Friday, June 5, 2015

My RSS Feed & Update

If any of my lovely readers are subscribed to my RSS Feed, please update your email address because the previous link was not working. I had to update it and I've tested it. Thanks so much for following my blog.

As for our move update.... We found out today that my hard working hubby has to report to his new location by Friday morning (the 12th). So this is our last week in Lakeland, Florida. I have my list ready to go. My packing list for the stuff we are taking with us, our To Do List of things we need to get done before we leave Lakeland and our itinerary for our Road Trip to Ohio.

Needless to say, it is a very exciting, emotional and busy time in the Wills Household.

God Bless <><

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Fresh Start

Hello Again!!

I can't believe it has been a year since I have blogged. All I can say is that it has been a crazy year for me. I graduated South University in June 2014. We took the boys to West Virginia in August 2014 to see my wonderful in-laws. I finished piecing my first two larger quilts. My amazingly talented Mom-in-law Odella quilted them for me on her long-arm machine. I'll share some pics of them after we finish catching up.

In September, I got a major case of the blues. I don't care to share those sensitive and personal details but I will say that it is really hard to love someone so much and not be allowed to be in their life. My wonderful, loving, supportive and hard working hubby was still adjusting to his new job as a Train Master. So I kept my sadness from him and from everyone really. I just withdrew and tried to deal with it on my own.

I do not recommend taking that path because I found myself just falling deeper into my own darkness. Not only had I withdrew from my family and friends, I had completely withdrew from sewing, writing and even reading. By November 2014, Larry and I were headed to Asheville, NC to celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary. By the end of the week, I finally confessed to him that I was feeling lost and confused. He did what any good man would do and offered to help any way he could.

He encouraged, supported and loved me unconditionally. It was not always easy and between November and February we had some amazingly peaceful and joyful weeks and some very challenging weeks. We traveled to Alabama to visit family and friends in the beginning of March 2015 and then I went back alone at the end of March to surprise and spoil my "nieces" for their Birthday. While I was there, I visited with a handful of friends and it was so good for me. I came back refreshed and ready to say goodbye to the blues for good.

Our lease was up in April, so we decided to move to an apartment closer to Larry's work and within walking distance of places I could go when I was home alone and bored. It was an excellent choice for us and we love our new apartment. However, in May we found out that my hard working man is getting transferred to Ohio in June.

So here we are, on the brink of the biggest move of our entire relationship. 1095 miles to be exact!! I am personally using this move to inspire more positive changes other than just my "attitude" and "perspective" of my life. I will elaborate more on those changes at a later time. For now, posting an update here is a huge step in the right direction. So thank you my lovely readers, for being here and sharing in my struggle to overcome life's trials and tribulations.

Now, lets get to the fun stuff. Check out the two largest quilts, this girl has ever completed. First off, we have the Gypsy Wife Quilt created by Jen Kingwell. To see other gorgeous versions, check out #gypsywifequilt on Instagram. I'm seriously considering letting this gem be my first listing on my Etsy Shop.

Gypsy Wife Quilt - Front

Gypsy Wife Quilt - Back

Gypsy Wife Quilt - Close Up

Last but definitely not last is my all time pride and joy. The beautiful (if I don't say so myself) Scrappy Trip Around the World made using Moda's PB&J fabric line. This is the Scrappy Trip Tutorial I used to get started. I loved the fabric so much, that I used every bit of scraps to make the backing and then I accomplished my first ever Scrappy Binding. A close up picture is below. It was extremely time consuming but the end result was so worth it.

Scrappy Trip - Front

Scrappy Trip - Back

Scrappy Trip - Close Up

Scrappy Binding Close Up


Thank you so much for stopping by and I ensure you that once we get moved and settled. My studio will be up and running again and I will have a lot more treasures to share with you. Now I'm off to enjoy some Downton Abbey and brainstorm a new motto for Dixieland Crafts because "Treasures Created Down South" will no longer be accurate. HAHA If you have any suggestions, please let me know below in the comment section. I'd love to hear them.
Good Night & God Bless <><