Jackson Square Artisans

The Carraige House has been open for a month now and we’ve had lots of company.  Everyone who comes in has loved our new shop.  Please stop in. We’re sure you’ll find something you absolutely have to have.

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Sewing for Myself

Now that the holiday rush is over I’m marking down all last year’s items and turning to projects for myself and my family. ‘Currently in the process of trying my hand at my first appliqued quilt. I’ll post a picture when I’ve finished the project. I’m also sewing some patchwork pillows to match the quilt I finished this past autumn.

I haven’t forgotten about new merchandise for the shop, however. I have a number of quilt tops that were given to me by a friend. I’d like to get all of these made into quilts that I can sell in my Etsy store. In addition, I’m looking for new ideas and designs, quite possibly including some children’s items for my grandchildren that I can duplicate for the shop.

There are a few more surprises coming this year. Stay tuned for new and exciting updates to the Boston Woman’s Design Studio.

Spring Ahead

Photo Feb 27, 11 59 30 AMYes, it’s finally spring in Boston. The trees are flowering, the bulbs have pushed up from the frozen dirt and opened into glorious carpets of color. it’s a shock to the senses after living through months of gray and white.

There were times when we didn’t believe it would ever stop snowing, or that the snow would ever melt. But spring has come and each taciturn New Englander has become as gracious as a southern belle. Perfect strangers smile and great each other with words such as beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous. This new found friendliness will only last until the suffocating heat of summer brings complaints of “it’s not the heat, its the humidity!”

Catch us while we’re smiling: “Please come to Boston for the springtime

One Boston

People in the Greater Boston Area are still talking about the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon last week, and we probably will continue to speak with each other as we try to make sense of all the carnage.

As law enforcement continues to peruse the evidence from all of the crime scenes, we wait to hear information that will enlighten us as to how and why this happened. However, each new development leaves us a little more unsettled:

  • Are there really a half million people on terrorist watch lists? How can we possibly keep track of ALL of them?
  • Did the brothers carry out this attack on their own? If there is no group behind them, how many other young men are currently planning attacks on other American cities?
  • Is there too much media discussion of this event? Will other young men see this as a way to gain notoriety?

We want to hear more…and yet we don’t. We want answers…but we want life to return to normal. We grieve for the victims…but the deaths and injuries these people and their families have experienced is too large for us to wrap our minds around. We cannot begin to imagine the pain and sorrow they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. We want to reach out to them…but somehow, sending money seems so cold. Yet, we are reminded that many of these families will have huge medical bills and will need help to pay them.  This makes donations more meaningful, more personal.  

Please donate to One Fund Boston, or to one of the local funds that have been set up for victims in your community. But please make sure the fund is legitimate first. Unfortunately there are those who will take advantage of this time of sorrow to increase their own wealth.