Reflecting on 2018...

What a year 2018 was!!! For the first time in several years, I’m reflecting on my goals... and actually feeling like I knocked some of them out of the park. We have sold our house, moved to a new town, enrolled the boys in new schools. We have started a business, not failed at it, and are heading into 2019 with a full head of steam. I have worked on leaving the baggage behind, becoming brave, and overcoming my fear of the stomach bug. I have taken many classes, simplified my life (a little bit), and become a little bit more of the grown-up I’ve always wanted to be. I sewed. A lot. I took a vacation with the kids to North Carolina where we joined some friends and their kids. I stayed on task more often than not. I read 50 books. I even stayed *relatively* healthy (which is a joke since I am writing this in my pjs, on the couch, down for the count). And some days I even worked out, drank water and flossed. 


I’m calling 2018 a WIN. Here’s hoping that 2019 can match... 

Books Read in 2018

I had a goal to read 50 books this year. And I. DID. IT. Barely... but that’s not what matters. What matters is that I did it. I even enjoyed it. But now I’m considering it checked off the bucket list... and it probably won’t show up on my goals for 2019. Not to say I won’t read still... but I’m going to read for pleasure or education and not put any quantifiable numbers on it. For now, I’m going to look at this list and smile...

Books Read: 

1. Practical Magic
2. The Austen Escape
3. The Forgotten Seamstress
4. Small Great Things
5. Red Rising
6. The Thousandth Floor
7. The Almost Sisters
8. Ginny Moon
9. Caroline: Little House, Revisited
10. Astrophysics for Busy People
11. Love Walked In
12. The Girl You Left Behind
13. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
14. The Restaurant Critic’s Wife
15. The Good House
17. Cocoa Beach
18. Born a Crime
19. The Dazzling Heights
20. News of the World
21. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
22. Charleston: A Novel
23. This is What Happy Looks Like
24. The Kitchen House
25. What I Saw and How I Lied
26. Sunburn
27. Forks, Knives, and Spoons: A Novel
28. Good As Gone
29. When We Were Worthy
30. Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter
31. Yankee Doodle Dixie
32. Something In Between
33. The Perfect Mother
34. Falling Together
35. Life and Other Near Death Experiences
36. The Invention of Wings
37. Before We Were Yours
38. The Hamilton Affair
39. I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
40. The List
41. Goodbye, Vitamin
42. The Saturday Evening Girls Club
43. Campaign Widows
44. The Light We Lost
45. Eliza and Her Monsters
46. Made You Up
47. The Bookshop of Yesterdays
48. Kitchen Yarns
49. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

50. Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Slow but Steady...

In the fall, I was able to join up with a quilt-a-long by Libs Elliott... the La Fin du Monde quilt. Sadly, I had to neglect it for a few weeks to wrap up a baby quilt for my nephew. But last Thursday, I chained myself to the laundry room so my children wouldn’t have to wear shorts in 29 degree weather. Luckily the laundry room happens to be right next to my sewing nook. This means I made some nice progress on the blocks... AND got to enjoy a chore I typically HATE. 



I tackled this project mostly because I really wanted to tackle sewing curves. I’m terrified of them, but have grand plans of doing an orange peel quilt one day... so... I kind of need to tackle them at some point! While my results have ranged the gamut of not-perfect... I am getting better, and I’m happy with how they came out overall. Having awesome tutorial videos from Libs makes it 100% more enjoyable.  

Also happening in the sewing room...  

  • 18 teacher gifts

  • A 2018 Mystery Quilt-a-Long

  • A “+ sampler quilt” (also a QAL)

  • ... a bunch of other things I can’t remember right now.


This week, the teacher gifts and all things Christmas take precedence. And all the other stuff that goes along with “life.” Everything else will be icing on top.  


Looking Forward

I’m not sure how it’s already the first day of the last month of the year...

I’m both feeling oddly accomplished for the year, and woefully under accomplished. Rather than making this a recap post for the year (that one is coming)... I’m going to focus on what I want to do moving forward.

I miss this corner of the interwebs. I miss the process of writing. I miss sharing my thoughts with the blogosphere... and reading their thoughts in return. I unintentionally walked away from all social media platforms this fall. I only missed Instagram. So, I’ve intentionally decided to stay away. While I need to stay on FB to moderate some real-life groups I’m involved in... I’m only participating in that capacity. I’ve returned to Instagram, and will only invest my time here and there moving forward. Because one of my biggest lessons of the year? I will never, ever have enough time for all I want to accomplish in this life. And if I have to choose, I choose this. Even If it means talking to no one. (Can we promise to make 2019 the year we bring the blog back?!) 

Time. Clearly not enough. And this past year I’ve spent way too much time beating myself up for not using it how I wanted. My personal challenges became burdens. So in 2019, I’m simplifying them. Less goals, more focus on being present. Being creative. However that may be. I’m not walking away from my goals completely, but re-embracing what this site was originally meant to be. I’m not sure if I’m setting myself a “frame a day” goal. Or if I’ll buy a roll a film and just set a goal to shoot one roll of film next year. I’m not sure if I’ll have a finish X amount of quilts this year or a simple goal of thirty minutes of creativity a day or a week. 

I’m going to take time to capture images, edit images, share images. I’m going to engage more with those that take their precious time to comment here and on Instagram. I’m going to take the time and upload them to Flickr. I’m going back to the basics, my roots. 

Looking Forward, but Going Back. In an odd way, this feels like progress to me. Looking Forward, Making Time. Finding myself a bit more that is the chaos of these days. These days where multi-tasking and kid-chauffeuring seem to be the norm.  

2019. I’m Looking Forward to you. 


Five Things

I’m determined to make this blogging thing a part of my daily life... but, as “they say, developing a new routine (or reinstating a former one!) takes 30 days. So, while I’ve sat down and wrote every day... nothing has been post-worthy. (And one day, it wasn’t even a logical stream of thought.) 

 That said, it’s Fri-yay! And here I am with five random thoughts to kick off the weekend. 

1. I’m thinking about making these posts micro casts. On a whim (while randomly awake in the middle of the night), I watched a series of tutorials on podcasting. There are two takeaways from this. One, I should not watch tutorials in the middle of the night on things I have only joked about doing in the past. Two, I’m clearly seeking alternate ways to document life in my little world. This leads me to ...

2. I’m working on a series of classes to teach locally that combine my love of making and my love of photography. It’s still in the very early stages [read: it’s a bunch of random thoughts and notes on various paper-like items]. It’s early, but exciting. We’ll see if it comes to fruition... but for now, I’m enjoying the pondering. 

3. We have 10 more days of summer break. I’m trying to think of fun things to fill them with... without breaking the bank or going too crazy. I think we are ALL ready for the return of the school-year schedule. There’s a good dose of anxiety mixed in as well... but mostly, excitement. (I think.)  

4. I’ve been helping a friend with some designs for retail products. I’ve used this opportunity as a way to become more iPad-centric with designs and illustrations. It’s been, uh, hard and not always rewarding... but I’ve found my groove a few times and that’s really exciting to me! It’s been a challenge to find iPad apps that work well for my limited drawing expertise. Now if only I could use my fonts... 

5. Last month, the husband got my old, abandoned bike tuned up. While I was away last week, a new basket and helmet arrived. This week, the boys and I biked to the library and the playground. It. Was. Awesome. It would have been way more awesome if it wasn’t in the 90s and as humid as heck! I’m very much looking forward to biking to my favorite fabric stores once the fall arrives!

Weekend plans include working, laundry, and a whole lot of cleaning. And maybe, just maybe, some sewing! Happy weekend friends! 

Summer, where’d you go?!

I’m not really sure how I’m already staring down the end of summer here. I had so many grand plans of what was going to happen during this time... and while a lot of it DID happen... a lot didn’t.

Let’s focus on what did happen to start. 

1. Both boys attended camp through the town recreation department and both boys LOVED it. We’re already planning which camps to partake in next summer.  

2. We made it to the town beach many afternoons. Moving here, I had no idea that there even was a town beach, or that we could acquire a parking pass for $30. We’ve definitely gotten our money out of that one! 

3. I finished 3 quilt tops and some other random odds and ends... which feels really good since I was in a pattern of starting, but not finishing! Lightening the load in the sewing room has really helped me focus on where I want to go both career-wise and hobby-wise.

4. I took the boys on vacation to North Carolina with some friends and their kids. I drove them down (and back) and spent a week in between. And I LIVED TO TELL THE TALE. Amazing. Actually, the whole vacation was amazing and I am so much better off mentally for doing it. (Even though I was absolutely terrified.)  

5. I read. A lot. More than I’ve read during any summer in recent history. And it felt amazing! Sadly, I feel like my boys have read less and watched more tv and played more video games than during any summer in recent history... but soon that will all change when school is in session. (Right?!) 

Now... what didn’t happen.  

1. Work. Even though I had them in camp for three weeks at the beginning of summer... I didn’t get much done. I feel that this past school year was more traumatic than I gave it credit for and I needed that time to recover. Also, I underestimated the amount of time it would take to get us set up with new schools, new pediatricians, new vets, etc. While I scaled back my workload significantly, I still wasn’t as productive as I needed to be. So here I am with deadlines looming and a LOT of work to get through. Any tips would be welcomed on how to work faster and smarter.  

2. Keeping up on social media. I’m notoriously bad at keeping on top of this stuff... but I thought that by limiting it to a few accounts would help. At the end of the day though, I realize there’s only so many hours in a said day and when I spend the majority of them entertaining children... this gets lost in the shuffle. Hoping to set this straight in September. HOWEVER, I did decide that a focus on blog posts is better for my soul than anything else... so I think that’s where I will return first. 

3. Laundry and other chores. Oh well, right?! (But really, I can’t wait for school so that my clean house stays that way for more than a second when I actually get around to it!) 

4. A daily schedule, weight loss, or figuring out what I wanted to be when I grow up. All of these fall under the category of “would have been nice” but I was really hoping to make some forward progress on any of these... instead of backwards progress. Sigh. I’m trying not to beat myself up on these (hence, the reason they are grouped together) but still... it’s hard.  

I still have June and July “By the Numbers” posts to put up... but for now I’m going to try to unpack the car from vacation, wade my way through the dirty laundry, and find my countertop under all the piles of STUFF. Wish me luck! 


A 2018 Goals “check-in”

Well, here we are. Half the year gone... although I am not quite sure how *that* happened! And what better time to check in on all those goals and resolutions I made back in January? Normally, I’m more of a “Look Back in December and Freak Out” type of gal, but I’m really trying to change that. Plus, while half a year is gone... another six months still remain! 

So, without any more rambling... Goals, with current status. 

1. Move. DONE!!!!! While we are not in our forever home... we are in our forever town quite possibly. And we are very, very happy here! 

2. Find my passion. I’m getting there. I’ve clarified some passions of mine, but now I’m trying to figure out how to make them actually earn income. But, like a lot of things, this will be a long-term project and I’m just happy I made some inroads here. 

3. 100 push-ups. I can do a solid 8. A questionable 11. Overall, working out needs to come front and center when the boys (BOTH) go to school next year! 

4. Read 50 books. I believe I am at 24 for the year right now. Considering I didn’t really read *AT ALL* while we were moving, I’m thrilled to be just one book off the mark halfway through the year. And it’s summer! I somehow always read more then.

5. More sewing time, less tech time. While I am definitely NOT knocking this one out of the park... I am doing much better with it. And so much more conscious of the time I stare at a screen. I’ve also been knocking through some very, very old works in progress so I am feeling good! 

6.  Simplify, simplify, simplify. Across all areas of my life. YES. Based on just the amount of stuff we gave away and threw away prior to moving, I’ve simplified. I’ve also gotten real about how much I can do in a day. And while I don’t always practice what I preach... I’m trying.

7. Improve my time management. I’m no where close. While I LOVE my new 2018 planner, and it’s made a huge difference... I don’t have the balance I strive for. Some weeks, I’m on top of social media. Other weeks, I’m on top of work. Every so often, I’m on top of my crafting game. And my email box is a slight disaster. I really don’t understand how people juggle all these things! What am I missing?! 

8. Drink more H2O. FAIL. This is my focus this month. 

9. Take a class. Or twelve. I’ve taken... one. But hey, I also moved towns, moved states. I’m giving myself a pass on this. For now. 

10. Loose the baggage. Let’s just say that I think each week I’m a bit farther away from all those bags than I was the week before. BUT... this one is definitely going to be on the 2019 goals list as well. It’s not easy undoing 20+ years of negative, shameful thoughts. 

11. More Family Time. I feel like it’s been less family time in the past few months due to killer school commutes. But summer is FINALLY HERE and I’m looking to change this! We’ve declared our table “device free” and that alone has made our family feel closer. 

12. Intentional friendships. This is hard for me. Especially now that we’ve moved towns, moved states. But I am trying... except for on my most introverted of days. 

13. Leave each day better than I found it. Every day, I try. I don’t always succeed... but I try. 

14. Take more risks. Moving to a new town, in a new state and finding all new ... well, everything... counts as a risk, right?! Selling our house and moving was a rather big gamble... and one that hopefully works out... but it’s not a risk “old me” would have taken. So I’m considering this fulfilled. :) 

15. Floss more. I am, I am!!! 


Phew. That was a longer post than I thought it would be! And while I do have more to say... I’m going to point to item number five on the list and spend some quality time in front of the sewing machine. (After I pour myself a glass of water, of course!) I will leave you with this parting thought. I am so very proud of what I HAVE accomplished this year, and it’s only halfway over! 


Have you checked in on your goals and/or resolutions!?  


May by the numbers... on time!

I’ve seen many bloggers do monthly “reflection” posts where they track projects completed and started/yards of fabric accumulated and used/etc. I thought this might be a great practice for myself. Not only in the crafty world... but also in the general tracking of resolutions. I’m not going to lie... it’s nice to see some of those numbers... it’s a good reminder that even though it often doesn’t feel it... progress is being made.

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Trips to the Salvation Army with a jam-packed Flex: 1

Garbage Dumpsters rented (and filled to the brim): 1

Trips to the storage unit with a jam-packed Flex: ZERO!

Number of houses SOLD: ONE!!!!

Number of places we called home: 2

Workouts accomplished: FIVE! (Considering the track record of zero... I’m happy with this!) 

Yards of fabric brought in: ?

Yards of fabric sent out (used, destashed, etc.): ? (I can’t bring myself to count this)

Books Read: 3 ... but really good ones.
(PACHINKO • Cocoa Beach • Born a Crime)

Seconds of video mashed: 37!


April by the numbers... a LOT late

 Well, I’m a WHOLE MONTH LATE posting this. But hey, it’s been a crazy period, what can I say?!

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I’ve seen many bloggers do monthly “reflection” posts where they track projects completed and started/yards of fabric accumulated and used/etc. I thought this might be a great practice for myself. Not only in the crafty world... but also in the general tracking of resolutions. I’m not going to lie... it’s nice to see some of those numbers... it’s a good reminder that even though it often doesn’t feel it... progress is being made.

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Trips to the Salvation Army with a jam-packed Flex: 1

Trips to the storage unit with a jam-packed Flex: more than I will admit to

Number of home showings: 7

Number of home sale offers accepted: 3

Number of home sale deals that fell through: 2

Number of places we called home: 2

Workouts accomplished: NONE. :-(

Quilt shows participated in: 1

Yards of fabric brought in: 0

Yards of fabric sent out (used, destashed, etc.): 0 (hey, it was a busy month!)

Books Read: 3 (officially off my pace for the year)
(The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight • The Restaurant Critic’s Wife • The Good House)

Seconds of video mashed: 34


A moment to breathe...

The last thing I should be doing is writing. Which, of course, means its also the thing I need to do most.  But, time is precious so this will be a stream of conscience... and not a well-edited post. Okay? Okay. 


1. The last time I wrote, at length, our house was under agreement with the first set of buyers who saw it. For asking. Which was awesome. Until it wasn’t. Three buyers later, we are now working with our fourth set of buyers. Dear me, I really hope this one sticks. I’m not sure what’s going on... but we seem to have attracted all the really naive, or just not that smart, buyers. Nope, a mortgage doesn’t include utilities. Nope, you really can’t fit half a dozen kids in our house. Nope, you can’t walk away up until closing with all your money back. Oy. I’m sure this home sale fiasco will make a great story once all is said and done. Some day.  

2. On the other side, we moved into our rental in our new town, new state on Monday. I’m so excited to get unpacked and settled in. Even more than that, I’m looking forward to setting down roots in a new place. While I really like stability, and despise change... this is good change, good instability. We never planned to be at our last place for 13 years. So all this change, all this uncertainty... it’s welcome. But I reserve the right to complain until the last box is moved! 

3. Change of subject. The first ever, pattern-following quilt that I made was on display a couple of weekends ago. I was honored to be asked to submit it by my guild and I’m not going to lie... it felt like quite an accomplishment to see it hanging there. The timing of all of this could have been better... but I’m embracing any opportunity with open arms. I’m also trying to get back into the routine of sewing after I get the boys in bed every night. My sanity needs it now, more than ever. 

 4. YouTubeTV.  If you have ever had a conversation with me about YouTube... there would be no misunderstanding about my feelings on the site. (Spoiler: They aren’t very nice thoughts.) So, when my husband suggested trying YouTube TV at the new place, I believe daggers shot from my eyes. But guess what?! I’m. In. Love. I love being able to watch live TV. (Especially local weather reports.) I love how easy it is to navigate the interface. And I love that I can eliminate my hulu subscription... which is how I’ve been watching shows until now. 

5. Summer has finally shown up. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m THRILLED to say goodbye to winter. But... I was kind of hoping for a bit of Spring before we hit 90 degrees. Oh well, such is life, right!?  

Now it’s back to unpacking, and getting settled...  

Happy Friday y’all! 

March by the numbers... a bit late!

Well, I’m a bit behind in posting March. I was thinking about backdating it... but I’m behind in all aspects of life, so why should this be any different?! It is NO JOKE to get a house ready to sell, listed for sale, and then kept clean for showings and open houses. Especially when you have two boys and a menagerie that just doesn’t understand what “clean” means. Sigh. But, we’re doing it. And slowly packing. Amongst all the showings, home sales, home inspections, and buyer withdrawals. Hoping the third time is the charm... 

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I’ve seen many bloggers do monthly “reflection” posts where they track projects completed and started/yards of fabric accumulated and used/etc. I thought this might be a great practice for myself. Not only in the crafty world... but also in the general tracking of resolutions. I’m not going to lie... it’s nice to see some of those numbers... it’s a good reminder that even though it often doesn’t feel it... progress is being made.

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Trips to the Salvation Army with a jam-packed Flex: ZERO!

Storage units acquired: 1

Trips to the storage unit with a jam-packed Flex: 4

Number of houses listed for sale: 1

Number of purchase and sale agreements signed: 1

Number of home sale deals that fell through: 1

Days of school missed: 2

Workouts accomplished: NONE. :-( 

Yards of fabric brought in: 0 

Yards of fabric sent out (used, destashed, etc.): 0 (hey, it was a busy month!) 

Books Read: 2 (THIS is SAD!)
(Love Walked In • The Girl You Left Behind) 

Seconds of video mashed: 33! 

The whirlwind that was this week.

Last Friday, our house listing went live. By Saturday night we had an offer for asking price plus closing costs. To say we weren’t expecting that was an understatement. We still chose to have our Open House Sunday, as an insurance policy if nothing else. Almost as shocking as the quick offer was the fact that 17 groups came through the open house. There’s been a lot of inventory just *sitting* in our town, so this was a thrilling turn of events.

Less thrilling is the fact that the one contingency we hadn’t planned for was a quick sale and a quick closing. For a variety of reasons, we aren’t jumping into buying another house right now. After 15 years of home ownership, I struggle a bit with not only the idea of a rental... but also with inventory leaning towards couples and young families. After more research and touring hours than I can count, we have one solid option and one backup option that we can make work... we think. I hope. 

It’s hard. I keep telling myself this is a good problem to have. But... Our home sale seems to be going full speed ahead and we can’t seem to get off the starting blocks for the rental. And it’s not for lack of trying. This is unsettling to me. It’s nerve-wracking. I don’t function well without a plan in place. Here’s hoping the weekend brings us good news. Preferably in the form of approval to the one rental we really feel can work for our family. 

In the meantime... I will try to take deep breaths, start packing, and think positive thoughts. 

38 days to go. 

A Few Things

1. On the first Friday of March, we were hit with a Nor’Easter. I somehow never heard how severe it was going to be and I went into the day thinking it would be a bit rainy and windy. Well, it was a bit more than just some rain and wind. It was torrential downpours and gusts that rivaled hurricane levels. There was widespread power outages and property damage. Luckily, we escaped both of these scenarios. Not so luckily, I had the unfortunate timing of going to get the trash bins right as the wind picked up a plastic chair, and flung it across the yard.... right into my eye. It resulted in quite the black eye, but considering how bad it could have been... I’m trying to grin and bear it. (The wind also managed to knock over our gas grill, which is no small feat!)

2. Our REAL ESTATE PHOTOS are DONE! After the Nor’Easter above cancelled our plans, we were able to reschedule for Sunday. The sun actually peeked out moments before the photographer arrived and stayed out for the majority of the shoot. I’m hoping this is a good omen. The listing will be posted Friday, and our first open house will be on Sunday. All the things are crossed that it goes well...

3. Last Monday, we woke to a broken coffee maker. I cannot even express how devastated I was. Clearly, I have an issue with coffee dependency. The silver lining of all of this is that we LOVE our new coffee maker. But man, it was a rough two days without the ability to produce our own caffeine. 

4. Some of you know I suffer from trauma-based anxiety. Sadly, one of my triggers reared it’s ugly, ugly head on Wednesday and threw my day off track. While I’m getting better at walking myself back from these episodes, Wednesday proved that I’m not there yet. But it did prove that I’m making progress since it didn’t throw my whole week off like it’s done in past years. One day, I’ll be strong enough to share more about this publicly... but for now I just want make like a hedgehog and curl into a ball and hide from it. 

5. Speaking of anxiety, I reached the point where I was so completely overwhelmed and anxious, that I’m physically up to my eyeballs in symptoms. Sadly, I’ve now discovered what anxiety-induced eczema is like... and the impacted area?! My eyes. Oh, the discomfort.  

6. Three weeks ago, we decided to homeschool our youngest. Have I shared that here yet?! While we are still in the thick of “figuring it out”... we see a huge improvement in his behavior. So I think that this was the right choice, but I am still getting used to what MY days are like juggling my work and his education. Adding three nor’easters in under two weeks just adds another level of “excitement.”

7. I’ve gotten some big progress made on a few crafty things... but that deserves it’s own post. Soon.  


February by the numbers...

 I’ve seen many bloggers do monthly “reflection” posts where they track projects completed and started/yards of fabric accumulated and used/etc. I thought this might be a great practice for myself. Not only in the crafty world... but also in the general tracking of resolutions. I’m not going to lie... it’s nice to see some of those numbers... it’s a good reminder that even though it often doesn’t feel it... progress is being made.

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Trips to the Salvation Army with a jam-packed Flex: 2

Pounds of trash brought to the transfer station (in addition to our regular pickup): 980 {Yes, I am horrified by that number.}

Days of school missed: 4 (aside from mid-winter break)

Workouts accomplished: 2

Companies incorporated: 1

Yards of fabric brought in: 4

Yards of fabric sent out (used, destashed, etc.): 11.5

Books Read: 6
(Red Rising • The Dazzling Heights • The Almost Sisters • Ginny Moon • Caroline: Little House, Revisited • Astrophysics for Busy People)

Seconds of video mashed: 29 (with lots more 🦔!)


Five on Friday : Happy {Lunar} New Year!

After 5+ weeks of illnesses making their rounds here (after several snow days and a two week winter break) ... I’m finally getting some chunks of time to actually get.stuff.done. This is the first week of 2018 that I’ve had multiple days in a row without a kid home for school, or being down for the count myself. Of course, we are heading into “mid winter break” and everyone will be home next week. SIGH.  (Of course, right?!) 

Moving on... 

Five Things after a very full week:  

1. I’ve jumped into high gear on the home sale prep. It’s been a ton of work.... but great strides have been made. I have whole rooms that only have “clean” and “stage” left on the to-do list. But let’s be honest... with two boys, that’s not happening until the photographer is scheduled to take the pics! Hoping that this weekend is super productive and we can head into the vacation week with minimal work left to be done.  

2. My husband and I are officially business partners. I can’t say much at this point... but there’s more to come on this front. In the meantime, I’ll just relish the fact that we’ve gotten the LLC formed. (And a bank account opened.) 

3. In between all this house stuff and business stuff... I’ve actually managed to get some sewing done this week. Most of it has been in the form of mats for the bearded dragon cage... but it’s been so good to put those felt scraps to good use! 

4. I won a big job today. I’m excited and feeling more confident than I have in a while. Looking forward to getting back into the website design game over the next couple of months. But right now I’m just reveling in the fact that “I still got it!” 

5. Today marks Lunar New Year! As in years past, I made a Korean meal for dinner. This year is a little more special since Korea has been so prevalent in the media due to the olympics. I’ve got plans to get the boys out for an annual hanbok shoot... but just now realizing that they have no appropriate footwear... so maybe not?! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  

January by the numbers...

I’ve seen many bloggers do monthly “reflection” posts where they track projects completed and started/yards of fabric accumulated and used/etc. I thought this might be a great practice for myself. Not only in the crafty world... but also in the general tracking of resolutions. I’m not going to lie... it’s nice to see some of those numbers... it’s a good reminder that even though it often doesn’t feel it... progress is being made. 

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Trips to the Salvation Army with a jam-packed Flex: 1

Extra trash bags filled (the big black ones): 12 🤭 

Days of school missed: 7 (not including holidays) 

Workouts accomplished: 0

Yards of fabric brought in: 10 (eek... that’s a lot.)

Yards of fabric sent out (used, destashed, etc): 35.5 (YES!!!)

Books Read: 4
 (Practical Magic  • The Austen Escape • The Forgotten Seamstress • Small Great Things)

Seconds of video mashed: 37


Five on Friday : The Last Friday of January

Well, so far I’m doing miserably on my goal of writing here more.  

That’s kind of a bummer. 

But... with all the sick days, snow days, and holidays... we’ve had more “days out” than “days in” school.  I recall this happening last year and me swearing to never again start my new year on January 1st. I should have listened to myself. Lunar New Year is a much kinder time to our family.  

Enough with the excuses though. While I have lots of posts pinging around in my mind... I’m going to start with a “Five on Friday” post... a tradition I started on my former blog that I would love to get back into the habit of.  

1. This week—this month—could be summed up in one word. Illness. Illness has taken us all down and I’m the one who seems to struggling the hardest to bounce back. I ended up clearing my schedule yesterday and today so I could just SLEEP. And Sleep I did... barely getting out of bed in time to get the kids both days. (Don’t worry.... I had multiple alarms set and people lined up to call me.) I don’t snooze and I don’t nap so this is a good indicator of how under the weather I was. While I would love to say it felt luxurious... it really didn’t. Hoping that with one or two more good nights of sleep under my belt I can hit the ground running next week.  

2. Before this round of illness struck though, I was crushing the “prepping for sale” list in the house. Last weekend consisted of a trip to the Salvation Army, re-painting the downstairs bath (including the baseboard covers), starting to paint the outdoor fence, and packing up things to go to storage. I also filled too many trash bags to admit to.  

3. Monday brought a team meeting with our oldest’s pediatricians to discuss current medication issues. We’re giving a former med another shot since it truly does seem to be the best option... Hoping that this go, on a larger dose, does the trick for him. Everything is crossed here. 

4. I got absolutely nothing creative done this week. No design work, no quilting, no sewing, no crafting.
I feel rather adrift right now since all those things truly center me. Hoping to feel well enough to go to my quilting class tomorrow and get myself back on track there. At the very least, I hope the kids fall asleep before I do so I can pack up my supplies.  

5. While it seems like quite a lost week here... there is one major accomplishment of note. My husband and I are both in the process of setting up new business entities. He’ll be transitioning into marketing consulting and I hope to transition into the maker-world a bit more. We met with our tax guy on Tuesday and my husband had a meeting on Thursday with the lawyer. (I was busy sleeping.) It looks like we are just a few weeks away from having him set up and I have a much clearer idea now of what I need to be doing to get myself in a good place. That’s progress too... right!? Even if isn’t tangible.  

Wishing you all a healthy last weekend of January! 

What I’m Working On...

It’s been a productive week or two in the craft room. It’s not as much about the *amount* of work being done... but more about the *finishing* that has happened. THAT is key! I finally sewed the back together for the quilt along I participated in last year... and for a Halloween quilt that has been in progress for years. Yes, years. The Halloween back is almost like an “alternate front” ... which means more time, more effort... but also more satisfaction. Both those fronts and backs are off to the longarmer now and I will anxiously await their return. But until then, I plan on basking in the glow of two empty UFO (unfinished object) boxes. 


I also started piecing together another top that has been in progress for too-long-to-admit-to. I absolutely adore this one and really just need to push harder to complete this one...  


And, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t starting a new project. In staying true to my goal of signing up for more classes, I signed up for a quilt class at the end of this month. It’s one day, to make one top, using a new-to-me technique. So of course, I had to pull fabric for this class, right? (And promptly fill up one of those empty boxes, natch... ) I’m kind of loving where this is headed... 




The bonus is that the majority of this is from my stash... with just a handful of fat quarters purchased to round out my palette a bit. Sadly, I do need some more background blenders in there, but I’m planning to buy those the day of if necessary.  

... Hoping to keep the momentum going in the weeks to come! It would be awesome to have a few more empty boxes! 

2018 • Goals and Resolutions

Well, if the date on this post is any indication... I’m having quite a hard time with this year’s goals. I feel as though I have lots and lots of amorphic thoughts, but no words to describe them. I have a lot of “gut feelings” about how I want the year to be... but no plan as how to get there. I’ve written down lists and ideas, done worksheets to get my thoughts in line, and yet... I sit and look at a blank sheet of bullet points.  

Instead of hemming and hawing any longer, I’ve just decided to put it all out there and see what shakes out in the end... from mundane to life-altering. That sounds like an awful plan, but I have systems in place to keep myself on track. Most importantly is a planner that keeps me focused on the big picture and not the minutia of life and “to do lists.” I also have a more rigid schedule (both work and boys) than I have in years past. {Since I work best under a deadline, I actually think this more formal structure will help me greatly.} Lastly, I have a team in place that helps my boys with their needs, and me with my issues. A full team. Not a cobbled together gaggle. This is exciting.

With that said, let’s jump in... shall we?! 

In no particular order...

1. Move. We have realized, that for a variety of reasons, we need to sell our house. We are hoping to relocate within the area... but that’s unknown at the moment. (Also due to a variety of factors.) So what I’ve been diligently working on the past month or so is getting our current house ready to list. This has been no small feat... but also a bigger issue than it should be. I’m looking forward to getting the house listed, and hopefully sold.  

2. Find my passion. Decide what I want to be when I grow up. My current work “situation” is not sustainable. At all. In my heart, I know I need to walk away and do something new. (Hence this new space)... but my head thinks I need to find a way to manage the current work scenario better while organically growing whatever it is that I want to be when I grow up. I have a lot of plans on how to figure this out and move it forward, but time is limited at best. 

3. 100 push-ups. I cannot even do ten at this point. In fact, I may not even be able to do five. A recent physical made me realize exactly how out of shape I am. That needs to change. While I won’t be joining a gym, I may try out one of those online workout options... but really, I think I may just try to spend ten minutes every day trying to improve my push-up count. 

4. Read 50 books. I came soooo close last year. This year, it’s going to happen. I think.  

5. More sewing time, less tech time. I think we are all guilty of this... but I seem to be spending more and more time mindlessly wandering around a device... and less time actually *doing* something. Last year I realized that twenty minutes of time spent creating, every single day, improved my mood substantially. (While also lowering my anxiety significantly.) I can’t complain that I don’t have the time... because I definitely spend at least three times that looking at IG, Pinterest, and other sites.  

6.  Simplify, simplify, simplify. Across all areas of my life. 

7. Improve my time management. I’m way too busy and not producing a thing to show for it. I want to stay on top of emails and social media... I want to use my “lost time” (such as driving the kiddos to and from school) in a productive way. I want to be more on top of what’s due when and who needs to be where. Way too much scrambling and “I’m sorry”s in my life right now.

8. Drink more H2O. Actually, it would be an improvement to drink ANY H20 on a daily basis! My medication actually allows for my body to need very, very little water... but no one can dispute the benefits that drinking water brings... 

9. Take a class. Or twelve. There’s so much more to learn in this life... and not enough time. But, I’m going to need to make time. I want to take at least three sewing/quilting related classes... a basic business class... a class on fabric printing... and a cooking class. And whatever else floats my boat. While I have absolutely ZERO desire to pursue another degree... my internal scholar is not yet satiated. And those online classes just aren’t doing it for me right now. 

10. Loose the baggage. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. And maybe you are one of the lucky few who don’t need to worry about this... but I want to lose all the “could be”s and “should have”s and “I’m sorry”s that seem to rule my world right now. Too much self shame, apologizing, and criticism. It’s ruled too many years of my life and I’m done. 

11. More Family Time. While I currently spend way too much time with my kids, none of it is quality time. It’s shuffling them from one place to another or getting them moving in the morning or settled at night. I’d like to spend time actually DOING things with them instead. Realistically, this won’t be solved until we move... but I want to at least be contentious of it. 

12. Intentional friendships. I have some amazing friendships. Both near and far. But since I am no longer on facebook, and a lot of my friends no longer read blogs... I need to find a way to connect more regularly with them. The day-to-day sucks up so much of my energy that I’m really bad at this. But, these friendships also fill my soul, and that’s just as important as a good cup of coffee! 

13. Leave each day better than I found it.  ‘Nuff said. 

14. Take more risks.  I’m very, very cautious. Too cautious. I don’t do things (even things I really, really want to do) because of the “what ifs” and the “i don’t think I cans” and not for real reasons. I need to be braver, be stronger, and say yes more. 

15. Floss more.  We really don’t need a descriptor here, do we?! 

And there you have it. I could actually keep going... but I won’t. As it is, I set the bar too high here. There’s LOTS of items on here, and I expect to accomplish only a fraction. But it’s kind of like “shoot for the moon, and up with the stars” ... RIGHT?! 


Happy 2018 all!