Patchwork Times: Suitcases, stress and sleeping

I’m a bad, bad blogger. I’d hoped to be a better communicator during my time in Houston, but so far I’ve been so busy (and thus so tired!) that despite the fact that there is much news to report and all of it pretty awesome, I can’t seem to find the time or energy to post about it! I’m sorry…and I promise you the whole story, but it’s only going to come in bits, and without as many pictures as I would like since not only am I a bad blogger, I’m a slacker with the camera as well!

So let’s go backward in time just a bit, and I’ll tell you a bit about how the Journey to Fall Quilt Market 2009 began. I started packing pretty early in hopes to be all organized and not running around like a crazy woman on Wednesday night before my travel day on Thursday, which meant that the suitcases were out on Monday. Here’s what Patches thought of that: Continue reading

Blogging, SEO, and Saving Lives

On a day to day basis, what I do here at DreamWeaver’s Quilts is not going to save anyone’s life directly, I know that. But today, I want to share a story with you about how I saved a life through this blog. In March, 2008, I took Shadow and Patches (for new readers: these are the family cats) to have their vaccinations. When I got them home, Shadow was presenting odd symptoms that eventually led me to believe he was having a severe reaction to the vaccinations. I rushed him to the vet, and she confirmed that yes, he was going into anaphylactic shock because of the vaccinations, and if I had not taken him back for emergency treatment, he would have died.

shadowcattreebox

Bear with me, I know you’re wondering where I’m going with this. After Shadow recovered, I wrote about this on my blog, as I often do when it’s something like this that I think people should know about. Over the next few months, I noticed that that blog post was receiving many hits from search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. People were searching for “cat reactions to vaccinations”, “severe cat reaction shots” and other similar phrases. I edited the post, and added the following in bold lettering at the top:

NOTE: If you have found this post through a search for “cat reactions to vaccinations” or something similar, STOP!

If your cat (or dog) is experiencing any of the following symptoms after a vaccination, take your pet back to the vet IMMEDIATELY:

* vomiting
* diarrhea
* whitish or pale gums in the mouth
* facial swelling or hives
* rapid or difficult breathing
* restlessness or difficulty settling down

The above symptoms may mean that your pet is going in to anaphylactic shock and needs IMMEDIATE medical attention to survive!

Severe reactions to vaccinations can be life threatening and are a medical emergency! Don’t wait and wonder, have your pet checked by a veterinarian ASAP!

I wanted people to have the most important information that they needed to save their pet’s life if necessary without having to read through my entire story of Shadow’s reaction. Even the few minutes it could take to read the whole post could make a difference to their pet. This morning, I received a comment on that blog post from Ann: Continue reading

Inchies: The Inside Story

I know, I said there would be something of substance here by the end of the weekend, and now you’re thinking I lied. I suppose I did, technically. But here’s the excuse:

Patches' tail

You see, it’s hard to get anything done with Fat Boy in my lap all the time. He’s just so big, and I have to move back from the keyboard so he’ll have space, and then it’s hard to type, not to mention having his tail right on the keyboard. What? You don’t believe he’s there all the time? Dangit. Well, it was worth the try anyway. :)

So what did happen that prevented that “substance” from appearing here? Life, and those “finishing touches” to the DreamWeaver’s Quilts Studio online shop that I mentioned before. I’ve been ordering stock, setting up accounts, planning promotions, and making sure everything will be ready to go on schedule.

So what types of products will be available at the DWQ Studio anyway? You’ll find many of the products that I use to make Inchies, some of which I’ve had a hard time finding myself. Two of the most notable items are Continue reading

Love Match

Shadow’s found his perfect mate:

Shadow getting cozy with the heater

It’s not even like it’s that cold in here today, but he certainly thinks it is since he’s hugging “his” heater! And look at that tummy, all healed up and covered with fur again after his surgery in December. Life is good!

Spring Fever

Today feels a little bit like spring here in my part of the world. It’s only 45° but looking and feeling much warmer because the sun is shining! When it looks like that outside, you just get this “I want to go out feeling,” though sometimes once you get out there, it’s colder than it looks. LittleOne and I decided an after-lunch trip around the corner to the bakery was in order. (I realize that’s not exactly “going out” but hey, we’re homebodies, what can we say?)

Before we could get on our way, I heard a cat meowing, and I knew it wasn’t either of ours considering they were being total slackers, soaking up the sun in the wintergarden. No spring fever for those two. I looked out the window in the room where I have my beading table, and I could see a cat on the very top of the house around the corner, coincidentally between our house and the bakery. The cat was wandering around up on the roof of the house, meowing his little heart out.

Pretty soon, he was joined by another cat, and they were both wandering around up on the roof. I thought it was rather odd, as this is a two story house with an attic, so I had to wonder how they got up there. LittleOne and I headed out for the bakery, and when we passed the house, the cats came down to the roof edge and meowed at us, kind of like they couldn’t figure out how to get down.

I could see there was a window in the roof on the front of the house that was open, and I wondered if someone forgot it was open and the cats got out, and then couldn’t figure out what else to do, cats being what they are. Figuring we should do our good deed for the day, we rang the bell, and told the owner that their cats were on the roof, and she said it was “normal.” Hmm. Interesting. So much for doing the good deed. We left the cats to their spring fever party, and went on down the road feeling a bit silly, but I did take some pictures when I got home since they were still up there meowing and having their little party:

Cat on the roof

Cat number one, right on the corner of the roof.

Cat on the roof

Cat number two, back by the chimney.

I’m just not sure I’d let my cats do that. *shrug* Different strokes. Time for my afternoon snack:

German Brezel

Mmmm…nothing like a real German Brezel. Is it spring today where you are?

Patchwork Times–Birthdays, Un-Decorating and Finishes

Since the New Year’s holiday, I’ve been trying to find my motivation. It seems to have gone on walkabout without me. I know this is what happens when I “take a break” from major projects, which is exactly why I don’t do it to often. I find it really difficult to get into the grove again, even after just a day or two of being away from work, whatever the “work” is at that moment. So I can’t say that I’ve been terribly constructive in the past week and a half, partly due to that absent motivation, but also partly due to normal “stuff,” like:

A birthday

LittleOne’s 12th Birthday celebration, and


Patches and Xmas

The Christmas take-down, despite the cats “helping”.


Finishing

I did, however, finish up the last few quilts for The Book, and I mailed them to AQS yesterday.



WooHoo! Now that the manuscript is really finished, I can move on to some other related tasks: creating classes and workshops, programming the website that goes with the book, and programming my online shop so it can open by mid-May. Whew! Stage 2, comin’ up! Motivation, please come home…