Once upon a time...

... I vowed never to eat or let my kids eat McDonald's again (after watching this video) yet in the past 6 weeks I've averaged between 1 - 2 runs through the McD's drive-through window per week! It just seemed like the easiest/fastest/best idea at the time, and yep, I regretted it every time, but the kids were happy and fed!

... I swore off sugars and caffeine and yet I think I've consumed my weight in peppermint bark and Mocha Frapuccinos just in the past couple of weeks. (bark recipe coming soon, along with some fun handmade ideas)

... I took the Handmade Pledge and then spent nearly my life's savings on Wii and DS games (and a few other electronics). I don't suppose they would've enjoyed a hand-made version of these items. ;)

... I promised my family that I would "take a break" after Quilt Market and yet in the past couple of months I've worked harder than I ever had. Projects include, but are not limited to: completing and submitting my next fabric collection, drafting 3 patterns for my new Boutique Sewing Patterns collection (due out in Spring '09), drafting 3 pillow patterns for an upcoming issue of Quilts And More magazine, doing some photography and an interview for an upcoming issue of Sew News magazine, and sewing a ton of Christmas gifts for family & friends. Hmmm... maybe after Christmas I can take a break?



  1. I remember back in the day when my kids were young getting a lecture from my mother about the amount of fast food my kids were eating. Then she took them for the weekend so I could work (I was in the national guard at the time).

    When I picked the girls up Sunday night, they each had THREE new happy meal toys! I growled at my mother! LOL

  2. Annie5:51 PM

    Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right? It happens. Don't even get me started on New Year's resolutions! I don't even bother making any anymore!


    P.S. Can't wait to see all your new goodies (fabric, patterns, etc.) I'm so in love with your style!

  3. Anonymous7:10 PM


    don't be so hard on yourself. You've had an incredible year! Your family is so proud of you and the kids are thrilled to have a little junk food.

    We all do this. We have the best of intentions...and then life happens.

    Wishing you a blessed holiday!

    With friendship,

  4. Don't sweat it, Patty. :)

  5. Everyone is allowed a splurge or two on something sugary and filled with caffeine... especially during the holidays. I've also sworn of McDonald's, but every so often the kids beg for an egg mcmuffin and hash browns. No one makes them quite like McDonalds does.

    Anyway, don't beat yourself up. :) You're doing a fantastic job and your family loves you for it!

    Happy Holidays,

  6. It's the holidays and a difficult time to start all those new resolutions, which is why we always wait until January 1st!

  7. Thanks for your votes of confidence, ladies. Well, I'm not too upset about all this... just felt a bit tired and worn out so I thought I'd whine for a bit. You all are too sweet to indulge me ;)

    I'm preparing a much more upbeat blog posting right now, with lots of yummy, yummy pictures of handmade goodies, so please check back tomorrow. :)


  8. In a strange way, your post gave me comfort in knowing that we ALL do that at this time of year. Overwhelmed and frazzled are a couple of words my sister and I have shared this year.

    But it will be so worth it when those special handmade gifts are opened . . .


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