Monday, April 4, 2016

A Big Day at Our House

There are 2 'anniversaries' of sorts today at Haber-house!

First, my youngest (my baby), turns 21!

Bill & I spent time looking back at old photographs yesterday, so you can imagine a lot of laughs at good memories & of course Kleenex too. A new item on the 'to-do' list...scan all of those old photos into the computer! (Imagine, taking baby pictures before I-phones!!)

There has been a lot of 'where did the time go' kind of talk between Bill & I lately. Some of it is sad & bittersweet, but I choose to focus on the 'what's to come' part of it all. We are so excited as soon Chris will start his senior year of college & then lookout world! We are so very proud of him, but also hold much respect for the child that has grown up: he is smart, loyal, strong (& perhaps a little stubborn & sarcastic...but I'm not sure where he got that!)

 
 
 


What about Anniversary #2?

Well, on Chris' 3rd birthday (I don't remember why we did it that way...), I opened Hands On Needleshoppe & began my career in the needlework industry!

I often find it hard to tell people what I do for a living (a needlework shop..what's that?, you finish needlework?? you design cross-stitch?? my grandma does that!)...but the reality is, 18 years & I'm still here!

The brief bio:
- Hands On started in the lower level of my home - retail space was at a premium ($$$) - I stayed there for 3 years, building, learning, growing. We moved to a teeny tiny 450sq location & stayed less than a year! Moved to 2400sq ft and stayed almost 6 years. Cross-stitch, yarn, classes, retreats, gifts...we had it all, but time with family was tight & necessary.

- the year after I closed the shop, I did finishing full time for various shops & customers. While I loved the flexibility, I missed contact with stitchers & teaching! Enter: CherryWood Design Studios, where I hung my design hat for 5 years and learned a whole different side of the industry. 3+ years now on my own as Hands On Design & I still feel like I learn & grow with each design!


My husband's favorite thing to tell me during some of the early growth years: 'it's all a process'! Man, I really disliked that saying, but 18 years later, I know what he said was the truth...

 
Releases from this year's Nashville Needlework market.
I'll talk more about them soon...but today we have much to celebrate!
 
Enjoy the stitch,
 
Cathy
 

17 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your "baby". (My baby turns 21 tomorrow.)

    Congratulations on your evolving business too. I love your designs!

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    1. Thanks Rita! Enjoy the day with your baby tomorrow!

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  2. Happy birthday greetings to your youngest son! Congratulations and best wishes to you on your business! Enjoy your celebrations today!

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    1. Thanks Robin! I always enjoy hearing from you!

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  3. Happy Birthday to your baby :)
    And congratulations on your "process" because I think you've got a winning formula! :)

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    1. Thanks Vonna, I always love hearing about the goings on in the Pfeiffer household!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your son. Our oldest is 21.
    I am currently stitching up all of your Year of Celebrations series. You rock!!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I love that series (they're all like my children!!)

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  6. Congrats on the birthday and anniversary celebrations!!! It seems that old saying applies "you've come a long way baby"! Continued success- I love your designs and just finished your Year in Chalk series for my oldest daughter's birthday.

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  7. Happy Anniversary/Birthday on both counts.
    I think this calls for a party!!!
    Love your designs.
    Congrats on your success.
    Marilyn

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  8. What a wonderful celebration day, I know you are proud of both "accomplishments" and hope you celebrated loud and long! As a stitcher I so appreciate that you stuck it out and hung in there, I know you must feel wonderful to be enjoying such great success...you deserve it!

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  9. What a wonderful day to celebrate! Hope it is filled with lots of laughs and memories!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I love your to the beach & chart series.
    Congrats on all your accomplishments. Sounds like alot of fun. Have a wonderful day.

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I love your to the beach & chart series.
    Congrats on all your accomplishments. Sounds like alot of fun. Have a wonderful day.

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