Thursday, December 29, 2011

happy and bright . . .

So another hodge-podge post from me today. Since that's rather like my life, I guess I shouldn't be surprised! First I wanted to do a little housekeeping (so to speak). I had a number of lovely comments on my Holly Jolly Topper tutorial post and quite a few requests for the pdf of the template, which pleased me *greatly*! But several of the folks who left a comment requesting the template were the dreaded "noreply" bloggers. I can't tell you how badly I feel when this happens! So just in case any of you are reading, I wanted you to know that I didn't ignore you, I just had no way of contacting you! If you are: astitch, rwallis6, or whistlebet57 (Elizabeth), please e-mail me at denisepanter (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send that template off to you right away!

Next, I wanted to share this little gem:
This is the 'happy light' I referred to in yesterday's post. My sister got this for me for Christmas. It's AWESOME! I tend to struggle with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) in the winter months, particularly in January/February. I know how much I need LIGHT in order to feel ... effective. That's tough enough during the winter months with it's short days and gloomy skies, but even tougher in the RV with its tinted windows. My happy light is just the thing I need to boost my spirits and give me that sense of 'bright' I need!! I'm really loving having it!

You know what else brightens my spirits? Freshly painted toes!! Joc and Jason gave me some lovely peppermint foot scrub and cream for Christmas and I put it to use last night. I scrubbed to my heart's content and then lathered up with the cream and put my socks (and boot) on before tucking in for the night.
This morning my feet were so smooth and nice, they definitely deserved a fresh painting in my favorite hot pink! You'll just have to trust me that the toes on my right foot are as pretty in pink as those on my left foot. LOL! And the hot pink Tweetie Bird pj pants are a gift from Todd -- the perfect thing to wear on a quiet, stay-at-home, chilly day!

Guess what? ANOTHER bright spot! When Todd brought in the mail the other day, there was a sweet little package ... for ME!
C. Joy, from Joy & Comfort, had won a giveaway from Cat Patches' Occupy Your Sewing Room giveaway. When she won, she e-mailed me to say that since she'd learned of the giveaway from reading my blog, she wanted to share her prize with me!
It was charm squares in this darling Little Apples print by Moda! Is that not the sweetest thing? So very generous and kind! I'd found a cute little pillow on another blog ...
Little Bluebell. Isn't this darling? I think the Little Apple charms will work quite nicely in this cute little pillow top!

You know what else brightens my day? The thought of starting a new quilting project. Or projects!! Barbara, over at Cat Patches, had the brilliant idea of a creating a challenge where you started new projects ... dipped into your quilting bucket list, so to speak!
I've been thinking about some things I want to try and here's the list I've come up with so far:
1) A tee-shirt quilt (for my niece).
2) A rag quilt.
3) A faux applique quilt.
4) I want to do something with photos on fabric.
5) I'd like to do a piece that's artsy.
6) I have a darling pattern for a quilted football I'd love to make in my favorite team colors! And I'd really like to make several of them to giveaway!
7-12+) I want to design a table topper (preferably in EQ) like my Candy Corn and Holly Jolly Toppers, so I have a different one for every month. This would be about nine different quilted toppers I'd need to create!

I know there are other processes out there I'd love to try, but this will do for a good start! I'm going to link up with Barbara on her What's on your 2012 NewFO To Do List?. Be sure to stop by and check it out ... you may even want to play along! I understand there are some fun prizes for participants!! (And that's a day-brightener for sure!)

:)

12 left a comment . . .:

Sarah said...

I don't know that I suffer from SAD but I do know that I miss the sunshine, especially after 14 years of sun in Miami. Sounds like a good NewFO list! I just added another to mine. Something on your list, tho totally unrelated, made me think of it...

Frivolitea said...

Hello! I am so glad to meet you. Thank you for leaving a comment at Frivolitea! you seem like such a cheerful and joyful person. I will be back to visit your blog! Happy New Year!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

How sweet of Joy to share with you. Lovely list you have and it is going to be fun to see all the new projects everyone are planning being played with.

Pat said...

Your peppermint foot care products sound very nice...and that was very sweet of your blogging friend to share her prize with you! I'll look forward to see what other table toppers you design in EQ!!! My friend loved the Holly Jolly Topper I made to give her on Christmas.

Barbara F. said...

Your tootsies look great. I love Tweety! I have to look for those jammies. I do wish I remembered what I learned in sewing class in junior high!! I got the home economics medal, and I don't remember a thing. Boo hoo, Seriously, Denise, you inspire me to sew and quilt. Maybe that will be my project for 2012. xo

Mary said...

Glad to see you joined the NewFO group too. I know I need some fun to go along with UFO's! Love the toes. and glad you have "light" to keep you happy. Living in the Basement is pretty dark too. That's why I have to leave and sew at my Quilt Buddies once in a while.

C. Joy said...

Glad you like the fabric. You have inspired me - I'm thinking I should use my fabric to make the same pillow. Of course you know how it is - we can use the same pattern and get two totally different looks (that's one of the things I love about quilting). Have a wonderful weekend.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Sharing with you because she learned of the giveaway on your blog...just about the sweetest thing ever! I love your pink polish. :) blessings, marlene

Kate said...

Very pretty toes! I'd be bummed about the computer too, that's just no fun at all. Glad that you had a couple of bright spots in there as well.

Your NewFO list has lots of interesting projects on it. Look forward to seeing what you start for each of those.

Barbara said...

How nice that Joy shared her charms with you. She told me she was going to, and I didn't put the two names together. Love your pink toes. Thanks for sharing your NewFO's!

Love Bears All Things said...

I have a bit of that problem myself, especially ring after the holidays...and that is why we have our windows uncovered in the kitchen and Family room...the sun isn't shining today but there is light coming in.......I had a terrible time in PA when we lived there. Not only was it grey and overcast most winter days but there were few evergreens as we have in Alabama.
You're ambitious...I've not even thought of projects for 2012.
Did I tell you the Princess got a sewing machine for Christmas....well to share with her Mother...I'm so proud to know she loves to sew at her young age...
Okay, must dress and go run errands...I plan on a pedicure, myself.
Mama Bear

sugarfoot said...

I recently bought myself a Happy Light. I am loving it. Thirty minutes with the light beside me while I sip my coffee seems to be making a big difference for me. -Lisa W.