January is one of those "winter-hating" months for me. It's always too darn cold (polar vortex) and all grey and dingy brown. So very easy to get into the rut of craving (and caving into) high fat, heavy comfort foods (pasta, cheese, Chinese food, more cheese....lol) and then loafing around in layers of fluffy clothing and napping with a warm cat on your lap....lol! Well...sometimes it takes a good kick in the pants to pick yourself up and get going in a healthier direction!
So...that Radio guy says...how about we break up the routine with a trip to Atlantic City? Hmmmm? It took a little bit of persuading (long car ride, possibly losing money I could spend on fabric...lol!)...but, eventually I agreed....and off we went! :-) And it was FUN! We took all side roads to get there...there is more scenery (open space) in South Jersey than there is where we live...so I enjoyed the architecture of the old victorian homes and farmhouses along the way....I even enjoyed the "nothingness" of the famous Pine Barrens. Eventually we made it to our destination....The Golden Nugget...and enjoyed a few hours of gaming...winning just enough to pay for lunch (a delicious, juicy and HUGE burger) and dinner (Chinese). :-) I've got say that little bit of "different"....made a "difference" in spirit! :-)
Add to that...THIS weekend was to be a warm up...mid 40's on Saturday and mid 50's on Sunday! I set a goal that Saturday morning I was to wake up early, and get right to piecing up that Winter Blessings quilt! It was kind of like scheduling a mini retreat here at home. Some serious progress was made...
Each block is 6-1/2" finished. The triangles along the edge of the quilt are cut on the bias...so even though it was a beautiful day outside for pics, I did not want to handle it too much, and settled on a couple of quick pics of it draped over my ironing board. The next step is a thin red border followed by a thicker green border. Once those get sewed on (next weekend)... the quilt top will be sturdy enough to carry it around a bit and get some good full pics!
Did you ever go really "ga-ga" over a certain designer's fabric lines....and then one day decide you have too much of the same colors in your stash? That's what I thought happened to me. Last year I wanted a brighter color pallet....so I signed on for 2 Mystery BOM's and 1 auto-ship (Box of Figs)...ALL from Fig Tree Quilts. So, when it came time to sign up for 2019's Box of Figs...I opted not to. I figured I was "all Fig Tree'd out"...THEN the LAST Box of Figs of 2018 showed up in my mailbox...
Ain't it loverly! Those fabrics are gorgeous...and they are for making the smaller sized Fair Isle Heart quilt.... *sigh*... and added to the box was some Farmhouse Washi Tape, some Wonder Clips and a sewing themed calendar towel! The "bonus" small project is a heart sachet....made with all neutral colored fabrics... So yes... the frivolous side of me that loves pretty fabric and having happy surprises arrive in the mail is seriously regretting not signing up for 2019's auto-ship...BUT, the sensible and frugal side of me realizes that I've got some serious financial and life changing goals to meet in 2019. And, there is no time like the present to focus and achieve them!
Did I mention that on Sunday morning, as I was waiting for the coffee pot to finish perking...I noticed the beams of golden sunshine were brighter then they have been for awhile...and then my ears picked up on the happy tunes of songbirds! Alas! The silence of Winter has been broken...we are well on our way to Spring!!!
Best get those indoor projects done...and done quick! For soon it will be all about gardens, picnics and antique car shows!!!
But for now Berwyn says... "Would you put that thing (camera) away please....you're interrupting a good nap!"...
Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!