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Monday, March 26, 2012

I learned the hard way! Had to cancel 2 credit cards Friday night and was anxious all weekend that my bank account didn't get slammed as well. My PayPal account was compromised and so I had 4 unauthorized charges. I learned some lessons.
1. Don't deal with financial issues when you are otherwise busy or stressed. They need your undivided attention! I'm an intelligent business owner and still fell for it. My mind was on other things.
2. Don't use a debit card or bank account # to pay for online purchases. The money goes out immediately and it is harder to get it back.
3. Any notice from PayPal will be addressed to you, in your name. Don't fall for an e-mail that looks official and isn't!

Hopefully, the damages are minimal. Luckily, I was checking my e-mails on Friday evening which I usually don't do. And I was alerted by PayPal that 3 charges were made to my account, bogus charges. So I spent a good hour dealing with 2 credit card comapnies and cancelling my cards. It's too too easy to lose and get caught up in a scam!

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ANYVAR54 3/27/2012 12:08AM

    thanks for the reminder.

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ANDI571 3/26/2012 11:09PM

    You are the second one this week that has written this kind of blog. I rarely buy things online. I just hate taking the chance. We were on vacation a couple of years ago and someone got our Visa. We think it was at the last hotel we stayed at. I'm thinking of going back to traveler's checks.

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ELLIE381 3/26/2012 9:37AM

    I hope everything works out well.

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KASEYCOFF 3/26/2012 7:46AM

    Good reminder about being careful - thanx for posting this!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

I've been talking about this since January so I might as well get started. I have 5 lives. Personal, work, spiritual, home and quilting.
So each day, if I do one thing toward improving each life, I would be ahead of the game, wouldn't I?

Personal means physical, dieting, relationships. Whatever I need to improve myself and be happy.

Work of course is my business and my clients and how to keep it organized and going.

Spiritual is the most important part of my life. Keeping the Lord close by in my thoughts is keyto stress management and every thing else.

Home is getting my home in order, clean and less cluttered.

and the Quilting Life is really important. Keeps me sane moving those pieces of fabric through the machine.

So those are my five lives and I'm working on them. Later.

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ANYVAR54 3/18/2012 5:36PM

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    So that's my problem: I'm one person with five (or perhaps more) lives. Sometimes I stand in the middle of the room and spin in circles trying to decide which life to live RIGHT NOW! Gotta stop that and put it in perspective as you have.

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SMIDGON 3/18/2012 1:24PM

    We women have a mass of lives, don't we?

I have found as I get older, there comes a time when I have to reset and change my lives.

For me, what was a 'burning' life no longer fits. We must not be so sit in our lives that we don't see the need for change.

Good Luck to you.

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Getting moving!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

All right, we went out to dinner last night with family and I did something appalling. Everyone ordered dessert and I did not. However, I finished every one else's dessert. How embarrassing and rude. That was a wake up call for me. I am setting a goal not to do this, ever again. If some one offers me a bite, they have to put it on my plate for me. My fork will not venture over to someone else's plate. Rude, Rude, Rude!
We have to step back and look at ourselves sometimes. I weighed this morning and it wasn't pretty. As a result, I walked 10 min on the treadmill, had cereal, and I'm drinking my water. Later.

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ANDI571 3/17/2012 11:47PM

    It's not always pretty when we step outside of ourselves and see what we do. But it is eye opening and can change our ways, if we let it.

You can do it. Keep moving forward! You will get there.

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ANYVAR54 3/17/2012 3:23PM

    Yesterday I read an article about setting boundaries, and that is one that seems you need to set. Glad you are getting back on track. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/17/2012 10:44AM

    Persistence is the key: one step back isn't disastrous as long as we still make two steps forward...

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Friday, March 09, 2012

I didn't realize how much fun I was going to have when I took a quilting class in 2010. Since, then, I"ve churned out quilt tops and bags to beat the band. And I've certainly improved on my skills! I look back on the first things I did and kind of cringe at the seams that don't meet and the lack of overall quilting skills I had.
I was an avid seamstress in my teens and young adult life. I made nearly every piece of clothing that I put on my back. I would make tailored jackets and go out of my way to choose a wool plaid just so I could make sure I matched all of the pattern as much as possible. I have 2 plaid shirts hanging in a closet, one that I made for my father-in-law and one for my husband. None of the tailored jackets I made still exist, at least in my wardrobe.

Sewing in the early 70's was fun, bell bottom pants, short tailored jackets. I remember making a pair of polyester brown plaid pants and a jacket that I wore with an orange turtleneck. We were in San Franchiso in 1973 and I was wearing this outfit and someone passed me in the street and commented on how beautiful it was! Sounds awful now, brown plaid and orange but I was right in style. When I got pregnant, it was so easy to whip up a pair of pants and a top as I outgrew everything. I had 2 sons and I made them clothing as well. I so wanted a girl so I could sew little dresses for her but I had to wait for a granddaughter! I took Hannah to a sewing class last year and bought her a sewing machine for Christmas. I'm sure she hasn't touched it since but I look forward to the summer so I can sign her up for another class.

So I took this quilting class and I've called myself a novice quilter ever since. Last night I showed a queen size quilt I had made recently at my guild meeting. The gasps of awe and comments on how pretty it was convinced me that I might be onto something here. It was my own pattern that I had developed using 2 bali pops, about 2.5 yards of a coordinating print fabric and 4 yards of contrast for sashings and borders. It was the green tea bali pop that I picked up at the local store because I loved the colors. I held onto it for a year, looking at patterns and trying to gain some inspiration as to what to do with it. Eventually, the design unfolded in my mind, and as I went along, I added to it to become a queen size quilt for my bed.
Now I'm thinking that maybe I could develop this pattern and sell it. I could retire from my interior decorating business and become a pattern designer and quilter. That is the business mind in me. I could trot all over the country attending quilt shows and dragging my husband with me. I dream big. I will be posting a pic of my quilt and soon. Later.

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BABACHAN 3/13/2012 4:12PM

    I can't wait to see some pictures! I love Bali Pops!

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ANYVAR54 3/10/2012 8:25AM

    I am glad that you are enjoying all of your quilting and sharing it with us. Looking forward to seeing it.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 3/9/2012 12:22PM

    Looking forward to seeing the picture of your quilt. I sewed all my clothes in the 70's as well, (your blog brought back memories of "Stretch and Sew". My work outfits were well coordinated and included some similar plaids you referred to. Even made some neckties back then (and they were worn:)

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ALMMOM 3/9/2012 11:46AM

    You to have entrepreuership in your blood!!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/9/2012 10:47AM

    Love sewing and quilting! Looking forward to seeing the pic!

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ILUVTOTAT 3/9/2012 9:58AM

    Can't wait to see your quilt! I hope I'll see you at the quilt shows someday.

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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2012 9:52AM

    Can't wait to see the pic!

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DAP1313 3/9/2012 9:42AM

    I think you should follow your dream! I am looking forward to seeing your quilt. I have the very first one my daughter-in-law made. While it's not "perfect" it's perfect in my eyes.


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Monday, March 05, 2012

No pun intended. What I meant was that I certainly am busy with lots of activities. Exercising isn't one of them but it should be. At any rate, I still have a thriving Interior Decorating business, I am into quilting big time, vice president of the local guild, avid church goer, care take for my mother-in-law who lives in a retirement home, social committe of the Yacht Club and trying to raise funds for new patio furniture, geneologist for the family, grandmother and wife. I think I'm leaving something out but I'll think of it.

YOu know they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person! I am so happy that I have reached a point in my life where my business is no longer all consuming. I work from home and still have many prior clients that call and so I will continue to help them with their decorating needs as long as it is fun and rewarding for me. But I have taken to quilting like a duck to water. I spent the last three days sewing my head off. Yesterday, I finished a top and got backings together for 3 tops, ready to take to the long arm quilter. Such a good feeling as they have been piling up. Now, I want to try and develop patterns for quilting to sell. Why not? I've already made 2 complete quilts that I designed from top to finish. Why not come up with a pattern, put it to paper and sell it?

I know how to market myself, having done so for 28 years as an interior decorator. I think I could do this. And what a creative fun thing to do! I have a friend who owns a graphic design company and he is going to help me so we will see how it goes. What joy, to love what you do and make a living from it as well!

Later, got to go see a client!

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ANYVAR54 3/6/2012 9:14PM

    keep it up. I am glad that you enjoy your life.

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ALMMOM 3/5/2012 10:54AM

    I'm glad that you love to do what you do. Makes life a joy rather than a druggery!!!

Yep, ask a busy person......

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