you spin me right round, baby

everywhere I look right now I see circles.
this weekend is Southern Cross Quilters’ retreat in Townsville and i will be teaching two classes – machine applique and how to sew perfect circles.

i’m so looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new ones!

i hope you are all ready -
there will be no chattering in my classroom, just hard work and lots of it!

guess what…

yesterday I sent an email out to all of our customers that said this…

“Last week a number of stars aligned and, as a consequence,we have decided to close the shop.
This is such a huge decision but it’s one that has come easily and happily because it means the beginning of some new adventures for both of us.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and friendship over the three and a half years that pompom rouge has been our home away from home!”

so, what will I be doing next?

“After I have a really loooooong sleep, I will be catching up on about 3 1/2 years worth of housework…
…but that excitement can’t sustain a girl for long, so I will soon be launching a new business that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a couple of years.
It is still in the sew-stitch-quilt-make line of things and I have begun designing and sourcing product already – yes, I will be designing again!
Soon, when I show you stuff that I’m making like this…

.. and you ask,”Is there a kit for that?” the answer will be YES!
My new business is SO new that it doesn’t have a name yet.”

You’ll hear all about here! I have missed blogging and being part of the online world and I can’t wait to get back into it with gusto. I also can’t wait to see more of my husband and maybe even to get to travel with him.

Having the shop has been an amazing time in my life. I thought that I pretty much knew what was in store for me when I opened it but there was one big surprise – I didn’t expect to make so many friends! Every day has been a tea party and that’s a rather nice way to live.
But I don’t have any sadness about leaving it behind. I’m proud to say that my list of goals has been ticked off, my repertoire of life skills has expanded and the gypsy heart inside me is thrilled by the promise of what’s to come.
I always have been a very good starter ;)”

making and changing

i’ve been taking photos, making new ads…this is one of my favourite parts of what i do.
and ‘making shop samples’ (that’s what i call it when i can’t keep my hands off the new stock and just have to make something with it!)…

and i’ve been thinking a LOT about twelve by twelve.
there was great excitement at Houston as nine twelves met and hosted our exhibition. sadly three of us couldn’t get there but we were there in the form of cardboard cutouts! apparently my cardboard face had a great time at dinner and even had a margarita (my first one ever)!
we have a new direction for 2012 and in keeping with that Gerrie has announced our first theme, “Metamorphosis”. my brain is whirring…and maybe evolving?