Hello & Goodbye

December 29, 2008 § 7 Comments

Some of my Flickr Faves in December

Some of my Flickr Faves in December

Goodbye December and that week-long stretch of  Snow Days!  The snow is finally melting and yesterday was the first day that we didn’t have to use 4-wheel drive to get out of our cul de sac.  And Hello to a New Year that is just around the corner.  A New Year always seems like a new beginning.  I’ m looking forward to…

  • Enjoying the process more and rushing to the finish line less
  • Saying goodbye to those pounds that have added up since injuring my knee last summer
  • Overcoming my fear of performing a kata in front of my karate class
  • Using up more scraps
  • Simplifying the routine

What are you looking forward to?



December 24, 2008 § 4 Comments

The Nativity

The Nativity

Another photo from my Monday walk around the neighborhood. Only one more day.

Wishing you every good gift from above.   Merry Christmas everyone!


December 23, 2008 § 1 Comment







Scenes from around the neighborhood on my walk yesterday. I think there’s a good chance that we will have a white Christmas.  These make our neighborhood look pretty rural. But there is a big green space a few blocks away where all the big towers carrying the power lines cut across the neighborhood.  And our local park has a marshy spot.  The rest is typical suburban 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s houses. You can see the change in house style every few blocks as another development was built.  It all looks so much more charming in the snow!


December 22, 2008 § 4 Comments

The Craft Zone

The Craft Zone

What does one do just a few days before Christmas? Well, make a goofy gift for your best friend, of course.  Now we can guard against any unwanted traffic barreling through our craft zones!  Free safety cone pattern at Create!

The extra Snow Days have been a welcome chance to catch up on some sewing and knitting.  We got out for a bit of fresh air and stomped around in the snow yesterday. Then it started snowing again. This has been some crazy weather these last few days!


December 21, 2008 § 3 Comments


Woody the woodpecker

This guy showed up after the snow and has been going at this tree ever since.  His head is blurry because he is pecking at the tree like there is no tomorrow.  Ironically, the weather prediction is high winds with more snow.  Truly blizzard weather. I hope our power stays on! It was 13 degrees F. yesterday morning. Brrrrrrrr.  In true middle-aged style, I’ve been wearing wool socks to bed!

Edited to Add:

I pre-published this just in case the power did go out… it did not. Yay!

Snowy windows

Snowy windows

But that storm last night felt like a good ol’ fashioned Iowan blizzard with the snow plastered to the windows and everything.  It brought back memories.


December 20, 2008 § 3 Comments

7 sets of potholders

7 sets of potholders...

This is what I did with my Snow Day.  I had made the striped tops awhile ago.  All I had to do was sit down and quilt the layers and bind them.

...all from scraps.

... mostly from scraps.

They range from 7 1/2″ – 8 ” square. It just all depended on the size of the stripes and how the fabric quilted up.  I used Insul-Bright in the middle with a layer of cotton batting on each side. They came out nice and thick!

Some more last minute gifts ready to go.


December 19, 2008 § 6 Comments


Brrrrr Park by Minick & Simpson

Contemplating a guilt-free, no-deadline, just-because-I-feel-like-it Snow Day/Holiday quilt to work on for the next couple of weeks.  Then… back to work on the things I should be doing.

Yes, we finally did get some snow yesterday.  6 or 7 inches of that beautiful fluffy stuff.  Beautiful and fluffy on the trees. Icy and slippery on the roads. Jack-knifed semis and 12-car pile-ups.  Closed freeways. We stayed home. I puttered about the house and did a little bit of catch-up sewing.

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