It’s a new year! Kids go back to school tomorrow! Welcome, 2015!
My New Years was spent at home with a sick husband and four kids. I drank some champagne. I watched the ball drop. I headed to bed. Nothing exciting, much like the whole of my winter break. Fortunately, when I am unable to venture beyond the county line, I have a very good friend who is a world-traveller (she’s a flight attendant) bringing me goodies from all over. Her family spent their winter break in Japan, which is one of the places I most want to visit. (I was insanely envious.) It’s all good, though, because she brought me back the coolest souvenirs. :) A tea set, some of the cutest crackers and candies I’ver ever seen, and a very nice bamboo bookmark. (Happy coincidence, I’m actually reading a book of short stories by a Japanese Author: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa.) My friend is the best!
When not wistfully wishing I had a jet-setting life, I’m reading, and doing one of my various hobbies. I started a hexagon afghan. Tutorial can be found at Attic24. It’s hard to sit and work on it, though, because Marcy is now walking and into EVERYTHING.
I can sum up the last several months (okay, it’s been closer to a year since I’ve posted) with one word: Marceline.
She was born in December. Saying life has been crazy ever since is not accurate. It was crazy to begin with. She’s the fourth and last child–I do not plan on having anymore. There hasn’t been a baby in the house for many years, so we’ve been enjoying every minute of it! As terrible as it sounds (for the other three), I feel like I’m much more present with Marcy. I realize how quickly they grow up, and am trying to hold on to every moment I can.
So, other than the arrival of Marcy, it’s been a typical year. The kids are growing. I have two boys in middle school, now, and Maggie, who was toddling around not too long ago, is now in 1st grade.
Even though I haven’t been online, sharing my crafts, I’ve kept busy making things. I made a blanket for my sister-in-law a few months back, same style as Marcy’s, but in bolder colors:
I’ve also made a few hats, and a dress for Marcy, which turned out to be more of a sweater vest:
I also finished an art quilt I started a long time ago. Maybe you recognize it?
I’m also working on the mermaid quilt I started a few years (2009!!) ago. Photos to follow, soon!
I have a few other projects still in the works, like the Sugarplum Baby Blanket, which, sadly, I haven’t picked up since my stitch counter on my phone got accidentally reset. :( I’m also working on a pair of mock-cable socks and a pair of thick mittens.
First of all, the two Fall themed Mug Rugs I quilted for the Quilting Bloggers Swap are finished. I took a picture, but won’t post it until their recipient gets them! ;) I’m very happy with them, though, especially since I used some techniques new to me. (You’ll see.)
In addition to making those rug mugs, I’ve been doing a little knitting–but not much. What I’ve really been working on (besides the every day stuff I have to do to maintain my household while growing another human being inside of me) is painting. I finished one painting last week, and started another one this weekend. I forgot how much I enjoy painting. And, really, the only reason I picked up the paint brush was because I was feeling a little sad and needed some art therapy.