Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mama Said Sew is Moving

Mama Said Sew has long been one of my favorite places.  It is a sweet little fabric shop in Old Town in Fort Collins.  After nearly four years at 121 E. Mountain, they have closed up shop.  Not to worry, it's only for a week.  They're scheduled to open again on March 4, just a little ways up the road.

It is a really exciting change for them.  They'll have a bigger space and even a parking lot. Yay!  Me being the super sentimental type, though, I can't help feeling a little sad that the old place will be no longer.  Anyone who knows me knows that I hate saying goodbye to spaces that I've loved.  Anyone remember how distraught I was during the last episode of Friends when they scanned over the (Spoiler Alert!) empty apartment?  Seriously, so sad, and that place wasn't even real.  I went to the store on Saturday so I could soak in the goodness one last time.  Angela, the owner, was gracious to let me wander around with my new camera and take all kinds of pictures so I can always retain the memories of that happy place.

Let me tell you about the first time I walked into Mama Said Sew.  My husband and I had recently moved to Fort Collins. I had just left a home and a life that I loved.  I was feeling uprooted and adrift and trying to figure out what my new role in life was to be. Someone recommended to me that I visit the store, so I decided to check it out.  I walked in and I was instantly struck by the feel of the place.  I think I actually stood there with my mouth hanging open and said to one of the employees, "I think I'm in heaven." (That's a super cheesy thing to say, but that's what I said and I meant it.)  It was so colorful and fun!  So new and so vintage-ey! This sounds weird, but I felt like I was home.  I felt like, "These are my people, they think like I do, I think I'm going to like living in Fort Collins."

And guess what folks, I do. It's been so fun to pop into Mama Said Sew through the years and be inspired and encouraged, to meet new people and find fresh ideas.  I will miss the old spot, but change often brings good things with it.  I'm excited to see what their new space has to offer.  So mark your calendars for March 4 and check out the new location at 406 N. College.  Until then, here are some pictures to tide you over; I hope they make you happy, too.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hello Again

It's been a looong time since I've written at this here bloggy blog.  I haven't forgotten about it, though.  There are many times where I've said to myself, "This would make a great blog post.  I should dust off my old blog. I should just do it."

I think the time has finally come.  I was taking some pictures for a friend today and she said, "Are you going to blog about this Karen?"  I kinda brushed it off at first and then I said, "Wait, yes I am!  This is blog worthy and needs to be posted." That was the push I've been needing.  So here I am, and hopefully I will stick around this time.

Here are a few things that have changed in my life since the last time I was type-ity type-ing in this here space:

*My husband and I moved out of our little apartment and bought our first home.  Yay!

*I had a baby, a sweet little girl. Double yay! (Triple, quadruple fruit-loople, penti-there-is-lenti-on-your-shirt yay!)

*My little baby nephew Henry is now a strapping 2 year old.  (Look at the awesome apple snowman my sister made.)

*Henry was joined by a little sister. Here she is with my daughter. Cousin fun!

*My husband grew out his hair. (That's big news, I know.)

*I am no longer working two jobs, I am a stay-at-home mama and loving every minute of it. I have also been sneaking in a little time to do some sewing.

So there you go, folks.  A brief update with more fun to follow soon.