Monday, July 23, 2018

Promise Me One Thing

Pink, Orange, Hobnail.  Perfect.
Recently Mitch and I spent a day in NYC.  We walked the streets and took in the sights and sounds of one of my favorite places on Earth.  Seriously.  I'm not exaggerating.  I absolutely love NYC.

After an amazing meal at a little restaurant on the Lower East Side, we realized we needed chocolate.  So we hopped out of the Lyft and made our way to a convenience store across the street from our hotel.

The options were amazing.  Far more than you would ever find in a Wawa or CVS.  Again, this is why I love NYC.

Anyway, I made my choice based on the color of the wrapping.  It was Pink.  I couldn't resist.

Ritter Sport.  Quite Tasty.
We went back out into the city heat and waited to cross the street.  As we were crossing, Mitch turned to me and said,

"Promise me one thing.  Always be yourself."

"What?" I asked, a bit surprised.

"Always be you.  Don't try to be someone else.  Just be Marisa."

All the LOVE for Heather Ross.

Monday, July 02, 2018

EPP Community Love

One of the great joys of my life has been the discovery of the English Paper Piecing community.  Many many years ago I decided to teach myself the technique but without a group of like-minded stitchers, my interest quickly faded.

It wasn't until I spotted Willyne Hamerstein's book Millefiori at Alewives in Damariscotta, ME that I again decided to give EPP a try.  With a bit of investigation I found blog posts, youtube videos and lots and lots of Instagram photos to get me started.

Over 2 years ago the EPP Club at Pennington Quilt Works was born.  Many of the original members still join me each month to share their progress, offer support to other stitchers and enjoy the company of other creative women (so far we have no men).

The block above is the Brimfield Block, a quilt pattern designed by the talented duo of Brimfield Awakening.  It was a treat to sew with my Liberty fabric stash - many more projects are on the horizon.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Stitching Pink

A long long time ago I started this blog and an even longer time ago I registered the website www.  A lot has happened over the years including work as a nurse-midwife, the birth of my daughter Lucy, a stint as a personal trainer and most recently the privilege of selling Bernina sewing machines to customers at Pennington Quilt Works.

So here I am, again, at another crossroads in my life.  My job as a Bernina salesperson is coming to a close though I will continue to teach English Paper Piecing and coordinate community events.  For the first time in my life I honestly have no plan.

Well, that's not entirely true.

I'm going to rest. And read. And write.

My plan has always been to blog more and make this an active space for my creative pursuits and occasional deep thoughts.  But there have been so many roadblocks, most of my own making but many out of my control.

I can't promise that this page will become super-active though I hope that it will become a space where I can explore, with a bit more depth than Instagram, my life.  Not all of it of course because I'm sure you don't want to hear about my true hatred of laundry. I mean like I really hate laundry.  But the other stuff.  My exercise goals.  My sewing projects.  My cooking adventures.

Also, my plan is to migrate this site to another platform.  You will know when that happens which won't be anytime soon.  I'm mostly putting this plan out there so that I follow through with it....

Until next time.

Happy Stitching.