Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ringing in the new year

Well this first week of the new year wasn't everything I wanted and more as I was sick most of the week but the weekend did top it off well. I started the week sick and I was so happy that I had just received another sample from Old Navy (this time activewear-so comfy lounge clothes) from Crowdtap. I spent all day New Year's day in my Old Navy Active Compression pants. They are so comfy for lounging or running errands. I was able to stay comfortable while hanging out with with some good friends.

Wednesday it was back to work for me and I really enjoyed my first days back at full-time (even though I haven't completely transitioned into my new role yet. I am just so grateful to work at a place that I love with people that are just incredible!

Thursday Beau left to go on a roadtrip to help a friend bring two cars from Portland, Maine back to NC and I practically fell apart. I haven't spent that long away from Beau when not with family and so I had to make immediate plans to visit someone. Beau's parents were kind enough to take me in. It is nice to live only a few hours from family for these types of situations. This is where the week really picked up.

I headed down to Griffin after work and got there fairly late in the evening. Beau's mom and I made plans to hit up a bunch of craft and fabric stores and to top the night off with a evening at Stache Studio to create a painting. Saturday we spent all day busy but it was so much fun and we had a great painting to show at the end of the day. I had never been to one of those painting classes before but it was so much fun and I can't wait to go back.

Despite the slow, sickly start to the week it ended on a great note and now Beau is back and life is back to normal. I am so glad to have him home safe!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Happy 2013! Time to get productive...

So I got some great quilting supplies from my MIL for Christmas and it has put me in the mood to get a bit crafty. I have been thinking for awhile about making another quilt (I made one or two about 5 years ago). I keep seeing all this great designs online for more modern and less calico quilts and I decided to go in that direction.

I am going to make a simple rectangle quilt (thought briefly about triangles but this will be a bit easier I think). The design was inspired and will slightly mimic quilts found on Red Pepper Quilts and Elise Blaha-Enjoy It.

I love how Elise uses plain fabric and makes it into something beautiful. I decided to go with that idea and here are my swatches for the front of the quilt.
Side note: Finally caught the Downton Abbey bug (while simultaneously catching this cold bug) and was able to catch up on both seasons. I cannot wait for this show to start back up...hooray for Downton Abbey Season 3 and everything else it has in store :-)