Another exciting idea my team and I developed is the Road to Oklahoma Shop Hop fabric, which is available for purchase starting June 1st. We designed these unique, one-of-a-kind, exclusive Oklahoma batiks ourselves, and I sincerely hope you like them as much as we do! I predict this is going to fly out the doors as soon as it goes on sale, so be sure to check it out at www.RoadToOklahomaShopHop.com and be ready to order right away on June 1st!
Unfortunately, along with all of our good ideas come a few bad ones as well...My most recent example occured when I agreed to do a group blog with some of my friends about cleaning our sewing studios. Yikes! Officially, it is called Spring Clean Your Studio Blog, and each post will be one of us sharing our “before” and “after” pictures on our own personal blogs. This sounded like such a good idea since my studio/sewing room really needed a deep cleaning. At the time I thought, “Why not join in on the fun?”
Oh my. Every night for the past two weeks, instead of sewing, I have gone into my studio and cleaned. I haven’t even turned my sewing machine on in the past two weeks! I have (against my better judgement!) shared a couple of pictures of my mess here for you today, and I have to say, it’s pretty embarrassing! I truly had no idea how bad it was until I took the pictures and started cleaning.
Every night, my husband just shakes his head and smiles when I say I'm going to my studio to clean. He has even gone as far as to say that publicly showing my mess and spending time cleaning it was the craziest idea I have had so far, which is really saying something! Although, to be fair, he isn’t much on cleaning.
My sewing machine is feeling a little neglected, but it is certainly worth it now that the magic is starting to happen! I have carried boxes and boxes of fabric scraps to the shop to put in our scrap bin. At one point, I brought back two ruffler feet still unopened in their boxes to the shop. (No one needs three ruffler feet, even though I do LOVE to use that foot!)
So my venture continues, and my post will go up on May 7th. Hopefully, you will see some real progress from these “before” photos on that day. In the meantime, please visit some of the blogs of those participating. You can find the links to their blogs and the dates of their releases below. Some are shop owners like myself, some are artists, but all of them have hugely creative personalities.
As I type this out and work through my studio, I’m starting to realize that maybe this idea I thought was so crazy isn’t so bad after all. I have discovered some very interesting things while on this journey, and I can’t wait to share my discoveries with you on May 7th, so check back soon!
April 27 - Misty Cole - http://www.mistycole.com/blog
April 28 - Carolina Moore- http://alwaysexpectmoore.com/
April 29 - Heather Pregger - https://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
April 30 - Linda Bratten - https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
May 1 - Lisa Reber - https://www.dippydye.blogspot.com/
May 2 - Teresa Coates - http://www.crinkledreams.com
May 3 - Lisa Chin - http://www.lisachinartist.com/
May 4 - Jamie Fingal - http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5 - Sam Hunter - www.huntersdesignstudio.com
May 6 - Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net/blog
May 7 - Randa Parrish - http://www.sewartsyfartsy.com/
May 8 - Sarah Vedeler- https://meaningoflifedesigns.com/
May 9 - Jessica Darling
May 10 - Melody Crust - http://www.melodycrust.com/
May 11 - Debby Brown - http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 12 - Cheryl Sleboda - http://blog.muppin.com