Do you remember me?
I was a little shocked to realize I hadn't posted since January 7th. I mean, I knew it had been a while, I just hadn't realized it had been quite that LONG of a while! And I do have a ton of good (and passable) excuses, but no point in putting you through all that, eh?
Weather here in North Alabama has been crazy. After serving up record high temps (we're talking upper 70's, right at 80's) in January and February, we woke up this morning to snow.
By noon it was gone, but there's snow in the forecast for Tuesday, too. Must be the "coming in a like a lion" deal. I'm ready for the lamb. And boat weather. :)
I was able, at practically the last minute, to get in on the annual quilting retreat our stitcher's group does at Grand Oak Retreat. Last year I'd been unable to go and so I lost my place. This year the gal who'd taken my spot found herself with a conflicting commitment and was unable to go to retreat. So two weeks prior, I got a call saying there was a spot available. Yay!
Of course I didn't have a lot of prep time, and I ended up not taking my machine, instead taking a lot of hand work projects I wanted to either wrap up or spend some time on. I finished up this cute hexie snowman runner . . .
I really love this fun little piece! And I did some much overdue work on the wool strawberry mat I started in ... July.
It's coming along, though I still have some work to do on it. I hadn't figured out Steam-A-Seam when I first drafted this/cut it out, which has made it kind of tricky to work with. ;)
In my last post we had just celebrated Ellie's 5th birthday. In February we celebrated my mom's birthday (her first birthday in Alabama).
And then we turned around and celebrated Joc's birthday!
Yesterday was Kim's birthday and today is Sawyer's, and I hate having to celebrate those from a distance. But we did get to sing happy birthday via FaceTime (again, technology for which I'm oh-so-grateful)!
You probably don't realize this, but as a little experiment, last year Todd and I left Christmas (from 2015) up in the RV for the entire year. Ellie and Evey just loved it (and so did Todd and I), but I have to admit that by the year's end, I was ready to take it all down. I missed putting up my *other* seasonal things during the year. Like Valentine's . . .
And it gave me an excuse to whip up this sweet little Valentine hearts candle mat in wool:
Hahaha! Last weekend I was thinking about putting out Spring/Easter decor, but I'm so hard pressed to do that when it reverts back to cold and grey. So this was as far as I got . . .
It's there and ready, when the weather cooperates a tad! I also went through my quilt pieces and was surprised to realize I don't have ANYthing springish for the mini stand. Hmmmm.
So yesterday I finally made it out to the Nook. It was in desperate need of 'organization/cleaning' and I spent the morning doing just that. After lunch it was respectable and I was ready to roll and put together a quick and easy piece that makes me smile . . .
The applique was one I'd done as a sample for my faux applique lecture at our guild's applique round robin a couple of years ago. I whipped up some pinwheels, bordered it, quilted it, and put the binding on it. Easy peasy! And Spring-y!
I've been enjoying this season of Lent, walking through a new devotion, 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast, by Alicia Britt Chole. So far it's been absolutely marvelous and I'm really enjoying it. I hope to have some concrete news on where we've been re-assigned, soon, too! And that about catches y'all up with me! Have a splendiferous week ahead!