Monday, May 23, 2011


As much as I'd like to believe it just ain't so, the fact is I do tend to tour the various emergency rooms on my travel schedule.  I broke my arm in NYC and got a concussion on the concrete stairs down to the Marta in Atlanta.   I'm more fun than a barrel of pidgeon toed monkeys.  Yet with all the historionics Jennifer still wanted to come to Quilt Market with me in SLC.  Glutten for punishment!

I decided to do something I've never done before Market and treat myself to a microdermabrasion.  Kinda like spring cleaning.  All  I researched  said there was no down time, my skin will be refreshed, yada.... I had it done on Monday and we left for Salt Lake City on Wednesday.  Everything looked great.  However, on the flight my face started itching and swelling.   

A sidenote: When we left Indianapolis it was 91 outside.  Our flight was delayed to the point all the passengers thought we missed our connections in Denver.  Rough ride, bad weather, then the pilot says we can't land because of a snowstorm.  Seriously???  Itch, itch.  We didn't get into SLC until 3:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. to this Mid-westerner).  

   I kept popping Benedryl the next day for set-up, Schoolhouse and a later event.  By the first day of Market red raw welts spread to my neck and into my hairline.  My eyes were so swollen there were creases across my nose.  Anything, even water felt like I was pouring acid on my skin.  My roomies (Jona, Daria and Jennifer) had to look at this in the morning.  Needless to say, first day at Market was spent in the emergency care.  Lived on steroids and Benedryl the rest of the show.  I spent probably 2 hours trying to apply layers of makeup and concealer.  Then I was afraid I'd scratch it off.  As the swelling started going down my skin started peeling.  Like isn't that why I wanted the microdermabrasion in the first place???  I was self-conscious meeting so many people for the first time.   Tried sunglasses but I thought they just made me look like a pretentious blind lady.  Oh, and the kicker?  Now that I'm back home my face is better. 

Outside of my usual drama, seeing everyone was so wonderful.  This is the best group of people.  I mean it.  We sincerely care for each other.  I honestly felt like Kermit and Miss Piggy running towards each other in a field of flowers when I saw some of you. 

Now that I'm home I'm chained back to the hamster wheel.  I did decide I couldn't post again until I updated my blog header.  The header reflects some of my artwork and how it's turned into products.  Still way behind on getting the websites updated and a plethora of other must do's. 


So while others are posting all the beautiful new fabrics and booths, I wanted to try a different approach.
Here's the deal: We ARE moving to San Diego.  The 9 month roller coaster has finally stopped.  So now on top of everything else we are rushing to get the house ready to put on the market.  I love my house, love my neighbors, community, friends and family, so this is bittersweet.  However, I also dearly love my husband and I had this scripture engraved on the inside of his wedding band: 

Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Ruth 1:16

Doesn't sound like a very liberated woman, does it?  He adopted my kids and became the best father they could have ever had.  Tim has been my biggest fan, best friend  and business partner.  He's always got my back.  I am proud of him and am ready to move into this next phase of our lives together.  Okay, honestly?  Moving to San Diego for a job is like saying you are becoming a missionary in Hawaii.  No sympathy there.  We are looking to simplify so we'll be having the first yard sale this weekend. 

I am still planning some giveaways, but realized since there's another huge giveaway going on elsewhere right now, I'm going to wait until that event is over.  Plus, I need to go quick price some yard sale items.  Stay tuned.


  1. Well I thought you looked beautiful at the meet and greet Saturday evening! It was such fun to meet you and Jennifer!

  2. OMG!!! I can't believe you're moving! Welcome, in advance, to California! Maybe we'll meet sometime! I can't believe you did the microderm abrasion right before market. Yikes! You sure know how to live on the edge!

  3. I think it's extremely liberating to have a husband be my covering! That just means I'm free to be me! Besides, great husbands are rare!!!

    Blessings on your move!

  4. For future reference: clarisonic and keihl's micro-derm abrasion exfoliant. Cheaper and you won't need a burka!


  5. Ya know what's funny? I recall thinking, "Where's Paula in all these QM pics?" Avoiding the spotlight! Can't imagine how frustrating that craziness must have been - but glad it wasn't worse or some kind of infection!

    Love that quote, too! I feel very much the same way about my one true love! Best of luck with your prep!

  6. Only you could tell, Paula ;-) you were beautiful as ever... Your new header looks fabulous! Cant' wait for your new fabrics to hit the stores... There all mine, I say! All mine!;-)
    happy yard sale!

  7. Oh Paula! Ouch! Glad you are feeling better now!

    Hope your move is as smooth and drama free as can be! I am looking forward to picking up some of your fabric when it's available! :)

  8. Just one little blip in the big picture! Your love for your husband is so sweet. I have one of those special husbands too!

  9. Poor Paula! What a lot you have had going on. I can't believe you are moving! I wish I could come to your garage sale but I have a garage full of my own stuff that I need to get rid of! If you need an awesome realtor, let me know. Mine is the best!

  10. Oh Paula...that was quite a story. I'm so sorry that happened to you...glad you're feeling better now.
    My hubby and I lived in San Diego for 4 yrs and it is GORGEOUS! So yep, no sympathy will love it!!

  11. Paula, what a roller coaster, that's for sure! We stopped by to see you at Market the day you were at the emergency room. Maybe we should just make a date there next time? ;) Glad you're now feeling better and what an exciting adventure coming up! I'm sure you're just going to love Southern California, once you get settled. No snow in winter, what will you do?!

  12. Sorry you had the skin probs. Wish we could have chatted more..I know I missed out on a treat!

  13. Oh Paula you poor thing~~

    So sorry about the swelling.. :/ it looks like it really hurt too~~I have thinking about getting that done too..boy I have very sensitive skin...

    Glad to hear you are feeling better:)

    I need to call you so we can catch up!

    Take Care~~~ sounds like you have alot to do before the big move...

    Of course I can't wait to see you!

  14. Paula,

    I am so happy to have met you and so thankful for the time I was able to spend with you and Jennifer. I SO look forward to more Quilt Market shenanigans... sans emergency room... with you!

    I love that scripture and it is so fitting right now with our house on the market as well.

    Good luck on your sale and your move!

  15. I had no idea when I met you Friday. I thought you looked wonderful and very healthy. :D Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me about your fabric and life. It was delightful to talk to you - and YES I am one of the commenters! heehee

    Best wishes with your move to SD. I am feeling very jealous of your opportunity to live in SD but not one bit jealous of your need to move. I know I don't want to pack up all my stuff and move!

  16. Sometimes ain't life just grand. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse - God steps in and takes your hand to lead the way!!! Life really is good - even in the rough spots.

  17. You make me laugh. Love you! Can't wait til you move to Socal. I might break in to steal fabric...but it will be early in the morning and I promise I'll make you coffee and crepes before I leave! xoxo

  18. Just checking in...what a beautiful blog header! Too bad about the travel hazards. I hope lovely San Diego will feel like home for you soon.

  19. So excited that your moving to So Cal! Does this mean we'll someday have our very own meet and greet? I'll bring the guacamole and margaritas!

  20. As always, you manage to keep your sense of humor when sh*t happens!

  21. Congratulations on the big move! I know from reading in the past how much you love San Diego and was thrilled to see that you're newest line is inspired by the gardens in Balboa Park (one of my favorite places).

    As a native San Diegan, welcome to SoCal and let me know if you need a tour guide :)


  22. poor thing! That happened to me once and I found out that I was allergic to the tea tree oil that she used to "calm" my skin after the treatment.....Misery!

  23. Have just found your blog via Where Women Create and I'm lovin' it. Sorry to hear about the microderm brouhaha, but it sure made me feel better about my recent minor medical adventure drama! I'm another "Paula" who loves art and design and I adore your fabrics (the colors, the patterns, the whimsy, the quatrefoils - I've always loved quatrefoils!).

    My Mom was born in San Diego—such a cool place—here's wishing you much joy there.

    Mostly wanted to say high fives on a beautiful blog and thank you for the inspiration and beautiful work you're posting here!

    Happy Summer Trails ...



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