Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Handmade Holidays and Balance

First some pretty pictures...

Kristine, of my sweet local customers makes the most gorgeous Modern quilts and Pillows. Her workmanship is over the top perfect. Her Etsy shop is called Josh and Paise. She has some truly lovely things like this Cathedral Window Pillow:

She is giving 10% of all her sales from now until the 15th to toys for tots.

Susan at Silly Gramma Quilts makes the most adorable baby toy quilts. I especially love this one:

And what do you know? She might just be related to someone else we know. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree :)

Balance was my word for the year. I decided in January that I wanted to try to achieve balance between work and home life. Most of the year was a fail on that. After opening the brick and mortar everything just exploded into an even bigger work load. I feel terrible that a lot of things at home have gotten left until the last minute... the Christmas Tree isn't even up yet. I feel like we are turning a corner though and I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Now that I have a few employees that can help with the work load I actually get to take at least one day off a week. May not seem like much but I was working about 12 to 14 hrs a day 7 days a week for a while. Last week I took two half days off and this week I am taking a day and a half to take my daughter to another city to see a Japanese movie that is only playing in three places in California. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the loyal customers that have stuck with us through the growing pains. We wouldn't be able to be here without you.

Hugs,
Julie

8 comments:

  1. Julie you are amazing and continue to inspire me with all you do!! I am so glad that things are starting to balance for you because I don't know what we would do without you and your amazing skills!!

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to share. We all value so much what you offer and you make lots of people happy!
    Teaching kids a good work ethic is not bad-it did me a lot of good to have a working mum. Wish you good health and love, everything else is possible

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  3. Oh wow, that cushion is amazing! Hope you enjoy your time off :o)

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  4. Chalk this year up to growing pains --and a business growth spurt. Glad you will be finding some quality family time as the year winds to a close. Even God took a day off :-).

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  5. So glad to hear that things are starting to even out for you: and don't feel too bad: our tree isn't up yet either, and hubby and I are out of town the next two days for a work trip, Saturday he is out of town again, so our first day to do it will probably be Monday! Still doing better than my parents though: it was usually up on Christmas eve! :-) have a wonderful Christmas!!!

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  6. And we'll still be here even if you take two days off. Three, let's wait and see. ;-)

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