You’ve Got This!

 

Hi Friends, I wanted to give everyone a little update with my health. I am trying hard not to only blog about my health, but seeing as it is the forefront in my life currently and has been, well SORRY!  But, in a bright way it has fueled my design work in really positive ways!

In a very shortened version, chemotherapy, steroids and other medicines they have had me on and off of  over the past 19 months have made me gain 40lbs (don’t forget I was in bed for the better part of 6 months from surgeries).  So here I am, 4 months into remission and I now have a paralyzed diaphragm that is cutting off a blood vessel to my heart, meaning I get very winded doing very little.  I can walk a small distance before needing a breather, I cannot lift anything or bend at all, climbing stairs is insane, the upside is I can’t vacuum and can barely do the dishes!! This makes losing the weight really difficult.  Somedays I get super pissed at my body for surviving cancer but not letting me exercise and play sports and be myself again.  I have to take a step back and realize I will slowly get back to my normal weight again, but my body is different now and I will never be the same.  The good thing is I am in remission, my hair is growing back better than ever, I am embarking on a new adventures and I cannot be stopped!

Most days I admit it takes a toll on my mood, but I have some wonderful friends who keep encouraging me not to give up or get discouraged.  So for everyone out there struggling with health issues, these designs are for you! Let’s keep our heads down and get through the crap! 

 

 

You can find these designs currently in my Society6 shop.  If there is enough request for them to be available in fabrics I may sell them eventually in select fabrications.

If you are going through any health issued and need someone to vent or talk to, please reach out.  I found that venting to people was insanely helpful, especially strangers.  Weird, I know!

I am also trying to figure out how to get a newsletter and mailing list going.  Forgive my needing to learn how to do this first, but, I do excel at the creative side more-so than the business side!

                                                                                                                                        xx Kathryn Marie

 

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Spring, A Good Time For New Beginnings

As most of you know by now, my website was hacked in January while I was on a 6 week trip out West.  Not fun, especially because I always would rather be dyeing fabric or sewing so I put off fixing the issues till now.  I apologize for the inconveniences it may have caused!

I have a new website I am currently tweaking the layout of now.  I have switched my store back to Etsy for the time being because I have found 90% of my business is commission based, so it is easier to just let Etsy do the work for me basically!

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2017!  To start I had 14 quilts and 4 table runners in an art show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan for a month.  It was a great show and I really enjoyed being a part of it!  Below are a few photos from the show!

I was lucky enough to tag along on a photography trip to Telluride, Colorado, Moab, Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming this winter.  It was an incredible trip and I promise to post about it and show photographs because I was insanely inspired by it!

Thanks for being so patient with me! I  will be blogging more regularly and updating everyone on what I have been doing!

                                                                            xxx     Kathryn Marie

What A Busy End of The Year!

What an amazing year of sewing I have had!  I want to give a HUGE thanks to all of my family, friends, customers and social media friends for your love and support of my new business!

The last couple of months have been focused on Holiday Commissions and getting ready for a big show in January that I will have 14 quilts and 4 table runners in! 

Once the holidays are over I can post an update with photos of those pieces, for now I wanted to share what my Instagram followers have made my “2016 best nine“.  

I also wanted to let everyone know, the next three weeks my sewing machines will be getting repaired at the “sewing spa”.  In the middle of January I will start taking commissions for 2017!  Every quilt commission comes with a homemade hand-dyed duck canvas tote with leather straps as a THANK YOU for choosing to shop small and support my one-woman business!

Also, my online store will be CLOSED until January 11, 2017.  I will be out of town visiting family until then.  Once I return there will be new items added!

Thank you all again for making my first full year in business a success! 

                                           xxx Kathryn Marie