Sunday, February 24, 2013

Who Says You Can't Go Back?

A while ago I was sitting in church listening to everyone sing, I was transported back to Amerika Samoa where the sound of their singing was pure heavenly.

 I was sad because I knew that I would never be back there, never see the beautfiul mountain, ocean, or my wonderful friends.

 Was I ever wrong. It wasn't a few weeks later that my husband comes home and says he has to go To Samoa for work. My heart soared but I also knew it was a great expense to take me.                            

I told him I would stay home but he said, there was no way he was going without me.

 Then I talked to a wonderful friend who said that this chance may never pass this way again and my son told me that as well....so here I go.

 Flying again

I know I said I would never fly again (I made myself out to be a liar).


It didn't take long for news to circulate on that island about me coming (I didn't help much

either...HA!!!)



   Here is the tote I did yesterday for a friend who wants me to bring it with me.  She wants a matching cosmetic bag but....

 Wasn't too motivated so I just read a book.

 I read a book when I have a ton of things to do, what is up with that?

 The Tree of Life quilt needs attention and I read a book!!

 A friend also asked me to teach a class on "Sewing for Profit", so I am trying to come up with ideas for that. I am also trying to keep the supplies to what they can find on the island. So if any of you have suggestions and pattern (not breaking copyright) can you let me know. We leave this Thursday...not looking forward to the flight but what is new?

33 comments:

Terry said...

How fun to go back to Samoa! I do the same thing...sit and read when I've got lots of other stuff to do. I always think the other stuff will still be there waiting for me when I get done with my book! :0)

JustCindy said...

I'm so glad for you that you are getting to visit the island that you love. You will have so much fun visiting with your friends. Take lots of photos to share with us. Have fun and safe travels!

Jean(ie) said...

De-lurking to say that I am so excited for you! I can only imagine how much you miss your friends (and the scenery) over there! Can you take a handwork project with you to keep you company during the LONG flight? A good book? I'd be dreading the flight as well. I'm miserable on any flight over 2 hours. Hugs.

Have tons of fun!!!!!!

Pokey said...

I know you dread the flight, but how nice that you get to return and see friends. And, the blessing of having a honey who wants you with him, how sweet is that? I hope you enjoy each part of the journey ~
:-}pokey

Gene Black said...

Ha...I wish I could actually make a profit from sewing. I am sorry I don't have many ideas.

What type of tourism do they have? Would tote bags made of local fabric sell to tourists?
When I travel I always look for things made locally that are unique to the area. It helps if I actually see the person making something. (Then I know it was made there.)

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Have a wonderful trip Barb! I'm so happy for you!

Missy Shay said...

Bonnie Hunter has a lot of free patterns using scraps on her blog. Have a lot of fun!

wackywoman said...

that's wonderful Barb. Have a great time!

onlymehere said...

Wish I was there to attend your class on sewing for profit. Outsourcing of work is killing my job and with my husband's job situation I need the income. Besides, I love to sew and if I could do that and make money it would be a dream come true! Enjoy the trip and try not to spend away your retirement on those beautiful Samoan fabrics!!

Joanna said...

I'll say a prayer for you on your flight. How lucky are you to be going back to a place you love so much.

SewCalGal said...

I'm so happy you get to go back and visit your friends in AS and enjoy all that is good in AS. I will be sending positive thoughts and prayers that you have a good and safe flight and a wonderful trip overall.

For items for profit, what about zippered bags, totes, placemats, small quilts, pencil rolls, coin purses, etc that can be made with beautiful fabrics in AS and sold for gifts? There are also many free patterns on Moda Bakeshop for small projects that might be useful too.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Jacqueline said...

Here is hoping your visit is all you are wishing for and more.

Jackie said...

Barbara, I'm so happy for you that you get the opportunity to go back! I understand about the flight - I hate planes. Take a book and some hand sewing to help calm you.

andsewon said...

Happy for you!!! Totes, runners(no batting), aprons and such made out of those wonderful island fabs would sell good to tourists I would think. Have fun!!!

Snoodles said...

So happy for you...I'll be praying that you are blessed with safe travel and happy times!

Cindy said...

OH yeah, happy smiles coming your way, Barb.

Cindy said...

Forgot to say - it's okay that you lie....LOL

Barbara said...

Bon voyage, sincerely, ...it will be great!!!

Fiesta said...

Barb, I know your heart is fluttering. I always considered you my Somoan friend and I think that is where your heart is. Have fun, fun, fun!

Yuki said...

Love reading your blog. Have a great time!

ttfn ;) Yuki

Teresa in Music City said...

Such a wonderful trip to look forward to! Enjoy & share with us when you return :*)

Needled Mom said...

I'm so glad you are going to go, Barb. That will be wonderful. Ideas...hmmmm...how about burp cloths?

Just Ramblin' said...

I'm so glad you have a chance to return and how wonderful it will be to catch up with everyone. Have a wonderful and safe trip. Nola

Marie said...

Barb i am so happy your going back to visit, you loved it there so much. I am sure all your friends will so pleased to see you. have a safe journey and I will remember you in my prayers. Hugs, Marie

~ Julie ~ said...

When I read your post I got a huge smile on my face! I'm so happy you get to go back! I hope you have a fabulous time and are able to make some wonderful memories! Hugs! :)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I know there are so many friends who will be thrilled to see you when you get there.

Here is an idea....if you don't have time to stitch out those gifts and other things you want sewed before you go.....well...host a challenge. Get the rest of us to do your stitchin' for you!!! I'd gladly sent my stuff aside and sew something and ship it to AS for you. Not for anyone else...but for you....absolutely I'd do it. Why? In gratitude that I never had to get off a plane and ask strangers if they had ever see this woman after the tsunami you'll had. So, just delegate girlfriend!

Hugs,
Kelly

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm so excited for you that you get to go on this trip. You just have the best time ever!!

suemac said...

Have fun. What a great opportunity.

Ruth said...

I am so happy for you! How long will you be there? Be sure to take some hand stitching to work on while on the flight, plus a book to read and/or listen to. I hate long flights also & haven't been on an airplane for over 3 years. But now, one son has discount flight privileges for his parents and we are fixing to start doing some flying - not as far, though. Have a great time!

Barb said...

Oh, Barb, how absolutely wonderful for you!! Enjoy and please remember to take pictures :D

Hands Sew Full said...

I'm so thrilled for you to have the opportunity to go back to see your friends and beloved AS scenery! What a blessing! I had a giggle at the "reading with so many things to do" comment, as I sit here....reading blog posts...with soooo much to do! I've been caught! Have a fabulous time, take pictures so we can live vicariously!

hetty said...

That is wonderful, Barb! I am so happy for you. It will be great to see your beloved island and friends again. Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

GerryART said...

How exciting for you, Barb. You are truly going to have the very bestest time ever. All this visiting, and eating, that's going to be happenin'!!
Old Friends, New Memories ! ! !

love and hugs