Posted in Holidays, puppies, Travel

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving this year was at my sister’s house in the country. The original plan was to pack up my puppies and head out to her house Wednesday, but… there was an early Black Friday sale at Joann’s fabric. I mean, seriously. Who am I to resist batting and material at irresistible prices? I don’t generally get into the sales after Thanksgiving. I can’t really think of anything that I want badly enough to camp out in the cold. The only thing I would even consider camping out for would be if someone were giving away free sailboats. I’m not holding my breath on that one, especially since I’m going to need a pretty good size sailboat to be able to fit my 3 dogs and 2 cats. It doesn’t seem likely that such a giveaway would be included as a Black Friday deal.

A sale at Joann’s on the other hand… I have been buying batting each time I want to make a quilt- usually on sale, but on Wednesday, I was able to get 25 yards of it! Amazing! I see lots of quilting in my future. In preparation for using my new batting, I sewed together a quick baby quilt top. Then I had to stop to get ready to go to my sister’s house. I plan on putting the back on it and quilting it over the next couple of days. As soon as it’s done, I will post pictures of it.

Thanksgiving night, I took my puppies camping for the first time. They did surprisingly well. We heard coyotes during the night, which I think freaked me out more than it did the dogs. I imagined big giant evil coyotes circling our tent. I was glad that we were in a fenced in part of my sister’s garden and not out in her field. At least it wouldn’t have been quite as easy for the coyotes to get to our tent. My puppies stayed snuggled up close to me all night. I was glad.

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Two of my babies looking out of the garden gate

I really like visiting the country, but I have to say, the idea of coyotes roaming free (and apparently bobcats!) kind of freaks me out a little bit. I think I’ll stick with my townhouse cottage for now (and maybe a sailboat). Though, visiting the country is fun from time to time. Maybe I need an RV. Then it would be a little less open to giant evil coyotes.

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The dark, foreboding forest beyond the garden fenceĀ 
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Posted in Daylight savings time, puppies, quilt

Daylight Savings Time

What I meant to do today was wake up refreshed, having slept an extra hour, and then take a few pictures to get this creative blog going. What actually happened was… my dogs didn’t get the memo that we were supposed to set the clocks back and woke me up at the previously normal time. While it was still very dark outside. Then they didn’t want to go back to sleep because, hello, it’s morning time. So now instead of working on my next quilt and being all crafty and such, I am snuggled on the couch under my usual quilt wishing I was back in bed. I wonder if there’s a puppy class on daylight savings time?

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New in the Neighborhood

There are thousands of lifestyle blogs out there. Most of them have much bigger budgets and much more style than I do. So this blog isn’t about being a Lifestyle Diva or any kind of guru. Mostly, I just like blogging, and I like crafting- specifically quilting, crocheting and knitting. So, I decided to combine all of the things I like by blogging about quilting and crafting.

I have been knitting and crocheting for years. I learned how to sew from my mom when I was younger. Quilting is a recent development.

A few months ago, I found myself with a ton of nervous energy while waiting for my niece to be born. I had lots of material- don’t ask- and I decided to channel my nervous energy by making a patchwork quilt.

I was hooked immediately. Seriously. You take a bunch of random material, sew some shapes and voila! A usable, completely functional quilt! Amazing! How did I not know about this sooner?

My grandmother used to quilt a lot when I was younger, but her quilts were mostly super fancy geometric or cathedral window style quilts. They were really pretty, but they were kind of old style. I had always liked the idea of making quilts, but I didn’t really want a bunch of old looking blankets all over my house. I really wanted something colorful and fun with pretty material but not so many tiny pieces to sew together. So imagine my utter shock when I figured out that I could make quilts that were wondrously colorful while at the same time, not made of a thousand different tiny pieces.

So now, I quilt.

I am starting this blog as an outlet for all of my crafting but specifically the quilting part and the struggles of crafting while working full time. Maybe somewhere along the way, I can inspire you to be creative too.