.

- My son enjoying his guitar and practicing regularly.

- All the people who buy things from my booths and give them new homes.

- Finding a new Fall wardrobe at the thrift store.

- Instagram and Facebook Friends getting excited about all of the fabric I sell.

- My Mom and my Mother -In- Law for sending our family care packages and busy boxes during this pandemic.

- A school district that figured out how to go digital to keep everyone safe at home.

- Friends who scavenge sewing stuff for me.

- People who have posted helpful information online about marketing, Etsy, craft shows and antique malls. I've watched a lot of you tube videos and listened to a lot of podcasts this year.

- Everyone who helped me get set up for my first tent sale and everyone who came out to shop. I'm also thankful that everyone was smart and kept their masks on.

- That my tiny car could haul all that stuff to the tent sale and that none of it was ruined b the rain!

- That my Dad is in a relationship that makes him happy.

- Finding new podcasts that are super focused on the things i'm doing now.

- Friends and family who talk through business ideas with me.

- My husband for buying me a drill when he realized I kept borrowing his.

- The Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild for hosting a socially distanced outdoor quilt show along the bank of the Mississippi River.

- Friends who surprise me with sewing supplies.

- Everyone who not only voted, but took time to independently research the candidates.

- My husband for being a good role model and father to our children.

- Cat's who are always entertaining.

- Being able to participate in the Frayser Art Festival at Arkwings. Also for the hardworking organizers and artists at the event.

- Having my booth from the festival appear in a spot on the news about it!

- For time to work on personal quilting projects and a fabric stash that makes it easy to make what I want.

- What may be the only Thanksgiving with only the four members of my immediate family. We had good food, a beautiful day and each other. I am thankful we got to experience a quiet one with just us.

- My husband for helping me to get the crown molding, cutting it a and finding the right size screws so I could copy some Pinterest shelving I liked.

- A church that keeps in touch even when we can't meet in person.

- The Memphis Flyer for featuring me on their Maker Monday live Facebook special.

- That the committees for the Memphis Art Collective are working hard to make sure the Holiday Market can happen, be in compliance with current city COVID restrictions and keep everyone safe.

- Being able to participate in the pop-up market at The Women's Exchange gift shop.

- Internet strangers who are able to help when I do something dumb like like get plastic on my iron.

- Everyone who worked hard to get the Holiday Market ready to open and all of the customers who followed our safety guidelines to shop with us.

- The opportunity to be one of the managers at the show. I learned a lot and enjoyed working with everyone.

- People who posted on social media about the show and all the hard work the people on the publicity committee did to let Memphis know we were open.

- All of the artists who shared their experience, ideas and knowledge with me throughout the show.

- Everyone in Memphis who made cash and non-perishable donations to our charity parent, the Mid-South Food Bank.

- The artists who volunteered to work Christmas Eve.

- That there are enough Star Wars Movies to make a marathon out of them.

- Family and friends who sent Christmas gifts from all over.

- Kids who are thankful.

- A beautiful Christmas with my family.

- The special time between Christmas and New Year's when we get to pause, reflect on what we've done and look forward to the new year.





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