Continued Progress on the Retreat Center at Missouri Star

Our construction family has been busy this week getting our sleep and sew retreat center ready for you!

outside of sleep and sew building
Side view of the building
painted doors and  wood
Cabinet doors being painted and tons of wood floor sitting in boxes!
wood floor
Sneak peek of the wood flooring! Love it!
retreat center room
One of the rooms upstairs. Love how bright it is!


Things are getting painted, the wood floor is being acclimated to the room downstairs, and we have carpet being installed! So exciting! This place is just itching to have you come visit!

Meanwhile across the street…

outside of other building


A few things are going on in this building:

seth overseeing
Mainly Seth checking up on the guys doing Sheetrock ūüôā
sheetrock at the building across the street
Working hard

Insulation done, and Sheetrock going up. Don’t you love those old tin ceiling tiles? Can’t wait to show you more!



*To answer some previously asked questions, there is¬†not¬†an elevator in the retreat center ūüôĀ There are two rooms downstairs, but the rest are upstairs. The downstairs will be used for classes, etc.

Progress! on the Quilting Retreats

Hello, Friends!

Remember how we said we have a lot of things in the process? Well, we are making progress on the retreat center! Here are just a few teaser pics:

Upstairs hallway
Upstairs hallway
coming down from upstairs
coming down from upstairs
stairs portrait
Can’t get enough of these stairs!

 stairs landscape

I’m also loving the little details:

doors for retreat
Some doors and that ceiling!
molding love
Molding love

What do you think? We can’t wait to share this new space with you! Stay tuned to see more next week!

Part 8: Construction…yes, MORE construction!

No doubt we needed to expand! ¬†Again. {the poor men in our family!!} ¬†It wasn’t long and they were back to the drawing board/sheet rocking/sanding/painting/exhaustion. {started January 2010} ¬†With this addition we knew we had to put in a new bathroom and a heating and air conditioning system. ¬†Did I mention that this old building we were in was a car dealership? ¬†It only had one, yucky-very old-nasty-super gross ‘Men’s only’ bathroom!! ¬†EW! ¬†That in itself, was so embarrassing! ¬†We hated to let anyone use it.

So off we went, expanding again.

We didn’t have money for carpet so we painted the floor green. ¬†What can I say, I love color…and they didn’t have PINK floor paint or I would have used that! LOL ¬†{seriously}

The boys installed a drop ceiling, air ducts, and plumbing {for the bathroom} mudded, taped and sanded everything.  It was looking great and we were THRILLED!!!!

Is it crazy that this whole experience is still so surreal to us all? ¬†I still can hardly believe it¬†myself¬†looking back, how quickly things have¬†progressed. ¬†Sometimes¬†it feels like we’ve been doing this¬†forever,¬†some days¬†I still feel like a total newbie!

One thing for sure, we were/ ARE  living the DREAM! Excited {and sometimes un-organized} through it all!

More to come….


Ps.  This is a series I am writing to take you through our experience.

Here are some links to the the other parts if you missed them.

Part 1, 2,  3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Part 6: Our ‘new’ normal…and growth.

April 2009 Poor Mom was miserable. {and grumpy and needy and miserable} Hehe

Well, we were trucking along trying to figure this adventure out with Mom still in a ¬†lot of pain. ¬†We decided to go ahead with our plans for classes and just see where we went. ¬† ¬†***If I don’t sound very sympathetic please forgive me. ¬†It was just the way I was raised. ¬†Mom herself will tell you that¬†sympathy¬†was never her strong point. ¬†And really, I am just teasing. ¬†I figure since I’m writing it I can say whatever I want to, right?! ¬†Hahah!***

One of the classes we offered was called ‘Stitchin’ Chicks’ and it was for the 10-15yr old crowd. ¬†Boy did we have a blast with those girls! ¬†We made pillow cases, pajama shorts, notebook covers, aprons and so much more. ¬†They were the sweetest group ever and I am so glad we did that! ¬†We also held a class for the local 4H group and that was a blast as well.

I want you to really take notice of the pictures: ¬†We only have ONE room open. ¬†We only have a few shelves of fabric, and we have room for our sewing tables in the middle of our one room shop! ¬†We were still moving everything to the edges of the room when we’d have our Friday night sews and classes and it was working fine! ¬†We knew though, that we would have to expand…we just thought we had a bit more time! ¬†LOL.

By June we had volunteered to do a Booth and a Quilt Show at our County (Caldwell County, MO)  Civil War Reenactment.  {the first one, ever}

We were really excited to be a part of it, and be able to help showcase some of the Counties best quilts!! ¬†What a blast we had! ¬†We have the BEST customers/friends ever and we couldn’t have done the¬†Quilt¬†Show without all of them! ¬†It was a very exciting time for us and for our County! ¬†{I hope we do something like that again, it was such a great event!}

Things were still very touch and go with Mom. ¬†She would think she was feeling better, then she would be up to much on her leg and boom, she’d be back in bed. ¬†Finally the doctor decided she needed surgery. ¬†At least now we had a plan and hoped that plan included her being able to heal. {fingers were crossed}

In spite of everything, business¬†was still good. ¬†Our Machine Quilting {thank you Natalie} was picking up a lot of steam, and quite frankly, paid the bills. ¬†{I said bills, not wages.} ¬†But we had a plan, and it was working….and we were happy!


Part 4: The beginning of our Dream

Where we started…

Where we opened.  Crazy, huh.

Our main goal was to provide a place for Mom to work {since all her babies had grown up, she was lonely (ha) and bored} and to give her and Dad something to help with¬†retirement. ¬†We didn’t want to get into debt and stress about all the bills, because well, that totally defeats the purpose of having a fun-family¬†business, right. ¬† ¬†So that left us with $2,500 to buy fabric. ¬†Baaahahahahahahahah! ¬†Okay, that is just crazy to me. ¬†We were completely clueless. Mom and I went to Quilt¬†Market¬†in October and met a woman who was talking about her tiny shop she just opened. ¬†{she¬†reluctantly¬†told us about her having to open with only 75K} ¬†Gulp, we were in over our heads!!

Well, we just decided we would just do what we had planned and make the best of it. If we were gonna fail, heck, at least we tried.

My brother and his friend {our business partner} built ¬†a website from scratch, and we thought we’d start ¬†trying to do a little internet business on¬†the¬† side. ¬†{actually, we planned on dominating and taking over the world} insert evil laughter….

Who knew we would grow and grow. ¬†I remember our first internet order. ¬†We all cheered with joy and awe. ¬†WE¬†couldn’t¬†believe it was actually working. LOL

We had classes and offered quilting, and were so blessed by the support from our local quilting ladies.

Our first ever Class at MSQC

This was just the beginning.  Who knew how much more we would grow!?

Then…Mom broke her leg.