Sunday, August 15, 2010

A little rambling, a blog break, and a giveaway.

I have a problem. I'm terrible at saying "no".

Male House FInch
While I was on the phone this afternoon, having to renege on a commitment, the sweet person on the other end of the line reminded me of the toll never saying "no" can take on you physically and mentally. She told me that she was just like me when she was younger, trying to do it all (and succeeding!), and it eventually caught up to her physically. She shared a scripture from 1 Thessalonians.  Paul told the residents of Thessalonica to "Make it your ambition to lead a quite life..." (1 Th 4:11). My life isn't very quiet right now.

Shea starts school on the 23rd. We have to be out of the house we are leasing on the 31st. The house we are building probably won't be ready until the second week of September. So, we are going to pack and move all our things into storage and live out of suitcases for a couple of weeks in the spare bedroom of my mother's house. We could stay here longer, but it's a 30 minute drive to school from here without traffic and traffic is terrible going into town in the mornings. My mother lives in town, so we think that will make life a little easier for at least a couple of weeks. In addition to all of the packing, moving and driving, I have my freelance work and all of the commitments I've made to keep up with. Oh, and the spike in lumber costs blew our construction budget, so we are laying, hand-scraping, and finishing an entire house of hardwood floors ourselves. I'm tired just typing all of that.

So, for the next month or so, I'm saying "no". I'm taking a blog break. I'll be back once we get moved and settled.

Katie Jump Rope Collection
But, I don't want to leave you hanging, so I'm going to do a little giveaway in hopes that you'll come back. I'm going to share one set of fat-eights of my Katie Jump Rope collection. That's 11" x 18" cuts of the 33 fabrics you see above.

Want to win? Leave a comment. No need to become a follower, or Tweet, or blog about it, but if you want to do any of those things, it would make me smile. I'm going to let this one ride for a while; I'll pick a winner when I get back to the blog, mid-September. If your Blogger profile is set to hide your email, I won't be able to contact you if you are the winner, so be sure to check back.

I already feel a little weight off my shoulders. I'm going to try to find some time to read a book I bought last year called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. My friend on the phone this afternoon also suggested Simple Living by Jose Hobday, but I'll read that one after I get settled.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I'll see you in September!

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adnohr said...

Wow. Good luck for a smooth transition to your new home!

Alisa said...

Amen to saying "no" once in a while. I totally understand where you're coming from. Good luck with all the moving around. I hope it goes smoothly for you. Thank you for the chance to own such a wonderful collection of fabric.

Janet said...

A break is good! And, your fabric line is absolutely delightful, please include me amongst those wanting a piece or two! Thanks!

Cheri C. said...

Whew... that's good. Now, in my transition, I won't have to come back to 5,000,000 emails. I'm moving 2200 miles away... my house got foreclosed because the Realtor I used didn't follow up on the Short sale in a timely manner and they aren't extending SS's anymore with Fannie Mae. So, now, I packed up my house, flew my sister out to help because I was stressing so badly and now it's all in the truck to be driven away and then I will drive with 2 cats in the car for 2-3 days - yeah!! So, I won't have internet access to read your blog for awhile. So, actually "thanks" for taking a break. :) Hang in there... everyone I know seems to be going through their own "crazy" right now. I'll just have something to look forward to next month... I can't figure the settings out and I never win... So, we'll just call this a comment to encourage you onward!! Until later!!

Béa said...

Good luck and thanks for this beautiful giveaway. Hugs from France.

Erica said...

Good luck with the move. Would absolutely love the fabric, my stash is looking very sparse lately and I am aching to make something new.

Sarah said...

Hey Melanie, Thanks for the reminder to slow down and say "no" every once in a while. I'm going to check out those books you mentioned. Thanks also for your generosity, giving me the opportunity to win such an awesome prize.

savvy stitch said...

Wow, Melanie! Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous prize. I would totally LOVE and use this fabric in future projects.

I hear you about the whole "no" thing. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what you can and can't reasonably do. It's hard to say no!

emily.nudelman@gmail.com

karlyn Jackson said...

Good Luck with the move, hope it all goes well without too much stress. I look forward to photos of the new house.....and thanks for the giveaway invite!

Linda said...

Yes you do get better at saying "No" as you get older! Good luck with the move. We once put our home into storage for 10 weeks whilst my two small children and I stayed with two lots of relatives waiting for our house to be built. My husband worked in the new area in the week and returned to the bosom of the family at the weekends. Hard, but it can be done. Thanks for the Giveaway - sounds great!

Isisjem said...

Good luck. Moving can be tough - especially if you have construction work going on at the same time. Just keep sight of how wonderful it will all be when it's all finished and you can enjoy your new space.

Karen said...

good luck with your move and transitions! we moved into the house we built 2 years ago. it's an amazing experience but a ton of work.

Bellgirl said...

Good luck with the new beginnings! I've taken a couple of blog breaks over the last 3 years, and come back rejuvenated.

Marit said...

Good luck with the work on your new house! Take your time with the blog-break. And your giveaway is more than generous!

Take care!

corinnea said...

There's a lot of us in this same boat right now. Yes please, give yourself a break. That book sounds good, I turn into Martha way too much sometimes. Oh the martyr in me...
When I see you again I will be 4700+ miles from where I am now.

Kirsty said...

What a busy time - definitely take a break. I for one will be here when you get back, looking forward to see how your house turned out. Exciting times, enjoy them!

MJ said...

oh sad day for me, we'll miss you until you come back, have a great break!!

Jeannette said...

Good for you to say "no"... it is hard to do. Good luck with the move. BTW I am a follower now :) See you soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lorraine said...

You are smart to take it easy over the next couple of months .... moving takes more of a toll than it may seem .
Who wouldn't love some Katie Jumps Rope !!

madziula said...

Good luck with the move. See you soon! Thank you for the giveaway.

Jane said...

Just finishing up my sixth move in six years. With all that, I think the worst pressure is what we put on ourselves. Give yourself a break! Of course I will return to your blog when you do as I already subscribe in my reader. You got me addicted to hand piecing hexagons for goodness sakes!

Rachel said...

Amazing giveaway!

The saying no thing is a very good idea, I hope you enjoy your break and come back super refreshed. I'll miss your blog posts but look forward to your return.

rachandcarl said...

Enjoy your break, what a lovely giveaway!
carlandrach@optusnet.com.au

trish said...

Thank you for such a nice give a way. It is so sweet of you to share your beautiful fabrics with us. :o)
Please take your time in getting back. I understand about needing a break and striving to lead a quiet life. :o) There is a balance for sure. In the meantime, I am here and will be back, with or without a give a way! :o)
I think you will enjoy Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Margrethe said...

Good luck with everything! Yours is one of my favorite blogs, so I wont forget you while you are gone:)

rockgranny said...

We'll miss you until you come back, thanks for a giveaway.

barb's creations said...

You sound so like me! It's so hard to say no but you know what I've learnt as I've gotten older is that you need to take time for yourself or before you know it you're doing everything for everyone else and then end up in a heap totally exhausted.
Enjoy your ME time and see you when you get back :) Barb.

Sarah said...

Wow, you really do have a lot on your plate right now! Good luck with the move, and I hope you get to enjoy some peace when the chaos is over.

teresa said...

Melanie ~ you are so smart to take some time for yourself ~ you have so much going on right now ~ we'll look forward to your return.

Stine said...

Katie Jump Rope is one of my favorites...my stash is almost gone!

Catherine said...

Good on you for giving yourself a much needed break by saying no. I'm sure you'll come back all refreshed and feeling a lot more in control of your life. Your 'Katie Jump Rope' collection is to die for by the way!

Martina said...

thankx for the lovely give away inmidst of moving and living out of suitcases. Hope you will be able to saddle down soon.

Oops-Lah said...

Great give away! I'd love to put my name in the hat as well. And good luck with the move! It's very tiring, but on the other hand, if you move to a brand new house, it's well worth it, right?

Val Miller said...

smart idea! You will be missed while you are gone ...
Good luck with the move, I am sure it will be worth the wait : )

Sue said...

Keep on smiling!

Quilts and Cats said...

You WILL be missed but this is a break you really need to take. It's important for you to take care of your family first. Us bloggers can wait with anticipation for your return. Thanks for sharing your new Katie Jump Rope fabric with us. Have a safe move.

NorahS said...

Oh, my! You do need a blogging break! Good luck with the move and the transition (and the floors!) I would love to win that yummy fabric! I have been following your blog for awhile now. I enjoy the inspiration. Take care and "see" you in September!

Duff said...

Hey, good for you! Sometimes it's really hard for moms to say "I need this time for me" because we are so accustomed to always being there for others. Kudos for knowing what works for you, having the voice and conviction to say it, and best of luck in the next month's craziness! We'll be here when you get back!!
♥Duff

PiecefulChaos said...

good luck with your move! Sounds like it will be a crazy time but hang in there!

Lilly said...

Hi,
Wow! Those fabrics are gorgeous!
Thanks a lot for the chance and good luck with your move =D
Have a wonderful week!

Mary said...

Melanie - sounds like a break is a good thing at this point, but we will certainly miss you! As for the give-away....ohhh! I simply love Katie Jump Rope and it is so difficult to find these days. Thanks for such a great give-away!

Jenn said...

Good luck with all the moving stuff - I hate the stress of moving. We will miss you, but look forward to pictures of the new house all done!

Jackie said...

You've got a lot going on! I hope the next month or so brings calmness.

I'd love to be entered into your generous giveaway.

Valerie said...

Ah, "No." When we're young we're told not to say it. That's what makes it so hard now! Good for you for stepping back and taking time for the most important thing in life-family.

stitchinpenny said...

I used to be the go to person. because veryone knew I wouldn't say no. I now have 2 stress related health issues and if I get stressed I hurt and cannot do things, so no is a very important part of my vocabulary. Please listen to your friend and learn the value of well placed nos.

Elena said...

Aw, it sounds like you need a break! You'll be sorely missed, but I hope your transition goes well and you're able to sneak in some hexie time here and there. :)

Denise :) said...

I'll miss you!!! Stay sane in the middle of the craziness! Oh yeah, and please count me in on the fabric chance!! :)

Little Miss Shabby said...

Good for you! And thank you so much for such a great giveaway. =)

Chrissy said...

What woman hasn't fallen into the trap of agreeing to too much stuff!? As I get ready to head back to the classroom this is a great reminder!
I hope your move goes well and you get settled into your new space quickly!
I am about to finish my first hexie project - thanks for all the great tips!

Simone de Klerk said...

I love your blog, Melanie! I came over from Vicki. Just linked your hexagon tutorials to a friend of mine. Very clear and very happy!
Enjoy your break and thank you for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your break. Hope your survive the move. ET

Marie said...

A break is just what you need. You have enough on your plate right now - see you on your return.

babiesdoc said...

sounds like a busy few weeks
I hope you can get into your house in mid september as planned

Staci said...

Wishing you a smooth move! I do feel for you. It's hard when there is so much going on that you feel overwhelmed. You are right to step away from everything that isn't absolutely essential right now. Your blog friends will all be waiting when you are ready to come back!

helen w said...

Good for you....a break is sometimes necessary. hope the move goes well....i'll be back next month!

kaiolohiakids said...

I'd say enjoy your break, but I guess you may be too busy to have time to enjoy. Good luck in getting everything accomplished

Amy said...

Learning to say no is very hard isn't it? I struggle with that as well. It certainly sounds like now is the time for you to say no though! You have a lot on your plate. Best wishes!

love.sewn said...

howdy from houston! i hope your move and all the adjustments go well. im sure its especially hard with kids and school and such. ill be looking forward to your posts after your break! thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway!

Annette said...

Sounds like life will be a little challenging for a while...but oh how exciting to move into a new home. Thanks for the book suggestions...I'm going to check them out. Have a nice blog vacation.

Dianne said...

I wish you so much luck with your move. It is such a stressful time, and I hope that you do find the time to sit back and enjoy life in the midst of the chaos.

Karen said...

Self care is such an elusive concept....good luck and have fun taking care of yourself. See you in September!!!!!!!!

angela said...

Have a wonderful break. Having a Mary Heart....is an awesome book. Enjoy it! We need lots of reminders when we are so very Martha.

ennui said...

Just remember to breathe and your "transition" time will be painless! Congrats on the new home and thank you for the wonderful inspiring blog!

badlandsquilts said...

Good for you, hope all goes well with your house & school starting!

ennui said...

Just remember to breathe and your "transition" time will be painless! Congrats on the new home and thank you for the wonderful inspiring blog!

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Strlady said...

I completely understand your dilemma. I have the same problem. I have a horrible time saying no. And I know I can't juggle it all but I still can't say know. I hope everything goes well with your move. Chin up and I look forward to reading more when you come back!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

see you when you get back!
Stefanie

natalyK said...

Best Wishes for a smooth transition into a new home. I hope it goes well for you. I would love to be entered into your giveaway and look forward to the return of your beautiful blog.

Always Sewing said...

Good luck with all the big transitions you have coming up. I know you will love your new home for many years to come and this will all be worth it. See you when you get back!

Darlene said...

Best of luck and prayers goin gup with all you have going on. Will be looking forward to your blogs when you get back!

Caitlin said...

Good luck on the move. Its nice that you have family close enough to help you out in the interim. Very generous giveaway :)

Baskets Of Quilts said...

It's good to take a break every once and a while. And it definitely sounds like you deserve it! But you will be missed. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

gill said...

Glad it's not just me that finds it so hard to say no! it was actually my new years resolution about 5 years ago - it lasted about 3 days!
enjoy your bloggy break but don't stay away too long will you????
Gill

stitching under oaks said...

You're a very wise woman to take a break and handle all that is on your plate. We'll be here when you get back. I'm reading Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver right now. I like it even better than her first book...it's my third time through it. Take care of yourself and thanks for the chance to win! Those fabrics are adorable.

live a colorful life said...

I'll be happy when you are back and anxious to see pictures of your house. In the meantime, thanks for the giveaway and I'll keep working on hexies!

Haha My word verification is "booked."

Anita said...

How generous of you to share such a precious stash! Enjoy your break!

Gra said...

It is good to learn to say "no" and it is good to take a break once in a while. I have been following your blog for some time and was amazed to see how many things you were doing at the same time.
We look forward to hearing from you in September!! And thanks for the give away (I love those fabrics!!)
Greetings from Argentina
Graciela
www.chezgra.blogspot.com
gmc.bernard@gmail.com

Deb said...

I'm still learning how to say no and not over commit myself. Way to go! We'll miss you but will see you soon! We look forward to your return :)

Johanna said...

Hope you have a good move! Take all the time you need, we will be waiting for you to come back :)

Jessica said...

good luck with all that. we all have tough periods in life but I try to enjoy the quiet peaceful times inbetween in hopes that the peace I gain will sustain me through the troubles.
if you need to reconnect with the good times, try reading your own blog archives. it works for me every time.

Ashley said...

I am glad your taking a break! Can't believe you still have all your KJR. It looks so pretty al together!

tong said...

Good luck with the move and hope you enjoy your sweet new home when you settle in! Thank you so much for the giveaway, love Katie Jump Rope! See you when you get back!

Danielle said...

Hope the move goes well. Thanks for a chance to win some of your lovely Katie pieces!

Sherry said...

What a generous give away. Best of luck with your move and the new school year.

jbnelly said...

thank you for your generosity. Funny how the busiest people are the first to be asked to complete something else...they always manage to get the job done hence more jobs!!! love katie jumps rope!

Kamal M said...

Thank you so much for your generosity of some KJR love! Good luck with moving and enjoy your new home!!!

Jodi Ingram said...

Good for you taking a break! I hope this whole transition is not too stressful and that you can find peace and enjoyment in it. The Thessalonians verse you shared is actually my life verse! Though I'm really in the same position as you as far as applying it.

Erica said...

Good for you... taking a step back is sometimes so hard to do but always worth the effort. I will miss you when you are gone... I love reading your blog. Good luck with the move... how exciting.

Oh... and the Katie Jump Rope would be amazing... I am due in October and I can just see my squishy little babe wrapped in a quilt made from it!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Enjoy your break. Thank you for the lovely giveaway, love your blog and will miss you.

Celeste said...

Good luck with everything....my Mom went through the same thing when they built their house, builder blew the budget and disappeared and she had to arrange finishing it and do it living from someone's guest house 40 mins away. Once it was over, she was so relaxed and happy...September will be here before you know it!

celeste_spaans@hotmail.com

oversewn said...

I like that "lead a quiet life." I need that as well, the saying no part. I hope you enjoy your break and laying hardwood floors.

My featherweight raffle is going until the end of August. And I would love to win some (more) KJR.
Sweeeeet giveaway!
:) Raven

Meg said...

Good luck with your move! I hope it's as smooth as a move can be, and I don't blame you a bit for saying "no" for awhile.

(PS, I'm already a follower!)

Grandma Red said...

Oh please computer pick me pick me. I need some KJR. HUmmmm need and want, not sure which is true here.

HOpe you have a good break!!

blueyes_crochet said...

Sad to hear that you won't be posting for a while but I completely understand why. I hope your move goes smoother than you could imagine. :)

elpf said...

I hope a break is just what you need. Good luck with everything!

James-Linda said...

Thank you for your Blog!
This is a very neat Giveaway!Thank you for sharing,love,Linda

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Lisa said...

Wow! What an amazing giveaway! You will be missed! Good luck!

Michellekeenlyne said...

I've done the hardwood installation before too! It stinks while doing it, but it is oh so pretty when it is over! Good luck with everything.

pinsandneedles said...

Blessings to you on your move. Hope the transitions all go smoothly. Will miss reading your blog but will keep checking for when you are back. Saying no is a good thing when life gets crazy.
PS thanks for a chance at your great giveaway!

morethanthread said...

I hope there is a very smooth transition while you move! Those fabrics look amazing!

Ruth Thompson said...

I'm proud of you for taking a break...we should all do that more easily.
Good luck...we'll be here when you return.

Molly said...

take the time for yourself and your family and relax and rejuvenate! see you in september :)

nydia said...

Good Luck,...Nydia@nydiakehnlephotography.com

lindseyrhodes said...

I'm a new follower, so hi! I wish you a restful break, it's always good to recognize when you need to slow down, but even better when you take the time to do it!

All the best!
Lindsey

Wendy said...

What a great giveaway. Since I follow you already I will be sure and come back when you post again. Hope your transition into your new home is a smooth one. Try and relax some. Please add my name into the pot for the draw. I love the looks of these fabrics and they would make a great quilty.

Sarah said...

wow! what an amazing giveaway!

thanks!!!

Jamie Mueller said...

Good luck with your break! I can't wait til ya come back!

The One and Only said...

I totally understand how you feel!! If you lived in Northern Cali I would totally come over and help!! Btw, the giveaway...WHAT???? You have got to be kidding!!! I wouldn't be ashamed to beg and plead for this..so..PUH-LEEZE!!!!!!! Are you an avid reader? If so, what is your FAVORITE BOOK of all time...forever and ever? All I can tell you to do is WHOO-SAAHHH....much love and good luck on your multiple moves :-)

Claire said...

I will miss your blog while you are gone Melanie, but serenity is the most important thing! Good luck with your move!

sy said...

hope everything goes smoothly. looking forward to your new post in september.
songyueyu at gmail

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Good for you!

Learning to say "no"/set boundaries was my New Year's resolution in January -- I haven't totally mastered it, but I'm glad I'm working on it.

Best of luck with packing, renovating, school-starting and all the rest.

Katie said...

Good luck with all of your projects!

CourtneAl said...

Ooo, good luck with everything! During times like that "Just keep swimming." Dori's mantra from Finding Nemo becomes my mantra. This keeps me moving which keeps me from getting bogged down and overwhelmed.

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Carla said...

Smart girl to use scripture as your life guide! Hang in there! I'll keep working on my hexagons. :)

Kerry said...

Busy busy busy- I hope you have a peaceful move- when your house is ready. Knowing when to stop is an important life lesson!

Manda said...

Enjoy your break! Hope the move goes well!

patchworksails said...

I like Katie Jumprope I have some of the patches would like very much more to finish the project..thank you very much hope u have a great end of summer...

Jen said...

I read your blog all the time. I'll miss all your great tips and inspiration. But I'll wait (in)patiently! Good luck!

Christina said...

Wow, sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now! I totally understand what it's like to need a break. I hope your move goes smoothly and that you come back feeling refreshed. You'll be missed. :)

Nova said...

It's funny how such a tiny word can be so hard to say.

You have a busy time ahead and something has to give and better it's the blog than you!

I mailed your pincushion on Thursday so hopefully that should be with you in the next 3 or 4 days xxx

Toni said...

I started following your blog when I saw your winning entry on Spoonflower...I'm so glad I did. I love your page! I just started cutting out my first batch of 1" hexagons last night! I can't wait to get started! I totally understand about you taking a break! I'm right there with you girl! Enjoy it! Take care!

A said...

Wow what an amazing giveaway. Enjoy your break.

Chrissie Grace said...

Wow, what a nice giveaway.
I hope you enjoy your move! :)
I can't wait to see pictures of your new digs.
xo
Chrissie

Cardygirl said...

Have a break, catch up & recuperate...too much happening for you now..."see" you againwhen life settles a little.

Cris A said...

I would love the chance to win this yummy fabric! And I will be back as well.....stalking...everyday....until you return :) Good luck with everything and try to enjoy the chaos.

Tiffany said...

I wish you well on your time "off". I'm moving, too, and often feel overwhelmed. I really enjoyed your scripture verse. Thanks for sharing.

pamela said...

Enjoy the break, book and new home. Also, thanks for the scripture. Look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Katharine said...

I do feel for you. I think that in any home renovation/building project there comes a point where all the excitement is gone and you just want it done! So good luck in moving.

And as for the giveaway. That is unbelievably generous - and yet I'm envious because you seem to have so much of the green ribbon fabric which is my favourite and I have only scraps of now.

Bry said...

Good luck with moving! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Please don't apologize for having a normal non-blog world life. :) Good luck with your house projects.

Megs said...

Wow! You are one busy lady! Having been in the position of being both a mama and building a house, take it from me: a break from anything else you can take a break from is a GOOD thing!

Angelina S. said...

Sounds like you're going to be one busy lady even if you start saying no! Take care of yourself & say no as often as you need to do. I look forward to your return (but no rush!) and thank you for the chance to win some of this amazing fabric!

Angelina

the_trapeze_swinger said...

Love your designs - good luck with your move and getting settled in. Looking forward to see your creations when you get back!

Kathy said...

I am amazed you have kept up on everything up to now. Sounds like those floors will be worth it! Hang in there. And think - your mom might cook some meals, ah a few free moments!

Retromama said...

I enjoyed hearing you speak at the DMQG meeting last Thursday...and I have been a follower of your blog for awhile (I'm the cretin that didn't understand pi). Looking forward to seeing you back again in September...

Michele said...

Wow. sounds familiar - my ex and I did the same thing (moved everything to storage and moved in with my mom for a month) when the closing on our house got delayed. It will all be worth it when you're in the beautiful new house with the turquoise island! Highly recommend the book "Having a Mary Heart".

nettie said...

love that kjr! it's good to say no. enjoy your craziness!

lulubloom said...

Good for you saying "no." And good luck with the packing/move/start of school/finishing your house!! That's a lot on one plate. You can do it!

kristyandleigheidson said...

Good luck taking a rest! Pick me!

Jen G. said...

Good Luck...hoping everything goes very smoothly!

Carolyn said...

I say yes to no! Enjoy the "break" :)

Chicken Julie said...

Yay for mental health!! Enjoy your "you" time and thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway!

Anonymous said...

We just went through part one of a two stage move from one state to another. I am dreading the 2nd move. I hope you weather the next four weeks well and feel happy and refreshed to be in your newly remodeled home.

Stacey
priceclan4@yahoo.com

Monica McNeill said...

So proud of you :) I have that book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Would you like to have a read along? A little book club of two? :)

Jolie said...

Good for you for saying no for a while - it's a hard word, that one! (but thanks ever so for saying *yes* to a giveaway!!! Yes please, I say!!!)
I hope the moves, transitions and all that await you in the next month or so go as smoothly as these things can!

Anna Fogg said...

Melanie, take a serious break! As a mama of 7, I HAD to learn that no is not a bad word, even if sometimes I felt bad saying it. We will keep plugging away at our hexagons while you're gone.

Erika said...

Sounds like a break is just what the doctor ordered! I hope you can get everything done and have time to relax too.

megan said...

Have a great break. We'll miss you. Thanks for the fab giveaway!

Jo Chu said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bingaling said...

I am with you on feeling overwhelmed and over-committed. I've been feeling that way myself lately. Hoping this time of craziness passes, that you get in to your new home swiftly and get back to feeling "normal" soon...
Chanda
bing_6@hotmail.com

quiltermom2 said...

So sorry for the budget issue. Your life is crazy right now. Hope everything works out in your favor. Thanks for the giveaway of the yummy fabric! See you soon!

Marilyn said...

I hope your time away is peaceful and filling, and that the move to your new home goes well! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway...take care of yourself;))

Christine said...

We are moving too so I feel your pain! I hope all goes well and is peaceful.

Christine said...

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webmailaddress2 said...

Have a good move, and hang in there! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Annette said...

Good for you! I hope it will do you good :)
Have a good move, and enjoy the book.

Digital Misfit said...

Best wishes for a smooth and comfortable move into your new home.
Thank you for this incredible opportunity to own some of my favorite fabrics.

hugs,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com

nanotchka said...

Wow! This is a giveaway that will keep everyone up nights waiting for! Have a nice break and we'll see you in September! Enjoy your time away!

nanotchka said...

Wow! This is a giveaway that will keep everyone up nights waiting for! Have a nice break and we'll see you in September! Enjoy your time away!

Jenn said...

What wonderful bright colors! I'd love to make something with them. I hope your move goes smoothly!

Belinda said...

Smart to learn the lesson of saying "no" at this point in your life! It took me a lot longer to learn that lesson. You will be missed, but will be greatly welcomed on your return!
belinda at gelhausen dot org

felicity said...

It's so hard to say no, especially for women for some reason. Good for you.

Love to see all that KJR together - would LOVE to win some F8s.

Good luck with the move and everything on your plate right now.

Adrienne said...

I completely understand where you are coming from! I have recently learned how to say "no" and put a limit on what commitments I make. Just today we diecided to move into a new house, probably in two weeks! A part of me is completely overwhelmed bu the idea of moving but I also look forwar dto the move and see the act of packing and letting unwanted items go (to the local charity shop) as a cathartic experience too!

highwaycottage said...

Enjoy your break !! I'm looking forward to reading more when you come back.

Amy (badskirt) said...

no is always a tough one for me. I'm still learning! Enjoy your move. We'll see you back in September -Amy

Anonymous said...

i hope you enjoy your break! Don't go too long.

Virginia

Clair said...

Good luck with everything! A break from blog land is needed every now and again. :)

craftyjemima said...

Good luck with the big move! Moving can be so stressful so you're very sensible to take a break. I'll miss you though! See you next month.

Nerys x

julia said...

I know how hard it is to say no...
I hope you'll get settled soon & will have some time just for you!

Kristy Lou said...

Good luck!

Gina said...

Wise words from your friend (and Thessalonians!). I'm taking things far more slowly over here and I tell you, it's fabulous.

So is that Katy Jump Rope. Oh how I would love to win.

Laurel said...

Good for you. I recently found your blog, and as my new favorite, I am going to miss you! You go, take a break, and get some of "life" taken care of. We will see you in September!

P.S. Yesterday in Church I played Mary and told the story of Lazarus. She truly had a way of leading a quite life. It was a wonderful experience for me.

Jennifer said...

Good luck with all your crazy transitions. I'm sure it will make it that much sweeter when you get into your new home - even though it might not seem like it right now.
I recently found you and am enjoying your blog.

shelia said...

I think women do not have a built in say "NO" button. As busy as we are we just still keep taking more not wanting to let anyone down. Enjoy your break...and see you when you return. :)

Karyn said...

My hat is off to you and your husband for building your own home. My husband and I are building a large chicken coop which has taken almost all summer working on it every Friday through Sunday; I can't imagine building a whole house.

Good luck with the move(s). I can't wait to see pictures of your completed new home.

Jenna Lynn said...

Thank you for the giveaway... I only found your blog a month or so ago but it really is a lovely blog! But as everyone knows a break is nice. I hope you have fun reading and taking time for you. Ill be back to read when you are! :)

Thanks again! Jenna
jennalynnsews@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

Oh WOW! I have never used any of these fabrics but I heard that they were amazing!Enjoy your break!!
mugirl113 at gmail dot com

AllieKatMom said...

Hello. I saw this on Flickr and I am missing 4 of these prints for my collections so I had to stop by. I really enjoy your little slice of blogland and will follow.
I also wanted to say good luck to you with your move. We were planning on building this fall but decided to wait until next summer instead. My daughter starts pre-k the 23rd. I am so excited. Good luck to you, I hope its not too stressfull.

Sharon said...

I will miss your postings so much but I am very happy for you that you will be soon moving into your new home. Will look forward to hearing from you in September. You inspire me so much with your lovely quilts. I have started my own quilt with your help. Take care, and enjoy your move.

Crystal said...

Enjoy the break!

beth said...

take a break. move in. get settled. take a breath....then....come back refreshed.

Colleen MacDonald said...

Saying "no" is also my hardest thing to do. But I've also learned that it has a valuable place in my life. I'm proud of you for realizing it, too! I would come back, even without the giveaway, but the giveaway is a lovely lovely thing to do! See you in the fall: good luck with your floors!

Elizabeth R said...

Fun fabrics!

WvHmmngbrd said...

Hope you have a relaxing break! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

epban said...

It sure is hard to say "no"! Good luck with your move and all the busyness this time of year brings!

KaHolly said...

Well, now, I just found your blog today, and since you are taking a break, I'll sneak in and peruse your archived posts. I'm on the East Coast but lived just outside of Ft. Worth for many years. I love all things Texas, esp. quilters!! Good luck with all the changes going on right now, and I look forward to your future posts. ~karen

RisaJ said...

We all need to learn to say no (every once in a while) and just enjoy our life.

Good luck on your move...twice!

Kristyn Knits said...

Good for you!! taking a break and taking good care of you is important! You'll enjoy Joanna's first book. I'm currently reading Having a Mary Spirit (her second) and am enjoying it. I'm sure you'll gain a blessing from it!

sarah said...

Good luck with the move!

Monika said...

When we bought our house which was not built at that moment we didn´t know that we would have to live for 12 month in a inbetween home ... it´s good to take a break, to slow down... I wish yoou will have a good start moving in your new house! And thank you for this more than yummy giveaway!
Take care!

Andrea said...

Breaks are good, enjoy! Also, thanks for offering the give-away, I love the Katie Jump Rope line, and I missed out on buying some!! :)

Valerie said...

Hope you rest well! It is hard being Mary when everything tugs at you to produce like Martha, but oh the reward of sitting at the Savior's feet! Everytime I think of that book title, I have to smile...and am reminded all over again the importance of slowing down and focusing on the eternal things.

Tina said...

Having just discovered your blog I'm a little sad to hear you won't be blogging for a while, but am glad you're taking time out for yourself and family.

I recently got married and am now living on the other side of the world. I've decided to try my hand at quilting (maybe as a way of feeling closer to my mum who is a quilter) and don't have much of a "stash" yet. Your fabrics are really inspiring to me, just my style, bright and vintagey. Winning them would really kick start my quilting habit! :-)

Looking forward to your fresh posts next month.

best of luck with the move.
Tina

Lisa said...

Good luck with the move! Having moved more times than I can count in the last 21 years I know it's much easier if you cut out some of the extras in your life. God bless you and you family on this journey!

peaknits said...

What an amazing giveaway! Thank you. Good luck getting settled in your new place, when you can!

The Sterks said...

I think so many of us can relate to the toll never saying "no" causes! Good for you to take a break where you can so that you are not stretched thinner than "necessary." I think I'm going to have to read that book sometime soon as well. We all need the reminders, encouragement, and strength that only Scripture can bring! Thanks for an awesome giveaway and I pray that the next month will be filled with blessings and strength from the Lord!!

JennyGoLightly said...

Good luck with your time off and thank you for the amazing giveaway!

britt said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can understand the need to take a blogging break for a while... internet life especially can become overwhelming!

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