Saturday, January 31, 2009



Believing that the HANDMADE Crafting Community is so extra ordinary I've decided to help promote others as well as myself.

If we don't "TOOT" one anothers' gifts and abilities who will.

So the first featured artist is Crochet by Momma J.

Momma was my very first follower here in THE QUILTING ATTIC so I thought it was fitting to feature her shop first.

What is your name?

Marianne Jackson

Tell us a bit about yourself. Are you married? Children?

I am married to my husband of 15 years and have 3 beautiful daughters-ages 3, 7 and 13.

What sort of items do you have in your shop?

My shop has a variety of crochet items - from afghans to baby booties to scarves and much more.

How long have you been doing your craft?

I started when I was pregnant with my now 7 year old. A co-worker taught me during our lunch breaks, and I just fell in love with it.

How long have you had your Etsy shop and what made you decide to take that step to open it?

I opened my shop just this past August. I've always wanted to have a little shop of my own and one day my 13 year old told me about Etsy. I checked out Etsy and just went for it, so I guess I owe it all to my daughter!

Do you have any upcoming projects that you want to share with us?

Yes I do have a little secret that I've told a few folks about . . . I have decided to open up a second shop - this one will be for jewelry. I've reserved my Etsy shop name but am going to build up inventory before "going public" with it. Keep a watch for it soon!

You can also find Momma J at the following links: (nothing listed yet in this one)

THANK YOU for sharing Marianne and good luck in your new venture....remember ladies and gentlemen we may have been the first to hear about Jewelry by Momma J right here on The Quilting Attic!!


In and Because of HIM,
Susan aka Grandma


I love Saturday mornings. Not just b/c I get to stay in bed longer but because my favorite crafting shows come on our local PBS station.

*Beads Bobbles and Jewels

*Fons & Porters' Love of Quilting

*Sewing with Nancy

*Martha Pulin

These are just a few of the inspirational shows that get my creative juices going.

Then, I get to spend the day with DH (Rick) and DD (Ashley).
Tonight will be a special treat we get to spend time with our oldest DD (Angi) and her family. Rick's sister and her DH will be there also. It will be so much fun...I'm so looking forward to the visit. Any time I can spend with my family is always an added blessing to my day.

Taking the lead from fellow Blogger and Etsy shop extraordinaire Crochet by Momma J's
( will be adding a new section to my blog very soon:

***Interviews with fellow artisans on Etsy. Look for an invitation in your email box if you are one of my favorites. Since there are many more of you than of will take a while.

In and Because of HIM,
Susan aka Grandma

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Today my plans include playing with my grandchildren for a bit, church, picking up a new sofa and love seat, blogging (which I haven't' done in FOREVER), and working on both my websites and Oh and if I have time LOL I want to finish up the pair of PJ bottoms I made for my dear hubby.

Think I'll make it? Even if I get a small portion of that done I'll be so tickled. I can at least mark this off my list.

My current MUST DO is my Art Fire website. No sales yet but with my Google Analytic site I'm able to "see" who, what, how many, and where people are that are finding my shop. It is only a matter of time...After all I've been fairly successful on Etsy! Why not Art Fire.

Still considering a craft sale in May. Not much success in location yet...but the projects are coming in daily. Thought I might do one in Baytown, Texas where my mother lives. That way she wouldn't have to "tote" all her stuff here to Spring. A very good possibility that is what I'll do.

Well,got to get off here and start getting ready for church.

See y'all later.

In and Because of HIM,


Saturday, January 10, 2009


Saturday January 10, 2009 is proving to be an interesting day already. We woke to 70ish temperatures. Before the day even starts we will be in the 40's. So I guess we have a cold front coming in. OK for all you people northof us that is far from cold but for us here in southeast Texas that is cold and if the wind blows well....we feel as if we are in a deep freeze.

Anyway, my boss gave me some escape room game web sites to look at and I am already frustrated. I've not been able to escape any room regardless of how EASY they say they are to solve. SO, I won't be on those to often.

Today before we go to our friends house tonight to play our usual Mexican Train dominoe game (where Janace or Rick)will win as usual...sorry got off on a tangent there. I hope to reorganize my sewing room once again. One of these days I will get it right....I just know it.

My thoughts on that is that if I rearrange enough times I'll come up with a very workable room. Yesterday I had a brain storm which I will try out today. If I arrange it as if I were teaching quilting classes again then it would work for me. Sounds like a real plan anyway...I think!

Well not much else going are a few Etsy views for you:

Until next time.

In and Because of HIM,


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

JANUARY 7, 2009

Okay, I know that it has not been a week since we were in 2008! I am aware that "they" had to add a "some sort of second" to the clock because the earth is moving slower...."They" need to live in my life...because time is flying by. How about yours?

It's A Stitch news from yesterday...I checked in Jelly Rolls and 5" Charm Pack" from Moda. "9" by Sanae in Japan. Go to to view. Just ordered new notions and books day before; I'm hoping they come in today. Keep an eye out for those to show up on the web fairly quickly. I ordered Fabulous Fabric Beads for myself last week. Can't wait to get it. Saw it at the Houston International Quilt show in November...Started to buy it and decided against it. Never mind that I've been wanting the book for a while! (Go figure.) Anyway I will own it soon.

At church on Sunday our sermon was exciting.
The title was Brand New Year...Same Old You?
Pastor Bobby challenged us with Scripture from Micha 6:6a.
Life application question: On December 21, 2009 what kind of life will I bring to God?
Questions from the people in Scripture can be found in Micah 6:6-7
Life application questions for us:

Life change is NOT about doing.
Life change IS about being...Micha6:8

Act Justly= being fair/how can I be fair in all my life aspects, I.E. work, family, finances, etc

Love Mercy= being compassionate/unexpected kindnesses/loving/mercy

Walk Humbly with God= being authentic/no pretending or wearing a mask

Ending with Romans 12:1 "So here is what I want you to do. God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering."

I Bring An Offering of Worship to My KING....

In and Because of HIM,

Thursday, January 1, 2009


What will 2009 bring?
Since none of us really know we must make the most of every moment we get.
We really do get "NO DO OVERS" in life. I resolve to get the most mileage (so to speak)out of moment by moment living.

I am planning a local CRAFT SHOW for the week before Mothers' Day. If you are local and would like to participate email me and I'll get you set up.

In and Because of HIM,