Oh, Tuesday.

Today was a good day.

I went to our local used bookstore with some credits and bought two books I have really been wanting to read – “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier and “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. I’m really excited about reading them both on vacation. While browsing, I thought of a lot of books I already own but are unpacked so I’d like to hang some shelves upstairs and unload them.

I went to our neighborhood coffee shop, Cafe Roche (if only I could work there) and took Amos’ bed to work on. One of the owners noticed and after asking me about it, asked if I’d be willing to make a quilt for his two year old son. He’d like for it to involve coffee (he and his wife own the shop) and fire trucks, as he is a fireman for the military. After thinking about it, he might want to include his old patches from training and other deployments. It sounds like an interesting and challenging project and I think I’m going to take it.

I’m realizing that I don’t know how to go about most of this, especially now that my commissions are beginning to involve relative strangers. Do I charge a deposit? How do I determine overall price? What’s a reasonable time frame to complete the quilt? There is a blogger I admire, someone that I would love to be friends with in real life, and I think I might ask her for advice. (You don’t think she’d be offended I have the same blog layout as her, do you?)

I have in mind a challenge for myself. After vacation or on September 1st (I haven’t decided), I might start a 30 Projects in 30 Days challenge. It would involve small, mostly sewing projects that could be started and completed in a day. I’ve made a list which includes a week of just pillows. I might be biting off more than I can chew with this, and I haven’t totally decided to do it yet, but the idea kind of excites me, too. We’ll see!

And so as not to only bore you with writing, I’ll sign off with a picture of my boys.

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