Y'all. 2020 has been a real doozy. Seriously. I don't think there is anyone that can say that that this has been a smooth ride. It's been overwhelming for some and just a little bumpy for others but we've made it and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
There's a lot going on the Studios lately. We just got a shipment of fabric in from the new Adelaide Grove line from Free Spirit Fabrics, several quilt bundles are available from partnering with some AMAZING pattern designers, Nebula BOM will be shipping soon, I've been pattern testing like crazy and I'm actually down to ONE with just 2 or 3 coming down the pike, Christmas is in just a few weeks and I'm doing the #quiltmasspectacular this year! It is so much fun- you get a sweet block pattern each day from the #quiltmaselves. I'm behind a day already because....life....but that's ok! We're rolling with the punches here guys and gals. And I may or may not have just purchased a LONG ARM QUILTING MACHINE!!! Yes, it's so true. I cannot wait to get it in the Studio. There will be some more rearranging again but it will be totally worth it!
Christmas Christmas Christmas...I've only just put up our tree. No ornaments or decorations have gone up yet. I'm very much being a #Grinch this year, not because I hate Christmas but because there's a lot of other things going on! Putting up the tree was quite the debacle and there were possibly some tears... But man, having that tree up sure makes a difference. I'm reminded of the sweetness of the season by those twinkling lights on the tree. It lights up the room and just brings a smile to my face. It's just like the sweet light of Jesus shining in the dark. Sometimes you can only see a twinkle but it's still there nonetheless!
The entire Christmas season is going to look different this year, just like Thanksgiving did. We may not be able to gather as we normally would, we may over-decorate or under-decorate to compensate for the strangeness that is 2020 but it's still Christmas and we can always celebrate in our own ways. The season should be about gratitude for our Savior and I think we get caught up in the hubbub of keeping up so 2020 may actually be a good reminder of what is truly important this time of year! Time to create new memories with your loved ones. What are some of your favorite Christmas memories or traditions? Are you starting new traditions this year?
I'm only on social media for the Quilty goodness I find, but I'm seeing more and more people posting about their struggles with sadness and depression. It's so much more commonplace to talk about it now and I think that is amazing. Christmas is often a seriously difficult time for people that have mental illnesses. It somehow brings out these feelings and amplifies them, whether it's because of family issues or the fact that the sun doesn't quite shine the same in the winter- THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! If you're having problems with the change in season or Christmas coming, please please PLEASE reach out to someone! There are so many helpful resources out there! There is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or now you can even TEXT them, because let's be honest it's hard to speak to someone when we're hurting, just text GO to 741741!
Let me know what Christmas looks like for you this year! Drop a note below or email me! Have a BeaYOUtiful day and remember YOU ARE LOVED!