1/5/09

Kit Club Clearance Sale

The Red Velvet Kit Club is closing its doors to make way for bigger and better things via Red Velvet Art's new boutique. Elsie and I are collaborating on project kits for the new RVA shop that will vary from month to month and cover a range of craft interests and skill levels. So, to make room in my studio for new projects, we're having our final clearance sale. It's a win, win kind of thing, right?

We've been unpacking and catching up with life in the new year and experiencing the odd weather patterns that some of you may also be experiencing. It was a mild 73 degrees on Saturday so we opened the few windows that hadn't been covered in plastic to air out the house. We spent the evening with old friends and their children and had the kind of conversations that leave your face aching from smiling so much. Today, we joined Elsie and Emma's family to celebrate Emma's birthday before she heads back to Hollywood. If only there were this much time for socializing every weekend!

I've been working on two quilt designs for Red Velvet's new shop for over two months and I've finally found the right mix of interesting, original, and easy to reproduce without entering a vegetative state. In the wake of all this scheming, I've managed to start four other quilt tops. They may or may not be completed before summer time as I struggle with going back to 'old' projects, but they are all quilt designs that I'm proud of. I've had to talk myself out of them because they were too detailed for this kind of production. I'll check in on reveal dates and see how soon I can show something off.
How are you navigating the post-holiday hangover? Do you feel like you've made the mental transition into a new year or does it all just blur together? The warmer weather and lack of any holiday decor in our house really did it for me this weekend. I rearranged our living room just enough to give myself a visual change and the open windows and warm air gave me a taste of what is to come. I know winter has only just begun but once the new year hits, spring feels like it should be just around the corner. That's what growing up in California will do to you, I suppose.

13 comments:

katie said...

oooh! well i cannot wait to see them!

as far as it "feeling" like the new year to me: it does. we still need to take down our tree and other decorations, but we just had a job interview in oregon. so it feels like the "start" of something, you know? [so, in reality, i could just be confusing the two...]

anyway, i hope the quilt making goes well.

<3katie

Amber said...

lol, yes that is what growing up in California will do to you. Especially if you see the sun around this time of year. It came out for awhile today in Fresno, but for the most part, but it's always a lotta fog this time of year. Yuck! That doesn't help with my S.A.D. but I'm hangin in there!

alittlebitofscrap said...

I'm looking forward to the new RVA projects this year, exciting! and I love that circular looking quilt top.. is it a quilt top? Fun design.

I'm envious of your warm weather talk. It is so very cold here and hasn't been above zero in what seems like forever (7 days)! We will not see any signs of spring until May...
I miss California! and Mississippi!

Holly said...

Can't wait to see those quilts. And yes, this holiday 'stupor' is still upon me and I have to go back to work today. I feel like this is all some kind of dream, espeically since I dreamed about work all nite. It's going to be a weird sorta day.

elliebelle said...

73 degrees! I'm jealous! My car was covered in ice this morning. :(
I can't wait to see the quilts you've created. And your stacks of fabric make me envious - the colors are wonderful!

Charin said...

I can not *wait* to see the new store!! :) :)
We spent the weekend celebrating Katie's 2nd b-day with two parties, so I'm ready for a clean and organized house! :)

~wenhether~ said...

I just scored a few cute things from the clearance sale that I have never seen before! I am super excited about the new store and I can't wait to see it!!

Michelle said...

I agree, that is probably the Californian in you. Its been positively cold here. Averaging 34-38* right at the beach! I love your quilt photo and the colors!

t h a i t r a i t said...

Love the shot of your sleeping prince!

Bridget said...

I only wish it could be 73 degrees every Saturday in Spfld! :) I maximized my enjoyment of it, though, by airing out the house and enjoying coffee on the porch.

Mandi said...

I adore that carseat shot! And good luck with all the things to come! :)

Johanna said...

I can't wait to see them!

I really love you style and I can't wait to see what the two of you (elsie and you) make with your shop :D Thank you for the great inspiration and I with you a very happy start to the new year!! :D Johanna

Kathryn Swain said...

Hey Rachel! Joe was just showing me your website and I love it! You are incredibly creative! Hope you guys are doing well and make sure to put an extra pair of socks on so your toes don't freeze (Joe told me about the bad ventilation...) Have a wonderful week!

**Kathryn Swain