Sunday, February 14, 2010

Surfacing

I'm Back!!! yes it's me! What better way to resurface than to come back the same way I started when I took the plunge on my first posting in 07 !
Yes, yes, I know people have started to question and speculate about my absence, so here's an abbreviated account of my whereabouts since the end of October:

"LIFE"

My daughter and I took a  "trip of a lifetime" to India.  It wasn't going to be a "work trip" but how could it not be?  It's true when you see the ads for "Incredible India" and I've got a 1000 pictures to prove it! (look for this in future collections and postings)

My Dad passed away - what can I say? My Mom and Dad will always be my source of strength and inspiration. I was blessed to be their daughter. 

Took some time to be with loved ones and welcome new family members throughout the holidays.

and now I'm back
recharged, reconnected, reinvigorated and ready to do a bit of re-inventing!

so....... to kick things off and since it's
VALENTINES DAY!
here's a gift from me to you:  I'll pick three names to receive this bundle of fabrics from my stash here in the studio:

 

187 comments:

kpmattingly said...

Can't wait to see what else you come up with! LOVE those fabrics, so fun!

Jenny said...

welcome back...LIFE happens to us all...thanks for the giveaway.

Erica Lynn said...

Welcome back!!

Amy and Jeff said...

Welcome back, and thanks for the opportunity to win something!

Misty said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love the colors!

eatmoresmores said...

Oooooh! I would love to win this fabric. It looks so happy! I'm in need of some color during this cold winter. Welcome back!
Alice

PaperPixie said...

Welcome back! And thanks for such an adorable giveaway!

Linda said...

I am glad to see you back! Thanks for celebrating with a giveaway!

Karen said...

LIFE trumps blogging for sure. Sorry for the loss of your dad

Joy said...

Definitely FUN fabrics! Glad that you are resurfacing!!! ;)

Inspirational Baby said...

Welcome back! What great fabrics to start thinking about spring.

amberella said...

So glad you are back! I just made my baby girl a dress from some trim you feature long ago. This fabric is wonderful, and she would look soooo cute in it.

Amy said...
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Sequana said...

Welcome back - how bout just a few hundred of the pics? *S*

Nice giveaway........

Amy said...

Welcome back and I cannot wait to see what India inspires in upcoming fabric collections. I am currently making an adorable raincoat out of the laminated version of the Aqua Dot.

kaiolohiakids said...

I was wondering what had happened to you. Condolences on your dad.
Your fabrics are my favorite combination! I've used these same ones & would love some more!

Sarah said...

Wow, that's a lot of life - welcome back. And what pretty fabrics!!

Paula said...

ooh, so awesome for spring and easter outfits to coordinate my son with my daughters!!! I love this!

Faith said...

So sorry about the loss of your dad.

Great fabrics - hoping I'm the winner ;)

Emskyrooney said...

Welcome back! Condolences on your dad and can't wait to hear about India- would love to make it there someday!

Sas said...

Looooove the bright colors!

Son said...

Welcome Back! Sorry to hear about your dad.
I love the fabrics and hope I win. I have never won anything before so here's to hoping this one will be the one!

Tammy said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad.

India is one of my favorite places. 3 of my children are from there.........

Tammy M

Mrs.Dixon said...

A little jealous of your trip, I've always wanted to go to India....someday! lol Thanks for the giveaway!!

Selina said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, I hope the time with your family has recharged your batteries!

Eleanor said...

Sounds like you needed the break. Glad that you are back.

Liam's Mummy said...

Sorry about your dad. It's good to see you back in blog-land.

India must have been amazing. It will be interesting to see if it has any impact on your fabric designs.

I would love to win some Plain Jane!

Corinne said...

Welcome Back! I would love to win these fabrics!

Corinne
daisy41203 at gmail dot com

kristi said...

Welcome back! Nice fabric!

Nancy said...

Welcome back... so sorry to hear about your dad...

Boody Babies said...

Welcome back! Sorry about the loss of your father...I lost mine 10 years ago and it takes time, I still miss him...My husband traveled to India 13 years ago (a few months after we met) and to this day is still moved by what he experienced there, I only wish I could have gone with. Looking forward to all to come here!

Katie said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad, but am thankful you had the time to be with loved ones during a hard period. Glad you're back! :D

Rebecca said...

Glad to have you back to blogging!! Looking forward to seeing the fun things in store.

Margaret said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Please share some of your pics from India. Good to have you back posting!

Kathryn said...

in the great words of kanye... that which doesn't kills us, only makes us stronger :) welcome back! looking forward to thousands of pictures of india! and i would LOVE this fabric! i made a diaper bag out of the zoology fabric and get comments on it ALL the time. i can only imagine how envious people would be when they see these beautiful colors!

katydi21 @ hotmail dot com

Allie said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad.
Glad you're back!

Jean said...

I wanna see India photos!

Those colors are perfect for the end of winter. Love them.

Leigh said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Glad to have you back!

Megan said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your dad as well.

Awesome fabric collection there (as usual)

Modestfy said...

Welcome back! Lovely fabrics.

Natalie said...

Welcome back!!! We missed you but I haven't blogged since June so I can't say anything. I am glad you had a wonderful trip.

Chelsea said...

favorite color combination!


welcome back.



chelsealexander@hotmail.com

Nicki C K said...

Welcome back!! What a blessing to have such an amazing opportunity! My cousin is actually in India right now filming a documentary. I can't wait to see some pictures. I'm sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is never easy.
So that GORGEOUS stash that you are so generously giving away is my absolute FAVORITE color combo right now! LOVE IT! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kigwit said...

I'm sorry to hear of you loss but am looking forward to reading more posts-esp about India!

Tina @ Squirrel Acorns said...

Welcome back, it's good to spend time with family in those times. I hope you are going to post more about India! And I love that fabric - I'm on an aqua and red kick recently.

Kati said...

Welcome back. I look forward to you ideas. I love these fabric colors!

debbiekl said...

Beautiful fabric! Welcome back!

cynthiawadell said...

Welcome Back Kathy! I miss your posts and look forward to future inspirations!
xo
Cynthia @ Heavenly Hostess

Cory said...
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Christina and Tyler said...

Welcome back. What beautiful colors. I would be lucky to win!

Pink Owl Design said...

What a great day to come back. Life always comes when we are least expecting it too. Hope life slows down a bit for you and your family.

Cory said...

Happy Valentines Day to you too. I am so sorry to hear about your father. That is a hard thing to go through. I am glad you and your daughter enjoyed your trip to India. Take care and God bless, Cory

Little Munchkins said...

Oh, I am actually looking for red and aqua fabrics - this is perfect!

Beth said...

So glad to have you back!! Boy how I would LOVE to be one of the winners! I have really wanted this fabric. Can't wait to hear more from you.

Sharmaine Kruijver said...

Glad your back :)

Nicholas said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. Loss sucks.

Glad you are back, though!

Coralee said...

so sorry for you loss... welcome back, though

melissa said...

What a great valentine-y bundle! :)

Patty said...

Great fun colors! I'd love to win.

Arise Shine Designs said...

This fabric is so beautiful! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thank you and have a great day.

Rachel said...

Beautiful fabric! Welcome back! Blessings,
Rachel

Jenn said...

Welcome back! Those colours are gorgeous just what ids needed to brighten up a dreary February!

camelama said...

Gorgeous shot of the fabrics! I'm all for winning them. :) Welcome back to bloggin!

Hillary said...

Yay - glad you're back! Those fabrics are amazing :)

Janice said...

Glad you're back. Can't wait to see some of the pictures from India. The fabric is beautiful!!

Karen said...

Many prayers and sympathy on the loss of your father. Glad to see you back--you've been missed--I always enjoy peeking in and seeing what sort of fun ideas are coming up next.

Cheri C. said...

Love the fabrics and would love to give them a new home :)

Emy said...

My favorite colors!

Heather said...

Sooooo darling!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Here's wishing your memories will keep him near and dear!

WendyLou said...

Welcome back!! Always inspired by your posts - can't wait to see what's next :)

water works said...

I just found the site and am enjoying it.

amydoliver said...

Welcome Back! LOVE the fabric!!

Em said...

So sorry for the loss of your father.

Welcome back!

South Jersey Quilter said...

Welcome back! I love those fabrics!

Holly

Sandy said...

I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing. Life is what it's all about and sometimesa blog has to sit (mine has sat way too long).

Welcome back!

alittlemoore said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Your trip sounds amazing and those fabrics are simply amazing!

Tanis said...

oooh those colors are beautiful!!!

barbaraence said...

So sorry to hear about your father. My father-in-law passed away last year, just about that time.
Glad to hear you're catching up on the blog and on other things too!
Cute fabrics, I'd love love this!

Mel said...

Lots going on, for you. Sorry to hear about your dad, but glad you in good spirits.
I was just coming here to see if there were any posts about Gnomeville... and saw that happy set of flowers and stripes! What great colors.

Kari* said...

Cutest fabrics ever! Would love to make a dress for my daughter out of those!

sewkalico said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine when I was 12. 25 years later, I still miss him!

Lisa said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing those happy, happy fabrics with us!

Ginger said...

Welcome back. I would love to hear more about your trip. I'm sorry about your Dad. Thanks for the giveaway.

M said...

Pick me, pick me! I've been questioning my own sanity about your blog not being updated. I've missed the latest news, PHOTOS! Glad you are back.

Jenna Allen said...

I'm happy you're back! So sorry to hear about your dad :(

Steph said...

Love this color combo - I've been eye-ing this since I first saw it!

Mama J said...

Yipee!! That color combo is fabulous. I hope you are here to stay :)

Beth said...

So sorry about your dad, and I'm glad you're back!

Erica said...
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Erica said...

Welcome back!!! I have my fingers and toes crossed. I have the perfect pattern in mind already for the bundle should I win!!!

SpartanGirl said...

Very sorry to hear about your dad. My condolences.

I've always wanted to visit India and can't wait to see your pictures!

Welcome back!

Lauren said...

Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your dad. That is never easy. Can't wait to see what's in store for Spring and Summer!

greetingarts said...

So sorry to hear about your dad passing. Glad you're back, those are beautiful fabrics.

Julie L. said...

Love the colors. Thanks for the give-a-way!!

Christy Clark said...

So sorry to hear about your Father, I imagine that was a difficult time. The fabric is lovely, and envision some adorable summer things for my daughter. Cannot wait to see/hear more about your trip to India.....please keep us posted.

Melanie said...

Hooray for India! Boo for losing your father. Thank you for the giveaway!

Lisa said...

I'm sorry to hear about you loosing your father. Both of my parents died within four months of each other and I know how difficult it can be to loose someone you love so very much.

I'm glad to see you reenergizing and celebrating life with beautiful fabrics. A trip to India sounds wonderful too!

Jill said...

Welcome back!!

Getting an order in tomorrow!! Love the Plain Jane. Hope there is some laminate left.

Erin said...

Welcome back!

I am sorry to hear about your Dad.

I love the new fabric!

Sherri Gauthier said...

Yipee...you're back! I love your blog and missed your posts!

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family...not an easy path.

Sherri
ps LOVE the fabric bundle :)

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Those fabrics are absolutely luscious!

Krista said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to see how your trip to India might influence future designs.

Rachel said...

Glad to see you resurface!

Jan said...

Welcome back. Great give away.

Maren and Sam said...

What fun prints! Welcome back :)

Andrea said...

Welcome back! So sorry about your dad. I love the fabric! The colors are so pretty.

Tabitha said...

Welcome back, nice to hear that you could spend some quality time with family that is a great thing in life!

Aroo Studio said...

I'd love to win this gorgeous fabric!

marymary said...

Love those fabrics! What a nice way to come back!

FryeStyle said...

Red and aqua, two LOVE-ly colors and both favorites of mine! Happy Valentine's Day!

Deanne said...

Love those colors!

Karen said...

Sorry you had such a rough/busy start to the year.
Thanks for the chance to win such lovely fabric though.

Collaborations said...

Glad you're back!

Today's my birthday and fabric would be a great gift--so keeping my fingers crossed!

Evelyn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope the new year brings nothing but good things for you. Thanks for the giveaway, and happy valentine's!

NICO Designs said...

It is good to take time to live life and to remember those that lived it with us.

The fabrics are gorgeous.

~erika

Julie Edmonds said...

Welcome back! I'm looking forward to your posts to come... That fabric is simply FABULOUS!! Love IT!!!

Rachael said...

Oh! I love this fabric! The colors are beautiful!!! But, then again, Arent all your fabrics! Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

beautiful fabrics!
Dianne
jmclean@mts.net

Dotty Jane said...

Welcome back! My sympathies about your Dad.
Such beautiful fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win some:)

Annemiek said...

Welcome back and my sympathies about your dad too.
Looking forward too lots of future posts!!

Susana said...

That really is a whole lot of life! I'm sorry about the bad parts of it, and jealous of the traveling bits. Welcome back!

Sherrily said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad...I know how inspirational parents can be. I look so forward to seeing the photos from India, and I'm excited to enter in the giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your dad.

Glenda said...

Welcome back. You and your family are in my prayers.

Teddylyn said...

Glad to see you back--I love the bright colors of these fabrics! So sorry to hear about your dad...never easy to lose our beloved parents!

Lynda in LV

Maria said...

Oh, that fabric is making me drool!!! It's wonderful.

Natalya said...

Welcome back! Love the fabrics.

Wendy said...

Welcome back! I just started a blog myself, and it is scary and exciting at the same time.

Turquoise and Red! My favorite color combo! And I don't have any fabrics in my stash with the combination!

I hope I win! Whoever is lucky enough to win is going to have a blast with them!

Amy Leigh said...

Love those colors! Welcome back. Sorry for you father's passing.

ksteele757@aol.com said...

Welcome back!

katididit said...

LOVE those fabrics! Welcome back to blogland!

Jenna Z said...

Gorgeous! Love those colors!!

Downtown Lynchburg said...

Fabulous Fabric!!!

Funky Kim said...

Welcome back! Good to see you!

Anne D said...

Welcome back. Sorry to hear about your dad. I am glad you and your daughter went on such an amazing trip. Looking forward to your posts

Karen Sikes said...

Welcome back, love the fabric..sorry to hear of your loss...

BarbaraG said...

Welcome back and so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Glad you feel rejuvenated! LOVE the fabric - Love the colors and the prints!

Marissa said...

What an awesome giveaway and such beautiful fabric!

mel said...

Glad you're back. So sorry for your loss.

The fabrics are awesome! Thanks for the chance!

angie said...

I am so glad your back!

This is my FAVORITE line right now! It is so bright and fun! My daughter most definitely needs an outfit made from it!

Yolanda W. said...

Kathy -

Good afternoon. I am so glad that you are back.

I am sorry that you lost your father, it is never easy to love a loved one especially a parent. My thoughts are with you and your family.

I am very excited to see the fabrics that were inspired from your trip to India. How amazing it is to make that trip and to be able to do it with your daughter is a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Thank you me for your generousity with the fabric.

Take care,

Yolanda

Rebecca Maples said...

Welcome back, I missed you.

Denise said...

I have just discovered your amaing fabrics. I love them. Can't wait to see more!

Becky said...

Those fabric are so bright and cheerful!

Mookie's mom said...

Beautiful fabrics!! Welcome back.
Thanks for the opportunity :)

twrightgirl said...

welcome back. happy vday to you!

Genevieve said...

These fabrics are such fun, and I'd be honored to win them. I'm trying to open my little girl to life beyond pink, and some skirts from these could do the trick (...maybe?)

Life happens to all of us at some point, and it's always hard. Wishing you peace.

Theresa said...

Kathy,
Glad you are back. I made an apron for my future daughter n law today with Micheal Miller fabrics. Love it!
Theresa
theresaburton@hotmail.com

Annelies Dease said...

looking forward to all the fun things you do. You have been SEW missed. XXX

Anonymous said...

Lovely to have you back. And thank you for the giveaway!!

Tonya said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I'm glad you had good family time to heal. God Bless you and your family.

Jess said...

I'm glad to see you back!

stacey said...

good for you for taking the needed break. those colors are amazing!! :)

hope said...

life can do that to you but its great that you're back! and this fabric giveaway is too beautiful to say no to!

hope.september[at]gmail.com

blop said...

Welcome back!! This fabric is to die for...I want to marry it!!!!
OMG, I don't think I can breathe w/o it!! I hope I win, but if I don't I am putting it on my list right now!! Thank you for letting my eyes get happy

carol9999 said...

I just LOVE the fabric. There is something about the colors you use and the graphic style of the flowers etc. that really draw my love of color to it. My granddaughter is begging me to purchase it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. My heart goes out to you for your dad. Just lost my mom in Nov. Not easy is it? So glad you had a lovely trip to rejuvenate and refocus! Funnest fabrics I've seen all year!!!!

Helen Dean said...

Welcome Back! Can't wait to be inspired by you again!
fatlittlelamb@gmail.com

Sara said...

Such cute fabrics! I'm sure I could think of something fun to make my daughter with those!

Nancy Deliz said...

Welcome back. I knew I should keep checking. What a fun give-away!

Christina said...

Welcome back... thoughts and prayers to you!

Sue Westcott said...

Welcome back, here's hoping for a great 2010.

Patti said...

Nice to have you back and love the giveaway!

Mrs. M said...

Pleased to see you blogging again. Isn't it funny how life sometimes gets in the way?! Put my name in for the giveaway - I could use the cheering up with all of this winter weather!

Kristyn said...

Welcome back :D As they say 'life happens' ;-)

V said...

My daughter came over while I was reading your blog and fell in love with your bundle of fabrics, so I just had to comment for her. At nearly 4, she tends to love everything. This time, however, she was more specific and said she would love to have a skirt out of those fabrics. :)

Sounds like your trip was simply amazing! Hopefully, you're going to share a few of your favorite photos out of the 1000, right?

Lisa said...

Such pretty fabrics!!

Amanda P said...

So glad you're back. Sounds like an amazing trip!

Mommy, Esq. said...

So glad your back. I look forward to your posts! Please put my name in the bag for the fabrics!

Gail said...

Would love to win those beautiful fabrics!!!!
Blessings to you and your family.

Nicole *Ü* said...

Oh wow. I just immediately fell in love with that fabric. I have 3 girls, so of course I do! LOL I just discovered your website and I like what I see!!

Carrie L said...

Those are very pretty. Thank you for offering them as a giveaway!
carrielucekc at gmail.com

THE BALOGH BUNCH said...

Awesome fabrics! I just returned to sewing after a 5 year break -- these would make an awesome start!!!

Kira =] said...

"Life" - wonderful reason!

Julie said...

pick me ! pick me!
I check you every day..even when you don't change...glad you're back!

raisingcamelot said...

Glad you're back!

Jude said...

Welcome back to Blogland!

tricialee said...

Oh my, those fabrics are fabulous. Nice to see you back.

Pauline said...

These fabrics are just lovely! Would love to win them. Thank you for the opportunity.

Dawn0419 said...

I'm so glad to see this post, but sorry to read sad news.

I can't wait to see things inspired by India.

AnnieOC said...

welcome back! look forward to new posts!

Swati said...

Glad you enjoyed India :)

Charity said...

I hope I can win the fabric! I love your stuff!

LouisaP said...

Life is what happens when you're planning something else....it's good that you took time to enjoy your trip and to find peace after your dad's death with your family. Welcome back now!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I love the aqua and red together :)

I hope your "rest" was very restful for you. Sometimes it is just what we need :)

luv2sew said...

I started sewing when I was a girl and kept sewing until I was in college. I took a break for quite a few years, but I'M now back in the swing of things with all my kids in school and loving it. My shelves have very little fabric and I would love to add some red and aqua to my home. Glad you're back too.