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May 11: thank you

Grateful for amazing kindness of my customers over the years @ Sewzannes Fabrics. Today I received a hand written thank you note from a customer. Wow is all I can say. I am so blessed with the kindness of others


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SewZannes Fabrics Office Re-Do

I did it!  Finally…

I’m so happy about how my office looks now.  It feels fresh and full of creative energy.  I have lots of little things to do to finish it off..but I am delighted so far.

I moved all of my sewing machines inside the house. Now that 2 of the kids have moved out, we had an extra:gasp: room in the house to fill..I  left the fabric out here in the office though…I don’t think there is any room in the house BIG enough to store all my fabric :blush: I haven’t set up the sewing room inside…but I am excited to do it.

I found some minty-green, and blue paints in the 5.00 mis- tints sections at Lowes and Orchard Supply Hardware.  Score!!! 15.00 bucks plus a lot of creamy white paint and a quart of plum. = office re-do

Painting all the storage bins was quite the project..but I really like the whitewashed look they have now. I chose the green for the walls because it felt the most invigorating for here.

I brought all the solid colors of both interlock, cotton lycra and french terry inside.. Much easier than going outside to the storage area to pull them for each order.

I have all the printed knits together. They are now arranged by color..not sure how long that will last, but it looks good 😉

I created an entire shipping section. 

Loving it! I had stored them in  my ,now newly painted, cutting table… Now the cutting table stores patterns.

I can’t wait to get some fun artwork up on the walls and have a sale to really get rocking in here.

Thanks for reading. 


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My Visit with Heather Ross

What can I say I had a great time. I was a bit nervous leading up to the visit. More nervous about doing the vod-cast video, than chillin’ with Heather. I have met Heather twice before. As my DH would say, “Heather is real people!”

She is relaxed and feels like an old childhood friend. When I wrote that I realized how similar her presence is to her fabric….. Familiar in a simplistic yet long ago way.

She arrived after a LONG day of moving her things and driving a BIG U-Haul. Luckily for me in that U-Haul was loaded with lots of wonderful Munki Munki I have to share???? Can’t I hoard it all? She also brought a Juki Industrial sewing machine, that I bought from her. YIPPEE. I can wait to give her a run on my next quilt. I even had her autograph it. I figured that way, I can sell it on Ebay and double my $. Just Kiddin

We had some yummy Organic Thai Food. If you live in Sonoma County, try Thai Hut Valley in Cotati. Super Yummy. My friend Kori came over and we all had a wonderful time visiting and eating. Seth, my husband, even treated us to his Tim Gunn impersonation.

We walked out to my office/sewing room. Measured out and drooled over the last pieces of Munki Munki.(Thanks Kori)(What did I get,…You’ll just have to wait and see)

I feel both excited and a bit overwhelmed with the responsibility of selling the final pieces. Sometimes my *overwhelmed* feeling stops me from getting much done. I do hope to get the final pieces listed in a week or so.
I have the first week of homeschooling and my dd’s 15th birthday this week. Darn life…It might get in the way of fabric?!?!?!

WE finally settled down to video an interview. Seth hopes to have a vod-cast that can be streamed/downloaded from our site. It was a fairly long interview, so I imagine it may be done in chunks. I dunno, Seth is the Tech. Support around here.

I was nervous about doing the video, but it was fun! I learned a lot from Heather. It was neat to hear where she finds her inspirations, and also just to get the update on her exciting life changes…a wedding engagement 🙂 With a very nice ring to boot. I just hope I don’t look stupid y/k???

I hope to have some sneak peek pics of her additions to the Lightning Bugs Line soon 🙂 I have seen them… They are darling! The buses are so fun. I know some former hippies who need a quilt or camp shirt from them. I think they are right in ‘groove’ with the line.

After finishing our video and giving big goodbye hugs to Kori. Seth , Heather & I climbed up on the cutting table and watched an episode of Project Runway together!!!! How cool is that. Watching PR with Heather Ross. (BTW I really can’t stand Jeffrey @&*^&&*(*&(*&R$%%$#*()Finally all of us going to bed around 3:30AM.

I woke up this morning and shared a nice cup of coffee with Heather. Seth, Heather and I wandered out and looked at our crazy chickens, and showed off our cute goats.

She loaded up in her U-haul a little after 9 AM.

Today I am tired, but what a great opportunity. I’m grateful that my business has more Munki and that I got to learn more about Heather. All in all, I’m a lucky girl