Friday, July 11, 2014

A Healthy Update

Hello!

After a long and arduous journey, I have returned to health. Hooray! There is no more pain racking my body, further "suspicious" growths have shrunk to (hopefully) the point of no return.  There are physical scars, but the trauma of surgery and my recovery is a mountain I have climbed and subsequently descended. It has been a painful two years, but I am whole and strong and ready for the next chapter.

I'm not quite certain where to begin again with this blog, but I do know I have been pulled to write.  After a long talk with my husband, I decided I would just start writing and see where the keyboard took me.  There is a lot going on inside my head and I believe writing about it is an excellent outlet.

So, an update of sorts?

I have not been idle as I've coursed this path to regain my health.  I have expanded my gardens, learned to quilt, cut off my long hair, read a plethora of books on various topics, written and received letters from my pen pals, baked sourdough bread that will knock your socks off, re-entered the delightful world of soap-making, and painted 75% of my house.  I've laughed and cried, I've loved and lost.  I have discovered ever more about the pieces that create the puzzle that I am. I love to learn, and this was a fantastic opportunity to continue to learn through the trials at hand, just at a much slower pace!
Sourdough currently cooling on the counter. 

I'm in the middle of the gardening season here in Utah, and I admit, the gardens are exhausting.  I am in a daily struggle with a squash plant; It's being petulant and wants to die off, but I won't let it.  I celebrated the 4th of July by harvesting the garlic, which is now hanging in my garage to cure.  We loved strawberry and pea season and are now just starting to harvest summer vegetables.



My favorite gardening activity this year has been my fairy garden.  I am in complete love with it.  Even now, as some of the plants are ready to be cut back or removed, it delights my soul.  I do indeed have a fairy living in the house, her name is Meredith, just in case you are curious.


Back in April, we finally sucked it up and painted the upstairs.  I never wanted to do this and put it off for years.  There was so much to do!  However, putting it off meant that now we needed to paint the ceilings, doors, and trim as well as the walls.  Oh boy, BIG job!  It took three weeks to complete.  We painted the ceilings, all the doors, trim, stairwell, hallway, kitchen, dining, and living room, as well as the piano room.  I fell off the ladder the first day of painting! It was funny, but also not so funny (and at the end of April I broke 3 toes, not ladder-related).

The old wall color is the brownish paint at the center top of the photo. 
Ceilings! Ick. 
My teens, hard at work fixing the boo-boos.
They're both on ladders standing about 10 ft. off the ground.


The hard work was, of course, worth the effort.  We cleaned all the carpets when we were finished, too.  And, after 18 years, we splurged and bought new furniture! Woohoo!  There are plans for a mantle to be built around the fireplace, but we need to save up our pennies again.  

I have a quilt that has been hanging on my design wall for a few months now.  I began with the pattern right before the painting.  Unfortunately, sewing has taken a bit of a break while I've been getting my house back in order.  We are now redoing the spare bedroom (old sewing room) for my son to move in to.   I will get this quilt done!



Once my son moves into his new space, there will be an empty room on the main floor of my house.  I have wonderful and exciting plans for this room!  Since I already have a fabulous sewing room, can you guess what it will be? 

There is so, so much more I could write, my head and heart are spilling over with thoughts and ideas.  Also, I have been working on something  rather awesome, taking my yoga training in a completely new and unforeseen direction.  Exciting stuff!  

There you have it, an update.  Hope y'all are still there and happy and healthy!    


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hiatus

Just a wee note to inform any leftover readers that I won't be here on the blog for a while.  I need to pare down the extraneous and make space for other things that have arisen.  I still plan to visit other blogs as I have been, commenting and enjoying your posts.

Be good, be well, and have a gorgeous day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Quilt-a-long Completion

I finished up the top to the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-a-long.  I snapped two hasty photos with my phone.




This pattern challenged me just a bit in the beginning, and that is good for a relatively new quilter.  I went into the project hoping to pace my sewing.  I found that by the middle of the project my excitement and sewing mojo was seriously starting to wane, but I pressed on (literally and figuratively) and finished it up.  It was hard for me to want to sew on something after a week away from it.  I'm not the kind of person who begins sewing projects and doesn't finish them.  I'm just weirdly organized like that.  It was a good experiment for me and I learned that I need a project to move along at a bit faster pace.

I am considering participating in another quilt-a-long that begins Friday, but it will complete much quicker, so I might give that a try.  My daughter really likes the quilt for that particular quilt-a-long, so I think I would definitely make it for her with fabric of her choosing.  Let's hope my sewing mojo returns by then!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Have A Seat

Sit down, have some tea, stay a while!

As promised, a few photos of my new little sofa in the sewing room.  Just one more reason to never leave this room.  I keep threatening to add a tea kettle.


There wasn't enough room for an end table so I hung a lamp from the ceiling just over one end of the sofa.  I have outlets in my ceiling controlled by a switch, so it's really easy to turn on and off.  Note the pillow forms ready to be covered with something fabulous.




This room was built for something else entirely, but I think it must have known it would grow up to be a sewing room because it is absolutely perfect!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quilt-a-long Progress

The weather here has been uncommonly warm for February, so most days have seen me outside instead of in the sewing room.  My back/hip injury is feeling so much better (thanks to some yoga and well-deserved rest), so I've taken the time to prune all of my fruit trees and rose bushes.  I know it will likely snow again, but at least I enjoyed myself outside in the sunshine when the opportunity arose.  More seed starting this weekend!

When the outdoor chores were finished, I did more sewing for the quilt-a-long, which was really fun as I can finally start to see the pattern coming together.  I had a difficult time figuring out the design layout, I just couldn't wrap my brain around it!  I'm learning though, and I did finally figure it out.

I took a few minutes yesterday to place the block pieces on the design wall to see how it will eventually look. These blocks will finish at a whopping 20 inches.




Currently sewing up the side sections for the blocks from the HSTs and Flying Geese.



I am so in love with this fabric line and am really pleased with my choice to use pink as the background.  I'm excited to see it finished.  I'm still toying with the backing and binding fabric ideas as well as considering another border outside the pink sashing.  What do you think?

Have a gorgeous day!