Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Craft South

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Things have a way of sneaking up on you. Mary Anna practically hyperventilates from laughter she loves playing peek-a-boo so much. It is almost impossible not to do the same yourself when you have a good round with her. She was 9 months on Friday. March came like a lion just as they say. Ice. Harsh cold. Roman suffered for several days through a regimen of breathing treatments around the clock due to an asthma-like episode. Scary stuff. Jeff and I took turns sharing a bed with him. I was never more than the sound of his breath away for about a week. He is very good now. And we are prepared if there should be a next time. I of course am hoping there is not- at the very least that I can understand possible triggers like allergies and what not. Phew. I have been stitching. My new cross stitch patterns and kits that I have likely not mentioned here are getting close to being ready! You are going to love these. They are little. Six colors. Beautiful and enjoyable. Eight of them! I am already knitting away on my nephew Eli's birthday sweater. I chose a simple v-neck vest, and I'm adding a contrast trim. It's gonna be cool. Cause he's turning 9 and it has to be.  We are about to knock down the wall between our kitchen and family room.  I have been wanting to do this for years and decided that being otherwise busy with everything else was the perfect time to do it, naturally.

Ok, really.  Craft South.  This is what I am here to talk about mostly, though you know by now you never get a straight story.  Look over here.  We have been working on this for months and I can't believe we are ready to go.  I am over the moon with excitement and feeling so lucky and honored to have such wonderful designers & friends to help me share lots of good crafty experiences this summer.  I can think of no better way to begin this journey than sharing it with these ladies.  And just like the posted story says, I am on the hunt for a permanent home for Craft South to live.  As in a building.  One with floors and walls.  Electricity would be nice too.  And my people.  My working studio will move there, and my personal studio will remain at home.  We aren't exactly sure where "there" is but we are hard at work on it.  My hopes and dreams for Craft South aren't so much about a new business as they are about creating a home for all of the work that I do already.  But in a place where any one can walk in, anytime, for any reason, and share what they are working on, learn something, knit, sew, stitch, talk, buy beautiful materials for all of it and be an important part of a community of crafters.  Here in Nashville.   I love my home.  I love this city. And after years of sharing through that screen there that you are looking at, I am giddy about offering a tangible experience for myself and others.  Say a prayer for me.  It's a big step, but I am somehow just not stressed like I have been with other decisions.  I have theories on that.

For now I just want to say thank you so much for your support in whatever form it has taken over the past many years.  Life changes in the most amazing ways, and some days I feel like I am simply watching it with excitement.  Today is one of those days.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Craft South, the workshops, or anything.  Please read all the info provided in the pdfs at the website.  Classes will not be on sale until Monday of next week, right over here, but the schedules are offered now so you have some thinking time.

more soon friends, xoxoAnna Maria


37 comments:

  1. what a lot of wonderful things! How exciting!
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    I hope that the wall coming down in your house will not cause too much dust RE: allergy trigger.
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    Always love your posts! God bless you! Second week of Lent now; may your family be protected and carried to Pascha!!! :)

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  2. So these are the plans you have been hatching! Fabulous. Would love to bring my mama along for some crafting with other amazing women. Need to see how this could fit in our crazy schedule. Love seeing what you dream up and how it comes to fruition.

    Hillary

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  3. o.m.g.! how am i going to choose?
    i am so excited for you - it is going to be crazy awesome!!!! congrats!

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  4. If you need any volunteers to help out with the classes, please let me know! I live just a few miles from the studio!

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  5. I hope your littlest boy is all better now, it does sound scary. The cross stitch is wonderful, so beautifully done.

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  6. AHHHH!!! So excited for this!!! Something local and AWESOME!

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  7. Anonymous7:45 PM

    I can not believe how fast Mary Anna is growing.
    Have allergy tests run on Roman (for dust: out with the dust collectors, wash bed stuff in hot water, wash or remove curtains, out with rugs in bed room , change furnace filter and also have him checked for low iron. --cause I know you have time for all of this)
    I am not at all sure how you keep up.

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    1. THANK YOU! we are pretty sure it was a cat....which he has never been around that started the whole ordeal :-/

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  8. Oh my goodness! How will you manage it all? I don't know but I know you will carry these off with fabulous style and good humor. Hope Roman is feeling better, asthma is so scary!

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  9. Sounds like a dream is about to come true (on many fronts) - hope you find that bricks and mortar space soon ... :)

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  10. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Ok so it doesn't happen often (because it's hard to complain living in sunny Australia) but on days like this I CANNOT BELIEVE I live on the other side of the world and don't get to be a part of Craft South. Such an admirer of your work. You bring joy to my busy days and I know that this move will bring you such happiness to be out there sharing your passion with your fans.

    Every blessing, Melanie.

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  11. Craft South August...knits? Huh? When are you going to be sharing a preview of these fabrics? Please, tell more.

    Craft South looks like a great endeavor, but does it mean you won't be travelling for workshops as much now?

    Glad to hear everyone is feeling better in your household. Allergies can be so scary...we've dealt with our share.

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  12. Oh my gosh, sewing and bluegrass? My two favorite things.

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  13. This would be the trip of a life time! I can't imagine the inspiration everyone would leave with. So tempting to travel across the world for...

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  14. This is going to be amazing!

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  15. Oh Craft South sounds amazing. I am on the waiting list for your VT weekend with Heather because I would just LOVE to experience something like that. I have always wanted to visit Nashville! It sounds just P E R F E C T. Thanks for offering it!

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  16. I used up my crafting workshop budget for Heather Ross's Rooftop event - but I wish I could go to both. Looks wonderful, esp the weekend with Liesl

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  17. Anna I don't know were to start..I just recently found your tutorials on creativebug and your name was familiar thrught my online fabric search and quilting ideas but only few weeks ago I started reading your blog and knowing more about your work and ideas. And I'm so glad I did. I'm portuguese and I love sewing and patchwork is something I'm starting and in love with. Thank you so much for what you give to us, your ideas, your colour schemes....and of course you are in my prayers and wish you all the best for this new projects to come. I will be "visiting" regularly. Take care, Rita

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  18. I love the picture with the baby, it's so cute - thanks for the nice Crafting inspirations ;-)

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  19. Nothing can top the peals of laughter from a nine-month old baby!
    We might need a video-blog!
    Your newest venture sounds so exciting... will I ever get myself to Nashville?? I hope so. If you are still looking for a space, I am reminded of an area quilt shop that is in a house. The space works really well, because it's warm and inviting, has appropriate facilities, use of the garden and kitchen. Kim Rado has created more than a store... it's a studio, an open space for classes and community creativity (http://www.starrynighthollow.com/about-us.htm.) Just a thought. I cannot wait to see how your plans move forward!

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  20. Oh my goodness! I am so excited and I hope I get to "add to my cart" on MOnday morning!

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  21. What a wonderful new venture you are embarking on... wishing you nothing but the very very best and much success is a given!! :)

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  22. Do you have any info on skill levels for the classes? Your Patchwork Weekend Workshop with Amy Butler sounds amazing, but I don't know much about quilting, only starting to get into it. Would this class be for basic beginners or seasoned quilters? LOVE this new venture though! Can't wait to see more come out of Craft South! :)

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    1. Seriously anyone with just basic machine skills to an advanced quilter will benefit from the weekend. We are not going to insist on specific quilting styles or projects- only loads of color and design inspiration and help. Projects are up to you, but we will give you bunches of idea. :) So you will learn a bunch! <3

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  23. soooo excited for you ... and of course, why not knock down that wall right now?!... and you sooo are ready for a CraftSouth... i totally see it and it being the next thing for you... totally get it. and i know your ma is right there with you...and precious Roman.. we had the same things happen with our now 10yo who is mostly past it - but has inhalers just when the colds hit..and we hear a cough... big hugs and love and prayers for you. xoxoxoxoxox

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  24. how exciting! I have so many questions... I so want to have you on #themodernsewciety podcast. like super duper bad. It would be so much fun to chat about Craft South. Seriously amazing.

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  25. So excited and just waiting for it to be available to purchase so my daughter and I can come for the weekend. Looking forward to meeting you and Amy!

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  26. Is there one in the west?

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  27. OH, how I would love a Nashville visit it August! And I saw in the pictures your fabrics in knit form... can't wait for Dowry jersey knits?!? Let's see, I could bunk with friends and even swing down to Columbia to visit my brother and nephews. My husband and I must powwow :)

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    1. let me know how I can talk him into it for you :) You will come home very happy! <3

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  28. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Wish I lived near you ..I would love to join your class ♥ You are an Inspiration ..ALWAYS

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  29. Lorna4:23 PM

    Hello! Hope Roman is feeling better. Now, how on earth do I persuade my lovely man to uproot from (not so) sunny Scotland and move to Nashville? Sigh. Craft South sounds wonderful - I wish you all the very best with it. What an exciting project, wish I could join in, but I'll just have to settle for blog reading! X

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  30. Has enrollment closed for the June workshop? Thanks for any updates.

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    1. Hi there! We are taking a wait list for the june weekend workshop but still have space in the one day and kids workshops :)

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  31. Can I just move to Nashville so I can visit and make stuff with you all the time when you realize your dream? ;) I think you will make the most inspiring place and I wish you all the best of luck. Your work totally inspires me and makes me feel like I can be me as an artist because you are YOU as an artist. I guess that I mean that I love that you can work in many different areas, but they are all still you. My work has never been in only one medium, so I'm never sure how to explain what I "do", but seeing your work makes me realize that I don't have to do only one thing to be an artist and a maker. Thanks for sharing with us. Can't wait to hear about the new creative space when you find it.

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    1. Awww. Thanks :) and yes you can move to Nashville ♥

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