The Good News and the Bad News

I don’t know which part you’ll see as the good news and which part as the bad news.  I’ll just have to let you decide.  It was two weeks ago when I knew I couldn’t go on publishing posts.  I prepared the email to send out with Friday’s post and said I’d be out for a while due to a vision problem – and pretty much left it at that.

I had/have double vision, making it very hard to do anything much in a timely manner.  I’d published all of my pre-written posts during October – except one more tablescape remains.  When I published a post from scratch, it took three days.  Continuing wasn’t an option at that point.

The double vision is caused by a nerve palsy in one eye and is nothing serious.  It should repair itself within six weeks (which is today!) or months  and will heal on its own.  Randomly.  Unpredictably.  We just have to wait.

HH and I are at peace that God will take care of things in His timing.  Thank you all for your prayers!  You continue to be such a blessing to me!

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I do have other issues happening, so I’m trying to get rest, manage pain, and not stress over things while we investigate further (and wait some more).

Rest has been the best thing!  (OK, well, pain medicine can be pretty awesome, too.)  Without blog post schedules looming, I truly got rest.  Complete rest.  And, it was glorious!

As I prayed for God’s direction through the October and early November weeks, I thought maybe He was closing the door to blogging altogether.  I somehow sensed there would be no more tablescapes, diy projects, recipes, or gardening posts.

But, really, Lord…everything?

The thought of leaving you friends saddened me, of course, but I will do as the Lord directs.  I trust Him completely!  I’m committed to whatever He has for me in my fall season of life.  If God said for me to stop blogging, then so be it.  (Although, please know that I would miss you terribly!)

God knows my desire to help women with problems they sometimes face while sewing window treatments or other home decor items.  Immediately following a God session, I received two emails from readers asking for help.  I love that process of helping you work through those things!  God also knows I enjoy your post comments and our conversation most of all.

Then God brought fresh inspiration and promises – partly in a new direction.  And, He blew me away!

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Slow down.  Relax.  I’ve got this.
Keep Curtain Queen Creates, but make it a sewing-only site to support the sewing readers and course members.
Publish sewing posts occasionally when needed as your health improves.  Don’t stress.
Begin a new blog with the blog name I gave you three years ago.  Now’s the time.  Do it with My blessing.

I quickly took a pen to paper as He spilled blog post titles in a list of ten.  I instantly had new topics for this new blog with the title He inspired so long ago (and that I didn’t yet understand).

I painted these words on this old drawer a few years ago, and they stuck like glue!

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God laid it all out for me, and it was comforting… peaceful…and without time constraints. He placed one post per week  in my heart.  I realized I could do that even now with my eyesight askew.  It will be a slower, more restful pace, and I realize I need that  as I learn to manage my health in the proper way.

I have one final tablescape post for you tomorrow.  It’s a post I prepared in September for Thanksgiving.  🙂  Can it be our celebration of thankfulness for new beginnings?

Embrace This Season

The words that spill out of a paint brush occasionally stick with us for far longer.

I’m so happy for the time we’ve had here at CQC – and for the fun and blessings we’ve shared.  CQC’s future blog look will be leaner with the new focus on sewing home decor specifically.  I realize not everyone will stick around for that, and you shouldn’t if sewing isn’t your thing.  You won’t hurt my feelings if you unsubscribe after tomorrow’s tablescape post.  For those who choose to remain for the sewing posts, I’m very excited about our new streamlined focus.  I hope you are, too.

I’d like to give you all a huge (virtual) hug. – and wish I could for real!

My hope is that you’ll subscribe to receive posts through email at my new blog as we commit to Embrace This Season.  My first blog post there is similar to this post here today – sort of an opening and explanation of origin.  Future posts will include topics that support and encourage women in our fall and winter seasons of life.

I’m looking forward to it and hope you are, too.  Thank you all again.  Very much!  Until tomorrow then?








You’re the Blessing

This blogging venture has certainly been a journey for me.  I knew so little when I started, but its sort of like the Bible.  No matter how much you learn, you realize how much more there is to learn.

I’ve shared with you before that God was the One Who put this “blog-with-a-Christian-influence” in my head (and heart), leading me to use my home sewing experience to attract those who may not know Him.  I loved His idea of a mission trip without leaving home!

You may not have noticed, but I recently changed my tagline (the line below the name in my header).

When I first started this blog, I struggled to find the right tagline.  How do you explain your site in one sentence and capture the heart behind what you do?

I changed it several times over the course of two years, but I never felt it was quite right.  In the third year, I left it alone and tried not to think about it.

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I did the best I could to put this site together, and in the beginning, I told God it was up to Him to bring people.  In other words, “I did my part.  The rest is up to You!”

He went along with that alright (or so I thought) until about three weeks ago.  I got a loud and clear message that He wants me to do more to attract readers.

Huh?  Aren’t I busy enough?

You do know that when God tells you to do something, He sends help, right?  He has flooded me with help these past weeks – some I didn’t even ask for.  Our Lord is so faithful!

The process of again working on my tagline drew me back to many original thoughts, and I was once again in a quandary of too-many-words-to-explain-what-I-feel-deep-in-my-heart.  As I went to bed that night, I prayed God would reveal what He wanted me to use.

The following morning, I woke up with the tagline right in front of my eyes.  I quickly ran to a notepad and wrote it down before forgetting His exact words. Do you love it when God does that – answers a prayer so quickly?  It’s rare for me, so I saw it as another confirmation.  I am completely at peace now with my tagline.

That day, Friday before last, I changed the tagline in my header name, and He has brought an increase of traffic every day since.  (Isn’t that what God does sometimes?  He moves after we listen and then take the first step, even a giant leap of faith.)

It’s about so much more than traffic numbers, though.  It’s about expanding the number of people who see God’s Word sprinkled throughout.  It’s about people finding value here enough to come back for more, because their need for encouragement and inspiration are filled, spiritual inspiration included.

I desperately want others to know that Christians aren’t the enemy – that we are fun, and loving, caring and compassionate, and to see Jesus shining through me.

The Lord has revealed new ways I can connect with you, as well – ways that I think you will enjoy.  I want to serve you…to help you in your quest to make your home your most favorite place on earth.  I freshened up my “About” page for more clarity, and I hope you see a positive difference.

You will see many changes coming in the next couple of months, including pictures of HH and me at our home.  (Yikes!  I should have gone on a diet!)  That’s another thing God brought my way – a professional photographer, a patient friend.

Writing in itself is exposing, and splashing my picture on my site makes me feel (gulp) nervous – vulnerable.  I haven’t seen the pictures yet, but I’m a little nervous because it wasn’t a good hair day.  (Will I soon have a knock on my door from those people on What Not to Wear?  Yikes again!)

Something that has always bothered me is that I write and I show you my projects.  It seemed like your job was to watch and clap.  I’m not comfortable with people clapping for me.  I want to give you new ideas, to encourage YOU to trust your taste, for confidence in your abilities, for you to try new things.   My focus is all about you  and my goal is helping you.

I hope you’ll like the new “us”.  That “us” includes you.  You are already a part of that “us”.  Without you, I would have little reason to continue here, so thank you!  You are the blessing!

I know I’ve written far more than usual, and I appreciate your patience.  It’s a spectacular Lord’s day, y’all!  Let’s go live it and rejoice!