January 1st, 2009
It’s been another wonderful year for me here in this happy, crafty and creative blogland. Old friendships grew stronger, and new friendships continue to grow. Thank you to all that have showered me with their friendship, kindness and generosity. Every little thing… every big thing - means the world to me. I mean that from the top, bottom, sides and center of my heart.
We had a white Christmas - and it was magical. I was already getting tired of snow and hoping for rain instead… but on Christmas morning it snowed again. And it snowed, and snowed and snowed… and at one point the snow was the size of silver dollar pancakes. Now all is melted, and we’re back to normal North Oregon coast weather… rain, wind, rain and more rain. No more s-word. Done.
A year of new. No resolutions for me. Just a fresh start for 2009. The year 2008 was a wild ride for me. I’ve had some peas and carrots cookin’ in a pot - which takes a long, long, long time to simmer. Even though it’s scary and the wait is long and secretive… it feels fantastic to start the new year and to be taking risks! Of course, my New Year’s Day had me in my jammies at close to 1pm while in the garage sharpening pencils. Getting things done that I’ve been meaning to do forever. My in-box is next!
All the hub-bub and hoo-haa before Christmas and our Wii bowling tournament on Christmas day, I needed to rinse, repeat and untangle for a few days. Best place I can do that is in my hideaway - my sewing room. My bliss. I had treated myself to some Woodland Bloom charms by Lila Tueller for Moda that Anina was selling in her wonderful Twiddletales Store. Moda’s charms are my absolute weakness. Not that I will, but if I ever commit a crime and I’m being interrogated by a good cop/bad cop… I will sing like a bird if charms are flashed in front of me.
My favorite most relaxing thing is hand stitching binding down on a quilt. So I played with a way that I could use the same method for appliqué. The no fuss no muss method, which I’m all about. I don’t like pinching, or pinning, or snipping… just fast, easy and fun. My method is the same as the fusable stuff you sew on, but EVERY time I’ve tried it, I ALWAYS end up pressing and fusing in the wrong places. Like to my iron.
I take my background fabric (my beloved Kona Snow) and my Woodland Blooms print - right sides together, an Ikea saucer, a pencil and I trace around it.
Wishing everyone a happy non scary year of new! xoxo-m
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