Whoa nelly! Time is flying by! As you know, things here have been a little crazy!! We have been going non-stop all year!! I was reflecting on the past year, and am shocked of all the things we are doing, have done and that been accomplished!!
A personal indulgence here: In February, I had two surgeries within 10 days. I was really sick for several months. I was still living two hours away from the shop, and was driving every weekend with my family so that hubby could work on the new building. Then on the 5th of July (while we were on vacation,) I got really sick and had an emergency appendectomy. I was at the open house just ten days after. And all in the same week, we moved home! Hahah. (see, this year has been insane, right?!)
Then we also got contacted by Fons and Porter to do the new Magazine with them, (have you heard of it? Quilting Quickly) and got started on designing and sewing! We were really excited about doing a magazine, because we know that most of you want our tutorials in pattern form and it has been difficult for us to get it all done. We think that together, we can give you both the videos and the patterns!! Win-Win, if you ask me!!
The rest of our summer into fall was full of sewing and meeting all our traveling visitors!! I can’t even tell you how much we LOVE that you all come from near and far to see us!!?!? We LOVE it! We have a guest book that is nearly full and we love to look through it and see where everyone has come from! It is such a joy to us.
In October we had a huge party for my Grandma who turned 80! We had family come in that we hadn’t seen in years! When you live all over the country it’s hard to get together often and this was such a special occasion.
Then of course underneath it all we have tons of behind the scenes things going on like building a new website. We have literally been working for a year on this new site for you! Trying to implement things that will be useful and new for you, to make your experience better! We are going for a more user friendly site, and we sure hope you like the changes!
We ran test after test hoping to have all the bugs out before we launched, but you all know how that goes!! We have been going through and with your help have gotten almost everything fixed! Thank you all for your insight and heads up the things that were wonky! You all were a tremendous help! And your patience is unmatched!! You all are the best, most loyal customers! So many of you have been incredibly understanding. We are still behind on a few orders working day and night to get things out to you!! With all the new site changes we made changes to the shipping process too! Just know, that will all the changes your fabric will be shipped to you faster than ever, once it’s all perfected.
So, here we are…January 2013 almost over! We are looking ahead to this year with excitement and hope. Things will be even better than last. I don’t think it’s safe to say it will slow down, but we aren’t afraid of hard work either! I hope you all know how deeply we appreciate you. We really do. We talk about your stories (you’ve shared with us) around our dinner table, during family get together’s and we are blown away by you all! Thank you for letting us be a part of your life, and thank you for being a part of ours.
Have a great week!