• Sarah Marcina


Wow! It's the best word I can come up to describe my summer thus far. So many changes and challenges that effect my daily life and schedule. Last year this time I was still settling into my new home. The first room "completed" was my new sewing studio. This is the first time I have actually had one, before it was scattered all over my house. What a blessing this has been. A lot more quilting world work has been accomplished since then because of that change!

There have been a few life altering events, that emotionally I cannot talk about, which brings me to the point of throwing myself overtime into The Quilted Diary, Mary Kay, Almost Country Handiwork & canning. So lets break these things down a bit.

Canning: As along as my garden has done well, I can a lot of food With the crazy Ohio weather, nothing did great. I didn't get my typical done and I miss that. I was really miss it come winter. There is nothing like fresh tomatoes for chili or soups. Salsa is perfect to my idea of spiciness, I like it mild but with lots of flavor. Pickles... there is nothing like homemade pickles. It may be a little late to see if I can find a fresh market that sells cucumbers by the bushel, they will still be good, but not as satisfying cause they didn't come from my garden. My potatoes and onions rotted, I keep those in the cool basement and they last practically all winter, by spring they are good seed potatoes. My use-to-be farm girl is showing. lol

Mary Kay: I've been a consultant for quite some time, but I knew I really needed to make it work. I need the income. This has kept me so busy! Two part time jobs equals one full time job plus a lot of overtime. (If you're in need of some great skin care products my independent consultant website is:

Almost Country Handiwork: Before going into design I sold quilted items at craft shows and loved it! A broken thumb changed that up because I can't do the hand sewing I use to... even my handwriting looks bad. Since I am starting quilt lessons, so I brought back ACH now including quilt classes. So far I have one class lined up called Handiwork Basics. So excited!!!