Fireworks, Emma the Schnauzer & Serendipity Woods Shop Progress

Good Morning All,

Happy Monday-after-we’ve-terrified-our-pets-beyond-belief Day! I may have mentioned somewhere here that we’ve had miniature schnauzers for almost 30 years, and all have possessed some degree of apprehension when the 4th of July rolls around every year.  Now, however, we have the queen of Fireworks Terror, Emma:

Emma: Our ordinarily confident, well-adjusted, 1-year-old, who officially becomes a shivering, crying shell of herself during fireworks.
Emma: Our ordinarily confident, well-adjusted 1-year-old, who officially becomes a shivering, crying shell of herself during fireworks.

Not to sound like a completely unpatriotic stick-in-the-mud, but as far as I’m concerned – I can sort of take fireworks or leave them. It’s probably, in part, because I feel like it’s awfully unfair to consciously embark upon an activity that only we humans above age 3 can fully appreciate and understand. It also probably has a bit to do with the fact that for about 13 years straight in the 90s and early 2000s, we had at least one child under 3!  Fireworks are cool; they are. It’s just that they’re so loud. Am I the only one that wonders why exactly most fireworks must also be accompanied by the rapport?

Anyhoo…Aside from fireworks we only actually saw from our yard (whilst attempting to get Emma to potty, to no avail), it’s been a busy, progress filled, shop entrenched weekend for me. It’s been about 2 weeks since we officially launched our Etsy shop, and we’ve had some great success! In the meantime, I’ve been working to build our actual web store on the side, which does take time!

I think I mentioned previously that we’d arrived at the decision to work with a local design firm to create our website, which seemed like a great idea at the time. Unfortunately, the firm we wanted to use was under some construction of their own, and could not really get going on our site until mid-to-late July. Well, I’d have waited, really I would have – but I’m just too excited to wait!

So, I’ve been building it myself and getting a pretty good groove on!  Mostly, these past weeks have been thoughtful ones to determine just how it is we intend to stand apart as a fabric store amongst a whole lot of other fabric stores. Making those determinations has required a good deal of surfing from one end of the web to the other. What’s been most revealing for me is in paying attention to the quilts I’ve seen that really grab me and create an opportunity for the tiny, joyful crafting voice inside me to exclaim out loud: “Oh! I just love that!” The trick, I’ve learned, is to pay attention to ones where that emotion is consistent and long-lasting.

There’s a good deal to be said about fabrics we love not only at the very the moment we first see them, but also for as long as they live amongst our fabric stash, and more still in the quilts we hope will last for generations.

So I think what I’ve learned in all this seeking and searching of how Serendipity Woods will fit into this world of quilt stores without getting lost among them, has a fair bit to do with the styles of fabrics we will ultimately sell, once we get moved over to our permanent site. The three words that come to mind as I think of them are: Refreshing, Cozy, and Timeless.

I’ll leave you to imagine that for a bit, until next time…

Cheers and Happy Quilting,

Pam

We’re Up and Running – Really…Finally…and With Bunnies to Help!

Hi All,

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that our new Serendipity Woods Shop is up, running and feeling groovy! While not originally intended, my bunnies just sort of eeked their way into this new, otherwise unrelated, world of quilt fabric and notions, and frankly – I couldn’t be more delighted to have them along.

Charlie, our new resident Aurifil Expert, who really just loves all the colors!
Charlie, our new resident Aurifil Expert, who really just loves all the colors!
Sophie & her Favorite: 1930's Minis
Sophie & her Favorite: 1930’s Minis
Charlotte & Henry with our New (Yummy!) Kona Solids!
Charlotte & Henry with our New (Yummy!) Kona Solids!

And Lastly…

Henry Loves the Blue Wiltshire Daisy Bundle Best.
Henry Loves the Blue Wiltshire Daisy Bundle Best.

As always, I thank you for the support you’ve given us so far.  I promise, now that we are finally really up and running, I’ll be able to stay better in touch!

Cheers,

Pam and Crew

Superman, Defined

Happy Monday, All.  It occurs to me that last week – I was almost completely delinquent about staying in touch with the progress of how we’re doing with the launch of our new Serendipity Woods Shop.  As I begin this week, I promise to do that a little more specifically in my next post, but I also want to start with giving you the skinny on Superman, whom I’ve mentioned a number of times here at my CLH blog.

As far as the business goes, some things have been slower in progression, some things have been crazy fast!  In all of it, though, the best part has been working with Superman (my husband, who works from home,  in his office across the foyer from my studio, and doesn’t think he measures up to Superman status…pish). The thing is, he’s a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades.  He knows at least a little bit about everything, so sometimes he’s this guy:

Having grown up with a grandfather who owned a service station, he knows tons about cars. Of note, this is he with our oldest son, Peter Frampton, who is not the least bit interested in cars, but rather, the study of words and how they are made up to produce language (that's Linguistics, in case you wondered).
Having grown up with a grandfather who owned a service station, Superman knows tons about cars. Of note, this is he with our oldest son, Peter Frampton, who is not the least bit interested in cars really, but rather, the study of words and how they are made up to produce language (that’s Linguistics, in case you wondered).

He’s also this guy:

Have you ever met someone who is just a complete animal magnet?  Yep, that's this guy, with little Francie, who passed away a few years ago.  He's never afforded the opportunity to sit anywhere in the house without a dog either at his feet, or laying somewhere across his body.  The predicament: We're now on our second round of four miniature schnauzers at once. It's a dog's life around here, and he is their Alpha.
Have you ever met someone who is just a complete animal magnet? Yep, that’s this guy; in this photo with our dear Francie, who passed away a few years ago. He’s never afforded the opportunity to sit anywhere in the house without a dog either at his feet, or laying somewhere across his body. The challenge: We’re now on our second round of four miniature schnauzers at once.  Fortunately for them, he’s not a small person. It’s a dog’s life around here, and he is their Alpha.

He’s the original inventor of the ‘Selfie-with-a-friend’:

An interesting tidbit about us, is that I've known him since I was 14, been his girlfriend since I was 15, and his wife since I was 21. He is the original inventor of 'the selfie-with-a-friend.' There are literally dozens of photos like this in our stash.
An interesting tidbit about us is that I’ve known him since I was 14, been his girlfriend since I was 15, and his wife since I was 21. He is the original inventor of ‘the selfie-with-a-friend.’ There are literally dozens of photos like this in our stash (he’s changed very little over the years; my hair however, has changed LOTS).

Lastly, he’s this guy:

This is a photo I did not take - because I hardly ever see him dressed like this.  A colleague took it while traveling with him in Japan, I believe. Of all the things he's great at, his incredible business sense is immeasurable.
This is a photo I did not take – because I hardly ever see him dressed like this. A colleague took it while traveling with him in Japan, I believe. Of all the things he’s great at, his incredible business sense is immeasurable.

So, yes – I need to update you on how we are progressing with the launch of our New Serendipity Woods Shop (and I will do that next). However, I wouldn’t be doing all this without Superman, so it made good sense to appropriately introduce him to you first. He’s my business partner, my best pal, and the smartest guy I know.

Happy Quilting,

Pam