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Yes, it’s been awhile but then that seems to be the trend, right?  It’s been a long winter, but a good winter.  I know…from the girl that use to hate winter!  I am ready for spring though, so don’t panic.

I can’t say that I’ve been extremely productive the past few months, but I have been focused.  I’ve been working on my photography and finding myself falling in love with it all over again.  A little rusty at first, but that was to be expected.  All of the above photos are straight out of the camera though, so I’m happy with how things are going.

A little quilting has been happening, and I’m waiting on a rug hooking pattern as well.  As far as decorating (oh yes, it’s an ongoing thing with me.  Fun!), the master bedroom is in the works.  It takes me awhile though because I’m decorating with antiques, so it’s either trolling Etsy and Ebay, or various flea markets (which start rolling again in May.  Can’t wait!).

That’s about it from here.  I’m expecting a new lens later in the week, so don’t be surprised if I just throw up some random pictures from time to time!

Be a blessing…!

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So….

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To those of you that were regular visitors to the blog I’ve been keeping over at Blogger for the past 2 years…yeah.  It’s gone.  It’s taken me a few weeks to just accept the fact and get over it, although it’s not like I was a very faithful blogger.  Just knowing that it was there and I could ramble on demand was somewhat satisfying I guess.

Anywho, we’re gonna just blame it all on the Flickr folks, ‘kay?  If they wouldn’t have gone and made a miserable mess out of the site, I wouldn’t have moved all of my photos (thousands) to Ipernity.  i tried to like the “new” Flickr…for 6 weeks or so.  Just couldn’t do it.  So, since my photos were all gone from Flickr, they all disappeared from my blog.  I knew this, but was willing to go back through all of those posts and re-insert (that’s how much I hate the “new” Flickr, folks).    I put everything over there to private since I knew it would take me a week or so.  Yeah.  Next time I popped back in, everything was gone.  Poof.

I think it’s a conspiracy, personally, between Blogger and Flickr.

Instead of starting from scratch, I may just pick up where I left off from here.  Sound like a plan?

::pause::

i think this is a good time to take a bit of a blog break.  i have a lot on my plate at this time and, due to that, have very little to share in the line of quilting. 

wishing you all well….

february 1st!

we made it through january, folks!  i will admit, it wasn’t as bad as most, but i’m still glad that it’s behind me.  the days are getting longer and spring time is getting closer.  all of these things (along with some not-so-thrilling-thoughts) were buzzing around in my head earlier this morning.  the conclusion i came to?  make a quilt to document it all. 😉

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i’m finding that i’m doing a lot more of that lately, most of the time without even realizing it at first.  i just have a bunch of jumbled up thoughts that float through my head, and it seems like the more significant ones end up in cloth.  in some strange way, it helps me through the process.  i may not end up with a solution, but i feel like i’ve validated and acknowledged the thought.  strange.

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so, along with being glad it was february 1st with the sun shining brightly (which made me smile), there were thoughts of love and life and fruit….of the spirit, that is.  what a mixture, huh?  and somehow, out of all of that, a quilt is coming together.  a little one, mind you, but important to me none-the-less.  these 4 little blocks came together quite quickly.  i never had intentions on making the funky ones, but yet, there they are. 

“when we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

2009

what a year 2009 was.  i think the best word to describe it would be change.  i’m usually not one to go looking for change, but, looking back, i can see how it was good, for the whole family. 

 i started back to school and my oldest daughter started college (weird!).  we found a wonderful new church home that everyone can get involved in.  i lost 25 lbs!  didn’t set out to, but running has always been a good stress reliever for me.  plus, that new treadmill just makes it too easy (okay…not really).

as i look down the road to 2010, i sense a lot more changes coming my way.  if i let myself dwell on it, i’ll start to worry which gets me nowhere.  instead, i’ve found that the best way to take it all is one day at a time.  it’s something that i’m still working at, but when i’m able to keep my focus on what is in front of me, i breathe a lot easier.

as i was sitting here, pondering all of this, a piece of Scripture came to mind:

“for i know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'”.  Jeremiah 29:11

i like how matthew henry’s commentary elaborated on this:

we often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. we are sometimes ready to fear that God’s designs are all against us; but as to His own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end He has promised, which will be the best for them. when the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that He is coming toward us in mercy. promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye Me in vain.

thus far, 2010 has been a busy one (big surprise!).  tonight, i start back to classes…and it’s snowing like crazy outside.  *sigh*  the good news is that i was able to complete the center part of my new beginnings quilt over break!   

i finished up x-ing all of those little squares on december 31st.  now, onto the border.  i’m so anxious to get this quilt onto our bed.  it’s so bright and fresh…exactly what we need to get through the dreaded january.

wishing you all a wonderful and bright 2010. 🙂