Welcome to my little hidey spot! 🙂

Take a look around, take yer shoes off, and relax for a bit.

As long as you like:  Coffee, Quilty Things, God, cats, dogs, kids, some crafty things, gardening, comfort food recipes and the occaisional ramblings and musings of a self-admitted fabricaholic/fabric-fondler, then you’ve come to the right place. However, if you don’t like any of these things, then you’ll want to high-tail it on out of here before you go any farther – consider yourself warned 🙂 .

The rest of y’all, come on in and sit a spell…..


Horatio, Head of Quilt Security and Inspections

   As far as info about me goes…. In a nutshell: I am a self-taught quilter. My grandma started teaching me how to sew (clothes), do hand embroidery and crochet at the age of three. She never was into quilting, so when that bug bit I scoured the internet for all the info I could find on the subject, and picked the brains of any quilter I came across (few and far between around here in those days). I’ve made well over 100 quilts at this time, and like any self-respecting quilter ( LOL – that’s a joke – just to be clear, and not offend “the serious people” ) I have yet to actually make a quilt for myself, and have a few (ahem…) UFO’s in hiding. I am an anomalie in my area (location) due to the fact I am well under the age of 50, and don’t fit (by any means) the commonly held “Granny Quilter” stereotype – and by the Grace of God Almighty, I never will….

 I used to work in the field of Animal Rescue, so there are a few ” small furry children ” running around my house who had severe trauma or health issues when they came into my life, and into my heart. This is their “Forever Home” and trust me – IT IS THEIR HOME!!! I’m just here for my opposable thumbs, and soft quilty things 🙂 .

I have been Blessed to have always been surrounded by great cooks, who were always willing to share their recipes, and knowledge, with me. I have been acussed – more than once – of making people “overly fluffy” due to my cooking, and subsequent inability to cook ANYTHING in small portions. I just blame it on my Mamaw, she’s the one who taught me how to cook – and I don’t think she even owned measuring spoons or cups!!

So, that gives you a little background on me. If you want to know more, then you’ll have to stick around and see what pops up on this site, or in my blog itself. In the mean time – play, have fun, and remember – it’s not your business what anyone else thinks about you, that’s their problem, not yours 🙂 . Have a great day!!!

Kitty Love





10 Responses to “About”

  1. Richard Farmer Says:

    Hi Shady,
    The whole time i lived down at the lake, i never realized the talent you have here!..this is fantastic!
    I am managing a grocery store up in KC now. Just wanted to drop in and say hello!

  2. Jessica Says:

    Okay. I feel SO at home here. Anyone who lists the words cake, quilts, animals and MawMaw has my FULL attention. My MawMaw had a wooden footstool with those very words carved into it….with quotation marks. It was a Christmas present. You would get such a hoot out of it! Will have to get a photo to show you.

    GREAT blog!

  3. Flying Gma Says:

    I read your post today and my heart and prayers go out to you as you work through this. I went through something similar when my boys were 12 and 10 which was about 14 years ago. I am also from a small town (pop. 400) so I know what you mean about sharing details. I couldn’t a comment on today’s post (it wouldn’t allow me to) so I am leaving it here to be of some encouragement. Take care and feel free to delete this after reading it. Jeanne

  4. Jeanne Says:

    I’m happy if I can be of some encouragement. I enjoy your blog and all that you put into it. I recently started my own “hidey place” to put down my thoughts. I started my own blog with wordpress.com. Its FlyingGma blog or flyinggma.com Stop by and let me know what you think. It is a work in progress for sure. I justed started in January and don’t quite have the hang of it yet especially when it comes to loading up pictures the way I would like to. Jeanne

    • shadybrooks Says:

      Yay!! Good for you!!! I will hop right on over now! Oh, and don’t feel bad about it being “a work in progress” – mine STILL is, and probably will be for quite a while 🙂 I still learn something new everytime I work on mine 🙂

  5. myknittingcircle Says:

    Glad I found your blog! I’m going to begin a quilt this year made from my mother’s house dresses. I’m going to use a fan pattern. In the meantime, I’m knitting the Central Park Hoodie for my daughter.

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