Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Long Lost Blogger

It's been SOOooo long since I've actually written anything here. Time has gotten sucked away from me with only a million different things going on. I think all the time – "I need to blog about this" – but the opportunity never presents itself! This morning, even though I need to be up sewing, I decided to take a little time and get started on this post. We'll see how long it takes to complete. Interestingly enough, I am starting this post as a word document and then publishing to the blog through Microsoft Word. This is pretty cool because if this works, this means I can blog when I don't have wireless internet access (as I haven't lately) and publish once access is restored! I guess there's always the copy paste option too, but this is much more high tech!

So, first off and most importantly, I have been spending a good part of the last 2 ½ weeks in Clanton helping out with my ailing grandfather (from here on, referred to as Boopie). No internet in the hospital! He went into the hospital on Tuesday, June 16th with a blood sugar level of 1200. Before this incident I didn't know much about diabetes or sugar levels or any of that, but have since learned that 100 is about normal. That being said, you realize that 1200 is deadly. Sparing most of the details, he is still in the hospital today and will not get out until Friday July 3rd. The sugar affected his brain and his dementia, which was very mild to start with, has become much more serious. Someone has had to stay with him around the clock which has been very tiring for my family. I have not stayed with him this week yet, but will be there on Thursday. The previous weeks I stayed two nights a week from about 9pm to 6am when the sitter arrived. Unfortunately, our family is very small so we have very little help in this department so everyone is wearing very thin.

We have been back and forth trying to decide whether he should come to live with his son (Neil and Lisa), go home with nurse care, or go to a nursing home. There is really no good option and all of the options are incredibly expensive. We are talking a minimum of around $6k a month. So needless to say, it's been very hard dealing with all of this lately. He has always been such a strong, active, independent man and has become opposite all of those things lately. Your prayers for our family are much appreciated!

Next order of business is remaking the entire Fall 2009 line before July 25th when trunk shows start. I'm too exhausted by this whole topic to write too much about it, but all of my Fall 2009 and Spring 2009 samples were stolen by my sales rep in Dallas. I'm out about $3000 by this whole experience and would love to tell you more about it. For my protection, I will not share her name, but if you contact me, I will be happy to tell you who she is and give you fair warning to STAY AWAY from her and her "services". I just checked out her site the other day and noticed that she has all new vendors – most likely because she is a crook. Enough of that….my blood is boiling just thinking of it. But you get my point…I've been extremely busy getting ready for the fall shows to start, which is a total shame considering the entire line was ready back in January.

Another time consumer….uploading the line onto the website! NOT my favorite part of my job at all! Oh, and though I will have tons of boys things to choose from in the line, none of them have been photographed! A lot of them aren't even finished because I didn't send the boys line to market…thank GOD I didn't waste my time!

Onto more fun things – I have gotten a great headstart on the Spring 2010 line which is coming along VERY nicely if I do say so myself! I already have some awesome pics to show for it that I can't wait to share. I plan to start revealing some of the designs after Fall shows end…late September/early November. They will be available for preorder at that time.

SUPER fun news: I was contacted by Patty Young….the designer of the Mod Blooms fabric from the fall line (and many more fabric designs, and children's clothing patterns!) She has two new clothing patterns coming out in mid July which will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. She needed testers for the patterns and was nice enough to contact me and ask me to test her patterns! Needless to say, I was thrilled to say yes! We were super rushed for time, so it made it a fun little challenge getting the fabrics and patterns in the mail whipping up the sets, adding any suggestions to the instructions, etc, and then shipping them off to be photographed! When the pattern is released, I will show off the back page where my photos are, and my credit is given! Very exciting!

I enjoyed making the clothing from these patterns so much that I decided to add them to the fall line! They are in the process of being photographed now and will be up on the site asap! Here's a little sneak!

There are so many more things I want to share, but I am pretty sure most of you have quit reading by now anyway, so I'll save the rest for later. I still haven't told you about Cottontails 2010, Christmas Village 2009, or any of the other shows I've applied to and the drama that goes along with it! I'm working on some Jr. League shows and I would love to share more about the Farmer's Markets at Ross Bridge that I'm doing every other Saturday! All that to come soon, I hope! Until then….